Our Board

Our committed volunteers from our community are proud to help leave a legacy for Port Angeles visitors and residents to enjoy for decades to come.

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Brooke Taylor

President

“To me, Field Hall means the opportunity of a lifetime for the community I love.”

Outside of his career, Brooke Taylor is passionate about community. He served 16 years on the YMCA Board of Directors and was a founding member and former President of the Peninsula College Foundation. In 1998, Brooke was honored with the Clallam County Community Service Award.

A native of Clallam County and graduate of Port Angeles High School, Brooke Taylor earned a Bachelor of Arts from Stanford University, and Juris Doctor Degree from University of Virginia School of Law.

Mr. Taylor practiced law for 38 years in Clallam County, including one term as Prosecuting Attorney. He finished his career in law as Superior Court Judge, a position he was elected to three times. Brooke was elected to serve as President of the 30,000-member Washington State Bar Association in 2005-2006. 

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Judith Morris

Vice President

“Field Hall will provide an iconic building, reflecting the Olympic Peninsula’s natural beauty, that will serve as a central gathering venue for residents and visitors to participate in and enjoy a wide range of performing and visual arts and community events.”

Originally from New Mexico, Judith Marek Morris has had the privilege of moving around the country and the world following her husband’s career. As a result, Judith’s work history is widely varied. Most recently, Judith served on the staff for Congressman Norm Dicks and Congressman Derek Kilmer. She retired from this position in January 2017. Judith currently serves as President of the Port Angeles Fine Arts Center Board of Directors and serves on the PA Forward committee.

Judith is a returned Peace Corps Volunteer having served in Malawi. She was a cultural resource specialist for the Alaska Department of Fish and Game in Bristol Bay for six years, served as Executive Director of the Grant County Travel Council in Utah, and worked as Community Liaison Officer for the US Embassy in Lusaka, Zambia. 

Judith earned a Bachelor of Arts in History from Sonoma State University and a Master of Arts in Cultural Anthropology from the University of Denver

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Jeanne Martin

Treasurer

“What Field Hall means to me is that residents and visitors on the North Olympic Peninsula will have access to a world class facility for the performing and fine arts that will provide an ongoing economic stimulus for our community.”

Jeanne is a Certified Public Accountant who operated her own tax accounting practice in Sequim for 17 years. She is semi-retired now, mainly working with nonprofit organizations, and she remains as a principal with Cunha & Martin CPAs. Jeanne volunteers much of her free time in the community.

In addition to serving as Treasurer of PAWC, she is Treasurer of the Peninsula College Foundation. She was a co-founder of the Sequim Education Foundation in 2001. She served on the Board of the Port Angeles Fine Arts Center for many years and was honored to be designated Trustee Emeritus.

Prior to having her own tax practice in Sequim, Jeanne served as Controller and Chief Financial officer with Tech Sector companies in the San Francisco Bay Area with $30 million to $100 Million in annual revenues. She has extensive experience in finance and administration, including risk management, information systems, intellectual property protection, and a $50M initial public offering of an information systems service bureau.

Jeanne earned a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from California State University East Bay and a she holds a Master of Science in Taxation from Golden Gate University.

Jeanne enjoys international travel with her husband Corby Somerville, or just spending time at home with their two cats.

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Christopher Thomsen

Secretary

“Field Hall is about an entire community coming together to embrace and realize something that is bigger than any one of us.  The Waterfront Center will allow current and future generations of our community to proudly celebrate this shining gem of the Pacific Northwest.” 

Born and raised in Port Angeles, Christopher Thomsen graduated Port Angeles High School in 1976 and went on to earn a Bachelor of Arts in Chemistry and a Bachelor of Science in Biology from Saint Martin’s University. 

Immediately after graduation, Christopher co-founded and managed a chemical laboratory and manufacturer in Olympia. In 1986, Christopher married Lisa Hille and shortly afterwards, moved to and lived in New Orleans for three years, Kansas City for 26 years and he is now back “home” in Port Angeles.

Christopher has founded or co-founded five different companies and has been awarded two U.S. Patents for his invention of the community and outpatient pharmacy robotic system. Christopher continues to manage The ThomsenGroup Inc., where he is the Founder and President, and Capsa Healthcare where he is a Partner and Vice President.

Christopher Thomsen returned to Port Angeles with the goal of jumping in with both feet, getting his hands dirty, and being able to contribute his creativity, energy, and experience to help others and to make good things happen. He believes that Port Angeles will reach its full potential and become the shining gem that it deserves. Christopher has numerous local affiliations including the Chamber of Commerce, Port Angeles Visitor’s Center, the Port Angeles Education Foundation, North Olympic History Center, North Olympic Land Trust, Jazz in the Olympics, the Port Angeles Waterfront Center, and the National Alumni Board for Saint Martin’s University. 
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Deborah Frazier

“Field Hall is a singular opportunity to serve the residents of Port Angles and the surrounding area for today and generations to come. I am grateful to Donna Morris for her generosity and vision for this facility for the arts in the community that we love.” 

Deborah Frazier retired from Peninsula College after a career in public service working for federal, state, county, and municipal governments in a variety of roles. At Peninsula College, Deb served as Vice President for Finance and Administration for 11 years with responsibility for construction and building operations, finance and accounting, Human Resources, information technology, emergency preparedness, and institutional research. During this period, Deb oversaw a $125 million transformation of the College campuses in Port Angeles, Forks, and Port Townsend with the replacement of 82% of the college’s existing 310,000 square footage, and the addition of more than 25,000 new square feet.

Deborah enjoys reading and learning, swimming, biking, hiking and simply living on the beautiful North Olympic Peninsula.
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Casi Fors

“To watch this transformation before our very eyes in our downtown waterfront is exciting to me and long overdue. It adds to the charm and beauty of our very own Olympic Peninsula that we call home. It is a state-of-the-art venue for fundraising events, weddings, and conferences. Our children, families and community can experience a world class facility in our own back yard for generations to come.”

Casi Fors, Accredited Investment Fiduciary®, is the lead financial advisor at Fors Financial Consulting, PS and the face of the firm. In 2002, Casi started her career as an Independent Financial Advisor. This was during uncertain times and an uncertain market. Having a good understanding of investment risks and management she took this opportunity to educate her clients in planning for these unstable markets. Subsequent rough economic hardships have made her steadfast in educating and life planning to empower her clients to pursue long-term financial security and confidence.

 

Her wide breadth of experience and her wealth of knowledge skillfully guides the office. As a fee-based asset management advisor her specialties include private wealth management, work with charitable foundations, Donor Advised Funds, 401(k)/403(b) and small business retirement investment strategies.

 

Casi is actively involved in civic services and leadership. She serves on the Kiwanis Club, Field Arts & Event Hall board, the Olympic Medical Center Foundation board, is a past member of the Peninsula Tennis Club and has over 20 years with Babe Ruth Baseball/Softball, to name a few. A life-long resident of Port Angeles, she is well-known and highly regarded throughout the community. Married with two grown children, Casi loves spending her free time with her family, playing with her five grandchildren.  She loves exploring the PNW on hiking trails and is an avid crossfitter.

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Pili Meyer

“I was raised in a family and culture that loves music. Growing up, my brother and I knew the words to all the popular Broadway musicals. We also enjoyed performing in musicals. My sons continue the tradition by playing the violin and alto sax. My husband sings with the Peninsula Men’s Gospel Singers. So, it was very exciting to learn about a world class performing arts center being planned for right here in Port Angeles. In addition, the center promises to make an enormous difference in the downtown, drawing people and businesses. I am deeply impressed with the vision and imagination of those who have brought us this far as well as the commitment of the community to take us to Opening Night of Field Arts & Events Hall.”

Pili was born and raised in Hawaii, which explains her name. Her family moved to Eugene, OR just before she finished high school. Pili went to Mills College in Oakland, CA where she majored in Government. She moved to Port Angeles in the late 70’s and has called this home ever since. She loves the beauty of the area as well as how its isolation has encouraged creativity in those who choose to live here which has produced a lively arts community.

 

Pili recently retired as a Realtor and International Real Estate Speaker. Besides her busy career on the Olympic Peninsula listing and selling real estate, she was very active in the Realtor Association at the local, state, national and international levels. She was honored with the Instructor of the Year by the Washington Realtors twice and by the King County Association of Realtors. She was awarded Realtor of the Year by the Port Angeles Association of Realtors and the Washington Realtors. Real estate activity took Pili around this country and to Malaysia, South Korea, the Philippines, and the Czech Republic where she was a liaison between the National Association of REALTORS and the real estate associations of those countries.

 

Besides enjoying and participating in music, her family has had another strong tradition—community service. Both of her parents were president of their Rotary Club (at different times), and Pili has been an active member of Soroptimist International of Port Angeles. Pili and her husband are long time members of Independent Bible Church, where she serves as a Deaconess.

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Gail Ralston

“I am hopeful that past and present Clallam County residents will invest in Field Hall, which will be a monumental anchor for our region.” 

Gail’s story starts with her parents June and F. MacRae Thomson who moved to Port Angeles in 1960. Mac was the mill manager for Peninsula Plywood and an influential leader. Beyond providing jobs, the mill provided a sense of pride for many Peninsula residents, including Gail’s family and her husband’s relatives. With the falling of the mill stack, Gail is hopeful that new waterfront development will trigger the continuation of the mill’s legacy, provide a sense of pride, and improve the economic conditions of the community.

As Co-Chair of PAWC’s Capital Campaign, Gail is organizing fundraising efforts and educating people on the importance and value of the center to the community.

Gail sits on the Hospital Foundation Board of Directors where her primary role is fundraising. To many, she is known as a top duck seller, selling tickets for the Peninsula Duck Derby. She was instrumental in creating the Teddy Bear Tea and has chaired multiple committees for the Festival of Trees. Gail co-founded a Port Angeles Children’s Hospital Guild, which raised money to assist with the payment of care at Seattle Children’s Hospital.

Gail is a graduate of Western Washington University and works as an Assistant Appraiser for Clallam County with 23 years of experience. She is married with three children and three grandchildren. She enjoys swimming in Lake Crescent, traveling the world, caring for others, and continuing her own education through music, lectures, and conferences.
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Scott Scherer

“As a member of the Board of Field Hall, I am honored to be part of our community of supporters to help create what will become a solid anchor for the arts, business and community events, and a great asset to the Olympic Peninsula and the State of Washington.”

Scott Scherer was born in St. Louis, Missouri, spent many years working for Boeing in Seattle, Washington, and moved to Port Angeles, Washington in 2016 where he has become an announcer at KSQM. Scott spends his spare time enjoying arts and cultural activities including music, theater and ballet. He also enjoys outdoor time as a dog owner, a bird hunter and motorcyclist.

 

Scott is the winner of Airfinance Journal’s lifetime achievement award for his dedication to the aviation finance sector and notably the Cape Town Treaty, which is intended to standardize the transactions involving movable property on the international stage. 

 

During his professional career, Scott helped to found the Aviation Working Group, an international industry organization dedicated to developing policies and regulations to facilitate advanced aviation financing. Previously he led an industry coalition in successful efforts to amend Section 1110 of the US Bankruptcy Code to improve the ability of US airlines to raise aircraft financing. He also played a leading role in negotiating a new Aircraft Sector Understanding (ASU) agreement.

 

Most recently, Scott served as the senior executive focused on policy and regulatory strategies associated with the aircraft financing mission of Boeing Capital Corporation (BCC). He was responsible for arranging, structuring, and providing financing solutions to customers of Boeing products. Previously Scherer had served as vice-president and general manager for BCC’s Aircraft Financial Services organization. Before that role, he was vice-president of customer financing for Boeing and as director – finance and business management for Boeing’s 737/757 programs and as assistant treasurer – customer financing.

 

Scherer holds a bachelor’s degree in economics from Texas A&M University. He also participated in the master of business administration program at Seattle University. An active community volunteer, Scherer serves as Treasurer on the Board of Directors for Sequim Community Broadcasting.  Prior, Scott served as a governing board member for the UNIDROIT Foundation, the Dutch-based, not-for-profit funding arm of UNIDROIT (International Institute for the Unification of Private Law) that helps support programs to harmonize international laws

and assists developing countries to modernize their laws. Regionally Scherer was a member of the governing board of trustees for the Pacific Northwest Ballet and also is a past president of the King County, Wash. board of the American Heart Association, and past corporate chair of the Association’s Puget Sound Heart Walk.

BRUCE SKINNER, CFE

“Field Arts & Event Hall will not only be an incredible asset for the arts community, it will go much further than that. It will be a boon to the downtown and to the economy, generating much needed revenue and jobs for the City.”

Bruce Skinner is a highly regarded consultant to the sports and special events industry with vast experience, entering his 48th year in the business.

He served as the Executive Director of the Fiesta Bowl in Phoenix, Arizona, (1980-1990) after serving as Assistant Executive Director for seven years (1973-1980). He then went on to serve as the President of the International Festivals and Events Association (1990-2001).

He is the author of the book, The Complete Guide to Selling Event Sponsorship, published by John Wiley & Sons, Inc., of New York, and is the founder of the highly successful Arizona Rock n Roll Marathon in Phoenix, Arizona, and the Rock n Roll Marathons and Half Marathons in Seattle and San Antonio. The 2004 race was the largest first time running event in history, with over 29,000 participants.

Known as the “Bowl Director of the 80’s,” Skinner was instrumental in the Fiesta Bowl’s successful bid to crack the New Year’s Day bowl-game lineup, moving the game to January 1st in 1982.  In 1985, the bowl signed a landmark agreement with Sunkist Growers to serve as title sponsor.  The title sponsorship was a first for a Bowl game, and served as a model which bowls and most other sporting and event organizations later followed.

During a period when many schools were independent and not affiliated with a conference, the Bowl staged two national championships during a three year span –

the 1987 game pitted Penn State vs. Miami, and the 1989 contest featured Notre Dame vs. West Virginia. The former was the most-watched college football game of all time.

He also was the Chief Revenue Officer for the 2016 College Football National Championship Game that was held in Phoenix in January of 2016.

Skinner has served as the Executive Director of the Olympic Medical Center Foundation in Port Angeles, Washington, for the past 31 years, producing six fundraising events annually. He also has served as the Executive Director of the Washington Festivals and Events Association since 2017.

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Nathan West

“I am inspired by the forward progress of PAWC. The Field Hall project directly results in a positive economic infusion through the conversion of underutilized vacant parking lots into a vibrant community activity center. The conference center component will create a new venue capturing new economic growth year-round, but, most importantly in the winter season. The campus approach transforms a key location of our Downtown into a property full of arts, culture, sciences and environmental stewardship all of which further enable our local businesses to thrive.” 

In his free time, Nathan West enjoys time with his wife, children and their many animals, and working on home projects. Nathan is currently the City Manager for the City of Port Angeles. Prior to taking this position Nathan was responsible for the Community and Economic Development Department of the City. Before coming to the Port Angeles area, Nathan managed the Policy Development Section of the Cayman Islands Government Planning Department.

In Washington State Nathan has worked creatively to address regulatory requirements and land use barriers. In the Caymans, Nathan was part of the Governor’s Vision 2008 Round Table developing a strategy for the sustainable development in multiple community assessments including American Institute of Architects Sustainable Design Assessment Teams (SDAT) and Your Town Design Workshops for jurisdictions throughout the U.S.

Nathan earned a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science from Willamette University and a Master of Science in Urban and Regional Planning from the University of Tennessee. Nathan is a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners.

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