Fishline’s Board of Directors is a governing body tasked with determining strategic direction, adherence to its guiding principles and policies as well as oversight of the organization and its staff. Members are asked to attend a majority of meetings, assist in fundraising efforts and consider helping in other special projects.
Ranging from 12 to 15 volunteers, the Board usually meets once a month on the third Monday at Fishline at 6pm. This meeting is open to the public – you are invited to join us to learn more about the role of our Board members and the important work being done on behalf of Fishline.
Each Board Member is expected to meet the following responsibilities:
- Commit to a three year term as a board member
- Regularly attend monthly evening board meetings
- Come to board meetings prepared (read pre-issued documents and prepare presentation information as needed)
- Attend other board functions as required
- Serve on at least one board committee
- Contribute a minimum of 10 volunteer hours fundraising on behalf of Fishline
- Participate in board education opportunities and training
- Assist with recruitment of new board members
- Sign the board member agreement annually
P.O. Box 1517
Poulsbo, WA 98370
Judy Dougherty President
Judy brings 35 years of Healthcare leadership experience retiring from Seattle Children’s Hospital, where she served as Vice President. She continues to provide Healthcare Consulting as Principal of HCHC consulting. Judy moved to North Kitsap in 2014 and began looking for an opportunity to connect with the community and give back in a meaningful way. She believes Fishline is the perfect match.
Caroline Perisho Vice President
Caroline is a former downtown Poulsbo business owner who served on the Fishline Board from 2010-2013 as Fundraising Chair. She has continued to promote and volunteer within Fishline, returning as a board member in 2018. Caroline is an active volunteer at Fishline, helping at Second Season. She is also a board member of North Kitsap Trails Association, working to conserve and steward Kitsap County trails as a legacy for future generations to enjoy. Caroline has two daughters who also have helped at Fishline events because it can be an individual, a family, or an entire community that promotes the spirit of helping neighbors in need. Fishline is built on collaborative volunteer work, serving as a place to enable a better future for us all.
Becky Hall Treasurer
Becky has been on the Board of Fishline since 2009, serving as the Treasurer for the last 5 years. She has enjoyed watching Fishline expand its ability to offer better food and more emergency help to its clients and has been pleased to be a part of the move to the new facility on Liberty Lane. And the enjoyment will continue with the upcoming warehouse and comprehensive services project which will revolutionize Fishline’s means to help their clients and be a model for others to follow. Becky brings 35 years of diverse accounting work experiences and 25 years of various non-profit volunteer experiences to the table. She and her husband have lived in the Poulsbo area since 1993.
Tracy Russell Secretary
Tracy has lived in Washington for the past 9 years after retiring from Amador County, California, where she served as the Agency Director for Health and Services which included Public Health, Mental Health, Alcohol/Drug prevention and education, Children and Adult Protective Services, Emergency Medical Services and a variety of Public Assistance, TANF, Food Stamps and Medicaid Program eligibility determinations. Having been in charge of these programs and services, plus a large staff with diversified educational backgrounds and expertise, Tracy has extensive experience in coordinating with and between agencies, governmental officials and the community. She has served on a variety of local boards and commissions as well as having a leadership role in Statewide professional organizations. Her passion is, and always has been, providing services to those in need. She sees that being a Board Member of Fishline is a way to continue to give back and to utilize her expertise.
Tom Eckmann Past President
Tom has more than 40 years of experience with startup, early-stage and growth companies. He held senior level management consulting positions with A.T. Kearney, Arthur D. Little, and KPMG Peat Marwick and served as the senior operations officer in two publicly-held technology firms. But his true passion is entrepreneurship and he’s started and sold two software companies, a business service outsourcing company, and a renewable energy company. In 2007 he joined the faculty in the Foster School of Business at the University of Washington where he shares his experiences teaching graduate and undergraduate courses in innovation and entrepreneurship. Tom earned Bachelor of Science and Master of Engineering degrees in Industrial Engineering and Operations Research at the University of California in Berkeley.
Karen Timken Fundraising Chairman
As a former professor in marketing, world traveler and former executive director of Fishline, Karen brings cultural awareness, business sense, a passion for fundraising and relevant operational experience to our board. In addition to attending to her elderly mother, she enjoys spending time with her husband who is also an active volunteer for Fishline.
Betty Herman Past Vice President
Betty Herman is Principal of Elder Resources, llc and has been serving seniors and their families for the last 30 years. She has served Fishline clients by sorting vegetables, encouraging sales in the Thrift shop and is serving her third term on the Board of Directors. Fishline was her first volunteer activity when she moved here from Minnesota in 2003. Additionally, she provides connections and guidance to independent seniors living in income restricted housing in Bremerton.
Jennifer is a native Northwesterner and spent 15 years in commercial operations in the pharmaceutical and biotech industry. Her education is diverse, with an undergraduate degree in microbiology, and after gaining industry experience, returned for a graduate degree in business. Her latest endeavor is a private educator and cultivator of young minds. She teaches math and science at a local cooperative group and is involved in a local children’s theater group. Jennifer has combined her education, work experience, and love of learning to contribute to a new generation of curious and joyful learners. Fishline is a living, breathing part of the North Kitsap community, and Jennifer hopes to help grow the organization and improve the quality of life for all residents.
Sharon moved back to Kitsap County after being away for over twenty-six years in 2017. She retired from the U.S. Navy as a civilian where she served at Bangor, WA, Keyport, WA, San Diego, Guantanamo Cuba, Germany and Belgium. She retired from twenty-seven years in Human Resources doing Equal Employment Opportunity and Training ending her career in Mediation. She worked both for the U.S. Office of Personnel Management; U.S. Navy and U. S. Army. She graduated with a BS degree from Southern Illinois University in Adult Education. Her past volunteer work includes Patient Council Peace Health, Elected to the Lane Community College Board of Education, Eugene, OR (served as Chair and Vice Chair twice), for eight years, Chair of Siuslaw Outreach Services (serving abused men and women and the homeless) in Florence, OR. Past President for the Seacoast Entertainment Association, Past President of City Club, Florence, OR. She is a certified mediator from Washington State, U.S. Army, Department of Justice and the U. S. Navy. Sharon graduated from the Army Management Staff College in 1999.
Becky Erickson Ex officio member
Becky Erickson serves as Mayor of the City of Poulsbo elected in January of 2010 and reelected to a 2 nd term in January of 2014. Before election to the office of Mayor, Ms. Erickson served on the City Council of Poulsbo from January 2008 to December of 2009. Her career spans forty years of senior leadership roles including her last career position as CFO and Director of Operations for Bainbridge Graduate Institute. Ms. Erickson graduated from the University of Washington with a degree in Economics in 1979. At present, she is the chair of the board of the Kitsap County Health District and the Kitsap County Department of Emergency Management and a board member of the Puget Sound Regional Council, Kitsap Regional Coordinating Council, Kitsap Transit, Housing Kitsap and Kitsap 911. She lives with her husband Jerry on their generational family farm on Noll Road in Poulsbo.