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2017-2018 LSJI Council

Jim Hooper :: Board Chair 2016-2018

Class 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

Class 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.

Laura Cailloux, EdD. :: Board Secretary

Class XII, Mount Vernon

Dr. Laura Cailloux has been an entrepreneur in information technology, a nonprofit manager for an Indian Health Board, and a community college faculty member and administrator.  Her career at Skagit Valley College began as business faculty, and progressed to department chair, Director of Business and Community Development, Workforce Dean and most recently to Vice-President for the Whidbey Island Campus, South Whidbey, Anacortes, and San Juan Centers.  In this new role she is eager to learn more about the San Juan Islands to better meet the higher education needs in the community.  She has served on multiple boards including Mount Vernon School Board and the Economic Development Association of Skagit County Foundation Board.

LSJI Council At Large Representatives

Liz Illg  :: Board Member, At-large

Class VII, Vashon Island

Liz has been involved since LSJI’s inception and has served in every capacity, including being Program Director (or Co) four times. Raised in Seattle in the winter and San Juan Island in the summers she earned undergraduate degrees in anthropology and women’s studies and a master’s degree in social work at the University of Washington.

After a career in social services in Alaska and Seattle she moved to San Juan Island in 1995 and opened Post San Juan in Friday Harbor with her wife, Janna Gingras. She has over 40 years of experience working with nonprofits and on their boards and has facilitated many planning processes with community groups and for local government. She served on the Friday Harbor Town Council, the San Juan County Economic Development Council and chaired the San Juan Island Chamber of Commerce board.

Liz helped found the San Juan County Arts Council and coordinated the Scenic Byway projects for the San Juan Islands Visitors Bureau. She and Janna recently retired to Vashon Island after a 35,000 mile motorhome journey around North America, as documented in their travel blog, TravelLily.com.

Emillie Novak :: Board Member, At-large

Class 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 counselling 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 at 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 Class XIV.

Sarah Severn :: Board Member, At-large

Class XIII, San Juan Island

Following over two decades of global leadership roles at Nike, Sarah relocated with her husband from Portland to San Juan Island in 2014. She is a graduate of LSJI cohort XIII.

Sarah is principal of Severn Consulting where her focus is on transformative leadership for sustainable business.  Sarah is also strategic advisor and organizer for Washington Business for Climate Action and serves on the board of Forum for the Future.

Sarah’s Nike career was focused on sustainability, stakeholder engagement, future trends and systems innovation, and she was responsible for many of the sustainability coalitions and partnerships that Nike engaged with. Sarah also led Nike’s climate change advocacy work, including the establishment of BICEP(Business for Innovative Climate and Energy Policy), and she is passionate about harnessing that experience to foster leadership for a sustainable and climate resilient SJI community.

Curriculum Development        

Laura Cailloux, EdD. :: Curriculum Co-Chair

Class XII, Mount Vernon

Dr. Laura Cailloux has been an entrepreneur in information technology, a nonprofit manager for an Indian Health Board, and a community college faculty member and administrator.  Her career at Skagit Valley College began as business faculty, and progressed to department chair, Director of Business and Community Development, Workforce Dean and most recently to Vice-President for the Whidbey Island Campus, South Whidbey, Anacortes, and San Juan Centers.  In this new role she is eager to learn more about the San Juan Islands to better meet the higher education needs in the community.  She has served on multiple boards including Mount Vernon School Board and the Economic Development Association of Skagit County Foundation Board.

Danna Diaz, PhD. :: Curriculum Co-Chair

Class XII, San Juan Island

Dr. Danna Diaz serves as Superintendent with the San Juan Island School District. She has served the interest of public schools spanning 4 decades in various positions in both urban and suburban school systems. Her administrative career includes 20 years as an administrator in eleven districts in four states – Texas, Pennsylvania, Florida and now Washington. In addition, for all the years she tirelessly worked her way through the ranks, her proudest moment includes not one but two Teacher of the Year awards earning the respect of her peers and high level administrators.

Danna earned her PhD from The University of Texas at Austin; Superintendent, Mid Management Certificates and Master of Science from University of Houston-Clear Lake; Bachelor of Science from University of Mary Hardin-Baylor and Associates in General Studies from Central Texas College. She is the First Generation College graduate in her family.

Program Directors     

Vivette Bordas :: Program Director 2017-18

Class XIII, San Juan Island

Vivette Bordas was born in Nicaragua, Central America, and came to California in 1987 to get out of a socialist country and to look for a better life and education for her son.  Since 1988 she has worked in different areas of the medical field, as a Certified Nursing Assistant, working in Retirement Homes, Nursing Homes and Hospitals, then became a Telemetry Technician, working 10 years at St. Joseph Hospital in Orange County, closely monitoring patients with heart problems.

In 2005 , she moved  to Washington State and was employed for nine years at St. Clair Hospital in Lakewood, as Telemetry Technician and Health Unit Coordinator.  In 2010 , Vivette became an instructor at Clover Park Technical College, teaching the rhythm of the heart to new Health Coordinators, Telemetry Technicians and Nursing Assistants.  She served as a substitute instructor for the Health Unit Coordinator programand instructed a Basic Electrocardiogram interpretation review class for Nurses, Firefighters, and Telemetry Technician. 

In 2014, Vivette moved to San Juan Island to be close to the grand kids. A graduate of last year’s cohort, she is bringing her leadership to the position of Program Director for Class XIV.

Jennifer Fay Rice :: Past Director 2016-17

Class 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

Tatiana Beltran :: Communications

Class XIII, Orcas Island

Tatiana Beltran has lived internationally in Bolivia and Argentina. Her time in South America has framed several aspects of her artistic approach as an Artist. Beltran has studied at Walla Walla University, Universidad Adventísta del Plata, and Lane Community College with concentrations in Fine Arts, Castellano and Temporary Public Installments.

In 2015, after a fateful conversation with a dear friend, she was persuaded to move to Orcas Island and has been a part of the island community ever since! Beltran lives and works at the enchanting North Beach Inn as the Housekeeping Coordinator and Office Assistant. In her free time she volunteers with some amazing groups on island: Orcas Center, Orcas Ecstatic Dance, Orcas Christian School, Orcas Public High School Theatre, etc. She enjoys practicing yoga, cooking, hanging with N.B.I.’s herd of cows and hiking/snorkeling around Mountain Lake.

Presently, her art explores an emphasis on the human condition, culture, gender roles and societal standards. More info about her artwork can be found at www.tatianabeltran.com.

Jim Carroll ::  LSJI Ambassador

Class 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

Class 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 for Class XIV.  She is the founder of Thriving Islands, a collaboration for building resilient communities through facilitative leadership. She serves on the boards of the San Juan County Ag Guild and Orcasong Institute.