Our Board

Quaniqua Williams, Chair, is a former employee of LCLT who is now a homeowner in the Salish Way cooperative. Quaniqua 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. Quaniqua has been employed at various restaurants on Lopez. Quaniqua echoes the sentiment of others on the board who have been moved by the extraordinary sense of community that she felt on Lopez. Quaniqua continues to be compassionate about serving the Lopez Community. She worked as the Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging Manager at the Lopez Island Family Resource Center.

Corky Searls, Vice Chair, 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.

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.

Chom Greacen, 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 went 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.

Luis Felipe Cisneros, was born and raised in California where he lived for 22 years. He is currently on beautiful Lopez Island where he is an LCLT leaseholder. Luis consider himself a multifaceted employee: he enjoys construction and other outdoor activities, and is currently employed by the Lopez Islander Resort where he is expanding his knowledge base. In his free time, Luis enjoys reading books, learning new skills, and tries to lead a sustainable life.

Joe Schneider purchased a home on Lopez in 2000 and was primarily a summer a resident until 2020 and now lives on Lopez 80% of the time. He is educated as an architect and has owned and operated J.A.S. Design-Build for the last 30 years with his wife Kim with operations in both Seattle and Lopez Island. J.A.S. started building homes on Lopez in 1996 and currently has 8 full time employees on the island. He was drawn to LCLT because of how purposeful the mission is in providing affordable housing in an environmentally sensitive manner. When not running J.A.S he enjoys oyster farming and recreational masonry.