Jefferson Community Foundation


Rose LincolnRose Lincoln Hamilton, President

“After working for the Tacoma Community Foundation for 11 years I have seen the remarkable impact people can make working together to make a community better.  And frankly, I’m not ready to give that up.  I am honored to step into the role of a board member, working to make a long term difference in Jefferson County.”

Rose relocated to Port Ludlow from Tacoma, where she was President and CEO of The Greater Tacoma Community Foundation. Rose has nearly 30 years of experience leading innovative program development and building sustainable collaborative relationships between the corporate and nonprofit sectors. Prior to joining the Community Foundation, Rose was the Assistant Vice President of Public Relations and Director of Community Relations at Safeco Corporation. During this time she focused on developing community relations strategies designed to increase neighborliness in urban communities by increasing neighborhood assets and bringing neighbors together around common interests.

Earll MermanEarll Murman, Vice President

Earll Murman is Ford Professor of Engineering Emeritus from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) where he spent 26 years teaching and researching various topics in aerospace engineering, systems engineering and Lean Thinking.  Before his time at MIT, Murman spent four years at Boeing, three years with NASA and six years with Flow Research in Kent, WA where he was Vice President and General Manager.  He is a member of the U.S. National Academy of Engineering and is past president of the Washington State Academy of Sciences.  Locally, he serves as President of the JeffCo Aquatic Coalition, on the board of Team Jefferson Economic Development Council (EDC), and is a member of the Local Investor Opportunity Network (LION), the Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce and the Tuesday Morning Breakfast Club.

Doug Van Allen, JCCF Treasurer and Chair, GTCF Investment Committee; Chair, JCCF Investment Committee

“As a newer member of Jefferson County, I’m excited about the spirit and action of volunteers here. My search for a way to plug-in to the ‘big picture’ of what’s going on and what’s needed in the community, led me to JCF. My special focus will be on promoting the long term sustainability of JCF and it’s mission of grantmaking, leadership and strategic investment in this wonderful corner of the world.”

Doug is a Certified Financial Planner ® and Investment Advisor working with primarily pre-retirees and retirees. His past community service includes: Committee member, Planned Giving – Morrison Child and Family Services in Portland, Oregon. Board member, Rosemont School for Girls, a secure residential facility for girls recovering from abuse and/or addiction issues. Past Chapter President – Portland Chapter of Better Investing, a nonprofit dedicated to teaching investment fundamentals.

Ned LuceNed Luce, Treasurer Elect

Ned Luce was raised in Hudson, Ohio and graduated from Wabash College in Crawfordsville, IN. He spent four years as a Communications Technician in the US Navy and had 30 years with IBM in a variety of sales, management, product development, and financing roles. After retirement from IBM in Kansas City, MO, Ned ran his own small equipment leasing business and then became the Vice President of Operations for Clune and Associates, a different small leasing company. Ned and his wife BJ moved to Port Ludlow in 2008 to be closer to their children and grandchildren in Seattle. He currently does some business consulting and writes a weekly column called “Life in Ludlow” for the Port Townsend Leader. He and BJ are involved in a variety of charitable and community organizations in Eastern Jefferson County.

Linda HerzogpicLinda Herzog, Secretary

“This is such a caring and generous community . . . I’m pleased and proud to do what I can to support the great work of JCF.”

Linda is a founding member of Count Me in For Quilcene , an organization that focuses on creative solutions for its community.  Linda has a deep background in city government executive positions, having  served as Interim City Manager for Sequim, Renton and Mercer Island.  She also served as Associate Director of The Urban Health Initiative, providing guidance and consultation to leaders in five of the nation’s most troubled cities, to change outcomes for children by reforming public systems and service delivery mechanisms and was the Deputy Executive of the City of Redmond for ten years.

Liesl Slabaugh, Director

“I am truly amazed and inspired by the diversity and productivity of the nonprofits that enrich and strengthen our community. Whether providing basic needs, arts, youth services, education, or environmental protection, nonprofits make our lives safer, healthier, more meaningful, and more fun. I support the Jefferson County Community Foundation because I want these nonprofits to be able to continue their good work into the future. I know that through the Community Foundation, my gifts will be stewarded and directed in the most thoughtful and impactful way possible.”

Liesl Slabaugh, Development Director at the Port Townsend Marine Science Center and holds a BA in Philosophy from Haverford College and a Masters of Public Administration with a concentration in Nonprofit Management from the University of Colorado. She moved to Port Townsend in 1998 with her husband and twin daughters who are students at Port Townsend High School.

Kris Nelson, Director

Kris is the owner of two popular establishments in Port Townsend:  Alchemy Bistro and Wine Bar and Siren’s Pub.  She was the Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce President in 2010, has served on the Port Townsend City Council, and is currently on Port Townsend Main Street Board of Directors.


Laurie LiskeLaurie Liske, Director

Laurie Liske was born and raised in Jefferson County and graduated from Chimacum High School. She started a banking career with First Federal at the Sequim Village branch in 2008 and transferred to Port Townsend Castle Hill in 2011 where she is Branch Manager. Liske is a member of Sunrise Rotary, an Ambassador for the Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce, and a member of the Raker’s Car Club.She and her family founded “Christmas for Children”, a program that collects gifts for hundreds of children every year. Liske loves to look for antiques, garden, attend car shows with her 1964 Cadillac, and always has some kind of craft project in the works.

Joyce Cardinal, Director

Le Hornbeck, Director

Julie Gertler, Chair, Fund for Women & Girls Steering Committee

Julie is the Chairperson of the Fund for Women and Girls. Julie has been active in women’s issues for more than 40 years. In 1980, she founded the Women’s Center at Council House in Los Angeles. The center housed 15 nonprofit organizations serving women and children, and became the center of a coalition that worked on behalf of issues and to elect women to offices at all levels. She chaired the Global Women’s Issues Task Force of a national membership organization.

In 1986, Gertler founded Consensus Inc., working on community engagement strategies for government agencies, businesses and nonprofit organizations. Consensus Inc. was named one of the top women-owned businesses in Los Angeles, as well as the top privately held public relations agency, Gertler noted.

Claudia Edmondson, Chair, United Good Neighbors Steering Committee

Siobhan Canty, Executive Director

Siobhan is an experienced nonprofit leader with a career that has focused on philanthropy and volunteering. She brings to JCF a deep knowledge of community building, collaboration, innovation and leadership.

Her former positions include  National Director of Strategic Initiatives at the John S. & James L. KnightFoundation; U.S. Change Leader at Ashoka Innovators for the Public; Executive Director of Greater DC Cares; and Program Director at the Community Foundation for the National Capital Region.

DebbieReidDebbie Reid, JCF Administrative Assistant

A graduate of Western Washington University, with many professional experiences working in a staff capacity for non-profit organizations, Debbie brings a myriad of experience and enthusiasm to the administrative operations of JCF. She is a member of the P.E.O. Sisterhood, an organization established to promote and provide educational opportunities for women, and is a member of the First Presbyterian Church Chancel Choir. Debbie’s most valued role in life is that of mother to three amazing children.  Debbie is the Administrative Assistant for both JCCF and United Good Neighbors of Jefferson County (UGN)

board_anneschneiderAnne Schneider, JCF Board Ambassador

After serving two terms on the JCF Board of Directors, Anne continues to promote and advocate for the foundation.  As Board Ambassador, Anne lends her extensive community nonprofit leadership experience and her creative vision to JCF programs.




Herb Cook, JCF Board Ambassador

Herb, a retired journalist and publisher, served two terms as JCF President. Prior to his retirement, Herb was Chairman, CM Media Inc., Columbus, Ohio; and Editor, Columbus CEO Magazine. In addition to being Treasurer of Jefferson County Community Foundation, Herb is a Director and Secretary of the Pacific Northwest Association of Masters Swimmers (PNA), and a Director of Jefferson Community School.

Cindy Hill Finnie, JCF Board Ambassador

Cindy continues her involvement with JCF as a Board Ambassador. Her two terms as JCCF Board of Directors, combined with her local and regional leadership experience in arts and community projects, makes Cindy a valuable ally in promoting JCCF’s mission.

Cindy is co-owner of Rainshadow Properties in Port Townsend.


David Goldsmith, JCF Board Ambassador

With over 30 years of experience as a public servant and leadership positions in civic organizations, including two terms on the JCCF Board of Directors, David is valued in his role as JCCF Board Ambassador. David has worked extensively with community nonprofits, and understands the importance building stable and sustainable organizations.



Bruce McComas, JCF Board Ambassador

Bruce served as JCF’s first President, and continued on to serve two terms as Board President. He has been active in the community for over 25 years, having served as a board member of several community nonprofits. In his professional career, Bruce was Mill Manager of Port Townsend Paper Mill.


Karen Nichols

Karen Nichols, JCF Board Ambassador

Karen served on the Board of Directors as Secretary and Scholarship Committee member. Having been a community member, business owner, and supporter of the nonprofit community, Karen is an important voice in promoting JCF’s mission and vision for our community.


Carol McGough jccf boardCarol McGough, JCF Founder and Board Ambassador

Carol was the convener of the Steering Committee that formed the foundation in 1995. She served on the founding Board of Directors and continues to be a key volunteer and advisor.