BAYSIDE'S BOARD OF DIRECTORS
A team dedicated to housing equity
Richard Conrad, President
As a St. Vincent de Paul volunteer in Jefferson County, Richard has seen the impact that being homeless or living in unsafe and unstable housing can have on people. “Homelessness has so many challenges: finding and keeping a job, maintaining a healthy lifestyle, and general stability. For the children in these families their fears of family separation, difficulty with school and relationships can have a lasting impact,” Richard notes.
It is the stories of people supported by Bayside's programs, whose lives have been positively changed, and whose health has improved that truly inspires Rich. He believes we can make a difference, one life at a time.
Susan Keister, Secretary
Susan ran her own catering company in Seattle for 20 years, so when she and her husband joined in the investment group purchasing the Old Alcohol Plant, she was more than ready for the job. Susan not only serves on the board of directors, but she also volunteers her time weekly to host an art class for the bayside residents. She loves getting to spend time with and getting to know each resident and making sure to learn their stories. One of Susan’s visions for Bayside is to offer permanent housing as there is no where for current guests to go.
An avid artist, Susan loves anything and everything about it, observing, doing, reading, and discussing art. She also enjoys making and sharing food with family and friends.
Steve Moore, Treasurer
Working over 25 years in the computer software and business consulting industries, Steve was ready to give back his time to the community. Steve serves on several boards and committees throughout Jefferson County but sees the lack of all kinds of affordable housing to be the largest problem the county is facing; he is eager to see Bayside continue to succeed and grow.
Steve enjoys spending time with his two dogs, taking them on hikes, and being out and about in East Jefferson County. In the winter months, he and his wife like to get away to Tucson Arizona for a little desert time.
Chris Eagan, Director
After practicing law for almost 35 years representing client injured in the workplace or in construction, Chris and his wife moved to Jefferson county to begin their retirement. Becoming active supporters and volunteers at St. Vincent de Paul and Habitat for Humanity, Chris saw the need for an affordable housing solution in Jefferson County becoming more and more dire. He hopes that in the coming years Bayside can continue to expand its services offered to residents and the community.
Outside of his volunteer work, Chris enjoys spending time with his kids and grandchildren.
Joanne Rittmueller, Director
Dedicated to others care, Joanne retired after many years as a therapist and running a college health center, earning a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Idaho Counseling Association. Through retirement, Joanne found herself drawn to helping the unhoused communities. She believes deeply in the “housing first” concept and is eager to help Bayside expand their services and work toward more affordable housing in the area, as that is a more permanent solution.
Joanne loves spending her time volunteering in the community as well as being outdoors hiking, biking, or even just taking a neighborhood stroll.
Jean Camfield, Director
Jean is well versed in the housing issues Jefferson County faces as she spent 13 years working on the Port Townsend City Council and was one of the founders of the local Habitat affiliate where she spent 20 years assisting in home ownership. She hopes that Bayside Housing & Services can continue to find innovative ways to provide shelter to a broad range of people seeking it, as they address multiple facets of the housing problem.
Jean is very proud of the founding and continued work with local nonprofits that diligently work to better life for those in Jefferson County. In her free time, Jean enjoys travel, gardening, refinishing furniture, and playing bridge.
Rita Kerr, Director
Rita worked for many years as a nurse and a professor with an emphasis in Family Nursing and Psychiatric/Mental Health nursing practices. She was drawn to Bayside through her volunteer work with Saint Vincent de Paul and became a founding member of Bayside’s Women to Women Listening Circle.
Joseph Johnson, Director
Working as a Real Estate Developer, a Professor at Peninsula College, as well as a having a nursing background, Joseph has been a part of over 10 housing projects in Port Townsend. Intrigued by the added services that Bayside offers as a “hand up” approach rather than just “providing housing”, he was excited to join the Bayside board to help people reach their basic needs to then be able to become their best selves. He believes that stable housing for all benefits everyone in the community.
In his free time, Joseph enjoys all the outdoor activities the peninsula brings, camping, backpacking, and skiing, as well as spending time with family and friends.
Terry Umbreit, Director
As the past Director of the School of Hospitality Business Management at Washington State and the Director of the Kemmons Wilson School of Hospitality and Resort Management at the University of Memphis, Terry is well versed in what it takes to run a hotel. Joining the board early on, Terry was intrigued by the unique opportunity to be involved with an organization operating a hotel to support a nonprofit housing venture. He hopes that Bayside will become a model for other organizations considering a social venture.
Terry received the Howard B Meek Award from the International CHRIE for his lifetime contributions to the field of hospitality education. I his free time he enjoys volunteering with other organizations in Jefferson County like the East Jefferson Rotary and the Fort Worden Development Authority.
Vince Verneuil, Emeritus Director
After attending school in Louisiana, and working in engineering and software in California, Vince and his wife have found a community in Jefferson county dedicated to service. Vince served alongside other Bayside Board Members as a St. Vincent De Paul volunteer and has also been a Rotarian for over 40 years supporting their polio project as well as local projects.
Vince lives by the quote “To whom much is given, much is expected”, saying that he has been blessed with a great life, motivating him to give back to friends and communities in need.