Board 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 California.
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 is retired from Group Health after 33 years and plans to continue to volunteer for the Redmond Historical Society.
Vice President of Finance / Treasurer - John Oftebro
John is a Washington native and Redmond resident since 1974. After graduating with a pharmacy degree from WSU, John practiced in the Seattle area until joining Kelley-Ross Pharmacy in downtown Seattle. During his ownership over the next 34 years, John grew the business to six locations with a diversity of services including compounding, hospice, and long-term care, and was an early adopter of numerous practice advancements and technology applications. He also devoted time to mentor interns, externs, establish a community residency program at Kelley-Ross and currently teaches an entrepreneurial class at WSU.
John’s early involvement in pharmacy associations led to co-founding and past presidency of the North King County and Eastside local associations, board member and past president of the Washington State Pharmacy Association. He is a past president of the American College of Apothecaries (ACA), and held memberships in APhA, NCPA and other pharmacy organizations as well as holding leadership positions in his church and various community organizations.
Since retiring in 2008, John remains active in volunteer work and has been the president of the Washington State Pharmacy Foundation since 1988. He also serves as a WSU Foundation Trustee and is a member of the WSU Dean’s Advisory Committee at the College of Pharmacy.
Directors At Large
Judith Simpson - Volunteers
Judith joined the Board in 2013. She has lived in Redmond since 1974, raising her three sons on Education Hill close to schools and the Little League fields. While her sons were growing up, she was involved with their activities — Scouts, PTA, etc. and continued to be involved in the community serving on various boards and commissions. Currently Judith is a member of Evergreen Healthcare Community Advisors, Friends of Emerald Heights and a volunteer with the Redmond Police Department. In 1986 she and her husband purchased an acre that was part of the 75 acre Sanders Farm on the Redmond-Woodinville Road and had a home built there where Judith continues to reside.
Steve Johnson - Membership
Steve has lived in Redmond since 1989 and has a strong interest in history, believing that if you don’t know where you came from it is hard to gauge progress toward your goals. He has worked all over the world in volunteer positions, beginning with the U.S. Peace Corps from 1983-1986 and continuing with several board positions at local and international woodworking and woodturning groups.
Sharon Brocker - Governance
Redmond Police Foundation: Executive Board | Founding Board of Directors
Redmond Historical Society: Board of Directors | Governance Chair
City of Redmond's Public Safety Advisory Board: Board of Directors | Executive Committee
Sharon is a business professional with a background in Program Management and Organizational Continuous Improvement Leadership. She has led LEAN and Six Sigma continuous improvement initiatives for GE Aviation's Corporate Supply Chain. Prior to transitioning into the aviation industry, she was ERA Realty's Relocation Director and a real estate professional business owner for 13 years. She has a long history of working with non-profits in various capacities. She grew up in Portland, Oregon, but after many years of living in other regions of the United States returned to the Northwest in winter 2013.
Her travels around the US and overseas, has only reinforced her love of the Pacific Northwest and Redmond.
Indira Krishnaswami - Finance
Hank Myers arrived in Redmond 40 years ago when it was a true suburban bedroom community. He chose Redmond for the comfortable feel and excellent school district, and, like many of his neighbors, would travel 20 or more miles to work. In 1980, tired of the driving, he formed a transportation consultancy in one of Redmond’s then rare home offices. In 1997 Metro proposed to take all buses off SR-520 because congestion was hurting schedule reliability. Hank was appointed to the Sounding Board considering the change, but argued that the key to reducing congestion was more buses and not fewer. After months of wrangling, the Board approved expanded capacity, including the route that became the Sound Transit 545. When King County created the Metro Transit Advisory Committee, Hank was the first nominee and served for the maximum term, including a stint as the Chair. Hank has been on the Redmond City Council since 2007. He is an appointed member on the local Salmon Recovery Council and the Hazardous Waste Management Program, and is active in Green Redmond. He has somehow managed to stay married to his resilient wife Christine for 50 years, and together raised two kids. Son Todd has a communication consultancy and is an author of environmental articles. He is on the Wall Street Journal’s Board of Experts. Daughter Kim is a special education teacher and administrator. She moonlights as a professional sports photographer and boat builder. Hank also serves on the Boards of the Together Center and Venues for Artists in the Local Area (VALA).
Debra Pelletier - Philanthropy
Debra holds Bachelor of Science in Commercial Recreation and Marketing and a Master’s of Science in Public Administration from San Jose State University. She holds certificates from Clemson University in Leadership and Marketing ecommerce from Bellevue College. Debra has worked in the public sector specializing in Government Services: Parks and Recreation & Tourism for twenty-two years. As a Manager, she oversaw park developments, community events, initiative campaigns, historical projects, fund development, construction, and programming. In addition, Debra co-owned a construction company and has a background in General Contracting. Debra brings to her work a broad knowledge of project management to include the development and implementation of large complexes projects and events, management essentials, corporate culture, and customer service. She has her PMP (Project Management Professional) certification from the Project Management Institute and holds her project management certification from Bellevue College. She is in the final stages of her change management certification and Lean Six Sigma.Debra has extensive background in professional instruction through National Recreation and Parks Association, Washington Recreation Parks Association, Smartpath llc, and a professor at Bellevue and Edmonds College. In recent years Debra has focused on contract/consulting projects specializing on business readiness, change management, and strategic planning with cross functional team issues. Past clients have been from a multitude of industries such as T-Mobile, Evergreen Speedway, Snohomish County Fair, Pacific Plumbing, and Wizards of the Coast/Hasbro.When asked to give a quote, Debra stated… “I am so honored to be a part of the Redmond Historical Society – and working with the Redmond community once again!