Board of Directors
A former newspaper reporter and editor, Carolyn earned her Master of Arts degree through the McGregor School of Antioch University. A published poet, she teaches creative writing at Olympic College Shelton. She and Elspeth Pope produced her letterpress chapbook, Voluntary on a Flight of Angels, at Hypatia-in-the-Woods Press, and she recently worked with 93-year-old Shelton restaurateur Nita Bariekman on Nita’s cookbook/memoir.
Allen is the founder and manager of a small electronics company in Shelton. He says he is an engineer by profession and a humanitarian by choice. and he adds his prudent, businesslike approach to Hypatia affairs. He has been a board member of the Economic Development Council of Mason County and he is the local chapter leader of The Compassionate Friends, a worldwide support organization for parents who have lost children.
Colleen received her BS degree in nursing from the California State University at Long Beach, and worked as a public health nurse and as Supervising Public Health Nurse for Orange County. She retired in 1992, moved to the Pacific Northwest, became a Master Gardener, and divides her busy schedule between her large garden, being active in various community cultural organizations, and serving as treasurer of Hypatia-in-the-Woods.
Untiring in her goal of introducing Hypatia-in-the-Woods to people of all ages, cultures, and classes, Vivian Bliss brings wide experience with social networking and information technology to the Board of Directors. Originally from Kansas, Vivian moved to Washington State in 1997 to work for Microsoft. She now works as an information science consultant and studies food & wine pairing.
Maitri retired from the WA State Department of Commerce, first in the Early Childhood Education and Assistance Program, and later as Program Manager for three social service programs: Community Voice Mail, which provides free voice mail services; Long-Term Care Ombudsman, which places 400 volunteers statewide as advocates to people living in long-term care facilities; and the Community Services Block Grant, which provides state and federal funds to 30 non-profits working to assist low-income and at-risk populations to become self-sufficient. Maitri is also a visual artist, working in multiple mediums–photography, painting, and fiber–and also writes. She became a member of Hypatia-In-The-Woods advisory board in 2014.
Allan retired from work as a county land use planner after 25 years of service. He has been an advocate for women in the arts, has been a board member of Hypatia-in-the-Woods since mid-2014, and continues to support the maintenance of the Holly House as a safe and quiet place for creativity.
Suzanne is a writer who retired from public sector law practice in 2013. Following a residency at Holly House in September 2015, she became an enthusiastic supporter of Hypatia-in-the-Woods and joined the board in 2016. When she is not researching, writing, or editing historical fiction, she enjoys reading, travel, photography, walking, and snowshoeing. She is almost always hoping for snow.
Robert G. Holly
A former nuclear submarine officer, Robert G. Holly, PhD, is a Senior Lecturer Emeritus in the Department of Neurobiology, Physiology and Behavior at the University of California, Davis. His research interests lay in the health benefits of physical activity and fitness, and he is a Fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine. Bob is the elder son of Jim Holly.