Our Elected Board Members

Robin Thomas – President

Robin and her husband Jay bought their house on Mason St in 2017, and more recently moved Robin’s dad, Bill, and his cat in to live with them. Robin has worked as a Restoration Ecologist, and Jay is a lean practitioner. We love all things Bellingham, the mt biking, the Salish Sea, rain and the community. Robin originally came from Maine, and still has roots in the Northeast.

Jack Wellman – Vice President

Jack and his partner, Emma, have lived in the Sehome neighborhood since 2019. They enjoy long walks along the waterfront to Fairhaven, skiing at Baker, observing our local bald eagles, and taking care of their many houseplants. Jack is passionate about Bellingham’s built environment and working collaboratively with community to create a walkable and affordable Bellingham.

Ingra Schellenberg-Secretary

Ingra is a Sehome renter, passionate gardener and crazy cat lady. She has benefitted tremendously from the warmth and generosity of her Sehome neighbors. She hopes her service on the board can similarly contribute to the interconnectedness of our neighborhood.

Jane Kimura

Jane is a climate refuge from LA who fell in awe with Bellingham and the Arboretum. Shown next to the mural in the Arboretum, Jane is holding Chika, one of the sponsors who commissioned the muralist “ruckas” to create the mural. Since walking is one of her passions, living in the Sehome “hood” connects her to many places simply by walking. By joining the board Jane hopes to have a positive influence on the future of the “hood”.

James Detke – Student Rep

James is a senior attending Western Washington University as an Urban Planning and Sustainable Development major. He immediately fell in love with Bellingham and the Sehome neighborhood and is passionate about creating a walkable community that incorporates students and long-term residents. James is from Santa Cruz, California, and is an avid mountain, road, and town cyclist. He is also a member of the Sehome Hill Arboretum Board of Governors, representing student interests for the beautiful arboretum.