Board Bios

Sheila Harvey grew up in Santa Cruz California and attended the University of Washington where she met her husband Tom. After 20 years in California, they returned to Seattle in 2006 where a random viewing of a Craigslist post led them to the Lakewood Seward Park neighborhood. Sheila has been the Executive Director of the Lakewood Seward Park Community Association since 2010 and thoroughly enjoys working with the people who hold their special events at the clubhouse. Sheila also works as a Strategic Account Director for the global staffing company Randstad. Sheila and Tom live near Seward Park with two dogs Pepper and Bogie.

Scott McCormick moved to the neighborhood in 1999 with his wife, Kim, the dress designer behind Kimmi Designs (eco-friendly bridal gowns). Scott has worked at PCC Natural Markets since 1990 and loves the neighborhood spirit he experiences at the store every day. He wants to contribute to that kind of connection and keep this the best place to live in Seattle.

John Charles resides in his Seward Park home of 38 years with his wife Mary. John graduated from Rainier Beach High School and the UW. John is a life-long resident of Southeast Seattle having had a dual residence in Washington, D.C. while serving as Acting CFO and Assistant Secretary U.S Department of Commerce and Deputy Assistant Secretary, U.S Department of Commerce in the Obama Administration. He served eight years on Governor Locke’s Executive Cabinet as director of Washington’s Department of Retirement Systems and chair of the Washington State Investment Board. His career includes over twenty years in leadership positions in Seattle civil rights organizations, serving as a King County department director, and positions in private industry.

Sabranie Coyne is a 13-year resident of the best neighborhood in the city. When her family outgrew their first home, they convinced a neighbor to sell his house across the street. She’s an active member of our community, serving in many volunteer roles as board member at a local preschool, board member and Fundraising Coordinator at Orca K-8, block watch captain and moderator of the Lakewood Seward Park listserv, Secretary of LSPCC, member of the Columbia City Business Association, Rainier Valley Chamber of Commerce, and a Realtor at Windermere Mt. Baker. She loves 98118.

Aaron Evanson works downtown as a Construction Project Manager for the federal government. A Northwest native and graduate of Seattle U., Aaron has previously lived in Tokyo and Washington, DC. Aaron has been on the LSPCC Board in various positions since 2010, when he moved to Lakewood with his wife, son, and two cats. Since moving to Seattle’s best-kept secret, Aaron’s family has added one fantastic son, lost one really old cat and has another baby on the way. When not managing the club’s finances, Aaron enjoys spending time outside, competing in triathlons and supporting his kids in Rainier District Little League and St. Joseph’s soccer.

Bill Muse moved to the neighborhood in 1993 with his new bride Beth who, along with daughters Jackie & Veronica, indulge his interest in excessive Xmas illumination. (Perhaps you know their house.) Bill retired from Microsoft and is now a housewife who putters equally well in the garage and the yard. Bill became LSPCC vice-president after it was found he lacked the skills to do anything useful. As with all vice-presidents, he can be counted on to show up consistently and drink his share.

Karen O’Brien,  Communications Director,  is passionate about Rainier Valley’s history and helped our 100 year old + organization continue as the first membership owned clubhouse in the city. A K-8 Washington certified teacher, Karen recently completed a program in Archives & Records Management at Western Washington University. She serves on the Rainier Valley Historical Society and Seattle Area Archivists. She is currently a committee member of the Seward Park Torii project in rebuilding a new torii in the park. Karen grew up in the neighborhood and is where she spends her free time; running the loop with her dog Buddy, swimming in Andrews Bay, and water-skiing on Lake Washington.

Jeannie O’Brien was born and raised in the Seward Park neighborhood and has never lived in Seattle north of 520. In 2009 there was talk of selling the LSPCC property, so Jeannie and her sister Karen decided to get involved with the LSPCC, having great memories of gatherings at the clubhouse, and seeing a need to engage the community on civic issues. Jeannie, husband Ken, daughter Cleo, dog Bubbles and cat Princess are residents for life, knowing no better neighborhood than this one. When Jeannie is not at the office or at a public meeting, she is waterskiing, swimming, snow skiing, or watching University Prep high school sports. She enjoys travel, cooking and entertaining, and all things Seafair and Seahawks.

Sheri Richardson moved from Bellevue to the neighborhood eight years ago, after 20 years in Atlanta and finally feels right at home. She lives with husband, Rick, and Seeing Eye dog, Max, just two blocks from the clubhouse. Rick came to Seattle from Ohio in 1968 and both are now retired. Sheri likes Seafair and the Christmas ships. She cross-country skis and does lots of blindness- related volunteer work. If you see Sheri and Max walking around the neighborhood, please don’t hesitate to say hello. She loves meeting and getting to know her neighbors.

John Zilavy moved to the Seattle from Madison Wisconsin to attend law school. John and his now-wife Melissa Pailthorp bought a house next to Franklin High School in 1992, eventually moving to their current digs above Lakewood Moorage in 2003. John was the Legal Director for the Growth Management Act watchdog group Futurewise. He and his family pulled up stakes and moved to Germany in 2006. There he spent the next 8 years as stay-at-home Dad to their 3 daughters and becoming an expert on travel in Europe, before moving back to the neighborhood in the summer of 2014. Living in Europe has convinced John that cities over there are on to something when it comes to quality of life. He therefore won’t rest until, among other improvements, a family-friendly beer garden with food concession and bike-up access is allowed in Seward Park.

Marty Oppenheimer is a 34 year resident of Seward Park, where he lives near the street end of S Willow St, with his wife, Robin. Originally from New York, he has been a Washington resident since 1971. He runs two businesses in the motion picture industry, Oppenheimer Cine Rental and Oppenheimer Camera  Products. Despite a long time in the very jaded motion picture industry, Marty  finds time to engage his passions for parks & open spaces, shoreline street ends  and history. In addition to managing and growing his businesses, the pursuit of  sales of camera accessories allows him to travel to trade shows in various parts of  the globe. For 2017, these promise to include Paris, London, Las Vegas, Los Angeles,  Amsterdam, New York and Tokyo. Love those miles! Somehow all of this even allows  a bit of time for boating, and summer 2017 will find Marty and Robin in the wilds of  British Columbia.