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, After a successful career that included more than 20 years of foreign aid work, Lynnette Wood retired to live full time on Orcas Island, where she and her husband have owned property since 1986. She has served on both County and Orcas-based boards and committees over the last eight years, and on the Orcas Senior Center Operations Committee for the last year. 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, and has since worked with Orcas Senior Center staff to advance services that address some of the key issues identified in that survey; these include designing and facilitating a focus group to explore the viability of potential means for providing home maintenance services and helping to launch the new “Meeting of the Minds” lecture series. She is committed to continuing to serve and contribute in ways that improve the quality of life on Orcas Island.
Erica Bee – Vice Chair, M.Ed., LPN, Certified Foot Care Specialist, AFCNA
I 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. I am an experienced Licensed Practical Nurse, senior caregiver and professional educational administrator. I have specialized training in basic and advanced foot care practices. As a Certified Foot Care Specialist through the American Foot Care Nurses Association, I dedicate my services to the Orcas Senior Center Foot Care Program, Our Lady of The Rock Monastery, and the Shaw Island Community. My business, Foot Care with A Heart, LLC, provides a completely portable and mobile foot care service to homebound seniors.
John Carl – Treasurer, A longtime Iowan, John 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), I appreciate being a part of one of the island’s most important offerings for people of, ahem, our age. My background, professional and personal, is eclectic. Professionally, I have held management positions in publishing and nonprofits. A lifelong student, I completed my undergraduate degree at 60, my graduate degree at 65.
Margo Rubel, “I have lived on Orcas for about 28 years. I have worked on the Orcas District Committee for the last four years. I 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. I 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.
Lynn Roberts, his vast experience includes Captain in the US Army Reserves, Officer of the Medical Service Corps in the 50th General Hospital, mathematics teacher in the Seattle and Shoreline school districts, and chair of the Eastsound Sewer District. In addition to managing a multi-service small business for 25 years on Orcas, Lynn has extensive experience working with nonprofits to improve access to water in Guatemala.