President, Jo Ann Evans
A Montanan by birth, Jo Ann has been a Kenmore resident since 1976. She played an active role in Kenmore’s incorporation, served 12 years on the Arts of Kenmore board, and 10 years as a Kenmore Heritage Society trustee. She hopes to contribute to an exciting future for Kenmore Heritage Society as it enters its 21st year.
Vice President, Matt Martin
Treasurer, Gary Jang
Gary was born in North Dakota and lived in Stockton, California, North Bend, and Kirkland before moving to Kenmore in 1952. He graduated from Bothell High School in 1959 and studied business at the University of Washington. He loves to sing, especially Frank Sinatra-era lyrics, and is well known for his puns. He drives for Uber. His Chinese father owned Kenmore’s Hot Cake King pancake restaurant.
Secretary, Jeanie McBee
Jeanie has been a Kenmore resident since 1968. During her children’s school years she served on three PTA Boards and the Northshore PTSA Council. For several years she was an officer of the Kenmore Library Association, the Kenmore Community Club, and was appointed by the King County Council to serve on the Lakepointe Citizens’ Advisory Committee. Her love of history prompted her to attend the organizational meeting for the Kenmore Heritage Society, and she has served on its Board since then.
Suzanne brings to the board over 30 years of experience working with a broad spectrum of individuals, businesses, corporations, and universities. A Kenmore resident for four years, Suzanne is involved with the city as an Ambassador with the Bothell/Kenmore Chamber of Commerce, a Board Member of the Northshore Senior Center, and a regular volunteer at Mary’s Place. Suzanne believes that anything is possible given focus, a positive attitude and a little elbow grease.
Bill grew up in the Woodinville area, attended Crystal Springs Elementary, Leota Junior High, Lakeside School and University of Oregon. A Washington State licensed architect, he is currently working on an iPhone app, “Every Picture Tells a Story,” including app titles “Destination Woodinville” and “TownGraphics” maps for the iPhone. Bill sees the Kenmore Heritage Society as a great community-building organization helping us to share what we have in common: place and time.
Maureen’s family moved to Kenmore from Lake Forest Park when she was ten years old. She graduated from WSU, and retired from Seattle City Light. Maureen continues to be involved with the Kenmore community and enjoys meeting and working with its residents.
Bob is a retired attorney, who spent over 20 years working for The Boeing Company. He is a trained historian, specializing in European history. He is married to Maureen O’Neill, whose family moved to Uplake in 1960. The O’Neills were also charter members of Aqua Club.
Kent Sturgis started in journalism, working at the Everett Herald, Seattle Times, AP, and Fairbanks Daily News-Miner, where he was managing editor. In 1990, he co-founded Epicenter Press, an independent book publisher, and released 100+ titles about Alaska and the Northwest, including two of his own. He served two terms as president of the Independent Book Publishers Association, a national trade group. He met his wife Patty in the fourth grade and has three lovely daughters.
Marella was born and raised in Seattle and has resided in Kenmore for many years with her husband Arnold, an Inglemoor graduate, and their three sons. She has worked at the Lake Forest Park office of Windermere Real Estate since 2011 and previous to that had a 20 year career in banking at Washington Federal Savings.
She is active in the Northshore School District, currently at Inglemoor High School, serving for several years as Chair of the Reflection Art Program through the PTA and as a supporter and past Ambassador for the Northshore Schools Foundation. She is also a member/supporter of the Arts of Kenmore and has been an active volunteer with the Kenmore Art Show, serving as Chair for the 2016 Art Show.
Marella has been a Rotarian for 14 years and was President of her club in 2013-2014 and is the representative for her office for the Windermere Foundation.