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Our Mission

The Friends of Mukai will stabilize, restore and preserve the Mukai Agricultural Complex, and promote its cultural contributions by interpreting its history and celebrating the ongoing role of this historic landmark in the community.

 

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Celebrating Vashon’s Japanese and agrarian heritage

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Contact Information

Address:

Friends Of Mukai

P.O. Box 2603

Vashon, Washington

98070

For more information or assistance:
members@friendsofmukai.org

 

Our Board of Directors 2016 - 2017

Officers:

President - Lynn Greiner is an attorney with an appellate law practice. She serves on the WSBA Access to Justice Board, was Executive Director of the Unemployment Law Project, and has been actively involved in a number of community organizations.  She has a strong interest in historic preservation and non-profit development.

Vice President - Benno Bonkowski is a retired public services manager and analyst with extensive experience in the fields of environment, community development, and housing. Despite growing up on a strawberry-raising fruit and vegetable farm in an immigrant family, he still cultivates an interest in small scale sustainable agriculture, and retains his taste for strawberries.

Treasurer -  Kay Longhi is a health care administrator who has worked in the managed care industry, and managed several physicians practices. She also taught English in Thailand to college students and has written grants for an international development agency. Her interest in historic preservation stems from living in the deep South. She was raised on Vashon.

Secretary - Kathleen Farner is Professor Emeritus of Music at Pacific Lutheran University. Currently she coordinates Vashon Pet Partners, helping dogs and handlers prepare to be a therapy team. She was involved in the Historic Dockton Trail Project, and looks forward to being a part of the Mukai House &. Garden's future.

Board Members:

Bruce Haulman is a retired professor of history, an author of many articles on local history, and two books, about Vachon history. He is a Board member of the Vashon Island Heritage Association.

Ellen Kritzman is a retired science librarian and museum curator of mammals, author of a field guide, ptus journal and magazine articles in the field of natural history. She has served on a number of boards and committees and was a founding Board member of Island Landmarks in 1995.

Alice Larson has over 30 years of experience working with non-profit and government agencies offering social service/research design and development, community assessment, and evaluation assistance. She was a member of the Vashon College faculty, and has served on Island committees.

Flo Lentz likes helping non=profits navigate the challenges of stewarding historic place.  She recently retired from a 40 year career in historic perseveration, where she served in various local, state, and national preservation agencies, and worked for 15 years as a private consultant.  Through her position as preservation lead at 4Culture, Flo has been closely involved with the effort to secure the Mukai Agricultural Complex since 2004.

Helen Meeker is a retired former YWCA Executive Director with 28 years of non-profit agency experience, including 15 years working with government and private non-profit groups in Washington State. She has served on committees and boards for several Vashon organizations.

Joe Okimoto, M.D. is the first child born on American soil of immigrant Japanese Christian missionary parents. As a child, he and his family were interned in a camp in Poston, AZ for 3 years resulting from Executive order 9066. He has worked as a private practitioner of psychiatry.

Glenda Pearson is a research and reference librarian at the University of Washington, whose subject responsibilities include Human Rights, Cinema Studies, and News Media. She has a particular interest in the history of ethnic communities in the Pacific Northwest

Barbara Thal Schroeder retired from Leadership Tomorrow, an adult leadership development program in Seattle, where she served as the Program Director.  She attended inner city schools in Seattle where her sense of social justice was born. She believes that a person’s history should never be lost or forgotten.  And she believes deeply, as Martin Luther King said, “Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.”


 

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