Meet Orcas District Committee

Orcas District Committee is the operating committee for the Orcas District of the Senior Services Council of San Juan County nonprofit. The Orcas District Committee meets on the second Thursday of every month at 9:30am. For more information, please contact us at (360) 376-2677 or admin@orcasseniors.org.

Tom Eversole – Chair. is a self-described hillbilly from Appalachia. My patchwork career includes: veterinarian, psychotherapist, substance abuse and mental health trainer, and public health worker. He served as a County Health Administrator in Oregon and worked at Oregon State University, teaching and developing Oregon’s first College of Public Health (est. 2011). Later, he administered Oregon’s Center for Public Health Practice. After moving to Orcas, Tom worked for Orcas Senior Center coordinating Hearts and Hands (2017 – 2019). His home is in Deer Harbor. “I tried to retire, but unfortunately, I like to work and am grateful I can!”


Elsie Pamuk – Vice-Chair. 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. She hopes 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. 


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.


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, Allan sailed from Bellingham to Orcas for a week-long vacation in the San Juans. Now, 25 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, 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.


Jennifer Tourje Hairston moved to Orcas Island from north Texas this year and wants to give back to this wonderful community. Her professional experience is in criminal justice, currently as a chief deputy at the Snohomish County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office. She also was a federal prosecutor in Dallas and prior to that was an assistant district attorney in Fort Worth. In Texas, she volunteered as a judge for Teen Court and as a Big Sister through Big Brothers/Big Sisters. For the past 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!