BOARD OF DIRECTORS

AHB board

Linda Semlitz, President

Linda is a retired Child Psychiatrist. She remains active in her field through her work on the Psychological First Aid team of Bainbridge Prepares and volunteering time to other mental health professionals and organizations.  She serves on the board of the Global Fund for Mental Health.  Linda lived and worked in Asia for over 20 years.   During that time she worked in the pharmaceutical industry as a Medical Director and Director of Medical Affairs for Merck, Sharpe and Dohme in Hong Kong and Japan, and was clinical director of a non-profit mental health organization in Japan. She joined the AHB Board of Directors in 2017.

Linda is a veteran journalist who works as a freelancer since moving to Bainbridge in 2017. She taught journalism at Georgetown University, served as the DC editor for Glamour magazine, and earlier worked in the Time Inc. bureau for People. 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.  She joined the AHB board of directors in 2018 and has been instrumental in the editorial work for Currents Online.

Linda Kramer Jenning, Secretary

Mike Lewars, Treasurer

Mike is a retired business executive and has served on the AHB board since 2005, as treasurer and past president.  Mike was Director of Product Supply for Proctor & Gamble for Asia and North America. He is a member of Bainbridge Island Rotary serving as the Grants Committee Chair for 8 years, the City of Bainbridge Island Planning Commission, the Alumni Schools Committee- Princeton University, and the Bainbridge Schools Foundation Board of Directors.

Claire’s worked in the non-profit sector 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. 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.

Claire Hicks

Ginny Kaul

Ginny Kaul has spent her life focusing on the arts, and her career as Performing Arts Director for middle school students has fed this passion, allowing her to expand the arts into the world around her. She received training in classical music, studying voice, theory, French horn, and composition at American River College, Cal State, and Peace Music Conservatory. She has been the featured soloist in several performances in California, and has sung with a symphony orchestra and 100 voice choir. She has composed choral music,written musical theater productions, taught public speaking, lyrics, and song writing, and choreograph dances in many genres.

Born in Alsace, France, Jean-Claude immigrated to the United States in 1990. A physician and scientist, he led a life-long career in medical research, holding academic appointments at the Faculty of Medicine in Strasbourg, France, the Weizmann Institute in Israel and the University of California, San Diego. In 2007, Jean-Claude left the field of medical research to pursue a career as an artist, selling his photography and mixed media work all across the USA at art festivals and art galleries, as well as in his own gallery in Poulsbo. He remains active in this field, showing his work in art festivals in the Pacific Northwest.

Jean-Claude Louis

Sara Otepka

Sara helps set and manage long-term operational strategies for the portfolio companies. She is co-founder and CEO of Level 4 Yoga and is now overseeing the successful sale and transition of Level 4 to CorePower Yoga. Her focus on marketing, strategy, and analytics is a driving force behind the creation and success of these companies. Sara spent more than a decade with Amazon, where she managed the product development, product management, marketing, and customer service of some of the company’s leading products and services.  

Stephanie, a native of Seattle, attended Indiana University for opera performance and Cincinnati Conservatory for musical theater.  She performed in the German production of Miss Saigon, the Disney World Premier of The Hunchback of Notre Dame and the King and I at the Palladium Theater in London’s West End. These solo endeavors launched her career and with her original music, versatile sound and fusion of opera, pop and theatrical music created a new genre and style that has brought her global recognition including  a solo concert at Carnegie Hall in NYC.  Stephanie joined the AHB Board of Directors in 2019.

Denise Stoughton

INSPIRED by globe-trotting, day tripping, found objects and high fashion, Denise has been designing home decor for two decades. Originally from the island of Manhattan, she traded concrete and glass skyscrapers for skyscrapers of the deciduous and coniferous variety and now lives happily on Bainbridge Island with her Chihuahua, Tula. Interior Design has and always will be her first love. She studied (and later, taught) at the Fashion Institute of Technology in NYC. Denise writes a blog for Mercury Michael and is also a member of AHB’s Public Art Committee – placing public art in public spaces.

As the CEO for Artsopolis, Jeff is the brains behind the Currents website, AHB’s cultural community platform which showcases the arts and cultural sector on Bainbridge Island.  Also a musician, Jeff most recently performed in Bye Bye Birdie (January 2020) with Ovation! Performing Arts Northwest on Bainbridge Island. In past years Jeff performed in a number of San Francisco Bay Area productions, including Show BoatMan of La ManchaInto the WoodsJesus Christ SuperstarOklahomaCarousel, and She Loves Me. He can be seen walking his dog most days at the dog park on the island as well. 

ASSOCIATE BOARD MEMBERS

ADVISORY MEMBERS

  • Patty Bell
  • Jenny Coates
  • Matthew Coates
  • Nick Dalusio
  • John Fossett
  • Gigi Godfrey
  • Mike Lisagor
  • Reed Price
  • Per Sherwin
  • Christopher Snow

STAFF

Anne Smart

Executive Director

Email me: ed@ahbainbridge.org

Inez Maubane Jones

Outreach Manager

Email me: programs@ahbainbridge.org

Asa Rabin

Content Manager

Email me: admin@ahbainbridge.org