The Leaders


Janet Macher


I moved to Echo Lake Road with my husband in 2011. I have a 35 year insurance career in Customer Service and Underwriting. This experience has strengthened my project management skills, attention to detail and customer focus. Combined with my passion for community, my work skills have proven valuable in my role as President. I grew up with 10 siblings in Edmonds. My sister is developmentally disabled which inspired me to volunteer throughout my life. I love gardening, baseball and travel. In 2019, I have enjoyed being involved in every aspect of this group. Volunteering in my community has been rewarding and the commute is always great!

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Wayne Connell

Vice President

I moved to 228th in 1987. I worked as an electrical engineer designing medical ultrasound equipment. I am now retired and serving Snohomish County and the Department of Emergency Management in the communications group. This association, experience and ongoing training allows me to help build a resilient community. I am an active Amateur Radio Operator, with systems to serve our community in a disaster. I have been involved in our community development since 2018. I am also responsible for communications and this website.

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Marcus Erickson


Marcus is a retired Mechanical Engineer and has lived in the Echo Lake area since 1992. His interests include off-road motorcycling, garage projects and road tripping. He has been a volunteer with the Northwest Motorcycle Association and currently serves as treasurer for Cascade Family Motorcycle Club. He was raised on the family farm in Oregon but his first job out of college was in Southern California - where he learned to really appreciate the rural lifestyle he had left – but to which he eventually was able to return.

Marcus was married to his wonderful wife for 29 years prior to her passing in 2020. He has two fine adult daughters.

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Wendy Wester


My husband and I moved to 138th in 2013. Beyond Secretary, my primary focus is on Community Events. Prior to my current career as a real estate agent, I owned a multi-location Los Angeles based aviation service company for 27 years. My experience operating a competitive business required strengths in the areas of planning, organization, customer service and attention to detail. In 2019, I was involved in the planning of the first National Night Out. I look forward to utilizing my experience to help create bonds between neighbors and strengthening our community. In my recreational time, I enjoy taking our '55 truck for a drive, participating in local car shows, and camping.

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James Etzkorn

I grew up in Vancouver, WA and obtained my electrical engineering degree from University of Washington where I met my wife. We lived in France for a couple years where I obtained my master's degree in nanotechnology. We then lived in California for seven years where I worked in the high tech industry. Remember Google's smart contact lens? I led that team for a number of years in addition to working on numerous other research and development projects.

We finally decided to move back to Washington to the Echo Lake community in 2018 to raise our daughter. Since then, I started the FIRST Robotics team at Monroe High School and my wife volunteers at the Maltby Food Bank. You can mainly find us working in the garden, going for walks, and of course volunteering in our community. Feel free to send me an e-mail if you want to chat sometime or just wave at me when you see me out and about in the 204th St neighborhood.

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Rena Connell

Events & Activities Committee

Rena Connell grew up in a small, tight-knit, grain farming community in rural Central Montana. She has lived in the Echo Lake area since 1987 when she married her husband Wayne. She had moved here from Billings, MT where she served as the executive director of a non-profit agency serving the families of children with handicapping conditions. Here she served families in the Monroe School District with infants and toddlers who had delays and disabilities for over 20 years. She and Wayne live in the home where they raised their two daughters and now have three grandchildren in WA and OR. She believes that the Echo Lake Community can create a neighborhood that extends hospitality and includes all people in our vision of a caring, compassionate community.

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Marion Douglas

Lost Echo Ham Club

Marion Douglas grew up in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, with parents of German and Ukrainian background. He attended LaSalle University and Drexel University, majoring in Biomedical Engineering with an Electronic Engineering concentration. During college and grad school, Marion was involved in the German and Ukrainian-American communities and active in Choral Music, Drama, having performed at major venues in the eastern half of the US as well as two concert tours of Europe. He was a board member of a German-American Club in Warminster, PA and was involved in taking youth soccer teams to Germany and commemorating the fall of the Berlin wall and installing one of two pieces of that wall in Warminster, PA. The other piece resides at the Reagan Library.

Marion devoted his career to developing both in vivo and in vitro medical instrumentation to help doctors treat patients, and was relocated to Bothell, WA by an ultrasound company, Advanced Technology Laboratories (ATL), that grew out of the UW, and currently works for Verathon, a company that uses medical ultrasound to produce easy to use medical devices. He met his wife, Jennifer, in Bellingham, married her in 2006, and they have two boys aged 12 and 10.

Marion moved to Echo Lake in June of 2018, and was very intentional about getting to know his new neighbors and getting involved in the Echo Lake Community. He recently started an Amateur Radio Club to promote emergency communications and foster a sense of community, named “Lost Echo Hams” with the help of Wayne Connell and several others. We currently do a “net” on Thursday nights at 8pm, with the exception of the 2nd Thursdays when we have a club meeting.

In his spare time, Marion enjoys running around Echo Lake, playing guitar, and mountain biking with his two boys.

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Board Meeting of January 2021

The annual board meeting of the Echo Lake Community Group was held on January 30, 2021.

Due to Covid-19 the board was maintaining social distance via Zoom. While this was different, they discussed the plans for 2021. They were excited to welcome Marcus Erickson as Treasurer. Marcus brings a new perspective and provides a critical role in our future.

We are proud to be of service to the community we love.