Board Members & Staff

Board of Directors

George Henny, President
George Henny is Co-CEO of Whidbey Telecom and is a 30-year veteran in the telecom and technology fields. He is passionate about change and motivating people to discover how to empower, enhance and inspire people and companies to thrive in their communities. George is highly entrepreneurial and enjoys sharing insights on technology innovation with leaders, changing company culture, and being proudly different. In his role, he provides vision and strategy for business and technology.  He holds a BA in Drama and an MBA from the University of Washington, and has served on numerous community boards. He is a featured performer in local theatrical and film productions. George is proud to be a Rotarian since 1993 and has served as president of the South Whidbey and Whidbey Westside Rotary Clubs. Whidbey Telecom

Mary Campbell, Vice-President
Mary Campbell is with Sno-Isle Libraries, where she has been the Manager of the Oak Harbor Library since 2002. Prior to that she managed the Lynnwood and Redmond Libraries. She received her Library Science degree from the University of Washington, and has continued to learn on the job as public libraries have changed radically over the course of her career. Strengthening the economy through support of entrepreneurs and small business owners is part of her mission, and makes her work on the EDCIC Board most rewarding. She is married to Steve Purcer (30 plus years) and has two grown sons. Sno-Isle Libraries

Megan Wise, Treasurer
Megan Wise has worked at Whidbey Island Bank a Division of Heritage Bank since 1997 and is a Senior Vice President, Commercial Banking Officer. She has lived on beautiful Whidbey Island since 1991 and has served the community that she loves in many ways including on the EDCIC Board of Directors; Oak Harbor Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors; Past President of Skagit Valley College Foundation Board of Governors, past member Big Brothers Big Sisters of island County Board of Directors; Past President North Whidbey Island Sunrise Rotary, among others. Megan lives in Coupeville with her husband, daughter, two spoiled cats, a few chickens, and a rambunctious Labradoodle.  Whidbey Island Bank

Jeff Pleet, Secretary
Jeff Pleet has enjoyed an over 30-year career in financial services, currently employed by Edward Jones. Currently, he serves on the Board of Directors for the Oak Harbor Chamber of Commerce and previously as President of the Skagit Valley College Foundation, the Board of the Anacortes Chamber of Commerce, and as Past President of the Board of the Northwest Washington Estate Planning Council. As Jeff sees it, the role of the EDCIC, is to promote the amazing community and geographic setting of Island County while striving to secure new opportunities for rational growth. He believes we can look for creative, collaborative solutions for our challenges while looking forward to enhancing our common economic goals.  Edward Jones

Walt Blackford, Member at-large
Walt Blackford is Community Outreach Manager for Puget Sound Energy. He has lived in Langley since 1996 and joined PSE in 2008 after serving as Langley City Administrator. His responsibilities include a range of customer engagement and community relations activities on Whidbey and in Skagit County. Walt has been on the EDCIC board since. He is the at-large member of the Executive Committee, as well as a member of the Planning Committee.  Puget Sound Energy

Mayor Tim Callison
Tim Callison retired in 2012 from the International Corporate world after 26 years of progressive management assignments with a global leader in engineered products. His last position was that of President and CEO for the Americas. Tim has a degree in Engineering Technology from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo and a Masters in Business Administration from Pepperdine University.  He relocated to Whidbey Island at the time of his retirement.  Subsequent to his retirement and relocation,Tim ran for and was elected to the office of Mayor of the City of Langley. He is in the last year of his first 4 year term and is unopposed for his election to a second term.  City of Langley

Christine Cribb
Christine Cribb considers herself the Director of First Impressions! For nearly five years Christine has activity rejuvenated the business community as The Greater Oak Harbor Chamber of Commerce Executive Director. Christine proudly represents and advocates for over 500 Chamber members.  Christine is member of Association of Washington Business, serves on the executive board of United States Navy League Oak Harbor Council, Board of Island County Tourism, and is a member of Oak Harbor Rotary.  Christine was elected and served as President the Oak Harbor Public School Board of Directors. Christine is currently working on a degree in Organizational Leadership.  Oak Harbor Chamber of Commerce

Nathan Davis
Nathan Davis has been in love with business his entire life.  He started his first business at the age of 26 and has continued to pursue many different businesses since, whether through ownership, management, and or creation.  His current business Savage Screen Printing and Embroidery was started out of his garage in late 2014.  With customers from Alaska to Montana, they moved into manufacturing space in Clinton.  While supporting the place he was born and raised, Whidbey island, and while supporting his passion for being an entrepreneur, Nathan looks forward to working on many new Whidbey Island businesses in the future. Savage Screen Printing and Embroidery

Jim Deanne
Jim Deanne, along with his wife Lori, owns and operates Tyee Farms LLC on Camano Island’s south-end.  Jim’s career has included working as a law enforcement officer/investigator in the public sector and a variety of banking roles in the private sector.  He has started, operated and sold several businesses and is keenly aware of the challenges faced by entrepreneurs and small business. Jim will be an advocate and resource for all Island County businesses with a focus on Camano Island. Tyee Farms LLC

Lynda Eccles
Lynda Eccles is the Executive Director of the Coupeville and Central Whidbey Chamber of Commerce & Visitor Information Center.  Her favorite challenge was to create a Chamber and Visitor Center that supports local business, create new and innovative events and increase tourism, her sensible level-headed approach succeeded in every aspect.    Through her background in the nonprofit sector she has developed an excellent team of volunteers who provide Visitor Information on a daily basis.  She enjoys spending time with her family and two golden retrievers, enjoying and supporting her community, the arts, gardening and walking. Coupeville Chamber of Commerce

Mayor Molly Hughes
Town of Coupeville

Gary Leake
After a 25-year career as a Professional Electrical Engineer, Gary chose to pursue a different path. By opening a woodworking business, specializing in antique restoration and fine custom furniture, he returned to an early passion taught by his Grandfather. As the business outgrew its basement shop, Gary and his spouse/partner, Sandy, relocated to Whidbey Island in 2000. Today, the business continues as one of the very few professional furniture restoration businesses in the area. In addition, the shop always has numerous projects in process, including custom pieces and artistic pieces shown in a number of NW art galleries. For more information, visit: Gary A. Leake Woodworking

Rob Mellish
Rob Mellish has lived on Whidbey Island for 25 years and has served on the board of the Island Economic Development Council previously. Rob has been in banking for 35 years with experience in Finance, Marketing, Commercial Lending and Branch Banking, now overseeing the three south end branches for Whidbey Island Bank. Married to Kelli, an instructor with Skagit Valley College, he has four children (one at home – age 12) with all attending the South Whidbey schools. Residing in Freeland, Rob is currently the Treasurer for the South Whidbey Schools Performing Arts Boosters and has been actively involved in scouting for the past 18 years, recently taking the reigns as Scoutmaster for Troop 57 in January this year. Whidbey Island Bank

Todd Morrow
Todd Morrow brings a wealth of experience to his role as Executive Director of Island Transit and has consistently focused on ensuring public transportation is at the table during discussions regarding our region’s economic health. He has shown a commitment to the well being of local communities and looks forward to immersing himself into ours. For the past 18 years, Todd held senior-level management roles at both Community and Intercity Transits. He is a graduate of Stanford University and the University of Washington School of Law. Island Transit

Joseph P. Mosolino
Joseph Mosolino is the owner of Windermere South Whidbey Freeland and Langley Offices since 2008. He was previously a past member and was involved with the WA Realtors Legislative Steering Committee/Government Affairs until 2010. Joe moved to Whidbey Island in 1997, and has three children Clay, Lily, Madeline, all college graduates.  He holds a BA in Communications/Public Relations from University of Rhode Island and MA in Public Administration from University of Maryland/Bowie State. Windermere Real Estate/South Whidbey

Jack Ng

Dave Paul
Dave Paul has served in higher education for over 20 years, both as an instructor and administrator. For the past 11 years, Dave has worked at Skagit Valley College, where he has served as Dean of Students, Vice President of Student Services, and Vice President of Institutional Planning and Effectiveness. Dave also has significant experience with PreK-12 schools. Dave served on his local School Board in Ohio. He has served on the Board of Directors for the Oak Harbor Educational Foundation since 2009, where he is currently President. He was elected to the Washington State House of Representatives in November 2018 and serves on the Transportation Committee, the College and Workforce Development Committee, and the Education Committee. Dave and his wife Rachel Anderson-Paul live in Oak Harbor with their four children and two dogs. Skagit Valley College Representative, 10th Legislative District

Commissioner Janet St. Clair
Island County Commissioner

Mayor Bob Severns
City of Oak Harbor

Helen Taylor
Helen Taylor is the Executive Director of the WhidbeyHealth Foundation. She moved to Whidbey from Pasadena, California in 2014 to marry her long-distance sweetheart and settle on the island. For over 20 years, Helen has been directing fundraising efforts for schools, for children’s mental health services, and now for local healthcare. She and her husband Chris are also local entrepreneurs as Chris is the CEO and chief pilot for our new island air service, Lynk Air. WhidbeyHealth Foundation

Brian Tyhuis,Ex-Officio
Brian Tyhuis is the Community Planning and Liaison Officer for Naval Air Station (NAS) Whidbey Island.  He represents the installation regarding encroachment management and land use. He is a Whidbey Island native who grew up in Oak Harbor. Brian began working at NAS Whidbey Island in 2009 as a facility planner with the Public Works Department. Previously, Brian worked for URS, in Albuquerque, New Mexico before returning to Whidbey Island. NAS Whidbey Island


Sharon Sappington, Executive Director
Patricia Griffin, Project Manager