Board of Directors
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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.
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.
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.
Lori moved to Whidbey in 2003 and she is never moving again. This is home.
After 12 years as Office & Financial Manager for Whidbey Sun & Wind, Lori started her own accounting services business. Leaving the solar business also meant stepping down from her role as president of Solar Installers of Washington (now WASEIA), an organization she helped found.
Lori has a BS in Accounting and is an enrolled agent with the IRS. Serving her clients is tremendously gratifying. Lori was also looking to use her skills to be of service in the community. Seeing the tremendous difference Island Senior Resources makes in the lives of friends, neighbors, and clients, Lori leapt at the opportunity to join the Board.
Lori recharges her batteries by spending time with family, gardening, dancing, and hanging out with barnyard denizens Guinness and Vincent & Theo Van Goat.
Jason and his wife Kathy built a home on Whidbey Island in 1995. After a career that took them from Redmond WA to Malawi Africa to Andover MA, they finally settled here for good during the summer of 2013. Jason’s career has focused on information technology and management information systems primarily in the healthcare and education sectors.
Jason’s shared role in caring for his mother-in-law diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease introduced him to the various programs provided by Island Senior Resources. From this experience he realized the value ISR provides to the community and enthusiastically wishes to give back through his efforts as a member of the ISR Board of Directors.
Walt Blackford has lived and worked on South Whidbey since 1994…the fulfillment of a declaration as a 10-year-old that someday he would live on an island in Puget Sound.
Walt recently retired as Outreach Manager for Puget Sound Energy on Whidbey and for Skagit County. In this role, he was responsible for a wide range of community engagement activities. His responsibilities included presentations related to electric safety and energy efficiency, event staffing, public education, customer service, liaison with the nonprofit sector, and more.
Over the past 25 years, Walt has supported a number of community organizations as volunteer/donor, including Whidbey Institute, Hearts and Hammers, Big Brothers and Big Sisters, Whidbey Island Center for the Arts, Whidbey-Camano Land Trust, and many others.
Walt’s education includes B.S. in Communication of Environmental Information (UC Davis) and an MBA with focus on the role of business in society from Willamette University in Salem, Oregon. His career has spanned public, private and nonprofit sectors and has largely called upon his skills and abilities in communications, planning, organizational development, community relations, and strategic thinking.
Walt served as a board member of Senior Services of Island County from 2011 to 2014, including almost three years as board president. He lives in Langley with his wife, Shirley Jantz.
Prior to coming to Whidbey in 2013, Nancy was a principle for 28 years in Transform, Inc., a survey, training, and consulting firm. Before that she was a consultant for the Maryland State Department of Education, Library Development Division. She also worked for the Cleveland Public Library, the Cuyahoga County Public Library, the Sichangu Oyate HO/St. Francis Indian School (SD), and the Cambridge (OH) Mental Health and Development Center.
As a member of the American Library Association, Ohio Library Association, and the National Council on Aging Humanities Council she was active in developing guidelines and services to the aging, impaired elderly, prison, mental health and developmental disabilities communities.
Bringing people and information together has been a driving force in her life, especially for older adults.Her current volunteer work includes the North Whidbey Vital Aging Coalition and various outreach ministries at St. Augustine Catholic Church.
Nancy holds a B.A. degree from the College of St. Mary of the Springs (OH), a M.A. in Library Science from the University of Michigan, and a SPEC degree in Gerontology (NCOA Fellow) from the University of Wisconsin.
Mike has enjoyed living, working, and playing on Whidbey since ’98. He raised four children with his wife Kristi and is currently the Developmental Disabilities Coordinator for Island County.
Mike enjoys engaging/learning with all age groups to gain insight and wisdom, especially folks under the age of 10 or born in the decades before him. A few of his favorite community contributions include being a long-time board member of Big Brothers Big Sisters, coaching baseball from T-ball through high school, and as a council member and Sunday school teacher at Trinity Lutheran. In addition, he has been a leader on the steering committee of WA State Father’s Network along with coaching Special Olympics for the South Whidbey Wind.
He has a B.A. in Elementary Education along with a Philosophy concentration from Saint John’s University, MN.
Ever since living with his Grandmother Ione and Great Aunt Eleanor during summers while in college, Mike has been intrigued/amazed with the aging process. Now experiencing the loss of his father and the challenges involved with an aging mother, he felt drawn to being involved with Island Senior Resources.
Commissioner Jill Johnson is serving her third term as Island County Commissioner and is currently the Chair of the Board. Jill graduated from Oak Harbor High School and went on to earn a degree in Communications and Economics from Central Washington University and an Executive Leadership Certification from the Professional Development Academy of the National Association of Counties. Jill serves on a number of county committees including the Northwest Regional Council on Aging and Disability, the North Sound Behavioral Health Administrative Service Organization and the Washington Counties Risk Pool. She is also a member of the Ruckelshaus Center’s Behavioral Health Framework Workgroup, as well as a member of Washington State’s Behavioral Health Coordination Committee
Jill is married to Alex Pfeiffer a local Realtor. The couple have no children, yet find themselves with car seats in all of their cars…something they describe as a joyful mystery of small town life.
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.”
Suzanne Turner is a Registered Nurse and Midwife with 45 years’ experience specializing in Public Health Nursing. After immigrating from South Africa to the United States in 1998, Suzanne spent ten years in Long Beach, CA, and then moved to beautiful Whidbey Island.
Since moving to Whidbey, Suzanne has worked for Island County as their Nursing Director, providing services for Mother & Child, Immunizations, Communicable Disease, and supervised the WIC Program. In addition, she is a member of the board for the Toddler Learning Center. Suzanne brings great passion to the care and training of caregivers. Suzanne’s background has led to successful endeavors in fundraising. Her father lovingly said, “She could sell ice to an Eskimo.”
Suzanne comes to the board of Island Senior Resources with great diverse experience and energy, and a commitment to working with and for Whidbey’s aging population. Suzanne’s loves include working in her garden, traveling the world, kayaking, birding, photography, and classical music. She shares her home with a famous cat named “Max,” and both are a force to be reckoned with!