Meet the Board of Directors
Lynnette Wood, President — grew up in California. After receiving her PhD in Applied Mathematics, she followed a career that evolved from satellite imaging to foreign aid and climate change adaptation studies. She has lived, worked or traveled in 67 countries and published widely in her fields of expertise. A San Juan County property owner since 1986, she moved full time to Orcas in 2010, and has served on a number of San Juan County and nonprofit boards and committees. She served on the Orcas District Committee of the Senior Services Council since 2018, and was Chair from 2019-2021. She is now serving as the Acting Executive Director of the new nonprofit Orcas Senior Center. Her vision for the future is for the center to be a vibrant resource and active meeting place for the entire Orcas community.
Allan Rosato, Vice President — In 1995, at age 25, Allan sailed from Bellingham to Orcas for a week-long vacation in the San Juans. Now, many years later, that vacation continues and he still finds himself fortunate enough to call this beautiful place his home. For the majority of his years on Orcas, Allan has worked as a property manager/caretaker for a handful of island families. His first involvement with Orcas Senior Center was with the Hearts and Hands program in 2018, and he became an Orcas District Committee member in 2020. He is also the coordinator for the Home Maintenance & Repair pilot program, which began in Spring 2022. It has given Allan great satisfaction to be part of an organization that cares so profoundly for the people they serve.
Darcey Miller, Secretary — Originally from Pennsylvania, Darcey Miller earned her degree in Environmental Science then moved to West Seattle in 1999. Since meeting long-time resident Allan Rosato of Orcas Island in 2017, Darcey has enjoyed being involved in the island community. She is the secretary of her property owners’ association and has served on the Orcas District Committee of Orcas Senior Center (OSC) since 2019, except for one year in which she acted as OSC’s Development Manager. She also participated in OSC’s Buddy Check-In Program which began early in the pandemic, and is grateful to have met one of her favorite people through that. She truly looks forward to serving as secretary of the Orcas Senior Center board and volunteering in the realms of event planning, fundraising, and social media. “My wish is that OSC continues to reach more people in our community, benefiting them however needed…and in unexpected ways, too!”
Tom Eversole — Tom grew up on a farm in Appalachia. He has worked in special education and college teaching, mental health, substance abuse prevention/diversity training, and public health. Before moving to Orcas in 2017, he was a county and state public health administrator in Oregon. From 2017 to 2019, Tom managed the Hearts and Hands program at Orcas Senior Center (OSC) and served as interim superintendent for Orcas Island Health Care District. He formerly served as chair of the OSC operating committee. “I am grateful for volunteers and donors who make OSC possible. OSC can serve a broader range of islanders, and we have an opportunity/duty to explore sustainable programs and partnerships undertaken by senior centers nationwide.”
Jennifer Hairston has served on the Orcas District Committee since 2020. She moved to Orcas Island from north Texas and wants to give back to this wonderful community. In Texas, she volunteered as a judge for Teen Court and as a Big Sister through Big Brothers/Big Sisters. For six years, she served on the board of a women’s service organization benefiting charities that help seniors in east Dallas. She looks forward to assisting with the ever-changing needs of our seniors on Orcas!
Greg Raffelson is pleased to be part of the unique community on Orcas. A San Francisco Bay Area native, Greg graduated from Stanford University with a BA in Economics. Greg became very aware of the needs of the seniors as he helped his aging parents through their journey. He would like to use his skills to strengthen the good work of the OSC and help his fellow seniors lead self-sufficient lives with a sense of dignity and grace. Hobbies include cooking, hiking, and raising two rescue pooches.
Bev Polis, a California native, spent 18 years as Chief of Staff to a state senator before closing her environmental consulting firm in 2022, concluding 30 years of service in California and Oregon. Settling in Deer Harbor in 1998, she and her husband moved to Orcas in 2004. From 2004 to 2014, she served on the Deer Harbor Community Club Board, leading as president for two years and overseeing key developments, including the kitchen remodel in 2005 and the organization obtaining its 501(c)3 Nonprofit status in 2007. In 2010, she joined the Spring Point Homeowners Association Board for an eight-year tenure, serving three years as president. Later, in 2017, she became a member of the Orcas Center Board, serving as president during the challenging COVID-19 period for three years. As her six-year term as Trustee concluded at the end of 2023, she’s joined the Dementia Friendly Community task force, advocating for unpaid caregivers on Orcas Island.