Board Members

Dave Lynch, MD
Board President
I live in Whatcom County because of the spirit of community we share in this wonderful place we call home.
Tim McEvoy
Vice President
We have traveled all over the world but are always happy to return home to the amazing beauty and recreational opportunities that abound here in Whatcom County.
Leslie Ferris
Past President
As beautiful as it is, our family loves Whatcom County most because of its great people and strong sense of community.
Bryant Engebretson
Treasurer
Whatcom County offers the best of everything, high quality of life, great community services and a strong commercial sector, plus if you need some big city services or excitement we are strategically located between Seattle and Vancouver, BC. I love it here!
Greg Baker
Board Memeber
After living in Bellingham years ago as a graduate student, the opportunity to come back and work in a city that supports education as it does was a gift. My family and I love the balanced quality of life that is possible here. We love the water and all the fun it provides in the summer.
Jeanne Brotherton
Board Member
Jeanne will provide a description of what she loves about Whatcom County shortly, return back to find out!
Brandi Damon
Board Member
I live in Whatcom County because my children need a clean, healthy, and natural place to grow up. One where they are given diversity and the simple joy of the beauty in the area that we live. My family lives here because we are close to the mountains and the bay, and it is the perfect size city, big enough to have a University but small enough where you see your neighbors at the grocery.
Mike Hammes
Board Member
I found Whatcom County to be the best place for raising children and creating the ultimate life/work balance. A small community feel and large community opportunities collide here to create great living.
Astrid Newell, MD
Board Member
Connections to extended family (my husband grew up here), community, the outdoors (parks and trails, lakes, bay, islands, mountains), and to meaningful work (opportunities to positively impact the health and well-being of Whatcom County children, families, and community).
Abbe Rolnick
Board Member
Whatcom County is: where I raised my three adult children, where communities come together to build libraries, where the beauty of the mountains and the waters inspire one to healthy living, where my customers share their hopes and dreams, where people care.
Matt Rose
Board Member
I live in Whatcom County because: family, raising kids, friends, flowers on Pine & Cedar trail, farms' harvests, seafood, events at Western and BTC, sense of community within neighborhoods, melting pot of political views, amazement at the tons of small businesses and organizations that do incredible things, the generosity of our citizens and businesses
Susan Given-Seymour
Board Member
As a transplant from Chicago, via Los Angeles, the only thing that would make me leave Bellingham is if my daughter moved somewhere out of state and had a baby. It is beautiful, has lots of great places to eat, many wonderful things to do, and people with whom I have a lot in common. There is a strong sense of community. The colors in Whatcom County are deep and vibrant.
Chao-ying Wu, MD
Board Member
The community, schools, the natural environment, and a long history of a strong committed medical and educational community.
Peg Larson
Community Advisory Member
Gene's temporary position at Advanced Technology Laboratories took him briefly to Seattle. Then we discovered Whatcom County when Emily decided to go to Western. I fell in love with the land and water when staying at the Willows B&B, and have never looked back (to Pennsylvania). We love the climate (honestly!), the outdoor lifestyle we can enjoy year round, and the wonderful people we have met since we arrived 22 years ago.
Sue Cole
Chair, Marketing Committee
My husband and I were working in Seattle, and we decided that Whatcom County offered a lively community in which to raise our family, plus the opportunity to make a real difference in peoples' lives through meaningful work and involvement with others who shared the commitment for a better world.
Betty Miller
Board Member
My husband and I were born and raised in Bellingham and we raised our family here. The reason we continue to live in Bellingham is because of our family friends and the recreational activities.
Susan Holstine, DO
Board Member
Mountains, Ocean, Community, Wellness, The Forest, Lakes the People, Religion as well as a strong medical facility and a balanced life are things that come to mind when I think of why we are in Bellingham. My husband and I, thought our years as a young family had many influences in our training. What we learned was the importance of life balance in a strong community environment that is the focus of our foundation. We feel all these things are omnipresent in our community and are critical, for a healthy family and to serve the needs of others.
J. Bruce Smith
Board Member
Bruce will provide a description of what she loves about Whatcom County shortly, return back to find out!
Greg Winter
Board Member
Greg will provide a description of what she loves about Whatcom County shortly, return back to find out!
Cheryll Blair
Community Advisory Member
Cheryll will provide a description of what she loves about Whatcom County shortly, return back to find out!
Bob Moles
Community Advisory Member
Bob will provide a description of what she loves about Whatcom County shortly, return back to find out!
Bob Morse
Community Advisory Member
Bob will provide a description of what she loves about Whatcom County shortly, return back to find out!
Susan Trimingham
Community Advisory Member
Susan will provide a description of what she loves about Whatcom County shortly, return back to find out!
Dennis Williams
Community Advisory Member
Dennis will provide a description of what she loves about Whatcom County shortly, return back to find out!