Board of Directors

Chief Bonnie Bowers
President

Chief Bowers serves as the Chief of the Anacortes Police Department. Bonnie has served the Anacortes community for nearly a decade, and has been in the law enforcement profession for the entirety of her career.  Prior to joining the AFC board, Bonnie has served on the board of Secret Harbor, a program dedicated to foster children in Skagit County. Bonnie is a true steward of our community, and believes strongly in the mission of the AFC, and the public service we provide. 

Leona Bratz, J.D.
Vice-President

Leona joins the AFC board after moving to Anacortes from Snohomish County. Leona is an accomplished and experienced attorney, spending the majority of her career protecting tenants rights, especially for vulnerable populations. Leona has a diverse background, representing clients in civil and criminal proceedings. For the last nine years, Leona served as the Managing Attorney for Snohomish County's Housing Justice Project. In that capacity, Leona has argued cases in front the of the Washington State Supreme Court, and testified before the Washington State Legislature, in support of measures that would protect tenant's rights for vulnerable populations. Leona and her husband moved to Anacortes and opened an office, where Leona serves as of-counsel. Leona is deeply passionate about housing and supportive  services for homeless women, children and families, and joins AFC's board in support of our worthwhile and important mission. 

Nels Strandberg
Secretary

Nels is a local businessman and owner of Strandberg Construction in Anacortes. Nels has deep ties to Anacortes, and his interest in the Anacortes Family Center dates back to our founding - he was responsible for building our shelter. In addition to business, Nels is deeply committed to our community. In addition to the AFC,  Nels also serves on the board for the Boys and Girls Club of Anacortes. 

Warren Tessler
Treasurer

Warren has an extensive history in nonprofit boards - he is currently the Treasurer for the Kiwanis Noon Club, has been active on the Anacortes Arts Foundation board, in addition to many other civic and charitable causes. For many years Warren was a business owner in Anacortes, owning a local bakery. Prior to that he had an extensive career in medical management and administration. As a hospital administrator in a metropolitan area, Warren witnessed first hand the necessity of working hard to give people a way out of incredibly difficult situations, and is passionate about the AFC mission. Outside of his extensive civic and professional work, Warren is an avid bicyclist. 

Hon. Susan Cook, Ret.

The Honorable Susan Cook recently retired as a judge for the Skagit County Superior Court. Susan served on the bench for over 20-years prior to retiring in March of 2016. In 1992 Susan was appointed as a Commissioner, hearing cases involving family law and juvenile matters. In 1996 she ran for Superior Court and was elected - she became Skagit County's first-ever judge. In 2015, Susan was named Judge of the Year by the Washington State Association for Justice. This award is given to a judge who promotes the justice system through “exercise of outstanding judicial ruling or leadership.” Additionally she was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award by the Washington State Bar Association. This award is in recognition of the many years of service to attorneys and people of Skagit County by promoting fairness, demeanor, community service and mentoring leaving a lasting legacy and ideal to uphold for future lawyers and judges. Susan joins AFC's board because of her passion for helping those most vulnerable in our community, and sees the importance of AFC's hand-up approach.  

Matt Gill

Matt is the Senior Manager of External Affairs for Anacortes' Tesoro Refinery. As the Manager for External Affairs, Matt works directly with our community, and subsequently is involved in many efforts to make our community a better place to live and work. Prior to moving to Anacortes, Matt lived in Alaska. Matt graduated from West Anchorage High School before attending college at Gonzaga University. While in Alaska, Matt was a lobbyist and was involved in state-wide politics. Matt is an avid outdoorsman. Matt is deeply connected to AFC's mission and has actively supported AFC's ability to expand grow, thanks to generous support from Tesoro. 

Ann Meyers-Hutchinson, Ph.D.

Ann is a relatively new resident of Anacortes, having moved here 5 years ago, but only permanently 2 years ago. Ann brings a tremendous amount of experience in psychology, as well as homeless programming. Ann was charged with developing the nation's largest transformational homeless shelter/campus called Haven for Hope in San Antonio, Texas. Ann was not only part of the team to bring together the ideas and financing for the project, she was also responsible for bringing together over 50 social service providers, co-locating each under one roof. This proved invaluable for clients that had transportation issues. After working with Haven for nearly a decade, Ann and her husband decided to semi-retire to Anacortes, where she works as a nonprofit consultant. Ann has also agreed to Co-Chair (with Anacortes Mayor Laurie Gere) the Anacortes Family Center's Transitional Housing Capital Campaign! 

Greg Monaghan, M.D.

Greg joined the Anacortes Family Center after recently moving into the Anacortes community from Kansas City. Greg recently retired from a long career in medicine, specializing in oncology. Greg and his wife have always worked hard to give back to their community; in Kansas City his family was instrumental in establishing a foundation to support a homeless shelter for women and children. Upon moving to Anacortes, Greg was introduced to the AFC and immediately became an active supporter and member of our board. His wife, Sue, is also very passionate about AFC's mission. Sue volunteers each week as a teacher in our toddler life-skills class. 

Marge Milner

Marge has an extensive background in banking and finance. Marge is the Branch Manager at People's Bank in Anacortes. In addition to her work in finance, Marge has been an active member of the community: she is currently the President of the La Conner Rotary Club, and she's served on the Skagit Symphony board, as well as many others. 

Rear Admiral Ken Norton, ret.

Ken joined the Anacortes Family Center's board in 2016 after being introduced to the organization though Diane Dempsey Marr. Ken recently retired after serving our country in the U.S. Navy. In the Navy, Admiral Norton was a helicopter pilot before eventually taking command of the U.S.S. Ronald Reagan, overseeing the carrier during two deployments in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. After retiring to Anacortes, Ken and his wife, Sharee, began looking for ways to give back to the community. Ken was introduced to AFC's mission and became immediately passionate about the important work we're doing, and the leadership we provide to the community in support of homeless women, children and families. 

Tim Schofield

Tim has an extensive financial background, and is currently the Branch Manager for the U.S. Bank in Anacortes. Tim is currently a student studying accounting and business, and has done extensive work teaching financial literacy to children. Tim has a wife and children, and is committed to his community - and has volunteered with many nonprofit organizations and school districts - particularly around financial planning, credit and budgeting.

Mary Staley

Mary has been an active and generous member of the Anacortes community, serving on many boards, civic clubs and community groups. Mary's professional background is in marketing, event planning and outreach. Mary owns her own consulting company, Marketing with Mary, co-located in Pat Barrett Financial's offices. Mary is actively involved with the Anacortes Noon Rotary and has worked tirelessly to support at-risk populations in Anacortes. Mary is deeply connected to the Anacortes Family Center's mission and adds her professional knowledge, relationships and incredible expertise to AFC's marketing and fundraising efforts. 

Vicki Stasch, MS

Vicki recently moved to Anacortes from Visalia California although she is a Washington native. She works as a self employed management consultant and leadership coach offering services to non profits, businesses, health care and governmental organizations and community leadership programs including Leadership Whatcom. She has served as a board member and president for several non profits in Central California over the past 25 years. She is a member of Anacortes Rotary club.

Maggie Thompson

Maggie joins the Anacortes Family Center after a very successful career in the schools, and as a strong community advocate for at-risk or under-privilaged children. Most recently Maggie served as the Director of Special Services for the Anacortes School District, where she oversaw services for all homeless children in the school district as well as the special education department. Previous to that, Maggie worked as a school principal, teacher and in various administrative jobs. Currently Maggie is a board member on the Anacortes Schools Foundation, where she chairs the scholarship committee. Now in retirement, Maggie is focusing her work on her passions - serving children at need. She is proud to serve on the Anacortes Family Center Board of Directors, and has been incredibly helpful working with our Children's Life Skills program. 

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Diane Dempsey Marr, Ph.D.
Ex-Officio

Diane holds a Doctoral degree in counseling and human services, and an Educational Specialist degree in school psychology. Prior to settling in Anacortes, Diane was the coordinator of the graduate counseling programs at Whitworth University, teaching both in the counselor and teacher education programs for ten years. Her specialty areas included addictions, women’s issues, and the treatment of childhood disorders and learning challenges. Upon retirement from higher education she was granted professor emeritus status.  Diane moved to Anacortes in June of 2007 to open a private practice. As a licensed mental health counselor she continues to provide services to children, teens, and adults in the northern Puget Sound communities. Diane has extensive experience working with at risk populations, volunteering her time at homeless shelters to develop therapeutic programs for residents and to provide clinical supervision and training for staff.

Nancy Durell, D.C., J.D. 
Ex-Officio

Nancy is a retired attorney and chiropractor.  She graduated from the University of Kentucky in Lexington, the Palmer College of Chiropractic in Davenport, Iowa (with honors) and cum laude from Gonzaga University School of Law in Spokane, Washington. Though she mostly worked as a trial litigator, she prefers utilizing her training as a mediator when solving legal matters or employing alternative forms of dispute resolution such as collaborative law.  She is qualified as a certified professional guardian for the infirm and elderly and as a guardian ad litem in domestic relations matters.  Her professional affiliations include membership in the Nevada Chiropractic Association as well as the Skagit County Bar Association, the Washington State Bar Association, and the American Bar Association, Family Law Division.  She has served in a number of civic clubs and nonprofit boards, including the Tulip Festival and Soroptimist. 

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Honorary and Emeritus Board Members

Martha Clure - Director Emeritus 

Eric Johnson, Colonel, USAF (Retired), Anacortes City Council Member - Director Emeritus

Terry Kyllo - Director Emeritus