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Board Members

Ed Kilduff, President, has owned property on Lopez since 1998 and been an environmental consultant for over 20 years. Kilduff has worked on environmental cleanups for the Navy and the Department of Energy in both California and Washington, where he is licensed as both a hydrogeologist and engineering geologist. He has particular experience with groundwater monitoring and cleanup in shoreline areas, including fate and transport of chemicals and radioisotopes. Prior to working in the environmental field, Kilduff was a marketing and advertising Brand Manager in Europe, and also worked as an oil exploration geophysicist for prospects on the North Slope of Alaska. He earned a BS in Geology and Mathematics from Tufts University, an MS in Geophysics from the Colorado School of Mines, and an MS in Management from the MIT Sloan School of Management.
Dave CablePresident Emeritus, is a native of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  Dave has two degrees from Purdue University in Mechanical Engineering (BS) and Industrial Management (MS).  He was commissioned in the Navy in 1964, and earned his wings as a pilot. Flying from the USS Enterprise, he flew 100 missions over North Vietnam in the A6A Intruder.  He was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross, 12 Air Medals, 3 Navy Commendation Medals and the Navy Unit Citation.  Dave retired in 2006 from T-Mobile after a 30-year career in managing start-ups and as an executive in wireless telecommunications.  He and Jane reside on San Juan Island and enjoy boating, gardening and hiking with their golden retriever Griffin.
Mike CarlsonPresident Emeritus, came to the islands with his family in 1964, when his father moved his logging operation from Kitsap County to Waldron Island.  After attending Skagit Valley College, Mike bought his first logging truck and began a long and successful career as the owner of Mike Carlson Enterprises.  Mike employs a significant number of Islanders in his general construction business: building roads, installing utilities, repairing heavy equipment and participating in construction of major projects throughout San Juan County. His team is currently working on construction of the new Island Medical Center.  Mike’s business is located on his family farm where he and his wife, Julie, have raised their four children.  Mike is deeply rooted in San Juan County, where he contributed to the writing of the County Comprehensive Plan, and is currently serving as a County Planning Commissioner.  Mike has been a director of the Olympic Logging Conference, the San Juan Builders Association and currently sits on the boards of the Spring Street International and Paidiea Classical Schools.  He enjoys “island living,” raising cattle with his children to show at the San Juan County Fair, fishing, hunting, gardening, and spending family time on the shores of their Waldron Island property.
Sam BuckVice President, has spent more than 45 of his 60 years on San Juan Island.  He moved back in 1987 and has been a Realtor since 1988.  He grew up on a farm, ran heavy equipment, was a commercial fisherman, was a co-owner of a restaurant and then of a health resort, where he taught natural health for 8 years.  He currently serves on two other boards including The Whale Museum and The San Juan Community Home Trust.   Sam considers himself a strong advocate for nature and for property rights in San Juan County and invites those who think such positions are adverse to each other to give him a call.
Shari HarrisonTreasurer, and her husband have owned properties on San Juan Island for over 20 years.  They became full-time residents in 2005, during which they have actively managed the construction and operations of a new marina in Friday Harbor and the complete rebuild of their SJI residence.   After earning a BS in Accounting and Finance from The Ohio State University and a Masters in Business Administration from Capital University, Shari's earlier professional career spanned various financial management and accounting positions in both the retail and health care industries.  In her "last life," Shari and her husband founded, grew, and eventually "went public" with their first company (a vertically-integrated rail transportation equipment supply company specializing in wheel/rail management and detection systems which were sold and installed worldwide).  Shari has served on numerous business, community and philanthropic boards over her 30-year career.
Dave Hyde, PhD, Dave's career has spanned 40 years of government service and defense industry contributions in undersea research and technology.  He received his degrees from the University of Iowa in the 1960s and worked for the Navy and DARPA until 1980.  There, his work focused on undersea sensor sciences. He has received numerous awards for his technical contributions during his active career, including the Navy Distinguished Civilian Service medal. Dave has been an avid yachtsman all his life and a San Juan Island homeowner since 2009. He is currently compiling a summary of published ocean circulation studies that relate to shoreline policy development for the San Juan Islands.
Alexandra Gavora, Secretary, grew up in Alaska and has been a property owner and part-time San Juan Island resident since 1984.   After school and work in California and Oregon, she “retired” to full-time island living in 2000.   She is a member of the California and Alaska State Bar Associations.  Alex practiced business transaction and tax law before going into the small business world as an owner of an ocean towing business, officer and shareholder of numerous family retail businesses in Alaska, owner of a working quarter horse breeding ranch in Montana and developer of newly patented products.   Alex has been the long time officer/treasurer of the American Legion Auxiliary Unit 163. In addition to her diverse business and education background, Alex brings years of volunteer experience to our board.

Greg Ayers, MDhas been a property owner and resident of Orcas Island, since 2006.  During this time he has been active in the community.  He currently serves as a member of the Board of Commissioners of the Eastsound Sewer and Water District, and served as its President in 2011. Greg is a member of the Eastsound Planning and Review Committee and the San Juan County Marine Resource Committee.  Dr. Ayers is a founding member and clinical director of the Island Reproductive Health Initiative (IRHI).  Greg recently joined Orcas Island Fire and Rescue as a firefighter.  He is a member of the local Grange and is actively involved in maintaining and working with the Actors Theater of Orcas Island, which uses the Grange for local performances. Dr. Ayers is a past member of the Orcas Medical Foundation.  Professionally, Dr. Ayers has over 25 years of experience working with medical device start-up companies managing over $500M in capital.  He is considered a world-renown expert in the most common abnormal heart rhythm, atrial fibrillation, and is known as a leading expert in the use of defibrillation to treat sudden cardiac arrest. Dr. Ayers played a critical role working on the first implantable defibrillators and performed pioneering research in the area of cardiac ablation. He also serves as a Special Advisor to the White House and US Department of the Treasury with respect to small business development and Obama Administration legislative initiatives.  Dr. Ayers has received numerous awards, including Outstanding Alumnus—Hillenbrand Biomedical Engineering Center; Outstanding Interdisciplinary Engineer and Distinguished Engineering Alumnus—Purdue University.  He is a fellow of the American College of Cardiology, the American Institute of Medical and Biological Engineering and the Heart Rhythm Society.  He holds 21 U.S. patents, and has published over 200 book chapters, scientific abstracts and manuscripts. Dr. Ayers received his B.S. and Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering from Purdue University, and his M.D. from Indiana University.
Brian Ehrmantraut was born in Maine and grew up in Huron, Ohio, on the shore of Lake Erie.  After attending high school at a small boarding school on a cattle ranch in Colorado, he earned a degree in Statistics and EE/CS from Princeton University, and proceeded on to a series of successful startups in Silicon Valley developing operating systems, networking protocols, and distributed data storage technologies, with a focus on efficiency and simplicity.  His final position was Chief Simplicity Officer for Network Appliance.  He and his family moved to Orcas full-time in 1999 to raise their daughter.  Brian currently serves as a Commissioner for the Port of Orcas, and is a member of the San Juan County Planning Commission.   He is also a board member of Lopez Island Vineyards, and a volunteer Firefighter/FR with Orcas Island Fire and Rescue.  In the past in the islands he has been a board member and Treasurer of the OPAL Community Land Trust, on the board of Children’s House, a founder of the Salmonberry School, a member of the EPRC, and a SJC Housing Bank Commissioner.
Richard Civille is a native of California, whose family has been in Washington State since the 1930s. He moved to the islands in the late 1990s after a 15-year career in Washington, DC, in the telecommunications and information policy arena. He co-founded and directed the San Juan County Economic Development Council for a number of years. More recently, he managed a successful capital campaign for a new public library construction in Whatcom County. Civille has been long-involved in island community and civic affairs, serving several terms on the San Juan Island Library Board of Trustees, managing local United Way campaigns, performing for Island Stage Left and is active with the Grange. He currently resides in Anacortes to be closer to family. He has a BA degree in environmental policy and planning from the University of California, Santa Cruz.
Phyllis Davis has been a San Juan Island resident and property owner since 1988.  Phyllis recently retired after a 40-year career in banking where she worked in all phases of the business from teller to Chief Credit Officer.  Her knowledge of the San Juan Islands grew out of her extensive work in mortgage lending and construction financing, and her frequent commutes on bank business between Friday Harbor and Orcas Island on the Bank’s corporate vessel.  Over the years, she has served the island community in a number of volunteer positions.
Debbie Dickinson moved to San Juan Island in 1987 with her husband, Lew, and son, Ryan.  They have owned and operated an electrical contracting business since 1988.  Debbie has been involved in all aspects of the business.  Other family projects include developing two commercial buildings on Spring Street.  Debbie has served on several boards including the Economic Development Council, Co-Chair of Relay for Life, Homes for Islanders, and Purple and Gold.  She was a Council Member for the Town of Friday Harbor.
Bill Hancock became a resident of San Juan Island in 1998 after a long career as an eye surgeon.  Bill started Northwest Eye Surgeons, which later grew to become The Eye Surgical Centers of Western Washington.  He later founded a company called THE LASER CENTER, which expanded to 60 Eye Laser Centers in North America.  Bill serves on the Board of the Paidea Classical School in Friday Harbor.  Bill and his wife, Cheri, are committed to the welfare of both the land and the people of these beautiful islands they now call home.   For them this means promoting the interdependence of economic growth and environmental stewardship—realizing that neither goal can be accomplished at the expense of the other.
John Evans is a graduate of the University of Oregon.  He and his family have owned a farm near Doe Bay on Orcas Island for 39 years.  John and his wife, Wanda, have been full-time Orcas Island residents for 27 years.  John and Wanda raise Icelandic horses, Jacob sheep, nursery stock and operate a plant nursery on their property.   Over the years, John has served as Chairman of the San Juan County Fair Board, a volunteer fireman for 15 years, an elected San Juan County Commissioner for 12 years and served on various County and Orcas boards and commissions.  He is currently the Executive Director for the San Juan Builders Association, a board member of the SJC Economic Development Council, and a board member of Northwest Agriculture Business Center.
John Lackey was born and raised in Southern California.   After attending school at Mt. San Antonio Junior College and serving in Vietnam, John moved to San Juan Island where he has been a property owner and full-time resident since 1975. His early business experiences include working in construction, operating a B&B, and ten years of commercial fishing in Puget Sound and the Bering Sea. He has had a lengthy career in real state, working now as a Managing Broker with Coldwell Banker San Juan Island. Currently, John is a member of the San Juan County Planning Commission.   John’s passion is studying nutrition and longevity medicine and he is happy assisting wife, Shelly, in developing her business as a nutritional therapist.
Gordy Petersen is long time island resident.  He has been active in local affairs for more than 25 years serving on the original SJC Citizens Advisory Committee for drafting the Comprehensive Plan, Vice Chair of the Countywide Steering Committee, and served on the San Juan County Planning Commission (2 years as Chair).  He has also served the community twice as an elected Freeholder and Charter Review Commissioner from District 1.  In 2012 he was elected as Chairman of the Commission. Gordy is a local businessman, an avid sport fisherman, experienced sailor, and gardener, concerned about the long-term health of our environment.  He has academic degrees in philosophy and theology.
Rich Peterson had a career as a Fire Chief with 29 years of service in Santa Barbara, California. Upon retirement, his family moved to San Juan Island where he began to serve the community in many ways.  He was elected to the County Council in 2006 and served 6 years. He was elected Commodore of the San Juan Island Yacht Club in 2008. Rich studied industrial arts and is an accomplished professional metal sculptor with two major public art displays.  His work is also represented in many private collections. Rich brings a wealth of experience to the Board of CSA.

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