These area residents currently serve on the Friends of Diamond Lake board of directors.
Friends of Diamond Lake is a volunteer powered organization. These are just some of the people who dedicate their time and energy to restoring, protecting, and improving our community’s premier water resource.
Kerrie Blevins treasurer
I am a lifelong Minneapolis resident and have lived a block from Diamond Lake for nine years with my husband Mike and our two children. We really value the lake because its such a unique natural amenity in the city. I became involved with Friends of Diamond Lake because I want to preserve and protect the lake and I would like to encourage other communities members to do the same. I would also like to see greater sustainable use of the lake by our community.
We previously lived in Field-Regina-Northrop Neighborhood where I served on the NRP Steering Committee and was co-editor of the neighborhood newsletter. I am the Director of the Patrick & Aimee Butler Family Foundation and a consultant to other foundations. One of my professional focus areas is funding in the environment with an emphasis on water quality.
Melanie Countryman secretary
I have lived in the Hale neighborhood, with my husband and two sons, since 1995. My work experience includes over 20 years in the health care industry, primarily in the areas of information systems and data analysis. Since 2005, I have worked as an Epidemiologist, most recently at Dakota County. I served for four years on the Hale-Page-Diamond Lake Community Association Board, including two years as chair. During this time, I became involved with the development of the Diamond Lake Management Plan.
One of the things that I love about living in Minneapolis is the accessibility of natural areas within the city. I think it is important for citizens to become involved to ensure that these resources are preserved. As a lifelong nature lover, I appreciate the unique birds and wildlife that make their homes near Diamond Lake.
I’ve lived on Diamond Lake with my wife, Mary Martini, since 1979. I’m on the faculty of the College of Biological Sciences at the University of Minnesota. I continue to be impressed with the diversity of living things in and around Diamond Lake. However, in the few decades we’ve lived here, I’ve seen the effects of using it as a reservoir for freeway runoff without paying adequate attention to its needs. I would like to see citizens work to improve and maintain Diamond Lake.
I have a degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Minnesota and work as a development/project engineer in the design of embedded systems — the process of adding microcomputer ‘smarts’ to just about any gizmo imaginable. I have lived in my home in the HPDL neighborhood for more than 30 years where my wife Fran and I have raised three kids.
About eight years ago, I started doing volunteer monitoring of Lake Nokomis and Diamond Lake for the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency in the Citizen Lake Monitoring Program (CLMP). This monitoring consists of canoeing out to the deepest part of each lake and using a Secchi disk to determine water clarity. In the time that I have been doing this, I’ve grown familiar with the beauty and natural richness of Diamond Lake. My hope is that my grandkids can share my appreciation of this small refuge in the city.
I have lived in the Diamond Lake area since 1999. I enjoy organic gardening, photography, and being outdoors with my two golden retrievers and my partner. I graduated from the University of Minnesota in journalism and photography and studied graphic design while working in Marketing Communications at Iowa State University. In 2002, following 11 years as publications director at Carleton College, I founded Johnson Creative, a design and marketing communications firm.
I joined Friends of Diamond Lake to work toward improving the health of the lake’s ecosystems and preserving habitat for the lake’s diverse populations. I am saddened by the decline in water quality due to silt deposits and runoff pollution. I believe as concerned citizens we can collaboratively work to preserve and improve Diamond Lake and its watershed, making it a showcase for Minneapolis.
Mary Martini president
I moved to Roslyn Place with my husband, Stuart Goldstein, in 1979. We have raised two daughters in our home overlooking Diamond Lake. I work at HealthPartners, Inc. as a Senior Consultant in Health Informatics, and have a bachelors Degree in biology from the University of California at Santa Barbara. I enjoy entertaining, gardening, outdoor sports, off-beat humor, and traveling.
I have seen degradation to Diamond Lake over the last three decades that I have lived in the neighborhood. As a result, I am committed to working with other concerned citizens to create partnerships to restore and protect the lake.
Dave Oltmans past president
I have been a nearly life long resident of the Diamond Lake area, growing up and living in two different homes on Clinton Avenue. I have many memories of playing around the lake as child. My desire is to preserve this wonderful wildlife resource for young and old to ‘play’ around, observing and savoring its natural beauty and diversity. My goal as president of Friends of Diamond Lake is to build an active and forward looking organization to protect, improve, and promote this unique resource.
In the late seventies I served as president of the Diamond Lake Neighborhood Association, precursor to HPDL. More recently I have served on the HPDL Environment Committee, and was appointed one of the Minneapolis representatives serving on the Minnehaha Creek Watershed District Visioning Initiative along with persons representing communities bordering the full length of the Minnehaha Creek corridor.
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Past Board Members
Founding Board Members