Friends of the Manchester Library

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Friends of the Manchester Library
Board of Directors 2018


President – Thomas T. Uemoto
Thomas has lived in the Seattle/Puget Sound area since 2001, and was born and raised in Honolulu. A 20+ year career in hospitality architecture has shaped his experience with regards to the natural and built environment, sustainability, planning and development, tourism, human behavior/user experience, teamwork and service to community. Thomas earned a Bachelor’s in Architecture from the University of Hawaii and a Masters in Sustainable Transportation-Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering from the University of Washington. He is licensed in Washington State and Hawaii and is LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) accredited. Thomas and his wife, Lisa, are 10+ year residents of South Colby and veterans of the FOML group. Thomas has served with the FOML as an officer, and for Habitat for Humanity – on committees in Honolulu as well as field work in Honolulu and King County, Washington.

 

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 –  Frank Gilbert
Frank was born in Fairbanks, Alaska and raised in the Seattle Area. He attended Western Washington University and Berklee College of Music in Boston. Frank moved to Manchester with his wife Cherm in 1998 and recently retired from the Boeing Co. after 30 years as a Technical Designer. He is a member of the Manchester Citizens Advisory Committee and the Evergreen Bonsai Club in Bremerton. Frank is an accomplished guitarist and composer. Other hobbies include bonsai, fishing and kayaking. 

Director #2 – 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.

Director #3 –Steve Pedersen
Steve was born in Bremerton, WA, raised in Manchester and continues to reside in Manchester with his wife, Pat, dogs Doogie and Frisco and their cat, Smokey. Steve is a graduate from the University Of Washington with a degree in Political Science and recently concluded over a 28 year career in the criminal justice system. Steve also serves as a water commissioner with the Manchester Water District and is a former Port of Manchester Commissioner.

 

Officers and Directors, 2019

President

Thomas Uemoto

term expires  12/31/2019

Vice President

Carol Kowalski

term expires  12/31/2019

Secretary

John Winslow

term expires  12/31/2019

Treasurer

Theresa McBride

term expires  12/31/2019

Director

Frank Gilbert

term expires  12/31/2020

Director

Eric Cisney

term expires  12/31/2019

Director

Steve Pedersen

term expires  12/31/2020

 

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.