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.
Kay Keeler, Chair, has lived full-time on Lopez Island for the last 16 months, but visited regularly for the previous 20 years. Kay retired as a Senior Program Leader with Landmark Education last June and now is creating her community here on Lopez Island. Her husband of 52+ years, George Keeler, is a family practioner MD and homeopathist. Their four children, spouses and 11 grandchildren live in Seattle, Boston, Philadelphia and Washington, D.C. Kay has a Master’s in Secondary Education, and has also served on national & local boards; coached H.S. rowing; worked as a management consultant to non-profits; directed a non-profit; mentored at a seminary; and raised funds. The focus of Kay’s life has been that self-actualization only happens in community and being on the Lopez Community Land Trust is a perfect vehicle for her energy and creativity.
Chom Sangarasri Greacen, Vice-Chair & Treasurer, 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.
David Zapalac stumbled upon LCLT’s website years ago and that led him to Lopez Island. His dream was to farm his own land with his wife and children, which he has been doing since moving here in 2005. He has a B.S. in Geography/Resource and Environmental Studies and an AAS in aviation maintenance technology. David repaired all failing equipment, cobbled together a semi-automatic sand sifter and invented a “plaster blaster’ for second coat earthen plasters during the construction of Common Ground. “I offer my knowledge of the farming situation on Lopez Island, my insights into the changing world food production and distribution paradigm, my technical expertise, and my vision of how this organization can help facilitate long term security for our island food system. As a farmer and SARD committee member, I can provide the perspective of one who is active in the farming community. As the parent of two young children, I can provide the perspective of one who is committed to preserving a healthy and diverse community for his family. ”
Read Langenbach 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.
Scott Finley grew up in Whatcom County, where he helped in the family grocery store, which also served as the local community center. He and his wife Ande have had a dream of moving to Lopez since they first camped at Spencer Spit thirty years ago. The dream was finally realized in 2009 when they built a home and planted a garden at Cape St. Mary. They have four daughters and three grandchildren who love the island and come to visit often.
After earning his BA in anthropology from Western Washington University, Scott has worked on Indian reservations, with a mental health facility, in television and photo-journalism, public housing, community development and building science. In 1984, he founded Atmosphere, Inc., an energy retrofit contracting company and since then, has become a nationally recognized leader in the industry with his integrated approach to energy, indoor environment, comfort and durability in green building retrofit and design. He has served on the Governor’s Task Force on Rural Development and was one of the architects of Seattle’s Healthy Homes Initiative and the Mayor’s Green Building Task Force. Since coming to Lopez, Scott has done volunteer work for the Historical Society, Locavores and Community Trails Network.“Wherever I have lived, community has been a vital part of my life. The work of LCLT to preserve land, housing and agriculture is at the core of a healthy community. I am excited to have a part in this important work.”
Eleanor Parks, Secretary, 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.