BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Linda Semlitz, President
Linda maintains a private practice in Child Psychiatry on Bainbridge Island and was previously a child psychiatrist serving indigent children at Kitsap Mental Health Services in Bremerton. She lived and worked in Asia (Singapore, Hong Kong and Tokyo) from 1995 – 2014. During that time she worked as a Medical Director and Director of Medical Affairs for Merck, Sharpe and Dohme, a pharmaceutical non-profit mental health organization in Tokyo that provided mental health treatment and disaster response after the 3/11 earthquake, tsunami and nuclear meltdown. She currently serves on the board of an international mental health organization, the Global Fund for Mental Health, previously named US-TELL. She enjoys reading, hiking, sailing and woodworking.
Linda Kramer Jenning, Secretary
Linda Jenning is a veteran journalist who continues to freelance since moving to Bainbridge in 2017. In Washington, D.C., she taught journalism at Georgetown University, served as the DC editor for Glamour magazine, and earlier worked in the Time Inc. bureau for People. She started her journalism career at the Associated Press and covered politics in Oregon and worked at KOIN-TV before moving to DC. She is a graduate of Smith College and earned a master’s in writing from John Hopkins. Linda is past president of the Journalism and Women Symposium and serves on the advisory council of Running Start, a DC-based nonprofit that motivates and trains young women to run for office. Linda volunteered on the 30th annual Bainbridge in Bloom committee and enjoyed getting to know more about Arts & Humanities Bainbridge and she has been delighted to discover such a rich cultural community on Bainbridge. She enjoys working in her garden, playing tennis and traveling with her husband Steve.
Mike Lewars, Treasurer
Mike Lewars received a BSE from Princeton and an MBA from Stanford. He is a retired business executive and served on the AHB Board since 2006 (with a hiatus in 2017) as a Board Member, Treasurer, and President. Mike was Director of Product Supply for Proctor & Gamble for Asia (1995 – 2000) and North America (1990 – 1995). He is a member of Bainbridge Island Rotary (Grants Committee Chair for 8 years), the Bainbridge Planning Commission (member for 10 years, Chair for 4 years), Alumni Schools Committee- Princeton University, and the Bainbridge Schools Foundation Board of Directors. He enjoys golf, theater, symphony, and traveling with his wife, Nancy. Most importantly, he enjoys giving back through service and philanthropy.
With over twenty years as a practicing attorney, Nick provides clients with the insight and skills of his experience. Having worked both as a solo practitioner representing individuals and small business as well as working in a large firm for corporate clients, Nick understands the needs and expectations of each type of client to best protect their interests.
Over the years, Nick has represented clients in numerous areas of law including, but not limited to, real estate, insurance, bankruptcy, general business, personal injury, and creditor’s rights. Nick has extensive litigation experience on behalf of both plaintiffs and defendants. His practice focuses on creative problem solving and preventative legal help to allow clients to avoid potential problems and litigation. When litigation becomes necessary, Nick provides effective, efficient and aggressive representation.
Outside the office, Nick plays competitive soccer and surfs the Washington coast. He and his wife live on and tend a small organic farm.
Claire’s professional background has been in the non-profit sector where she worked as the Associate Director of CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) in the Pikes Peak Region of Colorado. Her work included grant writing, data base management, program development, staff supervision and volunteer recruitment and training and oversight. She also worked for DVERT (Domestic Violence and volunteer Enhanced Response Team) a federally funded multi-disciplinary intervention model. Claire raised three children and was involved in numerous committees supporting the arts and athletics. On Bainbridge Island, she has volunteered at Islandwood and at St. Barnabus Episcopal Church. She holds a B.A. in English from Emory University and enjoys knitting, pottery, good literature and gardening. Her garden was featured in the 2015 Bloom Garden Tour.
Carl works as Branch Manager for Realogics Sothebys International Realty on Bainbridge Island and has been involved with Real Estate since 2000. He previously worked as a chef/owner of Winslow Way Café, 1990 – 1999. His interests include painting, cooking, real estate, chamber music, gardening and community service. In the 1980’s his art was selected for an Art in Bloom poster and Poets-and-Artists Calendar. He has volunteered with the Bainbridge Community Foundation for its community grant cycle for the past two years. Carl is currently serving as the Chair of AHB’s Public Art Committee.
ASSOCIATE BOARD MEMBERS
- Isabel Davis
- Erin Phillips
- Hannah Whitney
- Patty Bell
- Matthew Coates
- Mike Lisagor
- Barb Magusin
- Christopher Snow
- Pernell Tyus
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