Friends of the Manchester Library

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Friends of the Manchester Library
Board of Directors 2021

President – Eric Cisney
Eric has lived in Manchester for over sixty years. He earned his college degree at the University of Washington and then taught school for two years and then went on to take a Master’s degree in Librarianship from the UW. Eric then went on to become a reference librarian for Seattle Public Libraries for 39 years. He retired in 2005. Eric is busy with local efforts with the FOML, Manchester Community Association, Manchester Port Advisory Committee and the Manchester Citizens’ Advisory Council.


Vice President- Carol Kowalski
Carol has been part of the Manchester community since the mid 1970s. She is a professional in philanthropy, charitable estate planning and higher education marketing and promotions. She is the Planned Giving Director for the YMCA Administration of Pierce and Kitsap County. She has worked across the Pac-12, including Marketing Director for Oregon State University and Arizona State University Athletics, Promotions for the Seattle Supersonics and NBA All Star Game as well as Senior Director of Development for Washington State University. She enjoys kayaking, hiking, skiing, and gardening. She has been part of the Manchester Citizens Advisory Committee, campaigned for the Port of Manchester commissioners, troop leader for Girl Scouts of Western Washington as well as sharing a deep passion for our local community through volunteer efforts – the Manchester Fourth of July Kids and Pet Parade, The Mathis Guild of Harrison Hospital, and the Washington State University Cougars!


Secretary – John K. Winslow
John has been an officer with the Friends of the Manchester Library since 2003. He held a number of engineering management positions with Kenworth Truck Company during the course of his 38 year career. John is a Professional Mechanical Engineer. In his profession, John has been a board member of the Northwest Section of the Society of Automotive Engineers for over 45 years and has been the Section chairman, secretary, and held multiple other offices; he currently serves as section secretary. John holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Washington and received his professional engineers license in 1976. He also served six years in the US Navy Reserve as an aviation electronics technician.

Treasurer – Theresa McBride

Theresa was born and raised “semi-locally” in the Issaquah area (now Sammamish). She received her BS in Chemistry from the University of Washington in 2002 followed by a Thesis Master’s in Chemistry in 2004. Theresa has worked as a chemist at the Environmental Protection Agency’s local Manchester Laboratory for over 11 years (4 years as a contractor before being hired as a federal employee). She moved to Manchester in 2010 and married Tony Morris in 2013. Theresa is an avid reader and also tries to make time for gardening and birdwatching.

Director #1 – O. Ray Pardo

Ray, and his wife Yoli, have lived in Manchester since 2003.He is a retired systems engineer, retiring from Bechtel in 2001 (he previously worked for Bellcomm and the University of Maryland). He is a graduate of the University of Oregon, University of Maryland (MS), and Golden Gate University (MBA). His last work was design management the highway and facilities control systems on Boston’s “Big Dig”.Ray is an avid reader, family historian, traveler and walker. He is active in Kitsap county walkways, bikeways and trails (Non-Motorized Facilities), the Father’s Day Salmon Bake, Yoli’s many activities, his family (2 children, 4 grandchildren, an uncle and aunt, and many, many cousins), and his Friends. 

Director #2 – Chuck Williams
Chuck was born in Ohio the 9th of 11 kids. His family moved to California in 1958 and upon completion of high school he served in the US Army from 1960-63. He met and married his wife, Marilyn, in 1966 and they had 4 children. They moved from California to Sammamish, Washington in 1985. In 2002 they purchased a home in Manchester. After spending 3 years of weekends “remodeling” the home, they made the move across the water to Manchester in 2005. Chuck has a BS degree from Cal State University, Los Angeles in Civil/Structural Engineering and graduate studies from Cal State University, Long Beach in Mechanical Engineering. Chuck is a licensed Civil and Structural Engineer in Alaska, California and Washington. He is currently owner of CWA Consultants PS, a structural engineering design and code consulting firm that provides design services for projects throughout the Western US. The company is based in Manchester where he continues to work his typical 12 hour days. He enjoys his family, traveling the US with his wife, sister and brother-in-law and playing with his five “active” granddaughters. He is an avid walker.

Director #3 –Peggy Rees
Peggy Rees was raised in the South Kitsap area. Peggy worked at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard for 34+ years as a Human Resource Specialist dealing with hiring thousands of employees. Also, during her employment with PSNS, she worked 9 years as the Local Federal Coordinating Committee Chair for Kitsap and Mason Counties in fundraising for local, national, and international charities. She retired in 2017. Peggy loves to read, garden, quilt, and travel.


Officers and Directors, 2019


Eric Cisney

term expires  12/31/2021

Vice President

Carol Kowalski

term expires  12/31/2021


John Winslow

term expires  12/31/2021


Theresa McBride

term expires  12/31/2021


O. Ray Pardo

term expires  12/31/2023


Chuck Williams

term expires  12/31/2022


Peggy Rees

term expires  12/31/2021


Friends of the Manchester Library

Mission Statement 
Our mission is to encourage lifelong learning in the Manchester area.  We do this by providing a library building, supporting library programs, and offering a community gathering place.