Goosefoot Board of Directors
Our board members represent many facets of South Whidbey.
Goosefoot is a “supporting organization,” a nonprofit and public charity all rolled into one. This designation allows us to earn and distribute profits from the Goose Grocer and the properties we own.
Our board includes leaders from three “supported organizations.” While each organization receives some financial support from Goosefoot, they are completely self-governed. Their contributions to Goosefoot as board members are substantial as they represent areas of expertise necessary to making the best funding decisions we can as grant makers. Our supported organizations are:
- South Whidbey at Home, a membership-based organization dedicated to helping residents aged 55+ to remain in their homes and active in the community
- Whidbey Island Nourishes, a volunteer-powered nonprofit dedicated to nourishing youth on South Whidbey Island by providing no-cost, ready-to-eat healthy meals.
- Whidbey Watershed Stewards works with the Whidbey Island community to promote watershed stewardship, habitat enhancement, and environmental education for all ages.
Together, our board guides Goosefoot’s focus and actions, with an eye to the future.
2014 – present
Leigh’s professional background includes real estate (in the form of design, commercial appraisal and residential construction), and very small-scale specialty food manufacturing/distribution.
Outdoor activities drew him to the northwest in 1988 from New England and experiencing the northwest wilderness continues to be a driving force. Island living has been divided between Bainbridge Island from 1990-1996, and Whidbey Island from 1996 to present. With four children grown and now living in the region, Leigh and his wife Michele continue with ongoing community activities from their Maxwelton Valley home. Leigh’s other nonprofit work includes: The Whidbey Island Waldorf School, Sound Water Stewards (and associated organization projects), and Hearts & Hammers.
2012 – present
Kevin is a retired Real Estate Loan Manager for Peoples Bank in Freeland. He originated mortgage loans on Whidbey from 1992 to 2019 and has enjoyed meeting all of the wonderful people moving to our Island. Kevin & his wife moved to Whidbey Island in 1991 and raised their two children on the Island. He has been involved with other organizations, South Whidbey Commons, the South Whidbey Athletic Booster Club, the Performing Arts Booster Club and Useless Bay Golf & Country Club. Being involved and part of a small community has been a very fulfilling experience.
2015 – present
Mark’s career as a Human Resources executive spanned 30 years working for such companies as Target Stores, Medtronic, AT&T and REI. At REI, Mark was a Corporate Officer and held position of Vice President, Human Resources. Mark is proud of the fact that throughout his tenure at REI, the company was recognized as one of the “100 Best Places to Work in the US.”
Mark has served on the Goosefoot Board in various capacities since 2003, including Treasurer, Vice President and President. He has also served on the Board of the Whidbey Island Center for the Arts as Treasurer and was an original member of the “Save the Woods” group, which acquired and preserved the Saratoga Woods. Mark is an avid cyclist, book collector and dealer. He and his wife Sandra have been full time residents on South Whidbey since 2002.
2010 – present
Bob is a retired engineering project manager who worked primarily in the international metals industry. His concern about wildlife habitat preservation and sustainable living practices has motivated him to be actively involved with various organizations including: Whidbey Watershed Stewards, The Nature Conservancy, Sound Water Stewards, and Whidbey Camano Land Trust. He enjoys the Pacific Northwest’s unique natural environment; exploring its many beaches and wilderness trails. Occasionally, he and his friends try their luck on the golf course or at some remote fly-fishing spot, where they enjoy the beautiful scenery. Bob and his wife Carol have lived in Langley since 2001.
2015 – present
Betsy teaches second grade at South Whidbey Elementary. She was a member of the Clinton Hall Board, whose mission is to maintain itself as the center of Clinton civic life. Betsy moved in 2003 to a small farm in Clinton. Her two children graduated from South Whidbey High, enjoyed successful college careers and now look forward to their visits back to the farm.
Upon moving to Whidbey, Betsy’s goal was to become meaningfully involved in the community. Conversations on the sidelines of children’s soccer games and in the audiences of student concerts eventually evolved into the work she does now.
2015 – present
Patty grew up in southern Wisconsin where she met her husband Loren. They moved to the Los Angeles area in 1986 for Loren to attend art school. After graduation, they decided to give the Seattle area a try, and Patty began working as a construction manager for Eddie Bauer during the company’s record-breaking new store expansion years.
After the birth of their second child in 1996 Patty was blessed with the opportunity to be a full-time mom. In 1999 they were successful in finding their dream farm here on Whidbey. Deciding to take the leap in 2002, they moved to the farm to raise a family and supply the community with local food. Quail’s Run Farm was born, where they grew organic veggies and raised grass-fed beef, pastured pigs and laying hens. They retired from full time farming in 2018. Patty states that working with Goosefoot to enable a thriving South Whidbey has been and continues to be a real joy!
2008 – present
Candace brings values learned growing up in the beautiful & tight knit Skagit Valley among farmers, small businesses, loggers, adventurers & community volunteers. A 3rd generation Washington native & UW grad, she is delighted to be back in the Northwest with its strong sense of place. As a Realtor, she can serve her clients while nurturing the sense of community on Whidbey Island. Candace is a past President of the Goosefoot Board & the Whidbey Island Association of Realtors.
2017 – present
A native of St. Louis, Missouri, Pam has lived in the Pacific Northwest since 1996, when she and her husband relocated to Pullman, Washington to join the Washington State University faculty and staff. Her positions there included Administrative Manager of the College of Communication and Manager of Board Relations for the WSU Foundation.
After having a vacation home on South Whidbey for 4 years, Pam moved here full time in 2009. Following retirement, Pam joined the Whidbey Island Nourishes (WIN) Board of Directors and currently serves as Board President. Pam dedicates her time to WIN, her dog Mia, gardening, and visiting her grown daughters and granddaughter in St. Louis.
2014 – present
Janice has served on the Goosefoot Board twice. She is a retired criminal justice policy analyst and law enforcement trainer. She and her husband Mike moved to the Bayview area in 2001 after finishing careers in Seattle. A daughter of an Air Force family, she attended ten schools around the world in twelve years.
Since retiring, Janice has actively volunteered to support the vulnerable in our community, especially seniors, youth and working families. She produced a series of educational events on the US Constitution at Whidbey Island Center for the Arts, and continues to consult with WICA on adult educational efforts. Janice has provided pro bono nonprofit board training and retreats for local nonprofit agencies. She is a writer and poet.
2017 – present
Ted moved to Whidbey in 1976 with his wife and two small children and bought a rundown log house surrounded by 12 acres of blackberries. When not working on their house and land, he worked for Edmonds Community College teaching adults new work skills.
He is now retired and his children have left and started families of their own. Faced with the question of what to do after his wife died, Ted started volunteering his time. He joined the board of Whidbey Island Nourishes (WIN) and when the opportunity came along to serve on the Goosefoot Board, he said yes!
2018 – present
Chris spent his forty-year career in city government serving as the Community Development Director for the cities of Carlsbad and Chula Vista, California, Tempe, Arizona, and most recently for Bellevue, Washington. In that role, he oversaw planning, housing, economic development, and other municipal areas. He and his wife, Beth, raised two sons, Andrew and Nicholas. They enjoy gardening, hiking, fishing and being a part of the wonderful social fabric of Whidbey Island. Like many before them, they wish they had discovered Whidbey and it’s nurturing natural environment many decades ago.
2018 – present
Jean had multiple careers before finding her heart-work in organization change. Her professional path included youth groupworker in New York City, soft fabric sculptor in Portland, carpenter in the Bay Area, architect and high-end construction manager in Seattle. Completing a second Master degree at 50, she then established a consulting practice in organization change and leadership development. Jean taught graduate courses in organization change at Antioch University Seattle. She holds a BA in Psychology from Pitzer College, Claremont, California, a Master of Architecture from University of Washington and a Master in Whole System Design from Antioch University Seattle.
Jean and her spouse Dyanne live at the Red Door Farm with 18 years of joy growing their own food and now taking tear-drop camper road trips in between.
2020 – present
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 R&D. A bike touring vacation through the San Juan Islands in the early 1980’s inspired a move to the PNW. An old house in Langley on a two-acre property has kept her busy for 32 years with many remodeling projects and garden care. Marcia is a professional-level woodworker, an amateur genealogist and an active community volunteer. She was among the first planners for South Whidbey at Home (SWH) and represents that organization on the Goosefoot Board of Directors.
Our staff are visible in all sorts of places! Participating in community meetings. Teaching business workshops. Facilitating collaborative efforts. Maintaining our historical buildings and properties. Socializing at street dances and art openings. We like to get around!
Look for these folks and know they’re working hard for our South Whidbey community.
Fredde Butterworth (2015)
Facilities & Property Manager
Fredde is a Pacific Northwest native and has lived on Whidbey for 30 years. He has worked in the construction industry most of his career and has been a builder on Whidbey for much of it. When he’s not working he enjoys learning about all sorts of things, hanging out with his wife Linda and playing drums in a local band.
Marian Myszkowski (2005)
Director of Programs
After graduating from college, Marian left Washington State for the East Coast. She spent 20+ years working for nonprofit educational and arts institutions, including the Institute for Policy Studies (Washington, D.C), Harvard University Art Museums (Cambridge, MA), and Boston Architectural College (Boston, MA). She returned West in 2003 and found herself on Whidbey Island with no intentions of staying. She found Goosefoot and never left!
In her spare time, she enjoys the creative outlets of art and theater, both as viewer and as a participant. Marian has shown her photography on Whidbey Island and in Boston, and has also performed improv in both locations. If you consider playing live tournament poker a sport, then she’s also an athlete. Of sorts.
Rachman Ross (2020)
Facilities & Maintenance
Rachman grew up in Los Angeles CA working mostly in restaurants and coffee houses by day and then performing live music as a drummer by night. He moved to South Whidbey in 1997 where he worked at the Smiling Dog coffee house at Bayview Corner for many years as well as doing landscaping.
Communicating positivity through his work and music are elements closest to his heart. In his spare time he’s usually practicing drums or in the company of his cat.
Sami Postma (2017)
Events & Education Coordinator
Sami has been working to support the small business community since she moved to Whidbey Island in 2012. After years of working with the Economic Development Council as a business mentor, events planner, and social media guru, she joined the Goosefoot team. She also has her own business doing marketing and web design.
Sami likes quiet time at home, with books, video games, and too much work. She also enjoys traveling, and geeking out with other nerds at conventions around the country. Even “free time” usually includes focus and dedication—ask her about her cross stitches some time!
Stephan Ross (2017)
Facilities & Maintenance
Stephan, originally from Los Angeles, worked as a cook and musician. He moved to South Whidbey Island in 1996 to start a new life and since then he has worked as a cook, grounds keeper, landscaper and musician.
When he is not at work, he puts a huge amount of time into pursuing his music. Stephan is a bass player/song writer and has performed all over Whidbey Island, Los Angeles and the Pacific Northwest. He enjoys the island life and the roots he has established here on Whidbey.
Sandy Whiting (2013)
Sandy started working with nonprofit organizations over 30 years ago, when she lived in Boston, MA. She’s also worked as an accountant, gallery owner, and graphic designer. And she is an artist, currently working in oils and cold wax in her studio in Clinton. She has shown her work in Boston, the SF Bay Area, and on Whidbey Island.
Sandy moved to Whidbey Island 17 years ago from Santa Cruz, CA, with Susanne, her life partner, and good friend Nancy. They bought a 6-acre farm in Clinton, and named it “Sweetwater Creek Farm” after the creek that ran through their back woods. Wallee, a handsome yellow lab, and CoCo, an energetic white mutt, enjoy life on the farm, chasing rabbits and running in the woods.
She enjoys working in her studio, reading, digging in the garden, and walks on the beach. However, her all-time favorite sport is Corn Toss, and she even has an in-house tabletop version for the winter months!