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Board of Directors
February 2016

Christian Chambers is a life-long Coupeville resident and owner of Aqua Gifts on Front Street in the historic downtown corridor. Christian brings experience working for the Island County Assessor’s office, and he has been an active and invaluable volunteer with the Coupeville Historic Waterfront Association, which administers the town’s Main Street program.

Pat Howell is co-owner of the Salty Mug Coffee Shop in Coupeville, has owned numerous retail food businesses over the past 30 years. While on Whidbey Island from 1986 to 1993, she owned a bed and breakfast, served on the Coupeville Town Planning Commission and was for five years a member of the Ebey’s Landing National Reserve Trust Board, serving as Chairwoman for two of those years. As a representative of the Trust Board, she also sat on the Island Country Architectural Review Committee. Prior to her residency on Whidbey, she worked for Stanford University’s Lively Arts Program as Public Relations Director. She also served on the Willamina, Oregon Planning Commission and the City Council.

Lynn Hyde (President) is a former English teacher with Seattle Public Schools, received a BA in English from the University of Washington and an M.Ed. from Western Washington University. She made the move to public history in 2007 while on sabbatical in Massachusetts. There she was the Director of Education at The Old Manse in Concord, a partner site of Minute Man National Historical Park. Returning to Washington State in 2010, she began working with the National Park Service as an interpretive ranger at North Cascades National Park, later becoming the Interpretive/Education Specialist at Ebey’s Landing National Historical Reserve from 2012 to 2015. She is currently a Historian and Interpretive Specialist with San Juan Island National Historical Park on San Juan Island.

Gretchen Luxenberg began her career in historic preservation back on the east coast in the 1980s, and received her MS in Historic Preservation from the University of Vermont in 1983. Moving to Seattle, she began a 30-year career with the National Park Service inventorying buildings and the cultural landscape of Ebey’s Landing National Historical Reserve. For 15 years she was the NPS operations manager at Ebey's Reserve and represented the NPS on the Reserve’s governing Trust Board. For the Pacific West region of NPS, Gretchen worked as a historian, managing the region's national heritage area program prior to retiring in 2014.

Annie Matsov has worked for the National Park Service as an Historical Architect for 10 years, specializing in the wood building construction techniques of the Pacific Northwest and Alaska. She has a Bachelor's degree in Interior Architecture from Kansas State University and a Masters of Science in Historic Preservation from the University of Oregon. After a year on central Whidbey Island documenting barns and farm clusters within Ebey's Landing National Historical Reserve, she started her NPS career as an architect with the Historic American Buildings Survey/Historic American Engineering Record/Historic American Landscapes Survey. Currently the Chief of Resources at Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park in Skagway, Alaska, Mrs. Matsov qualifies as an architect, architectural historian, and historical architect under the Secretary of Interior's Professional Qualification Standards.

Joann Roomes (Treasurer) is a retired Teacher Librarian having served most of her educational career on Whidbey Island. In addition to her B.A.in Education from Western Washington University and a Certificate in Information Services/Library Science from the University of Washington, her professional development studies led her to field work in Washington history, geology and natural Sciences. As an experienced living history educator (a veteran of black powder/longrifle encampments) and a historic site docent at the Jacob Ebey House on Ebey’s Reserve, Ms. Roomes became an energetic advocate of Historic Whidbey’s mission. Active in many local service groups and the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Whidbey Island, she also serves on the boards of directors of the Sno-Isle Libraries Foundation and the League of Women Voters of Whidbey Island.

Sally Straathof (Secretary) is a career educator with a B.A. in Geography/Social Studies Education and a Masters in Education from Western Washington University. A 10-year veteran of the Burlington City Council, Sally is now on the Burlington Parks’ board of directors and is a commissioner with the city of Burlington’s Planning Commission. In addition to 33 years of teaching at the secondary level, she spent 15 summers as an interpretive ranger at North Cascades National Park and the last 7 summers as an interpretive ranger at Ebey’s Landing National Historical Reserve.

Sarah Steen holds an MS in Historic Preservation from the University of Oregon, and has worked with cultural landscapes and historic structures all along the west coast. She has worked for the National Park Service at Yosemite, as part of their preservation field crew, performed building documentation and preservation planning for Oregon State Parks, and has worked for Washington State Parks as a Ranger, Surveyor, and Preservationist. Sarah is currently the Preservation Coordinator for Ebey's Landing National Historical Reserve.