Board and Staff Bios

//Board and Staff Bios
Board and Staff Bios2019-03-19T22:58:28+00:00
Adin Dunning
Adin DunningPresident
Adin Dunning is the current President of the Bainbridge Island Parks Foundation. Growing up hiking, biking, swimming, and fishing in the Columbia River Gorge, Adin’s passion for parks and nature brought him and his family to Bainbridge Island in 2005. His kids keep getting older but they still spend their weekends as a family wandering our great network of forests, beaches, trails, and open spaces. An architect focused on public and non-profit community based projects, Adin brings his experience designing these types of projects to chair our Parks Project Committee which oversees and coordinates the Parks Foundation efforts associated with executing projects and administering grants. If he is not out running our trails (favorite BI run: Murden Cove through the Grand Forest/ Hilltop/ Forest-to-Sky/ to Battle Point Park), Adin can be found hiking the High Divide or backpacking along the Olympic Coast with his daughters.
Andy Maron
Andy MaronVice President
Andy Maron has lived on Bainbridge Island for 35 years. He and his wife, Sallie, and their five children spent many, many hours over the years enjoying Bainbridge’s wonderful parks. During the 1990’s, Andy served on the City of Bainbridge Island City Council. And, in the 2000’s, he was Chair of the City’s Open Space Commission, which was tasked with recommending the properties to be purchased with an $8,000,000 bond issue. The Gazzam Lake Preserve is a real favorite as the first of many land acquisitions Andy supported. He also was a member of the Board of Directors of the Kitsap Public Facilities District from 2000-05, and continues to serve on the Board of Trustees of the Bloedel Reserve. Prior to coming to Bainbridge, Andy was in the U.S. Army, living in a number of places in the U.S. and overseas. He works as an attorney in Seattle, practicing primarily construction, real estate, and water law.
Maura Ahearne
Maura AhearneSecretary
In 2010, Maura and her husband Johnny Bregar moved to Bainbridge Island from Seattle with their two boys, in search of a little elbow room. Her love of trails, parks, and open spaces took root as a child while hiking on the Appalachian Trail and frequenting the neighborhood park near home. While at Hobart and William Smith Colleges, her passion for the outdoors was strengthened by a semester in the Rockies with the National Outdoor Leadership School, a 4-month Amazon Studies Program in Brazil, and summers on the trails in Wyoming. Professionally, Maura has worked as Managing Director of Central Park Summer Stage in New York City, Project Director for One Reel in Seattle, and currently, Director of Development for Seattle Theatre Group, the non-profit operators of The Paramount, Moore, and Neptune Theatres. Maura’s favorite park on Bainbridge is Gazzam Lake because it’s close to home and has great variety with the protected freshwater wetland, Puget Sound shore access, interesting boulders, and extensive trail system. And, one of her favorite walks when friends come to visit is Pritchard Park to Rockaway Beach to the Halls Hill Labyrinth and Blakely Harbor Park.
Ann Browning
Ann BrowningBoard Member
Ann grew up hiking and skiing the backyard mountains of North Vancouver BC, exploring the parks of urban Seattle and cycling the pavement of ultra-urban Los Angeles. A UW art student graduate, Ann started her career in advertising and ultimately worked as a product marketer, event planner and business development manager for Intel Corp and Microsoft. When her first child began to run, her family sought open spaces and was pleased to discover life on Bainbridge Island. Ann then sought to align her new vocational reality with what Bainbridge and the outdoors had to offer. She and a friend (also a former BIPF board member) formed a non-profit in 2010 and launched the Bainbridge Island Turkey Trot, an annual fun run benefitting local food bank Helpline House, drawing over 1,000 runners each Thanksgiving. Ann also recently served as a board member and the treasurer of Wilkes Elementary School. Ann is an avid trail runner and enjoys the Bainbridge Island parks, trails and open spaces daily. She runs regularly with her dog, Sam, her husband, Mike, her son, Will, and daughter, Evelyn and admires how the kids now outpace the adult humans. Ann and her family love to vacation together and explore outdoor spaces, the favorite parts being mountain hikes preceding lake dives. She uses any leftover free time to read cookbooks, play the piano, grow flowers and follow her kids through the Grand Forest.
Barry Fetterman
Barry FettermanBoard Member
Barry Fetterman and his wife Jo Ann have lived on Bainbridge Island for 26 years. He has been active in a number of philanthropic organizations including several on the Island. Previously he served on the Board of the Bainbridge Island Land Trust, including a term as President, and was a Trustee of the Bainbridge Community Foundation where he chaired the Investment Committee. Barry is currently a member of the Investment Committee of Kindering, an organization that provides services to special needs children with facilities in Bellevue and in Bothell. Barry attended Kent State University where he earned his BBA and MBA degrees. He is a member of the Kent State University Foundation Board of Directors and served as Board Chair in 2009 and 2010. He began his career at IBM before entering the finance industry where his experiences included consulting, investment banking, and investment management. Prior to his retirement in 2004 he was a portfolio manager and principal at Sirach Capital Management, an institutional investment management company. Barry is an avid bicyclist and skier and enjoys walking the trails of the Island’s parks.
Mort Kondracke
Mort KondrackeBoard Member
Mort Kondracke retired to Bainbridge after 45 years as a national journalist, though he still writes for For 22 years, he was executive editor of Roll Call, the newspaper affiliate of The Economist covering the US Congress. Previously he was a regular commentator at Fox News, The McLaughlin Group and ABC’s This Week. He was also D.C. Bureau Chief of Newsweek, a Wall Street Journal columnist, frequently appeared on Meet the Press and NPR and was a panelist in a 1984 presidential debate. He served as a Trustee of Dartmouth College 2010-18 and is a board member of Folio Library of Seattle. He is author of Saving Milly: Love, Politics and Parkinson’s Disease, subject of a CBS Sunday Night Movie. He is also co-author of Jack Kemp: The Bleeding Heart Conservative Who Changed America. He is married to Marguerite Kondracke, founder of Bright Horizons Family Solutions, past president of the America’s Promise Alliance and now board chair at Islandwood
Susanne Lindsley
Susanne LindsleyTreasurer
Susanne is the current Treasurer of the Bainbridge Island Parks Foundation. She has been a Bainbridge Island resident since 1993, moving here from San Diego with her two daughters. While they were growing up on the island, they were able to take advantage of many of the BIMPRD programs. Susanne is a CPA and concentrates on taxation for individuals, estates and trusts. She has been a board member of several local organizations, currently a trustee of the Bainbridge Arts and Crafts Endowment Fund and now a new board member of the Bainbridge Island Parks Foundation. In her spare time, she enjoys reading and yoga as well as traveling and exploring with her husband, Art Grice. On the island, they can be found walking the wonderful park trails with their dog, Henry who especially enjoys Blakeley Harbor Park.
Amy Lenahan
Amy LenahanBoard Member
In 2010, after living in New York, Washington D.C. and Chicago, Amy and her husband Teaque decided they needed some green space for their then two-year old tree climbing daughter and their four-year old spunky terrier. They opened up a map of the U.S. and selected Bainbridge Island as their forever home and haven’t looked back! Prior to moving here, Amy was a high school teacher, a neuroscience pharmaceutical representative, and an interior design business owner. Since landing on Bainbridge, she has worked part-time on her design business, trained as a docent at Islandwood, and developed and wrote a successful grant to fund a new student garden program at Ordway Elementary School. Amy and her family now live in a 100+ year old farmhouse in Eagledale and love exploring all of the Parks’ trails nearby.
Deb Madsen
Deb MadsenBoard Member
Deb and her family moved to Bainbridge Island from Freeport, Maine, in 2003. Bainbridge Island’s close proximity to downtown Seattle while also offering lots of open space and outdoor options made it the ideal place to raise her two kids. Deb brings her accounting and finance expertise to the BIPF board. She earned her undergraduate degree in mathematics and economics from Bowdoin College and her masters in business from UW. Her work experience ranges from business management to tax accounting and financial planning with several CPA firms. She has also served as treasurer for two local non profits, Bainbridge Island Junior Football Association and Bainbridge Island Rowing Club. Now that her kids have launched, Deb also volunteers with Special Olympics and Outdoors For All. The best way to beat the winter gray is to go for a hike – look for Deb and her dog, Sadie, out on a Bainbridge Island trail.
Steve Matthews
Steve MatthewsBoard Member
Steve grew up in the Puget Sound region and has lived and worked on Bainbridge Island since 1998. He and his wife Julie raised two children on the island, making full use of the parks over the course of their time here, being it using sports fields and tennis courts, walking trails and accessing the waterfront. Steve is newly retired after a diverse career as a wilderness ranger for the US Forest Service, a general contractor and a real estate appraiser. He attained his BS degree from Washington State University in Forest Management and Wildland Management. Steve has always recognized the importance of outdoor recreational activity, both organized and dispersed, and views being on the Parks Foundation Board as an extension of that.
Dave Shorett
Dave ShorettBoard Member
Dave Shorett has lived in Washington all his life. He practiced law for many years, and his outdoor interests span from fishing to hiking. Dave has two sons and two grandchildren. He and his wife Alice wrote Walks on Bainbridge. The Bainbridge Library lauds the book as perfect companion for Bainbridge Islanders and visitors alike as it describes 21 different walking routes on the island. Dave served as a Commissioner on the Board of the Bainbridge Island Metro Park& Rec District for 15 years. He also served on the City Open Space Commission. Dave admits to an obsessive compulsive fishing disorder. He has written a number of fishing guides which include fishing technique, access information and hiking directions when necessary, as well as maps and photographs. That being said, he keeps secret his favorite fishing spots in Bainbridge parks.
Frank Stowell
Frank StowellBoard Member
Frank Stowell and his wife Mary have lived in an old Port Blakely Mill house since they moved to Bainbridge in 1983. It is now a small farmlet which they share with 10 chickens, 2 sheep, many fruit trees and an aviary of parrots. Now retired, he was formerly the Director of the Seattle office of the Johnson O’Connor Research Foundation, a non-profit aptitude testing and research organization, and is currently on their national Board of Trustees. He has long been active in community and environmental affairs-he has been president of Bucklin Hill Neighborhood Association and the South Bainbridge Community Association, and has served on the board of the statewide Washington Environmental Council. Frank was a campaign coordinator for the Blakely Harbor Park acquisition, and has been President of the Bainbridge Island Land Trust. And while on the Land Trust Board, he was also actively involved with the fundraising efforts for Pritchard Park and the Close property acquisition. He has served on the Kitsap County Parks Advisory Board, and is currently board President of the ABC Conservation/Education Foundation, and is on the Bainbridge Parkland Acquisition Committee and the Agricultural Lands Committee with Friends of the Farm.
Sara Tifft
Sara TifftBoard Member
Sara Tifft has had a 30+ year management career in global health and development with a focus on designing and directing family planning and women’s health programs in Latin America and sub-Saharan Africa. She lived and worked in Bolivia for three years and in Uganda for five years managing national-level programs to make contraceptives and AIDS prevention interventions widely available through public, non-profit and private sector distribution and marketing strategies. For the past nine years Sara held senior-level positions in the Global Reproductive Health program of Seattle-based PATH, where she led U.S. and Africa-based teams to introduce and scale-up an innovative version of a 3-month injectable contraceptive product. Sara holds a BA in Sociology from Oberlin College and an MBA from the Yale School of Management.
Sara has lived on Bainbridge Island since 2000 with her husband Ray Victurine and two (now young adult) children, Eliana and Andres. She served on the boards of her children’s swimming, water polo and soccer teams; and recently served two years as secretary of the inaugural board of the Grow Community’s home owners association. Sara and her family have always appreciated Bainbridge Island’s parks and recreation amenities, especially the Gazzam Lake, Blakely Harbor, Fort Ward, and Grand Forest/Hilltop/Forest-to-Sky trails, as well as the aquatics center and Battle Point Park’s soccer and lacrosse fields. She looks forward to giving back to the community by serving on the Parks Foundation’s board of directors.
Andrew Welch
Andrew WelchBoard Member
Andrew joined the Bainbridge Island Parks Foundation Board of Directors in January 2016. Andrew and his wife Mariann and their four children live in the Port Madison area and they have great appreciation for the parks, trails and programs on our island.
Andrew’s early exposure to camping, hiking and fishing in the Lakes and Mountains Region of Western Maine solidified his lifelong passion for our environmental treasures. While living in Chicago for 20 years, Andrew and his family enjoyed exploring Illinois, Michigan and Wisconsin with their mountain bikes, tents and hiking boots. Now, settled on Bainbridge Island for the past five years, Andrew and his family are committed to helping further enhance our parks, trails and recreational programs.
Andrew has been a leader in development and institutional advancement for the past 25 years. Andrew is Vice President with Seattle Children’s Hospital and Research Foundation. His work with the community to prevent, treat and eliminate pediatric disease is truly rewarding. Throughout his career, Andrew has also enjoyed working on annual and capital campaigns for higher education, cultural institutions and environmental causes.
Andrew is looking forward to partnering with our community to further enhance our wonderful parks, trails and recreational programs.
Barb Trafton
Barb TraftonExecutive Director
Are you dreaming up improvements for Parks and Island trails? Barb is at the Marge Williams Center on week days, and is eager to hear your ideas.
She is inspired by everyone who pitches in to improve our shared public places.
Barb joined the Bainbridge Island Parks Foundation as its first staff member. With husband Bruce Beall, she raised two children who participated in a plethora of parks programs. Soon after moving to the island in 1994 she joined the effort to create Blakely Harbor Park, to help save this beautiful shoreline and forest land from dense development. She then served on the Board of Bainbridge Island Land Trust. Barb was Co-chair of the Design Advisory Committee for Pritchard Park. She also ran the campaign to add the “Olson addition” to the Ted Olson Preserve. With initial support from the Parks Foundation, she founded and ran the Student Conservation Corps with the Park District in Partnership with Sustainable Bainbridge and the Land Trust. Barb has been a member of the BIMPRD Trails Advisory Committee since 2008, and finds her happiness in daily treks through our parks and trails, especially from Eagledale to Fort Ward.