UHNA Board Elections

Candidate for President
Emily Holben Walker

I grew up in this neighborhood. My parents still live in the house we grew up in. My husband and I recently moved back to Denver. We chose to raise our family in U-Hills because it’s a true Denver treasure. This neighborhood and community mean a lot to me. It’s important to me that our community be heard and that we have a seat at the table. Our city is growing, changes are coming to U-Hills. Across Denver, communities are being shoved aside for change to move in. I know we cannot stop change. Instead, we need to guide change. I want to give our community a voice so that the coming changes serve the people of our community. By guiding change, we can help ensure U-Hills remains the treasure it is today.

Candidate for Vice President
Jon Wachter

Candidate for Secretary
Lisa Zinn

Hello! My name is Lisa Zinn and I am a rare Native Denverite! I grew up in SE Denver. I am a DPS graduate and have been an Early Childhood Educator for 29 years. The past 21 years I have taught at Bradley International School! I sit on several committees at Bradley, including the Collaborative School Committee (CSC), PTO, and IB Committees. I have a Jr. at Thomas Jefferson High School and I also sit on their CSC. I have another son, and he and his wife live in west Denver.

My grandparents and my dad instilled a strong sense of civic duty in me. I volunteer with/for a variety of organizations, including VOA, Jewish Family Services, Councilwoman Kendra Black’s SxSE, The Action Center, Jewish Colorado, and more!

I am the only member on UHNA that has been on the Board since its inception in 2003. I have held a few positions since 2003, but I am currently the secretary and would like to maintain that position/role. We have an active board that works well together for the betterment of our neighborhood and our community at large! I look forward to continuing to be a part of UHNA!

Candidate for Treasurer
Laura Mersmann

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 Hill our permanent home since the Fall of 2012. Since that move in 2012, we have added a labradoodle (Oscar), a daughter (Ellie), and 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. My vision for UHills would be a close knit community where we can support each other and have fun events for all of our members to get to know each other better.

Candidate for Crime & Safety Chair
Christie Mochoruk

I have had the privilege of calling U-Hills home since moving to the area in 2007.  Being part of this great community for me includes enjoying walks on the canal and recreation at Eisenhower park.  My son attends Bradley 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 so many of our great neighbors as well as the Denver Police Department.  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.

Candidate for Non-profit Relations Chair
David Mindock

I am running for the position of coordinator of non-profits like the Highline Conservancy and public sector organizations like the Ross University Library and the Denver Fire Department. Having lived in University Hills for 35 years, I have a deep appreciation for Eisenhower Park and the other open space in our community.

My short term vision involves increasing recycling in Eisenhower Park and other areas and getting more senior citizens involved in the UHNA. My long term vision is to create more open space in our community.

Candidate for Business Development Chair

Darryl is a newcomer to University Hills, but he and his wife chose the neighborhood because of it’s great potential and homey feel. Darryl is eager to help the UHNA and all U Hills grow, bringing residents, businesses, and social groups together.

Candidate for Inter Neighborhood Corporation (INC) Liaison 
David Augustinis


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