The Funhouse Commons Board of Directors
Jim is a retired Naval Officer (pilot) after serving for 30 years. His last Navy assignment was as Professor and Joint Military Operations Department Chair at the Naval War College in Newport RI. He first visited Orcas in 1971 while helping a friend move to Victoria BC, and became a permanent islander in 2011. Jim got involved with The Funhouse after a close friend, Abby Rueb, invited him to join the Board.
Meagan Gable, Vice President
Meagan has years of experience working with and advocating for youth and families. She truly believes in the mission at The Funhouse and is excited to contribute to the Orcas community.
Jamie Cier, Treasurer
Jamie and her partner, Jef, moved to Orcas Island in 2012 with their cat Inky. Jamie is currently the manager at Washington Federal and deals with many families and employees with children who rely on The Funhouse for after-school programs, mentoring and just plain fun. Being a board member is a great way to support such a key piece of the community.
Tara J. Anderson, Board Secretary
Tara Anderson is an economist, egalitarian, and environmentalist. She’s most happy growing shellfish or chasing her family down the slopes on a snowboard. Tara has over 20 years of experience in combined nonprofit, for-profit, government, and military leadership and spends her days working with government grants and fundraising programs. She has two kids that attend Funhouse programs.
Susan is a retired fundraising executive, a child advocate and dedicated community volunteer.
J. Kristian Brekke – With a degree in Special Education and Masters in Outdoor Education, Kristian has been meeting the needs of students in an elementary/middle school setting for the last 20 years. In addition to the curriculum, he has mentored children into becoming leaders in their community and advocates for integrity. With academic rigor, laughter, joy and the arts as his ongoing focus, he finds great value in teaching to the whole child and developing self efficacy in students. Kristian has joined the Board of the Funhouse to compliment it’s mission, support the Executive Director, and secure the vision of the Funhouse for years to come!
Maia Vechey – My family fell in love with Orcas island about 7 years ago and have since bought and restored a property where we spend as much time as possible. My love for kids has led most of my decisions in life including getting my degree as a Montessori teacher and working as a CASA supporting children who have been removed from their homes, volunteering as a tutor at elementary schools, and finally having my own children. We started visiting the Funhouse with our daughter Izzy and I knew I wanted to have more involvement. I want to help bridge the divide between “weekenders” and locals and the Funhouse is a great place for that.