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York Neighborhood Association - Organizational Structure

Revised 2021-12-28 1940

The YNA is governed by a Board of Directors that meets at least every other month. The General Membership meets roughly quarterly*; meeting dates and locations are published in our newsletter The Yorker and posted on our home page.

* NOTE: Due to the COVID-19 response restrictions, YNA has greatly reduced the number of General Membership Meetings. Our Board and General Membership has continued to meet virtually during this time frame. We hope that, soon, YNA will be able to resume its more active General Membership meeting schedule in person as soon as safely possible.

If interested in our neighborhood activities and/or to receive announcements of such activities, please see our form at the bottom!.

Mailing Address

York Neighborhood Association
c/o 336 36th St #370
Bellingham, WA 98225-6580

Board of Directors

Officers & Executive Committee:


Vice President:



Board Members-at-Large:

Jeremy Ferrera

Audra Blankers

Chris Donaldson


Thomas R. Scott, President

Tom Scott

Tom has been active in the YNA for almost all of the 30+ years he has lived in the neighborhood. Tom is the current President and appointee to the Mayor's Neighborhood Advisory Commission. Tom is a computer consultant and network engineer with On-Site Computer Services. His family includes wife Dondena, adult son Kelix (daughter in law Ali), and adult twins Sierra and Kyle. He is active in scouting and can often be seen out on a local field kicking a soccer ball when not "playing" with computers.

Anne Mackie, Vice President

Anne Mackie

If you live in the York Neighborhood, chances are that you either know or recognize Anne. A cornerstone of the York Neighborhood Association, Anne has been passionately involved for many years in making our neighborhood a better place to live. She has worn just about every hat there is to wear for the inner and outter workings of YNA.

You might see her around the neighborhood serving up a cup of coffee or meeting with a community leader at Marlins' Café in Nelson's Market, owned by her husband, Jon Ostby, and herself. If you miss her there, look for her digging weeds at Rock Hill Park, attending a neighborhood meeting, or delivering The Yorker...all on the same day.

Anne, Editor of YNA's Yorker newsletter, a member of numerous neighborhood committees, and an extraordinary organizer. She's held every officer position on the YNA Board at least once and currently serves as its Vice President. Recognized as a voice for the neighborhoods and as an outstanding speaker, she's used this ability well and often over the decades she's lived in York.

John DeOrio, Treasurer

John DeOrio

John moved to Bellingham to join close friends and family in the summer of 2021. He and his family left NYC behind and settled in York because of the tight-knit community and proximity to all B’ham has to offer. Currently, John works for a global recruitment firm and hopes one day to set up a physical office within walking distance of York! When he’s not working, he enjoys cooking vegan food, biking, hiking, watching football, and discovering new music.

John was appointed to the Board in August 2021. He is Park Steward for Rock Hill Park.

Mark Ellis Walker, Secretary

Mark Ellis Walker

I'm a 12-year renting resident of northern Iron Street (recently transported to Sunnyland, just across the creek) since fleeing Seattle in 2007 after 20 years. Professionally I'm a freelance graphic designer and editor by trade who wears a variety of other hats as situations call for them.

Before joining the board in late 2018, I took on the layout of The Yorker newssletter in fall 2016 and have enjoyed working with the YNA to help keep neighbors up to date on York's status and activities.

And oh boy am I a cat person. I don't drive, and thus I've earned the nickname of The Cat Whisperer from some neighbors along my grocery-run route between home and Fred Meyer, as I visit with (and know by name) nearly all outdoor kitties along the way. I grow catnip, so on summer afternoons it's not unusual to see a trail of blissed-out cats lying on the sidewalk in my wake.

…By the way, Mark is also Co-Webmaster for the Yorker online! We can all see his impact in some of the layout and artistic flairs of the last couple years of York’s communication presence.

Jeremy Ferrera

Jeremy Ferrera

Hello Yorkers! I am happy to be serving you as an at-large board member. I grew up in Snohomish and went to school at Western and graduated in 1999 with a BA in Elementary Education and Spanish. After teaching for three years in the Burlington School District, I moved to Japan in 2001, where I met my wife, Junko. In July of 2014, we got married, and she moved with me back to Bellingham. We bought our house at 1717 Humboldt Street three years later in 2017 (yes, the one with the cute smiling-frog statue in the front yard, just off of Meador).

I am a financial advisor with Edward Jones, and the Bellingham community is very important to me. I am serving on the board for the Whatcom Maritime Association. I am very active with various organizations around the harbor where my office is located. I’m also a member of the Bellingham Sister Cities Association, where I am able to stay connected with the ex-pat and international community in Bellingham. I volunteer teaching relaxation, meditation, and Reiki at Unity Spiritual Center on Telegraph Road and at the Center for Spiritual Living on Yew Street Road once a week. Junko and I enjoy gardening and hiking around our beautiful Northwest Mountains during the summer months and cooking ethnic foods year-round.

Feel free to get in touch anytime with any concerns or comments about our wonderful neighborhood.


Audra & Eli Blankers

Audra Blankers

Audra & Eli moved into York in December of 2020 and knew right away they wanted to be involved. They both work in tech sales from their home and can be seen in the front window looking out over the York sign.

In her free time, Audra enjoys performing stand-up comedy and spending time working on projects around the house. Eli enjoys football season, golfing, and trying out new beer around Bellingham. They both enjoy walking through the neighborhood to enjoy everyone’s growing gardens and spotting cats, squirrels, and deer.

Chris Donaldson

Chris Donaldson

Chris and Lisa always dreamed of moving to a quaint neighborhood with a classic corner store. So when an abode in the York neighborhood became available, they jumped on it. Now they saunter into town (Mallard’s is a favorite), try their best to garden, and work extra hard to keep their dogs and kids out of trouble.

Chris is partner in Moment Films and enjoys playing beach volleyball, analyzing the production design in Downton Abbey, and eating. He looks forward to meeting more of his neighbors.

External Representatives:

Mayor's Neighborhood Advisory Commissioner: February 2021—February 2023

Mayor's Neighborhood Advisory Commissioner, Alternate (Interim): Term not defined

Traffic Liaison (to City):

Student Representatives:


      (room for more)

WWU Campus Community Coalition Representative:

Internal Representatives:

West York:

South York:

North York:

Commitee Chairs:

Land Use Committee Chair:

Transportation Committee Chair:

Historic Preservation Committee:

Wine and Roses Garden Club Coordinator:

Media Contacts:

The Yorker Newsletter Editor:

The Yorker Newsletter Layout: Mark Ellis Walker

The Yorker Newsletter Distribution: Mark Ellis Walker

The Yorker Webmasters: and Mark Ellis Walker

Listmaster (YNA List, Wine & Roses, et cetera):

Parks Contacts:

Harriet Spanel Park Steward:

      (Harriet Spanel Park, formerly Franklin Park)

Rock Hill Park Steward:

Play equipment at Harriet Spanel Park’s northwest corner
Playground equipment at Rock Hill Park

Play equipment at Harriet Spanel Park's northwest corner

Playground equipment at Rock Hill Park

Interest Form & List Subscription Requests

Use this form to indicate your interest in being active in YNA and/or to request subscriptions to one or more of our e-mail distribution lists.




Please subscribe me to the following lists:

YNA List general information and announcements about YNA and local interests
Harriet Spanel Park Friends notices about Harriet Spanel Park (formerly Franklin Park) work parties
Rock Hill Friends notices about Rock Hill Park work parties
Wine & Roses Garden Club the York garden club

I'm interested in these committees:

Dumpster Day Historic Preservation
Planning Committee zoning, etc. S.T.A.R.s Saturday Trash And Recyclers

Other ways I can help:

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