Katlin Smith was elected President of the FISH Board in 2016. She has been Principal of UrbanWords Group, a Vancouver public relations firm that specializes in communications for nonprofit organizations, since 2001. She has provided communications services for nonprofit groups for more than 30 years. She has a Master’s degree in Journalism from the University of Oregon and is past President of the Vancouver Rotary Foundation. Along with volunteering for FISH, she is currently Leader of the Vancouver Chapter of Dining for Women and is actively involved with the Rotary Club of Vancouver. She enjoys international travel, gardening and reading.
Karey joined the FISH Board in January 2017. Karey has her law degree from Willamette University, and her Masters of Law in Taxation from New York University. She is also a licensed CPA, but focuses her work as an attorney, specializing in the taxation of small businesses, including transition planning and estate planning for owners of closely held businesses and high wealth individuals. Karey is actively involved in the Rotary Club of Vancouver and many other nonprofits in our community. She has also served as the past chair of the Oregon Society of CPAs and the Tax Section of the Oregon State Bar.
Alice Davies retired from Consolidated Freightways Inc after 36 years working in payroll accounting. She has volunteered for many years at FISH and is the current Treasurer. She also volunteers at Legacy Salmon Creek Medical Center and is a lifetime member of Girl Scouts. She also works with the infants and toddlers at her church. She has two married daughters, five grandchildren and four great-grandsons. Her family is her most treasured blessing.
Dr. Greves has been a member of the FISH Board since 2014. He has practiced cardiology at The Vancouver Clinic for over 35 years and continues there part time. John helped in the development of the Heart and Vascular Unit at Peace Health Hospital and currently serves on the Peace Health Foundation Board. He is a past President of the state affiliate of the American Heart Association and has also served on the NW Board. For many years John has volunteered at the Free Clinic of SW Washington. John and his wife Mari attend First Presbyterian Church where they focus on mission and outreach needs in the community. They have six thriving granddaughters with lots of family activities.
George Kaufer was the volunteer Manager of FISH since 2003 until his retirement in 2015 after the acquisition and move to our new building. He has been a member of our current Board of Directors since 2014. His career included 37 years as a CPA with the IRS, including two years of military service. The last seven years he was the Chief, Appeals Office in Portland, Oregon. George’s family includes three living children, six grandchildren and three step grandchildren. He has been married to Joe Ann, another long-time FISH volunteer, for 27 years.
Dick Kunkle has been a FISH volunteer for 9 years and is the immediate Past President of the Board. He is a retired Vice-President of Cadet Manufacturing with an extensive business background including Alcoa in Philadelphia, New York City and San Francisco. He was honored as First Citizen of Corvallis, Oregon. He is a past President of Chamber of Commerce and is an Elder in the Presbyterian Church and a 50-year Rotarian in 2018. He is a graduate of Lafayette College with a BA in Economics. He is a widower with three adult children plus grandchildren.
Tom Lingo has served on the FISH Board of Directors for three years, currently serving on the Budget and Finance Committee. A lifelong resident of Vancouver, he holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Gonzaga University. His professional career includes various sales positions for Freightliner Corp, TRW Automotive and Arconic (formerly Alcoa) all focused on supporting supply to the trucking industry. Thomas is a past member of the ACT1 Committee to the Truck Industry whose primary function was to identify specific industry needs and organize solutions to those problems. He and his wife Gayla have been married for 42 years and have three married children who have blessed them with seven grandchildren who all live in the Vancouver area. He is passionate about anything family and his interests include DIY home improvements and Gonzaga Basketball.
George Laing became a FISH Board member in 2017. He is a graduate of Clark College and Oregon State University. At OSU he received a BS degree in Social Studies Education and later received an MBA from the University of Portland. George taught four years for the Portland Public School District at Marshall High School then joined Clark Public Utilities where he retired as the Human Resources Manager after 25 years of service. George has served on the Clark County boards for the Salvation Army and American Cancer Society. He is a graduate of Leadership Clark County and has been involved in youth baseball for many years serving as manager, coach and umpire. George and his wife Kay attend New Heights Church, have two grandchildren and love to spend time with family.
A 44-year resident of Clark County, Betty Sue Morris is best known for her 20 years in elected office: eight years as a Washington State Representative and 12 as a Clark County Commissioner. A graduate of the University of Missouri with an advanced degree from the University of Portland, Morris has also taught high school, been a news reporter for The Oregonian, a hospital community affairs director and served on U.S. Congressional staff. A wife and mother of two grown children, she has served on multiple non-profit boards in Clark County and joined the FISH Board in early 2015. She also serves on the boards of the Salmon Creek Hospital Foundation of Legacy Medical Center, Community Home Health and Hospice Advisory Board, H-Roc women’s Political Action Committee and is a member of Rotary Club of Vancouver. In 2016 she was named one of Clark County’s “Founding Mothers” by the YWCA. “We’re blessed to live in a thriving and vibrant community. It breaks my heart to know there are still people who go hungry right in the middle of such prosperity,” she says.
Mark Osborne is a life-long resident of Vancouver and has served on the Board at FISH for two years. Mark is a managing partner and board member for his family’s commercial real estate development and leasing company, C.E. John. Mark manages C.E. John’s non-profit and community outreach work and has worked philanthropically with FISH, Virginia Garcia, NW Association for Blind Athletes, Rose Haven, and Friendly House. In his free time, Mark enjoys working out, traveling, and doing fun activities with his family, including watching both of his girls play competitive soccer. Mark has been married to his wife Bryna for 16 years and has two daughters, Ella and Anna.
Alden Roberts, MD, MMM, FACS, is the retired Chief Medical Officer for PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center. He is a graduate of the Louisiana State University School of Medicine in New Orleans and the Carnegie Mellon University Masters of Medical Management, Hospital Administration.
DJ Schmidt is the Chief Financial Officer for Ginn Realty Group | Development. He joined the FISH Board in October 2017. A transplant from Kansas City, Missouri, DJ and his wife, Corinne, now proudly call Vancouver home. When not explaining the intricacies of zone defenses (basketball or football) to his two young children, DJ loves to play 18 holes or trying the latest hot restaurant with Corinne.
Christine Wamsley is a real estate Advisor based in the Pacific Northwest, working with various real estate developers and owners, assisting in their real estate activities including client portfolio analysis, new development assistance, entitlements, project management and leasing activities. She has more than 30 years of experience in real estate development/construction management, marketing, asset and property management, encompassing well over 10 million square feet of commercial property. She is a licensed real estate broker in the State of Washington. She currently serves on the City Center Redevelopment Authority and the Boundary Review Board for the Educational Service District in Vancouver. She has served as a board member of Southwest Washington Medical Center/PeaceHealth, City of Vancouver Downtown Redevelopment Authority, Columbia River Economic Development Council and Columbia Credit Union.
Wendy Bukoski joined the FISH of Vancouver team as its first paid Operations Manager in October 2016. In her first year on the job, Wendy tripled the FISH volunteer base and led FISH, one of the largest Clark County food distribution sites, to serve more than 1720 families per month and between 35-95 houseless individuals each day. As a founding member of “Free Hot Soup” (FHS), Wendy led collaborative severe-weather relief efforts between hundreds of volunteers in Portland, Gresham and Vancouver. FHS has served over a thousand houseless and impoverished persons over the course of their four years in street outreach. Her strengths in volunteer coordinating and new donations accounts resulted in building the FHS volunteer base from a handful of people in 2013 to more than 4,000 people in eight different cities nationwide.She was a member of the core group that worked on the Pocket Guide project, a resource for the recently homeless in Vancouver, Washington.