New Dungeness Light Station Association

In 1994 the U.S. Coast Guard withdrew its last Keeper and the Coast Guard Auxiliary, the Watchstanders, filled in until The New Dungeness Chapter of the United States Lighthouse Society was formed and assumed operation and maintenance of the Light Station. Soon thereafter, the chapter would become the New Dungeness Light Station Association (NDLSA), a 501c (3) non-profit organization. Through a renewable license with the U.S. Coast Guard to care for the Station, the Association runs the Keeper Program in which members become Keepers for a week while their fees help to maintain the Light Station. Partners with the Association include the U.S. Coast Guard which maintains the lantern and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service which manages the Dungeness National Wildlife Refuge.

Mission

The New Dungeness Light Station Association is dedicated to preserving and protecting the Light Station through restoration, maintenance and staffing of the Light Station to educate members and visitors in an effort to perpetuate the legacy of the men and women who tended this State and National historical landmark.

 

  • Tom Sinton

    President - NDLH1857@gmail.com
    Tom Sinton

    Tom Sinton graduated from New Mexico State with a Civil Engineering degree in 1972 and the next day started work with a national company specializing in the design, construction and renovation of Military Family Housing. After 36 years of extensive hands-on experience with all aspects of the design, construction and renovation of almost 200 housing projects at bases all over the US, he and Carol, his wife since 1973, retired to Port Angeles to build their “last” house and enjoy the scenery and beauty of the area. In 2008, he joined the NDLSA Board and later became the Chairman of the Maintenance and Renovation Committee. He has really enjoyed the experience, people and privilege of being part of the NDLSA and saving history for others to enjoy. In 2016 Tom was elected President of the Association.

  • Steve Reed

    1st Vice President
    Steve Reed

    Steve Reed, an NDLSA Board member since 2008, was president from 2009 through 2012. He chaired the Maintenance and Restoration Committee, participates in work parties, is a Keeper driver and helps manage the Association’s grant application program. He serves on the Boards of the Friends of the Dungeness Wildlife Refuge and the Port Townsend Summer Band. Steve worked for the U.S. Geological Survey as a geologist on the unmanned lunar program, the Mars orbital program, and as a member of the Apollo Geology team. A retired consultant, his 40-year career was focused on environmental aspects of ground water systems. He investigated the timing, causes and effects of ground water pollution in projects throughout the U.S. and testified as an expert in numerous litigation cases providing opinions developed during those investigations. He and his wife, Jean, enjoy both domestic and foreign travel; have 3 children and 11 grandchildren; and live in Port Townsend.

  • Judy Newblom

    2nd Vice President
    Judy Newblom

    Judy Newblom, a former teacher hails from Florida but moved to Colorado in 1981 to work as a state educational administrator and complete a Ph.D. from Colorado State University. She and her husband, Bill, were charter members of the Colorado Lighthouse Collector’s Society and have been involved with the New Dungeness Light Station Association since 2004. In 2012 they moved to Sequim to enjoy living near the water and mountains and become more active with the lighthouse and volunteer as tour guides for the U.S. Lighthouse Society. They have visited many lighthouses throughout the country, as well as in Canada, Spain and Australia. Judy is Past-President of the Association, and now the 2nd Vice President. She works with numerous committees including helping with the development of the new website and most recently editor of the Foghorn.

  • Bill Bjorklund

    Treasurer
    Bill Bjorklund

    Bill Bjorklund was born in Ballard, WA and grew up in Poulsbo. He graduated from the University of Washington with a degree in Chemical Engineering. Bill spent his working years primarily in eastern Washington working for an R & D company named Battelle. He retired in 2004 and moved to Sequim where he became involved with the New Dungeness Light Station Association, first as a driver, then on the maintenance crew, a Board member and current Treasurer. Whether working on finance, pounding nails, or driving keepers to the Station, Bill is happy to be contributing to the preservation of the New Dungeness Light Station. Bill and his wife, Sherrill, have three sons and triplet grandkids.

  • Sarah Miller

    Secretary
    Sarah Miller

    Sarah Miller was elected to the board for the 2016-2018 term and was also elected Secretary, replacing Roberta DeWitt. She had previously served as Co-Recording Secretary. Sarah retired in 2014 after 27 years working for the City of Seattle in various capacities in utility operations. She lives in Agnew, which serves as a good home base for hiking, biking, kayaking, and various volunteer pursuits. She and her partner Stephen discovered NDLSA as many people do, following a hike out to the ‘end of the Spit’ in 2011, and joined the organization right away. Sarah is an avid birder and naturalist, and particularly enjoys observing nature from the lantern level at the New Dungeness Lighthouse.

  • Julie Bacher

    Board Member
    Julie Bacher

    Julie Bacher earned an Associate Arts degree from California’s Santa Rosa Junior College in 1967, majoring in Medical Assisting.  She met husband, Joe, in 1969 and lived in Sonoma until 1992 when they relocated to Bremerton.  Julie retired after 37 years in Health Care spending the last 19 years employed at Multicare Health Systems in Tacoma.  An avid motorcyclist for the last 28 years she has been involved for several years with Washington’s only Women on Wheels chapter, “Olympic Thunder.”  She was Director for four years and recently promoted to Washington State Ambassador for Women on Wheels.  Julie and Joe enjoy travelling, hiking, camping, photography and lighthouses.  Joe and Julie, members of NDLSA since 1998, have been keepers on many occasions and worked on a few “work parties”.  Julie has a son Eric and daughter Anne and two granddaughters.

  • Marsha Holden

    Board Member
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    Marsha Holden has been elected to the Board for the 2016-2018 term. She and her husband, John, moved to Sequim in 2013 from Beatty, Nevada. They have been Keepers previous to their move and wanted to get more involved in the Association. Marsha, a retired Postmaster, has been an Advocate for the National League of Postmasters, a secretary for the Library Board in Beatty and helped form the first chapter of the Ladies Auxiliary for the VFW there. In Sequim, she is a reading tutor for an elementary School and has co-chaired the Merchandising Committee for NDLSA and the Lavender Festival. She and John have also represented the Association in the Irrigation and 4th of July parades. Besides being a new Director, Marsha has generously agreed to Chair both the Merchandise and Festival/Events Committees and the Lavender Festival.

  • Janet Jones

    Board Member
    Janet Jones

    Janet Jones and her husband, Jim, are active Sequim community members involved in several organizations.  Having walked the 5½ miles to see our light and a return at high tide, they decided to join the Association and enjoy the duties of lighthouse keepers.  Jan hails from Iowa and her hobbies/interests include quilting, hiking, and travel. She is a cellist with the Port Angeles Symphony.  Jan and her husband are active members of the Sequim Bay Yacht Club and the North Olympic Sail and Power Squadron.  She currently co-chairs the lighthouse booth at the Crab and Seafood Festival, handles all refreshments at our General Meeting in the fall and is a member of the Merchandising Committee.

  • Bob Larsen

    Board Member
    Bob Larsen

    Bob Larsen was born in Tacoma, Washington. After High School he joined the United States Marine Corps and was honorably discharged after four years of active duty. Bob retired from Franklin Pierce School District in Pierce County, Washington, after 28 years as an Integrated Turf Management Specialist, specializing in athletic fields. After retiring in 2008, Bob and his wife, Florence, moved to Sequim. He served on the Keeper Program Ad Hoc Committee and is currently the Transportation Chair on the Board of Directors and one of the Keeper drivers. He and Florence, who is a volunteer KSQM radio personality, also enjoy volunteering with the Dungeness National Wildlife Refuge and take every opportunity to promote the Lighthouse to visitors.

  • Gregg MacDonald

    Board Member
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    Greg MacDonald was born and raised in Detroit, MI. He earned undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University of Michigan and worked at radio and television stations in Detroit and Chicago before entering academia where he chaired the Radio-Television Department at the University of Montana and also managed KUFM-FM, the public radio station. Following retirement from UM he was recruited to become the President and CEO of the Montana Broadcasters Association. Following their “final” retirement, Greg and his wife Helen moved to Sequim in 2015 and began their infatuation with the Lighthouse by joining a work party that scrapped, patched and painted the light tower.

  • Jim Moran

    Board Member
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    Jim Moran has been elected to the Board for the 2016-2018 term. Jim has been President and owner of The 401(k) Company, Inc., a Third Party Administration firm for pension and profit sharing plans since 1991. Jim has degrees in accounting and human resources and is a Past-President of the Port Angeles Regional Chamber of Commerce. He also serves on numerous other boards throughout the region. Jim has been married to his wife, Marie for 44 years and they have two sons. His interests include rowing with the Olympic Peninsula Rowing Association and preserving and presenting the rich heritage of Port Angeles and Clallam County.

  • Chad Kaiser

    General Manager - scheduling@newdungenesslighthouse.com
    Chad Kaiser

    Chad Kaiser has been the General Manager of the New Dungeness Light Station Association since 2011. His professional involvement with lighthouses and lighthouse preservation began over 14 years ago when he was hired on by the Maritime Exchange Museum in Southeast Michigan. While with the Maritime Exchange Museum Chad was pivotal in helping the Museum become the largest private collection of Lifesaving Service and lighthouse antiques in the United States. For about five years starting in 2007 Chad worked for the national preservation group, the U.S. Lighthouse Society. At the Society he assisted the organization with a move from San Francisco to Washington State. His responsibilities included Collections Manager along with planning and leading many domestic and international tours of lighthouses. In addition to his time with NDLSA Chad has been involved with dozens of lighthouse preservation projects including consulting on lighthouse restorations along with transportation and conservation of lighthouse lenses.

360-683-6638 | PO Box 1283 | Sequim, WA 98382