2017 Executive Board
Chair: Karen Sutula
My name is Karen Sutula and I have lived in East Central for almost 2 years. I am a children’s book author and illustrator who also does graphic and web design. My first day in the neighborhood, when I received the keys to my house, Greg and I were standing on our front porch when a neighbor walked by and said hello. As he was welcoming us to the neighborhood, he explained he was on his way to a café meeting and explained what the café group did. He asked us if we would like to come along and I have been active in the neighborhood ever since – attending café meetings, ESBA meetings, and neighborhood council meetings. I am also on the Art on the Ave planning committee and regularly attend the 5th Ave Underhill Park Revitalization meetings. I was fortunate enough to take part in the Every Place Counts Design Challenge in July 2016 and I am still active in the North Spokane Corridor process representing East Central in many meetings with WSDOT and NSC Executive Committee.
I am very active in my church and I have lived in Spokane for 20 years. I have a degree in Visual Communications from ITT Tech. I love to draw, paint, write, read, spend time with my family, travel and hang out with my friends. There are so many things I love about the East Central neighborhood. I love the history, the diversity, and the pockets of commerce like East Sprague, 5th Ave, and the Perry District. My husband and I plan to buy our home and grow old together here.
Vice Chair: Alicia Ayars
Hi, My name is Alicia Ayars and I am the East Central Neighborhood Council’s Vice Chair. I have lived in the neighborhood for the last four years with my husband. Before I moved to this neighborhood my grandfather lived here for 50 years with his wife and raised his three boys one of which being my father. When he passed away my husband and I purchased the home and have lived here ever since. My husband and I are outdoor enthusiasts and adventurers. I love living in the East Central Neighborhood it is close enough to downtown that I can bike in the summer and bus in the winter. I look forward to giving back to my community by being a part of this Neighborhood Council.
Secretary: Heather Wallace
Hi, I’m Heather Wallace, your East Central Neighborhood Council Secretary. I have lived and raised my three daughters in the neighborhood for the last 15 years. East Central is a great place to live- I love the diversity, caring neighbors and amazing history. We have great things planned in our neighborhood and I hope to meet many of you at our monthly meetings, events or just while out and about.
Treasurer: Greg Sutula
I have lived in the neighborhood for almost 2 years. One of the things I enjoy about living in East Central is that the residents are changing the area to be more positive and family friendly.
My wife and I are very excited about the positive changes that are happening!
I am an inpatient drug and alcohol counselor at SPARC and have been doing that kind of work for 10 years. It is very rewarding to be able to guide and encourage people to make healthy and positive changes in their lives and the lives of their loved ones.
I attended school at Eastern Washington University and received my degree in Alcohol and Drug Studies.
I enjoy reading and am learning to play the mandolin.