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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.
June and her family moved to Whidbey Island after retiring from a 35-year career focused on serving people. As the Human Resources and Safety Director for a local Washington construction company, caring for others and the importance of compassion was an integral part of her working life.
For ten years, she also found herself responsible for aging parents. In the area where they lived, there was no single organization to assist her, and the family, in finding elder care resources to navigate changing challenges. When she moved to Whidbey Island she found, in Island Senior Resources, a place that assisted with all essential resources for the care of elders and wanted to be a part of the organization.
Service in her community is the next phase of her life. Raised by parents who believed that volunteering was our privilege and responsibility, she volunteered to become an ISR board member. Currently, she is sitting on several sub-committees and is the Vice President of the Board.
I have lived in Oak Harbor for five years. A spur of the moment road trip resulted in a love affair with Whidbey Island and the many opportunities that the island offers to be a part of this amazing community. I have worked with Island Senior Resources, referring many individuals to the organization over the last five years. I was so impressed with the services, care, and caring provided, that I felt I had to become a part of this client-oriented organization as a member of the Board.
My background includes being on the Board of Directors for Alzheimer’s Society and was an Alzheimer Support Group facilitator for four+ years. I was involved with the opening of the Time Together program in Oak Harbor, a member of Elder Services Providers in Bellingham, numerous professional organizations, and have spent 15+ years working with families as they face the difficult decision of placing their family members in a memory care community. I have also been on the planning committee for four years for the North Sound Alzheimer Walk held in Skagit County.
I was educated in Canada and transferred to the United States by a company that was making major real estate investments in multiple states to facilitate the operation and leasing of new acquisitions. I was Vice President for two real estate companies in Washington, D.C. and have managed and leased more than two million square feet of office and retail properties in multiple states and Canada.
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.
A Seattle native, Kathryn returned to her Washington roots in 2017 when she and her husband moved to Whidbey Island following her retirement. Prior to retiring, she enjoyed a 36-year legal career in the Portland City Attorney’s Office where she advised and represented city bureaus, decision makers, and the City Council on many interesting, complicated, and often controversial land use projects.
Although Kathryn and her husband are relatively new full-time residents, they have had had a home here since 2012 and have become involved in their new island community. She is an active member of St. Augustine’s-in-the-Woods Episcopal Church in Freeland. Her husband is a Vietnam veteran, a mental health counselor who works with combat veterans, and a member of the Whidbey Veterans Resource Center board.
Kathryn’s interest in serving the island’s senior population has many roots. Her late-in-life master’s degree exposed her to the field of gerontology and sparked her interest in addressing the needs of seniors in practical and policy ways. Supporting her parents as they aged provided an eye-opening education in the challenges facing elders, particularly those living alone. Serving as a hospice volunteer for the last nine years has helped her appreciate what matters most when illness intervenes, and days are few. And she considers herself fortunate to be surrounded by many elders who show her that life can be engaging, active, and richly rewarding at any age. Now that she has turned 65, Kathryn is eager to apply what she has learned to her life as a senior and looks forward to supporting her peers by serving on the Island Senior Resources Board.
Bicycling, yoga, swimming, beachcombing, gardening, spending time with family in Seattle, reading, and travelling are all pursuits she appreciates having more time to enjoy in her new phase of life.
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.”
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.
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Cheryn has been involved with human and health services in the Puget Sound region and greater Northwest for 45 years. She has served as Executive Director for three distinct human service organizations, been the Director for the Futures Process for Catholic Community Services of Western Washington, and consulted for health and human service organizations across the Northwest regarding strategic planning, organizational change and community engagement. On Whidbey she’s consulted with Goosefoot, Hedgebrook, Ebey’s Landing Trust Board, several departments within Island County government, Senior Services of Island County and the Oak Harbor School District. She holds a M.Ed. from Western Washington University and a B.A. in Psychology and Spanish from Lewis and Clark College.
A native Northwesterner, Cheryn, her husband, two daughters, and mother, moved to Whidbey Island in 1994. She currently lives on the property they chose in 1994 and enjoys gardening, reading, gourmet cooking, and spending time with immediate and extended/chosen family
Interested In Joining The Board?
Please contact Island Senior Resources at (360) 321-1600 or (360) 678-3373 if you are interested in applying to join the Board. We have a special interest in North-island applicants.