Museum Board Member Information
Welcome our Newest 2018 Board Members
Left to right: Kathleen Ihnken (co-chair Volunteers), Greg Jorgenson (co-chair Collections), Dave Buelow (co-chair Finance Committee), Dean Larson (Market Chair), Barb Fahey (Board Secretary).
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 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’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.
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.
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.
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
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.
Policy Documents, Agendas and Minutes
Links to documents related to the operation of the Edmonds-South Snohomish County Historical Society and its Board.