Nela Cumming’s passion has always been for helping others in her community, especially children. She knew she wanted to be a social worker since she was a teenager and has worked in the social services field since 1982. Bilingual in English and Spanish, Nela has a particular affinity for immigrant families. Nela is the Director of Pediatric Therapy Programs at Encompass and has been a Board Member with the SVCN for five years. She lives in North Bend with her husband, 12 year old son and six year old miniature dachshund named Forrest. Nela loves to hike, bike and walk her dog on all the beautiful trails we enjoy in the Valley.
Sarah Cassidy has been a valley dweller for 15 years, ever since she and her husband Luke Woodward began Oxbow Farm on the Alberg family property. Oxbow, now in its 15th season, has a 25 acre organic production farm, a native plant nursery, and an education center, which she directs. Sarah has been on the board of our local Sno Valley Tilth as well as the state-wide Tilth Producers board. She also serves on the Steering Committee for Cedarcrest’s High School’s Future Farmers of America. She and Luke have a 8-year old daughter. Sarah is honored to serve on SVCN’s board, helping to “connect the dots” of our beautiful, multidimensional valley.
Ken Heikkila, the Director of Student Services in the Riverview School District, earned his teaching credentials at Carleton College followed by early teaching experiences in private and public schools. After earning a master’s degree in special education from Vanderbilt University, a move to the Northwest found him teaching students with disabilities in the Kent School District. The educational career evolved into school administration while completing his doctorate in educational leadership at Seattle University. During his first administrative role in the Tukwila School District, he gained experience in English language learner programs, early childhood education, community-based human services, refugee relocation agencies, and city government linkages. Ken has been a valley resident since 2007 living in the community of Snoqualmie.
Molly Jensen, Treasurer
Molly has served children with special needs and their families for 29 years, in Wisconsin, Utah and Washington States. She and her husband have been Ames Lake residents for over 17 years, are raising two children and have hosted many exchange students. Her background as an Occupational Therapist gives her a unique perspective on health and wellbeing related to our various “occupations”. Whether it is our role as parents, employees, students, mentors, or even how we care for ourselves, our physical and mental health impacts the community we live in. Participating in the Snoqualmie Valley community Network is a natural extension of her career and life work, and gives a voice to the those that may not be heard.
Kim Lisk has been active in the PTSA’s since 1996 in one way or another. She has served on Carnation Elementary, Tolt Middle School & Cedarcrest High School and the Riverview PTSA Council boards. She has been involved with the Carnation 4th of July Celebration since 1996 she has served as the chairperson for the past 8 years!
Kim served on the Sno-Valley Senior Center Board from 1997-2000. She has been involved with the Carnation Chamber of Commerce and is currently in her first year as a City of Carnation Council Member.
Izzie has lived in the Riverview community for 10 years. She lived in Bellevue before moving to the Riverview school district in 2002 and starting first grade at Carnation Elementary. Izzie played basketball and volley ball in middle school. Izzie is a sophomore at Cedarcrest High School, and she has been involved in the Random Acts of Kindness club for two years. She attends Timberlake Church on Sundays. She also volunteers in the Kidz programs and sings on worship team for the high school ministry. She loves to sing and dance. Izzie would like to become a high school health teacher and possibly go to Central for college. Her favorite subject in school is Spanish; she loves learning a new language. She is the oldest in her family and the only girl. Izzie loves living in the Duvall/Carnation community, no matter how much it rains. This will be Izzie’s first time on a board and she was recommended for this position by Mrs. Filer from Cedarcrest High School.
Chief Steve McCulley
Steve has lived in the North Bend Snoqualmie Valley area for the last 20 years. He and his wife have raised their family here in the Valley and cannot imagine a better place to live. Steve is currently the Chief of Police for the cities of Snoqualmie and North Bend, and he has been in the law enforcement profession for 31 years. Prior to joining the Snoqualmie Police Department, Steve served as a Washington State Patrol Trooper for 27 years. Steve is very proud to serve as a board member of the Snoqualmie Valley Community Network (SVCN) and has worked very closely with the SVCN during the last four years. The SVCN serves such an important need in the valley and is truly making a difference in the quality of life for our families. As a law enforcement professional, Steve always strives to reduce crime and keep our communities safe. The absolute best way to do this is to foster strong family networks and provide the best possible head start for our youth.
Jennifer McKeown, Secretary
Jennifer has long enjoyed helping people connect with each other and the outdoors. She had the opportunity to spend middle school and high school in Panama and served with the Peace Corps in Paraguay after college. During her time abroad she participated in a number of conservation and agricultural programs. These experiences have given her a unique perspective and set of skills that she applies to her work. Jennifer is currently Snoqualmie Program Manager for the Mountains to Sound Greenway Trust and helps to facilitate community driven action to support healthy forests, strong local farms, enhanced habitat for fish and wildlife, improved recreation and increased opportunities for outdoor education. Jennifer enjoys growing a mini-farm at home with her husband and two kids.
Alicia is a wife and proud mother of two children who are now both in college. Her husband of 30 years is her best friend, and her family and close friends mean the world to her. Alicia strives to “pay it forward” every opportunity she gets. She believes in developing positive relationships with people and, ultimately, in building strong communities and giving back whenever possible. These beliefs flow into her business as a real estate professional and, in turn, shape the experiences of her clients. Alicia’s true passions are to help all people realize that they are enough just as they are, that communication is key in any healthy relationship, and to help end bullying and teenage suicide.
Warren Moon has been a resident of the Snoqualmie Valley for almost 20 years and absolutely loves it here. He is the proud father of two daughters, 11 and 8, and is committed to having the valley be a rich and fertile place for them and other children to grow into their full potential. Warren has a BS in Mechanical Engineering, and worked as an environmental engineer until he discovered that nature and mentoring were his true passions. He is the current Executive Director (since 2001) and a member of the Board of Trustees of Wilderness Awareness School. Warren loves gardening, sports, playing guitar and enjoying the beauty of the Snoqualmie Valley with his wife M’liss and their family.
Mike has been a resident of the Snoqualmie Valley for 11 years and is currently a senior at Cedarcrest High School. Heavily involved in the performing arts, Mike is the head drum major for the Cedarcrest High School Marching Band, the lead alto saxophone for the Cedarcrest Jazz Band, a founding member of the Cedarcrest Band Student Leadership Council, and a nationally qualifying thespian through the Thespian Society Individual Events. Outside of school he regularly plays with the Bellevue Youth Symphony Orchestra, the Seattle JazzED program, and the River Winds Band. Mike also has a wide scope of volunteer experience, ranging from leading suicide prevention sessions at the Be the Change conference to working with at-risk youth with the YMCA in Brazil. Mike intends to pursue a career in music composition upon graduating from high school.
Dariel and her husband moved to Snoqualmie Valley 38 years ago to raise their family of eight children. Dariel has been an adult leader with Boy Scouts & 4H. She is an active member of the Preston Community Club having chaired a number of committees. She co-led an 18 year vision that is now the Preston Ball Fields.
Dariel has sat on K.C. Parks Levy Review Committee representing district 3 for 6 years and was recently elected to K.C. Hospital Commissioner, Position #2.
Dariel Norris is a graduate of the UW School of Nursing having worked at Harborview and Overlake ERs as well as Echo Glen.
Alan M. Painter
Alan Painter is Manager of King County’s Unincorporated Community Service Areas (CSA) program. The CSA coordinates King County’s outreach and engagement to over 230,000 unincorporated residents, including those in Snoqualmie Valley. Alan has a long history of supporting housing and human services for low income and homeless persons throughout King County. He has worked at the City, County and national level to increase resources and support for nonprofit organizations serving local communities. He chaired the Washington State Advisory Committee on Homelessness and co-chaired the staff group that developed King County’s Ten Year Plan to End Homelessness. Alan is a fourth generation resident of the Northwest.
Debby Peterman, President
Debby Peterman is a mother, new grandmother, wife and community volunteer. Before retiring in 2013 she was a private consultant having worked for 30 plus years in the health and social services field as a planner, facilitator, grant writer and analyst. Currently she does much of this same work in the valley as a volunteer for nonprofit organizations and community groups. Her favorite place is outdoors and her favorite things to do include hiking, biking, running or hanging out with family. Having lived in North Bend for nine years she has developed a fondness for this community – its people, its heart and its mountains and wild places.
Emily grew up in the Snoqualmie Valley and went to school in Santa Cruz, California where she attended Bethany University and got her degree in Communications. She’s traveled to various countries around the world serving in a number of different capacities. After moving back to the valley, she spent five years in fund development working at Encompass and has a passion for community engagement, nonprofit development and supporting people as they pursue their passions.
Emily is now the Local and Global Outreach Director at Snoqualmie Valley Alliance where she has the opportunity to bring her love for local and global work together. She and her husband live in The Snoqualmie Valley and enjoy being part of the community.
A 15 year Valley resident, Jason Walker serves on the Duvall City Council, on the Snoqualmie Watershed Forum, on the Puget Sound Regional Council, and works as a landscape architect and environmental permitting specialist. Jason also serves on the steering committee of the Snoqualmie Strategy, on the Snoqualmie Fish Farm Flood Advisory Committee, and on local committees in Duvall related to growth management planning and City government. Jason is honored to serve on the SVCN Board of Directors to gain a better understanding of the health and wellness issues facing our communities and to continue his focus on preserving the integrity, stability, and beauty of the Valley for present and future residents.
Irene Wickstrom, Treasurer
Irene Wickstrom has lived in the Snoqualmie Valley for the last 8 years. She works as a Librarian Services Manager with the King County Library System where she leads her staff in providing unique and interesting programs to meet the needs of her community. Irene enjoys traveling and loves learning about other cultures. In her spare time she studies languages and hopes to teach English abroad someday. She has volunteered with many nonprofit organizations and looks to make a difference in the lives of those she meets and in the communities in which she lives.
Monty Wright: Member at Large
Monty Wright is the Lead Pastor of Snoqualmie Valley Alliance Church, as well as the Executive Director for Planet Changer (a Global Non-profit Relief Organization), Executive Director for Community Connections of Snoqualmie (A Local Benevolent Non-profit for the Valley), an author and a leadership consultant.
Monty is married to Amy Wright (Principal of Opstad Elementary School in North Bend) and has two fabulous kids (Emma and Liam) who are both attending Seattle Pacific University. Having been involved with people development for twenty nine years, Monty loves bringing different groups of people together to make a greater impact
Having grown up in the Snoqualmie Valley, he enjoys absorbing its unique character and beauty along with an incredible cup of coffee.