Typically there are 5 members of the Board: President, Vice-President, Secretary, Treasurer and Leschi Representative to the Seattle Community Council Federation. We have not elected a representative to the Seattle Community Council Federation for this term (2016-2018) as the Federation has not met in over a year.
The Federation is an organization made up of the various community councils within the city. The members of the Federation keep a watchful eye on city plans and bring speakers to their meetings to ensure neighborhood leaders are well informed. Members are prepared to send letters and attend City Council hearings to ask for changes in legislation.
Janice Merrill Brown, email
Janice is a licensed Managing Broker at Keller Williams Downtown Seattle and has a team that specializes in marketing and selling luxury homes. She has been a real estate broker for over 30 years working in every area of the real estate industry. She is a native of Washington, having grown up in a family pharmacy in Edmonds. After spending many years in Santa Barbara, she returned to Seattle to care for an aging mother. Janice spent over 13 years with Williams Marketing, a condominium marketing brokerage company and rediscovered Leschi when she was the Community Sales Manager for The Pier at Leschi.
She fell in love with Leschi, sold her home in Bellevue and bought a condo here. Janice’s passion is for our unique jewel. Janice wants to continue stewarding our diverse, lively, evolving and fun community.
“I encourage all residents to become involved. Our monthly meetings on the first Wednesday of the month begin again in September at 7pm. Please come and get involved. Embrace your opportunity to meet neighbors and engage in our little village.”
Trevor Lalish-Menagh, email
Hello, Leschi! My name is Trevor Lalish-Menagh and I am your new vice president on the Leschi Community Council. We moved our family to Seattle from Philadelphia, PA three-and-a-half years ago to be close to our families, who are almost entirely in the western Washington area. When we landed here, we stayed with my brother-in-law’s family here in Leschi and while looking for a home to settle into, being close to them was of great importance to us.
Fortunately, we lucked out and a marvelous home appeared for sale a little over three years ago about three blocks away from my brother-in-law’s house, with Frink Park as a backyard. We survived the bidding war and have been happy Leschi residents ever since.
Diane Snell, email
Diane is a retired medical social worker who has lived in Leschi since 1989. She has served on the Council as Secretary several times, served as Representative to and Secretary for the Federation of Community Councils, secretary to the Central Area Neighborhood District Council and has been Leschi News editor for the past 10 years. Most recently, she served as Co-president of Leschi CC. She is very committed to community and looks out for Leschi when she sees changes coming at the city or county level; she feels her legacy to this community was bringing back bus #27. She has adopted Gandhi’s “Be the change you want to see in the world” as her mantra.
Janet Oliver, email
Updated bio to come.
Leschi business associate
Yousef Shulman, email
Updated bio to come.
We have not elected a representative to the Seattle Community Council Federation for this term 2016-2018) as the Federation has not met in over a year.
Committee chairs are appointed by the President(s) and are considered members of the Board. Anyone who holds two positions is entitled to only one vote in Board decisions.
parks and greenspace, committee chairman
John Barber, email
John Barber is the chair of the Parks and Greenspace committee. He determines dates of work parties at the String of Pearls, Leschi Park and other areas that need attention. He has led some of Leschi CC's major projects such as the renovation of Flo Ware Park and installation of modern playground equipment at Peppi's Park. John also led Leschi's participation in the renovation at Powell Barnett Park.
public health and safety, committee chairman
Tracy Bier, email
Tracy Bier is the Chair of the Public Health & Safety Committee. Concerns about safety or health issues should be directed to her. She works with Block Watches and passes on safety tips from the Seattle Police Department. Tracy has lived in the Madrona and Leschi neighborhoods since 1988. She is currently the Executive Director of nonprofit Washington Physicians for Social Responsibility and Block Watch Captain of 30th Ave. Neighbors since 2006. She has a Bachelor's degree in English, University of Montana, and a Master's in Marketing for Nonprofits, University of Vermont. She is an avid outdoor person: skiing and snowshoeing, kayaking and walking AND she paints landscapes.
advertising manager, committee chairman
Kim Murillo, email
Kim Murillo is our Advertising Manager and will also chair the newly formed Finance Committee. She procures the ads for the Leschi News; this revenue pays for the printing of the newsletter. Kim Murillo served as the LCC Vice President several years ago.
She has over twenty years of work and volunteer experiences in the criminal and juvenile justice fields, and public administration, program management in the fields of housing, mental health, substance abuse, HIV and Alcohol, Tobacco, and Other Drug prevention programs. Currently, she is an independent care coordinator and guardian.
Over the past years Kim has pursued her interest in photography to use as a social change tool and is pursuing her dream of being a social documentary photographer.
Kim stated “I fell in love with the art during my childhood, when I discovered how my grandfather Jesus Murillo made a living and supported his family as a professional photographer. I have worked in the social services, higher education and community development realms all my professional life, and have always been able to use images as an inspirational and education tool. I care passionately about the photography and have a desire to enhance peoples’ lives through this art medium”.
Kim was able to bring her experiences and passions together as the project coordinator for this summer's first Leschi ArtWalk (2012). The art walk was the first joint venture between Leschi Community Council and Leschi Business Association. She successfully procured a grant from the Department of Neighborhoods for the Art Walk and wants to make this an annual event. She has lived in Leschi for 5 years and is interested in making Lakeside/Lake Washington Blvd. bike and pedestrian safe-friendly.