Residents have a voice in governance
Emerald Heights, a subsidiary of Emerald Communities, is owned and operated by The Eastside Retirement Association, a not-for-profit corporation founded in 1979 and governed by a volunteer board of directors composed of highly qualified and experienced individuals.
Several members of the founding board moved to Emerald Heights when it opened its doors more than 10 years later; many still reside here today.
Today, three board positions are reserved for residents, ensuring that those living in the community will always have a voice in its governance.
Meet our directors
John Plovie has been principal and owner of Plovie Law Firm, located in Redmond, Wash., for 27 years. Prior to founding Plovie Law Firm, he was a partner with the law firm of Creighton & Plovie.
Mr. Plovie graduated from the University of Washington with a bachelor’s degree in Preventative Medicine and a master’s degree in Health Care Administration. He earned his Jurist Doctorate from Seattle University.
Mr. Plovie is a member of the Commercial Law League of America (CLLA) and the American Bar Association. He is also former chairman of the Greater Redmond Chamber of Commerce.
Mr. Plovie enjoys golfing and outdoor activities, including hiking, and has recently begun to learn woodturning. He and wife Barbara have been married for 38 years, have two adult daughters and a loving canine companion Jake.
Justin Hendrickson is a partner at the Seattle-based office of Grant Thornton, one of the leading global accounting, tax and business advisory organizations. For the last eight years, he has worked in the Business Advisory Services practice, primarily focusing on internal audit, SAS70, SOX, and control optimization for several Pacific Northwest clients. Mr. Hendrickson serves clients in a variety of industries, including not-for-profit, entertainment, manufacturing and retail/distribution.
Prior to joining Grant Thornton, Mr. Hendrickson was with Arthur Andersen for six years. He began his career with Andersen in 1996 working in the financial audit practice. In 1999, he transferred to New York to work in Andersen’s national Regulatory Risk Services Practice.
Mr. Hendrickson is a Certified Information Systems Auditor and a member of several professional organizations, including the Institute of Internal Auditors, the Information Systems Audit and Control Association, and the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants
Mr. Hendrickson earned his bachelor’s degree in business economics, with emphasis in accounting, from the University of California Santa Barbara.
He and his wife Catherine have two young daughters, Regan and Alexis, and the family now lives in Redmond, Wash. The family supports and volunteers with many community organizations, including KEEN Los Angeles (a national, nonprofit volunteer-led organization that provides one-to-one recreational opportunities for children and young adults with mental and physical disabilities at no cost to their families and caregivers), the Los Angeles Marathon, the South Bay Surf Festival, the Junior League of Los Angeles, UCSB and local church-related activities.
Gordon Lindblom has been a resident at Emerald Heights since 2011, when he moved here with his wife, Eleanore (Ellie), from Fruit Cove, Fla. Born in Philadelphia, Pa., Mr. Lindblom built a 35-year career at the U.S. Steel Corporation in Philadelphia, Pa., Pittsburgh, Pa. and Detroit, Mich., where he worked his way up from a position in customer technical service to management in the same department and concurrently managed and coordinated the department’s computer education and maintenance.
Mr. Lindblom earned his bachelor’s degree in metallurgical engineering from Drexel University, in Philadelphia, Pa. He is a licensed professional engineer, a commercial pilot and certified flight instructor. He designed and built a passive solar house in Mich. and built another energy efficient home in Fla.
As a resident, he is sharing his knowledge and enthusiasm for computers with fellow residents and taking a leadership role in developing a new resident website. His special interests include flying and sailboat racing. He is also a licensed amateur radio operator.
Lisa A. Hardy
Lisa A. Hardy joined Emerald Heights’ as President & Chief Executive Officer, following a nationwide search in late 2007.
Prior to joining Emerald Heights, Ms. Hardy served as executive director of Park Springs,during the start up of the 54-acre Continuing Care Retirement Community in Stone Mountain, Georgia, with 398 independent units, and additional 64 units available for skilled nursing and assisted living. She assumed increasing responsibilities in her 14-year employment with Life Care Services as an Executive Director, and has led the new development and construction of projects at four different CCRCs under her leadership. She also brings direct experience in long-range strategic planning, strong fiscal management, low employee turnover, exemplary safety records, and strong interpersonal relationships with boards, residents, and employees. She has an additional seven years of experience with the United Presbyterian Home in Washington, Iowa.
Ms. Hardy has a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration with a Management concentration from Saint Joseph’s College in Maine, as well as an Associate of Science degree in Health Care Administration. She has received licensure as a Nursing Home Administrator in the states of Washington, Georgia, North Carolina, Iowa, Indiana, and Alabama. She has served on the Board of Directors of the Georgia Institute on Aging; as a CCAC Evaluator; and as the Alabama state delegate for the American Association of Homes and Services for the Aging.
Leah Diehl, CPA, LNHA
Vice President & Chief Operating Officer
Leah Diehl joined Emerald Heights as its Chief Operating Officer in December 2011. Previously, she worked as vice president of operations for Village Shalom, Inc., a not-for-profit Continuing Care Retirement Community in Overland Park, Kansas. There, Ms. Diehl’s responsibilities included oversight and responsibility for operations in Nursing, Facilities, Food Services, Security, Information Technology and several departments under Resident Services. Before assuming this position, she served as director of finance and director of accounting for Village Shalom.
Ms. Diehl earned her bachelor’s degree in Accounting Information Systems from DeVry University in Kansas City. She is a Certified Public Accountant, and a Licensed Nursing Home Administrator.
Ms. Diehl and her husband Joe share their home with two dogs, Rory and Reagan. She enjoys spending time with family, playing beach volleyball and playing board games.
Al Chambard spent most of his 30-year career at Eddie Bauer, Inc., in finance-related positions. He ultimately attained the position of senior vice president and chief financial officer before leaving Eddie Bauer in 2003 to start his own firm, Chambard Investment and Resource Management. Mr. Chambard’s firm specialized in managing real estate properties, timber resources and financial investments.
His expertise includes: financial and strategic planning; accounting and financial reporting; new business analysis; real estate and investment analysis; retail stores, Internet and catalog business.
Mr. Chambard earned his bachelor’s degree in Economics and master’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Minnesota. He has passed the Certified Public Accountant and Certified Financial Planner exams.
Mr. Chambard is a resident of Redmond and has two daughters. He is an active volunteer with church and school organizations.
Kay H. Wallin
Vice-President Marketing and Public Relations
Kay H. Wallin is currently vice president of marketing and public relations for Emerald Heights.
Ms. Wallin joined Emerald Heights as the director of marketing and public relations in July 1992. Prior to her joining Emerald Heights, she spent eight years as director of admissions for Horizon House in Seattle.
Ms. Wallin graduated with a bachelor’s degree in sociology from the University of Montana. She has received national certification as a Certified Aging Services Professional (CASP) through LeadingAge and the University of North Texas. She is a current member, and past chair, of LeadingAge Washington (formerly Aging Services of Washington) and served as a member of the Redmond Chamber of Commerce board of directors.
Jay Bergevin works for Wallace Properties, in its commercial properties brokerage office. With more than 30 years of experience investing in real estate in the Puget Sound area, including retail, medical, warehouse and single family residential, Mr. Bergevin is highly skilled on investment property acquisitions and sales, and represents both landlords and tenants on their leasing requirements.
A graduate of the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, Mr. Bergevin began his career working in public accounting for two years. He then went on to manage Valley Furniture, a Redmond-based, family-owned business started by his parents, for 28 years.
He has served on the boards of three real estate developments and also the Assistance League of the Eastside, which honored him with its first National Achievement award.
Mr. Bergevin is a lifetime resident of the Eastside and values his vast connections in the community. He is a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Bellevue and active in his community. He has been married to Karen for 34 years, and they have two grown sons, Brett and Chad.
Robert G. Crist
Robert G. Crist recently retired from his position as business administrator of the First Presbyterian Church of Bellevue, where he had overall responsibilities for finance, human resources, facilities, and all activities not related to ministry.
Mr. Crist has more than 30 years of experience in professional management consulting and in senior executive positions. Over the course of his career, Mr. Crist has worked with more than 200 organizations in various industries. His positions included serving as chief financial and operating officer for Community Health Plan of Washington and for 23 years as a partner with the international accounting and consulting firm of Ernst & Young, most recently as the partner in charge of services to both the health care and natural resources industries. In this role, several of his clients were continuing care retirement centers. He provided early professional advice during the formation of Emerald Heights.
Mr. Crist is a graduate of the University of Redlands and is a Certified Public Accountant. He is a member of several professional organizations, including the Financial Executives Institute, the Healthcare Financial Management Association and the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. Mr. Crist has served on the boards of numerous community service organizations, including serving as president of the Bellevue Community College telecommunications advisory board, vice president of the Learning Disability Association of Washington, treasurer of the Health Care Purchasers Association, and treasurer of the board of trustees of Eastside Catholic High School, and on the finance committee of the Agros Foundation, a Christian third world development organization.
Linda Yoshitake Hussey
Linda Yoshitake Hussey, a long-time Redmond resident, graduated from Western Washington University with a bachelor’s degree in special education and a minor in psychology. She formerly taught primary special education for the mild to severely developmentally disabled with the Bellevue School District.
Ms. Hussey owned and operated Classic Nursery & Landscape Co. in Redmond with her husband for almost 20 years. Currently, she is involved with Keep It Simple (K.I.S.), which manufactures and sells compost tea brewers and the ingredients to make the organic liquid for the plants and soil.
This year, her family will begin a new business venture, which will have a retail outlet focusing on urban farm items and organic hydroponics.
Ms. Hussey is a certified mediator for the Dispute Resolution Center of Snohomish, Island and Skagit County, and continues to volunteer as a mediator in small claims courts. She is a graduate of the Leadership Institute program and an active community volunteer. She has served on the Business Tax Transportation Committee and the Economic Development Advisory committee for the City of Redmond, and is currently treasurer for Redmond Organization of Shared Environments. She served on the Redmond Chamber of Commerce board of directors for six years and has served on the Eastside Retirement Association Board of Directors since 2000.
She has been married for more than 38 years and has two grown sons. Both sons work in the family business. Ms. Hussey and her husband enjoy their annual organic vegetable garden. In her spare time, she enjoys yoga, cooking, canning, gardening , reading, travel, walking/hiking and her volunteer work.
Janice Lawrence is currently the owner of ViaVita Café and Wine Bar in Bellevue, Washington. Prior to becoming a restaurateur, she owned and operated JLawrence Consulting, a construction management firm. In her capacity as a project manager, she worked on numerous projects of public and private buildings, including office buildings, hotels, retail and high-end residential. With a background as a business manager, she brings strong organizational and supervisory skills to the task of managing office and field staff.
As the financial manager on large construction projects—ranging from $30–150 million—Ms. Lawrence was responsible for estimating, contract development and compliance, supervising subcontractors, budgets, change orders, requests for information, accounts payable, accounts receivable, payroll, owner billings, lien waivers, insurance, and data analysis. She assisted the CFO in developing a new accounting department, implementing a new computer system, realigning and training staff, and conducting policy overviews and project reviews.
Ms. Lawrence earned her bachelor’s degree in business, with emphasis in Organizational Leadership and Marketing, from the University of Washington School of Business, as well as a certificate in Construction Management from the University of Washington Construction Program.
Ms. Lawrence has held leadership positions in numerous professional and community organizations, including the National Association of Women in Construction, Cheswick Lane HOA and Pacific Northwest Ballet Stars.
She lives in Sammamish, Wash. and enjoys time with her son and grandson. Whenever possible, she indulges her passion for art and architecture with travel through Europe.
William (Bill) Merriman
Bill Merriman is owner of Synergy HomeCare of Bellevue, a business that provides non-medical home care to people in their own homes. Earlier in his career, Mr. Merriman spent more than 28 years with the Shields Bag & Printing Co., a 70-year-old, family-held company that manufactures flexible packaging materials and holds a place among the 100 largest private companies in Washington state.
Mr. Merriman received an associate’s degree from Centralia Community College and a bachelor’s degree from Washington State University in Business Administration.
Very active and committed to the arts, Mr. Merriman was president of the Allied Arts Council of Yakima Valley, first vice-chair on the Washington State Arts Commission, a member of the Millennium Arts Plaza Foundation and prior chairman of Washington State’s Millennium Project.
He also has been affiliated with the Executive Committee of the Grand Columbia Council of the Boy Scouts of America, co-chair of the Business/Education Partnership for the Yakima Chamber of Commerce and the National Eagle Scout Association.
Mr. Merriman, his wife Colleen and their two children reside in Bellevue, Wash. and are members of the First Presbyterian Church of Bellevue.
Chris Newman is a partner at Clark Raymond & Company, PLLC, a full service CPA firm located in Redmond, Wash. Mr. Newman serves as the audit partner and oversees the auditing and financial reporting practice for his firm. Since entering the public accounting sector in 1995, Mr. Newman has provided auditing, assurance and business consulting services exclusively to privately held companies and organizations located throughout the west coast. Although well versed in many industries, Mr. Newman has developed over the last decade a special expertise related to the real estate and building sectors. He assists his clients through providing auditing and financial reporting services and consults on a wide spectrum of issues including strategic planning, budgeting and cash flow planning, accounting systems, accounting applications and staff development and training.
Prior to joining Clark Raymond & Company, PLLC in 2009, Mr. Newman was a partner and director of the assurance services departments for a large local CPA firm based in Bellevue, Wash. There, he focused on audit, accounting and general business consulting to privately held companies, their owners, directors and management.
Mr. Newman is a Certified Public Accountant and a Certified Management Accountant and also a member of several professional organizations, including the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, the Washington Society of Certified Public Accountants and the Institute of Management Accountants. Mr. Newman has also been active in many trade associations related to the real estate and building industries, including Associated Builders and Contractors, Utility Contractors Association of Washington, National Association of Industrial and Office Properties Association and Construction Financial Management Association, to name a few.
Mr. Newman earned his bachelor’s degree in accounting at Western Washington University and has completed executive leadership training sponsored by the Center for Leadership Formation at the Seattle University.
Mr. Newman lives in Woodinville, Wash. with his wife and two young daughters.
Maureen A. O’Hara
Maureen O’Hara is a management consultant with a background in project management and computer science. Ms. O’Hara is semi-retired after leaving Microsoft 12 years ago, but she continues to work part time as an instructor at the University of Washington, where she teaches project management.
Ms. O’Hara has been active on several community boards, including Northwest Yeshiva High School and Eastside Preparatory School, which she helped found. At both schools, she served as project manager on small construction projects, helped supervise larger project, and assisted with marketing and communication. She started the Parkinson’s cycling program at Northwest Hospital, which is now operated by the University of Washington Medical Center, and she now serves on the board of a small bio-tech startup company based in California. In each of these roles, she has had an influence on the planning, growth, finance and governance of the organization.
She gained extensive knowledge of the region’s retirement communities and what they offer when she helped her own mother make her move to Emerald Heights more than a decade ago. She joined the board because she believes in what Emerald Heights offers—outstanding lifestyle, long-term security and a supportive community—and she wants to ensure that it can continue to serve new generations of retirees.
Ms. O’Hara resides in Redmond and is a member of Temple De Hirsch Sinai.
Larry L. Pinnt
Larry L. Pinnt graduated from Central Washington College in 1956 with a degree in mathematics and a commission in the USAF. From 1956 to 1959, he served as an Accounting and Finance Officer with principle assignments in Japan. After his military service, Mr. Pinnt was employed by Pacific Telephone and its successor company Pacific Northwest Bell. The Pinnt family moved to the East Coast from 1966 to 1968, while Larry was employed by the AT&T Company with regulatory duties involving the Federal Communications Commission. From 1979 until his retirement in 1989, he held the position of Chief Financial Officer with Pacific Northwest Bell and its successor company US WEST Communications.
Mr. Pinnt has served as a member of the corporate boards of directors of Pacific Northwest Bell, SAFECO Mutual Funds, Key Bank of Washington, Seattle Trust and Savings Bank, Blue Cross of Washington and Alaska and most recently Cascade Natural Gas Corporation. He was elected Chairman of the Board by the latter two companies.
Mr. Pinnt was designated a “Financial Expert” as defined under the rules of the SEC by the boards of SAFECO Mutual Funds and Cascade Natural Gas Corporation. In addition, Mr. Pinnt was an arbitrator for the NYSE.
Mr. Pinnt has also been active on community non-profit boards including the Washington State Research Council, Seattle Youth Symphony, Lutheran Bible Institute of Seattle, University of Washington Medicine as well as the University Hospital and University Physicians Boards. He was a member of the founding boards of directors of the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance and, by appointment by Govemor Gary Locke, The Developmental Disabilities Endowment Trust Fund.
Mr. Pinnt and his wife Joyce have been long time residents of the Woodinville and Redmond areas. They are active members in the Lutheran church and enjoy traveling with their families, fly fishing and tennis.
Daphne R. Schneider
Daphne R. Schneider is principal and owner of Daphne R. Schneider and Associates, a Seattle-based firm providing management and organization development consulting. The firm’s services include teamwork and leadership coaching, mediation, facilitation of meetings and retreats, a variety of human resources services, and the investigation of sexual harassment and other allegations.
Ms. Schneider has more than 30 years of organizational leadership experience, including senior human resources, business and support services management. In the course of her career, she has been associated with the Washington Alliance for Better Schools, Edmonds School District, Seattle Community College District, City of Seattle Personnel Department and The Jewish Federation and Council.
Ms. Schneider has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Washington, and a master’s degree in organizational development from Central Washington University. She is a trained mediator, and is also a licensed private investigator.
Her professional affiliations include serving as adjunct faculty for Seattle Pacific University and Western Washington University; member of the board of directors of the Washington Association of Legal Investigators; past president of the Western Region of International Personnel Management Association; past president, officer and member of the board of directors for the Center for Human Services; and former board member of the Redmond Chamber of Commerce.
Ms. Schneider is also extremely active with the development of parks and community in her South Seattle neighborhood.
Suzanne Sikma, RN, Ph.D. is a professor in the Nursing Program at the University of Washington Bothell, where her research is focused on environments that promote healthy aging and support self-determination of older adults. Her past gerontologic research has focused on developing caring environments for long-term care workers, and her research has been influential in long-term-care policy in Washington state.
After earning her bachelor’s degree in nursing from Illinois Wesleyan University and her master’s degree in nursing from Loyola University of Chicago, Ms. Sikma pursued her doctoral degree from the University of Washington, School of Nursing. She then completed her post-doctoral fellowship in gerontological nursing at the Oregon Health & Science University School of Nursing, Hartford Center for Geriatric Nursing Excellence.
Ms. Sikma also has an extensive clinical background, working her way up from staff nurse to head nurse at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago, followed by positions as staff development instructor and associate director of nursing for education and research at Seattle’s Harborview Medical Center. She then served as staff development coordinator and clinical services director at Ida Culver House Broadview in Seattle.
Ms. Sikma is active in many professional organizations, including the Gerontological Society of America, Sigma Theta Tau Psi Chapter at Large, King County Nurses Association, Washington State Nurses Association, American Nurses Association, Western Institute of Nursing, and the Northwest Coalition for Excellence in Geriatric Nursing Education. She is on the editorial review board of The Journal of Gerontological Nursing and also reviews for other geriatric journals.
Ms. Sikma has received several awards for her work, including the University of Washington Distinguished Teaching Award in 2003, the John A. Hartford Foundation Institute for Geriatric Nursing Scholar in 2002, and the Worthington Distinguished Professor Award in 2000.
Ms. Sikma and her husband Michael Tucker live on the Eastside and enjoy boating and following college and professional sports teams with local and family connections.
Danna Van Horn
Danna Van Horn is an ordained minister in the Presbyterian Church USA. She has served as pastor of several Presbyterian churches and as Chaplain in three acute care facilities in southern California. From 1993–1999, Rev. Van Horn was director of pastoral services at Presbyterian Inter-community Hospital in Whittier, Calif. She created a unique program of pastoral care among the 1200-member hospital staff and served as pastor to staff, patients and families. Rev. Van Horn also served on the board of directors of the Whittier YMCA and as a member of two hospitals’ ethics committees.
Rev. Van Horn earned her bachelor’s degree in education at Millersville University in Pennsylvania, received a Master of Divinity degree from Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, and has completed 1,600 hours of Clinical Pastoral Education. She currently serves as Associate Pastor for Congregational Care at First Presbyterian Church of Bellevue. In this position, she heads the Deacon Ministry and various support groups, teaches, preaches and provides home and hospital visitation and counseling.
Rev. Van Horn has a son and a daughter, both of whom live in Washington, and is the very proud grandmother to grandson Daniel.
Born in Pennsylvania, Jane Walls graduated from Bethany College, a small liberal arts college in Bethany, West Virginia, with a bachelor’s degree in economics and business administration. After working for a number of years as an accountant in a small public accounting firm, in a position involving extensive traveling for assignments in the major cities in the eastern part of the country, she explored the rest of country before settling in Seattle. The challenges of New York City prevailed, however, and she returned to Manhattan to work for a large national and international construction company. Various positions in investing and cash management led to a position as director of Pension Investments and Investor Relations, where she handled the investment and evaluation of assets of the employees’ retirement plans, administered stock option and executive compensation plans, coordinated investor and shareholder relations and interacted with the investment community and stock exchanges.
When she retired, Ms. Walls returned to the Northwest where, until recently, she continued to serve as a consultant on the pension administration committee of her former New York employer. Prior to joining the board of directors, Ms. Walls served as treasurer of Emerald Heights’ Residents’ Council. She is a resident of Emerald Heights.
Barbara L. Whitson
Barbara L. Whitson, Ph.D. spent her career working as a school psychologist and college-level education instructor. She earned her bachelor’s degree in history from Swarthmore College in Pennsylvania, and then pursued both her master’s degree and doctorate in Educational Psychology at the University of Washington.
Ms. Whitson is a school psychologist for the Shoreline School District, where she works with preschool special needs/special education children. She has worked with Shoreline for more than 26 years. Earlier in her career, she worked as an education instructor at the University of Washington, Seattle Pacific University and Seattle University. She also worked with Highly Capable Student programs in the Shoreline and Edmonds school districts, and as a school psychologist in the Mercer Island and Seattle school districts.
Her professional memberships include: Professional Education Advisory Board, School Psychology, University of Washington (1995– 2006); Committee Chair for Seattle Biennial Conference, World Council for Gifted and Talented Children (1997); Title IV Advisory Council, Washington State Superintendent of Public Instruction (1979–1982); Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development; National Association of School Psychologists; New Horizons for Learning; Northwest Evaluation Association; Northwest Gifted Child Association (board member and state president); Washington Association of Educators of Talented and Gifted; Washington Research Education Association; Washington State Association of School Psychologists; and Women’s University Club.
Ms. Whitson has been associated with Emerald Heights since 1992, when her mother was among the first residents to move in.
Thomas G. Stoebe
Resident's Council President
Emerald Heights resident Tom Stoebe grew up in an orange grove in southern California, went on to earn bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees in engineering from Stanford, and then worked as a lecturer and researcher at Imperial College, London, England. In 1971, he joined the engineering faculty at the University of Washington, beginning a distinguished, 40-year career, teaching in areas as diverse as metallurgy and ethics and developing research programs in radiation detection and semiconductor processing.
Mr. Stoebe served as chair of the Materials Science and Engineering Department for nine years, and he worked in the Engineering College administration, where he coordinated facilities and building space.
Mr. Stoebe has played an active role in many community organizations related to education. He served as a board member of ASM International, a materials technical society, and as chair of the ASM Materials Education Foundation, he led a successful fundraising campaign doubling the Foundation’s endowment to $10M, which was then applied to the development of programs for students and teachers in science and technology. His work in education included outreach to K–12 teachers, helping them to make science and math courses more interesting. He developed outreach programs in science and engineering for disadvantaged students, both locally and across the state. These efforts, which focused on showing students that science and engineering are viable, exciting and available career choices, continue today under the leadership of the University of Washingotn and the ASM Foundation.
He has also served as chairman of the board of a startup company in Seattle, and continues to serve as a consultant for educational programs in the region.
Over the span of his career, Mr. Stoebe has has received many awards and recognition for his teaching and his community service. Most recently, he was awarded the 2012 Albert White Lifetime Teaching Award from ASM International.
Longtime residents of Bellevue, Mr. Stoebe and his wife Jan moved to Emerald Heights in 2009, which they consider to be the best decision they have made. They both work with the Emerald Heights Garden Railway, and Mr. Stoebe currently serves as president of the Residents' Association Council. They are also active in the Presbyterian Church, where both have served as Deacons and Mr. Stoebe served as an Elder.
The couple has traveled extensively, including memorable trips to Antartica, China and France. Avid boaters, they spent some time recently living on their boat, exploring the Inside Passage. Together, they have six children and 14 grandchildren.