Our board of directors is dedicated to ensuring that Hope House remains one of the best places of its kind in the Pacific Northwest. We also strive to continually assess the quality of services offered at Hope House, and improve them whenever and wherever we possibly can.
Bill Jarvis is the AVP for Provider Relations with Amerigroup Washington Inc. – a managed care organization that provides health care services for those who need a little extra help, including low income mothers and children, and the blind and disabled. Bill grew up with an older brother who was also disabled, and his best friend. Bill served on the advisory board and moved on to the governing board, remaining with Hope House since the start.
Jay Hanseth was born in Seattle and has been a resident of Bainbridge Island for 28 years. He and his wife, Paulette, both work on the island and collectively have 5 kids. He is a commercial real estate consultant to non – profit housing developers in Washington and California. Jay has a 30 year old severely handicapped son, Trepp, who lives on Bainbridge and enjoys activities with the residents of Hope House.
Don Macaluso was born and raised in Tacoma and started visiting Bainbridge Island more than 40 years ago. Served 26 years in the Air Force as a public affairs officer, and retired as a colonel in 1991. He then taught full time at a local junior high school for eight years, and now substitutes on a regular basis. He serve on the board because Hope House improves the lives of island people with special needs, and he wants, in any way he can, to make contributions to this very worthwhile organization.
Ed McAvoy has background which includes 28 years as an Army officer, 13 years at Boeing, and for the last eight years, Ed has been active in real estate and investment sales. Sharon, his love of 38 years, has given him six children that have produced 17 grandchildren. Ed is the newest board member of Hope House. He loves the family-oriented atmosphere that Hope House prides itself on and is honored to serve on its Board.
Esther Phelps has been a supporter of Hope House from its beginning, and has served on the Board of Directors for the last four years. She and her husband Jon are active in their businesses – Full Sail University in Florida and Storyville Coffee in Seattle. They have four sons, one daughter and four grandchildren and live in Seattle. Their 25-year old son, Garry has Down Syndrome, and is a source of both joy and passion for others with special needs.
Beth Rabinowitz has worked with special populations since she was in high school in southern California. With a degree in Therapeutic Recreation, she has worked with special populations as a job coach, Job Developer and most recently as a Special Education teacher. Beth is also currently working the morning shift at Hope House where she makes amazing breakfasts for our residents each day.
Mark Gurtler has worked with youth in a variety of situations, including residential treatment, day treatment programs, recreational settings, and schools. I also love to travel with my son, Calvin, who worked with the Hope House residents throughout the summer. Mark currently works as a Para educator for the Bainbridge Island School District. Mark is pulled to working with Hope House because of Lorraine’s love and dedication to her residents. He has served as president of the board for three years.