Member since 2016 Current affiliations: EDC Team Jefferson, WA - Founder and Chair Local 20/20 Community Association, WA – Founding Member
Previous affiliations: Advisory Committee Town of Sherborn, MA – Chair Sherborn Conservation Commission, MA – Chair Wisemith Group, WA – Principal providing consulting and professional services Verizon, MA – President. Defined, built and launched Bell Atlantic’s first e-commerce division Bachman Information Systems, MA - Vice President, Marketing McCormack and Dodge, MA - Vice President, Information Products Datamedia Corporation, NH - Vice President, Marketing US Navy Submarine Service, US - Electronics Technician Navigation Supervisor
Chairman, Member since 2017
B.A. in Architecture from the University of Washington in 1979. Master of Architecture degree with honors from MIT 1983
Ibsen Nelsen and Associates in Seattle, where he worked on projects such as the Museum of Flight, the Inn at the Market, the Stewart House mixed-use project at Pike Place Market, and the Merrill Court luxury townhouses in Seattle’s Capitol Hill neighborhood. Whitaker Architecture & Planning, Inc. There he worked as a designer, architectural project manager. Worked for Glory International, Inc., a Japanese real-estate development firm that focused on vacation homes and resort projects in both Japan and the U.S. Project Architect with Timbercraft Homes, Inc. in Port Townsend.
Founded Richard Berg Architects in 1997 (now Terrapin Architecture) in Port Townsend.
Richard currently serves on Port Townsend’s Historic Preservation Committee, a design review and advisory board for the City’s National Landmark Historic District. He just finished a term as Chairman of the Board of the Jefferson Community School, a 7th – 12th grade school focused on innovative and experiential learning located in a historic downtown Port Townsend building, and has also served on the Board of the Port Townsend School of Woodworking and Preservation Trades. In the past, he has served as Chair of the Port Townsend Planning Commission and on the Design Review Committee for Port Townsend’s commercial zoning districts.
Kathy Liu (Ex Officio)
Committees: Executive, Development, Board Development, Scholarships Member since 2010
Retired high school science teacher. Project Manager for Access Excellence, a not-for-profit online resource for health, biology and life science teachers. Responsibilities included web site development and maintenance, content acquisition, copyright management, outreach and community development, and grant writing. Co-founder of the Gene Connection, a San Mateo County, CA wide biotechnology program for life science and biology students of all academic levels.
Committees: Executive, Development, Finance Member since 2013
Inaugural recipient of the Port Townsend School of Woodworking Founders' Award established to honor individuals who contribute significantly to the growth and development of the School.
Currently, Marketing Manager for Jefferson Healthcare Worked in various public parks positions including 10+ years as manager of Fort Worden Area Parks.
Member of local community boards and advisory committees including: Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce (Past President), Jefferson Land Trust, Centrum, Port Townsend Marine Science Center and the Coast Artillery Museum
Dick Culp (Secretary)
Committee: Extended Programing Member since 2012
BA and MA Washington State University Systems analyst for the Bell System and US West. Early retirement 1990 Joined the Virginia Mason Medical Center IT organization in 1990 Developed multiple databases to support the financial analysis of VMMC operations for both medical and administrative organizations Developed a computer bases system for tracking patients on anticoagulation therapy for the Cardiology Department Joined theDepartment of Anesthesiology VMMC supporting computer applications Retired from VMMC in 2003 Hobbies include: woodworking, antique and classic cars, wooden boats and and photography Graduate of PTSW classes including all six of the Basics of Woodworking classes, Handtool Heaven and more
Member since 2009
Jefferson County Commissioner 25 years as a contractor Member and Chair, Port Townsend Historic Preservation Committee Oversaw the restoration of the Bell Tower, Port Townsend, WA Own and restored Rose Theater (Best restoration in State of WA award 1992 from State Department of Archeology and Historic Preservation Lead in getting legislation to create $10 million fund for restoration of County Court Houses in the State of Washington Owned and restored 1890 Terry Building in downtown Port Townsend Lead on the restoration of Maybeck Studio in Berkeley National Historic Registry
Member since 2017
Retired from the Department of Defense after thirty six years as a Principal, Professional Developer, teacher and coach for overseas in Europe, Japan and Guam for forward deployed families of the American military. Participated as a facilitator, presenter, coach and consultant on a wide range of educational professional development projects with teachers, administrators and parents throughout DoDEA-Europe. Presented at the National Staff Developers’ Conference in Dallas, Texas, the International National Council Teachers of English conferences in Utrecht, Netherlands; Oxford, England; Heidelberg, Germany; and Bordeaux, France. Conducted workshops in Cooperative Learning, Teaching Written Expression, Presentation Skills, Effective Meeting Skills, Brain-Based Learning/Teaching, Proactive Discipline, Equity and Change. Bachelor of Arts degree in English Literature and Physical Education from the University of California at Davis and a Master of Education degree from Michigan State.
Committees: Executive, Finance, Board Development, Contract Services Development Member since 2009
Retired preservation architect Additional experience as general contractor Former Board member Portland (Maine) Society of Art Former school committee member, Portland (Maine) School of Art Member, Port Townsend Planning Commission Member, Port Townsend Historic Preservation Committee Trustee, Washington Trust for Historic Preservation Trustee, Jefferson County Historical Society Board Member, Fort Worden Public Development Authority
Committees: Executive, Extended Programing, Board Development, Scholarships Member Since 2011
Retired, Professor Emerita, University of Alberta, Canada. Professional work: University of Alberta, Professor and Chair, Department of Linguistics; Vice President, Student and Academic Services. Primary work with non-profit agencies: Goodwill Industries of Alberta (as a volunteer, a Board of Directors Member and Chair; subsequently as a contract employee, writing Board governance documents and updating the GIA policy manual) Institute for Stuttering Treatment and Research, Alberta (as a volunteer, Founding Board of Directors Member, Board of Directors Member and Chair, Acting Director; subsequently as an employee, Administrative Assistant, Acting Director)
Committee: Extended Programing Ex Officio, Member since 2007
Worked professionally as a carpenter, custom cabinetmaker and furniture maker for more then 30 years Operated custom woodworking business – Marckworth Specialty Woodworking – in Port Townsend for over 16 years, working with homeowners, designers, architects and contractors on a wide variety of residential and commercial projects. Work has appeared in a number of books and magazines. Author of Beautiful Wooden Projectsfor Outdoor Living, published by Popular Woodworking Books. Founded the Port Townsend School of Woodworking in partnership with Tim Lawson and Jim Tolpin.
Treasurer, Member since 2017
New Zealand Trade certificate and New Zealand Advanced Trade Certificate in Furniture making.
Worked as a furniture maker, boat builder, home renovations in New Zealand from 1977 to 1990.
Worked for Admiral Marine, Port Townsend from 1991 until 1999 building luxury yacht interiors.
Worked for Westport Yachts, Port Angeles Wa. building luxury yacht interiors, from 1999 until present. Part of design team modeling furniture in SolidWorks.
Operates own shop at home making furniture, wood carvings, small craft, (row boats, canoes, kayaks), electric violins and cellos. Please visit RobertNiclasFineWoodworking.
Kennard Nielsen, P.E.
Member since 2017
Kennard is a global technology innovator, providing broad strategic leadership and business acumen for international consumer product development and delivery. He has developed many iconic products--Microsoft Xbox, Amazon Kindle Fire Tablets, Nike Fuelband, and HereOne from Doppler Labs. Kennard is Managing Director of The Global Element, LLC. TGE partners with product development organizations to accelerate the development and launch of world-class hardware.
Kennard also owned a cabinetmaking company and specialized in building 32mm cabinets before anyone really knew about European cabinet design.”
Committee: Extended Programing Member since 2015
Full time studio furniture maker for 25 years specializing in sculptural furniture for homes and offices with work published in numerous books, magazines and newspapers. www.sethrolland.com
Workshop instructor focused on teaching about curved work and design. Co-organizer of Quimper Community Harvest, a fruit and vegetable gleaning group in Port Townsend. Member of Northwest Woodworkers Gallery, a cooperatively owned fine woodworking gallery in Seattle. BA in Environmental Studies and Philosophy
Sam Taylor (Treasurer)
Committee: Contract Services Development Member since 2011
Sam is the founder/executive director of Senior/Youth Partnership. Beginning in 1982, the program has won numerous awards for its unique intergenerational programming in delinquency prevention, apprenticeship projects, tutorial services and after school child-care. It serves a client base of 350 students/year. It is economically self-sufficient. Served in the Peace Corps in Cameroon, West Africa. Member University of California 10th Campus Site Committee. Senior consultant with Odyssey Institute in San Francisco working with a wide range of organizations/companies undergoing major transitions. Member California Department of Education Delinquency Prevention Team. He has presented at many state/national conferences on building community and sustaining effective social programs. Purchased and spent countless hours helping restore a 1870's farmhouse/water tower. Now protected as historically registered structures. Bachelor's Degree with a major in Political Science. Has a Vocational Education Teaching Credential. Retains an active Master's level Pupil Personnel Services Credential.
Committee: Extended Programing Member since 2014
Retired Naval Officer Member, Pacific Northwest Maritime Heritage Council Former Executive Director, Northwest School of Wooden Boatbuilding Former Board Member, Northwest School of Wooden Boatbuilding Graduate, all three boatbuilding programs at the Northwest School of Wooden Boatbuilding Former Board Member, Port Townsend School of Woodworking and Historic Preservation Former President and Member, Port Ludlow Village Council BA History (1976), MA (1983) and MS (1998) in National Security Strategy Enjoys boatbuilding, woodworking, documenting historic vessels, collecting books and magazines on maritime activities, and collecting naval postmarks.
Gene Trobaugh (Treasurer)
Member since 2015
Retired from Clinical Cardiology 2013, with primary emphasis in CAD Prevention. Nuclear Cardiologist, started Harborview’s Nuclear Cardiology program. Medical Research interest included several trips to the Soviet Union. Medical Research activity continued while in Clinical Practice (arrhythmia diagnosis). Board Member of a Medical Research organization (SICR) since 2000. Initially planned to be a mechanical engineer and attended U of W. Attended Medical School at University of Oregon, with further training at Hennepin County General Hospital in Minneapolis and at the U of W. Served on multiple medical committees in Enumclaw, including design and development of the new hospital which opened in 2011. Woodworking interest sparked in 2008 by first of several courses attended at PTSW.
Member since 2018
Brenda is a lifelong resident of Port Townsend and has enjoyed working in the local wholesale and retail building industry for over 30 years.
She was the sales manager of Port Townsend Lumber from 1988 until it went out of business in 2002. She immediately brought her industry experience, merchandising knowledge and respective enthusiasm to our local specialty hardwood supplier, Edensaw Woods, Ltd.
In 2002, she was instrumental in the assembly of their new 3800 square-foot retail showroom, and she continues to be a valuable asset to Edensaw and all of their contracting, boatbuilding, cabinet making and woodworking customers today.
When not working, she enjoys spending time with family, traveling, baking, crocheting, sewing and of course, a bit of woodworking.