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Judith Canfield, Co-President

Judy Canfield is a life long Registered Nurse, who retired after 42 years from full time Director of Surgical Service, Cardiac Cath lab, and Endoscopy. Currently Judy is working one day a week at Providence in the infection control department. Life as a registered nurse offered many opportunities for practice such as Intensive Care, Perinatology- Labor and Delivery area, Emergency Room, and the last 20 years as a Director of Surgery at Providence. There has been nothing but joy and excitement in this career! As a family- a sister, a brother and Judy, walked the Camino De Santiago 4 times over the past five years. The average walk was 400 plus miles as the family walked about Spain ending up in Santiago Spain and the most amazing, beautiful Santiago Cathedral. 2017 Judy attended EMT Academy and is a practicing volunteer EMT for South Whidbey Island Fire Department. Gardening is a major part of summer life, and the 2020 Victory Garden is planted. You’ll find her most days during the summer puttering about her garden. Judy has enjoyed playing her Viola for 40 + years and is a member of the Mukilteo Community Orchestra under the direction of Trevor Lutzenhiser. She also enjoys playing Chamber Music with a small group (4) of musicians down in Seattle. Recently, as a new board member of South Whidbey at Home, she has enjoyed meeting many members and sharing information for services during the Covid 19 pandemic.   


Terry Welch, Co-President

Terry Welch recently retired from teaching middle school science at Coupeville Middle School.  Besides teaching here on the island for 23 years, she taught high school biology in Colombia, South America for a couple of years, environmental education at various learning centers and basic astronomy to school groups at the Lowell Observatory in Flagstaff, AZ.   She currently stays busy helping with several civic groups on the south end of Whidbey Island and also teaches English to ESL kids online.  Since 2001, she’s enjoyed being a volunteer EMT & Fire fighter with South Whidbey Fire/EMS.  Terry loves to ride her bike, walk and kayak in her spare time with friends and partner Neil Rixe.  She aspires to ride her bike across America some day.



Judith Arnett, Secretary

An important value for me has been human connection. My most cherished connection has been in a family, especially as a wife, mother and grandmother.
My careers have centered around people. As a teenager, I was a camp counselor and a swimming teacher. Then, I became a reading specialist off and on for 30 years. I enjoyed a varied experience in both rural and urban settings with a rich diversity of students. Lastly, I taught juvenile delinquents in the Seattle area.
At age 50,1 earned my second Master's Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy. I have practiced as a therapist and a supervisor of therapists for 27 years, which has brought me into contact with people of different cultures, races and sexual preferences.
I have spent many years hiking and climbing mountains, which kept me connected to the earth.
I view South Whidbey at Home as an avenue for people to stay connected. Being a participant on the board gives me an opportunity to continue a life long interest.


Steve Guss, Treasurer

Steve is a native son of Utah. Skiing was a passion in his youth. He has a BA in Government from the University of San Francisco and studied in a University of Utah Masters of Public Administration program. Fresh out of college he worked two years for the Easter Seal Society of Iowa primarily supporting the home bound handicapped. The next decade+ of his career was based in Utah within many dimensions of the meat industry. A portion of the business was national and international in scope. In 1985, he changed careers and became a licensed securities, commodities and insurance broker. Since then, he has worked extensively as a part of the investment and commercial finance industry including as a co-founder of Sound Investment Strategies, Inc. 
He moved to Whidbey Island in 2005 thanks to Elizabeth (his spouse). Their two adult children remain in Utah. He has been a volunteer for the Whidbey Island Writer’s Association, the Whidbey Camano Land Trust and several other groups. He participates in many different ministries associated with the Church he attends. He is a part-time wine steward, at an excellent local winery.




Cheryl Keefe, Board Member 

I have been in Real Estate almost 20 years and prior had a successful career as an executive at Nordstrom.  I am highly organized and following through with what I commit to is extremely important to me.  Having a busy schedule doesn’t always give me the flexibility however I am a scheduler and everything I do goes in my planner.  I enjoy working with people I love being creative and coming up with ideas but I really thrive on getting things accomplished. I enjoy giving back and SW@Home is a group I would like to work through doing that for my community. 

I first believe in the concept of community supporting community.  There are so many times along my real estate journey when you meet people in need of help.  Many times we pull together as an office or even as an individual and help coordinate a solution, sometimes just taking on the task ourselves. Being in Real Estate we touch and are involved with many factors of the community, the building, handyman, landscape group, the financial group, the marketing and advertising groups etc.  Networking and problem solving is what we do.  



 
Barbara Bennett, Board Member

I moved to Whidbey in 2010 to be the Coordinator for WSU Island County Beach Watchers (which became Sound Water Stewards of Island County in 2015).  I am currently in the process of embracing my "senior-ness" as I move to a smaller home on South Whidbey with an eye to maintaining my independence.

 

I worked all my adult life until I retired in 2015 and I now volunteer for a number of organizations: Trinity Lutheran Church, Island County Marine Resources Committee, Civility First, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Ocean Acidification Research Team.  I have always been passionate about environmental education and stewardship, and continue that focus in my volunteer work.  My personal faith and my desire to build civility in community life are also passions that rise to the top in my volunteer work. 

 

I have had multiple types of careers and find all of my work experiences helpful in my diverse volunteer activities.  I am glad to draw on past skills developed as a Social Worker (20 years working with abused and neglected children and and their biological and foster parents), and focusing on adult education and community development (20 years working with employers and members of their workforce to build skills to meet changing work environments). 

 

I believe SW@Home is a good match for my background and my desire to be a part of building and sustaining a caring community here on South Whidbey.




Cynthia Winzenried, Board Member
 
Marcia Wiley, Past-President

A native of Illinois, Marcia headed to San Diego in 1971 with a newly minted BS in Medical Technology. She earned a Master’s degree in Immunology and launched a 20+ year career in immunodiagnostics research and development.  A bike touring vacation through the San Juan  Islands in the early 1980’s convinced Marcia to settle on Whidbey Island. An old house in Langley on a two acre property has kept her busy for the past 32 years with many remodeling projects and garden care. Marcia is a professional-level woodworker and a genealogist as well as an active community volunteer.  She served as a House Captain with Hearts and Hammers for 25 years and a Board member for 10. She was among the first planners for South Whidbey at Home. Marcia is immediate Past-President of the South Whidbey at Home Board and a representative of that organization on the Goosefoot Board.