Our Good Cheer Board
Before retiring early to Whidbey Island in 2002, Marilee served as a treatment team leader, managing eight group homes for the developmentally disabled in New York; coordinating the work of professional and paraprofessional staff, and acting as a liaison to the community. “I have a strong desire to be of service to my community,” she said. “As a life-long advocate for people with needs, I feel I can bring empathy, collegiality and a realistic view to the provision of essential human services in a time of growing need.” She has a degree in psychology from Fredonia College, and has completed graduate work in special education and health care administration. Term ends 12/2017
Board Vice President
In her newly retired status, 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 a PhD in Human and Organizational Systems and an MBA from Pepperdine University. Kathryn and her husband Tucker, moved to Langley in 2000. Kathryn is on the WICA board and 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).
Term ends 12/2019
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
Rob Anderson’s Accounting degree morphed into computer programming. In his career’s latest stage, he served over 19 years as a senior programmer/analyst at the Yerkes Regional Primate Center at Emory University in Atlanta. He worked at and participated in the co-op food movement in Minnesota, Pennsylvania and Georgia and is comfortable around food distribution centers and has much experience working with volunteers. Rob has returned to his accounting roots as the bookkeeper at his church since retiring here in 2013 and building a home.
Term ends 12/2019
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 December 2018
John Lawson 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 has become involved in his community since retiring and is a regular volunteer with the Good Cheer Food Bank the last 4 years as a truck driver picking up food shipments from Food Life Line and/or Northwest Harvest each week plus food shipments from Whidbey Island supermarkets. Currently, he’s the president of the Langley Community Club, and on the Langley Main Street committee, and is a volunteer each July for the Chamber of Commerce’s Choochokum event. He and his wife Mary retired to Whidbey Island in 2007 and have 2 grown children.
Term ends 12/2017
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 December, 2019
Tom retired with more than 30 years in the military. His final assignment in the Army Corps of Engineers was as a director of an 1,100 person Engineering and Construction organization with a $200 million annual budget. After retirement he served as President and CEO of a civil/structural engineering consulting firm. Since his 2nd retirement he has served on Church, Historical Society and Good Cheer Boards. He has also served in a number of professional organizations and service clubs. Tom has lived on South Whidbey since 1982.
Term ends 12/2019
Vincent Nattress 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 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 December 217
Sarah Dial Primrose
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 25th 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 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 his education in Business, Law, and Psychology. He wrote an e-book, “How I Helped My Community and You Can Too.” He has been 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 that need help and maintains the safety and quality of life for all members of our community.
Term ends 12/2018
I have had the pleasure of living on Whidbey Island since 1975 where I raised two children. Went to work at Pioneer Bank & then Washington Mutual in Freeland for 25 years. It was there I met my husband Richard.. I was asked to be on the board in 1986 (give or take a few years). Since that time I have been Secretary, Vice President & President. Currently head a team of volunteers to price Christmas. Throughout my life on the Island I have had the opportunity to be involved in many organizations, Chamber of Commerce, Creepy Castle, Relay for Life, Island County Fair and Good Cheer. Good Cheer has been and always will be my main sense of satisfaction.
Term ends 12/2017
Laura Weeks and her husband Brad, have lived on the Island for 23 years while they raised their 4 daughters. Laura is very connected to the organic growers on the south end because of her interest in people eating healthy, especially children. She is raising bees for their medicinal purposes besides their delicious honey. Her work background evolved from her interest in cultures and her anthropology degree, and she went on to obtain an MBA from Yale all the while helping small villages in countries worldwide with economic development issues. Term ends 12/2017
Kathleen McLaughlin McCabe, Executive Director
Kathy was hired by Good Cheer in 2002. At that time the Good Cheer Board of Director’s was looking for a store manager to oversee the operations of their Thrift Store. She brought to the position 25 years of retail experience. As owner operator of Freeland Ace Hardware she was successful in turning it into a respected viable business. At that time Good Cheer did not have an Executive Director that position evolved once the board was comfortable with the direction the Thrift Store was heading as it was their primary funding source for the Food Bank.
As Kathy moved from her role as a store manager into that of an Executive Director she referred back to the work she had done with the Family Policy Council a Washington State Department that she had contracted with for 10 years after selling her Hardware Store. She had been trained in the “Principle of Family Support”, so she began a series of focus groups where she heard and learned the concerns of those who were using the food bank at that time.
From that point on it has been her quest to help build programs that have foundations that are based on both dignity and respect. Together with a responsible board of directors, dedicated staff, committed volunteers and a supportive community Good Cheer has grown into a non-profit that is known for its shopping model food bank, community gardens, and two sustainable Thrift Stores.