Board of Directors

Ryan Binford...
joined the FoF board in January 2017. He was born and raised on Whidbey Island and has lived here the majority of his life. He has over 11 years of experience in the online marketing and technology sector. He has been maintaining the Friends of Friends website since 2007 and is on the Technology Committee.

Becky Foote...
has been a board member since 2003. Becky teaches math at the South Whidbey branch of Skagit Valley College and has been an active member of the FoF Finance Committee and is the current Treasurer.

Kathy Gianni...
has lived on Whidbey Island since 1980 with her husband Rocco and their three children. She taught at Langley Middle School and has recently retired. She has been active in the community in many ways, including being on the South Whidbey Youth Council Board and helping with Hearts and Hammers. Kathy feels blessed to be living in such a wonderful community and wants to contribute to others who need help. After her husband was a Mr. South Whidbey candidate, she thought it would be fun to be a part of such a needed organization. Kathy has joined the fundraising committee.

Jessie Gunn...
joined the FoF board in January 2015. She has many years of work experience in the social sector including government, nonprofits, philanthropies, and corporate responsibility programs. Jessie earned her master's degree in Public Administration from the Evans School of Public Policy and Governance at the University of Washington with an emphasis in Nonprofit Management. She enjoys working with the dedicated and talented FoF team, and is honored to serve the South Whidbey community.

Cara Hefflinger...
has been a board member since January 2017. She is a life-long Whidbey Islander who grew up in Langley. Currently she works for USPS, and is a wildlife photographer.

Kathy Hein...
has worked in the South Whidbey School District with adolescents, families and young children since 1999. She started her own mental health counseling practice in 2013. As a Licensed Mental Health Counselor and Registered Art Therapist, she offers clients a creative way identify and manage symptoms of depression, anxiety, and trauma. Kathy looks forward to working on the FOF board and welcomes new opportunities to support the physical and mental health needs in our community.

Kristi Kammenga Price...
joined the Friends of Friends Board in the summer of 2015. Her career as a financial advisor on South Whidbey allows a work/life balance so she can stay connected and participate in community building. Kristi is a life-long islander and lives in Freeland with her husband and poodles. Kristi is the chairperson for the Mr. South Whidbey Pageant.

MaryJane Lungren...
joined the board in 2011. A dentist practicing in Langley, she formerly worked for Island County Public Health and has lived, along with her husband and three children, on Whidbey Island since 1990. MaryJane is the current President.

Lenna Rose...
has lived on Whidbey Island since 1994 with her husband. She had a career in nursing for 36 years, managed a ICCU and worked as a staff nurse in ICCU. Most recently, Lenna worked as a recovery room nurse, and is looking forward to serving on the FoF board as part of the Service committee.

Barb Schultz...
has been on Whidbey since 1984. Previously involved in the PTA, she is excited to again be taking an active role in one of our community’s direct support organizations. While working at a local pharmacy, she saw the good work being done by FoF almost daily. She has enjoyed being on the board since 2009 and enjoyed serving as the immediate past President.

Emily Schmidt...
our Service Coordinator has lived on South Whidbey for over 40 years. She has been active in many community venues through the years, serving 6 years on the Board of Hearts and Hammers and teaching preschoolers and high-risk school-age children for decades. Emily originally joined the Friends of Friends Board as a member of the Public Relations Committee.