Board of Directors

John Nowak

President

John Nowak is a lifelong resident of Port Townsend. He works at Jefferson Healthcare in performance improvement. During his 30-year employment at Jefferson Healthcare, he has been involved in many capacities. He has worked as a staff nurse, a technology specialist, and managed several departments, including Emergency, ICU/Critical Care and the Family Birth Center.

Away from work, John has coached kid’s soccer and basketball. He also enjoys spending time outdoors and with family.

Kitty Knapp

Vice President

Kitty began working with children as a VISTA (Volunteers in Service to America) volunteer and Head Start teacher on the Skokomish Reservation in 1970. Moving to Port Townsend in 1976, she worked at Clallam-Jefferson Head Start, Family Planning of Clallam County, and taught16 years at Grant Street Elementary School.

Kitty received her bachelor of arts from the University of California at Davis and then her teaching credential from California State University.  In 1976, she earned her master’s degree in early childhood education at the University of Washington.

She is an avid gardener, traveler, and mother of a 27-year-old son.

Jan Garing

Secretary

After many years working in financial industry, Jan found her true passion in helping people with their real estate needs. She is currently a real estate agent and proprietor of Windermere Real Estate in Port Townsend. She and her husband have lived on Marrowstone Island for over 25 years and raised two daughters who now are in college. She is very proud to serve on the board of Jumping Mouse as part of a center that helps children and adults with transitions in their lives.

Aldryth O’Hara

Treasurer

Aldryth is a partner with Gooding, O’Hara, and Mackey and a CPA in Port Townsend. She graduated from Whitworth College in Spokane, Washington in 1975 with a major in political science. Following a career in banking and time off to raise a family, she completed her accounting education and became a CPA in 1992.

Aldryth received a master of science in taxation from Golden Gate University in 2000. During the past 15 years she has gained extensive experience preparing tax returns and providing business and tax advice to businesses and individuals on the Olympic Peninsula.

Juelie Dalzell

Board Member

Juelie Dalzell, a resident of Port Townsend since 1982, has served in various public service roles.  She was a social worker for Child Protective Services for seven years.  After her work with child victims of sexual abuse, she decided to become a deputy prosecuting attorney. Later, Juelie served three terms as the elected prosecuting attorney for Jefferson County.   Her daughter graduated from Port Townsend High School and her three grandsons were born in Port Townsend.  Now retired, Juelie spends as much time as possible riding horses with her husband on mountain trails.

Coe Hutchison

Board Member

Coe has lived nearly all his life in Western Washington, spending thirty years on the business side of the electric utility industry before beginning a second career as a pastor. He moved to Port Townsend a few years ago to become pastor at Grace Lutheran Church.

Teresa Janssen

Board Member

Teresa, a French instructor at Port Townsend High School, envisions education as a vehicle for understanding, empowerment, and transformation. Since moving to Jefferson County in 1993, she has been active in school site councils and parent groups, the YMCA and the County Rec programs. She was also a La Leche League leader with a primary focus on fostering healthy mother-child relationships. She enjoys writing, hiking, travel and spending time with her husband, Claus, and their four children.

Joe Mattern, MD

Board Member

Joe has been practicing family medicine and obstetrics at Jefferson Healthcare Primary Care since 2003. He graduated summa cum laude from the Drexel College of Medicine in 2000, as a member of the AOA Honor Society. He completed his internship and residency in family medicine at the University of Wisconsin Medical School in Madison. Joe has served many roles outside of his clinical practice, including medical director of ambulatory care services and medical director of Jefferson Healthcare Hospice. He has participated in multiple quality improvement projects including a Medical Home Pilot project through the Washington State Department of Health. He is now serving as chief medical officer at Jefferson Healthcare where he is dedicating attention to improving patient safety and experience as well as expanding and sustaining medical services in Jefferson County.

He spends most of his free time with his wife, Katie, and their three children. Joe has been a regular volunteer coach through Jefferson County Parks and Recreation. He has also served on the development committee for Swan School, a local nonprofit independent school.

Bev Schaaf

Board Member

Bev Schaaf moved to Marrowstone Island in 2006, after retiring from 15 years in non-profit administration at Child Care Resources in Seattle.  Bev has been instrumental in forming non-profit choral performance organizations and a folk school, and serving on their boards.  She is proud to support Jumping Mouse and its important role in Jefferson County.  Bev enjoys singing, attending symphony, opera and musical theater, gardening, travel, and her latest venture – hosting live “house” concerts.

Mary Sepler

Board Member

Bio coming soon

Robert Slater

Board Member

From 1999 until retiring in 2014, Reverend Bob Slater was the pastor of First Presbyterian Church in Port Townsend. He is an active member of the Port Townsend Rotary Club and the East Jefferson County Ministerial Association. With his wife, Faith, he has raised three children. Bob is an avid motorcycle rider and also enjoys crabbing and catching salmon from the beach at Fort Worden.