Fishline’s Board of Directors is a governing body tasked with determining strategic direction, adherence to its guiding principles and policies as well as oversight of the organization and its staff. Members are asked to attend a majority of meetings, assist in fundraising efforts and consider helping in other special projects.
Ranging from 12 to 15 volunteers, the Board usually meets once a month on the third Monday at the City Hall 3rd floor conference room. This meeting is open to the public – you are invited to join us to learn more about the role of our Board members and the important work being done on behalf of Fishline.
Each Board Member is expected to meet the following responsibilities:
- Commit to a three year term as a board member
- Regularly attend monthly evening board meetings
- Come to board meetings prepared (read pre-issued documents and prepare presentation information as needed)
- Attend other board functions as required
- Serve on at least one board committee
- Contribute a minimum of 10 volunteer hours fundraising on behalf of Fishline
- Participate in board education opportunities and training
- Assist with recruitment of new board members
- Sign the board member agreement annually
If you are interested in applying for our Board, complete the application found here and return it to Fishline.
P.O. Box 1517
Poulsbo, WA 98370
Tom Eckmann President
Tom has more than 40 years of experience with startup, early-stage and growth companies. He held senior level management consulting positions with A.T. Kearney, Arthur D. Little, and KPMG Peat Marwick and served as the senior operations officer in two publicly-held technology firms. But his true passion is entrepreneurship and he’s started and sold two software companies, a business service outsourcing company, and a renewable energy company. In 2007 he joined the faculty in the Foster School of Business at the University of Washington where he shares his experiences teaching graduate and undergraduate courses in innovation and entrepreneurship. Tom earned Bachelor of Science and Master of Engineering degrees in Industrial Engineering and Operations Research at the University of California in Berkeley.
Tom Nelson Vice President
Over thirty years experience working in the field of transportation and logistics for Airborne Express – a formerly Seattle based Fortune 500 Company. Responsible at the executive level for small package transportation and labor relations throughout the western United States, Alaska and Hawaii.
Becky Hall Treasurer
Becky has been on the Board of Fishline since 2009, serving as the Treasurer for the last 5 years. She has enjoyed watching Fishline expand its ability to offer better food and more emergency help to its clients and has been pleased to be a part of the move to the new facility on Liberty Lane. And the enjoyment will continue with the upcoming warehouse and comprehensive services project which will revolutionize Fishline’s means to help their clients and be a model for others to follow. Becky brings 35 years of diverse accounting work experiences and 25 years of various non-profit volunteer experiences to the table. She and her husband have lived in the Poulsbo area since 1993.
Roger Zegers Secretary
Roger is a retired IT professional who spent his business career developing solutions to unique business problems. He is now involved with updating and integrating software solutions for Fishline. These upgrades will serve two purposes. First and foremost, by having a more efficient software system, the clients benefit by having more streamlined check-in and registration, better access to other services and referrals to other social services agencies. Secondly, by having more accurate information Fishline is better able to respond to changing needs of our clients, provide outcome data to donors and coordinate with other agencies.
Bruce McCain Building Committee Chairman
I have a PhD in microbiology, and I am retired after working for NOAA Fisheries, a Federal agency, for 30 years. For the last 10 years of my career, I was a facility manager at a NOAA facility in Newport, OR. As a volunteer, I served on the board of a homeless shelter in Newport, OR for 15 years; I served as church council member and council president, and chair of the social ministry committee for Lutheran churches in WA and OR; and I represented Lincoln County, OR on the Community Services Consortium’s Community Action Advisory Council which addressed the needs of the low income people in a tri-county area. I have been a member of the Fishline board since 2011.
Karen Timken Fundraising Chairman
As a former professor in marketing, world traveler and former executive director of Fishline, Karen brings cultural awareness, business sense, a passion for fundraising and relevant operational experience to our board. In addition to attending to her elderly mother, she enjoys spending time with her husband who is also an active volunteer for Fishline.
Tony is a Poulsbo-based attorney with over 20 years of experience. After nearly 10 years as an attorney with the Internal Revenue Service, Tony began private practice in 2012, focusing on estate planning and probate. Tony is a Lieutenant Commander in the US Navy JAG Corps, and has over 21 years of military service, both active duty and reserve. His background and desire for public service led him to the Fishline board, where he has proudly served for the past 4 years.
Betty Herman is Principal of Elder Resources, llc and has been serving seniors and their families for the last 30 years. She has served Fishline clients by sorting vegetables, encouraging sales in the Thrift shop and is serving her third term on the Board of Directors. Fishline was her first volunteer activity when she moved here from Minnesota in 2003. Additionally, she provides connections and guidance to independent seniors living in income restricted housing in Bremerton.
Rodney worked at the Naval Undersea Warfare Center Keyport from 1974-2001 as Physicist, General Engineer, Branch Head, Division Head, and Department Head. Most of his career was devoted to Test and Evaluation of explosive components and weapon systems. During those years he volunteered with the North Kitsap Little League an Assistant Coach and Coach for Senior Girls fast pitch baseball.
After retiring he worked as Adjunct Faculty for Olympic College, where he taught Physics and Math. Some of the courses were in conjunction with the Bremerton Shipyard Apprentice Program.
My name is Danielle Murphy. I am a mother to three beautiful children. I currently work for Head Start as a Family Development Specialist (FDS through Kitsap Community Resources (KCR). I was born and raised in Chesapeake, Virginia. The military brought my family out to the beautiful state of Washington. I currently serve on the Fishline board in Poulsbo, WA. I love to drink coffee, go to the beach and enjoy watching my children grow up.
Nick is an expert in marketing and founded Cima Creative in early 2013. Previously at a leading design firm in downtown Seattle for over eight years, he is skilled in all aspects of the branding and marketing experience from print to web and everything in between. He is also a co-founder and the Creative Director of Libro.fm, a tech start-up that gives independent bookstore the ability to sell digital audiobooks.
Bob Linz has been involved in non profit work as a volunteer; board member; board president and Executive Director. His professional life includes real estate investment brokerage. He also is a trained public speaker on various topics related to Leadership and Professional Development.
He has two grown children; no grandkids yet, and is engaged to marry in 2017.
Michael Philbrick started his career as a veterinarian and shifted to developing veterinary practice management software. From there he gained a wider set of skills in the technology industry. He has 25 years experience in software design, consulting, training and implementation. Michael began volunteering with Fishline in January 2016 with the goal of implementing the non-profit version of Salesforce.com. The awesome staff and admirable mission of Fishline inspired him to join the board and continue his efforts to improve efficiency, reporting and community interaction through technology. Michael is currently a full-time senior consultant for Simplus, a leading Salesforce consulting company.
Becky Erickson Mayor, City of Poulsbo
Becky Erickson serves as Mayor of the City of Poulsbo elected in January of 2010 and reelected to a 2 nd term in January of 2014. Before election to the office of Mayor, Ms. Erickson served on the City Council of Poulsbo from January 2008 to December of 2009. Her career spans forty years of senior leadership roles including her last career position as CFO and Director of Operations for Bainbridge Graduate Institute. Ms. Erickson graduated from the University of Washington with a degree in Economics in 1979. At present, she is the chair of the board of the Kitsap County Health District and the Kitsap County Department of Emergency Management and a board member of the Puget Sound Regional Council, Kitsap Regional Coordinating Council, Kitsap Transit, Housing Kitsap and Kitsap 911. She lives with her husband Jerry on their generational family farm on Noll Road in Poulsbo.
Stuart Grogan is the Executive Director of Housing Kitsap, the housing authority for Kitsap County. He has been involved in affordable housing and local government for over 25 years. Prior to coming to Kitsap County, he was the Director of Real Estate Development and a project manager at the Housing Authority of the City of Boulder in Colorado. Stuart has extensive experience with project planning and implementation. While in Boulder, Stuart worked on several projects including Foothills, the Holiday neighborhoods, the High Mar Apartments, and the Lee Hill Apartments, Boulder’s housing first based community for the chronically homeless. Prior to that, Stuart served as senior zoning official for the City of Boulder in the Planning Department. Stuart earned a Master’s degree in Urban and Regional Planning from the University of Wisconsin–Madison and holds a Bachelor’s in Anthropology from Beloit College in Wisconsin. Stuart is a former Peace Corps volunteer, serving for almost five years in both western and southern Africa.
A native Washingtonian, Judy Granlee-Gates has lived in Poulsbo since 1988. She and her husband operate a local small business in the residential construction industry. Judy holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Education, Training and Development and her efforts to educate clients about the construction process have been recognized nationally. She has served on the boards for Habitat for Humanity and Kitsap Builders Association and is a past president of the Kitsap Builders Association’s Remodelers Council and the National Association of Homebuilders Builder 20 Club, and active in the Kitsap Builders Association Build a Better Christmas program and serves on the board of a local non-profit funding cancer research, My Jewels of Hope.
Tracy has lived in Washington for the past 9 years after retiring from Amador County, California, where she served as the Agency Director for Health and Services which included Public Health, Mental Health, Alcohol/Drug prevention and education, Children and Adult Protective Services, Emergency Medical Services and a variety of Public Assistance, TANF, Food Stamps and Medicaid Program eligibility determinations. Having been in charge of these programs and services, plus a large staff with diversified educational backgrounds and expertise, Tracy has extensive experience in coordinating with and between agencies, governmental officials and the community. She has served on a variety of local boards and commissions as well as having a leadership role in Statewide professional organizations. Her passion is, and always has been, providing services to those in need. She sees that being a Board Member of Fishline is a way to continue to give back and to utilize her expertise.