2017 Downtown Issaquah Association Board of Directors and Staff

The mission of the Downtown Issaquah Association is to promote and enhance the vitality of Historic Downtown Issaquah through programs and events that celebrate our unique culture.

The DIA Board is comprised of Issaquah small business owners and individuals who are committed to accomplishing this mission.

Keith Watts

Board Member since 2011

Keith is downtown property owner of several building including ArtByFire, Stan’s BBQ and Vino Bella. His efforts and DIA keeps us on track and are invaluable. Keith is also on the board of the Food Bank and sits on the Economic Vitality Commission and the Downtown Vitality Task Force and is the DIA economic Committee chair.

Christina Bruning
Vice President

Board Member since 2016

Christina, a long time Olde Town resident, is well versed in all things Issaquah. She brings leadership, technology, and project management experience from Weyerhaeuser, Nordstrom, and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Christina is the Founder and Managing Director of a business and cultural exchange program, and has diverse regional and national nonprofit board experience.

Position Open


Open position

Jamie Lilly
Board Member since 2014

Jamie Lilly is the Marketing Director for the Village Theatre, the award winning and leading producer of musical theatre in the Pacific Northwest.   Jamie also serves on the DIA marketing committee.

Madeleine Erthardt
Board Member since 2017

Madeleine Erthardt, a pentalingual global nomad has lived all over the world, settled in small town Issaquah 13 years ago. She helped open up a Game Development School in India, Lafayette, LA, and Seattle, WA and recently received her Master’s in Philosophy, Mythology, and Yoga.   Her passions include Human Rights, and Kids Advocacy.  She has three children and on Wednesdays, you can find her cooking a delicious meal to feed the local homeless.   She loves meeting new people so please say Hello when you see her roaming around the streets of our wonderful town.

Ekta Gupta
Board Member since 2017

Born in India, Ekta has been living in the U.S. for more than three decades. A pharmacist by education, she ventured out into the world of art in 2010. Since then, her work has been featured in various magazines. As an Ayurveda Wellness Counselor, she enjoys helping people to bring balance back into their lives. Currently she serves on the board at artEAST gallery, as well as the DIA Marketing and Organizational committees.

Kathy Scearce
Board Member since 2017

Nearly all of Kathy’s professional life has been with The Boeing Company, retiring in 2004 after a 33 year career.  She was fortunate to have experienced a broad range of assignments in support of Boeing’s products and services in Airplane Programs, Customer Aviation Services, Shared Services and Boeing Computer Services.

After retirement from Boeing, Kathy was recruited by Fujitsu Consulting to work as a management consultant.  Kathy has been highly involved in her community as a human resources volunteer at Providence Marionwood Skilled Nursing Facility as well being a board member at ArtEast in Issaquah.  She regularly volunteers at the Issaquah Chamber of Commerce/Tourism Center and Festivals office.

While she is not out in the community, she loves to travel, hike, bike, garden, take art classes, make cards and participate in half marathons.

Andrea Snyder
Board Member since 2015

Andrea is the City of Issaquah liaison for our board.  As Economic Development Manager for the City of Issaquah, Andrea as worked closely with the DIA board for over four years.  We just made it official in 2015.  Her guidance and assistance has helped grow DIA to where it is today.

Brenda DeVore
Executive Director

Brenda has built her career around retail development consulting, event planning, waste reduction, sales, marketing, community engagement and customer service. She has a passion for actively supporting her community, building community relationships and the environment. Past clients include business development for Recology, The Shops at Swedish, Seattle Homes and Lifestyles magazine.  She is married with two sons and enjoys cycling, mountain biking, rowing, camping, hiking, gardening, and entertaining.  

Jen Kodosky
Event Coordinator