Now Recruiting New Board Members

Good Cheer is looking to add up to four new board members. Each term is three years, and there is the option of renewing for a second term. Current terms will begin January 1, 2023.

Regular board meetings are held on the fourth Tuesday of the month at 5:00 on zoom. Meetings are typically an hour and half long. The base expectation is 2 to 4 hours per month. This includes preparing for and attending monthly board meetings and providing input via email throughout the month. There will also be opportunities to join committees, which would require a larger time commitment.

There will also be one in-person annual meeting to discuss how well the organization is meeting its goals and stated objectives. Help with Good Cheer community events is also appreciated.

We will prioritize applicants with the following skills/traits/experience:

  • Lived experience with food insecurity (past or current)
  • Background in equity and diversity, or other community Advocacy
  • Facilities
  • Finance
  • Fund development

If you are interested in joining our board, please download an application. Submit completed applications to the Board President at boardpresident@goodcheer.org, or reach out for more information.

Good Cheer Board of Directors

Greg Roeben

Board President

Greg grew up in Montana.  As a child of a single mother who (at times) relied upon USDA Food Stamps, he grew up to attend college and graduate school in Boston.  After working as a teacher/counselor at a public alternative high school, he graduated from the University of Massachusetts Medical School. He moved closer to home to complete residency training in Internal Medicine and Psychiatry at the University of Washington Medical Center.

Greg established a private practice in therapy-based psychiatry on Seattle’s Eastside. He crossed paths with a high school classmate, Susan, and they married. Greg and Susan have had a second home on Whidbey for over 20 years.  Since their respective retirements, they have been spending much more time on Whidbey.  They are active with local and national organizations working to mitigate food and employment insecurity. Greg in also an active volunteer with the Washington State Animal Response Team (WASART) and local Medical Reserve Corps.

 Term ends 12/31/23

Susan Gaumer

Board Vice President

Susan Salot Gaumer is a retired Episcopal priest who continues to serve in both the Diocese of Olympia in Washington State and the Diocese of Louisiana. She is in the process of making Whidbey Island her permanent home. Susan holds degrees from Mount Holyoke College, The Johns Hopkins University, and The School of Theology of the University of the South in Sewanee, Tennessee. She retired as rector of St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church and School in New Orleans in 2014. Following Hurricane Katrina, Susan became a founding board member of The Jericho Road Episcopal Affordable Housing Initiative in New Orleans, a position she held for 10 years. Meeting the needs of the poor in the community is a passion for Susan who is honored to serve on the Board for Good Cheer.

Term Ends: 12/31/23

Arwen Norman

Board Treasurer

While earning her B.S. in Biology at the University of Washington, Arwen Norman concluded that more ecologists need to be involved in sustainable food production. Upon receiving her academic degree she pursued a hands-on farming education through several internships in western Washington, eventually moving to Whidbey in 2014 to help run SkyRoot Farm with a friend from UW. From the gleaners picking up produce at the end of the farmers market to talking shop with the garden team, Good Cheer has been part of Arwen’s Whidbey community. She looks forward to broadening her contributions to island food security by serving on the Good Cheer board.

Term Ends: 12/31/23

Annie Jesperson

Board Secretary

Annie Jesperson and her husband, Nathaniel Talbot own and operate Deep Harvest Farm and Seeds, a local organic vegetable, seed, and flower farm in Freeland.  Prior to life on Whidbey, Annie worked at JOIN, a non-profit in Portland, OR, which worked to help homeless folks off the streets and into permanent housing.  Since 2011, Deep Harvest has collaborated with Good Cheer in myriad ways: growing food for the food bank throughout the winter, hosting Rotary Gleaners, donating produce after farmers markets, and providing yearly tours to Good Cheer apprentices.  Annie believes healthy, fresh food is a human right and so appreciates the work Good Cheer does to ensure our community has quality food access.

 Term ends 12/31/23

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 12/31/22

Chris Gibson

Board Member

Chris Gibson and his wife Kelly are 1977 graduates of Langley High School.  In 1995, following a ten-year career in commercial aquaculture, Chris became an appellate attorney.  In 2001, Chris and Kelly returned to South Whidbey to raise their two boys.  Chris joined Good Cheer in 2021, after serving ten years on the South Whidbey Schools Foundation board, eight as Board President. Chris is active in the community and a regular shopper at Good Cheer.

Term Ends: 12/31/23

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. She 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 12/31/23

Kathryn Stevens

Board Member

Kathryn Stevens inherited a commitment to service from her parents, Bob and Ethel Waters. They moved to Whidbey Island in 1979 where they built their own green home and became active in several organizations and community projects.

During her career as a leader in finance, hospital administration, and as a consultant in organizational transformation projects for healthcare systems, Kathryn expanded her understanding of human behavior in organizational settings. She graduated Magna Cum Laude with a BS in Management, followed by an MBA, both from Pepperdine University. Kathryn later completed an MA and PHD in Human and Organizational Systems.

Kathryn and her late hubby, Tucker, moved from So Cal to Whidbey Island over 21 years ago to be close to her parents, enjoying the beauty and magic of island life. While continuing to do business consulting engagements, she and Tucker became active in the community they both loved.

Having previously served on the board for 7 years, the last 3 as officers, she returns to support staff and leadership in the implementation of creative processes surrounding the services Good Cheer provides to the South Whidbey community.

Term ends 12/31/2024

 

Robin Semas

Board Member

Robin was born in Seattle and spent summers and holidays on Whidbey at her grandparents’ cabin on Sunlight Beach and at her great grandparents farm outside Bayview. Staying with those relatives taught her how families opened up their homes and hearts, how they passed on life skills to others, and the importance of being self reliant for food. The bounty of the island was harvested and processed from the cabin garden and other local sources, allowing her family to have enough food for the year.

Robin has an undergraduate degree in urban studies and a masters in social work, both from the University of Maryland. She worked in a foster-care program and then opened a private therapy practice. In 2013, Robin and her husband, Phil, retired to Whidbey, building a house outside of Langley.

In addition to raising two daughters and adopting a teenage son, she and Phil have housed many young people in need, and now help house Island Shakespeare Festival staff and actors. Robin was drawn to volunteer at Good Cheer by its gardening program and goal of food sufficiency for island residents.

Term ends 12/31/2024

John Lawson

Board Member

John is a 15 year resident of Whidbey Island along with his spouse Mary. Retiring in 2008 from a sales career in the horticultural industry he has a degree in Landscape Architecture from Syracuse University.
 
His volunteer work with Good Cheer began in 2010 as a weekly truck driver to Seattle for Food Lifeline pickups. He previously served on the Good Cheer Board from 2014 until 2020. 
 
Term ends 12/31/2023

Sue Peterson

Board Member

Sue is a Managing Director at Pathstone, a financial advisory firm, where she serves as a lead client advisor. Prior to joining Pathstone, Sue was a Managing Director at Cornerstone Advisors, where she served as a client manager for over 30 years. She and her husband, Marty, were blessed to purchase a second home in Clinton in July 2019 and begin to build a community here on the Island. Their strong interest to give back led to an introduction to Good Cheer with Sue joining the investment committee initially and then the board in January 2022. Sue is also on the board of the YWCA Seattle/King/Snohomish and sits on their finance committee.

Term ends 12/31/2024

Maggie Johns

Board Member

During her 30+ years with the DoD Maggie served from the Arctic to Antarctica interacting with many diverse cultures. Traveling around the globe observing human nature, Maggie witnessed firsthand that when there is cooperation and mutual respect, there are plenty of resources for all species to thrive. She now resides on Whidbey Island tending her regenerative homestead where she farms, practices the Hawaiian art of lomi lomi and Reiki, and hosts Inner Yaga Circles. Maggie has enjoyed serving Good Cheer as volunteer and staff since 2017.

Term ends 12/31/2024