Good Cheer Board of Directors

Linda Henderson

Board President

As a child, Linda spent many wonderful times visiting her grandparents’ home on Whidbey Island.  In 2011, she relocated from Edmonds to Langley, retiring here in 2012.  Having earned an MBA, her early career was spent in the for-profit sector primarily in marketing and leadership roles in financial organizations.  At mid-career, Linda was drawn to opportunities to serve her community, assuming leadership roles in the nonprofit arena.  Before retiring, Linda served as Executive Director of American Diabetes Association for Washington.  Locally, Linda served as Board Chair for South Whidbey Commons in 2015, helping the organization develop a more streamlined, sustainable business model.

Term ends 12/31/23

Kelly Turner-Gibson

Board Vice President

Kelly has been with Whidbey Island Bank for 15 years, and in Banking for over 30 years in Western Washington.  A graduate of Langley High School, Kelly returned to Whidbey Island in 2002 with her husband, also a Langley High School graduate, to raise their boys. Kelly is very active and involved in the local community and a huge fan of Good Cheer and all the wonderful things it does for so many people.

Term ends 12/31/22

Wendy Visconty

Board Treasurer

Wendy is a happily retired CPA, having received her degree in Business Administration from the University of Washington. During her years as a partner in a local, and later a national CPA firm, many of her clients were in the food processing industry, and many others were nonprofits. After retiring in 2012, she and her husband Mark moved to Whidbey Island.  The first thing they did was to build a large garden, and they now grow most of their own vegetables. Wendy loves turning those vegetables into nourishing, delicious meals. Wendy and Mark raised their 2 children on Vashon Island, so island living is not a new thing for them.  Wendy volunteers her time and skills to several Whidbey Island non profit organizations. Wendy is dedicated to spending her retirement years in service to the community in which she lives. She believes that everyone should have access to a beautiful environment, good food and a supportive community.

Term ends 12/31/23

Lyndy Carreiro

Board Secretary

Lyndy and her husband Edward (ED) moved to South Whidbey in October, 2017. New to the PNW (2011) via San Diego, Lyndy learned about Whidbey Island from an employee and soon they were vacationing here and dreaming of retiring to the Island.

A graduate of National University, San Diego with a B.A. in Business Administration, Lyndy retired from Neiman Marcus after a 35-year career. Her career took her from San Diego to Las Vegas, on to Chicago, back to San Diego and finally to Bellevue. 23 years of her career was spent as a Vice President/General Manager, overseeing stores from $35 to $80 million and responsible for 12- to 250 employees.

She and Ed call Holmes Harbor home and have spent the last two years working on and remodeling their home. Lyndy looks forward to working with all of those involved with Good Cheer to continue the wonderful work it does for our community.

 Term ends 12/31/22

Sarah Dial-Primrose

Board Member

Sarah moved from the island of Manhattan to the island of Whidbey 34 years ago and made it her home, founding a family and raising her son Landon, who was born here. She studied Advertising, Display and Design at FIT (SUNY) while in New York. Sarah has used her eclectic people & artist skills to run various home-based businesses, including Primrose Path Properties, now in its 26th year of operation.  A long time Good Cheer enthusiast as a shopper at the thrift stores  as well as a volunteer and occasional client at the food bank, Sarah believes in Good Cheer and its mission and is happy to serve as a board member, hoping to make some good contributions during her term.

Term ends 12/31/22

Susan Gaumer

Board Member

“Late in 2013 I purchased a home on Whidbey Island. It has been my family’s vacation home for seven summers and several Christmases.  As my summers on the island get longer and longer, Langley will become my permanent address.  I am very attracted to the philosophy and purpose of Good Cheer.  Making good food available to people who need it is important not only for their health, but also for the health of the community.  When I see people giving generously of their time and treasure to Good Cheer, I know I am in the right place, doing the right thing, with people who care.”

Term Ends: 12/31/23

Chris Gibson

Board Member

Chris Gibson and his wife Kelly are 1977 graduates of Langley High School.  In 1995, following a ten-year career in commercial aquaculture, Chris became an appellate attorney.  In 2001, Chris and Kelly returned to South Whidbey to raise their two boys.  Chris joined Good Cheer in 2021, after serving ten years on the South Whidbey Schools Foundation board, eight as Board President. Chris is active in the community and a regular shopper at Good Cheer.

Term Ends: 12/31/23

Dan Gulden

Board Member

Dan Gulden is a graduate of St. Olaf College in Northfield Minnesota with a degree in Economics and international Business.  Dan has had key roles in growing small and medium sized global business from $10 million to $350 million in annual sales.  He is active in the local community and a supporter of local businesses and the arts and is a member of the Langley Design Review Board.  Dan is a real estate broker with John L Scott I Langley and enjoys introducing people to the island lifestyle.

Term ends 12/31/21

Annie Jesperson

Board Member

Annie Jesperson and her husband, Nathaniel Talbot own and operate Deep Harvest Farm and Seeds, a local organic vegetable, seed, and flower farm in Freeland.  Prior to life on Whidbey, Annie worked at JOIN, a non-profit in Portland, OR, which worked to help homeless folks off the streets and into permanent housing.  Since 2011, Deep Harvest has collaborated with Good Cheer in myriad ways: growing food for the food bank throughout the winter, hosting Rotary Gleaners, donating produce after farmers markets, and providing yearly tours to Good Cheer apprentices.  Annie believes healthy, fresh food is a human right and so appreciates the work Good Cheer does to ensure our community has quality food access.

 Term ends 12/31/23

Kristie Kujawski

Board Member

After 32 years in Seattle, Kristie and her husband Greg retired to Whidbey Island in 2018 where they now enjoy kayaking and gardening. With degrees in Nutrition and Public Health, Kristie worked in hospitals, clinics, and long-term care, and managed nutrition programs for a Native American organization in Nevada.

Her second career was technical writing and software training, ending her career as a training manager with UW Medicine.

Taking a break from the world of computers, Kristie spent several years as a project manager and program monitor for Food Lifeline in Seattle where she implemented online ordering and food delivery systems. She monitored congregate meals programs and food banks, and while doing so, first encountered Whidbey Good Cheer at its original location in Langley. Kristie was as impressed with Good Cheer then as she is today and is thrilled to be able to contribute to this wonderful organization.

Term ends 12/31/2024

Arwen Norman

Board Member

While earning her B.S. in Biology at the University of Washington, Arwen Norman concluded that more ecologists need to be involved in sustainable food production. Upon receiving her academic degree she pursued a hands-on farming education through several internships in western Washington, eventually moving to Whidbey in 2014 to help run SkyRoot Farm with a friend from UW. From the gleaners picking up produce at the end of the farmers market to talking shop with the garden team, Good Cheer has been part of Arwen’s Whidbey community. She looks forward to broadening her contributions to island food security by serving on the Good Cheer board.

Term Ends: 12/31/23

Greg Roeben

Board Member

Greg grew up in Montana.  As a child of a single mother who (at times) relied upon USDA Food Stamps, he grew up to attend college and graduate school in Boston.  After working as a teacher/counselor at a public alternative high school, he graduated from the University of Massachusetts Medical School. He moved closer to home to complete residency training in Internal Medicine and Psychiatry at the University of Washington Medical Center.

Greg established a private practice in therapy-based psychiatry on Seattle’s Eastside. He crossed paths with a high school classmate, Susan, and they married. Greg and Susan have had a second home on Whidbey for over 20 years.  Since their respective retirements, they have been spending much more time on Whidbey.  They are active with local and national organizations working to mitigate food and employment insecurity. Greg in also an active volunteer with the Washington State Animal Response Team (WASART) and local Medical Reserve Corps.

 Term ends 12/31/23