Board of Trustees
Oisteen Boge, President
Oisteen was born in Norway, grew up in Seattle and moved to Camano Island in 2001. After high school he served in the Marine Corp in Vietnam. Upon leaving the Marines he went to work for United Parcel Service where he stayed for 34 years till retiring to Camano Island.
Oisteen has been on the SCAF board since 2007 where he has twice served as President. He is also a member of the Stanwood Lions Club.
Oisteen and his wife Sally have four grown children.
Bob Cole, Vice President
Bob was raised in Stanwood. After high school he left for 10 years to attend college at Whitman, serve in the Navy in Korea, graduate from Duke Law School, and then clerk for Justice Stafford at the Washington State Supreme Court. He was then able to return to commence practicing law with his father, Charles T. Cole. The family legacy continues with his current law partner Greg Gilday, who is Bob's sister's son. Their general practice is located in the Stanwood Professional Center (the historic Bank of Stanwood building) directly below the SCAF Administrative Office.
Bob and Susan, his wife of 40 years, have three children, Douglas, Lynette, and Scott. Their daughter Bonnie Susan passed away when she was six. A SCAF Scholarship is endowed in her name.
Bob has been involved with SCAF since 2003. He is a past president and current member of the Executive Board. He and his family remain involved in many charitable endeavors.
Jerome Burnett, Treasurer
Jerome joined the board in 2012 and is the current Treasurer. He is the President and Senior Partner at Langabeer McKernan Burnett & Co. P.S. and has been with the firm for almost 30 years. Jerome was raised in the fruit orchard industry in the Wenatchee Valley. He graduated from Leavenworth High and worked in the orchards to earn the money to attend Wenatchee Valley College. He then continued to work on the farm while acquiring his accounting degree from Central Washington University. He is still involved in the fruit orchard industry to this day. Jerome and his wife, Dena have three children and have lived in the Stanwood area for over 25 years.
Ian Gleadle, Secretary
Ian Gleadle is a professional photographer residing part and fulltime on Camano Island since 1991. He graduated from the University of Washington in 1985 with a BS in Mathematics and Computer Science. Ian and his wife Linda have two college graduate children and a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel named Sophie. When he is not busy volunteering in the community he spends time gardening where he is Island County Master Gardener. He strongly believes that all students should have an opportunity to go to college and discover who they are and what they can become! You can reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org or (360) 926-8041.
Laura Byers, Past President
Laura grew up in Flagstaff, Arizona and now makes her home on Camano Island. She is Executive Vice President and Director of Marketing & Brand Strategy for Coastal Community Bank. Laura is a diehard Seahawks fan and loves to travel.
Chuck grew up in Elmhurst, Illinois and went to college at the University of Tennessee where he earned his bachelor’s degree in geography and master’s in Public Administration. Chuck began his career in aging services for the State of Tennessee and served as Executive Director of a senior center and senior housing in Nashville before moving to the Northwest.
He moved to Portland, Oregon to live closer to family, but found a job as Executive Director of then Camwood Senior Center (now the Stanwood Senior and Community Center) where he served for nearly nine years. In 2004, he began working at the Snohomish County Office of Housing and Community Development, from which he retired in 2010. After taking the position with the County, he joined the Board of SCAF in 2004. Chuck lives on Camano Island with his wife Isabell and has one son, Jeff, who lives in New York City. He currently is the Treasurer of the Camano Schoolhouse Foundation, which is restoring the historic 1905 Camano City Schoolhouse.
Dave Hayes has lived on Camano Island for over 20 years with his wife, Lisa. They have two grown sons, Jeff and Chris as well as three grandchildren. Dave is serving his third term in the State House of Representatives representing the 10th Legislative District and is a career law enforcement officer, currently serving as a patrol sergeant with the Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office. He is past president of the Washington Council of Police and Sheriffs serving law enforcement officers statewide and has taught in the Criminal Justice Department of Everett Community College. Before entering law enforcement, Dave served in the U.S. Navy as an enlisted Aircraft Mechanic and worked several years in the aerospace industry.
Ron has a background of 14 years in financial services and has been an Edward Jones Financial Advisor with an office in Stanwood since 2011. His prior experience includes several years of international corporate banking as well as private banking and wealth management. Ron attended high school at Lyndon Institute in northern Vermont and holds a BA from Gordon College and an MSBA from Boston University.
After marrying his college sweetheart, Catherine, a Northwest native, they spent several years abroad with Ron’s career and were blessed with two children, Alyse and Ryan. In 2003, the family moved to Washington state from London, England and now live in Conway. Ron is a member of the Stanwood Rotary Club and is active in his church and community.
Jeff has served on the SCAF Board since 2006. He has taken on many positions including Vice President and two terms as President. Jeff is retired from a long career in banking, real estate, and business management. He is also a member of the Stanwood Lions Club and was Co-Chair of the YMCA Organizing Committee.
Theresa was the SCAF Executive Director from 2006 – 2012. During this time, she established and grew the coordinated community-wide scholarship program and the SCAF Philanthropist of the Year Breakfast and community presence.
Prior to this, Theresa’s career included software development in the Canadian oil and gas, telecommunications and mining industries followed by a lengthy career as a US-based Management Consultant working for firms such as Microsoft, Boeing, AT&T and BC Hydro. In this role, Theresa also assisted various local efforts such as an Island County Trails Plan and conceptual designs for the City of Stanwood’s Ovenell Park and Hamilton Park as well as a city-wide Parks and Trails Plan. Theresa’s local volunteer work includes leadership roles in the 2004-2007 Community Art Banner program, the Rotary Adventure Playground on Camano Island, the Rotary Imagination Library, multiple Camano Fire District Bond and Levies and the Stanwood-Camano YMCA. Theresa was presented with the Jeannie Ovenell Community Spirit Award in 2014.
Gwendolyn Jones Piercey
Gwen grew up in Stanwood and is an alum of Everett Community College, Central Washington University and Harbor UCLA. She spent her college summers as a pea truck driver for Twin City Foods and on commercial salmon and halibut fishing vessels.
Gwen is a retired Women's Health Care Nurse Practitioner; she worked for Planned Parenthood after completing her education and then joined a private practice which eventually became a part of Swedish Primary Care.
Gwen's father, Edward Jones, was one of the original founders of SCAF and her sister, Katherine Austin previously served on the Scholarship Committee. "It is a great privilege to be part of SCAF and carry on the legacy. I recall the pride with which my father spoke when mentioning SCAF to us kids. We thought at the time it was a club to start a swimming pool...so much for children's memories! But SCAF did go on to be instrumental in bringing in the YMCA where my grandchildren now take swimming lessons!" Gwen and her husband, Guy, have made Camano Island their home after 35 years in Edmonds. They have two grown daughters and five grandchildren.
Bev Pronishan, Executive Director
Bev joined the Board of Trustees of SCAF in 2008 and became Executive Director in January, 2013.
Bev was President/CEO of a business consulting firm in Bellevue prior to moving to Camano Island with her husband, Steve, in early 2000. Before that, she was Senior VP of Marketing & Strategic Planning for a manufacturing company in Everett. She left corporate life behind when she moved to Camano Island and started Success by Design, providing consulting and other business services to local small businesses.