Board of Directors

A team of volunteers manages the operations of Finn Hill Neighborhood Alliance, meeting monthly to make decisions on projects supporting the organization’s mission, communications, fundraising, and member development. The Board is elected at its November meeting. Any member in good standing is eligible to run for a Board position.

You can email the board directly with any comments, questions, or ideas. Their email is board@finnhillalliance.org.

If you have an interest in a board position, please contact us.

Board and General Community Meeting Schedule for 2017

General Community Meetings

  • Annual Meeting is held in November.  Additional meetings occur during the year and are announced through emails, social media and yard signs.

Board Meetings (held on the third Wednesday of each month)

  • January 20
  • February 17
  • March 16
  • April 20
  • May 18
  • June 15
  • July 20
  • August 17
  • September 21
  • October 19
  • November 16
  • December 21

 

Meet our 2017 Board of Directors

Scott Morris, President

Biography:

  • Resident of Finn Hill (Champagne Point) since 1997
  • DCNA/FHNA history: First got involved in neighborhood activities in 2000, when DCNA organized to save Juanita Woodlands; joined DCNA board in 2005 (??), became president in April 2010 (when Jeff insisted on resigning!)
  • Other activities: Currently serving on Kirkland Parks Funding Exploratory Committee; secretary to a nonprofit focused on Haiti relief efforts; also on boards of Seattle Art Museum and law school in California
  • Work: Corporate attorney in wireless communications industry; background in government affairs, international transactions
  • FHNA interests:
    • ensuring that DCNA transitions smoothly to FHNA, increasing active membership and sustaining charitable donations, and getting schools involved in our environmental programs
    • developing more effective means of communicating with the Finn Hill community and enriching FHNA website/social media with timely and intelligent content (environmental and social blogs, features, etc)
    • promoting a long-term vision for the Finn Hill neighborhood in which pressure for additional development is compensated by additions to/enhancements of neighborhood green space and parks (Finn Hill 2050)
    • working with the City of Kirkland effectively, proposing ideas and solutions rather than merely reacting to city initiatives
    • Finishing our reforestation program for the Woodlands

Amy Falcone, Board Member At Large

Biography:

Amy moved to Finn Hill in 2014, where she lives with her husband John and three young children. She currently serves on Kirkland’s Human Services Commission, is actively involved in the HD Thoreau Elementary School PTA, where she was awarded the 2017 Golden Acorn Award, and is the President of her HOA Board of Directors. Elected to the FHNA board in 2016, she has represented Finn Hill on the Kirkland Neighborhood Safety Panel, helping to secure city funding for safety improvements to school walk and bike routes in our neighborhood. She also initiated and organizes FHNA’s Annual Spring Egg Hunt and has served as the organization’s treasurer. She enjoys spending time with family and friends, attending theater, and playing at the many amazing local parks in the Pacific Northwest.

Kathy Schuler, Outreach - Communications Committee

Biography:

  • Resident of Finn Hill since 2005
  • DCNA History: A frequent visitor to Denny Park, St Edwards and Big Finn Hill
  • Park Activities: Appointed Green Kirkland Steward of Juanita Heights Park. Stewards organize volunteer events to restore forests, wetlands and other natural areas.
  • Other Activities: Appointed to Kirkland Parks Funding Exploratory Committee 2011-2012; Eastside Sustainable Business Alliance and engaged in a variety of nature preservation groups.
  • Work: Art Education
  • FHNA Interests:
    • Contributing to strong social connections on Finn Hill through effective communiction channels and community activities that connect people around common interests.
    • Working with the social channels: FHNA Web site, Facebook and YouTube.
    • Preserving open space
    • Restoration and Expansion work on Juanita Heights Park.

Kurt Brunnenkant, Outreach - Community Committee

Biography:

DCNA/FHNA involvement: since 2010 and joined the board in 2011. Donor since 2008.

  • Residence: Born and raised in Renton, WA. Finn Hill resident since 2000.
  • Work: Have worked at the Boeing Company since 1997 in manufacturing engineering.
  • Successfully raised 5 children.
  • Other Volunteer work: Volunteered at local schools from elementary through high school. Assisted in producing plays for elementary and junior high. PTSA membership chair at Carl Sandburg Elementary, PTSA webmaster at JHS. Have managed for KNLL boys A ball, and coached City of Kirkland and Boys and Girls Club youth sports teams. Coastsavers volunteer for the last 4 years and counting.
  • FHNA interests:
    • Bringing neighbors together as a community. Promoting community involvement.
    • To accumulate and categorize contact information of FHNA members.
    • To develop distribution lists based on membership interests which will support specific FHNA projects.
    • Community gatherings.

Jeanette Leach, Stewardship Committee

Biography:

Returned to the Kirkland/Bothell area five years ago after almost 20 years away, mainly in Colorado. Chose Finn Hill as home due to the presence of parks as well as clear community interest in natural areas. Lives near Thoreau. Has BSc in Botany and PhD in Plant Pathology. Spent career in the bio-pharmaceutical industry, and currently consult. Has volunteered with King County Parks as Park and Trail Ambassador, is leading remapping efforts with Big Finn Hill Trails Committee.

Interested in participating on the FHNA board to support sustainable natural areas, conserve the features of Finn Hill that make it a special place to live over the next few decades, and contribute to our ability as a community to respond to emergencies.

Bill Blanchard, Land Acquisitions

Biography:

Bill has lived on Finn Hill since 1989. He and his wife Joanie raised their three children on the hill, where they attended the local schools. He spent 25 years in the advertising industry, creating marketing messages for consumer brands and corporations. Bill has spent the last 15 years working as a real estate agent for Windermere in Kirkland. Bill serves on the Kirkland Strategic Housing Committee, is Co-Chair of the Kirkland Association of Neighborhoods (KAN), Chairman of the Big Finn Hill Parks Committee. As a FHNA board member, Bill is active on Finn Hill’s Communications/Community Committee with Kathy Schuler and Kurt Brunnenkant. He helped start and manages (with Kurt Brunnenkant) Finn Hill’s annual Neighborhood Garage sale and he leads our efforts to acquire land for open space. Bill brings years of communications and marketing experience to the board, as well as enthusiasm for the neighborhood’s past and future.

Ed Hunt, Board Member At Large

Biography:

Ed has lived on top of Finn Hill since 1996 and came to the area because of the beauty and charm of the local area and the friendliness of the community here. He is married with two children, one of whom attends EAS at Finn Hill Middle School and one in college who also went to schools on the hill. Working for a small software company dealing with computers and databases, he now works from home, so is often around the neighborhood. As an engineer he brings a practical skill set to the FHNA board, contributing to the efforts to expand Juanita Heights Park, develop the neighborhood plan and setup Dennyfest, for which he has been the emcee for several years. He’s interested in promoting alternative technologies for our area (such as solar power and electric vehicles). He’s also a pilot and keen astronomer under frustratingly cloudy northwest skies.

Marc Ackerman, Treasurer

Biography:

Marc has lived on Finn Hill since relocating to the Pacific Northwest about eight years ago. This region — especially our corner of it — has never failed to disappoint him, and he believes that the privilege of residing here should be balanced by a commitment to public service. Thoughtful stewardship of our extraordinary trail system is high on his list of priorities, along with protecting the tree canopy and keeping structural development in check. Even before he began volunteering with the Neighborhood Alliance, Marc volunteered to direct FHNA’s annual DennyFest celebration, and he’ll be reprising that role in 2018 as well. He recently took on the responsibilities of FHNA treasurer and has confronted the quirks and vagaries of QuickBooks with patience and wherewithal. During the warmer months, Marc enjoys his position in the Seattle Mariner box office, volunteering as director of the Seattle Pride Parade, and greeting every dog he encounters in Finn Hill Park with alarming enthusiasm.

Matt Pruitt, Board Member at Large

Biography:

Finn Hill resident since 2001 (rented home from 2003 – 2006 while living in Washington D.C.)

MA in Public Administration, Seattle U; BA in Political Science, UW.

Worked in politics for three years as an aide to a member of the state legislature and then the King County Council. Began a career in labor relations and personnel management in Washington D.C. in the Office of the Secretary at the Department of Health and Human Services, currently work in the same field for the Alderwood Water and Wastewater District in Lynnwood. Worked for every level of government at some point: federal, county, state, city, and special purpose

Commissioner for O.O. Denny Park  (Finn Hill Park and Recreation District).

Active at Holy Spirit Lutheran Church in Juanita.

Involvement in DCNA:

  • Helped Jim Sproull with the salmon project on Denny Creek in 2001
  • Helped with the Denny Creek bank stabilization project in the summer of 2009
  • Member of the Finn Hill neighborhood organization committee

Future Interest:

  • 2050 project
  • Trails
  • Community planning/zoning issues
  • Future O.O. Denny Park funding
  • Relationships with new elected officials/future redistricting planning
  • Identifying civic issues that are of interest to the neighborhood
  • Potential development of a community center/meeting place on Finn Hill

James Kumin, Board Member At Large

Biography:

James Kumin has lived on Finn Hill since fall of 2012 when he arrived to serve as pastor of Inglewood Presbyterian on 141st Street. He grew up in Portland, but then lived in LA County, central New Jersey, and SE Michigan before making it back to the PNW. After college he first worked as a city planner while also launching a non-profit learning center in his Latino immigrant neighborhood; he then became a pastor in a desire to integrate his love for neighborhoods and skills in networking across lines that typically divide us from each other. He also enjoys walks with his wife, playing with his two kids (age 8 and 5), laughing at his dog, and ingesting a wide variety of good food. He sometimes thinks about kayaking again.

Fred Schaffalitzky, Board Member At Large

Biography:

Fred moved from Europe to Washington in 2010 and has been a Finn Hill resident since 2013 and a FHNA board member since early 2018. He is a King County parks ambassador and volunteer, and a proponent of urban forest preservation, restoration and expansion. He has a particular interest in the Juanita Woodlands Park, both its short-term maintenance and its long-term evolution. Fred holds a PhD in engineering science and works for a large technology company in areas related to digital mapping and remote sensing.

Meetings

  • General membership and community meetings are held every other month, with no meetings during the summer. Meetings are typically held the first Wednesday of September, November, January, March, and May at Finn Hill Middle School. The public is invited. In addition to neighborhood updates, a guest speaker will often address a particular topic of interest.
  • The board of directors meets monthly.

FHNA: Annual Reports