(360) 221-6454 FoodBank@whidbey.com

Our Good Cheer Board

 

Kathryn Stevens

Board President

As a retiree, Kathryn Stevens is following her parents, Bob and Ethel Waters, in service to the SW community.  Focused on a career in healthcare financial and organizational change management leadership and consulting roles, she has an MA and PhD in Human and Organizational Systems, a BS in Management and an MBA from Pepperdine University. Kathryn and her late husband Tucker, moved to Langley in 2000. Kathryn was on the WICA board, the Island Shakespeare Festival Board and is a board member of the Langley Community Club.  She has served as treasurer and director on several boards over the years as well as a 4-year membership on the Island County Health Advisory Board (CHAB).  Kathryn has two children and many grandchildren on the west coast and Brazil.  She lives in Langley with her sister, Ginger Waters.

Term ends 12/2019

John Lawson

Board Vice President

John is a graduate of Syracuse University with a degree in Landscape Design. He was a regional sales representative for a firm that provided services to the florist industry throughout the Pacific Northwest. He became involved in the community after retirement and is a regular volunteer at Good Cheer. For the past 4 years, he has driven the truck over to the mainland every week to pick up food shipments from the regional food distributors and from Whidbey supermarkets. He and his wife, Mary retired to Whidbey Island in 2007 and have two grown children.

Term ends 12/2020

Linda Henderson

Board Secretary

As a child, Linda spent many wonderful times visiting her grandparents’ home on Whidbey Island.  In 2011, she relocated from Edmonds to Langley, retiring here in 2012.  Having earned an MBA, her early career was spent in the for-profit sector primarily in marketing and leadership roles in financial organizations.  At mid-career, Linda was drawn to opportunities to serve her community, assuming leadership roles in the nonprofit arena.  Before retiring, Linda served as Executive Director of American Diabetes Association for Washington.  Locally, Linda served as Board Chair for South Whidbey Commons in 2015, helping the organization develop a more streamlined, sustainable business model.

Term ends 12/2020

Laura Weeks

Board Treasurer

Laura Weeks and her husband, Brad, have lived on the island since 1993, where they raised four daughters who have now “flown the coop”.  Laura has focused her professional attention over the past several decades on areas of natural health and nutrition.  In her spare time she is an organic gardener and avid cook and believes passionately in supporting sustainable local food systems.  Her previous work centered on local economic development, both in the US and internationally.  She initially studied anthropology and then obtained an MBA from Yale University.  She is delighted to bring her background and skills to the support of Good Cheer.

Term ends 12/2020

Sara Ames

Board Member

Sara has been volunteering with non-profits or service groups since she was in 8th grade. She worked in social services for nearly 2 decades for a number of providers on local, county and state levels, advocating for seniors, the disabled, migrants and those with low incomes. She then established and operated a high-end retail company, a 5 star bed and breakfast and a successful interior design and spatial planning business. Sara also brings welcome expertise in fundraising, advocacy and grant writing.

Term Ends – 12/2020

Kelly Turner-Gibson

Board Member

Kelly has been with Whidbey Island Bank for 15 years, and in Banking for over 30 years in Western Washington.  A graduate of Langley High School, Kelly returned to Whidbey Island in 2002 with her husband, also a Langley High School graduate, to raise their boys. Kelly is very active and involved in the local community and a huge fan of Good Cheer and all the wonderful things it does for so many people.

Term ends 12/2020

Bob Green

Board Member

Bob is a Colorado State DVM graduate with a PhD from U of Cal (Davis). A Board Certified Veterinary Clinical Pathologist, Bob taught at  Oklahoma State, U of Missouri and Texas A&M. With wife Mary, a retired Episcopal priest, they left Houston arriving happily on Whidbey Island in 2012.  A.K.A. “Old Spice” Bob’s job in the Food Bank continues to be packaging spices and he also enjoys serving as Secretary of the Good Cheer Board.

Term ends 12/2018

Dan Gulden

Board Member

Dan Gulden is a graduate of St. Olaf College in Northfield Minnesota with a degree in Economics and International Business. Dan has had key roles in growing small and medium sized global businesses from $10 million to $350 million in annual sales. He is active in in the local community and a supporter of local businesses and the arts and is a member of the Langley Design Review Board. For the past two years Dan is currently a real estate broker with John L. Scott in Langley and enjoys introducing people to the island lifestyle.

Term ends 12/2018

Reed Kaltenbach

Board Member

Reed has been a staunch volunteer in the Good Cheer Garden since moving with his wife, Jenny, to the island in 2014. As owner of the Outback Exotic Bird Farm for 20 years, Reed put his M.S. in Biology degree to practical use developing efficient methods of production of 20 threatened species of parrots so that wild birds need not be taken for the pet trade. He has served as an environmental program specialist in the Department of Environmental Quality, a research associate in the Departments of Psychiatry and Surgery at LSUMC and an electron microscopist in the Department of Pathology at LSUMC. These days Reed gardens, hikes, and makes amazing blackberry wine.

Term Ends – 12/2020

 

Faye Lavvorn

Board Member

Faye and her husband Jim moved to Whidbey Island full time in 2013; having been connected to the island for ten years prior to that. She holds a BA in History from the University of Washington, and a MA in Public History and Archival Management from North Carolina State University.  She was a registrar with the North Carolina Museum of History and held positions with the Marymoor Museum in Redmond of collections manager and interim director.  She’s been a volunteer with the Seattle Art Museum since 2000, and has been teaching ESL since 2008.  She has served on the Board of the Island County History Museum in Coupeville, and serves as the Programs Co-Chair with the Whidbey Chapter of the American Association of University Women.

Term ends 12/2019

Tom Nack

Board Member

Tom retired with more than 30 years in the military.  His final assignment in the Army Corps of  Engineers was as the director of an 1,100 person Engineering and Construction organization.  After retirement he served as President and CEO of a civil/structural engineering consulting firm. Since his second retirement he has served on Church, Historical Society and Good Cheer Boards.  He has also served in a number of professional and service organizations.  Tom and his wife, Miriam, have lived on South Whidbey since 1982.

Term ends 12/2019

Vincent Nattress

Board Member

Vincent is the Chef and Owner for Good Cheer’s neighboring business: Orchard Kitchen. Vincent has spent over 30 years in the restaurant business, in every capacity from dishwasher to Executive Chef to small business owner. Having grown up on Whidbey, he spent two decades away, but returned with his wife Tyla to raise their two daughters on our wonderful island. The Nattress family are strong believers in food as a foundation for strong community.

Term ends 12/2020

Sarah Dial Primrose

Board Member

Sarah moved from the island of Manhattan to the island of Whidbey 34 years ago and made it her home, founding a family and raising her son Landon, who was born here. She studied Advertising, Display and Design at FIT (SUNY) while in New York. Sarah has used her eclectic people & artist skills to run various home-based businesses, including Primrose Path Properties, now in its 26th year of operation.  A long time Good Cheer enthusiast as a shopper at the thrift stores  as well as a volunteer and occasional client at the food bank, Sarah believes in Good Cheer and its mission and is happy to serve as a board member, hoping to make some good contributions during her term.

Term ends 12/2019

JaNoah Spratt

Board Member

JaNoah Spratt at age seven became aware of Good Cheer Food Bank.  Year after year his fundraising efforts evolved into raising tens of thousands of dollars.  He is building he education in Business Law, and Psychology.  He wrote an e-book, “How I Helped My Community and You Can Too.”  He has been a part of the Good Cheer Food Bank for more than ten years.  He will continue to bring the awareness of a community service that respects the dignity of people who need help and maintains the safety and quality of life for all members of our community.

Term ends 12/2018

Wendy Visconty

Board Member

Wendy is a happily retired CPA, having received her degree in Business Administration from the University of Washington. During her years as a partner in a local, and later a national CPA firm, many of her clients were in the food processing industry, and many others were nonprofits. After retiring in 2012, she and her husband Mark moved to Whidbey Island.  The first thing they did was to build a large garden, and they now grow most of their own vegetables. Wendy loves turning those vegetables into nourishing, delicious meals. Wendy and Mark raised their 2 children on Vashon Island, so island living is not a new thing for them.  Wendy volunteers her time and skills to several Whidbey Island non profit organizations. Wendy is dedicated to spending her retirement years in service to the community in which she lives. She believes that everyone should have access to a beautiful environment, good food and a supportive community.

Term ends 12/2020