Cynthia Moffitt has been visiting Lopez Island since her family purchased a home in the early 1980’s. A part-time Lopezian since 2003, she’s an avid supporter of open space preservation, public parks and beaches and organic farms on Lopez.
Cynthia’s been working to affect change toward sustainability from an interdepartmental perspective for over 20 years in Washington State at the county and municipal levels. She has held senior leadership roles in the areas of growth management, intergovernmental affairs and green building technical assistance.Cynthia received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Pacific Lutheran University and a Master of Architecture degree from the University of Oregon. She is a LEED AP and a certified Sustainable Building Advisor.
Chom Sangarasri Greacen, Chair, is married to Chris Greacen who grew up on Lopez and was an LCLT intern for the CoHo housing project. Chom and Chris moved to Lopez in 2008 with their two children, Ty and Sara, to help build the Common Ground housing project and are now living in one of the houses in the community. Before coming to Lopez, Chris and Chom founded and ran a Thailand-based non-profit, Palang Thai, which worked to transform the energy sector towards social and environmental justice and sustainability. Chom continues to engage in energy work on Lopez through involvement with the volunteer-based Islands Energy Coalition and through energy education at Lopez Island School District, where Ty and Sara go to school. Chom enjoys tracking energy consumption and loves living in Common Ground where the community feels like a big family and the kids roam free.
Bob O’Connell and his wife Sean have owned a home on Lopez Island since 2011. On April 30, 2014, they both retired from their jobs and moved from Nashville, Tennessee to Lopez permanently the next day. Bob has an undergraduate degree from Vanderbilt University and a law degree from the University of Tennessee. He worked as an attorney in many capacities over the years and wound up his career as the Executive Director of the Tennessee State Employees Association.
In Nashville, Bob and Sean founded a community theatre and a professional theatre and were active in running them. Both theatres are still going strong.
Bob is particularly interested in doing whatever he can to help tackle the shortage of affordable housing in this community and sees participation with the Lopez Community Land Trust as a the perfect avenue for that endeavor. He and Sean are very glad, indeed, to be here and to help however they can.
Read Langenbach, Treasurer, was appointed to the LCLT Board in April 2011. Read and Marianne own a portion of the TJ Blake Farm on Fisherman’s Bay Road, South of Cross Road. They have been coming to Lopez on a weekend basis for over 35 years. Read is a partner in the Seattle law firm of Cable, Langenbach, Kinerk & Bauer, LLP, where his practice focuses on real estate and business law. He is a graduate of Dartmouth College and Harvard Law School. Read has served in the past as Chair of LCLT Board, and also gives his service to the Camp Nor’wester Board. Read generously contributes his legal work to LCLT and through his guidance LCLT has created documents that assure the assets owned by low-income community members will be secure for generations to come.
Maija Wilder, Vice Chair, has been visiting Lopez Island regularly since the early 1970’s. She has seen first hand the value of the affordable housing created through LCLT and the additional long-term benefits for the entire community that has occurred as a result. Her mother Elizabeth lives in the COHO coop.
Since LCLT’s beginnings she has had the desire to become actively involved. After three decades living primarily in NYC and LA, with international stints in London, India, and Mexico, she is happy to now be a permanent resident of Lopez Island. Her degree from NYU is in Film and TV. Although her skills and experience working in media are extensive, she prefers to simply call herself a ‘creative’ and a ‘project person.’ She believes in taking personal action to help change the dream of the planet and create the kind of world and community she wants to live in.
Eleanor Parks, born and raised in the Seattle area, has been visiting Lopez Island since early childhood and exploring the island by sailboat and bike. In 2008, Eleanor and her husband, Will, purchased a cabin on island and they have been part time residents ever since. When not on Lopez, Eleanor stays busy in Seattle as a partner in Brekke Properties, a commercial real estate company. She is a Certified Sustainable Building Advisor, a LEED Green Associate and holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Washington. Eleanor contacted LCLT after learning about the Common Ground project. She was inspired by the various LCLT’s projects and wanted to be part of LCLT’s innovative work in preserving the unique character and natural beauty of Lopez.
You’ll see Natalie Wilson in the Just Heavenly Fudge Factory. Natalie started working retail right out of high school, and quickly rose to a managerial level. She left that position to operate as a professional studio photographer. Ever alert to new experiences, she became a process operator in an oil refinery where she was one of 3 women out of 300 men. She has marketed their “angel” product in 120 stores and been a sales rep for 8 craftswomen across the country. And of course, she has been a small business owner. Natalie is a resident of Common Ground where she lives with her partner Marjoe Davidson.
Secretary—Visiting the San Juans over the years, Diana Sheridan and her husband have long held a dream of living on Lopez Island. This dream began during their years as Peace Corps Volunteers in the early 1970s when they served in the island nation of the Philippines, and continued as the role of family and jobs played out in Seattle, Eugene, and Bainbridge Island. Last year, the stars at last aligned when they moved to Lopez Island where they found simple living at The Hamlet cottages in a central location that invited walking and connection. Beyond this new way of life they also found the friendly and cooperative spirit of Lopez, epitomized by the LCLT. Here was an organization committed to sustainable and affordable housing options that enhance the very heart of Lopez.