Marilee Seligson, President
Marilee Seligson has a degree in psychology from Fredonia College in New York and has completed graduate work in special education and health care administration. Before retiring, she served as a treatment team leader for Letchworth Developmental Disabilities Service Office, operating eight group homes, and coordinating the work of professional and paraprofessional direct care staff. “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.” Term ends 12/2017
Bob Olson, Vice President
Bob is a long time resident of Island County. Bob co-chaired Good Cheer’s Capital Campaign which raised $1.4 million. He is a retired Bank President. Additionally, Bob is one of the principals in developing Useless Bay Golf & Country Club and Useless Bay Colony. Bob and his wife Carol have three adult children and five grandchildren. Term ends 12/2016
Rob Anderson, Treasurer
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 12/2016
Bob Green is a Colorado State DVM graduate receiving his PhD at U of Cal (Davis) and a Board Certified Veterinary Clinical Pathologist who taught same at Oklahoma State U, U of Missouri and Texas A&M. They arrived on the Island 2 years ago and Karen assigned him the task of packaging spices in the Food Bank which he has done since. He paid a courtesy visit to a veterinary lab in Mukilteo when they first arrived and found they needed help and now has a part time job. Term ends 12/2018
Jerry and his wife (Daunne) moved to Whidbey Island in 2004. As a youth, he roamed South Whidbey for many summers due to his parent’s residence on Bell’s Beach. Jerry graduated from Central Washington University with a degree in Urban Studies. He professionally served as the Director of Community Development (land use and construction) at the City of Mercer Island for nearly three decades. Upon retirement, he was a Construction Consultant for the Seattle School District for eight years. As a volunteer, Jerry served for ten years on local and national disaster response teams with the American Red Cross. Jerry is currently serving as the Chairperson of the Facilities Committee for Good Cheer. Term ends 12/2016
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 various services to the florist industry throughout the Pacific Northwest. He has become very 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 and other deliveries of food shipments from Whidbey Island super markets. Currently, he’s the president of the Langley Community Club and on the Langley Main Street committee and is a regular 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
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 12/2016
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
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 12/2016
Bill graduated from Texas Tech University with a major in accounting and a minor in finance. He then received his JD degree from South Texas College of Law and was admitted to practice law in Texas. For thirty years he has worked in the petroleum industry in the area of international finance and accounting. After retiring, he and his family moved to Whidbey Island in 1998 and he joined the Good Cheer Board. Bill has been active in participating in the development of Good Cheer’s various facilities. Term ends 12/2018
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
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.