Board of Directors/Members
President: Carmen McFadyen
Vice President: James Moore
Secretary: Bonnie Abney
Treasurer: Ken Hulett
Executive Director: Helen Rideau (678-7656 ext 4020 or 321-7656 ext 4020)
Bert Speir retired in 2003 after 31 years in the Navy, first as a clinical psychologist and then as a healthcare administrator. Key career highlights included commanding officer of naval hospitals in Oak Harbor and Naples, Italy, and chief of staff at the Navy's medical headquarters command. He has been a director on the Foundation board since 2005, serving three consecutive terms as president. Bert and his wife, Mary Ann, have two adult children and three grandchildren.
Carmen McFadyen, a former RN, is a realtor with Windermere Real Estate. She is an active volunteer in the community, starting in 1971 when she moved to Coupeville and volunteered with the Dr. Paul Bishop Hospital Guild. She is currently volunteering with schools, her church, Soroptimist International of Coupeville and the Boys & Girls Club of Coupeville. Carmen strongly believes a good hospital is vital to a healthy community and takes great pride in the services Whidbey General Hospital provides.
Bonnie MacLean Abney
Bonnie Abney is an accomplished performance management and development professional. She is an expert in the analysis of human performance and the design, development and implementation of innovative and practical performance solutions. Bonnie’s family began visiting Whidbey Island in the 1940s. One by one her cousins, mother, grandmother, aunt and uncle moved to the Island. Bonnie bought property in Coupeville in the early 1980s. In 2007 Bonnie was finally able to follow the family tradition by becoming a full-time resident. Since settling here, she has been active in the American Association of University Women, Coupeville Neighborhood Emergency Team and the MacIntosh Appreciation Group of Island County.
Clare Christiansen moved to Whidbey Island 20 years ago. She retired from Pan American World Airways, ending her career at JFK Airport as the Manager of Flight Service Administration. In retirement she worked as a consultant for the airlines’ recruitment of flight service personnel. Clare holds a Bachelor’s Degree from the College of Old Westbury in New York, attended the University of Lausanne for French study and is a certified bridge instructor. Currently, Clare is a member of the Whidbey Branch of the American Association of University Women, Vice President of Unit 439 of the American Contract Bridge League, a member of the Oak Harbor Yacht Club, Whidbey Gold & Country Club and the Polly Harpole Guild.
James Moore was the founder and CEO of Moore & Symons, a marketing consultancy in Atlanta, Georgia. Since selling the company, James has pursued his passion as an artist, and is one of the leading impressionist oil painters in the Northwest. James is equally passionate about his community and serves as the Chairman of the Historic Review Committee for Ebey’s Reserve, as well as Commissioner for Drainage District #6. His community involvement also includes the Plein Air Painter’s US Open, the Pacific Northwest Art School, the Whidbey Island Arts Council, the Open Studio Tour and the Navy League. James believes we are lucky to have Whidbey General Hospital and the good folks who work there.
Jane Mays, MD
Jane Mays, MD has been a pediatrician on Whidbey Island since 1979 and continues to practice part time at a small pediatric office based in Oak Harbor. She has served on boards of the American Cancer Society, the Skagit County Medical Bureau. Community medical education is an area of special interest to Jane, who believes that health care access and utilization can be greatly improved through the education of patients and their families.
Ken Hulett has made the Pacific Northwest his home for most of his life, aside from a tour in Viet Nam with the US Army. He has spent 25 years in the banking business all with the same bank as it grew and changed names from Island Savings and Loan, InterWest Bank and Pacific Northwest Bank. After his retirement from the bank as Executive Vice President, he served as managing director of Genis Capital Management and a director of startup Mariner Bank of Port Townsend which has since been sold to Kitsap Bank. His community involvement includes the Oak Harbor Rotary Club, Habitat for Humanity of Island County, Oak Harbor Yacht Club, the Oak Harbor Pier Committee and past president of the Economic Development Council of Island County. Ken and his wife, Terri, have four children and five grandchildren.
Ken O’Mhuan, J.D.
Ken O’Mhuan, J.D. has been engaged in estate and business law practice since 1969. As an active community member, he has represented Whidbey Island on the Northwest Senior Services Board, the Uniquely Whidbey Trade Fair, and the Child Abuse Prevention Foundation. He has been a director of the Whidbey General Hospital Foundation for the past 10 years.
Linda Morris is a long-time South Whidbey community member with a long career as an educator, community organizer, research project director and human services administration. She has a Master’s Degree in Public Health – Hospital Administration from the University of California – Los Angeles. Linda retired after 13 years as the Island County Human Services Administrator. A well-known local musician she was a co-founder of Island Strings and continues to play the violin and viola in various orchestral groups. In her letter to the Board, Linda shared “I believe it is imperative that we maintain our little gem of a community hospital. I want to do everything possible to ensure that outcome.”
Mark Laska is a creative executive specializing in public relations, brand creation, and marketing. As a publicist, he has worked on and overseen a wide array of accounts in film, music, television, new media, Internet, and celebrities. He has had the opportunity to co-author numerous book. Mark moved to Whidbey Island in 2005 with his wife Jennifer, and their sons Michael and Nicholas. His passion for peasant food led him to open his first restaurant in 2006, followed by The BBQ Joint in Oak Harbor in 2010. After selling that restaurant, he moved temporarily to Italy, began a culinary apprenticeship, and returned to open CIAO in Coupeville in 2011.
Clarke Harvey has been a practicing attorney in Island County since 1978. He served as an Island County Deputy Prosecuting Attorney for eight years before entering private practice. He is a partner in Kelly & Harvey Law Offices and also serves as a part-time Island County Superior Court Commissioner and Judge Pro Tem. Over the years, Clarke has been active in civic and community service volunteering for Central Whidbey Fire & Rescue, Island County Economic Development Council, Clinton Chamber of Commerce, Greenbank Farm Management Group and South Whidbey Rotary. For the love of maritime music, he has been a performer in the Shifty Sailors, for 17 years.
Gene Barner, a former EA-6B Prowler crewmember and graduate of the Naval Officer Candidate School (OCS). He moved to Whidbey Island in 1998 as a Naval flight officer. In 2003, he joined Edward Jones Investments in Oak Harbor as a financial advisor. Gene has a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration. An active community volunteer, Gene serves on the Community Advisory Board of the Oak Harbor Police Department and volunteers for Oak Harbor School District career development activities.
Helen Rideau, Executive Director
After 15 years raising millions of dollars as a volunteer, Helen began a professional career in fund development. Building on an English degree from Rice University, a Public Relations Certificate program from UCLA and continuing education programs in non-profit and philanthropic leadership, Helen has continued to achieve results. She is described as a passionate, creative, articulate and committed team builder. Her career includes hands-on experience in strategic planning, donor cultivation, special events, volunteer management, grant writing, social media strategy, public advocacy and direct marketing.