In Brief

The Kirkland-based East Lake Washington Audubon Society (ELWAS) last week announced its new board of directors for 2008. Serving for the next year are: Christy Anderson, president; Cindy Balbuena, vice president; Ellen Homan, treasurer; Carmen Almodovar, secretary; Tricia Kishel, Margaret Lie and Helen LaBouy, at-large Board Members, Brian Bell, birding chair; Tim McGruder, conservation chair; Mary Britton-Simmons, education chair; and Sunny Walter, membership chair.

  • Monday, April 7, 2008 7:24pm
  • News

Local Audubon elects new board for 2008

The Kirkland-based East Lake Washington Audubon Society (ELWAS) last week announced its new board of directors for 2008. Serving for the next year are: Christy Anderson, president; Cindy Balbuena, vice president; Ellen Homan, treasurer; Carmen Almodovar, secretary; Tricia Kishel, Margaret Lie and Helen LaBouy, at-large Board Members, Brian Bell, birding chair; Tim McGruder, conservation chair; Mary Britton-Simmons, education chair; and Sunny Walter, membership chair.

The Audubon also recognized its 2007 environmentalists of the year, John Schmied and Marie Hartford.

Hartford, a teacher at Thoreau Elementary School, integrates ecology study into her classroom to promote a better understanding of the natural world and a greater sense of stewardship. This year Marie is also working with sixth graders who ask teachers to reduce their annual classroom’s CO2 emissions by 2,000 pounds.

John, a teacher at Skyview Junior High, uses curriculum focused on the investigative process using human and environmental health themes. For the past three years, he’s served as project manager for the Skyview Outdoor Environmental Learning Center. With private donations and over 5000 hours of community service, John established a wetland area for birds and breeding amphibians at the center’s 5.5 acres, located on school property in partnership with the Washington Trails Association.

Kirklander named dean of music school

Lawrence University of Appleton, Wisc., has named Kirkland resident Brian Pertl as dean of its conservatory of music. He will join the Lawrence administration July 1.

Pertl, who will leave a job at Microsoft to take the position, serves as a Washington state music scholar for the Smithsonian Institution’s Museum on Main Street traveling exhibit “New Harmonies: Celebrating American Roots Music.” He has also been a lecturer for Washington’s “Inquiring Mind Lecture Series” for the past 16 years, delivering more than 300 talks on a wide variety of subjects at venues throughout the state.

KITH welcomes new executive director

Kirkland Interfaith Transitions in Housing (KITH) has announced Jan Dickerman as its new executive director.

Dickerman joins KITH with 20 years of experience in human services as the Housing and Child Development Director for Hopelink. A long-time Eastside resident, she will direct an organization focused on working with the community to eliminate homelessness.

The KITH board of directors will host an open house to welcome Dickerman and introduce her to the community on Thursday, April 17, from 5-7 p.m. at Northlake Unitarian Universalist Church, 308 4th Ave. South in Kirkland.

More in News

Reporter file photo
Police investigate officer response to 911 call

The investigation comes after officers may have improperly responded to a call from Menchie’s.

King County Flood Control District approves 2019 Budget on Nov. 5. Photo courtesy of King County Flood Control District.
King County Flood Control District approves $93 million budget

The 2019 District Budget will maintain current flood protection services.

The Council recognized the AFIS program as it celebrates 30 years of assisting law enforcement throughout King County. Councilmembers, AFIS staff and King County Sheriff Mitzi Johanknecht join AFIS regional manager, Carol Gillespie. Photo courtesy of King County.
King County Council recognizes Automated Fingerprint Information System

For three decades, AFIS has helped law enforcement solve thousands of cases.

Sarah Yount, former YES client, speaks at YES’s 50th anniversary celebration on Nov. 2. Madison Miller/staff photo.
Youth Eastside Services celebrates 50 years

YES celebrates 50 years of providing youth and family behavioral health services.

Nude suspect blocks traffic, fights officers | Police blotter

The Kirkland police blotter for Oct. 25 through Nov. 1.

Sky Metalwala has been missing for seven years. Photo courtesy of the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children
Police plead for help in search for missing boy

Sky has been missing since Nov. 6, 2011 and turned 9 years old on Sept. 2.

Protesters chant “What do we want? Justice! When do we want it? Now!” at the intersection of Northeast 124th Street and 124th Avenue Northeast Thursday evening. Kailan Manandic, staff photo
Kirkland locals rally in national protest to protect Mueller

Protesters across the nation respond to former Attorney General Jeff Session’s resignation.

From L-R: Panelist Roderic Camp from Claremont University, William Beezley from University of Arizona, Linda, and Guillermo Sheridan from UNAM-Seattle touched on the subject of U.S.-Mexico relations on Nov. 1 at Northwest University. Stephanie Quiroz/staff photo.
Northwest University hosts public academic conference

NU partners with National Autonomous University of Mexico to discuss U.S.-Mexico relations

Most Read