Andy and his wife, Sallie, and their five children spent many, many hours over the years enjoying Bainbridge’s wonderful parks. During the 1990s, Andy served on the City of Bainbridge Island City Council. In the 2000s, he chaired the City of Bainbridge Island’s Open Space Commission, which was tasked with recommending properties to be purchased with an $8 million 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 35 years ago, Andy served in the U.S. Army, living in a number of places around the U.S. and overseas. He works as an attorney in Seattle, practicing primarily construction, real estate, and water law.
Susanne moved to Bainbridge from San Diego with her two daughters in 1993. While growing up on the island, they were able to take advantage of many Bainbridge Island Park District programs. Susanne has served on the boards of several local organizations, is currently a trustee of the Bainbridge Arts and Crafts Endowment Fund. She is a CPA and concentrates on taxation for individuals, estates and trusts. 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 Blakely Harbor Park.
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. Sara holds a BA in Sociology from Oberlin College and an MBA from the Yale School of Management. She has lived on Bainbridge Island since 2000 with her husband Ray Victurine and two (now young adult) children, Eliana and Andres. She served as secretary of the board of the Grow Community homeowners association. Sara and her family have always appreciated Bainbridge parks, especially the Gazzam Lake, Blakely Harbor, Fort Ward, and Grand Forest/Hilltop/Forest-to-Sky trails, the aquatics center and Battle Point Park’s soccer and lacrosse fields.
Deb and her family moved to Bainbridge Island from Freeport, Maine, in 2003. The island’s close proximity to downtown Seattle while also offering lots of open space and outdoor recreation made it the ideal place to raise her two kids. Deb brings her accounting and finance expertise with several CPA firms to the Parks Foundation board. She earned an undergraduate degree in mathematics and economics from Bowdoin College and a Master’s in Business from the University of Washington. She has also served as treasurer for two local nonprofits, the 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.
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 University of Washington art graduate, she 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 discovered life on Bainbridge Island. Ann sought to align her new vocational reality with what Bainbridge and the outdoors had to offer. She and a friend (also a former Parks Foundation board member) formed a nonprofit 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 served as treasurer of Wilkes Elementary School site council. She is an avid trail runner and enjoys Bainbridge 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.
Rick and his wife Kathy have lived on Bainbridge Island for over 20 years. Their backyard is literally Red Pine Park and they enjoy their many walks through the Bainbridge Island park system. Over the years they have many fond memories watching their grandchildren grow up using the parks playgrounds and ballfields. Rick retired from the energy industry where he was an executive with ARCO. On Bainbridge he has served as president of his church council and spent six years on the Helpline House board where he served as president. He is an avid golfer and fisherman, and loves to travel.
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 design experience to chair our Parks Project Committee to execute projects and administer grants. If he is not out running our trails (favorite Bainbridge Island 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.
Originally from Los Angeles, Cyndy Holtz has been a Bainbridge Island resident since 1992. As a child Cyndy learned her love of the outdoors from her father, who took her backpacking in the Sierra Nevada Mountains at every opportunity. She pursued her for passion for the outdoors by earning degrees in Natural Resources Planning and Landscape Architecture. In her professional career, she worked as a parks planner in city government, then as Parks Director for Kitsap County. For 21 years, until her retirement in 2018 she worked for the City of Seattle, managing the Cedar River Watershed Habitat Conservation Plan, an ambitious watershed restoration program covering 92,000 acres of land in the Cascade Mountains owned by Seattle for drinking water protection. Locally, Cyndy has served on the COBI Open Space Commission and as past Chair of the Bainbridge Island Park District’s Parkland Acquisition Committee. Cyndy and her husband Paul enjoy running their dog on the island’s magnificent trails.
Mort Kondracke retired to Bainbridge after 45 years as a national journalist, though he still writes for RealClearPolitics.com. For 22 years, he was executive editor of Roll Call, the newspaper affiliate of The Economist covering the U.S. 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,” the 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.
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 2-year-old, tree-climbing daughter and their 4-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. Before 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. She and her family now live in a 100-year-old farmhouse in Eagledale and love exploring all of the park trails nearby.
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 system, sports fields and tennis courts, walking trails and 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 earned a bachelor’s degree in Forestry Management and Wildlife Management from Washington State University. 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 interest.
Dave Shorett has lived in Washington all his life and practiced law for many years. Avid hikers, Dave and his wife Alice wrote “Walks On Bainbridge” describing 21 different walking routes on the island; the Bainbridge Library lauds the book as perfect companion for Bainbridge Islanders and visitors alike. Dave served as a commissioner on the board of the Bainbridge Island Metro Park & Recreation District for 15 years, and also served on the City’s Open Space Commission. Dave admits to an “obsessive-compulsive fishing disorder,” and has written a number of fishing guides on technique and lake access with hiking directions, maps and photographs. Still, he keeps his favorite fishing spots in Bainbridge parks secret. He has two sons and two grandchildren.
Jason was raised across the street from a suburban park and his childhood vacations were spent going to National Parks throughout California. After moving to the PNW for college, Jason spent most weekends backpacking, skiing and climbing. After college, he spent time living in the Tetons, with a stint as a ski patroller at Grand Targhee. Jason and his wife, Mairead, moved to Bainbridge in 2007 to be caretakers on a five-acre gentleman’s farm, and with the arrival of three children have laid down deep roots. Jason successfully co-chaired the Sakai Park bond campaign in 2015 and was a Parks Foundation Board Member prior to its transformation that started that same year. He spent his first career as a middle school teacher, his last assignment as a science teacher at Woodward MS. Jason holds both a Bachelor of Science (Geology) and a Master of Arts (Education) from Pacific Lutheran University, has been a Realtor since 2014, and now works full time at Windermere Real Estate / BI, Inc.
Peter has been exploring Bainbridge Island since moving here with his wife Shelly and their young growing family in 2004. He is an outdoor enthusiast who has circumnavigated the island by kayak, run on every single street and trail, and bike commuted to Seattle for years. He is a strong advocate for our parks and open space, and the expansion of our trails network. Peter is also active in the arts. He has been a board member and treasurer of Ovation! Performing Arts Northwest since 2016, sings with the Amabile, Constellation, and St. Barnabas Compline choirs, and plays bass with Buckshot, a local four-piece string band. Peter received a bachelor’s degree in computer science from Dartmouth College in 1992 and has had a long career as a software engineer with a focus on large scale highly available distributed systems, including at Apple, Infoseek, Amazon.com, and Amazon Web Services.
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 Park District’s Trails Advisory Committee since 2008, and finds her happiness in daily treks through our parks and trails, especially from Eagledale to Fort Ward.
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.
For 20 years, Lisa Quinn Sheffer has provided social marketing, development and management of transportation programs for businesses, NGOs and colleges and universities. Lisa has worked at Urban Land Institute Northwest as regional manager developing and coordinating regional capacity between the Seattle and Portland metropolitan areas. She held an executive director role for eight years with Feet First, a statewide nonprofit working to ensure all communities in Washington are walkable. She was the Rideshare Program Manager for San Luis Obispo (Calif.) Council of Governments. She worked in Vancouver, Canada as program manager for Better Environmentally Sound Transportation, and at the University of Washington, creating the award-winning bike and walking campaigns Ride in the Rain and Walk In.
Douglas Crist has been a Bainbridge Island resident since 1992. He is former editor of the Bainbridge Island Review newspaper and founder of the Friends of Fort Ward neighborhood historic preservation organization. He holds an MFA in Creative Writing, and is currently earning a Certificate in Nonprofit Management at the University of Washington.
Brooke and her family left Seattle for the schools and open spaces of Bainbridge Island in 2001. She and her husband Ben raised their two kids in Eagledale, and the family were frequent parks users and program participants from the get-go. The kids are now launched, leaving more time for hiking, biking, paddling, swimming, scuba diving, birdwatching, beachcombing, picnicking and other explorations. It also provides a chance for Brooke to give back to the outdoor spaces that she and her family have so benefited from. A lawyer by training, she brings a professional background in river conservation, travel and outdoor.