Col. (ret) Ron Averill, President
Our board members are drawn from across Lewis County and have broad experience and talent in community work, the military, medicine, law, business and in the special needs of our senior citizens.
If you are interested in becoming a board member, please contact Lewis County Senior Executive Director Glenda Forga at 360-748-0061.
Our Executive Board consists of a President, Vice President, Secretary and Treasurer.
President: Colonel (ret'd) Ron Averill
Ron Averill is a 30-year veteran and retired Colonel, US Army. A two-time Vietnam War Veteran, he also served in Europe and the Pacific. COL Averill was a Strategic Analyst and Southeast Asia Foreign Area Officer in Military Intelligence. He speaks German and Vietnamese.
After his military service, he spent 15 years in higher education as a Professor of Political Science, and later, Dean of Social Sciences at South Puget Sound Community College in Olympia.
In 2006, he was elected a County Commissioner, District 1, in Lewis County where he served until 2012.
Since COL Averill retired in 2012, he continues to be active in Church, veteran and community organizations. He is a member of Rotary, Knights of Columbus, Military Officers Association of America, and the Lewis County Farm Bureau. He presently chairs the Washington Army Community Action Council (Recruiting), the Washington Emergency Management Council, and the Lewis County Voluntary Stewardship Working Group; and is Vice Chair of the Cascade Mental Health Board. He is the Lewis County Republican State Committeeman and serves on the Washington State Republican Party Executive Board. He is the Small Projects Chair for the Chehalis River Basin Flood Authority; and, he is on the Finance, Program Development, and Policy Committees for the Lewis County Seniors Board.
Vice President: Carol Brock:
Carol currently works for the Boeing Company in Portland Oregon as a Quality Investigator. She assists the suppliers and shop with problem solving and documentation of concerns and results. Married 46 years with 2 children, both of whom are active duty Air Force reserve. Carol is chair of the Lewis County Democrats (2014 to present) and serves as State Committee woman.
Secretary: Michelle Whitten:
Michelle was raised just south of us in Cowlitz County where she currently resides on her grandparents homestead. Michelle along with her other half Ed, have 3 grown children with one still in high school. They have two grandsons that they enjoy immensely. Michelle has been involved with small city government since 1992 and has worked for the City of Toledo since 1994. While working in Toledo she has been responsible for securing and administering many grants for the City in upwards of $15,000,000.00 that range from a few hundred dollars to several million. She has volunteered as a North County Recreations Board Commissioner in Cowlitz County, the many sports teams with her children sometimes as the “Team Mom” and a non-college affiliated sorority Beta Sigma Phi. Michelle has been a part of a large fundraising event, chairing at times, the Toy Soldier Bazaar which helps a family with a medically needy child. Michelle enjoys spending time with her family, crafting, camping and other outdoor recreational activities.
Treasurer: Judy Barr
Fred retired after 40yrs as a Brakeman on the Union Pacific Railroad (UPRR) Fred currently serves as President of The Mighty Fine Seniors in Toledo, WA.
Cheryl Hammer has been working in a variety of geriatric professions since 1990. She has been a nursing assistant, nursing home activities assistant, nursing home social services director, and an assisted living resident care director. She is currently employed as an in-home private caregiver for clients who are elderly and disabled. Her particular interests and experience have mostly centered on patients and clients with neurological issues, including: Alzheimer's/dementia, Parkinson's, stroke, brain injury, and spinal cord injury. She serves on the Lewis County Seniors Board of Directors as the Safety Committee Chairperson and also assists on other committees.
Zora DeGrandpre, MS, ND:
Dr. Zora DeGrandpre practices naturopathic medicine (home visits) in rural Washington and is a professional medical and scientific writer and editor, specializing in naturopathic, functional, botanical and integrative medicine. Dr. DeGrandpre has degrees in drug design, immunology and natural medicine and has extensive research experience in cancer and molecular immunology. She has written textbooks in AP Chemistry and Biology as well as textbooks in botanical medicine and the interactions between botanical medicines and pharmaceutics. She has written grants, curricula and articles in naturopathic, functional and integrative medicine and is currently writing a textbook chapter on the effects of nutrition on the pathophysiology of chronic disease. Dr DeGrandpre writes online courses for medical students around the world including courses for continuing medical education. Dr. DeGrandpre also specializes in formulating rational, evidence-based supplements and serves as a grant reviewer for the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and as a scientific consultant for legal and nutraceutical queries. Dr DeGrandpre also has an interest in rural and geriatric medicine and serves on the board of the Lewis County Seniors and chairs the Grant Committee. Dr DeGrandpre lives in Randle, Wa. With her husband Dan, she has 8 children, 15 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren.
Mona Rae Fish:
Mona Rae Fish attended the University of Washington and raised 3 children. She has worked retail for over 60 years-- she and her husband owned and managed the largest hobby and craft store in Tacoma, Washington. Mona Rae retired in 1983, moving to Lewis County, developing 7 acres outside of Salkum. Mona Rae discovered the Toledo senior center in 1986 and has been involved ever since, participating in the enrichment programs at the Toledo, Olequa and Twin Cities centers. These programs included tole painting, oil painting and, currently, wood carving. She learned to use the computer and defensive driving through college programs offered through the centers. At present, Mona Rae serves as secretary for the Toledo Mighty Fine Seniors and has served as chair for the 2nd Time Around sale. She has chaired the Toledo Christmas Bazaar for the past 5 years, even though she currenly lives in Chehalis.
Mona Rae was married for 63 plus years and was widowed 5 years ago. She believes that the senior centers which have kept her active and the reason she has chosen to serve on the board. She believes she has personal knowledge of what a senior center is and should be for our senior citizens.
Reverend Bill Morris was raised in Lewis County graduated from Toledo High School and has owned and operated several businesses in the Lewis county area. He is the Lead Pastor at Jackson Prairie Church in Chehalis where he has served for many years. He was ordained by the Assemblies of God of Springfield Mo. In 2015. Bill has been involved and organized several community service ministries and has been trained in dealing with poverty, helping the homeless and fundraising. He is married to his wife Sandy and has 4 adult daughters. In his free time Bill enjoys farming and all High School sports but fastpitch is a favorite.
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