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Wendy has been the Island Senior Resources president since 2014 following her retirement from a career as a health professional in the geriatric medical sector. She has been a resident of Whidbey Island for four years and loves the life here and the ability to contribute to the interests and needs of seniors in the county. In addition to various Island Senior Resources committee memberships she has also conducted educational opportunities for staff and the general public on fall risk reduction, memory impairments, and geriatric exercise. Her employment background prior to retirement included corporate management and operations and consultation of rehabilitation services to multiple agency sites around the United States and authored and taught nationally on fall risk reduction and treatment of memory impaired clients.
As a physical therapist, she is a Member of the American Physical Therapy Association, and APTA’s Geriatric, Home Health and Administration Sections. Having concentrated on the health needs of seniors for the past 25 years, the decision to join the SSIC Board in 2013 was a natural segue into continuing to focus on healthy and active aging in place for seniors of Island County
Cynthia Powell Trowbridge has been involved in numerous social service capacities over the years. The care and nurturing of families, from birth to death, has been a passion that has informed Cynthia’s personal, professional and volunteer choices.
Cynthia worked for 8 years as a preschool teacher specializing in child rearing, childhood peer interaction and the importance of play in early learning. She worked for 10 years at Eastside Domestic Violence Program facilitating women’s and children’s support groups and teaching “Parenting Children Who Experience Domestic Violence” to women who had been disempowered by their experience.
In 2001 Cynthia and her husband created Tinyblue Foundation, a small family foundation, to benefit social, cultural, spiritual and scientific endeavors. She is also a founder of Enso House, (www.ensohouse.org), a home for the dying on Whidbey Island where she is a Board Member and currently serves as volunteer coordinator. She has experience as a volunteer caregiver with Seattle’s first hospice program at Providence Hospital on Cherry Hill and in caring for a family member with a terminal illness.
Cynthia relishes living in the Whidbey Island community which has a special feeling of sharing and comradery. The legacy Cynthia inherited from her parents is one of volunteerism which she now continues with participation in cultural, spiritual and community organizations and activities. It gives her great pleasure to share that legacy with Island Senior Resources.
Tom Sommer graduated from the University of Portland in Psychology in 1970. In 1974 he married his wife Jane and in 1976 was offered a position with Peoples National Bank of Washington counting change for the Kingdome concession stands. Shortly thereafter, he became the first manager of People’s Evergreen Way (Everett) branch and then manager of the West Renton Branch.
After becoming an experienced bank manager he was ready to learn something new and transferred to Othello, WA to learn crop financing and then on to Kennewick, WA to be Manager of Financial Services for the Columbia Basin region. US Bank purchased Peoples and Tom was again transferred, this time to Portland, OR.
After 20 years in large banks, Tom moved to Clovis, California for 17 years as the Chief Credit Officer of Central Valley Community Bank ($1.1B bank assets). He retired in 2014 and remains committed, as Board Treasurer, to helping Island Senior Resources continue as a financially safe and sound organization.
Christina Baldwin is a writer, teacher, and seminar presenter of 40+ years experience. She is a pioneering leader who has shaped modern movements in reflective writing, storytelling, and collaborative dialogue. She is the author of eight books including Life’s Companion, Journal Writing as a Spiritual Practice, Storycatcher, Making Sense of our Lives through the Power and Practice of Story, Calling the Circle, and The Circle Way (co-authored with Ann Linnea).
Since moving to Whidbey in 1994, she and Ann have operated PeerSpirit, Inc., a small educational company with global outreach focused on facilitation, community-building, and reconciliation practices. She has consulted in a broad range of organizational settings including health care, higher education, non-profit boards, and community groups. This body of work, The Circle Way, is now flourishing among next generation teachers and practitioners, allowing Christina to focus on writing, teaching memoir and to offer her skills at a local level.
She comes to the Island Senior Resources board with a deep commitment to communication and social activism. She sees the elder years as an opportunity to communicate cross-generationally and to articulate values that sustain and inform compassionate community. She looks forward to ways to share the story of Island Senior Resources and explore dialogue within Island County.
Christina Baldwin is the daughter of Island Senior Resources board member Leo Baldwin and is delighted to serve in what may be the first father/daughter board team.
For five years, Leo was Executive Director and Manager of a 165-unit, church-sponsored senior housing project in Minnesota before joining the national staff of AARP in 1972. For 14 years, in the Program Department and as Director of Special Projects, Leo worked with nonprofit organizations, such as the American Association of Homes for the Aging, National Council on Aging, National Home Builders Association, American Institute of Architects and federal departments, such as Health and Human Services and Housing and Urban Development. During this period, Leo conceived and developed training materials for nationwide programs, such as Widow Persons Service, Reverse Mortgages, Ombudsman, Elder Cottage Housing Opportunity, and Shared Housing and Accessory Apartments. He also was active in the promotion of the AARP Income Tax Service and Defensive Driving programs.
For 10 years, Leo was President of LEO, Inc., a firm consulting in the field of gerontology and senior housing. For five years prior to retirement and moving to Whidbey Island, he was Development Officer for a nonprofit program serving developmentally disabled persons, raising about 40% of their million-dollar annual budget.
Vickie has lived on Whidbey since 2000, and has volunteered at Senior Thrift since 2011. As a result, she became interested in joining the board to better understand the store’s role and facilitate improved communication between the store and the board. After experiencing the value of services available for her aging father, she also has a strong incentive to “give back” to the island community.
Vickie comes to Island Senior Resources with 20+ years experience as a manufacturing engineer in the electronics industry, including 10+ years in database design and programming. She also has 5+ years of experience as a teacher and trainer of both children and adults.
Vickie is an avid bike rider and has ridden across the U.S. four times. Back at home, Vickie loves telling customers at Senior Thrift “It’s the best store in the world!” Well, it is!
Julie has been actively involved in the Whidbey Island community since arriving on island in 1988. She is a native of Seattle and graduated from Western Washington University in Bellingham.
Julie has been a small business owner on South Whidbey since 1991. Building Source, Inc., her Freeland based company, designs kitchens and bathrooms, and supplies cabinetry, windows and doors plus hardware for cabinets and doors. Julie has also had an interior design consulting business, Joselyn Group, for the last 30 years.
Julie was a member of Soroptimist International of South Whidbey Island for 19 years. Her main contribution was marketing and fund raising.
When Julie left SISW she looked for an organization where she could use her acquired skills and make a difference. She is doing just that for Island Senior Resources!
Julie says, “Thank you for appointing me to the board. Your goals and philosophy are most commendable. I have enjoyed each and every one of you and have been made to feel very welcome.”
Tia Reese has been a Board Member since 2015 and currently serves as the Chair of the Island Senior Resources Human Resources Committee. She is deeply interested in how our community responds to the new challenges of our growing population of elders. She joined the Board to help strengthen and shape the organization’s crucial role in that effort.
Tia is currently a freelance Care Coordinator. She relocated to Whidbey in 1993 and continued her career as a master’s-level mental health social worker at local nonprofits. In 2000, she embarked on a career in Human Resources, and maintains certification as a Professional in Human Resources (PHR).
Tia lives near Langley with her husband, son, and dog. In her free time she loves to garden and ride her bike with her family.
Chris moved from California to Whidbey Island in 2013 and joined the Island Senior Resources Board in 2014. Before that, she spent 15 years in the field of publishing both in New York and San Francisco. In 1981 she formed her own publishing services company specializing in producing computer documentation for firms such as Apple Computer, Hewlett Packard, and Silicon Graphics, among others. A major project for Apple was the development and documentation of World Wide Print Standards, a program to ensure print consistency around the world. The company also developed and produced gardening and cook books for Ortho Books and Sunset Books, and training materials for Pacific Bell and Pacific Gas & Electric Co.
A career change took her to work on her Master’s degree in Gerontology and Business and into the Assisted Living field as Executive Director. After a decade in the field Chris moved to beautiful Whidbey Island. Her deep interest in seniors and their life journeys led her to the Island Senior Resources Board where she participates on the Finance and Strategic Planning Committees. She is also a Hospice volunteer.
After graduating from University of California – Berkeley, I spent 20+ years in the Army before retiring in 1982 as a Lieutenant Colonel. Along the way, I earned an MBA degree from Syracuse University.
For the next 6 years I worked for accounting and law firms serving as Director of Administration.
I then returned to college (University of Washington – Seattle) where, in 1989, I earned a Masters of Professional Accounting degree. Concurrent with this undertaking I served as a Teaching Assistant (TA) in an introductory accounting class.
Upon graduating from the UW, I was offered a part time position teaching accounting which turned out to be the beginning of the most fulfilling endeavor in my life. Twenty Five years later, I retired in 2013 from the UW as a Senior Lecturer.
Along the way, I earned a “Distinguished Teaching Award” which is a campus-wide award given once every year to only four instructors.