OUR BOARD

Chom Greacen, Board Chair, moved to Lopez after meeting her husband Chris Greacen who was raised on Lopez. She co-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 her children Ty and Sara go to school. Chom enjoys tracking energy consumption and loves living in the net zero neighborhood Common Ground where the community feels like a big family and the kids roam free.

Quaniqua (Q) Williams, Vice Chair, is a former employee of LCLT who is now a homeowner in the Salish Way cooperative. Q knows all too well the importance of stable, affordable housing on Lopez. She gained knowledge about fundraising, grant writing, and the importance of sustainability during her employment at LCLT. Q has been employed at various restaurants on Lopez. You can see her smiling face at Holly B’s on the weekends. Q echoes the sentiment of others on the board who have been moved by the extraordinary sense of community that she felt on Lopez. Q continues to be compassionate about serving the Lopez Community and is now employed as the Youth Programs Coordinator at Lopez Island Family Resource Center.

Jan Marshall, Treasurer, moved to Lopez with her husband Richard in 2021 to be closer to family. Born in the Midwest, Jan majored in art at the University of Kansas. She managed Richard’s film production company in NYC for 11 years. She also served as a board member at her sons’ school and was involved in developing the school’s long term plan and fundraising goals.

In California, Jan earned her Teaching Credential in 2003 and a Master’s Degree in Administration from CSULA. She taught 3rd grade at a Title 1 K-8 school in Pasadena for 11 years. English was the second language for the majority of her students. She was passionate about literacy and empowering her students to be critical thinkers and affect change. After her retirement, Jan became a community activist in South Pasadena appearing frequently at city council meetings and organizing residents to preserve a local historic theatre as well as an open green space for public use.

Jan looks forward to bringing her skills and passion for communication and community to serve LCLT.

Mark Eames, Secretary, joined the Board in March, 2022.  He has been full time on Lopez since April 2020, after retiring from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) in 2016.  While working in Seattle over 30 years, Mark and his family, Karen and two sons, frequently visited the San Juans and were part owners of a cabin on Lopez for eight years.  After a stint as a city attorney, at NOAA Mark was an attorney working with natural resource issues including pesticide harm to marine life, endangered salmon and Orcas, marine mammals and federal projects such as hydropower facilities and forestry.  Mark is particularly committed to working on the climate crisis.

Corky Searls and his wife Nancy sailed to Lopez Island for many years prior to purchasing their house on the island in 2011. Drawn by the strong sense of community when Corky retired in 2015, they moved to their Lopez Island home full time. Corky is a graduate of the University of Puget Sound and UCLA. Corky spent his career working as a research geophysicist in a variety of governmental and non-governmental roles. Additionally, he has been active in youth education through the Boy Scouts of America and has volunteered extensively in supporting emergency management programs at the community, county and state level. Throughout these activities he has witnessed the value of both education and a strong community, both of which remain his passions. Within the Lopez Island Community providing sustainable affordable housing and the facilities and infrastructure to feed the community represent two core elements for developing and sustaining a strong Island community. Corky is pleased to be able bring his skills and interests to serve LCLT and support the Lopez Community.
Asia Citro has been coming to Lopez Island since she was a child and has been thrilled to finally be able to make the move to full time island living with her husband, two kids, and many horses.  Asia spent several years as a public school science teacher before becoming a full time stay at home mom.  Growing up, she remembers watching Common Ground being built and and being fascinated by the straw bale construction and the solar powered hot water.  As a long time fan of LCLT, she’s excited to finally be able to join in and help with this important Lopez work.