Anne Hall, Secretary, and her husband, Dr. David Hall, began spending time on Lopez in 1974, when Dave’s parents, Noni and Don Hall built a house here. Anne and Dave loved island life so much that when Anne was called as interim pastor of the Lutheran Church in the San Juans in 2011, they moved to Lopez permanently. Anne is a graduate of Radcliffe College and worked for 18 years as a teacher, counselor and administrator at all levels from preschool through college. In 1993, she was ordained as an American Baptist minister, and 12 years later became a Lutheran pastor. Anne is committed to social justice and for over 30 years has worked for peace, nonviolently resisting nuclear weapons and war. She believes passionately in affordable housing, sustainable farming, and responsible and ecological land use, and is delighted to use her skills to support LCLT.
Jessica Roundy first came to Lopez in 2007 to intern for LCLT at the time of groundbreaking for Common Ground, and returned the following two summers to continue interning throughout the construction process. During that time Jessica received her Master of Landscape Architecture from the Rhode Island School of Design, where she served as President of the graduate student body. Jessica’s professional work has been focused on sustainable agriculture over the past four years during her tenure as the lead designer for the Seattle Urban Farm Company. She is a LEED Green Associate, member of the local Cascadia chapter of USGBC, and member of the Northwest Social Justice Fund. Jessica moved back to Lopez in February of 2016 to launch a landscape design studio focused on edible gardens and sustainable site planning, and is thrilled to have the opportunity to reengage with LCLT as a part of the board.
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 AssociationIn 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, Chair, 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, Treasurer, 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.
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.