Board of Directors


Gee Heckscher (Board Chair)
  • Retired preservation architect
  • Additional experience as general contractor
  • Former Board member Portland (Maine) Society of Art
  • Former school committee member, Portland (Maine) School of Art
  • Member, Port Townsend Planning Commission
  • Member, Port Townsend Historic Preservation Committee
  • Trustee, Washington Trust for Historic Preservation
  • Trustee, Jefferson County Historical Society
  • Board Member, Fort Worden Public Development Authority

Gee Heckscher

Lois Stanford (Secretary)
  • Retired.  Professor Emerita, University of Alberta, Canada.
  • Professional work:  University of Alberta, Professor and Chair, Department of Linguistics; Vice President, Student and Academic Services.
  • Primary work with non-profit agencies: 
    • Goodwill Industries of Alberta (as a volunteer, a Board of Directors Member and Chair; subsequently as a contract employee, writing Board governance documents and updating the GIA policy manual) 
    • Institute for Stuttering Treatment and Research, Alberta (as a volunteer, Founding Board of Directors Member, Board of Directors Member and Chair, Acting Director; subsequently as an employee, Administrative Assistant, Acting Director)

Lois Stanford

Victoria (Vicki) Davis
  • Retired  budget officer, archivist, records manager;
  • Archivist, City College of New York
  • Archivist/Records Manager, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
  • Records Manager and Department Head, University of California, Office of the President
  • Head, Department Policy Information, American Medical Association
  • Budget Officer, Research Division Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory
  • Department Head, Support Services Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory
  • Archivist, Jefferson County Historical Society
  • Member, American Institute of Physics Task Force on Science Records
  • Past President, Golden Gate Chapter of Association of Records Managers and Administrators
  • Member, Program Committee of the Society of American Archivists
  • Bookkeeper, Jefferson County Habitat for Humanity
  • Volunteer, Jefferson County Historical Society
  • Trustee, Jefferson County Historical Society
  • Past President of Board of Trustees, Jefferson County Historical Society 
Vicki Davis
Kate Burke (Treasurer)
  • Inaugural recipient of the Port Townsend School of Woodworking Founders' Award established to honor individuals who contribute significantly to the growth and development of the School.
  • Currently, Marketing Manager for Jefferson Healthcare
  • Worked in various public parks positions including 10+ years as Manager of Fort Worden Area Parks.
  • Member of local community boards and advisory committees including: Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce (Past President), Jefferson Land Trust, Centrum, Port Townsend Marine Science Center and the Coast Artillery Museum
Dick Culp
  • BA and MA Washington State University
  • Systems analyst for the Bell System and US West. Early retirement 1990
  • Joined the Virginia Mason Medical Center IT organization in 1990
    • Developed multiple databases to support the financial analysis of VMMC operations for both medical and administrative organizations
    • Developen a computer bases system for tracking patients on anticoagulation therapy for the Cardiology Department
    • Joined theDepartment of Anesthesiology VMMC supporting computer applications
  • Retired from VMMC in 2003
  • Hobbies include: woodworking, antique and classic cars, wooden boats and and photography
  • Graduate of  PTSW classes including all six of the Basics of Woodworking classes, Handtool Heaven and more
Dick Culp
Phil Johnson
  • Jefferson County Commissioner
  • 25 years as a contractor
  • Member and Chair, Port Townsend Historic Preservation Committee
  • Oversaw the restoration of the Bell Tower, Port Townsend, WA
  • Own and restored Rose Theater (Best restoration in State of WA award 1992 from State Department of Archeology and Historic Preservation
  • Lead in getting legislation to create $10 million fund for restoration of County Court Houses in the State of Washington
  • Owned and restored 1890 Terry Building in downtown Port Townsend
  • Lead on the restoration of Maybeck Studio in Berkeley National Historic Registry

Phil Johnson

Kathy Liu
  • Retired high school science teacher.
  • Project Manager for Access Excellence, a not-for-profit online resource for health, biology and life science teachers. Responsibilities included web site development and maintenance, content acquisition, copyright management, outreach and community development, and grant writing.
  • Co-founder of the Gene Connection, a San Mateo County, CA wide biotechnology program for life science and biology students of all academic levels. 


Sam Taylor

  • Sam is the founder/executive director of Senior/Youth Partnership.  Beginning in 1982, the program has won numerous awards for its unique intergenerational programming in delinquency prevention, apprenticeship projects, tutorial services and after school child-care.  It serves a client base of 350 students/year.  It is economically self-sufficient.
  • Served in the Peace Corps in Cameroun, West Africa.
  • Member University of California 10th Campus Site Committee.
  • Senior consultant with Odyssey Institute in San Francisco working with a wide range of organizations/companies undergoing major transitions.
  • Member California Department of Education Delinquency Prevention Team.
  • He has presented at many state/national conferences on building community and sustaining effective social programs.
  • Purchased and spent countless hours helping restore a 1870's farmhouse/water tower. Now protected as historically registered structures.
  • He completed a Bachelor's Degree with a major in Political Science.
  • Has a Vocational Education Teaching Credential.
  • Retains an active Master's level Pupil Personnel Services Credential.


Sam Taylor


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