Trustees & Contacts

Trustees

The WCC currently has a vacancy on its board of trustees.  If you’re interested in getting involved, please email » John Finelli.

john-finelli-profile-photoJohn Finelli became a community council trustee in November 2015 and president of WCC as of September 2016.  John and his wife Rebecca came to Seattle in 2013 and after renting in Hawthorne Hills, the Finelli family fell in love with northeast Seattle and found a home to buy in Wedgwood.  The Finellis have a daughter in Eckstein Middle School, and a preschool-age son.  John has jumped into the many-pronged activities of the Wedgwood Community Council including event planning, parks acquisition, monitoring development issues, and promoting a pedestrian-friendly zone along the commercial corridor of 35th Ave NE. email »

Gretchen Bear serves as 1st Vice President of the WCC and chair of the membership committee.  Gretchen has a background in marketing, but is currently working as a free-lance writer.  In the 2016-2017 school year Gretchen and her husband Michael have both of their children at Nathan Hale High School:  a senior and a freshman.  Gretchen gained valuable experience in the grant-application process when she worked on sidewalk and pedestrian safety improvement projects with the City of Seattle.  Her most project, “Arterials First” was fully awarded by SDOT and was constructed in 2012. email »

Gordon Dass Adams was born in Iowa City and has been in Seattle since 1983.  Dass loves gardening, kayaking and the outdoors.  He is also a fiddler and you can find him on Tuesday evenings at the Wedgwood Ale House, having a fiddlefest there.  Dass has experience with applying to the City of Seattle’s Department of Neighborhoods for grant funding, and he helped create real community value in June 2015 when he wrote a grant for Wedgwood’s Picnic Place at the corner of NE 86th Street, a land-banked site of a future park. email »

Peter Zimmerman has been very active with the development of building use and community programs at the former Sand Point Naval Air Station, and he has served on the Magnuson Park Advisory Council.  Since becoming a trustee in 2015, Peter has served as Wedgwood’s delegate to the Northeast District Council, which is a body of representatives who come together monthly to discuss issues of general concern, and Peter is a volunteer member of a City panel to review applications to the Large Projects Fund.   Peter bikes everywhere and is well acquainted with street and livability issues throughout northeast Seattle. The Wedgwood Community Council welcomes Peter’s can-do spirit and expertise applied to community work in Wedgwood. email »

Michael Chrzastowski portrait.May 2016Michael Chrzastowski has been in the Wedgwood area for several decades and is a long-time advocate for more coffee shops, restaurants and pubs.  One of his passions is improving streets to make them more visually appealing, more efficient and safe.  In May 2016 Michael and his block association had their street improvement project application endorsed by the Northeast District Council..  Michael is an alumnus of both the University of Washington and Western Washington, and both Michael and his wife Tina are former teachers.  Michael enjoys walking, biking, riding public transit and being a Wedgwood Community Council trustee as of May 2016.  email »

Chris H BioChris Haskins, a Phoenix native, came to Seattle in 1998. After living in many different neighborhoods he and his wife Bernedette settled in Wedgwood in 2006. Chris claims to be a web site developer, and started working with the WCC in 2015 helping out with the web site. He became a community council trustee in July of 2016. In his spare time, Chris enjoys gardening, cooking, and walking the neighborhood with his dog Lucy. If you need to contact Chris, you’ll find him at the coffee shop, or you can email him at email »

 

joe-forgetteJoe Forgette first became involved with the WCC during planning for the Wedgwood Community Picnic which was held in September 2016 and he looks forward to participating in more local events.  Joe and his wife Kathleen have been amazed by the welcoming and kind neighbors they’ve met since moving to Wedgwood in 2015.  They can often be found walking Molly, their black lab, who likes to make impromptu visits to unsuspecting neighbors.  Joe is a Project Manager for a local transportation agency and since becoming a Wedgwood Community Council trustee in September 2016 Joe is monitoring traffic and transportation issues of the neighborhood.  In his spare time Joe can be found halfway through various home improvement projects as he works to bring things up to Molly’s exacting standards.  You can contact Joe at email »

jen-freemanJennifer Freeman became a community council trustee in October 2016, after working on the first Wedgwood Community Picnic. She’s excited to contribute to the council’s social media efforts and membership campaigns. A Pittsburgh native, Jen relocated to Redmond to work in the marketing department of a software company (not that one) after college. Before settling in Wedgwood with her husband Jake and two children in July 2012, Jen also lived in Seattle’s Queen Anne and Capitol Hill neighborhoods. Now she works as a project management consultant and enjoys long runs along Wedgwood’s tree-lined streets.  You can contact Jen at email »

jess-creachJess Creach and her husband Nick have lived in Wedgwood since falling in love with the “Creach Cottage” in 2008. Originally from the Bay Area, Jess became a UW Husky in 1997, spent time after college in New England and then returned to beautiful Seattle in 2007. She came into the Wedgwood Community Council with the planning of the 2016 Community Picnic, which brought together some of her favorite things: food trucks, fall activities and hyperlocal gatherings. In this coming year Jess is looking forward to finding more ways to bring together the wonderful people of Wedgwood. Outside of the WCC, Jess works in educational technology, loves spending time trying new restaurants with her husband and exploring Seattle with her son.  Contact Jess at email »

 

Additional Contacts

Wedgwoodians love cats, but cats do not read the WCC newsletter.

Valarie Bunn grew up in Wedgwood and is the WCC’s volunteer historian. She first began writing articles about neighborhood history in 1992 for the paper version of WCC’s Wedgwood Echo newsletter.  Currently Valarie has the on-line Wedgwood in Seattle History blog. email »

 

Ellen Blackstone is the communications coordinator for the Wedgwood Wide Block Watch. Email:  Wedgwood-Block-Watch@googlegroups.com