Board of Directors
President: Gene Barner
Vice President: Bonnie MacLean Abney
Secretary: Carmen McFadyen
Treasurer: Ken Hulett
Executive Director: Helen Taylor at 360-678-7656, ext. 4020 or 360-321-7656 ext. 4020
Bonnie MacLean Abney
Bonnie Abney is an accomplished performance management and development professional. She is an expert in the analysis of human performance and the design, development and implementation of innovative and practical performance solutions. Bonnie’s family began visiting Whidbey Island in the 1940s. One by one her cousins, mother, grandmother, aunt and uncle moved to the Island. Bonnie bought property in Coupeville in the early 1980s. In 2007, Bonnie was finally able to follow the family tradition by becoming a full-time resident. Since settling here, she has been active in the American Association of University Women, Coupeville Neighborhood Emergency Team and the MacIntosh Appreciation Group of Island County.
Gene Barner is a former EA-6B Prowler crew member and graduate of the Naval Officer Candidate School (OCS). He moved to Whidbey Island in 1998 as a naval flight officer. In 2003, he joined Edward Jones Investments in Oak Harbor as a financial advisor. Gene holds a bachelor of arts in business administration. An active community volunteer, Gene serves on the Community Advisory Board of the Oak Harbor Police Department and volunteers for Oak Harbor School District career development activities.
Jan Claesson is excited to be part of the Whidbey General Foundation Board and to serve its mission to the benefit of the Whidbey Island community.
Claesson's career covers the intersection of business, technology and healthcare. His executive and board of director roles include health plans, medical devices and behavioral health. His technology experience includes operating systems, productivity tools, gaming, wireless, Saas and enterprise systems. Companies include Fortune 500 such as Eli Lilly and Microsoft, midsize private and public companies, not-for profit plus a number of start-ups.
Jan is currently a partner at NextLevel, an executive professional services company, and is co-founder of the behavioral health advisory firm Diligence.pro.
Claesson has an MBA from the University of Gothenburg, Sweden. He lives on Whidbey with his wife Leslie.
Clarke Harvey has been a practicing attorney in Island County since 1978. He served as an Island County Deputy Prosecuting Attorney for eight years before entering private practice. He is a partner in Kelly & Harvey Law Offices and also serves as a part-time Island County Superior Court Commissioner and judge pro tem. Over the years, Clarke has been active in civic and community service volunteering for Central Whidbey Fire & Rescue, Island County Economic Development Council, Clinton Chamber of Commerce, Greenbank Farm Management Group and South Whidbey Rotary. For his love of maritime music, he has been a performer in the Shifty Sailors for 17 years.
Ken Hulett has made the Pacific Northwest his home for most of his life, aside from a tour in Vietnam with the U.S. Army. He has spent 25 years in the banking business all with the same bank as it grew and changed names from Island Savings and Loan, InterWest Bank and Pacific Northwest Bank. After his retirement from the bank as Executive Vice President, he served as managing director of Genis Capital Management and a director of the startup Mariner Bank of Port Townsend, which has since been sold to Kitsap Bank. His community involvement includes the Oak Harbor Rotary Club, Habitat for Humanity of Island County, Oak Harbor Yacht Club, the Oak Harbor Pier Committee and past president of the Economic Development Council of Island County. Ken and his wife, Terri, have four children and five grandchildren.
Mark Laska moved to Whidbey Island in 2005 with his wife Jennifer and their sons, Michael and Nicholas. His passion for peasant food led him to open his first restaurant in 2006, followed by The BBQ Joint in Oak Harbor in 2010. After selling that restaurant, he moved temporarily to Italy, began a culinary apprenticeship and returned to open CIAO restaurant in Coupeville in 2011.
Laska spent much of his career as a creative executive specializing in public relations, brand creation and marketing. As a publicist, he worked on a wide array of projects in film, music, television, new media, on the Internet and working with celebrities. He has also had the opportunity to co-author several books in that field.
Jane Mays, MD
Jane Mays, MD, has been a pediatrician on Whidbey Island since 1979 and continues to practice part time at a small pediatric office based in Oak Harbor. She has served on boards of the American Cancer Society and the Skagit County Medical Bureau. Community medical education is an area of special interest to Jane, who believes that healthcare access and utilization can be greatly improved through the education of patients and their families.
Carmen McFadyen, a former RN, is a realtor with Windermere Real Estate. She is an active volunteer in the community starting in 1971 when she moved to Coupeville and volunteered with the Dr. Paul Bishop Hospital Guild. She is currently a volunteer at the schools, her church, Soroptimist International of Coupeville and the Boys & Girls Club of Coupeville. Carmen strongly believes a good hospital is vital to a healthy community and takes great pride in the services Whidbey General Hospital and Clinics provides.
Joseph P. Mosolino
Joe Mosolino has been the owner and managing broker of Windermere Real Estate South Whidbey since 2008.
Since arriving on Whidbey Island in 1997, Joe became active with both the Oak Harbor School District as PTA president, After School Enrichment program coordinator, and founding member of Citizen’s for Better Schools, which was instrumental in passing the first levy in over 30 years in Oak Harbor School District. Joe has participated in more than four levy and bond campaigns and was instrumental to the Friends of Whidbey General Hospital Bond Campaign Committee in 2013. He is past vice president, president and secretary of Oak Harbor Chapter of the Navy League and his deep involvement with the North Puget Sound Association of Realtors includes being the key contact for Congressman Rick Larsen for five years. Joe has also served at the Washington Association of Realtors and as a board member for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Island County.
Joe sees his position on the Whidbey General Hospital Foundation Board as an ambassador to the community; someone who can listen to the concerns of the public, while delivering the facts about the positive aspects of the Whidbey General healthcare system. As a small business owner, he also sees an opportunity to speak with the business community island-wide about the strengths of our healthcare system.
Ken O’Mhuan, JD
Ken O’Mhuan, J.D. has been engaged in estate and business law practice since 1969. As an active community member, he has represented Whidbey Island on the Northwest Senior Services Board, the Uniquely Whidbey Trade Fair, and the Child Abuse Prevention Foundation.
He has been a board member of the Whidbey General Hospital Foundation for the past 10 years.
Bruce Porter, MD
As a resident of Whidbey Island, former Seattleite Dr. Bruce Porter is thrilled to have the opportunity to contribute to ensuring that fellow islanders have access to the highest quality healthcare right here at home.
Porter was an active member of the Seattle medical community from 1984 to December 2014, when he retired as the Co-Medical Director of Swedish/First Hill Diagnostic Imaging.
The doctor is an internationally-recognized lecturer on Magnetic Resonance (MR)imaging and ultrasound, as well as a consultant to imaging equipment and Computer Automated Design (CAD)manufacturers for advanced clinical applications.
Dr. Porter shares the joy of retiring to Whidbey Island with his wife Sharon.
Bert Speir retired in 2003 after 31 years in the Navy, first as a clinical psychologist and then as a healthcare administrator. Key career highlights included commanding officer of naval hospitals in Oak Harbor and Naples, Italy, and chief of staff at the Navy's medical headquarters command.
Speir has been a member of the Foundation board since 2005, serving three consecutive terms as president.
Bert and his wife, Mary Ann, have two adult children and three grandchildren.
Susan H. Strom, LMFT, ATR
Susan Strom, a recent transplant from Southern California, was actually born at Naval Air Station Whidbey Island Naval Hospital. Susan was clinical director of an agency in Santa Monica, Calif. serving the most vulnerable and homeless population in that area.
She currently owns a small private practice as a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and clinical art therapist in the Bayview area.
Over the past year, Susan has worked alongside Island County local law enforcement and Whidbey General Hospital and Clinics in supporting and addressing the mental health needs of our community.
Susan believes in the hospital's mission and is thrilled to support the community through the Foundation's Board of Directors.
Helen Taylor, Executive Director
After 15 years raising millions of dollars as a volunteer, Helen began a professional career in fund development. Building on an English degree from Rice University, a Public Relations Certificate program from UCLA and continuing education programs in non-profit and philanthropic leadership, Helen has continued to achieve results.
She is described as a passionate, creative, articulate and committed team builder. Her career includes hands-on experience in strategic planning, donor cultivation, special events, volunteer management, grant writing, social media strategy, public advocacy and direct marketing.