Our Elected Board Members

Robin Thomas – President

Robin and her husband Jay bought their house on Mason St in 2017, and moved Robin’s dad, Bill, and his cat in this year. 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.

Janet Ott – Vice President

Janet, along with her three cats, has lived on Newell Street for 8 years and is in love with the neighborhood.  She has had her own executive coaching, facilitation, and education business in Whatcom County for the last 20 years.  Janet serves on the board of the Pickford Cinema, is a CERT graduate, and a hospice volunteer.  She is also on the arboretum board and actively pursues adventures in hiking boots, on bicycles, kayaks, skis and snowshoes.

Joseph F. Hayes 

Joseph has lived in the Sehome neighborhood since 2004. He owns and operates a bed and breakfast and one-acre garden in the neighborhood with his husband Walter. Joseph has a background in urban planning and architecture, and is a member of the Washington State Bar Association. Joseph has a long history of volunteer work and community organizing on a variety of issues. In his spare time he enjoys music, baseball, bikes, trains, food, a good book and somewhere to go swimming with the dogs.

Jean Hamilton – Secretary

Jean and her husband Kris and have lived on the 800 block of Mason since 1976. She has served on the Sehome Board since 2009. In past years she served on the Arboretum Board and on MNAC. She worked in Special Education for the Bellingham Schools for many years and then for Visiting Angels until retirement. She is very active at our neighborhood church, First Presbyterian and enjoys birdwatching and quilting.

Carl Nyblade – Treasurer

Carl has lived in the Sehome neighborhood since 1981. During this time, he has lived in or renovated 6 homes and raised his 3 children. He is retired from a 40+ year teaching career. He spends his time maintaining his garden, singing and volunteering with the Unitarian Fellowship.

Aaron Foss

Aaron and his wife, Katie, bought their home on Maple Street in 2016, where they live with their three year-old daughter. Aaron spends his days (and some nights) helping to manage the Safe Housing Program at Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Services, which provides emergency housing and support to individuals and families fleeing domestic violence.

James Detke – Student Rep

James is a sophomore 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.

David Zhang
Russ Sapienza