We have the pleasure of working with Board members representing
five local South Whidbey churches.
Our Board members head the THINC support committees in their churches, as well as report back to the committees on the progress and needs of the project.
· Coyla Shepard: Resources (Trinity Lutheran Church, Freeland)
· Karla Salgado : Treasurer (Calvary Chapel, Clinton)
· Maralie Johnson: (St. Hubert Catholic Church, Langley)
· Beth Derrig : Secretary (St. Hubert Catholic Church, Langley)
- Gena Stiles (Trinity Lutheran Church, Freeland)
· Debra Hedllund: Legal Counsel (Calvary Chapel, Clinton)
Coyla Shepard volunteer, and member of Island Church. As a retired public school teacher, I volunteered at The Hub, the free after-school program in Langley. There I met a family of three teens and their widowed mother who needed housing. That meeting inspired me to join the Board of the newly formed South Whidbey Homeless Coalition. The need for more permanent housing led me to bring others together to form the nonprofit THINC Whidbey.
Maralie Johnson volunteer, living on Whidbey Island for 14 years and I attend St. Hubert’s Catholic Church in Langley. I’ve been concerned about housing homeless people for years. My mother and I bought an RV for a family of six several years ago. The family was going to split up the marriage in order to get housing in Everett. At the time, there were no services available to them on Whidbey. Since that time, I’ve remodeled my garage for a friend who was going to be homeless because her income was not enough to support local rental rates. I believe God cares about people in need and expects us to use the skills we have to help them.
Deborah Hedlund volunteer and attorney. My legal career includes being a criminal law professor, prosecutor, public defender, City Attorney of a small community, and corporate counsel. I then served for 33 years as a State Court Trial Judge in Minnesota. I continue to serve on the Board of the University of Northwestern (MN). I retired to Whidbey Island in 2013. There is a critical need to provide affordable housing on Whidbey Island, and l am dedicated to being a part of the solution as a member of the THINC Board.
Gena Stiles, volunteer and THINC board member.
Member of Trinity Lutheran and HHE (His Hands Extended)
taking food and clothing to homeless in Seattle.
Retired from Time Together program at Senior Services.
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