Our Mission

MISSION STATEMENT

The Athmar Park Neighborhood Association’s mission is to build a safe, healthy, and vibrant neighborhood by:

  • Providing forums for communication and cooperation.
  • Organizing for positive change.
  • Promoting involvement of all residents.
  • Working with city officials to advocate for community needs.
  • Addressing safety concerns.
  • Organizing community events.
VISION STATEMENT
  • APNA cultivates the neighborhood’s unique character, listens to residents, advocates for residents, and operates openly and fairly.
VALUES
  • Accountability and effectiveness.
  • Transparency and fairness.
  • Respect and appreciation for each person’s beliefs, ideas, and opinions.
GOALS

Goal 1: Provide forums for communication, cooperation, and community building.

  • APNA can only achieve its mission by listening to residents, bringing residents together, and promoting cooperation.

Goal 2: Advocate and organize for positive change.

  • APNA is an action oriented organization. Once residents have expressed ideas or concerns, APNA is charged with creating positive change.

Goal 3: Organizational excellence.

  • APNA can only achieve its mission and goals by focusing on quality and care for residents, board members, and the larger community.

Board Members

Ken Knoblock

President

Ken moved to Denver in 2004 and has lived in Athmar Park for 5 years with his wife. He loves the friendly people, beautiful parks, diversity, and sense of community in Athmar. He hopes to create a board that promotes inclusion, engagement, and positive change in the neighborhood. When not working or volunteering you can find Ken working in his woodshop, garden, or out biking.

Erran Willoughby

Vice President

I moved to Denver from Maine in 2002 and into Athmar Park in 2010. I’ve always enjoyed helping others and being involved with my community. I was originally attracted to Athmar Park by its parks, proximity to downtown and community feel. By joining Athmar Park Neighborhood Association I hope to continue its great history of community events and expand community involvement making this a great neighborhood to live in. When I’m home you can usually find me working in the yard or garden, running at Huston Lake Park or walking my dog. I also enjoy spending time in mountains hiking, skiing or relaxing at a brewery with friends.

Ian Melchior

Newsletter Editor

Ian is originally from Cheyenne, Wyoming and has lived in Athmar for 2 years. Ian loves the food in Athmar and says that we have the best tacos and pho in the city. After Ian moved into the neighborhood he saw a position open on the board and Ian saw it as an opportunity to meet neighbors and help make the community a better place to live. Ian hope that the neighborhood can become more connected to the rest of the city, especially more accessible by bicycle. Ian’s hobbies include playing poker, riding motorcycles, and reading. Ian’s favorite subjects to study are History and Mandarin (Chinese).

Kelly Dillon

Treasurer

Kelly is the neighborhood treasurer and has been living in Athmar Park with her boyfriend Kyle since 2015. Prior to that, she lived in Chicago and is originally from Michigan. She works for a mid-size accounting firm in downtown Denver, and graduated from the University of Denver with a Master of Accountancy degree. Kelly enjoys outdoor activities with her dog, Luna, exploring the neighborhood, and learning to ski. Her favorite part of the neighborhood is the great neighbors and Huston Lake Park. Kelly is excited to be involved with a great community leadership group like APNA and is always looking for ways to help improve the park and surrounding area. She is grateful for the opportunity to serve as the neighborhood treasurer and hopes to do so for many years to come.

Kristin Lacy

Secretary

Kristin Lacy has lived in Athmar for 3 years after working in and being involved in community development generally in southwest Denver for the last 8 years. She loves the ethnic and racial diversity of our neighborhood and is passionate about bringing diverse neighbors together to make fun Athmar a fun, safe and healthy place for all to live. Kristin grows a lot of fruits and veggies in her backyard and is fully bilingual in Spanish.

Elizabeth Snow

Membership

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Annie Martin

NE Quadrant Leader

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Maria Irivarren

NW Quadrant Leader

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Christine Stirling

SE Quadrant Leader

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Charles Van Atta

At-Large

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Bonnie Laws

At-Large

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Ian Estes

At-Large

Athmar Park is in a great location, close to downtown but just far enough that we still have street parking available. Also, most houses have attached sidewalks instead of tree lawns making them less susceptible to damage from tree roots. I have resided in the neighborhood for 7 years and in Colorado since I was 3.