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 staff. Members are asked to attend a majority of meetings, assist in fundraising efforts, and consider helping in other special projects.
The Board usually meets once per month. If you are interested in joining the board, please contact the Executive Director at the below link to learn more about the role of our Board Members and the important work being done on behalf of Fishline.
Due to the nature of our work, board meetings are closed to the public. A separate public meeting is held each April to update the community on the Fishline mission, goals, and success. Details on how to join will be posted as we approach that date. In the interim, all public comments can be sent to the Board President by clicking on the link below.
Note – should either of the links below be broken, feel free to give us a call at 360-779-5190 and we will get you in touch!
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
If you are interested in applying for our Board, complete the application form and return it to Fishline. Contact the Board Development Committee Chair with any questions at Boardemail@example.com.
P.O. Box 1517
Poulsbo, WA 98370
Heather Torres President
Heather has lived most of her life in Kitsap and grew up supporting Fishline from monetary donations to organizing and holding various drives. She brings over 20 years of diverse organizational and leadership experience to the board having served in capacities from customer service to leadership. Heather is also on several other boards. Joining the Fishline Board was the next logical step on the path to further support the Fishline mission and to give more to her community.
Kim McKoy Vice President
Sharon Stiles Past President
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.
Ryan Bartlett Treasurer
Ryan Bartlett is the Director of Finance at Delta Dental of Washington, where he oversees the Finance, Facilities and Corporate Quality Assurance functions of the organization. Ryan is a certified public accountant (CPA) and chartered global management accountant (CGMA) with extensive experience in both private and public accounting. A lifelong Puget Sound resident, Ryan graduated from the University of Washington and lives on Bainbridge Island with his wife and two daughters. He has a passion for serving his community, especially within organizations that support youth and families in need. Ryan is the former Treasurer of WestSide Baby and was a recipient of the Donna Pierce Service Award in 2016. He has chaired the Professional Conduct Committee for the Washington Society of CPA’s and served on the their Board. He is also involved with the Junior Achievement of Washington. Ryan is grateful to contribute to Fishline’s mission and looks forward to the organization expanding its already tremendous impact in Kitsap County.
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.
Blair Anderson has been a long time resident of Kitsap County dating back to 1982. His current job working as Sommelier and Restaurant Manager for The Point Casino and Hotel is his main focus but travelling the world on wine tourism and education is his passion. Hospitality has been his main areas of expertise and investment in various businesses with other business partners in our local area. Blair has a strong commitment to his community and started volunteerism at an early age being appointed to the Kitsap County Commission on Children and Youth at age 15. He continues to be immersed with many organizations such as The Kitsap Medical Society, Habitat for Humanity, The Boys and Girls Club, and is currently on the board of The Sons Of Norway and the Kingston Chamber of Commerce.
Jo Ann Anderson moved to Poulsbo in 2017 after a 50+ year career in administration and major gift fundraising at The Scripps Research Institute in La Jolla, California and University of California campuses in San Diego and Riverside. She was Founding Executive Director of The San Diego River Park Foundation and is now an emeritus board member. She continues to consult with non-profit organizations for fundraising and capacity-building.
Jo Ann enjoys gardening, working in her small ceramics workshop, and playing with her two “Pekes”. She is presently working on a book explaining fundraising principles to young academics, and is writing a series of articles on the impacts of certain plants on human affairs and civilization for the UCR Botanic Gardens newsletter.
As a newcomer to Poulsbo, she looked for opportunities to be involved with non-profit organizations that enhance the quality of life for all in the community. Fishline was a natural choice. New neighbors and friends were unanimous in voicing the high regard and pride that our community feels for Fishline, and volunteering at Second Season showed her firsthand the generosity and support that Fishline engenders.
Jo Ann is honored to have been appointed to the Board, and is eager to work with fellow Board members to strengthen and grow Fishline’s wide range of services.
Tony is a Partner with the Poulsbo law firm of Sherrard, McGonagle, Tizzano & Lind, P.S.. An attorney with over 24 years of legal experience, Tony focuses on estate planning, elder law, estate and gift taxation, guardianship, and probate matters. He previously practiced with the IRS Estate and Gift function for over 8 years, and uses that valuable experience in serving clients with large and complex estates through lifetime gifting and careful estate and trust planning. Tony recently retired from the US Navy after over 24 years of active duty and reserve service in the US Navy JAG Corps. Tony is focused on locally-based community service, and is dedicated to the comprehensive whole-person approach of Fishline and its primary mission of neighbors helping neighbors. In 2016, Tony was honored by the Washington State Bar Association for his military and professional service with an APEX Professionalism Award. In his free time, Tony enjoys time with his family exploring western Washington.
Lisa has been happy to call north Kitsap home for more than a decade after growing up in Wenatchee and spending 5 years in the Washington DC area. She’s been an active member of local volunteer organizations in schools, sports, foster care programs, and the Indianola Beach Improvement Club (IBIC). In business Lisa gets to help local families in the financial services industry, with Edward Jones. She transitioned to this role after serving as an engineer for the Department of Defense with the local Navy bases. She is excited to support the community in a meaningful way at Fishline by sharing her finance and engineering experience and genuine love for people and our community. Outside of work and volunteering, Lisa is an active mom to three school-aged kids and is prone to take them on wild nature adventures in the PNW.
Jacob Maxwell, a local business owner and proud Rotarian, has recently joined the Fishline Board of Directors in 2020. Maxwell hopes to make Fishlines technology more accessible and efficient to ultimately make life easier around Fishline. He has enjoyed assisting with Fishlines tech support by getting new laptops for employees and gaining an understanding of the structure of Fishlines computer network. As a kid growing up, Fishline had helped his family through many tough times. Now that he has a unique skill set, he is committed to giving back to the community that has given him so much. Please join us in welcoming Jacob Maxwell to Fishline’s Board of Directors!
I have a PhD in microbiology, and I am retired after working for NOAA Fisheries, a Federal agency, as a program manager for 30 years. For the last 10 years of my career, I was a facility manager at a NOAA facility (85,000 sq.ft.) in Newport, OR. As a volunteer, I served on the board of a homeless shelter in Newport, OR for 15 years; I served as church council member and council president, and chair of the social ministry committee for Lutheran churches in WA and OR; and I represented Lincoln County, OR on the Community Services Consortium’s Community Action Advisory Council which addressed the needs of the low income people in a tri-county area. I was a member of the Fishline board from 2011 to 2019, and served as chair of the Building Committee. I rejoined the board in 2021.
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.
Nate grew up in Suquamish and attended North Kitsap High School. After graduating from the University of Washington with a degree in Economics, he has spent his entire career in the Financial Services sector. He currently serves as president of Walters Wealth Management.
After raising their family in King County, Nate and his wife Kelley recently returned to Poulsbo. He enjoys passing time with his family and friends while boating, kayaking and debating the finer aspects of Husky football. He is passionate about supporting the community he’s always considered home and is excited to share his expertise to help Fishline thrive.
Mike Zaiss Mike Zaiss
Michael Zaiss is one of our newest members of the Board of Directors.
He has called Kitsap County home his whole life. He is a proud member of the Suquamish Tribe and has worked for the Business and Government side throughout his entire career.
Currently, he works for the Suquamish Tribe’s Human Services Department as their Workforce Program Manager. Mike is very passionate about helping to change the lives of others; from finding employment for those searching for work, to ensuring his client’s basic needs are being met.
These passions brought Mike to Fishline, where he hopes to continue his good works for others outside his normal work hours.
When he is not focused on helping others, Mike enjoys spending his days at ballfields or basketball gyms with his wife, watching any one of their three kids play sports.
Mike hopes to bring new ideas and energy while serving as a board member.