Herb Cook, President
Herb Cook retired in 2006, after more than 30 years as a journalist and publisher in Ohio. After relocating to Washington he served for six years as Director of the Jefferson County Community Foundation, including three years as president. Cook serves on the Fort Worden Public Development Authority (PDA)P Board of Directors, has been involved in developing the PDA’s Strategic Marketing Plan, and will be a liaison between the PDA board and the Fort Worden Foundation. He was elected to serve as the first President of the Fort Worden Foundation. Previously, Cook served as Director, Jefferson Community School (2009-2013); he also serves as President of the Board of Managers, Olympic Peninsula Conservation Resources LLC, an affiliate of the North Olympic Land Trust. Cook is a veteran of the U.S. Navy.
Cindy Finnie, Secretary
Cindy Finnie retired from Allstate Insurance after 38 years as an insurance executive, specializing in small business development, sales, marketing, human resources and financial management. She is co-owner and president of Rainshadow Properties, a hotel and property management company in business for 21 years. Finnie was appointed by Governor Gregoire to the Washington State Arts Commission (ArtsWA), serving eight years, three of which as chair. She is the founding Chairperson of the PDA and played an instrumental role in establishing the PDA and in securing a 50-year Master Lease with State Parks. Finnie is currently a PDA board member and will be a liaison between the PDA board and the Fort Worden Foundation. She is a former board member for Centrum and the Jefferson County Community Foundation and currently serves on the City of Port Townsend Lodging Tax Advisory Committee. In 2012, Finnie was elected to the board of First Federal Bank, based in Port Angeles, Wash.
Jon Schorr, Treasurer
Jon Schorr, a former partner and now special counsel with the Seattle law firm of Carney Badley Spellman, has 48 years of professional practice as a CPA and attorney. Specializing in tax and business consultation, his practice has involved business structuring, mergers, acquisitions and reorganizations. Schorr’s clients have included public development authorities, a fiber optic cable company, Alaska native corporations, private developers engaged with historic building renovations, healthcare service organizations, professional partnerships and individuals. He was active for many years with the Washington State Bar Association Tax Section and served as its President. Schorr has worked with and been on the boards of various nonprofit organizations, and currently serves as Treasurer of Puget Sound Public Radio (KUOW-FM 94.9).
Alex Spear is an accomplished woodworker whose past projects have ranged from house construction and cabinetry to boat building and repair. Spear’s lifelong sailing background led him to engage as the volunteer harbormaster and eventually board member of the Wooden Boat Foundation. He has served on several of the advisory committees that helped to shape Port Townsend’s waterfront and Point Hudson District. Spear was a founding member of the Northwest Maritime Center, played an active role in honing the vision for the 27,000 sq. ft. LEED Gold maritime educational facility, and took a leadership role in the capital campaign to raise the funds for the $17 million project. He serves on the board of trustees for the Camilla Chandler Family Foundation, which made a $1 million leadership gift to the PDA for the renovation of Building 305 and the development of Makers Square at Fort Worden.
Jeff Krida is an internationally-recognized leader in the travel and tourism industry where he has led people and businesses for 49 years. He is a retired Vice Chairman & Co-Founder of the American Queen Steamboat Company and was President and CEO of Cruise West, which operated nine passenger cruise ships from Alaska to Costa Rica and the Pacific Rim. Krida interned for Senator Warren Magnusson in the U.S. Senate Commerce Committee, completed graduate studies at both Columbia University and Stanford University, and is a U.S. Navy veteran. He has been a lecturer at the University of New Orleans School of Hotel, Restaurant and Tourism, as well as a judge and mentor at the University of Washington annual Global Social Entrepreneurship Competition. Krida currently serves on the Board of the Alaska Geographic Association.
Lynn Kessler served on the Washington State House of Representatives from 1993-2011 and served as Majority Leader for 12 years. She was honored by the National Conference of State Legislatures as the top legislative leader in the U.S. for promoting civility in government and recognized by newspaper organizations across Washington for her commitment to open and transparent government. Throughout her legislative career, Kessler has been a strong supporter of the arts and early childhood education in Washington. She has been a steadfast advocate for Washington State Parks and was instrumental in securing state funding for the construction of the Fort Worden Commons. Kessler also serves on the Fort Worden Coordinating Committee.
Best known in the Pacific Northwest as a Peabody Award-winning TV journalist, Barry Mitzman recently retired from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, where he served as a speechwriter. Before joining the Foundation in 2016, Mitzman was Professor of Strategic Communications and Director of the Center for Strategic Communications at Seattle University. Prior to that, he was Director of Strategic Communications at Microsoft Corp. For 18 years, Mitzman was a reporter, producer and managing editor at KCTS/9, Seattle’s PBS TV station. He hosted the weekly public-affairs series Seattle Week in Review and Serious Money, and produced many documentaries including Diagnosis: AIDS, which aired nationally and earned a Peabody, broadcasting’s equivalent of the Pulitzer Prize. Mitzman’s wide-ranging career also has included work as a staff writer and editor of Seattle Weekly, vice-president of the integrated marketing communications agency SS+K, freelance writer for various newspapers and magazines including The Nation and Washington Monthly, and communications consultant to many companies and nonprofit organizations.