Home Trust of Skagit’s Board of Directors is comprised of committed individuals with a wide variety of experience. The one thing that they have in common is a belief in the need for affordable housing.
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.
Kari Kennedy is the Relationship Banking Manager for 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 right here in Skagit County.
As a financial advisor in Skagit County for the last 16 years, Kari has developed relationships with business owners, community members, and associations. In addition to her role as VP for Home Trust of Skagit’s Board of Directors, Kari is a certified financial instructor, volunteers for Junior Achievement, the Skagit Asset Building Coalition’s vision of a financial empowerment center, Washington State’s Bank On-North Sound assisting the underbanked, and the Skagit Women’s Alliance Network.
Kari earned her bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Phoenix. Opus Bank offered Kari the opportunity to continue her education in Finance through the Pacific Coast Banking School through the University of Washington, September 2019.
Kari enjoys spending time with her husband, Garrett and two children, Lucas and Imogen.
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.
Kent is the past president, Board Member, and Auction Chair 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.
In addition to serving on the Home Trust of Skagit Board of Directors, Brandy has been with the Lincoln Theatre for over 8 years. She loves the Lincoln because even though she’s not a performer, Brandy loves the Arts. Being involved in this community theatre has allowed her to experience many fantastic performances as well as meet many amazing people in the Skagit community.
Scott Thomas was born in Omaha, Nebraska. In 1982 and while an undergraduate, he studied architecture for a year at the University of London School of Architecture. He was awarded a Bachelor of Science degree in Architecture by the University of Nebraska College of Architecture in 1983. After graduating, he worked as a design professional at the Leo A. Daly firm in Omaha; and at APA Architects and Engineers in Omaha. His design work includes work on medical facilities, aircraft control facilities, and power generation facilities. Upon relocating to Washington state, Mr. Thomas worked for the Barry Q. Becker firm in Bellevue, and for HNTB engineers. He was appointed the building official for the City of Issaquah in 1986, and remained there until entering law school at the University of Puget Sound in 1990. Mr. Thomas graduated from law school with distinction in 1993, and was admitted to the Washington Bar. In addition to providing legal services to local governments in Snohomish, Skagit, and Island counties, he has served as an Assistant City Attorney for the City of Tacoma; as City Attorney for the City of Mount Vernon; and as City Attorney for the City of Burlington. Mr. Thomas established a private law practice in 2014, focusing on land use, construction, and personnel issues. He was appointed Administrator and Town Attorney for the Town of La Conner in 2018.
Mr. Thomas has three children, two of which are Cougars and the other a Husky. He enjoys skiing and backpacking with his kids, and working in his shop.
Mary serves as a Council Member for the City of Mount Vernon where she has been a Mount Vernon resident for almost 40 years. Raised in an Air Force family, she was born in Saginaw, Michigan and has lived in many parts of the United States.
Mary worked for Sears in both Mount Vernon and Bellingham for 15 years before coming to work for Wells Nursery in Mount Vernon, where she has been for 25 years as of November 2017. In addition serving on the Home Trust of Skagit Board, she has served as a trustee for the Skagit Valley Hospital Foundation for 10 years, two of which she acted as President. as well as the Executive Quality Oversight Council for Skagit Regional Health as a community representative. In addition, she currently serves as Treasurer for the Skagit County Farm Bureau and volunteered for Skagitonians to Preserve Farmland, the Burkland-Johnson Guild for Seattle Children’s, Immaculate Conception Regional School and MoNA.
Edwyna is a life-long advocate for affordable housing with a MA in Communications from the University of Hawaii, and a MUP in Urban and Regional Planning from San Jose State University.
Edwyna served for over 9 years as long range planner for Skagit County, and the Citizen Participation Coordinator for the County under new Growth Management regulations. Additionally, Edwyna has been involved in planning and advocacy assistance with local churches to develop and pass housing for farm worker families to settle in Mount Vernon, a volunteer with Ecumenical Association for Housing in Marin County, CA. Site manager for our scattered site Larkspur Landing rental units and was a HUD manager for a 300 unit project in Everett, WA. She received applications, processed paperwork, and welcomed new tenants.
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