Leadership

Our Board of Directors

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Danna Van Horn
Chair

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.

 

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Tom Granger
Vice Chair

Tom Granger brings broad experience in non-profit management and engineering/ construction, with special expertise in environmental engineering and construction. He recently served as the Senior Vice President of Programs and Operations at Habitat for Humanity Seattle- King County. In that position, he successfully led the launch of a merged affiliate serving all of King County, Wash., restructuring diverse programs and operations covering family services, site acquisition, volunteer programs and more. Previously, as Executive Director of the East King County affiliate, he led a financial and organizational restructuring that resulted in increased capacity and building higher quality homes at lower cost. These professional positions with Habitat for Humanity followed three years of service on the organization’s board of directors.

Earlier in his career, Mr. Granger held positions of increasing responsibility with Foster Wheeler Environmental Corporation, a $300M wholly owned environmental engineering and construction subsidiary acquired by Foster Wheeler Corporation in 1994, which provides worldwide consulting, engineering, construction and operations and maintenance services. In his 24-year career there, he worked his way up from Assistant Engineer to Senior Vice President of the Major Commercial Remediation Program. Later, he started his own environmental engineering consulting practice and general contracting business, Granger Construction, and served as construction management consultant for the site development of the Snoqualmie Ridge affordable housing community.

Mr. Granger earned his bachelor’s degree in civil engineering and master’s degree in environmental engineering from Manhattan College in New York City. He also studied Strategic Perspectives in Non Profit Management at Harvard University.

Mr. Granger and his wife Nancy have four children and are longtime residents of East King County.

 

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Treasurer

Scott Mullet brings 23 years of investment experience to the board. As Senior Vice President and Principal of GW Capital, Inc. and a member of the firm’s investment committee, he manages portfolios for both equity and fixed-income clients.

Previously Mr. Mullet worked with the Quellos Group in Seattle as Associate Director of Investments. There he was responsible for product management, business development and client service for fixed-income products. He also researched and proposed investment strategies as a key member of the fixed income portfolio strategy team.

Mr. Mullet began his investment career in 1992 with Western Asset Management Company in Pasadena, Calif. During his nine-year tenure, he held managerial positions in product development, investment analytics, marketing and client service.

He is a member of the CFA Institute and the CFA Society of Seattle.

Mr. Mullet earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Southern California and his master’s degree in business administration from the Anderson Graduate School of Management at University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA).
He is a member of Bellevue Presbyterian church and has served as the Chair of the BelPres Legacy Foundation for more than four years. He also chaired the church’s most recent Associate Pastor Nominating Committee. He is an active member of the church’s children drama troupe, performing Sundays for kindergartners through fourth graders. He served as a Finance Elder from 2007 to 2010.
Mr. Mullet and his wife Jenelle have three daughters.

 

Barbara_WhitsonBarbara L. Whitson
Secretary

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 was a school psychologist for the Shoreline School District, where she last worked with preschool special needs/special education children. She 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. Barbara retired in 2012.

Her professional memberships included: 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.

She is currently a member of the Washington Athletic Club.

Ms. Whitson has been associated with Emerald Heights since 1992, when her mother was among the first residents to move in.

 

Grant T. Linacre
Executive Director

Grant Linacre joined Emerald Heights as its Interim Executive Director in October 2015. He is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the community.

Prior to joining Emerald Heights, Mr. Linacre held a variety of positions with increasing responsibilities with Life Care Services, a manager of continuing care communities. Most recently, he served as Executive Director of Greenwood Village South, a 450-person Continuing Care Retirement Community in Greenwood, Indiana. He also worked as the Administator at Issaquah’s Timber Ridge at Talus.

Mr. Linacre earned his bachelor’s degree from Central Michigan University in Mt. Pleasant, MI. He is a Licensed Nursing Home Administrator in Washington, Indiana and Michigan. He has served on the Health Care Committee of LeadingAge Washington and other advisory panels, and he has been a speaker at state and national conferences.

 

John_ClarkJohn Clark
Director

John Clark brings to the board extensive experience as a civil and structural engineer. Since 1997, he has served as a consultant to several major engineering firms on large bridge design and construction projects, including SR520, the Hoover Dam Replacement Bridge, the Columbia River Crossing, and the seismic retrofit of the main span of the Golden Gate Bridge.

Previously, he worked as Vice President at Andersen Bjornstad Kane Jacobs, where his projects included the West Seattle freeway bridges, Port of Seattle Terminal 5 Ramp, 23rd Street Viaduct in Denver, Foss Bridge in Tacoma and the seismic retrofit of I-5 Ship Canal Bridge. Earlier in his career, as vice president at Arvid Grant & Associates, he worked on the first concrete cable-stayed bridge in the US. As a bridge engineer with the Washington State Highway Department, his projects included the SR520 Portage Bay and west approach bridges, and the Astoria and Vantage Bridges across the Columbia River.

Mr. Clark has also been active in community organizations, serving on the boards of Rotary Club of Wenatchee, American Concrete Institute, Cooper Point Association and the Thurston County Health Planning Committee.

In 1956, he earned his bachelor’s degree in civil engineering with honors at Washington State College (later Washington State University) in Pullman, Wash. Nearly 25 years later, he pursued and earned both his master’s degree and doctorate in civil engineering from the University of Washington in Seattle.

Mr. Clark was named Engineer of the Year by the Structural Engineers of Washington, Seattle Chapter, in 1993, and the H.T. Person Visiting Professor for the University of Wyoming in 1997.

Outside of work, Mr. Clark has enjoyed being a private pilot. He holds commercial, instrument, multi-engine and flight instructor licenses. He also enjoys hiking, fishing and reading.

Mr. Clark and his wife Dawn moved to Emerald Heights in August 2013. They have a son in Seattle and a daughter in Florida.

 

LeeLee Kilcup
Director

Lee Kilcup brings more than 35 years of expertise in construction management, business development and regional nonprofit leadership.

Mr. Kilcup retired in 2010 from a notable 27-year career at GLY Construction, where he rose through the ranks from Project Manager to President and CEO. During his tenure, the company enjoyed more than 20 years of profitability and growth. Volumes increased from $50 million in the early 1990s to over $500 million in 2009. Mr. Kilcup initiated significant investments in strategic planning, manpower, systems and overhead to manage the growing business. He also helped develop innovative employee compensation, shareholder transition plans and employee development programs.

During his career, Mr. Kilcup has managed a number of multimillion dollar construction projects, including: Mercy Medical Center; Scripps Medical Center; Quadrant Bothell phases 1, 2 and 3; Quadrant Monte Villa Center; Quadrant Fremont; Quadrant Seaway Center; Nintendo of America phases 2 and 3; NPIC insurance office (Bothell); State Farm regional office (Redmond); Spacelabs phase 2; World Vision headquarters; Boeing Employee Activity Center (Everett) and 777 Flight Test Facility; Target Factoria and Silverdale; Roosevelt Commons 2 office buildings; Microsoft Remodel Lab, Conferencing Center, Building 50 and Building 99; Bush School Math and Science building; Seattle Prep classroom buildings and garage; Bellevue Place remodel; and Lincoln Square office building.

He earned a bachelor’s degree in construction management from Washington State University.

Mr. Kilcup has served—often as President—on the boards of several regional non-profit organizations, including the Harbor History Museum, AGC of Washington, AGC Education Foundation, Ollalla Guest Lodge and WSU Architecture Advisory Committee.

He and his wife Anne have homes in both Bellevue, Wash. and Gig Harbor, Wash.

 

 

Gary_KingGary King
Director

Gary King retired in late 2014, after serving as Executive Director of the non-profit Jubilee Services since 2005. Previously, Mr. King served as CEO of Swanson Dean Corporation, a residential builder and land developer. One of the major projects during his 22- year tenure was the 1,000-unit Providence Point Retirement Community. Other notable projects were several subdivisions in Sahalee and Somerset. Prior to Swanson Dean, Mr. King spent 16 years in the Construction Division of Owens Corning Fiberglas, working the last 10 years as district manager of the Northwest, with offices in Seattle, Portland, Spokane, Boise, Billings and Anchorage.

Mr. King received a bachelor’s degree in Construction Management at San Jose State University. He was a member of Phi Sigma Kappa.

Mr. King has served on the board of several organizations, including the Samaritan Center of Puget Sound, the First Presbyterian Church Foundation and the Lockwood Home Owners Association. He and his wife Jan are long-time residents of Bellevue. They have three grown children and nine grandchildren.

 

Gordon_Lindblom2Gordon Lindblom
Director

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 Florida.

As a resident, he shares his knowledge and enthusiasm for computers with fellow residents and has taken a leadership role in editing and maintaining the resident website. His special interests include flying and sailboat racing. He is also a licensed amateur radio operator.

 

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Director

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.

 

Melissa Muir
Director

Melissa Muir is Director of Administrative Services and Human Resources Manager for the U.S. District Court, where she oversees human resources, budget and procurement for the federal district court and probation and pretrial services in Western Washington. She also serves as the Public Information Officer and Emergency Preparedness Coordinator with the district’s Crisis Working Group. Melissa has developed and delivered local and national training in effective writing, difficult conversations, preventing workplace harassment, crisis communication, and workplace violence awareness.

Ms. Muir has been active with professional organizations as well, including the Association of Threat Assessment Professionals, the Society for Human Resources Management and the American Bar Association.

After earning her bachelor’s degree from St. John’s College in Santa Fe, New Mexico, Ms. Muir worked in the hotel industry in Washington, D.C. and the People’s Republic of China. She returned to pursue a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Washington. She then studied international arbitration and South African law at University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa. Finally she earned her Juris Doctor degree, with honor, from Seattle University School of Law, with a focus on employment law and mediation. There, she earned CALI Excellence Awards in Mediation, Advocacy, and Collaborative Law; Disability Law; Introduction to South African Law; and Client Counseling and Negotiation.

Ms. Muir and her husband live in Shoreline, Wash., with two sons in college.

 

O_Hara_4-2014_100x140Maureen A. O’Hara
Director

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 15 years ago, but she continues to work part time as an instructor at the University of Washington, where she teaches project management.

Most recently Ms. O’Hara, was the lead partner for SVP Fast Pitch Seattle 2015—competitive accelerator for social impact organizations. She 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, longterm 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.

 

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Director

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 1966, 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 UW Materials Science and Engineering Department for nine years. He also served as Associate Dean of Engineering for five years, coordinating outreach programs, 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 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 Washington and the ASM Foundation.

Mr. Stoebe 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 received many awards and recognition for his teaching and his community service. Recent awards include the 2012 Albert White Lifetime Teaching Award from ASM International and the 2013 Diamond Award for Outreach from the UW College of Engineering.

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. Mr. Stoebe served as President of the Emerald Heights Residents’ Association, 2013–14; he continues to provide input to the Residents’ Association and works as an engineer on the Emerald Heights Garden Railway. The Stoebes are also active in the Presbyterian Church, where both have served as Deacons and Mr. Stoebe as an Elder.

The couple has traveled extensively, including memorable trips to Antarctica, China and France. Avid boaters, they spent time recently living on their boat, exploring the Inside Passage. Together they have six children and 14 grandchildren who provide them with continuing joy and chaos.

 

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Director

Dwight Whiting is a Client Manager and Member at Auxano Advisors, LLC, a wealth management firm in Bellevue, Wash. He offers clients comprehensive financial, tax, estate, retirement and lifecycle planning. His specialties include high net worth planning, business succession planning, estate planning, multigenerational family wealth education, retirement income planning, portfolio management and philanthropic planning.

Prior to joining Auxano Advisors in 2014, Mr. Whiting was a wealth advisor at Morgan Stanley and a financial advisor at UBS Financial Services. Earlier in his career, he managed the development and marketing of advanced technology alternative fuel systems at IMPCO Technologies, Inc. and worked as Director of Marketing at Dynalco Controls, a unit of Crane Co.

Mr. Whiting earned bachelor’s degrees in management science and systems science from the University of California, San Diego, followed by a master’s degree in aeronautics and astronautics from Stanford University.

Mr. Whiting and his wife Mary live in Renton, Wash., have three children and are members of Doxa Church in Bellevue.

 

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Marilyn Baier
Residents’ Association Council President

Marilyn Baier spent her professional career in the field of education as a teacher, principal and consultant. She taught all educational levels, from sixth grade to university level classes. She served as principal of two junior highs and two elementary schools, and she also worked as Technical Liaison for the Illinois Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction. She has served on many levels in a variety of roles, including administrative, operational, staff, public relations, faculty committee member and a teamwork facilitator.
Dr. Baier earned a bachelor’s degree in education (elementary, English) from Marian University in Indianapolis, Indiana; she then earned a master’s degree in education (curriculum, supervision) and a doctorate in education (administrator, research) from Northern Illinois University in DeKalb, Illinois.

After growing up and working in the midwest, Dr. Baier relocated to the Seattle area upon retirement. She moved to Emerald Heights in 2012, and she served as Vice President of the Residents’ Association Council in 2015.

She enjoys family and friends, traveling, sports, the Northwest opportunities for entertainment, and retirement.