Leadership in action

Meet the Board of Directors of Our Foundation

Members of the Board of Directors of the Island County Master Gardener Foundation play a crucial role in fulfilling the Foundation’s mission of supporting the Master Gardener Program. The Board is comprised of nine Directors who are elected by the membership and serve as voting members. Ad hoc advisors to the Board are appointed and hold leadership position in Foundation projects and activities, and they participate regularly in board meetings.

The Board works closely with the WSU Extension Master Gardener Program Coordinator for Island County. The Program Coordinator attends Board meetings and communicates regularly with the Foundation President. A Memorandum of Agreement with Washington State University Extension provides a shared understanding of roles and responsibilities.

The Board represents the Foundation membership in managing its affairs. It is authorized to accept contributions and gifts; review, submit, and implement the Foundation’s budget; establish committees; dispose of assets; and approve and terminate accounts.

The Board meets via Zoom on the second to the last Thursday of most months – see the calendar at the bottom of this page. All Master Gardeners are welcome and encouraged to attend board meetings. Please contact the president for the Zoom link of the meeting you wish to attend.


Jim Peskuric

  • Master Gardener Class of 2019
  • Joined the Board in 2021

Vice President

Jenni Wilson

  • Master Gardener Class of 2022
  • Joined the Board in 2024


Kim Baxter

  • Master Gardener Class of 2021
  • Joined the Board in 2023


Paul Rowe

  • Master Gardener Class of 2021
  • Joined the Board in 2022

Camano Representative

Carol Anne Ebert

  • Master Gardener Class of 2021
  • Joined the Board in 2023

North Area Representative

Position vacant

Central Area Representative

Deb Mitchell

  • Master Gardener Class of 2006
  • Joined the Board in 2024

South Area Representative

Christine Dimm

  • Master Gardener Class of 2013
  • Joined the Board in 2020

State Foundation Representative

Carol Anne Ebert

  • Master Gardener Class of 2021
  • Joined the Board in 2023

Education Garden Steering Committee Chair

Carolyn Mercer

  • Master Gardener Class of 2001
  • Joined the Board in 2017

Intern Representative

Position Vacant

  • To be elected by next Master Gardener Class

Past President

Position Vacant

  • Serves one year after completing term

Plant Sale Chair

Raissa DeArmond

  • Master Gardener Class of 2016
  • Joined the Board in 2023

Social and Membership Chair

Melissa Evans

  • Master Gardener Class of 2013
  • Joined the Board in 2020

Whidbey Gardening Workshop Chair

Barb Faville

  • Master Gardener Class of 2018
  • Joined the Board in 2024

Standing Committees

Standing committees of the Foundation are appointed by the Board. The Foundation’s standing committees are the Audit Committee, Nominating Committee, Plant Sale Committee, Education Garden Steering Committee, Web & Social Media Committee, and the Whidbey Gardening Workshop Committee.

How to Get Involved with Foundation Leadership

Committee Membership: Foundation members do not have to be a member of the Board to serve on committees. If you are looking for a way to volunteer and contribute to the Foundation and one of these committees matches your experience, expertise, or interests, please contact the Foundation President.

Board Positions: Board Directors serve two-year, staggered terms. In June of each year, a Nominating Committee of volunteer Foundation members is formed to develop the election slate for new officers. We encourage people who have an interest in board service to contact the Foundation President.

Upcoming Board Meetings