Danna Van Horn
Danna Van Horn retired in 2018 after serving nearly two decades as an ordained minister in the Presbyterian Church USA. She served as pastor of several Presbyterian churches, and as chaplain in three acute care facilities in southern California.
During the 1990s, Van Horn was director of pastoral services at Presbyterian Inter-community Hospital in Whittier, California—where she created a unique program of pastoral care among the 1,200-member hospital staff, and served as pastor to staff, patients and families. She also served on the board of directors of the Whittier YMCA and as a member of two hospitals’ ethics committees.
Van Horn earned her bachelor’s degree in education at Millersville University in Pennsylvania, a Master of Divinity degree from Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, and completed 1,600 hours of clinical pastoral education. Most recently, she was associate pastor for congregational care at First Presbyterian Church of Bellevue, where she was a teacher, preacher and leader of the deacon ministry and various support groups. She also provided home and hospital visitation and counseling.
Van Horn has a son and a daughter, both of whom live in Washington, and is the very proud grandmother to grandson, Daniel.
Dwight S. Whiting
Dwight Whiting is a Financial Advisor and Partner 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.
Daphne R. Schneider
Daphne R. Schneider is principal and owner of Daphne R. Schneider and Associates, a Seattle-based consulting firm providing assistance with difficult people and systems issues in the workplace. Services include investigation of allegations of harassment, discrimination and employee misconduct, executive/ leadership/employee coaching, team development, mediation, human resources consulting, facilitation of meetings and retreats, and related training. She has conducted hundreds of workplace investigations, consulted with many public, private and not-for-profit clients, and presented at numerous professional conferences.
Ms. Schneider also has more than 40 years of organizational leadership experience, having held senior human resources, business and support services management positions, as well as not-for-profit board leadership positions.
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.
Professional and community affiliations include having served as adjunct faculty for Seattle Pacific University and Western Washington University, past president of the Western Region of the International Personnel Management Association, past president, officer and member of the board of directors for the Center for Human Services, former chair and member of the board of trustees of the Eastside Heritage Center, and former member of the Redmond Chamber of Commerce board of directors. She is currently the vice chair of the boards of directors of Washington Care Services and Southeast Care Center Facilities, and is extensively involved with community initiatives in Seattle’s Othello neighborhood.
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 communities. 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.
Lisa A. Hardy
President & Chief Executive Officer
Lisa A. Hardy joined Emerald Communities as President and CEO in January 2008. Since joining, Ms. Hardy led Emerald Heights, a subsidiary of Emerald Communities, through successful master planning to reposition the community. Commencing in 2010 and completed in 2014, the $60M comprehensive master plan included extensive renovation of existing buildings as well as new construction. An additional $85M expansion is currently in the design phase and will add a three-story assisted living building with 56 one-bedroom apartments and an independent living apartment building that will add 42 additional apartments to the 38 acre campus.
Heron’s Key, a new $145M Life Plan Community in Gig Harbor, opened in the fall of 2017 and is now welcoming residents in 194 independent living apartment and cottage homes, 36 one-bedroom assisted living apartments and 45 private skilled nursing suites. Ms. Hardy has held leadership roles in the industry since 1988. She previously led the new development and construction of projects on several Life Plan communities during a 14-year tenure with Life Care Services.
She currently serves on the board of directors for Caring Communities and Washington Care Services. She has also served on the board of LeadingAge Washington, 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.
Vice President, Finance and Chief Financial Officer
Al Chambard joined Emerald Communities in 2008 as chief financial officer. He has more than 30 years of financial management experience with General Mills, Eddie Bauer and his own firm. In his 20 years with Eddie Bauer, Inc., he held a variety of finance and administrative positions, attaining 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, 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.
Kay H. Wallin
Vice President, Marketing and Public Relations
Kay H. Wallin is currently vice president of marketing and public relations for Emerald Communities, the sponsor organization for Emerald Heights and Heron’s Key.
Ms. Wallin joined Emerald Heights as the director of marketing and public relations in July 1992. Previously, 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 former member, and past chair, of LeadingAge Washington (formerly Aging Services of Washington) and also served as a member of the Redmond Chamber of Commerce board of directors.
Grant T. Linacre
Grant Linacre joined Emerald Heights as its 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 a national senior living provider.
Mr. Linacre earned his bachelor’s degree from Central Michigan University in Mt. Pleasant, Mich. He has been a Licensed Nursing Home Administrator in Washington, Indiana, Maryland and Michigan. He serves on the Continuing Care Retirement Community Cabinet of LeadingAge Washington and its Workforce Solutions Council. He has been a speaker at state and national conferences.
Mr. Duffy spent his 35-year engineering career at Boeing, primarily in the space and defense division.
Outside of Boeing, Mr. Duffy has taken leadership roles in a variety of professional and community organizations. He was the founding chair of Bellevue College’s board of trustees, as well as the founding chair of the Bellevue College Foundation. At the University of Idaho, he was the founding chair of the College of Engineering Advisory Council, as well as the national president of the alumni association. He served as president of the Eagle Crest Vacation Resort Owners Association in Redmond, Ore., and also as president of Eagle Crest Master Association. Additionally he served as president of Washington State Water Commissioners and national vice-president of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics.
Mr. Duffy earned his master’s degree in engineering from the University of Idaho in Moscow, Idaho, where he was named “Outstanding Graduate.”
Mr. Duffy and his wife Jean lived in Germany for two years and have traveled extensively throughout New Zealand, South America, Canada and Europe. They biked the Danube from Munich to Vienna, hiked the Milford Trek in New Zealand, canoed the Lewis and Clark Trail on the Missouri River, and floated down the Colorado River in the Grand Canyon.
A resident of Bellevue, Wash. since 1959, Mr. Duffy is very active in the Bellevue First Presbyterian Church, where he serves as a deacon and elder. He is also a charter member of the Bellevue Athletic Club.
Mr. Duffy and Jean moved to Emerald Heights in 2014. They have three children and six grandchildren.
Karen J. Cohoe
Karen Cohoe brings nearly 36 years of experience in non-profit environments to the Board. She began as a museum docent before joining the museum’s Board of Directors, became President of the Junior League in San Francisco and then accepted the role of Executive Director with the Heritage Museum. In 1986 she began a 17 year career with the Discovery Science Center (now renamed Discovery Cube), a hands-on science center, assuming the roles of Executive Director, CEO and Founding President. During her tenure, she managed both the Heritage Museum and the Discover Cube for a number of years, initiated a successful $24.5 million dollar capital campaign, hired senior staff in all departments, oversaw Board activities, and managed a staff of 65.
In addition to her non-profit experience, Karen has also owned and managed rental properties in both California and Washington.
Karen received her bachelor’s degree in Chemistry from the University of Washington, and was privileged to participate in the Fieldstone Foundation program for Executive Directors, a 9-month program designed for 12 top staff persons from the largest non-profit organizations in Orange County, CA.
Karen and husband Bruce committed to Heron’s Key as Charter Members in 2014, and moved to Heron’s Key in October, 2017, shortly after the community opened. Karen is the first resident at Heron’s Key to be elected to the Board.
Jill Guernsey brings to the board a deep expertise on regional politics, land-use planning and law.
Ms. Guernsey served as mayor of the City of Gig Harbor — the home of Heron’s Key — from 2014 to 2017. Earlier she served on the City Council and was a long-time member of the city’s Planning Commission. She was an early supporter of the development of Heron’s Key and remains a strong advocate for the community.
Professionally, Ms. Guernsey’s three-decade career in law culminated with her role as Deputy Prosecuting Attorney in the Pierce County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office, Civil Division. She held that position for more than 25 years, before her retirement in 2016. Earlier in her career, she served as Legal Counsel to the Pierce County Executive and as Chief Civil Deputy in the Pierce County Sheriff’s Department.
She was a member of the Washington State Bar Association for 37 years, and she served on the Executive Committee of its Environmental and Land Use Section. She also served on the National Board of Trustees of American Inns of Court, including a one-year term as its president.
Her extensive community service includes serving on the boards of Peninsula School District, Gig Harbor Waterfront Alliance and Tacoma-Pierce County Economic Development Board. She is an active member of Gig Harbor Rotary Club and serves on the board of Cars4Change.
Ms. Guernsey earned her bachelor’s degree from University of California, Irvine, and her law degree from Loyola Law School in Los Angeles.
Jeffrey F. Jones
Emerald Heights resident Jeffrey Jones retired in 2017 from a law career that spanned more than four decades. During that time, he rose from associate to managing partner of his Boston-based law firm of approximately 160 lawyers, negotiated the merger of that firm with an even larger one, and then served as part-time, in-house counsel for his alma mater, Williams College, for 10 years.
Mr. Jones’ practice centered primarily on commercial litigation, with clients ranging from public utilities, insurers, biotechnology companies, and a national telecommunications company to nonprofit entities, including educational institutions and social welfare organizations. He developed an appreciation for the differences in purpose, culture and motivation that distinguish nonprofit organizations from for-profit businesses and looks forward to expanding his experience with nonprofits through service on the board.
His extensive volunteer board experience includes chairing three nonprofit boards and leading a variety of board committees and special projects. He served as director and board chair for both the Boys & Girls Clubs of Boston and the West Suburban YMCA in Newton, Massachusetts. He also served as a trustee for Radcliffe College, ACLU Foundation of Massachusetts, uAspire and Willow Hill School.
Mr. Jones earned his bachelor’s degree with honors from Williams College in Williamstown, Massachusetts. After serving four years in the U.S. Navy, he earned his law degree, also with honors, from Harvard Law School.
Mr. Jones and his wife Susan relocated from Boston to Emerald Heights in August 2018, in order to be close to their daughter and her family who live in the area. He has already taken on leadership roles at Emerald Heights, serving on both the By-Laws Committee and Residents’ Council Advisory Group.
Gary King retired in late 2014, after serving as executive director of the non-profit Jubilee Services since 2005. He and his wife Jan have started another 501c3 non-profit organization, Andrew’s House Washington, which is placing homeless young adults 18–24 in
individual family homes.
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 members of Bellevue Presbyterian Church. They have three grown children and nine grandchildren.
Maureen A. O’Hara
Maureen O’Hara is a management consultant with a background in project management, leadership and team building, and information technology. Ms. O’Hara is retired after leaving Microsoft nearly 20 years ago, and after being on faculty for 15 years at University of Washington where she taught project management.
Most recently Ms. O’Hara, was the lead partner for SVP Fast Pitch Seattle from years 2015 through 2017—a 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 projects, 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. In addition to being on the board at Emerald Heights, Maureen is on the board of the Madrone school, which is a small start-up school for special needs children in Redmond. She has also served 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 nearly two decades 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 with her husband Bob, and is a member of Temple De Hirsch Sinai.
Residents’ Association Council President
Professionally, Nancy Clancy considers herself a “Jill of all trades, mistress of none.” With her bachelor’s degree in history from the University of Massachusetts (in Amherst), she worked for a wide range of companies—from Houghton Mifflin and the American Historical Association to brief stints in the banking, insurance and aerospace sectors.
It’s in her volunteer work that Ms. Clancy’s résumé really shines. When she lived in Tucson, she served as a docent at the University of Arizona Art Museum, leading interactive tours with grade school kids. She also volunteered as a math tutor for young students in a town with extreme poverty. In that same town, she worked at Kids’ Closet, rising from her starting role as a stocker to warehouse manager and then co-director. During her five years there, she provided 3,000 complete wardrobes per year to kids over a 100-mile radius.
When she moved to Mercer Island, she continued her volunteer work with kids. For five years, she worked as a Guardian AdLitem, a volunteer advocate for children removed from their homes due to abuse or neglect. She also volunteered as a Girl Scout leader, as both a member and president of the Mercer Island School Board, and as president of the high school parent-teacher association, where she held the first “pass the hat” fund raiser and earned $5,000—far greater than any bake sale raised! She also helped promote the community’s Dr. Seuss-inspired carnival “Circus McGurkus” for a few years, recruiting and organizing volunteers and also serving as the treasurer.
At Emerald Heights, Ms. Clancy has served as both a member and chair of the Fund Development Committee. In her leisure time, she is passionate about making quilts of all kinds, walking the trail at Emerald Heights, having dinner with small groups of friends, and traveling—especially to visit her two children and three young granddaughters who live in Anchorage and Massachusetts. Ms. Clancy and her husband of 55+ years, Dave, have lived at Emerald Heights since 2015.