Kent is the current president of Home Trust’s Board of Directors. He is a partner in Puget Sound Investors LLC, a real estate lending and investment management firm based in Mount Vernon. He is a graduate of Washington State University and Seattle University School of Law. He has been involved in the development of several affordable housing projects in Skagit County. He has served on the Board of Directors and as President of Salem Village, and as a board member and president of other local organizations, including Skagit-Mount Vernon Kiwanis and the Skagit Valley YMCA. Kent and his wife Gretchen, have resided in Mount Vernon since 1973.
Wendie is the vice president of the board of directors. She has lived in Sedro-Woolley most of her life. “I love the beauty and community of the ‘Magic Skagit’ Valley! I built a wonderful home for myself and my 12 year old son, Kindred, through Skagit Habitat for Humanity in 2011-2012. We are very blessed to have had such an opportunity. I feel very passionate about affordable and sustainable housing! I have previously been involved with the Lummi Island Community Land Trust, and the Bellingham Farmers Market where I served as secretary of the board for one season. I make my living at Regence BlueShield in Burlington which is a not for profit health care company that donates time and money to local nonprofits every year. My spectacular son is an all-star student and fills most of our time with his sporting and school activities. We enjoy biking, walking and hiking through the glorious outdoors, and volunteering and being involved in local events whenever we can.
Lynn is secretary of Home Trust of Skagit’s board of directors. Lynn serves at Community Services Division Director at Community Action of Skagit County. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Vocational Rehabilitation with an emphasis in secondary Special Education. Her position includes oversight over Housing Programs and she has played a nurturing role in the birth of HTS. Over the past year she attended the NW Community Land Trust Institute trainings. Lynn has worked in the private and public sector and believes that home ownership plays a significant role in building strong stable communities.
Becki is the treasurer on the Home Trust of Skagit board of directors. She has worked in the banking industry for for nearly 15 years and currently works for Washington Federal. Becki is married and has three children and two grandchildren. She enjoys running and has run in 13 half marathons.
Susan is from Dayton, Ohio. Susan developed an interest in psychology, philosophy and religion in a quest to find answers about life. After attending college at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio in 1965 she hitchhiked across country with college friends to San Francisco. She lived in the Haight-Ashbury district of San Francisco during the ’60s and found herself part of a counterculture that would change her life and the world. Continuing her journey she later moved to the mountains of Northern California and migrated in steps to Mount Vernon, Washington. Susan works at coordinating and referring volunteers at Community Action of Skagit County’s Volunteer Center. Her interests include gardening, writing and cultivating her spiritual path in life.
Gabriel is a Sustainable Development consultant and educator. From 1999-2008 he worked with OPAL Community Land Trust on Orcas Island, first as a board member and then for 6 years as Project Manager. He has coordinated Green Building trainings for the National Community Land Trust Network and NeighborWorks America, has served on several non-profit boards, and is currently working toward a certification as a Sustainable Building Advisor. He and his wife Jeanne have lived in Anacortes since 2001,
Steve is a life-long Skagit County resident. He was raised on a dairy farm in Bow. Steve is a graduate of Burlington-Edison High School. He also earned an Associate of Arts at Skagit Valley College and a Bachelor of Arts at Western Washington University. He also hold an elementary school teaching certificate. Steve worked for more than 20 years in pharamaceutical sales and 16 years with FedEx. Steve is very active in the community. He currently serves at Skagit County District Two Port Commissioner. He alsoserved as past president of the Burlington-Edison Kiwanis Club, Pacific Northwest Division Kiwanis Lieutenant Governor, Skagit County Ag Advisory Board, Fire District 6 Commissioner, AVID volunteer at Allen Elementary School, Junior Achivement Board of Directors at Mt. Baker Middle School, and was a literacy program volunteer at Community Action of Skagit County.
Kari Kennedy, an expert in business development, is the Client Experience Manager of Opus Bank in Mount Vernon. Prior to working at Opus Bank, Kari’s career in financial advising and business development was built through management of branches at Columbia Bank, KeyBank and Bank of America.
As a trusted financial advisor in Skagit County for the last 14 years, Kari Kennedy has developed numerous relationships with business owners, community members and associations. As a certified financial instructor, Kari spends time educating Skagit’s youth through Junior Achievement, working with the Skagit Asset Building Coalition’s vision of a financial empowerment center, Washington State’s Bank On-North Sound assisting the under-banked, Skagit Home Trust for affordable home purchases, and SWAN.
Kari obtained her bachelor’s degree in Business Administration with a focus in Finance while working full-time. Kari graduated in 2011 from the University of Phoenix’s online campus. Working full-time, going to college, being a mom and wife is a challenging journey. Kari chose to join SWAN to empower more young women to achieve educational, financial, and professional success.
Vanessa Scee has served on the Board of Directors since November 2016 as a homeowner representative. Vanessa lives with her son Benny and fiance Elijah in a community land trust home in the Skagit Highlands neighborhood of Mount Vernon. Vanessa is an instructional technology administrator at the Mount Vernon campus of Skagit Valley College’s eLearning program. She serves on the board as a way to promote the community land trust model and to help others be able to purchase a home in the community as she has done.
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