Joan Walters
Joan WaltersPresident
Born in Chicago and a graduate of Governors State University, Joan was twice elected to her local school board and worked as a teacher’s aide with developmentally disabled high school teenagers. In Illinois, she served as Assistant Secretary of State and State Budget Director among other positions. In Seattle, Joan was the City’s first Homeless Coordinator under Mayor Royer, City Budget Director under Mayor Schell, and head of Customer Service for Seattle City Light. Since retiring, she has served on several boards and commissions and transcribed Lincoln letters at the Papers of Abraham Lincoln. Joan moved to Bainbridge Island in March of 2016. She has five children and eight grandchildren.
Dave Williams
Dave WilliamsVice President
Dave and his wife, Nancy, have been Bainbridge Island residents since 1980. They have one daughter, Natalie, who resides in Spokane. Dave graduated from the University of Washington with a B.A. in History and an MBA in Finance. He spent 30 years in the fiduciary and investment business, managing personal trust departments for Seattle’s largest banks. He has served as Chair of the Bainbridge Island Historic Preservation Commission, President of the Bainbridge Island Parks Foundation, a member of Seattle’s Wing Luke Museum Board of Directors and President of both the Seattle Public Library Foundation and the Seattle Children’s Museum Board of Directors. Dave’s family has been in the Puget Sound region since the early 1860s which accounts, in part, for his love of local history.
Kathleen Bullivant
Kathleen BullivantSecretary
Kathleen has resided in the Pacific Northwest for 17 years and loves to call it home. A native of Penzance, Cornwall, England, she enjoys exploring the natural surroundings and heritage of the region. A retired music educator, choral conductor and curriculum developer, she enjoys working and volunteering in the community. At the Museum, she loves docent duty and meeting people from all corners of the world. At home with her husband, John, she spends time gardening and learning her newest passion – photography.
Jenny Peters
Jenny PetersTreasurer
Jenny was born in Ohio and moved to Bainbridge Island when she was 9 years old. A graduate of Bainbridge Island High School and the University of Washington, she started her career in sales and marketing just after college and joined Seattle Plastics in 1992. She became an owner in 1999 and manages the company with her business partner. Jenny has previously volunteered with Union Gospel Mission and Mary’s Place while splitting her time between Seattle and Bainbridge Island. She has been married to Carl Lucks since 1984.
Charlie Averill
Charlie Averill
Charlie moved to Bainbridge Island as a sixth grader, after his parents bought the Bainbridge Review from Walt and Milly Woodward. After graduating from Bainbridge High School (class of 1972), he left the island for college and graduate school, then lived in Spokane for five years before returning to the island in 1986. He worked at the Review during summers as a high school and college student, and for three years after finishing college. Since 1990 he has commuted to work in Seattle in the investment industry. Charlie has been a member of Bainbridge Island Rotary for more than 30 years, and has served on the boards of Rotary, Helpline House, the Bainbridge Island Health, Housing & Human Services Council, and now the Historical Museum since 2015.
Bill Covert
Bill Covert
Bill spent most of his early years in Portland, Oregon, graduated from Wilson High School in 1974, and from Whitman College in 1974 with a major in Psychology. After working for several years in the field of psychology he decided become a teacher. After gaining a Masters in Early Childhood Education from Bank Street College in New York, he began his teaching career at the Bertschi School in Seattle, Washington, where he worked for 8 years, as both a first grade and kindergarten teacher. For the past 24 years he has taught at Capt. Charles Wilkes Elementary School on Bainbridge Island, primarily as a fourth grade teacher, enabling him to share his students his passion for Bainbridge Island history. Bill has lived on Bainbridge Island since 1990. He cherishes the time spent with his wife, Stephanie, and two daughters. He enjoys basketball, biking and spending time in the kitchen.
John Klimp
John Klimp
Born in the Netherlands, John emigrated with his family to Portland, Oregon, in 1957. He graduated with a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from California State University-Long Beach, and subsequently earned an MBS from Santa Clara University. He worked on Project Apollo, the U.S. moon landing program, and later for a Bay Area defense contractor as a system engineer. He subsequently founded an apartment management business with his wife, Nancy, which has operated since 1972. After residing in Palo Alto for 44 years, John and Nancy discovered Bainbridge Island in 2015. He has served many academic and community organizations and joined the Bainbridge Island Historical Museum board in 2018. He has two children and five grandchildren.
Tom Lamping
Tom Lamping
Tom grew up on Agate Pass, attended Bainbridge Island High School, and graduated from Washington State University in 1973 with a B.S. in Communications. He retired in 2014 after 41 years as a salesman in three different industries, ending with 18 years in the printing business, making approximately 10,000 round trips on the ferries. Tom “unretired” in 2016, driving a school bus for the Bainbridge Island School District. He and his wife, Penny, have two children: Kate, HR Director at City of Bainbridge Island, and David, a chef at The Four Seasons in Atlanta. Lucy, his 10-year old granddaughter and cookie making assistant, attends Sakai School.
Jim McNett
Jim McNett
Jim was born and raised in the Boston area. After many ups and downs, and ins and outs, he wound up on Bainbridge Island in 2006. After a long and spotty educational path that led to a couple of questionable degrees, Jim has spent his adult life in architecture and historic preservation. The volunteering and participation mania on Bainbridge Island led him to stints on public and private nonprofit boards. Although Jim’s family does not share in his passion for sundials, Soviet Russia and architecture, they have otherwise remained loyal and supportive. This includes his wife, Boon.
Sean Megy
Sean Megy
Sean is originally from Corvallis, Oregon. He and his lovely bride, Joy Megy, are parents of three beautiful girls: Emeral, Grace and Alice. After serving as a military photographer in Hawaii and the Middle East, he worked for several Seattle internet companies, and consulted for State Farm Insurance in Illinois. Sean recently retired from eight years teaching at Ordway Elementary School on Bainbridge Island, and now enjoys spending time with family, working in the community, sailing, reading, climbing, forging, and pursuing his new-found love of Pickleball.