Our People

Staff

Sally Otten, Executive Director
Sally has a broad range of experience in a variety of areas including finance, marketing, fundraising, operations, start-ups, etc. All of these will come in handy as she and the team work to get the Kirkland Parks Foundation up and running. Sally’s favorite park is Peter Kirk Park. She and her husband will walk down to the park, get a couple of burgers and watch a baseball game. Sally grew up in north Seattle. In her spare time, she likes to ski, play tennis and sail.

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Emily Hudspeth, Volunteer
Emily graduated from Skidmore College with a degree in Environmental Studies and has always enjoyed being outdoors and helping other people learn more about the environment.

Emily’s favorite park is Crestwoods, the closest park to where she grew up.

In her spare time, Emily can be found either hiking around the beautiful Pacific Northwest or swing dancing and collecting vintage clothes.

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Mary Jenneskens, Volunteer

Mary grew up in Issaquah and has lived all over the world. She recently moved back to the Eastside.

Mary has been an avid volunteer wherever she has lived. She rolls up her sleeves and does whatever is needed. Mary has been a great help to us as we have been getting the Kirkland Parks Foundation up and running.

Mary likes to ski, sail, bike, hike, etc. – just about everything we do in the Pacific Northwest.

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Barbara Travers, Volunteer

Barbara Travers has honed marketing skills that run the gamut from old school direct marketing to new school digital marketing. Specializing in social content, video production, public relations, marketing and communication. Her credo is – “It’s all about telling your story and getting it out there.” Her company, YOLO Video Production, has provided Kirkland Parks Foundation and KTUB the opportunity to tell their story through video.

Board Members

Kathy Feek

Kathy Page Feek, Ed. D. is a lifelong champion of the value that the arts bring to the cultural and economic life of a community. For many years, she has worked to establish Kirkland as a centerpiece for arts and culture on the Eastside. She is the founding Chair of the Kirkland Cultural Council, Chair Emeritus of the WA State Kennedy Center Alliance and Chair Emeritus of the U of Washington School of Drama Board. Kathy is the Art Consultant for Evergreen Hospital and also consults with several other hospitals and hotels throughout the Pacific Northwest.

In addition to her work in the arts, Kathy is involved with Kirkland Summerfest, Kirkland Conversations, the Eastside Timebank, the Marina Park Summer Music Festival, Kirkland Uncorked and the many varied projects of the Kirkland Chamber of Commerce.

Kathy is a particular fan of all of the Kirkland waterfront parks. She and her family and dogs live closest to Waverly Park and they look forward to playing with less mud and more fun there!

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Nona Ganz

Nona has lived in the same house in Juanita for 40 years and has been a park advocate for many years. She was a Park Board member for 8 years, a City Council member for 11 years, and has been involved with every park bond since 1984. She has worked with the Green Kirkland Partnership since 2005 and is the Steward of Juanita Bay Park directing the removal of invasive plants and restoring the planting of native trees and shrubs.

Nona is pleased to be on the board of KPF working to implement community-desired improvements and activities in parks that enhance our quality of life.

When she is not working as a steward at Juanita Bay Park, Nona enjoys hiking, skiing, kayaking, and gardening.

 

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Tom Neir

Tom has been active on the Kirkland Transportation Commission for the last 4 years and also sits on the board of Seattle Tilth, an organization that brings many meaningful programs to the Eastside. Tom brings a background in business and organizational management to his role and having worked in a variety of functions stands ready to help anywhere he might be needed.

Tom was lucky enough to grow up in Kirkland and has been a big user and fan of our parks. When he was growing up, Kirkland was known as “Baseball Town U.S.A” so like many he used all our baseball parks heavily. In more recent times he runs and walks our waterfront and its parks every week.

 

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Dana Nunnelly

Dana is a Northwest native, an outdoor enthusiast, avid urban farmer and raiser of chickens. Professionally, Dana has worked with companies large and small – including REI.com, HomeGrocer.com and Microsoft. She has worked internationally in marketing and branding, as well as locally training underserved high school students in the greater Seattle area.

Dana has a fine art background and is actively involved in the arts in Kirkland. She teaches painting classes and runs the Life Figure Drawing sessions for the Kirkland Arts Center. Dana was elected by the Kirkland City Council to a position on the Kirkland Cultural Arts Commission and is working with the City on the Art Integration Plan for the Cross Kirkland Corridor Master Plan. She is involved in the Kirkland Fish Frolic, the Kirkland Summerfest Art Committee and created the Summerfest Drawing Jam.

Dave Ramsay

Dave is currently enjoying his “next phase” with a combination of non-profit board work and volunteering. He is currently serving on the boards of Feet First, State of Washington Transportation Improvement Board, Puget Sound Regional Council Transportation Policy Committee, King County Human Services Citizen Oversight Board, Eastside Time Bank and is excited to add Kirkland Parks Foundation to the list. He volunteers for Green Kirkland and as a Neighborhood Walking Ambassador.

Prior to this he had a 36 year career in local government including serving as City Manager for the cities of Kirkland and Glendale, CA. He also served for three years as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Sierra Leone, West Africa.

An avid walker, Dave enjoys both walking and hiking in the Pacific Northwest, as well as long distance walking in Europe.

Lynn Stokesbary

Lynn retired from the City of Kirkland in 2006 as Assistant City Manager where he worked twenty-one years, serving as Director of Parks and Community Services from 1985-1997 during a time of significant acquisition and development of Kirkland’s parks system. Lynn also helped fundraise extensively to retain many of Kirkland’s popular bronze sculptures that are now part of the City’s permanent art collection.

In his spare time, Lynn follows his passion of long distance backpacking and hiking here and in different parts of the world. It’s his goal to backpack in a different National Park each year. Closer to home Lynn can be found trail running in St. Edwards State Park, getting out in his sea kayak, and now a proud member of the Kirkland Park Foundation Board.

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