2019-2020 LSJI Council

Jim Hooper :: Board Chair 2016-2020

COHORT VI, San Juan Island  

Jim is a retired independent process consultant, meeting facilitator, and trained voice actor. His experience and expertise span more than 40 years in consulting, management, and quality leadership positions. He was with Hewlett-Packard for over 30 years, in capacities including quality director for the Americas computer field service organization. He retired from HP in 2005.

Skilled at leading and facilitating meetings of all kinds, he has been a sought-after facilitator to intervene in conflicted group situations. He continues to help groups find clarity and come to agreement, which has allowed the groups to move forward more effectively.   

Mr. Hooper is active in his community. He is the president of the San Juan County Amateur Radio Society, and he is a graduate of, and past co-director of, Leadership San Juan Islands. He appeared on the stage at San Juan Community Theatre in 2016 in the role of Fester in The Addams Family. He sings regularly with the Mount Baker Toppers, the Bellingham Chapter of the Barbershop Harmony Society. He is a past president for the Cape San Juan Homeowners Association and a past president for the San Juan County Economic Development Council.

Steve Hushebeck, BS :: Board Treasurer

Cohort VI, San Juan Island

A San Juan Island resident since 2003, Steve is an elected member of The Friday Harbor Town Council. He serves on the boards of both the San Juan Chamber of Commerce and the Economic Development Council, assisting with local efforts and initiatives. Formerly employed as the Accounts Manager for Mobile Oil Corporation beginning in 1978, he retired from Conoco-Phillips in 2007. 

Steve enjoys most outdoor activities, including fishing, skiing, bicycling and hiking. Gardening and landscaping are twin passions. He and his wife Jean have two adult daughters and a grandson. They are also dog enthusiasts.

Emillie Novak :: Board Member, At-large

Cohort XIII, Orcas Island

Emillie’s interest in healthy families and building supportive communities to facilitate the success of healthy children is grounded in her life experience. She moved from Albuquerque to Spokane in 1984 to work as a Montessori trainee, and then went back to college to complete her Bachelor’s of Fine Art degree from EWU.

She continued her education while raising six children and worked as an art instructor at Spokane Art School. Her observations of youth at risk motivated her to complete a chemical dependency counseling program at Spokane Falls Community College, and then worked, as a Community Mobilization Coordinator program director, grant writer, and drug/alcohol abuse Prevention/Intervention Specialist, creating programs to strengthen communities to prevent substance abuse and violence. Following this community leadership position, she gained direct services experience working as a chemical dependency treatment counselor of adults, and Student Assistant Counselor for adolescents with the Puget Sound Educational Service District.

Years later, Emillie arrived on Orcas Island, employed as a caregiver for the elderly. She was soon drawn to the caring, community spirit of inclusion and open-hearted giving and is happy to become a part of the growth of the community as an assistant teacher at Orcas Montessori School. Currently a student of the “servant leadership” educational focus of Gonzaga University’s Masters of Organizational Leadership program, Emillie looks forward to working with students in Cohort XIV.

Program Directors     

SHANNON BORG, MFA, PhD :: Program Director 2019-2020

Cohort IX, San Juan Island

From 2012 to 2018, Shannon worked at the San Juan Islands Visitors Bureau as marketing coordinator, assisting local businesses with their promotions and marketing strategies. She has facilitated programs and events with a focus on food, farms and the arts. Shannon has an MFA in Poetry from the University of Washington, and a PhD in English Literature and Poetry from the University of Houston. She has worked as an editor and wine columnist for Seattle magazine, and a freelance writer for several regional publications. She and her neighbors helped build each others’ houses through the Homes for Islanders program. She lives in Friday Harbor, and is currently studying oil painting at Gage Academy in Seattle.

vivette bordas :: PROGRAM DIRECTOR 2017-2018


Vivette is from Nicaragua, Central America, and came to the USA in 1987 to California to look for a better life and education for her son. She worked at St. Joseph Hospital in Orange County, California as certified nursing assistant, and became a telemetry technician, and worked in cardiac and on the renal floor for 10 years. She moved to Washington in 2005 and work as telemetry technician at St. Clare hospital in Lakewood for 10 years. While working there she was offered a position at Clover Park technical college as a telemetry technician instructor teaching rhythm of the heart to all new medical students. Vivette now lives in Friday Harbor.

Jennifer Fay Rice :: Past Director 2016-17

COHORT XII, San Juan Island

Jennifer is a retired homeschool mom, consultant, artist, and community volunteer. Her experience spans 30 years and includes being a national sales manager in the fast growth Pacific Northwest coffee industry, as a medical marketing consultant, and as a property manager. She still sees clients as a consultant. She has a degree in psychology, which she’s put to good use while teaching, a role that all of her positions required.

Jennifer loves to welcome people and to bridge gaps to help others learn. She is all about serving others, as evidenced by her being a Sea Scout leader, Girls Scout co-leader, a swim parent, a homeschool co-op teacher, and wellness workshop teacher in health professional offices. She has a son in high school, a daughter in college and lives with her husband and best friend, Eric Rice. They both decided to move to San Juan county for their children’s education and she fully embraces island living with open arms, serving in many different areas.

Communications and Alumni Engagement

Jim Carroll ::  LSJI Ambassador

Cohort XIII, San Juan Island

Jim was born in Brantford, Ontario, Canada, and has lived all over North America and has traveled the world in various careers. He has been proud to call San Juan Island his home since 1997. Jim and his wife Judith owned and operated The Front Street Café (1997 to March 2004). After selling the café, they bought a tiny RV and visited North America, including 34 states and 5 Canadian Provinces, traveled as far northeast as Nova Scotia & Prince Edward Island back to San Juan Island in a one year sabbatical. While visiting North America and handing out brochures about San Juan Island, he was called by many, "The FIRST Ambassador of the San Juan Islands.”  

Jim is a top-performing Real Estate Broker/Agent as well as  a past President of the San Juan Island Lions Club (2006-2007), prior President for Dollars for Scholars, (2008-2011),  Assistant Executive Director for Friday Harbor Athletic Association and has served on many other boards including the San Juan Island Chamber of Commerce several times as VP and Interim President in 2004. Jim is an avid advocate of Leadership San Juan Islands.

Gretchen Krampf, MSOD :: LSJI Ambassador

Cohort I, Orcas Island

Gretchen is a process consultant, executive coach and principal in Process Experts, LLC, a strategic consulting firm that integrates people, process and technology. Through leadership coaching and community development, she works with corporations, non-profits and community organizations to build resiliency, leadership, and create higher levels of community engagement. Her clients include San Juan County government and non-profit organizations.

Gretchen has been Chair of LSJI six of the past thirteen years and is lead faculty for the “Use of Self” retreat and Facilitation Skills. She is the founder of Thriving Islands, a collaboration for building resilient communities through facilitative leadership. She has served on the boards of the San Juan County Ag Guild and Orcasong Institute.