Originally from Texas, Phedra moved to the Northwest in 2002. She and her husband arrived just in time to buy an affordable home before housing prices began to rise. She believes that communities should have a wide variety of housing options and that being able to live where you work should not be a matter of luck. With a background in teaching, human resources, and grant administration, Phedra joined HRB in 2010 because she believed that the community land trust model of permanent affordability was a sustainable and effective approach to addressing the local housing crisis. Prior to becoming executive director in 2017, she helped 40 households qualify and purchase their homes in HRB’s first community land trust neighborhood, Ferncliff Village. Phedra works with a range of community partners to reach, educate, and engage the public because she appreciates that progress demands informed and passionate community participation.
Lara grew up in Hoquiam, WA, and moved from Seattle to Bainbridge Island in 2017. She spent 15 years at an investment management firm where she led a team responsible for investment reporting. Lara served as a board member for HRB before joining the staff in 2020. On staff, she leads the fundraising and development program. Lara faced housing insecurity as a child and strongly believes that providing affordable housing to our community is vital. She is passionate about giving people opportunities to attend our amazing schools, live where they work, and to age in the community they call home. Lara has three young sons and loves reading whenever she can find a quiet moment.
A lifelong Bremertonian, Maggie brings a diverse background to HRB. After spending several years as a community health educator, they took root in community organizing and policy advocacy. Most recently they managed external affairs for IslandWood, helping to secure innovative environmental science funding across Washington state. They care deeply about housing affordability and are most excited by innovative and pragmatic policy solutions. Maggie serves on Bremerton’s Planning Commission, is a board member of Q Youth Resources, and is also a local hospice volunteer. You can find them spending lots of time in their garden, cooking up a storm, and traveling with their spouse.
Jackie was raised on Bainbridge Island. Her first home as a child was a boat in Eagle Harbor. Jackie moved back home to the island with her family in 2015. Her background includes large-scale program management and fund management for both corporate and nonprofit organizations. Before joining HRB, Jackie most recently worked as a senior manager of client services at Epiq, an international legal services company. Jackie is a community builder and loves helping individuals and families with their homeownership journey. She enjoys reading, hiking, swimming, horseback riding, travel, and playing board games. Jackie can often be found on weekends chasing her three children around Kitsap County’s many beautiful trails, playgrounds, and beaches.
Tamar Kupiec comes to HRB from IslandWood where she managed the volunteer program. She has an M.F.A. in nonfiction writing, taught creative writing in New York City public high schools, and worked for many years as a freelance writer and editor, most recently at Forterra. Tamar moved to Bainbridge in 2016 from the East Coast, where she lived in various Massachusetts cities and towns and in Brooklyn, NY, and was immediately taken by the island’s natural beauty and engaged community. She believes that through thoughtful, equitable, and innovative housing development, we can create a more economically diverse and interconnected community. She finds great satisfaction in sharing the stories of challenge and opportunity, generosity and commitment that define HRB and involving others in its work.
Jessica moved to Kitsap County in 2007 to be closer to her family. She has worked as an intake specialist, behavioral health ombudsman, case manager, and foreclosure mediation program manager since 2010. She has a passion for service and volunteers as a mediator and a park steward. “I am proud to live in a community that is diverse and supportive of those in need, and am thrilled to be part of the HRB team!”
Adam Matschek was born and raised in Oregon. After living and working from Alaska to Tanzania, he came back to the PNW and moved to Bainbridge in 2014. Before joining HRB he owned and ran a home management business on the island, operating as a general contractor to take care of private residential properties. He and his wife plus their dog, Lewis, love camping, hiking, and taking care of his extensive rare rhododendron collection.
Michael was born in Allentown, PA, and has moved around the Northeast. He and his wife ventured to Washington first on their honeymoon in 2015 and permanently in 2019. They welcomed their first daughter into the world in July 2020. Michael has a bachelor’s in business management and a master’s in business administration. His passion for community involvement started in college and has become a large part of his life. “Housing is a right, not a privilege. It is our responsibility as human beings to ensure that every person, regardless of economic station, has the opportunity to exercise this right.”
Ruben is committed to customer service and helping build community through his work in maintaining HRB properties. He spent seven years as building maintenance supervisor in Clovis, CA. He then started residential maintenance in 2005 with the largest property management company in the Central Valley, where he was nominated Maintenance Technician of the Year. He continued his residential maintenance career after moving to Washington in 2009 and now serves as the maintenance lead for HRB. Ruben hopes to continue his positive impact on Bainbridge Island for many years to come.
Misty moved to the Kitsap Peninsula in 2008 and currently resides in Poulsbo. She volunteered for many years on Bainbridge Island with the local MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) group and with various island schools. After spending many years raising her three children, Misty found her passion in helping others thrive. She began working with adults with developmental disabilities while she obtained her bachelor’s in social work. Misty brings to HRB knowledge of case management surrounding the safety and overall needs of seniors and people with developmental disabilities. She has a strong passion for serving her community and connecting people to helpful resources. Misty enjoys spending time with her family, quilting, kayaking, and hiking any chance she has.
Born and raised in North Kitsap, Alisa has been in the finance industry for over 10 years. Starting in corporate banking, she found her love for numbers and finance. She and her husband spend most of their time wrangling their three children Camden, Dean, and Nellie. As a family they have a passion for dirt bikes and are easily found at the track every weekend racing. Alisa enjoys a good true crime podcast, strong caffeine, plus lots of snuggles with her Great Dane Bentley and beagle Lucy.
Vidal was born and raised on the Kitsap Peninsula and graduated from Kingston High School in 2018. This is his second year as a maintenance technician, and he feels like he is learning so much already and hopes to continue working with HRB as long as possible to assist in its growth. In his free time Vidal enjoys playing sports, fishing, art, reading, and traveling.
Sherri Raines has lived in Kitsap nearly her whole life and loves it here. She has five years of experience as a real estate broker and seven in the title and escrow industry and obtained her license as a limited practice officer. With this background, she has a deeply personal understanding of the process; real estate is complicated and not something that the average person goes through frequently. Sherri strives to provide an elevated level of care and meet people where they are. She is excited to be a part of HRB making a difference in people’s lives and working toward equitable community growth. In her free time Sherri enjoys hiking with her husband and their dog, running, yoga, kayaking, and spending time with family and friends.