Board of Trustees
Regan Harrison, President| Originally from Dallas, TX, Regan moved here in 2006; drawn by Washington's natural beauty, clean air, and perfect-temperature summers. She has since graduated from The Evergreen State College, had a myriad of jobs, from working at a winery for many years to settling in a field she truly enjoys: office administration in the healthcare industry. In 2014, Regan was a single-mother of a 1-year old boy and was able to purchase her first home through Homeward Bound. She now has a loving partner and another son born 9/25/17, at home, like her first.
Family is of utmost importance to her, so she maintains a wonderful relationship with her Mom, 2 sisters, and 2 brothers who all still live in Texas. When she's not working, she likes spending time with her local family/partner/kids, going outside, painting, sewing, and relaxing any way she can (like with a glass of wine and some dark chocolate). When provided with the opportunity to serve on the Board of Trustees for Homeward Bound, Regan saw an opportunity to help this charity grow and to get hard-working low-income families into stable housing.
Kate Dean, Vice President Kate Dean was elected to join the Jefferson County Board of County Commissioners in 2017 and represents District 1, Port Townsend. Kate moved to Jefferson County in 1999 when she purchased a historic farmstead in Quilcene where she grew organic produce. She spent 10 years farming and working to grow the local farmers markets through businesses she co-founded including FinnRiver Farm and Mt. Townsend Creamery.
Kate left the farm but didn’t go far; she started a consulting business that had her working on natural resources issues locally and regionally with the Jefferson Landworks Collaborative, WSU Extension’s Small Farm Program, WA Dept. of L&I, and the North Olympic Development Council.
She is a published author on land use issues including the USDA handbook, Farmland Changing Hands, on innovative land tenure for affordable farmland preservation and transfer. Other publications include Preparing for Climate Change on the North Olympic Peninsula.
Kate holds her Masters in Public Administration from the Evans School of Public Policy and Governance at the University of Washington. In her spare time, Kate can be found gardening, riding her bike or in the mountains with her two school-aged children.
Mark Cooper, Treasurer| Mark retired in May of 2017 after spending 20 years working in the Tax training division of Thomson Reuters. Also prior to retiring he owned his own small business for over 18 years. Mark grew up in Kansas City graduating from the University of Kansas. He wants to do everything he can to make sure the workers of today and tomorrow can find affordable housing in both Jefferson and Clallam Counties.
Kristina Hestenes-Stimson, Secretary Kristina Hestenes-Stimson is a licensed architect, and a certified sustainable building adviser. Her project experience ranges from residential, commercial, and historic renovation to community planning. As a volunteer she promoted green building techniques for The Northwest EcoBuilding Guild; and she participated on various task forces sketching ideas for town, city and neighborhood planning concepts that became manuals for future growth and community livability. She also served on the Planning Academy and The Comprehensive Plan Advisory Committee for the City of Shoreline. Kristina is LEED accredited, Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, and committed to creating environmentally responsible projects that emphasize sensitive integration of nature and the built environment
Christine Jacobson| Turns out Christine Jacobson was born at just the wrong time. She graduated college in 2005, just three years before the Great Recession, with tens of thousands of dollars in student loan debt. Years later, while working full time and making more money than she ever has, she is still considered Low Income. With a lot of work, frugality, and parental largesse Christine is debt free, enjoys stable full-time employment, has excellent credit, and will never be able to afford a market-rate house in the town she calls home (or most of the towns outlying the one she calls home). It is this mixture of realities and a large group of friends facing the exact same outlook that brought Christine into Affordable Housing activism seeking long-term solutions.
Homeward Bound has a chance to help people like me, my peers, and the community as a whole. Gentrification doesn’t have the be the end-game of Jefferson and Clallam Counties, and I am eager to help Homeward Bound realize long-term solutions that will build a diverse community that serves and benefits all residents.
Monica Bell| After completing her BA in Psychology at the University of San Francisco in 2009, Monica Bell worked with a farming and living cooperative named G.R.U.B. (Growing Resourcefully, Uniting Bellies) in Chico, California from 2010-2015. At the cooperative Bell caught a rare glimpse of something that is hard to come by in the U.S.: a multigenerational, land-based community living with the earth's rhythms- and was inspired by how well people could live by pooling their resources and sharing life together. During those years, she worked for the cooperative's CSA and market farm, designed a fruit gleaning program, led workshops in small scale agriculture, helped refine the cooperative's governance and financial systems, and was part of an effort to establish a Community Land Trust to secure the cooperative's tenure on the 40 acres where they farmed and lived.
However, she relocated to Washington State to live closer to family (especially her two young nephews) after the forces of land speculation caused the cooperative to dissolve in late 2015. Since moving to the Quimper Peninsula, Bell has worked with The Business Guides CPA Firm in Uptown Port Townsend and advocated extensively for affordable housing. She became involved with Homeward Bound CLT in early 2017 to be part of an affordable housing effort that empowers people to live well, live close to the earth, and have ample time for family, relationships and community and civic engagement.
We are currently looking for 4 new Board Trustees! If you interested, please fill out the form below and email it to firstname.lastname@example.org or mail to:
Homeward Bound CLT
PO Box 3197
Port Angeles, WA 98362