Olympia Tumwater Foundation Board of Trustees
Jim Bremner, M.D.
Dr. Bremner is a native of Washington, attending the University of Puget Sound, graduating from the University of Washington in 1956.
He has practiced psychiatry for many years and has been associated with the Western Institutional Review Board.
Jill Crowson, House Chair
Jill is a native Washingtonian, great-granddaughter of Leopold Schmidt and daughter of Elva and Peter G. Schmidt Jr.
She graduated from the University of Washington with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Interior Design. Her professional career as an interior designer and project manager has included work with integrated design & engineering firms for commercial, residential and institutional buildings. Currently, she is a Senior Designer at Sechrist Design Associates in Seattle.
As Chair of the Schmidt House Committee she will continue her involvement with strategic planning for maintenance and enhancements to the “Three Meter” House and Grounds.
Waite is the cofounder and former President and CEO of Parametrix, Inc., a consulting firm specializing in transportation, natural resources, toxicology and risk sciences, solid waste management, and cultural resources. In 1999, he sold Parametrix, Inc. to its employees making it a 100% ESOP-owned company with 450 employee owners in Washington, Oregon, New Mexico, Colorado and Idaho. He remains active on the Parametrix board of directors. Waite graduated from Saint Martin’s University in 1965 with a Bachelor of Science in civil engineering.
Fred Gentry, Secretary and Park Chair
Fred has been practicing law for more than 40 years in Olympia. His litigation practice, Bean Gentry Wheeler Peternell, PLLC emphasizes the representation of both plaintiffs and defendants in injury and other civil litigation matters. He also does a considerable amount of arbitration and mediation, and is often selected as the “neutral” or “swing” arbitrator in three-person UIM panels.
Fred has tried over 100 civil jury cases to verdict and has been an AV-rated lawyer for more than 30 years. He is a member of ABOTA, an invitation-only organization of trial lawyers and a member of the Thurston County Bar Association.
Fred earned his bachelor degree at the University of Washington and his juris doctor degree at the University of Idaho.
John Heelan, Archive Chair
John spent over 25 years in the marketing field and became acquainted with the Foundation when he was merchandising manager at the Olympia Brewery. During his career he developed some of the most successful promotions in the history of brewery merchandising. After the sale of Olympia Brewing Co. to Pabst in 1983, John opened O’Blarneys Tavern in Olympia.
An active member and Chair of the Archive Committee, John is also interested in transitional scholarships.
Roy Heynderickx, Ph.D, Finance Co-chair
A native of the Northwest, Dr. Heynderickx has worked in higher education for more than 28 years. He became the president of Saint Martin’s University in January, 2009.
Prior to assuming his current role, he was a vice president at the University of San Diego and an administrator at the University of Portland.
Dr. Heynderickx will primarily serve on the Finance Committee.
Katie Hurley, Vice President and Education Chair
A graduate of Pacific Lutheran University, Kathryn “Katie” Hurley worked for 12 years in the telecommunications industry. Katie has been actively involved with the Olympia Tumwater Foundation for many years and is currently the Vice President and Chair of the Education Committee.
Katie is the daughter of Michael Schmidt (deceased) and Laurel Schmidt Seaman.
Blake Lindskog, Treasurer and Finance Co-chair
Blake has lived in Olympia most of his life. He works for Heritage Bank as a Senior Vice President, Regional Lending Manager.
Blake had served on the Providence St. Peter Hospital Community Board for 20 years, Tumwater Education Foundation, past president and member of the Olympia Downtown Association and is the current Treasurer of Capitol Skier Inc., one of the several clubs located on Crystal Mountain. He has been an avid skier for the past 40 years.
Blake brings experience in business management and finance to the Foundation.
Dan O’Neill was raised in Tumwater, graduated from The University of Portland in 1972, served in the United States Air Force, worked in Oakland, California and returned to Tumwater with wife Carla in 1978. He and Carla own The Barn Nursery and Great Western Supply.
Dan has been a past board member of the Community Foundation of South Puget Sound, and currently serves on the Board of the Olympia Tumwater Foundation, the South Puget Sound Community College Foundation, the Strophy Foundation and is chair of the Tumwater School District Community Roundtable.
He recently graduated from The Evergreen State College with a MES degree. Dan and Carla reside in Tumwater. They have three children and seven grandchildren.
Drew Phillips, President
Drew is a principal with FORMA Construction as their director of business development and pre-construction services.
As a fifth generation Olympia resident, Drew has a deep respect for the history of this area and believes that the only way to be successful is to give back to the community that has provided so much to him.
Drew is President of the Board of Trustees and has focused his efforts on the Education Committee.
VP of Marketing at O Bee Credit Union
From 1981 to 1998 operated a commercial production company in Philadelphia Pa. • 1989 digitally created the world’s first commercially printed poster using desktop computer and Ulead Photostyler software and on an Intel 386 processor. • 1992 Launched Aldus Photostyler; producing Window’s based digital content and collateral resulting in international press for the Aldus Company. • 1995 Produced the world’s first digital imagery on Beta Pentium® Pro microprocessor. • 1995 Launched Intel’s Pentium® Pro microprocessor and highlighted the first commercially printed poster ensuing worldwide press coverage of the “new age” of digital content creating. • 1996 Commissioned to design the American Smithsonian 150th anniversary poster • 1999 Recruited by Intel Corp • Organized and managed the first Itanium™ processor Public demo, Intel’s new 64-bit processor, resulting in worldwide press showcasing this new technology. • United Way Board Of Director • Co-Chair Asset Building Coalition Of Thurston County • Co-Chair of the “Bank On” Thurston County Initiative • United Way “Volunteer of the Year” 2009-2010