Board President: Chris Eagan

Chris has lived his entire life in the Puget Sound area, attending Seattle Prep, Seattle University (Philosophy major) and the University of Washington School of Law.  Upon graduating from law school, Chris and his wife Carolyn became VISTA volunteers.  Chris practiced law in Seattle from 1970 to 2003 primarily representing injured and disabled clients.  In 2003, after raising their four children, Chris and Carolyn moved to their home in Shine near Port Ludlow.  They have been active supporters of St. Vincent de Paul and Habitat for Humanity in Jefferson County.

Secretary/Treasurer: Vince Verneuil

“Back in 1980’s my church was building an activity center and we were asked to submit a quote to be posted.

The one I submitted “To whom much is given,  Much is expected”.  I still think it speaks to me.  I have been blessed with a great education (Louisiana) , a great Marriage (50+ years), four great children,  a very successful and exciting business career(Engineering and Software in California) , and a great retirement in this area.  Now I am trying to give back to our Friends in Need.

I have been a Rotarian for over 39 years and supporting their Polio project and both local and international projects.  I really support scholarships for education.   I have been a Saint Vincent de Paul member for over 10 years.”

Trustee: Rich Conrad

“I have had a life of many opportunities and successes in my education and long career in medical sales. I am fortunate to have a loving and supportive family and feel blessed in all I have. I believe one of the greatest gifts you can give is your time.”

Volunteer and service experience:

  •     ViSTA Volunteer and house parent in a home for boys in Kansas City.
  •     Coaching and tutoring when my two boys were young.
  •     Worked on many committees in the Mt. Baker Community Club and served as board president
  •     Currently a St Vincent de Paul volunteer

Trustee: Ken Dane

Ken Dane and family now including his wife Kathy, two Vizsla’s – Reka and Red – and three cats moved to Port Townsend in 2006 intending to retire here.  Since arriving, Ken has worked at OlyCAP as Director of Development, ECHHO as Executive Director and the Jefferson Community Foundation/United Good Neighbors as Interim Executive Director. While retirement has been elusive, he is presently making a third attempt.

Ken Dane was educated at Harvard and Duke Universities and has over 50 years’ experience in small business and nonprofit organizations, primarily in health care related areas.  Before moving to Port Townsend, Ken was a founding executive with USAssist, an international assistance service provider serving American Express and many Fortune 1000 companies and went on to work in telemedicine supporting medical care for ships at sea and remote worksites.

Trustee: Susan Keister

Susan Keister is wife, mom, grammie, animal lover, knitter, reader and artist. A late bloomer, she received an art degree in textile design from the University of Washington at the age of 44. For twenty years she ran her own restaurant/catering business in Seattle. She has recently come out of retirement to volunteer at Bayside Housing and has been involved in all kinds of their projects including the Women to Women listening circle, an artist garden, different art offerings. She considers being able to participate one-on-one with the Bayside guests an awesome gift. These days she hears herself saying a couple of things over and over. They each begin with “if.” “If everyone would be an artist we wouldn’t have wars.” And “if everyone took care of their own we wouldn’t have all these poor lost souls.” Maybe a bit too simplistic but she believes it.

Trustee: Rita Kerr

Rita came to Bayside through her volunteer work with Saint Vincent de Paul, launching Bayside’s Women to Women Listening Circle after we received a grant for the program from St. Cecilia’s Parish on Bainbridge Island. Spending many years as a nurse and a professor, her areas of expertise and training are: Family Nursing and Psychiatric/mental health nursing practice, education, and research including individual, marital, and family therapy; nursing research; transcultural nursing; and nursing leadership and management.

Trustee: Vicki Lucas

“My life has been filled with much Joy.  I have been married to my wonderful husband for thirty-two years and have a loving and Intelligent son.  For the last ten years I have managed the Habitat for Humanity Store in Jefferson county, and have the great privilege to work with seventy amazing volunteers.

I moved to the U.K when I was eighteen and lived there for twenty-seven years, for fourteen of which I owned and operated a small Hotel on the Isle of Wight.  In 1990 we retired to San Diego, though not being the retiring sort we soon built and ran a very successful and nationally acclaimed restaurant, employing thirty-five people for twelve years.  In 2005 we moved to Jefferson county where we have lived happily ever since.”