The following candidates are up for election in May:
For Director: Jean Hilde-Fulghum
Jean has lived in Briarcrest since 1995 and has been the Director of the Briarcrest Neighborhood Association for the past two and a half years. She’s enjoyed working with her fellow BNA team members on such projects as creating Briarcrest neighborhood yard signs, presenting a professionally-led Storytelling Workshop, and hosting a series of community disaster readiness talks, as well as bringing neighbors together with the BNA’s Storytelling Evenings and the annual Briarcrest Summer Picnic. In the upcoming year, Jean hopes to continue working with the BNA Leadership Team to establish an emergency hub for the neighborhood and to distribute “what to do in an emergency” brochures to all Briarcrest neighbors; to co-sponsor, along with the Seattle Storytellers’ Guild, a “1,001 Nights” storytelling event based on the tales of Scheherazade; to work with the Shoreline Parks Department in creating a brand new Briarcrest Neighborhood Park; and to begin the process of establishing a community garden and pea patch. If re-elected, Jean will look forward to enjoying another year of working alongside the BNA leadership team to make our neighborhood the best it can be!
For Assistant Director: Devra Gartenstein
Devra- I’m the founder of Patty Pan Cooperative and I’ve been recording secretary for the Briarcrest Neighborhood Association the past few years. I’m so grateful to be part of this community, and I’ve really enjoyed seeing the BNA grow and thrive lately. I’m looking forward to taking more of a leadership role as assistant director.
For Secretary: Alice Keller
Alice Keller has served as Assistant Director for the past 2 years. She was the editor of the newsletter for 3 years before that, served as the BNA representative to the Shoreline Council of Neighborhoods in 2014-15, and revised the bylaws with Jean and Devra in 2015. She helped to organize the BNA’s two grant-funded storytelling events a couple of years ago and is enthusiastic about our ongoing bimonthly storytelling evenings. She has completed training as a member of Shoreline’s Community Emergency Response Team and is very interested in helping Briarcrest with disaster preparedness. Alice is retired from teaching at North Seattle College, where she volunteered as secretary for the faculty union for 3 years. She moved to Briarcrest from Bothell in 2008.
For Treasurer: Sarah Kaye
Sarah Kaye has lived in Briarcrest for 11 years. She enthusiastically organizes the City Council Candidates’ Debate Night every two years. Sarah has served as the BNA Treasurer since 2015.