Retirement Community in Gig Harbor, WA

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Retirement Community in Gig Harbor WA Heron s Key

Heron’s Key in Gig Harbor, Washington, is affiliated with Emerald Communities, a Redmond, Washington-based, nonprofit organization. Emerald Communities’ story began in 1979, with the forward-thinking vision of one man, Whitney Corwin. Corwin had become familiar with the Continuing Care Retirement Community (CCRC) model, (also known as a Life Plan community) and was impressed with everything they had to offer.

Now Emerald Communities brings the innovative Life Care model to Gig Harbor with Heron’s Key. As a true Life Care Community, residents are able to receive higher levels of care, should they ever need it, at a predictable monthly rate. And with four entrance fee plans available to choose from, as much as 90% of your entrance fee is refundable to you or your estate, regardless of your length of residency. To learn the value of living at Heron’s Key, schedule a personal appointment.

To learn more about what makes our lifestyle unique, register for an upcoming event by going to our Events page.

Heron’s Key has been a proud member of the Gig Harbor Chamber of Commerce since 2017.

Meet our leadership.

Heron’s Key Board and Executive Team

Danna Van Horn

Danna Van Horn

Chair

Danna Van Horn retired in 2018 after serving nearly two decades as an ordained minister in the Presbyterian Church USA. She served as pastor of several Presbyterian churches and as chaplain in three acute care facilities in southern California. From 1993 to 1999, Rev. Van Horn was Director of Pastoral Services at Presbyterian Inter-Community Hospital in Whittier, CA. She created a unique program of pastoral care among the 1200-member hospital staff and served as pastor to staff, patients and families. Rev. Van Horn also served on the board of directors of the Whittier YMCA and as a member of two hospitals’ ethics committees.

Rev. Van Horn earned her bachelor’s degree in education at Millersville University in Pennsylvania, received a Master of Divinity degree from Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, and completed 1,600 hours of Clinical Pastoral Education. Most recently, she was Associate Pastor for Congregational Care at First Presbyterian Church of Bellevue, where she was a teacher, a preacher, and a leader of the Deacon Ministry and various support groups. She also provided home and hospital visitation and counseling.

Rev. Van Horn has a son and a daughter, both of whom live in Washington, and is the very proud grandmother to grandson Daniel.

Dwight S. Whiting

Dwight S. Whiting

Vice Chair

Dwight Whiting is a Financial Advisor and Partner at Auxano Advisors, LLC, a wealth management firm in Bellevue, WA. He offers clients comprehensive financial, tax, estate, retirement and lifecycle planning. His specialties include high net worth planning, business succession planning, estate planning, multigenerational family wealth education, retirement income planning, portfolio management and philanthropic planning.

 

Prior to joining Auxano Advisors in 2014, Mr. Whiting was a wealth advisor at Morgan Stanley and a financial advisor at UBS Financial Services. Earlier in his career, he managed the development and marketing of advanced technology alternative fuel systems at IMPCO Technologies, Inc. and worked as Director of Marketing at Dynalco Controls, a unit of Crane Co.

Mr. Whiting earned bachelor’s degrees in management science and systems science from the University of California, San Diego, followed by a master’s degree in aeronautics and astronautics from Stanford University.

Mr. Whiting and his wife, Mary, live in Renton, WA, have three children and are members of Doxa Church in Bellevue.

Daphne R. Schneider

Daphne R. Schneider

Secretary

Daphne R. Schneider is principal and owner of Daphne R. Schneider and Associates, a Seattle-based consulting firm providing assistance with difficult people and systems issues in the workplace. Services include investigation of allegations of harassment, discrimination and employee misconduct, executive/ leadership/employee coaching, team development, mediation, human resources consulting, facilitation of meetings and retreats, and related training. She has conducted hundreds of workplace investigations, consulted with many public, private and not-for-profit clients, and presented at numerous professional conferences.

Ms. Schneider also has more than 40 years of organizational leadership experience, having held senior human resources, business and support services management positions, as well as not-for-profit board leadership positions.

Ms. Schneider has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Washington and a master’s degree in organizational development from Central Washington University. She is a trained mediator and is also a licensed private investigator.

Professional and community affiliations include having served as adjunct faculty for Seattle Pacific University and Western Washington University, past president of the Western Region of the International Personnel Management Association, past president, officer and member of the board of directors for the Center for Human Services, former chair and member of the board of trustees of the Eastside Heritage Center, and former member of the Redmond Chamber of Commerce board of directors. She is currently the vice chair of the boards of directors of Washington Care Services and Southeast Care Center Facilities and is extensively involved with community initiatives in Seattle’s Othello neighborhood.

Robert G. Crist

Robert G. Crist

Treasurer

Robert G. Crist recently retired from his position as business administrator of the First Presbyterian Church of Bellevue, where he had overall responsibilities for finance, human resources, facilities, and all activities not related to ministry.

Mr. Crist has more than 30 years of experience in professional management consulting and in senior executive positions. Over the course of his career, Mr. Crist has worked with more than 200 organizations in various industries. His positions included serving as chief financial and operating officer for Community Health Plan of Washington and 23 years as a partner with the international accounting and consulting firm of Ernst & Young, most recently as the partner in charge of services to both the health care and natural resources industries. In this role, several of his clients were continuing care retirement communities. He provided early professional advice during the formation of Emerald Heights.

Mr. Crist is a graduate of the University of Redlands and is a Certified Public Accountant. He is a member of several professional organizations, including the Financial Executives Institute, the Healthcare Financial Management Association and the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. Mr. Crist has served on the boards of numerous community service organizations, including serving as president of the Bellevue Community College telecommunications advisory board, vice president of the Learning Disability Association of Washington, treasurer of the Health Care Purchasers Association, and treasurer of the board of trustees of Eastside Catholic High School, and on the finance committee of the Agros Foundation, a Christian third-world development organization.

Lisa A. Hardy

Lisa A. Hardy

President & Chief Executive Officer

Lisa A. Hardy joined Emerald Communities as President and CEO in January 2008. Since joining, Ms. Hardy led Emerald Heights, a subsidiary of Emerald Communities, through successful master planning to reposition the community. Commenced in 2010 and completed in 2014, the $60M comprehensive master plan included extensive renovation of existing buildings as well as new construction. An additional $85M expansion is currently in the design phase and will add a three-story assisted living building with 56 one-bedroom apartments and an independent living apartment building that will add 42 additional apartments to the 38-acre campus.

Heron’s Key, a new $145M Life Plan Community in Gig Harbor, opened in the fall of 2017 and is now welcoming residents in 194 independent living apartment and cottage homes, 36 one-bedroom assisted living apartments and 45 private skilled nursing suites. Ms. Hardy has held leadership roles in the industry since 1988. She previously led the new development and construction of projects on several Life Plan communities during a 14-year tenure with Life Care Services.

She currently serves on the board of directors for Caring Communities and Washington Care Services. She has also served on the board of LeadingAge Washington, the Georgia Institute on Aging, as a CCAC Evaluator, and as the Alabama state delegate for the American Association of Homes and Services for the Aging.

Al Chambard

Al Chambard

Vice President, Finance and Chief Financial Officer

Al Chambard joined Emerald Communities in 2008 as chief financial officer. He has more than 30 years of financial management experience with General Mills, Eddie Bauer and his own firm. In his 20 years with Eddie Bauer, Inc., he held a variety of finance and administrative positions, attaining the position of senior vice president and chief financial officer before leaving Eddie Bauer in 2003 to start his own firm, Chambard Investment and Resource Management. Mr. Chambard’s firm specialized in managing real estate properties, timber resources and financial investments.

His expertise includes financial and strategic planning, new business analysis, real estate and investment analysis, retail stores, internet and catalog business.

Mr. Chambard earned his bachelor’s degree in economics and master’s degree in business administration from the University of Minnesota. He has passed the Certified Public Accountant and Certified Financial Planner exams.

Kay H. Wallin

Kay H. Wallin

Vice President Marketing and Public Relations

Kay H. Wallin is currently vice president of marketing and public relations for Emerald Communities, the sponsor organization for Emerald Heights and Heron’s Key.

Ms. Wallin joined Emerald Heights as the director of marketing and public relations in July 1992. Previously, she spent eight years as director of admissions for Horizon House in Seattle.

Ms. Wallin graduated with a bachelor’s degree in sociology from the University of Montana. She has received national certification as a Certified Aging Services Professional (CASP) through LeadingAge and the University of North Texas. She is a former member, and past chair, of LeadingAge Washington (formerly Aging Services of Washington) and also served as a member of the Redmond Chamber of Commerce board of directors.

Amy Edwards Webb

Amy Edwards Webb

Executive Director

Amy Edwards Webb joined Heron’s Key as its Executive Director in October 2018, overseeing day-to-day operations of the community. She brings more than two decades of experience in health care, most recently as a Chief Operating Officer at Cascade Medical hospital in Leavenworth, where she managed services for the nine-bed critical access hospital and family practice clinic.

Ms. Webb began her career as part of the professional therapy team contracted with Emerald Heights, before moving on to become a health care administrator at Horizon House, a well-established Life Plan community in Seattle. Later she moved to Montana and served as Vice President of Clinical Services at Community Hospital of Anaconda, and then CEO/Administrator of Granite County Hospital District in Philipsburg.

She earned two bachelor’s degrees from the University of Washington, in education and occupational therapy, and later returned to earn her certification in project management. She is also a certified Eden Alternative Associate. Ms. Webb is delighted to be back home in the Pacific Northwest.

Pat Duffy

Pat Duffy

Director

Pat Duffy spent his 35-year engineering career at Boeing, primarily in the space and defense division.

Outside of Boeing, Mr. Duffy has taken leadership roles in a variety of professional and community organizations. He was the founding chair of Bellevue College’s board of trustees, as well as the founding chair of the Bellevue College Foundation. At the University of Idaho, he was the founding chair of the College of Engineering Advisory Council, as well as the national president of the alumni association. He served as president of the Eagle Crest Vacation Resort Owners Association in Redmond, OR, and also as president of Eagle Crest Master Association. Additionally, he served as president of Washington State Water Commissioners and national vice-president of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics.

Mr. Duffy earned his master’s degree in engineering from the University of Idaho in Moscow, ID, where he was named “Outstanding Graduate.”

Mr. Duffy and his wife, Jean, lived in Germany for two years and have traveled extensively throughout New Zealand, South America, Canada and Europe. They biked the Danube from Munich to Vienna, hiked the Milford Trek in New Zealand, canoed the Lewis and Clark Trail on the Missouri River, and floated down the Colorado River in the Grand Canyon.

A resident of Bellevue, Wash., since 1959, Mr. Duffy is very active in the Bellevue First Presbyterian Church, where he serves as a deacon and elder. He is also a charter member of the Bellevue Athletic Club.

Mr. Duffy and Jean moved to Emerald Heights in 2014. They have three children and six grandchildren.

Karen J. Cohoe

Karen J. Cohoe

Director

Karen Cohoe brings nearly 36 years of experience in non-profit environments to the Board. She began as a museum docent before joining the museum’s Board of Directors, became President of the Junior League in San Francisco and then accepted the role of Executive Director with the Heritage Museum. In 1986, she began a 17-year career with the Discovery Science Center (now renamed Discovery Cube), a hands-on science center, assuming the roles of Executive Director, CEO and Founding President. During her tenure, she managed both the Heritage Museum and the Discover Cube for a number of years, initiated a successful $24.5 million-dollar capital campaign, hired senior staff in all departments, oversaw Board activities, and managed a staff of 65.

In addition to her non-profit experience, Ms. Cohoe has also owned and managed rental properties in both California and Washington.

Ms. Cohoe received her bachelor’s degree in Chemistry from the University of Washington, and was privileged to participate in the Fieldstone Foundation program for Executive Directors, a 9-month program designed for 12 top staff persons from the largest non-profit organizations in Orange County, CA.

Ms. Cohoe and her husband, Bruce, committed to Heron’s Key as Charter Members in 2014, and moved to Heron’s Key in October 2017, shortly after the community opened. Ms. Cohoe is the first resident at Heron’s Key to be elected to the Board.

Gary King

Gary King

Director

Gary King retired in late 2014, after serving as executive director of the non-profit Jubilee Services since 2005. He and his wife, Jan, have started another 501c3 non-profit organization, Andrew’s House Washington, which is placing homeless young adults 18–24 in individual family homes.

Previously, Mr. King served as CEO of Swanson Dean Corporation, a residential builder and land developer. One of the major projects during his 22-year tenure was the 1,000-unit Providence Point Retirement Community. Other notable projects were several subdivisions in Sahalee and Somerset. Prior to Swanson Dean, Mr. King spent 16 years in the Construction Division of Owens Corning Fiberglas, working the last 10 years as district manager of the Northwest, with offices in Seattle, Portland, Spokane, Boise, Billings and Anchorage.

Mr. King received a bachelor’s degree in Construction Management at San Jose State University. He was a member of Phi Sigma Kappa. Mr. King has served on the board of several organizations, including the Samaritan Center of Puget Sound, the First Presbyterian Church Foundation and the Lockwood Homeowners Association. He and Jan are long-time members of Bellevue Presbyterian Church. They have three grown children and nine grandchildren.

Scott Mullet

Scott Mullet

Treasurer

Scott Mullet brings 25+ years of investment experience to the board. Most recently, he was a co-owner and Senior Vice President of GW Capital, Inc. in Bellevue. As a member of the firm’s investment committee, he helped manage portfolios for both equity and fixed-income (bond) clients ranging in size from $1 million to $400 million. Prior to that, Mr. Mullet worked with the Quellos Group in Seattle as Associate Director of Investments. He began his investment career in 1992 with Western Asset Management Company in Pasadena, CA–now one of the largest fixed-income investment managers in the world.

He is a member of the CFA Institute and the CFA Society of Seattle.

Mr. Mullet earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Southern California and his master’s degree in business administration (MBA) from the Anderson Graduate School of Management at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA).

He is a member of Bellevue Presbyterian church and serves as chairman of the BelPres Legacy Foundation. He served as a Finance Elder there from 2007 to 2010. Mr. Mullet enjoys acting and recent credits include “To Kill a Mockingbird” with the Driftwood Players in Edmonds. He also serves on the board of the Kirkland Performance Center.

Mr. Mullet and his wife, Jenelle, have three daughters.

Maureen A. O'Hara

Maureen A. O'Hara

Director

Maureen O’Hara is a management consultant with a background in project management, leadership and team building, and information technology. Ms. O’Hara is retired after leaving Microsoft nearly 20 years ago, and after being on faculty for 15 years at The University of Washington where she taught project management.

Most recently, Ms. O’Hara was the lead partner for SVP Fast Pitch Seattle from 2015 through 2017—a competitive accelerator for social impact organizations. She has been active on several community boards, including Northwest Yeshiva High School and Eastside Preparatory School, which she helped found. At both schools, she served as project manager on small construction projects, helped supervise larger projects, and assisted with marketing and communication. She started the Parkinson’s cycling program at Northwest Hospital, which is now operated by the University of Washington Medical Center. In addition to being on the board at Emerald Heights, Maureen is on the board of the Madrone school, which is a small start-up school for special needs children in Redmond. She has also served on the board of a small bio-tech startup company based in California. In each of these roles, she has had an influence on the planning, growth, finance and governance of the organization. She gained extensive knowledge of the region’s retirement communities and what they offer when she helped her own mother make her move to Emerald Heights nearly two decades ago. She joined the board because she believes in what Emerald Heights offers—outstanding lifestyle, long-term security and a supportive community—and she wants to ensure that it can continue to serve new generations of retirees.

Ms. O’Hara resides in Redmond with her husband, Bob, and is a member of Temple De Hirsch Sinai.

Thomas G. Stoebe

Thomas G. Stoebe

Director

Emerald Heights resident Tom Stoebe grew up in an orange grove in southern California, went on to earn bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees in engineering from Stanford, and then worked as a lecturer and researcher at Imperial College, London, England.

In 1966, he joined the engineering faculty at the University of Washington, beginning a distinguished, 40-year career. Mr. Stoebe also served as Associate Dean of the College of Engineering, coordinating diversity and outreach programs, facilities and building space. Later, as Chair of the Materials Science and Engineering Department, he laid the groundwork for what has become one of the top Materials Science programs in the country.

Mr. Stoebe has played an active role in many community organizations related to education. He served as a board member of ASM International, a materials technical society, and as Chair of the ASM Materials Education Foundation, he led development of programs for students and teachers in science and technology. He has received several local and national awards for his teaching, research and outreach programs.

His work has included outreach to K-12 teachers, helping them make science and math courses more interesting by introducing everyday applications of science. He also developed outreach programs in science and engineering for disadvantaged students. These programs continue today on a national scale. Mr. Stoebe continues to serve as a consultant for education programs in the Puget Sound region.

Mr. Stoebe and his wife, Jan, now live at Emerald Heights where he served as President of the Emerald Heights Residents’ Association prior to being elected a member of the Emerald Heights Board of Directors in 2015. He is active in lawn bowling, the garden railway and the ukulele chorus.

The Stoebes are active members of the Presbyterian Church, where both have served as Deacons and Mr. Stoebe as an Elder. The couple has traveled extensively, including memorable trips to Antarctica, China and the South Pacific. Avid boaters, they spent time living on their boat, exploring the Inside Passage in British Columbia. Together they have six children and 14 grandchildren who provide them with continuing joy and chaos.

Mary Kazlusky

Mary Kazlusky

Residents Association President

Mary Kazlusky is the first president of the Residents’ Association for Heron’s Key. This is just the most recent in a series of leadership positions for Ms. Kazlusky, who has been a Rotarian since 1990 (shortly after Rotary began accepting women members); she was a member of five different clubs in three different states. She served as president of the Rotary Club of Orchid Island in Vero Beach, FL, and of the Cortland County Board of Realtors in Cortland, NY. She also served in a variety of officer positions in other Rotary clubs, a regional theater group and business associations.

Professionally, Ms. Kazlusky has worked as a high school and college-level teacher, a realtor, a manager of three real estate offices, a tax preparer, a financial planner, a stockbroker, a trust officer, a marketing officer and an estate settlement specialist. Her varied career has sharpened her skills as a team member, negotiator, leader, educator, learner, listener, and planner and taught her that teamwork is essential and the key to success on any level.

Born and raised in Michigan, Ms. Kazlusky earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan and a master’s degree from the University of Massachusetts. She later studied Educational Design, Development and Evaluation as a doctoral student at Syracuse University.

She was among the first residents to move to Heron’s Key in 2017.