BAYSIDE'S BOARD OF DIRECTORS
A team dedicated to housing equity
Terry Umbreit, President
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.
Richard Conrad, Vice 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.
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.
Carolyn Eagan, Secretary
Bio coming soon.
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.
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.
Michelle Sandoval, Director
Bio coming soon.
Marcia Hildebrandt, Director
Bio coming soon.
Bill Reid, Director
Bio coming soon.
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.
Chris Eagan, Emeritus 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.
Susan Keister (6/6/1941 - 8/22/2022), Director In Memoriam
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 served on the board of directors, but she also volunteered her time weekly to host an art class for the Bayside program participants. She loved getting to spend time with and getting to know each participant and making sure to learn their stories. One of Susan’s visions for Bayside was to offer permanent housing.
An avid artist, Susan loved anything and everything about observing, creating, reading, and discussing art. She also enjoyed making and sharing food with family and friends.
In Susan's honor and to work toward her goal of creating permanent housing, Bayside Housing & Services has created the Susan M. Keister Legacy Fund. The goal of this fund is to create a revolving funding source that would give Bayside the opportunity to respond quickly to opportunities to purchase or create more housing for people in Jefferson County. For more information about how you can help, click here. And thank you for helping us to Bring More People Home.