Lara Deits, Chair
Lara grew up in Hoquiam, WA and moved from Seattle to Bainbridge Island in 2017. Lara has a B.A. in Political Science from Seattle University. Lara began her career at Quellos Group, an alternatives investment management business, which was later acquired by BlackRock in 2007. While at BlackRock she was very involved with the Seattle chapter of Families at BlackRock and was point person for their charitable partnerships with Childhaven and Food Lifeline. She is currently enrolled in the Non-Profit Management Certificate program at UW with the intent of eventually transitioning her career into the non-profit space, but is first taking time off to spend time with her family and find ways to volunteer with local organizations “Housing Resources Bainbridge immediately drew my attention as I grew up in an economically depressed area where there were few opportunities and I believe that stable housing and education is key to providing a springboard to a brighter future. During my childhood, I was homeless for a year and spent much of my childhood facing housing insecurity. I am passionate about ensuring there is affordable housing for all individuals on Bainbridge and also want to ensure we live in a community with diversity of all kinds. Additionally, we are very fortunate to have such a strong educational program on Bainbridge and it is my hope that families of all economic levels can take advantage of our school system.”
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.
Tina Song, Secretary
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Ross is an HRB resident and strong believer in the need for affordable housing. Originally from the Detroit area, Ross is a graduate of Oberlin College and holds a Masters of Architecture from UW. Ross works a large interdisciplinary design firm in Seattle that specializes in multi-family housing and mixed-use projects. Outside of work, Ross makes furniture and enjoys exploring the beautiful Pacific Northwest.
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.
Alex has been involved in numerous different areas of commercial real estate over the span of his 12 year career, ranging from managing affordable housing (section 42 tax credit and section 8) transactions to corporate real estate. Currently, Alex is a Senior Associate in the affordable housing division of CB Richard Ellis where he has brokered approximately 115 affordable housing transactions across the US with a value in excess of $600,000,000. Prior to his current role, Alex worked for a real estate accounting and advisory firm that provided lease auditing services to fortune 500 companies for location in the US, UK and western Europe. Alex received a Master of Professional Studies in Real Estate from Georgetown University and a Bachelor of Arts in Economics with an emphasis in real estate from Washington State University. He and his fiancée moved to Bainbridge Island in 2017.
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.
If you would like to create a fair, equal and diverse Bainbridge Island please join us in our fight for affordable housing.