Meet the Orcas District Committee

The Orcas District Committee meets on the third Wednesday of each month at 9:30 am at the Orcas Senior Center. If you are interested in participating in the Orcas District Committee activities at the Senior Center, please contact us at (360) 376-7929.

Lynnette Wood – Chair​, semi-retired in 2009 to live full time on Orcas Island, where she and her husband have owned property since 1986. In addition to starting her own consulting business, through which she has continued her foreign aid work on a part time basis, Lynnette has served on both County and Orcas-based boards and committees over the last ten years, and on the Orcas Senior Center District Committee for the last three years. Prior to joining the Orcas District Committee, she drew on her professional experience in survey research to lead the “Aging Well on Orcas Island” survey in 2017. Among her contributions to the Center since that time was launching the “Meeting of the Minds” lecture series (now in its third year) and the Buddy Check-in program; updating and upgrading the Center’s internal operations; and writing proposals for grants and other funding. She is committed to continuing to serve and contribute in ways that improve the quality of life both for today’s seniors and for tomorrow’s seniors on Orcas Island. 

Erica Bee– Vice Chair, M.Ed., LPN, Certified Foot Care Specialist, AFCNA has enjoyed a rewarding career spanning 30 years in Massachusetts and the Northeast regions as an administrator, an elementary education teacher, early childhood music educator, and involvement in senior health and fitness programming. She is an experienced Licensed Practical Nurse, senior caregiver and professional educational administrator. She has specialized training in basic and advanced foot care practices. As a Certified Foot Care Specialist through the American Foot Care Nurses Association, she dedicates her services to the Orcas Senior Center Foot Care Program, Our Lady of The Rock Monastery, and the Shaw Island Community. Her business, Foot Care with A Heart, LLC, provides a completely portable and mobile foot care service to home bound seniors.

John Carl – Treasurer, a longtime Iowan, moved to Orcas four years ago to be closer to his daughter’s family in Seattle. He is a graduate of Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa and Michigan State University in East Lansing, Michigan. John was involved in the radio station business at several locations in the upper Midwest. He has been involved in many community activities and served on several boards including County Conservation, Savings and Loan, church, Economic Development, and more. On the island, John is currently serving on the Orcas Island Community Foundation Board, Orcas Community Resource Center Board of Directors, the Orcas District Committee, and is a member of Kiwanis Club of Orcas Island.

Diane Craig – Secretary​. As a “maturing woman (AKA aging old broad. Whatever),” she appreciates being a part of one of the island’s most important offerings for people of, “ahem, our age.” Her background, professional and personal, is eclectic. Professionally, she has held management positions in publishing and nonprofits. A lifelong student, she completed her undergraduate degree at 60, her graduate degree at 65.

Margo Rubel, has lived on Orcas for about 28 years. She has worked on the Orcas District Committee for a number of years. She would like to continue to assist in making our Senior Center an active and thriving place, meeting the needs – intellectual, social, physical – of our aging population, so that as we become elders in our community, there is a place to help us navigate the changes in us. She would like to help in making the Senior Center the place “to go to.”

Maggie Kaplan​, is of Scottish English heritage, the youngest of three and grew up in the San Francisco and Central Valley areas of California. She is an avid and happy volunteer at our Senior Center; facilitating a crafts day one Saturday every month, driving the party bus to bargain land, and serving as the chairwoman for Senior Services Council of San Juan County. She brings color to our community with her helpful and thoughtful contributions.

Jerry Todd​, is our vehicle care extraordinaire! He ensures our vehicles are safe and well-maintained at all times, sometimes appearing at the drop of a hat when a last minute need arises. He pays a key role on the Orcas District Committee supporting the transportation offerings are available for our islands elders. Jerry has served on the Orcas District Committee since 2014 and has been nominated to serve another term.

Allan Rosato​. At age 25, sailed from Bellingham to Orcas for a week-long vacation in the San Juans. Now, 25 years later, that vacation continues and he still find himself fortunate enough to call this beautiful place his home. For the majority of his years on Orcas, he has worked as a property manager/caretaker for a handful of island families.  A couple years ago, he joined the Senior Center’s Hearts and Hands program. It has given him great satisfaction to be part of an organization that cares so profoundly for the people they serve.

Darcey Miller​. Originally from Pennsylvania, Darcey Miller earned her degree in Environmental Science in Virginia, then moved to West Seattle in 1999. Since then, she has loved exploring Washington and developing her career as a wetland consultant. A few years ago, she met long-time resident of Orcas Island, Allan Rosato, and they were recently married on an island beach in Thailand! Darcey has enjoyed getting involved in the island community; in addition to serving on the Orcas District Committee, she participates in the senior center’s Buddy Check-In Program and volunteers at the Orcas Island Food Bank. 

Greg Raffelson​, is pleased to be part of the unique community on Orcas. An SF 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 2 rescue pooches.

Elsie Pamuk, after moving to Orcas in September of 2000, she continued working as a health data analyst with the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention, as well as with other international organizations. As work wound down, she increased her volunteer activities in the community, and when the pandemic struck in March of 2020, she knew where her efforts would be of greatest use. I hope that by working as an active member of the Orcas District Committee she can help Orcas continue to be a place where people of all ages can not only live, but thrive.