Stephanie Farquhar, Chair
Stephanie Farquhar joined the HRB board in 2019. She is a Professor at the University of Washington School of Public Health and a Research Scientist at Seattle-King County Public Health Department. She works closely with community organizations and public agencies on affordable housing, urban redevelopment without displacement, rural and farmworker health, and policy. Stephanie and her husband, Peter Murchie, devote a lot of energy and time to running races and traveling with their son, Sampson.
Bruce Eremic, Treasurer
Originally from Virginia, Bruce is a long time resident of Bainbridge Island. He moved to the island in 1990 and attended the schools from Wilkes Elementary to Bainbridge High School and is an Alumnus of the University of Washington. Having seen Bainbridge Island transform from a heavily wooded county territory to the beautiful and thriving city that it is now; he is a dedicated advocate for affordable housing and sustainable development. He has strong background in community banking with a career focused on stewardship and support of the community in which he lives and works.
Lauren Coates, Secretary
Lauren is an attorney with Richmond & Richmond, Ltd., in Port Orchard. Lauren’s practice focuses on general civil litigation, including contract, real estate, and business disputes. She is a longtime volunteer with the King County Housing Justice Project, which provides legal advice to low-income tenants who are facing eviction. Prior to becoming an attorney, Lauren was a newspaper reporter for the Seattle Times and the Los Angeles Times, where she covered breaking news. Lauren earned a law degree from the University of Idaho and a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Boston University. Lauren and her husband, Glenn, live on Bainbridge Island, with their two children, ages 2 and 4. Lauren and her family enjoy making S’mores over the backyard campfire, family dance parties, and going for long drives so the children will nap in the car – often stopping for oysters in Hood Canal.
Margaret Lily Celestino
Margaret moved to Bainbridge Island in 2003 after opening a Massage Therapy practice here. “I felt fortunate a couple years later to find an apartment in Janet West Home where I could be closer to the office and continue the work I love.” Originally from upstate New York, M. Lily came to Seattle 25 years ago to study massage and decided to stay. Her main avocation is the Dances of Universal Peace. She has been leading the Dances for 14 years in Kitsap County, 9 of those on Bainbridge. “I am hoping my work with HRB will in some way help to give back for the affordable housing I have so appreciated, allowing me to live and work here on this lovely island I call home.”
Originally from California, Craig and his wife moved to Bainbridge Island in 1991. He has been the owner and managing broker of Johanssen- Clark Real Estate since 1993. During Craig’s time on Bainbridge Island, he has seen many changes, including an uptick on the socio-economic level of the island. He feels it is more important than ever to maintain a varied and diversified community and believes in HRB’s mission to do just that.
A former HRB Board member, Tina is construction project manager and owns OTWB, a local project management consulting firm. She has been in the construction business for 35 years and finds all aspects of it fascinating. She feels housing is a basic element that is required for anyone to succeed. Not of all us are fortunate enough to have this basic need addressed and she wants to do what she can to ensure that everyone on Bainbridge is housed and that those who work here have housing they can afford.
Norm is a recently retired General Superintendent who has worked on Bainbridge Island for local and Northwest construction companies for the past 23 years. Prior to moving to Bainbridge, he worked for 25 years in heavy civil engineering and Marine construction in Hawaii, the Pacific Islands, Alaska, and the west coast. One of the many island projects he worked on was the second phase of Ferncliff Village project. It was through that project that he was introduced to the work that HRB was doing in the community. Norm welcomes the opportunity to use his experience and skills to advance the goals of HRB. His hope is to contribute to the on-going effort to build more affordable and sustainable housing for the community.
Linda is the Vice President Branch Manager for HomeStreet Bank on Bainbridge Island. She has been in the finance industry for over 40 years. Linda has a history as an affordable housing advocate having served as past President for Habitat for Humanity, Medford Oregon. She been on the board of Housing Resources Bainbridge since 2013. Linda understands the need for workforce housing and the need to maintain economic diversity in our community.
Patti was born and raised in Olympia, WA. She moved to Kitsap County in 1960 and worked at Poulsbo Market, Central Market and then at Town & Country Market – 33 years total! She is now retired but realizes how fortunate she was to have housing through HRB while working on the Island. Now as a retired senior, to be able to remain on Bainbridge Island after 17 years, in a community she has grown to know and love means so much. Patti hopes to give back to the community by serving on the board of HRB and continuing to help others to live affordably on Bainbridge Island. Her spare time is filled with swimming, dancing in NIA classes and, best of all, being a grandmother and great-grandmother.
Savanna was raised on Bainbridge from the age of three. Watching the island transform from small town to urban city has been eye opening. She came back from Syracuse University to work in theater in Seattle but decided theater was not for her. Children seemed to be where her calling was, so she worked as a preschool teacher on the island for three years. Currently she’s a nanny on the island and also volunteers with the Race Equity Advisory Committee. In her free time Savanna likes to ride her scooter, play with her dog, and go to the beach with her wife. She hopes that she can help make a powerful change for equitable housing.
Tina is a project manager for Clark Construction LLC and is working on a Living Building Challenge house on Bainbridge Island. She has a strong background in estimating & planning in architectural design, for construction, and in lean manufacturing. Her interest is with participatory and innovative approaches to housing needs. She believes that mixed-income, diversity, and multi-generational communities are what makes for a resilient future.
Mike is a partner in the Seattle law firm of Helsell Fetterman LLP, practicing real estate and land use law. He joined the board in 2021 after spending 12 years on the Bainbridge Island School Board. He is deeply concerned about housing affordability for Bainbridge Island’s teachers, paraprofessionals, classified employees, and the rest of the Island’s essential workforce and has a long history of advocating for these issues at the local and state level. Mike and his family have lived in the Ferncliff area since 1999.