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York Neighborhood Association - Organizational Structure

Revised 2019-10-08 2206

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

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:

Emma Toth

Mark Ellis Walker


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 appointee to the Mayor’s Neighborhood Advisory Commission and a co-rep to the Association of Bellingham Neighborhoods. Tom is a computer consultant and network engineer with On-Site Computer Services, Inc. His family includes wife Dondena, adult son Kelix, 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.

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 is the editor of the 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.

Leigh McDiarmid, Secretary

Leigh McDiarmid

Leigh is a York resident since 2004 who has lived in Bellingham since 1994. Leigh is a practicing hypnotherapist and teaches classes at Whatcom Community College to help people use hypnosis for issues like insomnia and weight control.

Leigh joined the York board in 2018 because she appreciates its commitment to maintaining the character of York. “Recent actions of the city council and county council make me realize I don’t want to be passive while others make the decisions that affect our quality of life.”

Years ago she served as a Skagit Food Co-op board member, plus she has experience in technical editing and was a writing instructor at WWU and WCC.

Ticker Ba-Aye, Treasurer

Ticker Ba-Aye

My name is Shannon Ba-Aye but I go by Ticker, a nickname my father gave me early on. My family moved here when I was 4, and at 21 I moved away to explore the rest of the country. After twelve years away I’m so happy to be back in the PNW with a family of my own. With all its beauty and endless outdoor activities I have plenty to fill my free time and my heart! We moved here from New Orleans in 2016, and in 2017 we happily bought a little home in the York neighborhood.

As small-business owners and with two young children of our own, my husband and I are deeply interested in becoming more closely connected to our community along with making efforts to get involved with, support and nurture the neighborhood around us—hence my desire to be a part of the Board.

I look forward to the coming year serving on the board and getting to know my fellow Yorkers!

Emma Toth

Emma Toth

I am a Senior at Western Washington University. I am currently doing a double major, working on degrees in both Political Science and Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. I’ve been living in the York Neighborhood for two years, but I am originally from Seattle. In the summers I move to Oregon, where I teach surfing to all ages and have participated in the Hood to Coast Relay for the past two years.

I am coordinating with WWU’s Community Ambassador Network to represent Western on the YNA Board and am looking forward to being able to serve and learn more about the neighborhood!

Mark Ellis Walker

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 newsletter 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.


External Representatives:

Mayor’s Neighborhood Advisory Commissioner: February 2019—February 2021

Mayor’s Neighborhood Advisory Commissioner, Alternate: Term not defined

Traffic Liaison (to City):

Student Representatives:


      (room for more)

WWU Campus Community Coalition Representative:

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

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