IVC Board

Margot Amestoy is honored to be a new IVC board member. She and her husband moved to the island in 2001 having lived in Hawaii, California and Florida and are thrilled to be a part of such an amazing, caring community. She is a retired teacher having spent the last thirteen years of her career working at Sakai Intermediate School and Woodward Middle School. Her previous volunteer commitments have included Court Designated Child Advocates, Friends of the Library, Helpline, Delta Kappa Gamma, and tutoring. She is privileged to be able to give back to the community by helping people remain independent.

Ron Antinoja has spent his career as a marine biologist and computer scientist. He is currently semi-retired managing a business that manufactures gourmet ice cream sandwiches. His volunteer efforts have included working for the International Rescue Committee, teaching English to Chinese college students, tutoring, assisting at the Helpline fundraiser, and serving as a Big Brother. He is enthusiastic and honored to be part of IVC and be able to give back to this remarkable community.

Jan Carey moved to Bainbridge Island in 2014 after 18 years in Washington D.C. working for the federal government. She retired from the Department of Justice as a deputy director of an office that evaluated criminal justice grant programs to determine their viability for continued congressional funding. Prior to her work in the federal government, Jan worked in a variety of positions, including as a Community Liaison Officer at the U.S. Embassy in Madrid, Spain, as a residential substance abuse contract specialist in Hawaii’s correctional system, and as a grants manager in Portland, Oregon. She also taught English in Japan after college. Although originally from Los Angeles, she moved to Bainbridge Island to be near family (two sisters and two cousins on the island and one brother in Seattle) who all ended up migrating to this unique and beautiful part of the country. She also chose Bainbridge Island for something she didn’t have in many of the places she lived – a sense of community. Here on Bainbridge she hopes to continue to become part of the community and to give back to it through her work at IVC. She is an avid dog lover and has rescued, fostered, and adopted dogs through American Brittany Rescue and other rescue organizations for the past 20 years.

Karen Conoley is a retired Judge. She practiced law in Bremerton prior to that. She is married and has 7 children and 12 Grandchildren. Prior to becoming a judge she volunteered with the BI library, BPA ,and the Alive battered women’s shelter. She served on the State Minority justice Commission, the Board of Bar examiners as well as numerous other professional organizations. She was a chaperone with Camp Siberia. She and her husband live in a condo within walking distance of Winslow and the ferry. They have taken care of elderly parents and believe that the services provided by IVC enable seniors and or disabled persons to remain in their homes and maintain their independence. The opportunity to have one on one interaction is a meaningful experience for the volunteers as well.

Cheryl Denton works as a private care partner providing in-home assistance to elders.  She is the co-founder of the Independent Caregiver Connection, and has volunteered for the Alzheimer’s Association, Hospice, and has served as a Long-Term Care Ombudsman.

Cheryl is passionate about elder care and believes that it takes a village to care for our elders. She has an ongoing concern about how our community will handle the influx of “boomer” elders.  She looks forward to community discussions to plan for the needed care of that demographic, as well as a chance to help change the prevailing negative prejudice against aging. Thrilled to be asked to serve on the IVC board, she feels that this organization is an integral part of the solution that insures that all elders will receive the quality of care they so richly deserve.

Janie Ekberg is a fabric artist and has been on the IVC Board since 2009. She is very active in the Bainbridge community and has served on many different boards over the years, including Bainbridge Foundation, Helpline, Bainbridge Island Day Care and Grace Church. Janie founded Camp Siberia in 2000 and has had the fabulous opportunity of taking over 200 Bainbridge Island students to Russia during the past 12 years to create a summer camp for orphans in Novosibirsk and bring joy to their lives. Janie feels very honored to work with a dynamic board helping to make it possible for people in need of help to maintain their independence, enjoy a higher quality of life and remain in their own homes.

Kimberly Garber has been a nurse for 37 years and an enthusiastic advocate for elders all her life. Kimberly moved to Bainbridge Island with her husband Chip in 1992. They raised two boys, Daniel and Jackson, who are now in college. She is a 24 year employee of Virginia Mason Medical Center. In 2014, she became certified in Gerontological Nursing and is currently working as a Geriatric RN Care Manager in a collaborative primary care practice with Dr. Sundance Rogers at Virginia Mason Bainbridge. For the last two years, the team has co-managed an elder wellness program at the local assisted living facilities and adult family homes on the island. Twice a month they make rounds visiting patients in their home to provide routine health care that encourages preventive health maintenance and healthy lifestyles helping elders stay in their own home as long as possible.

Stella Ley joined the IVC board in 2014 but has been a volunteer since retiring in 1995. She had a wonderful 30-year career in the Telecom Industry where she worked in upper management in Engineering, Construction and Customer Service positions. Stella is happy to be away from “corporate” and now spends her time working on a beautiful equestrian facility that is almost i her backyard! It’s a great retirement gig that allows for the flexibility to travel with family and give back to the community. Early in her life, she came to realize that the happiest people are not those getting more, but those giving more and she has always recognized the value of volunteering by doing what she can. Her current involvements include: IslandWood docent, Volunteer Coordinator for Bainbridge Master Gardeners, St. Cecelia Church and Bainbridge Arts and Humanities. Stella feels that her time volunteering with IVC is truly “heart work” and she appreciates the competent and forward-thinking staff and Board, as well as the opportunity to make such a difference in the lives of others.

Joan Marsden welcomes the opportunity to serve as a board member of IVC. She spent years selling travel books in Seattle and caring for her elderly parents in Fargo, ND, before she moved to Bainbridge Island on September 11, 2001. From the time she arrived on the island, Joan has enjoyed the community spirit and friendliness of this special small town. Her employment at Housing Resources Board was her first introduction to IVC’s impressive acts of neighborly kindness and caring – from delivering bouquets of flowers to brighten someone’s day to helping an elderly individual with grocery shopping. Currently, Joan volunteers for the Bloedel Reserve, for the Sakai Middle School as a reading tutor, and for the Master Gardeners of Kitsap County. She also served as a grant reviewer for the Kitsap Regional Coordinating Council 2012-2014. Joan is pleased to be a part of an organization dedicated to good works and having fun!

Karla Mather is a long time Bainbridge resident, nurse and educator. She currently teaches nursing at Seattle University. Her experiences during 35 years of nursing practice have confirmed the importance of the community and the human connection in promoting health and dignity. Karla is passionate about quality of life issues and end of life planning. Through her involvement with IVC she hopes to have a positive impact on these issues here on Bainbridge. She feels honored to work with the board and volunteers of this dynamic organization.
She is married to Randy Mather who is self-employed engineer. Together they enjoy sailing, kayaking, hiking, travel, yoga and spending time with their 3 college age daughters.

Brian Pinto, a Washington native, has deep family roots in the state. He graduated from Bainbridge High School in 2005. In 2008, Brian received a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a Concentration in Finance from Boston University. In 2009, Brian decided to spend time exploring the United States by car; his journey found him driving 20,000 miles over the next 6 months.
After his trip, Brian moved to New Hampshire to pursue work in education. There he met his wife, Persia, whom he married in the summer of 2013. Brian taught middle school math for 4 years in the town of Pittsfield, New Hampshire. In 2014, he returned to Kitsap County to begin a career as a Financial Advisor. Brian joined the IVC board in the summer of 2017. He believes passionately in the mission of the organization, and looks forward to serving a community that has given so much to him. Brian and Persia enjoy European board games and discovering local “hidden treasure” eateries.

Deborah Schenk is new to Bainbridge Island after she and her husband moved to the Northwest to be closer to their children. She is the Marilynn and Roland Grossman Professor of Taxation Emerita at NYU’s School of Law, as well as the Editor-in-chief of the Tax Law Review. Deborah is a regular speaker and panelist at academic and professional conferences, primarily in the areas of taxation and professional responsibility. She has served on many boards in her career, including the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, Brooklyn Community Services and Tax Analysts. Deborah is looking forward to being on a working board and has already started helping out directly with IVC care receivers.

George Shipe is a Senior Vice President of National Benefit Advisory, Inc, where he has been since 1993. He was formerly the Assistant Vice President head of financial services at Great Northwest Bank in Bremerton. George became involved with IVC when his wife Dawn became ill, and they used the services of various volunteers. After her death, George wanted to become involved with IVC and he became a board member in 2014. He has also served as a board member of Kitsap Cancer Services.

Carol White is honored to be a new IVC board member. Previously she has served on the boards of Bainbridge Community Foundation, One Call for All (when it was called the Bainbridge Foundation), Juvenile Diversion and Bainbridge Arts and Crafts. Currently KiDiMu is a central focus. Carol continues  working as an administrative consultant. Her major interest for IVC is providing services to people so that they may remain in their homes.