Officer Elections 2014
President, Joe Townsend
Joe, has volunteered for the Redmond Historical Society since 2008 when he was appointed as a Director at Large and as Chair of the Governance Committee. The Governance Committee, working closely with the Board of Directors, gained approval of a five-year Long Range Plan that ran through 2013, reached consensus on the revised Society Bylaws that were approved by the Membership in 2009, introducing the Society’s current Committee Structure, and lead the effort to publish the Board-approved Society Operating Procedures. Joe was Elected V.P. Finance in 2010 and reelected in 2012. During that time he significantly revised the Society budgeting financial reporting procedures. As a member of the Executive Committee, Joe was instrumental in bringing forward the 2014-2017 Long Range Plan and Actions Plans.
Joe is a graduate of San Jose State University, with a BA degree in Economics. He has also completed graduate work in Risk Management through the Insurance Institute of America. Joe served in the U.S. Navy where he attained the rank of Lieutenant, filling various line officer roles, including Chief Engineer. He is the recipient of the Navy Achievement Medal.
Joe was employed by Safeco Commercial Insurance for 32 years, ending his career as an Assistant Director on the Home Office staff of Safeco’s Risk Services Dept. He is a Retired Certified Safety Professional and holds a diploma as an Associate in Risk Management. During his safety career, Joe was active in the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) where he volunteered at the local chapter and National Board of Directors, with one year as V. P. Finance and a member of the Society Board's Executive Committee.
Following his career with Safeco, Joe joined Seattle Goodwill Industries as their Risk and Safety Manager for four years.
Joe has received Awards such as ASSE Region I, Safety Professional of the Year 1998; Charles V, Culberston, Outstanding Volunteer Achievement, 1996; Puget Sound Chapter's Safety Professional of the Year, 1987. Joe was elected ASSE Fellow in 2003.
Following a profitable run as a Risk Management consultant, Joe now operates a small business restoring and retouching photographs.
Joe has lived in Redmond, WA with his wife Doris since the mid 70's, where they raised two daughters. Prior to Redmond, Joe and Doris lived in the Denver area and Southern Calif.
Senior Vice President, Mary Hanson
Mary Hanson, a resident of Redmond since 1984, has served on the Redmond Historical Society Board as Membership Chairman and in 2009 was elected Society Secretary. Mary is from Lind, Washington and graduated from Washington State University. She will soon be retiring from Group Health after 33 years and plans to continue to volunteer for the Redmond Historical Society.
Secretary, Lori Perrigo
Lori has past experience as the Secretary and President of another non-profit association. She formerly worked at the Marymoor Eastside History Museum and as a member of the extended Perrigo family has a strong interest in Redmond History. Lori is employed as a Designer at Ben Franklin Crafts and Frames in Redmond and she also runs a small business in Redmond and assists with her husband’s construction and development business. She lives in Redmond with her husband and young daughter.
Vice President Finance, Edward D. O'Brien
Ed is a Certified Public Accountant formerly licensed to practice public accountancy in the states of Washington, Pennsylvania, Texas and California. He worked as an auditor for Arthur Andersen & Co. for nine years in their Seattle, Philadelphia and Dallas offices.
From 1971 to 1991, Ed was, successively, Vice President and Treasurer, Senior Vice President- Finance & Administration, Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, Chief Operating Officer and a Managing General Partner of Lincoln Property Company (Dallas, TX) and/or its then Western Regional affiliate, Lincoln Property Company N.C., Inc. (Foster City, CA), now separately known as Legacy Partners.
From 1993 to 1999, Ed was employed by Vail Resorts Development Co. as its Sr. Vice Pres. & Chief Financial Officer, and from 1999 to 2001, he served as Exec. Vice President—Real Estate Development for Crested Butte Mountain Resort, Inc.
In the 43 years since leaving the practice of public accountancy, Ed concentrated his professional activities in the area of real estate development with particular emphasis, since being employed by Vail Resorts, Inc. in mountain village marketing and design, development and construction, sales and leasing, and finance.
Separate from real estate development activities, Ed has served the following organizations:
- 1982 to 1998, Trustee of Washington State University Foundation, Pullman, WA—Secretary, 1987 to 1989.
- 1991 to 1997, Director of Delta Dental Plan of California—a $2 billion dental insurance company based in San Francisco, CA.
- 1993 to 1998, Director of Colorado Ski Museum and Ski Hall of Fame, Vail, CO
- 1997 to 2002, Director of the Heuga Center for M.S., Edwards, CO—an organization dedicated to assisting persons with Multiple Sclerosis live better and more productive lives through research, education, diet and exercise.
- 1998 to 2009, Director of Vail Valley Medical Center, Vail, CO; Chairman of the Board of Directors, August 2002 to December 2006; Interim President and Chief Executive Officer, October 2004 to June 2005 and Chairman of Vail Valley Medical Center Foundation, WMC's fund raising affiliate, January 2007 to March 2009.
- 2002 to 2006, Director of Cordillera Valley Club Metropolitan District, Edwards, CO
- 2003 to 2012, Director (Chairman from May 2008 to May 2012) of Eagle River Fire Protection District, Avon, CO
Ed’s education and military experience is:
- 1962 graduate of Washington State University, Pullman, WA with a BA in Business Administration with a concentration in Accounting.
- 1963 to 1966, U.S. Navy Supply Corps Officer with the final rank of Lieutenant. Most of such service was with the U.S. Sixth Fleet assigned to NATO.