BAYSIDE'S BOARD OF DIRECTORS
A team dedicated to housing equity
President: Rich Conrad
During my time volunteering with St Vincent de Paul I learned a deeper sense of how peoples’ lives can be changed forever with the smallest gesture of kindness, support and understanding when they really need it. Through the inspiration of these peoples lives I now have the privilege to help lead Bayside as a board member.
As a graduate of the University of Washington and the experience of a 40 year career in business, I bring an understanding of finance and operations that informs my ability to be a good steward of Bayside’s resources.
I’m passionate about the need for affordable housing in our community and its’ importance in helping people find and keep jobs, lead healthier lives and have a safe and stable home.
Past President: Ken Dane
Ken Dane and family now including his wife Kathy, two Vizsla’s – Reka and Red – and three cats moved to Port Townsend in 2006 intending to retire here. Since arriving, Ken has worked at OlyCAP as Director of Development, ECHHO as Executive Director and the Jefferson Community Foundation/United Good Neighbors as Interim Executive Director. While retirement has been elusive, he is presently making a third attempt.
Ken Dane was educated at Harvard and Duke Universities and has over 50 years’ experience in small business and nonprofit organizations, primarily in health care related areas. Before moving to Port Townsend, Ken was a founding executive with USAssist, an international assistance service provider serving American Express and many Fortune 1000 companies and went on to work in telemedicine supporting medical care for ships at sea and remote worksites.
Emeritus: Vince Verneuil
“Back in 1980’s my church was building an activity center and we were asked to submit a quote to be posted. The one I submitted “To whom much is given, Much is expected”. I still think it speaks to me. I have been blessed with a great education (Louisiana) , a great Marriage (50+ years), four great children, a very successful and exciting business career(Engineering and Software in California) , and a great retirement in this area. Now I am trying to give back to our Friends in Need. "I have been a Rotarian for over 39 years and supporting their Polio project and both local and international projects. I really support scholarships for education. I have been a Saint Vincent de Paul member for over 10 years.”
Treasurer: Steve Moore
Secretary: Susan Keister
Susan Keister is wife, mom, grammie, animal lover, knitter, reader and artist. A late bloomer, she received an art degree in textile design from the University of Washington at the age of 44. For twenty years she ran her own restaurant/catering business in Seattle. She has recently come out of retirement to volunteer at Bayside Housing and has been involved in all kinds of their projects including the Women to Women listening circle, an artist garden, different art offerings. She considers being able to participate one-on-one with the Bayside guests an awesome gift. These days she hears herself saying a couple of things over and over. They each begin with “if.” “If everyone would be an artist we wouldn’t have wars.” And “if everyone took care of their own we wouldn’t have all these poor lost souls.” Maybe a bit too simplistic but she believes it.
Trustee: Chris Eagan
Chris has lived his entire life in the Puget Sound area, attending Seattle Prep, Seattle University (Philosophy major) and the University of Washington School of Law. Upon graduating from law school, Chris and his wife Carolyn became VISTA volunteers. Chris practiced law in Seattle from 1970 to 2003 primarily representing injured and disabled clients. In 2003, after raising their four children, Chris and Carolyn moved to their home in Shine near Port Ludlow. They have been active supporters of St. Vincent de Paul and Habitat for Humanity in Jefferson County.
Trustee: Rita Kerr
Rita came to Bayside through her volunteer work with Saint Vincent de Paul, launching Bayside’s Women to Women Listening Circle after we received a grant for the program from St. Cecilia’s Parish on Bainbridge Island. Spending many years as a nurse and a professor, her areas of expertise and training are: Family Nursing and Psychiatric/mental health nursing practice, education, and research including individual, marital, and family therapy; nursing research; transcultural nursing; and nursing leadership and management.
Trustee: Terry Umbreit
Terry Umbreit is a current resident of Port Ludlow. He and his wife, Julie, have lived in the area since 2012. They have owned property in the area since 1999. Terry just completed five years on the Port Ludlow Village Council, and was a two-year term Past President. He is currently the President of the Rotary Club of East Jefferson County.
Prior to arriving in Port Ludlow, Terry was Director of the Kemmons Wilson School of Hospitality and Resort Management at the University of Memphis. He spent 24 years as Director of the School of Hospitality Business Management at Washington State University. His industry experience includes six years as a Consultant for Pannell Kerr Forster in Chicago, and five years as a Food Administrator at North Illinois University. While at Washington State University, his research focused on human resource and leadership issues in the hospitality industry. He published a number of articles in academic journals on performance appraisal systems, multi-unit management job definition in the quick service restaurant segment, and the identification of outcome measures of performance. He taught for a number of years courses in hospitality managerial accounting with emphasis on both hotel and restaurant operations.
Terry received his Ph.D. in Higher Education at Washington State University; M.S. in Business Management at Northern Illinois University; and BA Degrees from Michigan State University in Hotel, Restaurant and Institutional Management and DePauw University in History.
Trustee: Jean Camfield
Jean has lived in Port Townsend since her parents moved here in 1949. She was one of the founding board members of Habitat for Humanity of East Jefferson County, and a founding member of the Port Townsend High School Scholarship Foundation. Jean worked for the Port Townsend School District for over 30 years, and was their Business Manager prior to her retirement. She spent three years on the Port Townsend Planning Commission before 13 years of service on the Port Townsend City Council. She has three children, five grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren.
Trustee: Joe Johnson