About the Board Members

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Richard Hull, Treasurer & Board Chair
Richard and his wife, Sheila, have owned property in Coyle since 1983 and have been full time residents here since 2006.  They have a son who lives in Japan. Richard grew up in Shoreline, King County, WA and graduated from the University of Washington. He retired from his job as a college microbiology professor in 2006. Richard also currently serves on the Jefferson County Clean Water District Advisory Council and the Jefferson County Land Use Planning Commission.

Gary Elmer
A retired University of Washington professor (Medicinal Chemistry), he and his wife, Jacqueline Gardner, have owned property in Coyle for over 20 years. Gary has served as a Jefferson County Parks and Recreation District 1 Commissioner since May 2011. He also volunteers for the University of Washington Sea Grant in monitoring for invasive green crab, in water sampling and analysis for toxic phytoplankton, and a separate project (COASST) for quantitating and removing beach trash. He is especially pleased to be a part of the Laurel B. Johnson Community Center organization dedicated to providing a valuable resource for the Toandos community.

Dennis Schmitt
Dennis moved to Quilcene from San Diego CA, 12 years ago.  He has been married to his wife, Cherylann, for over 50 years and they have 5 grown sons.  Dennis retired as a material handling engineer with over 40 years in the industry. His interests are gardening, nature studies and boating. He feels privileged to be living in this location.

Cathy Bohman
Since moving here full-time in October 2011, Cathy & her husband, HR, have enjoyed sharing the Olympic Peninsula with family & friends. Cathy volunteers as the Community Connector for their church, for the University of Washington Sea Grant in monitoring for invasive green crab, with the Coyle Women’s Club and serves on the Toandos Emergency Preparedness Association Board. As a P&R Commissioner, Cathy strives to maintain our Community Center as an accessible resource for the safety and well-being of our community, and as a gathering place to strengthen relationships among neighbors.

Thane Grooms
Thane and his wife Karen have owned property in Coyle since 2007, moving here full time in 2014. Thane is a volunteer with Quilcene Fire Rescue and board member of Toandos Emergency Preparedness Association. His interests include sawmilling, woodworking, boating, fishing and maintaining the woods, water and land he inhabits.