BOARD OF DIRECTORS
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. Linda also held academic appointments as visiting associate professor of psychiatry at Chinese University of Hong Kong and adjunct associate professor of Temple University in Tokyo. 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 Bainbridge Planning, the Alumni Schools Committee- Princeton University, and the Bainbridge Schools Foundation Board of Directors.
After founding an ad agency in Silicon Valley, building and running it for more than 23 years, Vince had the opportunity to work with hundreds of companies to reach their goals. Vince’s team at DiCarolis Design & Marketing developed tools to effect growth, focusing primarily on start-ups. He helped clients with branding, demand generation, competitive positioning and marketing communication tools. Vince joined the AHB Board of directors in 2019.
In 2007 Paul retired from a career in software development and decided to pursue a lifelong interest in woodworking. He didn’t know exactly where this was headed but wanted to learn the craft of fine furniture making. In 2014 Paul and his wife moved to Bainbridge Island and Paul built a new shop. In addition to woodworking, Paul has served on the Board of the National Cystic Fibrosis Foundation and is an angel investor for Social Entrepreneurs in the Seattle area. Paul joined the AHB board of directors in 2019.
Gigi is an artist but she was employed as a registered nurse for many years and raised two children. Her husband’s job brought her family to the Island where she was active in the Bainbridge Island Schools and PTOs for several years. Gigi worked as a docent at BIMA and Islandwood, and now dedicates more time to oil painting—which has become her dominant passion for the past five years. Her artwork has been shown at BAC, Blackbird Bakery, WAC, and Bainbridge Public Library. Gigi joined the AHB Board of directors in 2019.
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.
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.
ASSOCIATE BOARD MEMBERS
- Isabel Davis
- Erin Phillips
- Hannah Whitney
- Keats Hoonan
- Patty Bell
- Jenny Coates
- Matthew Coates
- Nick Dalusio
- John Fossett
- Mike Lisagor
- Reed Price
- Per Sherwin
- Christopher Snow
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