Has B.A. in Social Work from Pacific Lutheran University and a Master of Divinity Degree from Wartburg Seminary in Dubuque, Iowa. Was ordained in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) in 1989. Served a rural parish in SE Wisconsin for 20 years, before moving to Bainbridge Island. Has served as an interim pastor for two congregations and currently serves as Chaplain at Martha and Mary Health and Rehab Center in Poulsbo.
Also serves on the NW Washington Synod Hunger Team and Caring Hearts Committee at Bethany Lutheran. Associate member of The Church of Steadfast Love, a congregation of Compass Housing Alliance.
Bryan brings more than 20 years of nonprofit leadership and expertise in program management, operations, community engagement, and fundraising. Since 2015, Bryan has served as the Director of Development for Northwest Justice Project, a statewide legal aid organization for low-income people. Prior to that, he served as Associate Director of resource development at Peace for the Streets by Kids from the Streets, which provides services and shelter for homeless young adults. Bryan currently volunteers as VP of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Access on the board of Advancement Northwest. He and his family have lived on Bainbridge Island since 2003.
Mark joined the Helpline House board in February 2018. Until retired in December 2016, he was the Chief Financial Officer of DESC (Downtown Emergency Service Center), a not-for-profit agency which
provides emergency shelter, mental health and substance abuse case management services to homeless women and men. DESC also owns and manages 1000+ units of permanent housing for formerly homeless adult women and men. I moved to Bainbridge in 1988 and Jackie and I raised 4 kids who graduated from Bainbridge High School. I have also volunteered with the National Park Service and the Poulsbo SEA Discovery Center.
Barbara came to the Helpline House Board in the spring of 2017. After twenty-five years of teaching on Bainbridge Island, she retired in 2016 and was looking for a new way to serve the community. Barbara had been interested in the work of Helpline since she came to the island in 1987. Helpline does not just provide for those in need; it plays a vital role in creating well-balanced and healthy community. What better activity to get involved in? Besides spending time at Helpline, Barbara also likes gardening, running, writing, reading and being with her family.
Margo serves as the Utility Marketing Manager at Seattle City Light, one of the nation’s largest municipally owned utilities. City Light is recognized as a national leader in energy efficiency and environmental stewardship. As the Marketing Manager, Margo and the team engage customers to participate in energy-efficiency and other utility programs. These programs allow customers to be active participants in creating a sustainable energy future for the region.
A fully bilingual marketing professional, Margo maintains a portfolio of marketing skills: strategy, brand management, market research, creative, copy & collateral, digital & direct marketing, community outreach, and the ever-ambitious task of building harmonious and successful cross-functional teams.
Working on both the client and agency sides, Margo has consulted with in the public and private arenas, small business, F500 corporations, and non-profits. Margo spent more than 12 years working in Central America and the US Hispanic market honing skills to use Hispanic customer insight and apply best practice marketing. She brings this dedication to Race & Social Justice initiatives to her work in community outreach, energy efficiency and program marketing for the utility.
Nuhad is an Emeritus Clinical Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Washington in Seattle and a Pediatrician, specifically, in the field of developmental disabilities and birth defects. She graduated from the Royal College of Medicine in Baghdad, Iraq. After completing her residency, she received 3 additional years of training in pediatrics in Edinburgh and London. In 1966 she came to the US for further training in developmental disabilities at the University of Louisville in Kentucky. She joined the faculty at the Department of Pediatrics in Louisville from 1970 -1981.
In 1981 she moved to Washington State where she joined the faculty at the University of Washington as a clinical professor at the Center on Human Development and Disability,(CHDD). From 1982 through 2000, she volunteered as a Medical Director for Holly Ridge Center Infant Toddler Program. Although she retired in 2002 from the University of Washington, she continued working as a volunteer faculty at the CHDD until 2014.
She has been a member of the board of several organizations including The March of Dimes of Washington, Special Olympics of Washington State, Stephens House, Holly Ridge Center in Bremerton, Neurofibromatosis Society of Washington State and ARC of King County.
Michael Dorsey grew up in Massachusetts. He did his undergraduate work at Wesleyan University, earning a BA in Theatre. He spent 10 years in Boston and New York, working as an actor when he could and in restaurants the rest of the time. Acting led to writing and then to a position as an editor. Having spent some time in psychotherapy for depression, and finding it the most rewarding work he had done in his life, he decided that he would like to share that experience with other people.
Michael met and married Suzette Ruys, a Bainbridge Island girl, while he lived in New York, and they both decided to move to the island.
He now works as a psychotherapist with the Front Street Clinic, both on Bainbridge Island and in Poulsbo. For the last four years he has been a member of the Board of Directors of the Bainbridge Island Psychotherapy Guild. His original concentration as a counselor was in addiction issues, but he is interested in all aspects of health, mental and physical.
Michael designed interior environments for 24/7mission critical facilities such a Police, 911, Fire, Transit and Military Communications Centers. From 1986 until retirement in 2016 he was involved in the Association of Public safety Communication Offers, APCO, as member and on their Corporate Advisory Council and was a member of the National Emergency Number Association. He is also an organizer of Gobblefest, a music for food charity event during the Thanksgiving season.
Pamela McClaran has been an Island resident since 2005. She is a retired attorney whose law practice was concentrated on all aspects of estate and tax planning, including charitable giving and family enterprises. Pamela’s work earned her many accolades, including being named among the Best Lawyers in America – Trusts and Estates from 2009-2017, making the Washington Super Lawyers list from 2006-2016, and being named one of the top 50 Women Washington Super Lawyers in 2007 and 2011. Pamela was made a fellow of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel in 2004.
Pamela brings a wealth of Board experience having served on the boards of Cancer Lifeline, Humanities Washington, and Bainbridge Regional Library as well as the University of Washington Estate Planning Board.
She earned her JD from the University of Washington School of Law, where she graduated with honors. Pamela is a member of the Order of the Coif, and was the Articles Editor of the Washington Law Review.
Pamela now enjoys spending time with her grandkids and exploring sketching, watercolors and book making.