Museum Board Member Information
Board Member Biographies
Jerry Freeland – President
Jerry Freeland has served as a Director of the Society for 6 years and as Treasurer for the last 4 years. She has volunteered with the Historical Society Summer Markets for 15 years, serving as co-chair the last 5 years. Jerry was born in Toledo Ohio. She received a BS degree in Business Administration from Ohio State University and went on to get an MBA from University of Toledo. She finished her business career as Sr. Vice President of Panel Concepts Inc. located in Orange County CA. Jerry relocated to Edmonds 16 years ago to be near grandchildren. She worked part time at The Savvy Traveler for 11 years. In addition to the Society, her retirement years have been spent volunteering for numerous Community organizations including the Edmonds Art Festival, The Edmonds Center for the Arts, and Snohomish County Senior Services. She has been on the Board of the Creative Retirement Institute 8 years, serving as Membership Chair and One year as Board chair. She has also been a Peer Counselor for Snohomish County Senior Services for 13 years and has been a SCORE Workshop Chair and small business mentor for 11 years. She is dedicated to assisting the Society and Museum become an influential presence in the community.
Dean Averill – Vice-President
Dean Averill has been a Director of the Society for 3 years and currently serves as the vice-president. He has also served as project manager for the South Plaza enhancement project and as manager of the Garden and Summer Markets.
Dean settled in Edmonds 19 years ago as the result of a job transfer. He is now retired from a career in commercial insurance. His past business volunteer experience includes many activities in professional insurance committees and state advisory groups. He holds a degree in Business administration.
Dean’s involvement in the Society is important to him because we bring alive the past, while investing in the present and future of our community. The Society is fully engaged in benefiting the area through many thoughtful and beneficial activities, such as the Garden and Summer Markets, and Scarecrow Festival while it preserves for future generations the history and artifacts of the past through its ever growing collection of records and memorabilia.
Sandra Allbery – Treasurer
Sandra Allbery has been a Director of the Society and served as its Secretary since 2012 becoming Treasurer in 2017. She is involved with the summer markets, Heritage Days benefit, membership and serves as a docent.
Sandra’s mother, Ethel Knutson Thomson, and her family came to Edmonds in 1936. Her father, Robert Thomson, graduated from Edmonds High School, as did his 8 siblings, while living in Alderwood Manor from the early 20’s. Sandra was born in Edmonds also graduating from Edmonds High School. She began her family here before moving away, only to return in the 1980s. She has served as CFO of a medium-sized Seattle company for many years, non-profit auditor, and until recently, owned a small business with her husband Lee Allbery. She is also a member of the Edmonds Historic Preservation Commission.
Sandra hopes to interest others who grew up in Edmonds as well as the surrounding community in preserving the history of the town she loves while supporting the growth of the Museum.
Jim Landers is a retired journalist who lives in Edmonds with his wife Lynn.
His 45-year career as a writer, editor and columnist focused on international affairs and economic matters, particularly the high cost of U.S. health care. He worked primarily for The Dallas Morning News, both in Dallas and in its Washington bureau. This work took me to 49 countries, where he reported on matters ranging from violence against women in India; wars in Lebanon, Northern Ireland, Iraq, Pakistan and Afghanistan; health care systems in Canada, France, Germany, Austria, Switzerland and China; and oil exploration in Brazil, Venezuela, China, Canada, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Norway, Iraq and Yemen.
He led a team as international editor of The Dallas Morning News won the Pulitzer Prize for international reporting in 1994. Another team he led was a finalist for the 1989 Pulitzer in explanatory journalism. He was also named Texas Reporter of the Year in 2003 for my work in Iraq, where he was an embedded journalist with the 2nd Tank Battalion of the U.S. Marine Corps.
He has a blended family with five daughters and two sons and six grandchildren.
While pursuing a business degree in college, Sandra traveled our Country and others with an enthusiasm for history, outdoor activities and conservation. Two distinct but related career paths emerged. Before retiring in 2013, she worked for 10 years as a Paralegal for the Nature Conservancy and 20 years as Director for Western Winter Sports, a regional trade association. Both nonprofit organizations contributed to the diversity of skills she draws on for volunteer activities at Edmonds Historical Museum and Cascadia Art Museum.
After moving to Edmonds from Seattle 7 years ago, she began doing volunteer activities in 2014 as a Docent at the history museum. This past year she has been scheduling docent shifts using an online sign-up app that she introduced to our veteran volunteers. Last May she added Garden and Summer Market volunteer scheduling to her weekly activities. Sandra also organized Docent Meetings held before the opening of new exhibits and a Community Volunteer event for local organizations, held in April at the Museum.
Larry and his wife, Wendy have enjoyed living in Edmonds since 1995. They have 3 daughters, 3 grandchildren and another on the way.
In 1969, he graduated from Eastern Washington University with a degree in Business Management. He was also designated ROTC Distinguished Military Student and as a 1st Lieutenant, he served for two years as Supply Officer in Nuremberg, Germany, earning an Army Commendation medal for setting up a “direct exchange” of major components for heavy equipment, including tanks, trucks and artillery.
In 1972, he began a civilian career as a State Farm Insurance Agent in Spokane, Washington. Over the years he was promoted to various management positions in Washington and Oregon. In 2010, after 38 years, he retired from State Farm Insurance as an Field Executive having been responsible for over 30 agencies in the Puget Sound area.
During his career, he was an active member of Gig Harbor Rotary, Salem Oregon Rotary, South Snohomish County Chamber of Commerce, Chartered Life Underwriters Association and Gig Harbor Yacht Club. He served as a board member of the Snohomish County United Way and President of both the Willamette Valley Estate Planning Council and Pierce County Life Underwriters Association, has been a member of the Edmonds Yacht Club for over 20 years and a lifetime member of both the Professional Ski Instructors Association and the National Ski Patrol. He earned his pilots license in 1980 and has flown 7 kinds of airplanes. Larry and Wendy and enjoy traveling and have visited over 30 countries including, this year, skiing in the Italian Dolomites and captaining a 46 ft catamaran in the British Virgin Islands.
In addition he enjoy reading military history and early American history and visiting historical sites. Two years ago we followed the Lewis & Clark trail over three Continental Divide passes.
He has served on the Museum Scarecrow Committee, passing out flyers to various businesses and recruiting new entries. He has helped assemble the 4th of July Museum float and, as well as helped set up and take down for the Saturday Market museum rummage sale. They both have attended the annual Heritage Dinner for the past three years.
Committee Chairs and Board Members
Linda Borofka and her husband Brian moved to Edmonds from Milwaukee about four years ago to be closer to their family including 3 grandchildren. She retired from her 40 year career as a physical therapist last year. She is a volunteer with Edmonds in Bloom garden tour and belongs to the Floretum Garden Club. Supporting activities of the historical society that allow the preservation of Edmonds’ history is very important to Linda. She and Brain joined the Society shortly after settling in Edmonds and both have served on several committees. She was elected to the Board two years ago and is now the Chair of the Membership Committee.
Dave Buelow and his wife downsized from Seattle to a condo in Edmonds 12 years ago. He joined the Museum Board in 2011 after retiring from a 40 year career in the insurance industry and serving on a number of public and private organizational boards. Preserving the history of Edmonds and more fully engaging the Museum in the Edmonds community are key interests in volunteering at the Museum. Dave has served as Membership Chair for three years, is the coordinator of the annual Scarecrow Festival and participates in most of the Museum’s many activities and events.”
Barb Fahey was born in Seattle. She settled in Edmonds in 1967 with her husband Pat and raised 6 children here. She holds a degree in political science from UW. Over the years she has served on numerous non-profit boards, frequently as Board chair, including Pathways for Women and then The YWCA. In 1987/88 she assisted her husband as he established Pacific Northwest Bank. She is a former City Council member and Edmonds Mayor 1996-2000. She loves genealogy and history and has been a member of the Historical Society since the mid 80’s. She was appointed to the Board January 2015 and is currently the chair of the governance committee.
Janis Flom holds a Doctorate in Education/Organizational Development from Seattle U. She has work as a Health Services provider for over 30 years, ultimately assuming administrative duties. She joined the Seattle Swedish Medical Center (SMC) staff in 1988 and became associated with Edmonds SMC in 2011. She has been a part time faculty member at Edmonds CC since 2002. She became the SMC liaisons to the ESSCS Board in 2014. She devotes numerous volunteer hours to the Haunted Museum event, and assists with the Scarecrow Festival and the Heritage Dinner.
Greg Jorgenson spent his young life in Edmonds and later Alderwood Manor. He became a firefighter and lived in Richmond Beach for 14 years before returning to Edmonds 30 years ago. He has served the Puget Sound Christian Church for over 45 years. He was involved with the Edmonds Fire Safety Foundation for 8 years until it dissolved in 2012 due to the merger of the Edmonds Fire District and Fire District 1. The assets of the Foundation including two historic fire trucks were donated to the museum with restrictions and the hope that a fire museum could be created. Greg became a Board member at that time. He retired from the fire service in 2003. During his time in active service he procured and displayed every artifact he could find concerning his home station in the Magnolia area of Seattle. The 1934 art deco style building has become a historic building know as Station 41and Greg is now dedicated to preserving the artifacts associated with Edmonds fire and emergency response services as well as memorabilia from Edmonds past. He currently serves as Collections Committee chair.
Dean Larson moved to Edmonds from Marysville twelve years ago when he married. He has worked for Goldfinch Brothers in Everett since June of 1985. Dean started in the field as a commercial glazer and has been an estimator – project manager since 1999.From 1970 to 1979 he was a Volunteer Ski Patroller at Mt. Pilchuck, Receiving a National appointment (honor given by your peers unbeknownst by you. He was 27 at the time making him one of the youngest to receive that honor) From 1988 to 1999 he was a Volunteer Ski Patroller at Ski Acres (Summit Central now). With both these ski patrols served on board of directors and multiple other areas of leadership. Dean has been providing assistance with set up and break down of the Museum Markets for 8 years. He was elected to the Board in 2015. He believes it is important to keep the past in our minds, where the city came from, how we evolved as a community and the history of the surrounding area. We need to teach the generations behind us the importance of history.
Margaret Wilcox and her husband Mike have lived in Edmonds for 32 years. She moved to this area in 1968 to teach in the Edmonds School District, retiring after 33 years of work with primary age students. She has been an ex officio person representing the Museum Markets for the last 10 on the board but really began her work with the markets in 1996. She is currently co-chair of the Market Committee overseeing all of the markets. Besides assisting at the museum on a variety of projects, she has been an active volunteer and supporter of the Edmonds Arts Festival. She enjoys traveling, reading, gardening, watercolor painting and spending time at their beach cabin.
Ann Wood has lived in Edmonds for the past 30 plus years, arriving from Nebraska in the early 80’s. Professionally, she has worked in the insurance industry and is currently in the midst of retiring. She has been an active volunteer with many Edmonds Community organizations, including serving on the boards of the Edmonds Arts Festival, the Edmonds Arts Festival Foundation, the Eagles Nest homeowners association, and offering her time to Cascadia Art Museum and Edmonds Center for the Arts. Ann became a member of the Board of the Historical Society in 2014. Joining the Museum board was an eye-opening experience for her, as she became fully aware of the many contributions the Society and Museum makes for the benefit of the whole community. She began her involvement with the Society by working on the Heritage Day fundraiser. She is currently coordinating the brick sales for the newly renovated South Plaza area and is serving on the membership committee.
Larry Vogel sits on the Society Board in an Ad Hoc position representing the Edmonds Historic Preservation Committee. Larry came to Seattle in 1970 to pursue a Master’s Degree in Science from UW. He taught Science at Bellevue Community College for several years. In 1981 he was given the opportunity to design and run an educational outreach program for City Light focusing on conservation and wise use of energy resources. During his career there he served in numerous capacities including media spokesperson and special assistant to the Superintendent. He retired in 2006.
Larry moved to Edmonds 25 years ago and has developed a keen interest in historic preservation and Edmonds History. He wrote a weekly series on the subject for the Edmonds Patch. He has become known as the go-to guy for presentations on local history. He generously provides his media knowledge to the museum in the form of press releases and newsworthy article in My Edmonds News and other publication and recently became chair of the Public Relations and Marketing Committee.
This page contains links to documents related to the operation of the Edmonds-South Snohomish County Historical Society and its Board.