2015 Downtown Issaquah Association Board of Directors and Staff

The Mission of the Downtown Issaquah Association is to promote and enhance the economic vitality of Historic Downtown Issaquah and support our membership 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
President

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.

Robyn Barfoot
Vice President

Board Member since 2014

Robyn is the former curator for the Cougar Mountain Zoo and now ‎is a Tiger Conservationist, Educator, Speaker and Consultant.  Robyn served as the Chamber of Commerce’s Queen of Issaquah in 2012 and currently sits on the board for the Issaquah Historical Museums.  Robyn also serves on the DIA Organization and Economic committees.

Cynthia Freese
Treasurer

Board Member since 2013

Artist Cynthia Freese is the chair for the DIA Organization committee.  She works with the Issaquah Press on special projects and her background and creativity help take DIA to the next level of communication.

Reisha Holton
Secretary
Board Member since 2009

Reisha is a writer who brings these talents in her minute notes.  She works with Essay Mentors which supports students through all steps of the essay writing process for college admission.

James Parico
Board Member since 2016

James is new on the DIA board.  He is the Senior Client Manager with Opus Bank and knows most of the downtown merchants.  His background in Finance and outreach to the community will serve him well on the DIA board.

Carla Villar
Board Member since 2016

Carla recently joined the board.  She is the new Executive Director of artEAST and we are very excited to have her join us.  She is a self professed strategic planning advocate and we welcome her input and expertise.  She is a graduate of Leadership Eastside and has an immigration lawyer background.

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.

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.

Barak Rosenbloom
Board Member since 2010

Barak is the founder of Essay Mentors which supports students through all steps of the essay writing process for college admission.  Barak chairs the DIA Design committee and was awarded Innovator of the Year award at the Annual Issaquah Awards ceremony.

Karen Donovan
Executive Director
Staff Member

Karen brings over 30 years of leadership and marketing experience to the organization.  Karen is also president of Space Media, a full service advertising agency specializing in music and events.

Alison Freese
Website Coordinator
Staff Member

Allison keeps our communication with the public up to date through Constant Contact and updating our website.  Her hard work keeps us in great contact with downtown and the public.

Brenda DeVore
Cultural Events Director


Brenda recently joined the staff side of DIA after serving on the board for three years  including the marketing committee.  She has an extensive retail background with management and design experience at Recology and Swedish Hospital retail.  She served on the Gilman Village merchant association creating events and activities for the historic village.  She is a connector.