Board of Directors

As a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, Island Thrift is managed by a volunteer board of directors and professional executive staff.

Alex Pfeiffer - Island Thrift Board of Directors

Alex Pfeiffer

President

After earning a Masters in Architecture from the University of Washington and spending nearly three decades in commercial and residential design, Alex discovered an excitement for helping others create the perfect home for the way they want to live. Although corporate projects are exciting and challenging, he found the relationships and friendships created while doing residential design have been the most rewarding.

 

Alex believes strongly in the importance of place, the strength of community, and the comfort and security that comes from walking in the door and knowing that you are home. It is this set of values and passion that has brought him to working with the Coldwell Banker 360 Team as a licensed Realtor on Whidbey Island.

 

As a former Vice President of Habitat for Humanity and the current President of Island Thrift, Alex’s community connections are strong. Whidbey Island is a very special place. His hope is that you see the community as he sees it . . . a wonderful place to raise a family, retire, or even escape from the mainland.

Peg Shannon

Treasurer

Samar Arny - Island Thrift

Samar Arny

Samar is a community leader with global experience in managing programs and projects from initiation to execution—in multicultural, cross-functional, and complex environments—across government, corporate, and nonprofit. She directed more than 70 initiatives and governed on the boards of 10 nonprofits within the United States, Sweden, Dubai, Lebanon, Abu Dhabi, and rural regions close to the borders of Saudi Arabia and Oman. She manifested expertise in community building with robust talent in fostering engagement, empowerment, diversity, and inclusion.

 

In 2020, Samar was awarded the “Military Spouse of the Year AFI Naval Air Station Whidbey Island” and was in the top three Navy spouse candidates nationwide. She was recognized by the Second Lady of the United States, Mrs. Karen Pence, in a congratulations letter recognizing her community leadership and support.

 

Samar leads community projects to empower more than 7,500 military spouses within the 50 commands on Naval Air Station Whidbey Island (NASWI) as the base commanding officer wife. She proudly serves and directs on the boards of five organizations. Since 2018, she led and executed 15+ empowering initiatives in partnership with community leaders and executives from Boeing, Amazon, Microsoft, Nordstrom, USO, and other organizations. Her mission is to empower military spouses and the military community on the professional, educational, and wellness levels—through promoting inclusion, diversity, and connectedness.

 

In 2015, Samar joined the State Department as Community Liaison at the American Embassy in Sweden, where she was an advocate and liaison between the embassy and the community. She led the “Meet & Greet with Vice President Joe Biden”, planned 26 community events, and directed on the boards of four organizations. Since 2017, Samar remained with the State Department as a Foreign Service Family Reserve Corps member and maintained an active top-secret clearance.

 

Samar is pursuing at Harvard University a master’s degree in Management. She is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP) and holds a B.A. in Advertising & Marketing from Notre Dame University of Beirut (Cum Laude).

 

Community is Samar’s passion. She enjoys entertaining, mastering art of the table, and culinary talents.

Gary E. Berner

Gary was born in Oak Harbor and graduated from Oak Harbor High School. After earning 2 Undergraduate Degrees from Pacific Lutheran University, Gary graduated with Honors from the University of Washington Dental School in 1983.

 

After graduating, he and his wife Nancy returned to Oak Harbor. Gary opened his dental practice in 1983. He often states that he spends the day with friends and does a little dentistry. When he is not in the office, Gary enjoys creating blown glass art. He has been blowing glass for 15 years. His blown glass art as well as other local artists are displayed in his dental office.

 

Having been raised in Oak Harbor Gary enjoys staying active in the community. He has been an active member of the Island Thrift Board of Directors for over 15 years and spent several years as Island Thrift President. Gary was The Rotary Club Treasurer and the past President of the NW Lions Club.

 

Gary and his wife Nancy and have been married for 37 years.
We were classmates at Oak Harbor High School. Together, they have 3 sons Dana (44), Colin (39), and Kyle (36). Colin has 3 sons (Ayden, Rylan, and Jameson). Dana is the proud father of Hazel.

 

When Gary is not at the practicing dentistry or blowing glass, his other hobbies include gardening, fishing, and snow skiing.

Ken Eelkema Island Thrift

Ken Eelkema

Ken Eelkema grew up in Oak Harbor and served 25 years on the Oak Harbor Fire Department. He is now a retired business owner and is a past board member of Habitat for Humanity Island County.

Jim Kotschwar

Joeseph Mosolino Island Thrift

Joseph P. Mosolino

Joe Mosolino has been the owner and managing broker of Windermere Real Estate South Whidbey since 2008.

 

He is past vice president, president and secretary of Oak Harbor Chapter of the Navy League and his deep involvement with the North Puget Sound Association of Realtors includes being the key contact for Congressman Rick Larsen for five years.

Beth Munns Island Thrift

Beth Munns

A native of San Antonio, Texas, Councilmember Munns attended Stephens College in Columbia, Missouri earning a Bachelor’s Degree in Clinical Psychology and certification for Kindergarten through 12th Grade Art Education. Beth married Larry Munns in June 1974 and they have two children. Larry is a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy and retired from the Navy in 1999 as the Commander of NAS Whidbey Island. During his career, Ms. Munns was involved with various Officer Wives Clubs, Ombudsmen Programs, training for Commanding Officer and Executive Officer wives, and general Navy support groups.

 

She is serving her third term as a Councilmember for the City of Oak Harbor and is vigorously involved with her community and groups.

Jim Palmer Island Thrift

Jim Palmer

James R. Palmer grew up in Tacoma and moved to Oak Harbor in 1978. He worked for the Whidbey News-Times before purchasing the Oak Harbor Radio Shack Franchise Store. He subsequently purchased the Freeland Radio Shack store as well. He studied Business and Machinery and Equipment appraising in the late 90’s and became a Certified Business Appraiser (CBA) and a Certified Machinery Equipment Appraiser (CMEA) after selling his two retail stores. Jim also worked to help other private business owners as a Certified Business Consultant (CBC). Jim has always had a heart for small towns and small businesses. He served on the Oak Harbor City Council and on numerous boards and committees to improve life in this community.

Kyle Renninger - Island Thrift Board of Directors

Kyle Renninger

Kyle grew up in Oak Harbor and graduated from OHHS in the Class of 2008. He holds a Bachelors in Business Administration from Western Washington University. Kyle currently works in technology for a nonprofit organization called Candid and is one of the founding board members of the Oak Harbor Garry Oak Society. In his spare time you might find him at one of the many beaches, forests, and parks on Whidbey Island.

Barry Sehlin

Barry Sehlin

Barry was the Commanding Officer of NAS Whidbey Island and retired in 1990. He is the former State Representative for District 10 which includes all of Whidbey and Camano Islands and parts of Skagit and Snohomish Counties. Barry is also a past board member of the local nonprofit New Leaf, Inc.

Rhonda Severns

Rhonda believes in giving back to the community.

 

Rhonda worked for the City of Oak Harbor and retired in 2013 after 34 Years. During her career she advanced to a Water Specialist, Water Manager 4 and customer service specialist who specialized with complicated solutions across all departments. She also served as the liaison between the community and City during large projects. After retirement she continues with those gratifying experiences.

 

She has served as founding members of the board of directors of the Music Festival, Oak Harbor Main Street, and the Hydro Races, better known has Hydro’s for Heroes. She is the past President of Oak Harbor Main Street and is currently a Chamber of Commerce Ambassador and a Police LEOFF Board Member.

 

She loves hiking, exercising, all things with nature and animals, and finds a special joy working with and helping seniors.

Dawn Shumate Island Thrift

Dawn Shumate

Dawn has over 30 years of experience in the financial institution industry in various areas including internal project management, alternative delivery channels, call center management, corporate cash management, and branch leadership. She has overseen the implementation of online banking for two regional commercial banks and directed several financial institution website redesigns. For the past 10 years she has been the branch manager of Navy Federal Credit Union’s Oak Harbor and NAS Whidbey Island hub and spoke set of branches, overseeing a team of 24, though currently she is on special assignment as the Project Manager of Navy Federal’s Executive Development Program. She frequently presents at professional conferences in addition to offering financial literacy education to the local community.

 

A native of Oak Harbor, Dawn returned to Whidbey Island after her early career took her to the greater Seattle area. She enjoys travelling, day hiking, exploring on her motorcycle, reading, and writing motivational non-fiction. She has two adult children, has been married to her high school sweetheart, Curtis, for longer than either of them care to admit, and recently adopted a rescue Blue Heeler puppy she named Harris.

Jim Slowik Island Thrift

Jim Slowik

A longtime resident of the Pacific Northwest, Jim has lived and worked on Whidbey Island for over thirty-five years. He is a veteran of the United States Marine Corps. He received a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Accounting from the University of Detroit and is actively involved in giving back to his community through his work with the Island Thrift Board, North Whidbey Lions Club, Oak Harbor Rotary Club, the Oak Harbor School Board, the City of Oak Harbor and the Island County Board of Health.

Wendy Kettlewell

Executive Director

ABOUT US

Island Thrift is a nonprofit organization whose purpose is to enhance the quality of life in Island County. By efficiently operating our store, we provide a pleasant and affordable shopping experience, a convenient system for recycling donated items and a generous grant program that supports a variety of services for all ages.