Board of Directors

Our Board members are local leaders with expertise and connections to the issues facing our community.

Charles Anderson, Chair

Charles moved to San Juan Island in 1976 and co-founded Cogent Data Technologies, a computer hardware company headquartered in Friday Harbor with offices in Seattle, Europe and the Far East.  He sold the company in 1996 and retired.  He was educated at M.I.T. with PhD in physiology and molecular biophysics from The University of Washington with postdoctoral work at the University of Leiden and University College London.  He is an avid sailor, pilot and skier and has a wonderful dog named Pi.  Charlie is a founding member of the Peace Island Medical Center project and Chair of the San Juan County Critical Needs Task Force and spends his time as a philanthropist, leading the Community Foundation and helping craft our new hospital.

Jim Barnhart

Following years of vacationing and sailing around San Juan Island, Jim’s aspiration for a fulltime association with SJI was realized with his appointment as the CEO for the new Peace Island Medical Center. Jim has worked in healthcare administration for over 30 years with extensive experience as a hospital and medical group chief executive in a rural community after serving as vice president at a large regional medical center.  He has demonstrated expertise in leading the development and growth of an integrated healthcare organization comprised of hospital, medical group and diversified health services. Jim is a graduate of the University of Washington Masters of Healthcare Administration (MHA) program, a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives, past chairman of the Oregon Association of Hospitals and Health Systems (OAHHS) Rural Committee and recipient of the American Hospital Association Grassroots Champion award.

Scott Boden

Originally hailing from the Quad Cities, Scott moved to Southern California in the early 70’s. After going to school for Architecture and Astronomy, he became a video game designer, toy designer and electrical/software/hardware engineer. After founding Enerdyne Technologies in 1984, and developing a myriad of products for the aerospace industry and NASA , he sold the business in 1998. Since 2001 and in semi-retirement he has worked on various foundations, real estate development, random inventing and pseudo farming. He moved up to the San Juans in 2004 with his family and widgets. Scott joined the Board in 2005, and serves on the Grants Committee and co-chair of the Youth in Philanthropy program.  He is also on the Board of the San Juan Public Schools Foundation.

Barbara Cable, Secretary

Barbara and her husband have had a home on San Juan Island for over 20 years and have been full time residents for 5 years.  A graduate of Harvard University, volunteer work has always been on her radar screen.  She is Secretary of the San Juan Island Community Foundation and also serves as Communications Chair.  Other current board memberships include UW Friday Harbor Laboratories Advancement Board (Past Chair), and Peace Island Medical Center Steering & Design Committees (Chair of Design Committee).  Past board memberships include Pacific Science Center, ARCS Foundation (Past National President), University of Washington Rome Center, and Architecture for Children.  A whole new career as a graphic designer has recently emerged; Barbara designs the printed materials for the San Juan Island Community Foundation and other nonprofits with whom she is involved.  She and Tom have 3 children, 3 children-in-law, 5 perfect grandchildren, and 1 large Golden Retriever.

Tom Cable

A retired venture capitalist, Mr. Cable was a founder of Cable & Howse Ventures as well as Cable, Howse & Ragen, a Seattle investment banking firm now known as Ragen MacKenzie, a division of Wells Fargo.  Mr. Cable is a founder and current chairman of the Washington Research Foundation, a technology transfer and early stage venture capital organization that to date has returned over $250 million to the University of Washington.  He served as chairman of the University of Washington Foundation for two years and was a founding vice-chairman of the Technology Alliance.  A former U S Navy submarine officer, he has a BA from Harvard and a MBA from Stanford.  As Co-Chair of the Peace Island Medical Center Steering Committee, he assisted in raising $10 million locally to get the new medical center established in late 2012.  Mr. Cable and his wife Barbara are full time residents of San Juan Island and serve on the boards of the San Juan Island Community Foundation and Friday Harbor Laboratories.  They have three children and five grandchildren.

Maude Cumming

Maude has been working around the local public school system for the past 20 plus years, and has moved from the esteemed position of volunteer, to bus driver, to high school attendance secretary (best Mom job ever), to Executive Assistant to the Superintendent (best public service job ever), all while raising two fine young men, Dan and Tim Cumming, and playing second fiddle to the now retired Sheriff Bill Cumming.  Besides working around educators, who she calls “the greatest people in the world of work”, Maude has developed hobbies that include anything with books, knitting, hiking, boating and “anything but gardening”.   Maude has functioned on many local boards, including (predictably) the PTA boards at each school, Dollars for Scholars, 4H, Little League, and every sport in which her boys were ever active.  Back in the ole days, pre-family life, Maude worked for the State Parks as a Ranger, and served locally as an EMT.  As a graduate from Western Washington University (BA Biology), Maude considers herself the “quintessential Northwest Girl”.  She loves her boat (1947 Troller, Kath-Ell), her tennis shoes, and her dogs.

Jan Cyre

Drawn to the San Juan Islands over 40 years ago by the great sailing, good weather, and caring community, Jan and her husband have owned a home on Brown Island since the mid-1980’s and happily became full-time islanders in 1997. Born in Vancouver, B.C., Jan immigrated to the USA with her parents as a youngster, grew up on the Washington coast, and graduated from the University of Washington. In a 30-year telecommunications career, she rose through the management ranks to serve as director of a major business segment for the company. Throughout her varied and busy career Jan always made time for many philanthropic and volunteer organizations. Special Olympics has always held a special place in her heart.

Jan previously served on the San Juan Island Community Foundation Board from 1999-2006. She is on the Foundation’s Grant Committee and currently co-chairs that committee with Pamela Gross. In 2003, Jan and other women board members founded the Women’s Fund of the SJICF. Introducing women to the opportunities and joy of philanthropy and expanding the pool of women engaged in philanthropy is a passion of Jan’s.

Peg Gerlock

Peg has over 25 years experience in marketing, market research and new product development, primarily in the healthcare sector. Currently, she is vice president of marketing for Leo J. Shapiro & Associates, a market research firm. Previously, she was vice president of sales and marketing for NexCura, Inc., an Internet-based health education and information company, which developed and distributed ASP model treatment decision tools with a focus on oncology and cardiovascular disease. Peg and her husband, Phil Johnson came to San Juan Island in 1999. They enjoy sailing their boat Moon Doggie, and Peg currently serves as Rear Commodore at the San Juan Island Yacht Club. She actively supports the visual arts in the community, having served on the Board and as Education Chair of the Islands Museum of Art & Sculpture Park. Peg joined the Community Foundation in 2011 where she co-chairs the Grants Committee; co-chairs the Youth in Philanthropy program and serves on several of the Critical Needs Task Force workgroups for education and the arts. In their spare time Peg & Phil run a small organic farming operation called the Jumpin’ J G farm. Education:  B.S. in Food Technology and Business from Iowa State University and a M.S. in Food Science & Nutrition from the University of Washington.

Pamela Gross

Pamela traveled around the world on a 31’ sailboat for 10 years before settling in Friday Harbor in 1997.  For nine years, she worked for the County Land Bank as the key administrative staff. She stepped up her volunteer work when she left the Land Bank, building on a long tradition of voluntarism that began when she spent many weekends at convalescent centers as a child, planting trees in the community as a teenager, and co-teaching English as a Second Language to refugee women while living and working in New Zealand in the early 1990’s.  She joined the Foundation Board in May 2008 and serves on the Grants Committee, Communications Committee and co-chair of the Critical Needs Task Force.  Pamela is also very involved in the new Peace Health Peace Island Medical Center, serving on the Steering Committee and the Design Committee.

Lauren Levinson, Vice Chair

Lauren has been on the Board since 2006 and currently serves as Chair of the Scholarship Committee.  Lauren and her husband Bob became part-time island residents in 1988, full-time residents in 2000, and now divide time between SJI and Indian Wells, CA.  Lauren enjoys working directly with the nonprofits of the island, and both she and her husband are long time volunteers with the WSU Master Gardner program.

Rebecca Pohlad

Introduced to the San Juans in 2001 and, though still splitting her time in Minneapolis, San Juan Island has increasingly been home for Rebecca since 2003. After years of active and visible community activities in the Twin Cities (including currently serving on the Walker Art Center board), Becky has quietly but consistently been active here in her new home. Her respect and appreciation for our Islands compliments her long-time love and support of the community, children and animals. Even with this dedication and effort, Becky is first and foremost a homemaker and mother. With her husband, Bob, they have three sons, two daughters-in-law, three grandsons , and three German Shepherds. Becky is involved with the Animal Protection Society of Friday Harbor and since 2008, a member of the San Juan Island Community Foundation.   Becky was appointed in 2012 by President Obama to the Kennedy Center Board of Trustees for a six-year term.

Barbara Von Gehr, Treasurer

Barbara and husband George have owned a house on San Juan Island since 2000, and spend summers there, while wintering in Pebble Beach, CA.  In 2001 she retired from a career in business and finance; her last position was Senior Vice President Strategic Planning at Visa International, Foster City, CA. She grew up in Montreal and is now a dual citizen.  Majoring in Musicology and Music History at Wellesley College in MA, she also has an MBA from Stanford Graduate School of Business.  Her past board experience includes Treasurer of Merola Opera Program and San Francisco Performances, as well as currently Vice Chairman of both Friday Harbor Labs Advancement Board and the Monterey Symphony.  She joined the San Juan Island Community Foundation in 2007.

 

 

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