Board of Directors
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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.
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.
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.
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 currently serves as Outreach Manager for Puget Sound Energy on Whidbey and for Skagit County. In this role, he is responsible for a wide range of community engagement activities. His responsibilities include 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.
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.”
As a high school student, Suzette Montano volunteered as a “candy striper” at her local community hospital. It was the beginning of making a positive difference in the community in which she lives through both volunteering and career choices.
Suzette’s educational background and career have supported her values and beliefs in community service. She had a fulfilling career of almost forty years working in public schools, at the middle and high school levels, as both teacher and administrator. It’s with pride and delight that Suzette contributed to her students’ successful outcomes of post-secondary education, training, and making positive impacts on their families and community.
Another major impact in Suzette’s life was becoming a caretaker in her mother’s declining years. Managing her mother’s increasing complex daily needs, healthcare, and finances was an evolving labor of love that ensured her mother’s end of life was with dignity and love.
When Suzette and her husband, Gil, retired to Whidbey Island in 2014, Suzette continued to be committed to making a positive difference in her new community. Suzette has found Island Senior Resources to be a transparent organization with the continuing development of clear outcomes and positive results for our island community. She is excited to integrate her skills and abilities with Island Senior Resources to create and maintain successful programs which meet the identified needs of our island population and continue to form a community we want to live in.
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.