Board Members

University Hills Neighborhood Association

Emily Holben Walker

President of the Board

I grew up here in Denver! In fact, when I say I grew up here, I mean I grew up here!... in U-Hills! My parents still live in the house we grew up in. I'm a TJ Spartan! My family has lived in Denver for generations and this city means very much to me. When my husband and I recently moved back to Denver, we knew U-Hills was the place we wanted to raise our own family. My children attend Bradley International Elementary, which is a truly wonderful school and we are happy to be a part of the community there.

 

There are a lot of things going on in our city and in U-Hills that deserve our collective thought and guidance. I think our U-Hills community is wonderful and I want to work to preserve the things we value most about our neighborhood, like the High Line Canal, our Eisenhower Park, our U-Hills Library, our community garden, the quiet feel, the list goes on and on! 

 

And, there are things I want to make even better. I want to improve walkability and bike-ability, for improved safe access to our local U-Hills businesses, the Light Rail, our schools, and more. I want to build an even stronger and more cohesive community so U-Hills continues to be the friendly neighborhood it is. I want to promote safety, awareness, and community collaboration so that our neighborhood remains a safe place to live. I want to make improvements to our area that attract more local businesses (like restaurants!).

 

While I do believe the recent investment in our neighborhood is exciting, I do not support the recent splitting of lots and I think there are ways we can come together as a community to help ensure development and investment in our neighborhood suits the area and the people of our community.

Jon Wachter

Vice President

Jon put down roots in University Hills in 1993 and has been 'making house calls' as The Real Estate Doctor since '01.  Along with Debbie Allen, Tom Glazier, Lee McDonnell, Pat Scott, and Lisa Zinn, Jon was a founding member of the UHNA in '03 and in '09 he setup Nextdoor University Hills, both initiatives with the mission of uniting neighbors. Jon is a past president of the highly regarded Optimist Club of Monaco South which was awarded Denver’s Philanthropic Group of the Year in 2012 -- their motto is “Bringing Out The Best In Kids”.  Every winter the Optimist Club sells Christmas trees on South Monaco to fund the Optimist's mission for kids in our neighborhood schools, including Bradley International Elementary, through the Super Citizen Program, Bradley Helping Hands JOI Club, Sullivan Scholarships for seniors at Thomas Jefferson High School, Tri-Star Basketball at Eisenhower Park and Recreation Center and much more.  Attention to detail and helping his real estate clients in the ever-changing Colorado real estate market are the hallmarks that earned him the "Denver's 10 Best for Client Satisfaction 2016".  Jon and his wife Jill met in University Hills 20 years ago and reside on South Bellaire with their cat, George, and a recently adopted shelter dog, Luna.

Lisa Zinn

Secretary

Lisa Zinn is a rare native Denverite and has lived in Southeast Denver all of her life. She is a product of Denver Public Schools (Manual Thunderbolt Class of '82). She has two sons, a daughter-in-law and a dog. Lisa is an Early Childhood Educator and teaches at Bradley International Elementary School and has been there for the past 21 years. She is very active in the Bradley & TJ communities. Lisa is the only UHNA board member that has sat on the UHNA board every year since its inception in 2004. Lisa enjoys spending time with her family and friends, traveling whenever possible, Pickleball, volunteer work, movies, cooking, reading, and gardening. 

Laura Mersmann

Treasurer

I moved to Denver from Kansas City with my husband, Michael, in the Spring of 2012 due to a transfer in Michael's job. We fell in love with the city and even though the transfer was to be temporary, decided to make Denver and University Hills our permanent home. Since that move in 2012, we have added a labradoodle (Oscar), a daughter (Ellie), and most recently a son (Dominic) to the family. On a daily basis, I'm an electrical engineer for Burns & McDonnell and in my spare time you'll catch me reading a new book or spending our time outdoors together as a family taking advantage of what our neighborhood and surrounding area have to offer.

Christie Mochoruk

Safety and Awareness Chair

I have had the privilege of calling U-Hills home since moving here in 2007.  For me, being part of this great community includes being active in neighborhood happenings, volunteering when I can, walks on the High Line Canal and recreation at Eisenhower Park.  My son attends Bradley International Elementary, and I work at another DPS school close by.  I feel closely connected to our neighborhood and have made a conscious effort over the last year to help revitalize our community’s Neighborhood Watch program by working closely with many of our great neighbors as well as the Denver Police Department.  More recently, I have been involved with revitalizing all of Neighborhood Watch across District 3 by participating in the Denver Police Department's Volunteers In Policing (VIPS) program.  It’s of upmost importance to me to build a strong community of neighbors looking out for each other to ensure our community remains a safe place to live for our next generation. 

David Mindock

Non-profits & Senior Outreach Chair

David Mindock has lived in University Hills for 35 years. He enjoys walking along the High Line Canal and has a deep appreciation for Eisenhower Park and open space in our city. He recently retired after a career teaching ESL and English, the last 28 years at DU. Dave still teaches ESL two days a week at the English Learning Center, a non-profit school. He is interested in getting senior citizens and non-profits involved in neighborhood activities. Dave focuses on non-profits like the High Line Canal Conservancy and public sector organizations, like the Ross University Library and the Denver Fire Department.

 

His short term vision involves increasing recycling in Eisenhower Park and other areas and getting more senior citizens involved in the U-Hills Neighborhood Association. Dave's long term vision is to create more open space in our U-Hills community.

Dave Augustinis

Denver Inter Neighborhood Cooperative Liaison

Dave moved to University Hills over 25 years ago for the same reasons he still appreciates... access to our trails, parks and the community atmosphere that our special corner of Denver provides. 

 

He has been involved in organizing community based safety initiatives, is a sector leader of our Association's Neighborhood Watch Program and a firm believer in the value of strong collective voice when we communicate to our city representatives and DPD.

 

Dave understands that development and growth issues that many Denver neighborhoods have been subject to in recent years will be impacting our neighborhood at a much faster pace, thus his interest in working as our liaison with the Denver Inter Neighborhood Cooperative, an advocate group for Denver Registered Neighborhood Organizations that will provide valuable experience and support as we address issues that effect us. 

Darryl Wagner

Business Relations Liaison

​Darryl is a newcomer to University Hills, but he and his wife chose the neighborhood because of its great potential and homey feel. Darryl is eager to help the University Hills Neighborhood Association and help all of U-Hills grow -bringing residents, businesses, and social groups together. 

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