Rita Elsberry, Executive Director
Rita is a native of Bainbridge Island who has lived here most of her life, except for a brief stint in Kodiak, Alaska, where all of her children were born. She also has several family members living on the island, including her almost 91 year old mother. Rita has always has a passion for service and has worked for and served on Boards of several area non-profits over the years, including 9 years on the IVC Board. She is thrilled to be involved on a new level with IVC and to help honor the wonderful legacy of service to neighbors that is such a rich contribution to our community.
Rita is an RN who trained at Shoreline School of Nursing and is a Certified Hospice and Palliative Care Nurse. She has worked extensively in the areas of primary care at Virginia Mason Winslow Clinic as staff RN and then Clinical Supervisor for Hospice of Kitsap County as Director of Nursing, and most recently as Health Services RN for Elder and Adult Day Services, serving adults with developmental disabilities and elderly persons with dementia. Throughout her career, her focus has always been first and foremost on being a patient and family advocate.
In her free time, Rita can often be found on the waters of Puget Sound or British Columbia, kayaking with her husband, friends, and one or more of her grown children and their spouses. She is also an amateur glass artist who loves working in stained, fused and glass mosaic.
Robin Gaphni, Program Manager
Robin has worked and volunteered for non-profits her entire professional life. She recently spent the last 15 years at the Center for Courage & Renewal, as their Program Manage/Registrar. She has a Masters in Adult Education and Training and has been an instructor in various family literacy programs. She was previously on the IVC Board in 2006, and has always supported their mission wholeheartedly.
Robin and her family have lived on Bainbridge Island since 1993. They raised their three children here, participating in the myriad of activities offered on Bainbridge. In the fall of 2010, their oldest son died unexpectedly at the age of 21 from a virulent form of strep. Since then, Robin has become interested in grief and loss, and has been facilitating the Grief Support Group for IVC, and supervising the new grief program Compassionate Companions. She also started a blog called Grief & Gratitude, which speaks of the transformational power of grief. (www.griefgratitude.com). Robin is looking forward to this next chapter of her professional life working at IVC. She loves hearing people’s stories, and is eager to help facilitate the connections between care receivers and caregivers.
Besides writing, Robin loves to read, hike, travel, practice Qi Gong and pilates. She and her husband live on land with 60 fruit trees, 2 chickens, 2 cats and 2 dogs that require long walks every day. They love to hang out with their twenty-something children who live in Seattle.
Lynn Murphy, Life Enrichment Coordinator
A transplant from the Midwest, Lynn raised 2 children on Bainbridge from 1973-1986. Afterwards, she moved on to work as a location manager in the film industry working with major film studios, commercial production companies, and as Eddie Bauer Corporate Photo Producer. She was actively involved in numerous film productions, most notably Sleepless in Seattle, Singles, Northern Exposure, Twin Peaks, Fabulous Baker Boys, Little Buddha and countless television series productions. Corporate and Commercial clients included Expedia, Group Health, Microsoft, Coinstar, CIA, U.W, Mt. Sobek Travel, and Seattle Children’s Hospital. At Eddie Bauer, she scouted and determined distant locations and managed photo crews for the Corporate Catalog Division.
In 2001. Lynn took her “location” work to the world of Seattle real estate. With a more settled lifestyle, Lynn was able to have her 96 year-old mother join her in the Northwest. Lynn became her Mother’s cribbage, gin, and bingo partner, her transportation to horse races and to see her great grandchildren, and her best friend and travel companion until she left the “departure lounge” at 101. Lynn’s time spent with her mother provided an opportunity to engage with a broad senior community, and come to understand the issues, and needs, of our aging population, setting the groundwork for her role as IVC’s Life Enrichment Coordinator.
Recently, Lynn spent 2 years in Scottsdale Arizona where she worked as Creative Coordinator and writer for ALL IN Magazine and the fascinating world of Poker and online gaming.
However, the Valley of the Sun was no match for the moist air, green landscape and lifestyle of the Northwest, and tugged her back, full circle to Bainbridge, where she was welcomed by old friends, the Island spirit, and rewarding new work at IVC.
She feels fortunate to have 4 tween and teen grandchildren, her Island live-in and constant companion, Bassett/Beagle, Bogey, and energy for writing a memoir of her time spent with her Mother, entitled, No More Pink Flamingos. Life is good.