|Mar 27, 2019 | Vol. 14 | No. 13
Women's History Month: Boards and Commissions
Women Board and Commission Members (clockwise from top left): Arts Council; Design Commission; Open Space Conservancy Trust; Planning Commission. Not pictured: Carol Lynn Berseth, Mary Grady, Linda Jackman, Jennifer Mechem, Marci Nemhauser, and Hui Tian
This week we conclude our
Women's History Month
series by highlighting the women who help lead our
Boards and Commissions
by generously donating time from their busy lives to serve on the Arts Council, Planning Commission, and more...
was established almost 35 years ago; it's nine members help nurture, promote, and support art in the Community and include seven women: Amy Barnes, Candace Chuck, Jessica Prince, Xixi Shakes, Rene Stratton, Gaylene Vaden, and Erin Vivion. These women are software engineers, attorneys, marketing professionals, and classical ballet dancers. Amy enjoys helping animal rescue organizations, and a host of other hobbies. Candace grew up on Mercer Island and does pro-bono work through the Moderate Means Program and the Law Library of Congress in her spare time. Jessica serves on the Mercer Island Farmers Market Board of Directors. Xixiwas born and raised in Beijing, China, moved here in 2002, and is an active volunteer for her children's schools and community organizations and the YFS Foundation. Rene has a Master of Architecture degree from the University of Illinois Chicago and a BS in Mathematics from Michigan State University. Gaylene is an advocate for arts organizations and has help raised funds and awareness for area arts and education institutions. Erin retired from classical ballet to become a lawyer, focusing her practice in trademark and copyright law.
is a seven-member advisory board to the City Council with regulatory power on matters related to community design; it includes three women:
Claire McPherson, Hui Tian
, and Suzanne Zahr. Claire, born and raised in the Puget Sound area, moved to Mercer Island with her husband in 2014. Hui
is a licensed architect in Washington State and BC and has been practicing architecture for 12 years.
Suzanne was responsible for reinstating Mercer Island's First Thursday Art and Wine events.
Open Space Conservancy Trust
exists for the purpose of managing the City's open space properties, and has three women members:
Carol Lynn Berseth
, Marie Bender, and Geraldine Poor. Carol Lynn spent the majority of her career as a neonatologist at the Mayo Clinic and Texas Children's Hospital.
Marie, a graduate of Georgetown Law Center, has worked for the Federal Trade Commission, in financial public relations, and practiced law in the financial services area. Geraldine is the Regional Transportation Director for the Port of Seattle, where she leads its Regional Transportation program and has volunteered for the Leukemia Lymphoma Society and Children's Hospital.
has served as an advisory board to the City Council since 1960 and includes four women: Tiffin Goodman (Vice-Chair), Carolyn Boatsman, Jennifer Mechem, and Lucia Pirzio-Biroli. Tiffin is an independent contractor working as an Urban Planning Consultant. After receiving her Master's degree in Urban and Regional Planning, she joined City of Auburn as their long-range transportation planner. Carolyn is a Mercer Island resident of
32 years who
worked for the
Seattle-King County Department of Public
focusing on public drinking water supplies and
groundwater management and protection. Jennifer served as a member of the Town Center Development Code Revision Stakeholder Group.
Lucia is a licensed architect, who, along with her husband, generously donated their talents to the City by designing the Emergency Operations Center (EOC) retrofit at City Hall.
focuses on City-operated utilities and consists of seven volunteer citizens and one woman: Mary Grady. She is a journalist who has covered a wide range of topics including public policy, education, and science, education. Mary is the recipient of six General Excellence awards from the Washington State Newspaper Publishers Association while editor of the Mercer Island Reporter, as well as more than two dozen individual awards.
The City is very grateful for all of the talented and dedicated women who volunteer their time. This concludes our four week focus; w
e hope you enjoyed the information and learned more about your community!
Register Now for Summer Youth Community Service Programs
Click to learn more about 2019
Youth and Family Services Department
(MIYFS) offers two popular summer volunteer opportunities for Mercer Island students in Grade 6 and above. The middle school
Summer Volunteer Program
(SVP) is open to current 6th and 7th grade students, and the
Volunteer Outreach in Communities Everywhere
(VOICE) program is open to current 8th through 11th grade students.
Both programs provide students the opportunity to raise their social awareness by working directly with populations in need around the greater Seattle area, while volunteering alongside their peers. The
SVP and VOICE projects
available are plentiful and diverse, providing a chance to: cook a meal at a homeless shelter, tutor a child in need, participate in recreational activities with people living with disabilities, build a hiking trail in Snoqualmie, and many other options.
Each program runs from June 24 to August 16, and registration closes on
Friday, April 26 at 5:00pm
More information and online registration available here
Brittany Aguilar, Youth Development Program Coordinator at MIYFS, or call (206) 275-7743
Groveland Beach Construction Update
An excavator at Groveland Beach working on finishing touches; click to learn more
A long-awaited update on
: it will be open again to the public on
Saturday, May 25
. Contractors have finished their work and the City's Parks Maintenance staff are now putting in the finishing touches so that it's ready for summer beach fun...
The restored park has a new wave attenuator and buoys beyond the large pier, structural repairs to the large pier, renovated shoreline north of the concrete bulkhead (including new steps for hand-carry boat access), new native landscape plantings, and salmon spawning gravels in shallow water. See you there!
in the summer of 2019, no City beaches will have lifeguards, due to budget cuts.