Board of Directors
Kate Blystone Cornwall Park Neighborhood. Director of Futurewise Whatcom, the local chapter of a statewide nonprofit that works to protect forests, farms and waterways while building livable communities for future generations. She is a graduate of Western Washington University and Eastern Washington University where she received her Master’s degree in Urban and Regional Planning. She is a professional planner and a former board member for Washington Conservation Voters, the American Planning Association’s Washington Chapter and Bellingham City Club. Kate moved to Whatcom County in 1999 from Spokane and after a few moves to and from Bellingham, she vows never to leave again. She and her husband Vern have no children but dote lovingly on their two cats, Leia and Oscar. Joined the board of directors in 2013.
Alice Clark. Executive Director of Pickford Film Center, the nonprofit organization that operates Bellingham’s two independent movie venues – the Pickford Film Center and Limelight Cinema. Alice is also the organizer of several community events, including the Sunnyland Stomp and the Bellingham Wig Out and recently began selling her handcrafted, artisan pies at the Bellingham Farmer’s Market. Her passion is in building community – whether through film, neighborhood events or even a piece of good pie. Alice has a B.A. in Graphic Design and Illustration from WWU. Joined the board of directors in 2013.
Carol Comeau. Grew up in San Marino, CA, and went to the University of Oregon, graduating in 1963. She and her husband, Dennis, moved to Anchorage, Alaska, in 1965, where they lived until August 2012. They moved to Bellingham in September 2012 to be closer to their son Chris and his family, who live in Bellingham, and their son Mike and his family, who live on Bainbridge Island. Carol worked for the Anchorage School District for 38 years and served as a teachers' aide and playground aide, an elementary teacher and principal, executive director of elementary education, assistant superintendent for instruction, and 12 years as superintendent of schools. She is eager to get more involved in Bellingham community affairs. Joined the board of directors in 2013.
Patricia Decker. South Hill Neighborhood. Former Director of Planning and Community Development for the City of Bellingham, Waterfront Futures Project Director for the City and the Port of Bellingham (2002-2004) and Manager of the Bellingham-Whatcom Public Facilities District (2005-2007.). Founding board member for the City Club of Bellingham in 1993. Rejoined the board of directors in 2011 and currently President.
Dean Fearing. Born in Anacortes, Dean Fearing is a Northwest native. After high school, Dean served five years in the U.S. Navy. He then followed his love of travel, living in Taipei, Taiwan, and parts of Holland and France before moving to Bellingham to raise his two daughters. Dean graduated from Western Washington University’s Fairhaven College with a degree in Sustainable Design & Development. After graduation, he worked at The REStore and became their first director, managing REStores in Bellingham and Seattle. In 2008 Dean joined Kulshan Community Land Trust and now serves as the Executive Director. He is passionate about housing issues and has been actively engaged with many organizations in the community. He was a founding board member of Sustainable Connections and RE Use Works/Appliance Depot. He also was a founding committee member of the BIAWC Built Green Committee. Currently Dean serves on the board of the NW Community Land Trust Coalition and Recreation Northwest. Joined the board of directors in 2013.
Dr. Joseph E. Garcia is the Bowman Distinguished Professor of Leadership Studies & Director of the Karen W. Morse Institute for Leadership at Western Washington University. He also serves as the Director of the Society for the Advancement of Chicano/a/Hispanic and Native American Scientists’ (SACNAS) Summer Leadership Institute. He previously was on the faculty of the Department of Management and then as Associate Dean and founding director of the College of Business and Economics’ Center for Excellence in Management Education.
In addition to leadership, Dr. Garcia's scholarship and teaching interests include management
education, diversity in organizations, and organizational behavior. He serves as a reviewer and on the editorial board of several academic journals in management and management education and is a member of the Academy of Management, has served as the Vice-President of OBTS: Teaching Society for Management Educators, and as President of the Management Faculty of Color Association.
Dr. Garcia is the recipient of numerous awards; including the OBTS Distinguished Service Award and the Peter J. Frost Mentoring Award, the Academy of Management’s Organizational Behavior Division’s Exceptional Leadership and Service Award, the Western Washington University Diversity Achievement Award and the SACNAS Professional Service Award. With Professor Karen Hoelscher, he is the co-author of the American Council of Education Series text “Managing Diversity Flashpoints in Higher Education.”
When he is not at work, Joe can be found enjoying family, hiking, climbing or skiing. While he hails originally from Brooklyn NY, he has lived in Bellingham for over 30 years. He is a long-standing member of Bellingham City Club and also serves on the Program Committee.
Julie Guy. Julie’s career includes 40 years in TV and radio finance and management after 5 years in public accounting with a CPA certification. She has been active in Bellingham since 2003, including service with Mt. Baker Planned Parenthood as board treasurer and co-founder of the Cordata Neighborhood Association. Julie currently serves on the Parks and Recreation Advisory Board. Her past experience also includes the Mayor's Neighborhood Advisory Committee and Treasurer of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Whatcom County. Joined the board of directors in 2012.
Nancy Jordan. A small business owner and non-profit executive serving community and economic development, Nancy Jordan is currently the Executive Director for Lummi Nation Service Organization/Ventures Partnership, and, with her husband, Travis, co-owner of Sound Wise Studios. Nancy has a background in commercial and agricultural lending and she serves on the Boards of the Northwest Agricultural Business Center and Home Port Learning Center. Joined the board of directors in 2013.
Don Keenan. Sehome Neighborhood. Served on the City of Bellingham’s Community Development Advisory Board, officer of the Sehome Neighborhood Board for the last three years, member of the Leadership Board of the Whatcom Alliance for Healthcare Access and has been an active member of the City Club’s Program Committee since early 2009. Formerly Executive Director of the Opportunity Council for 15 years and Deputy Administrator for Bellingham for seven years under mayor Mark Asmundson. Joined the board of directors in 2011.
Judy Kleinberg. Columbia Neighborhood. Freelance writer. Joined City Club in 2007 and board of directors in 2009.
Lynne Masland was director of media and public relations at Western Washington University for
22 years and adjunct professor at Western’s Fairhaven College before retiring in 2006. She chaired Western’s year-long Centennial celebration in 1999-2000 and was co-curator for the Whatcom Museum exhibit, A Century of Challenge and Change, about Bellingham’s YWCA history.
She has written or edited numerous books, including 100 Years of Challenge and Change: Whatcom Women and the YWCA, Western Washington University: 100 Years and Folklore of the Northwest Corner: The Human Touch. She has authored scholarly papers, reviews and numerous newspaper and magazine articles. Her first book of poems, A Cup of Tea: Collected Poems, was published in 2013.
Lynne attended Mount Holyoke College and holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the
University of California at Riverside and a doctorate in comparative literature from the University of British Columbia.
She is a member of Bellingham Sunrise Rotary and has been a member of City Club since 1996. Lynne has sailed and boated all her adult life. She is married to maritime artist and historian Steve Mayo, also a City Club member, and has two daughters, a step-daughter and three grandsons.
Dan Rass. Dan Raas and his wife, Debbie, have lived in Bellingham since 1976, when Dan was hired by the Lummi Nation as its first Reservation Attorney. Lummi still is Dan’s primary client. He was the president of the Whatcom County Bar Association, and was a founding board member of LAW Advocates, which provides legal advice to local low income individuals. Dan was a founding trustee of the Washington State Bar Association Indian Law Section. He has been active in many local community organizations, and served as the president of the Samish Council: Camp Fire Boys and Girls. Dan served as president of Congregation Beth Israel and was on its board for 15 years. He is a North American board member of the Union for Reform Judaism, which has about 900 member congregations throughout the U.S., Canada and the Caribbean. In his spare time he performs with What the Chelm, the largest and oldest klezmer/Israeli band in Whatcom County. Joined the board of directors in 2013.
David Roberts. Moved to Bellingham in 2002 to work for the Department of Natural Resources as their regional supervisor in charge of state owned aquatic land. In that role he managed shoreline leasing, development, restoration and clean-up activities across the seven Northwest counties of Washington, including Bellingham Bay. Prior to coming to Bellingham, he worked on a wide range of air- and water-related issues for the Department of Ecology in Olympia. In 2011 David started Kulshan Environmental Services, whose mission is to help clients find durable, long-term solutions to environmental challenges. David has been active in local and civic activities for many years, including the Olympia Planning Commission and Parks Board, Bellingham’s Watershed Advisory Board, People for Lake Padden and leadership in his homeowners association. David enjoys and appreciates the community dialogue and exploration of ideas provided by the City Club. Joined the board of directors in 2013.
Bill Schenken. Samish Neighborhood. Specializing in economic analysis, sustainable business and information technology, he has been a consultant to businesses, organizations and governements primarily in Washington and Alaska ten for over years. Moved to Bellingham in 2002 with his wife Andrea.. Joined the board of directors in 2011 and is currently Vice President.