Bill Lamb - Chairman
Kathy Bernards Secretary Treasurer
Michelle Tonkin Board Member
Steve DeWalt Board Member
Jeff Aden - Board Member
Ken Hick - Board Member
Marietta Harrison - Play It Forward Director
As a mother of musical children, Marietta brings a keen understanding of what it takes to learn an instrument and the importance of that developmental tool in the life of a child. This passion drives her to create opportunities for children from every walk of life, while also bringing a keen understanding of instruments and matching them to students. Her love of music eventually lead her to meet and marry Michael and they are now raising their darling Esther – and providing her with music lessons, of course.
Bill Lamb - Board Chair
The list of instruments Bill Lamb has played as a session musician is only outdone by the list of stars he has performed or recorded with. Vocalist and songwriter Bill Lamb plays the dulcimer, octave mandolin, mandolin, bass, keyboards, acoustic and electric guitars. In his career as a musician he’s recorded with Elton John, Crystal Gayle, and Johnny Mathis.
During his career at Warner Brothers Records, Lamb worked extensively with legendary producer Glyn Johns, producer of The Eagles and Eric Clapton. He also collaborated with producer Jimmy Bowen who broke Garth Brooks and Reba McIntyre.
In addition to his talent for playing, Lamb is an accomplished composer and has enjoyed having his original songs recorded and performed by Kenny Rogers, Nicollete Larson, Ronna Reeves, The Spinners, Randy Meisner of The Eagles, and Ian Mathews.
Bill has known Michael Allen Harrison since high school and has collaborated with Michael since 1994 with there debut record “Coming Of Age”. He has been one of the top executives at Bonneville Power Administration for over 20 years. He brings music and administrative skills to The Snowman Foundation
Kathy Bernards - Board Member - Secretary Treasurer
Founder, President and Managing Partner of the firm. Kathy holds a Linfield College degree. She has been a CPA since 1974 with experience in all areas of the practice. Under her leadership, the professional staff lives out the firmâ€™s commitment to community service.
Kathy Bernards had a desire to work in a profession where she could make a difference in the lives of people in her community. Since public accountants help individuals and businesses be good stewards of their hard-earned assets, the career fit for Kathy was perfect. As an owner of a firm that employs four other professionals and one para-professional, Kathy enjoys watching them carve their own niches of service to the community.
Kathy most appreciates the interaction she has with clients in very personal matters â€“ the opportunity to help clients discern what is really important, then chart a path to reach those goals. She enjoys helping people discover that philanthropy can make a big difference in their communities while reducing tax liability. Her firm also provides attestation, planning, and forensic services to businesses.
Kathy earned her degree at Linfield College and has worked as a CPA in McMinnville since 1976. Married for 41 years, she and her husband have three adult children. Kathy serves on numerous community boards and committees and participates in church and community choirs.
Michelle Tonkin - Board Member
My name is Michelle Tonkin. I was born and raised in Portland,Oregon. I have been married to my husband Brad for 25 years, and we have 3 children; Alex (24) Brendan(21) Celia (18). I went to Sunset High School, in Beaverton, and then on to Willamette University, in Salem.
My love of music started when I was very young. I started playing the piano at 7, and have always loved it. I played for the choirs at our High School for about 4 years, playing for the Symphonic, Men's, Women's and Freshman choirs for concerts and competitions. It was there that I really got to see the power of music for the kids! It cemented my support and passion for music, our schools and our kids.
I have served on 3 boards and chaired many events in our community, before being asked to serve on the Snowman Foundation board. I strongly believe in community service and doing what you can to make where you live a better place. I believe when we come together for a great cause we can do amazing things! I am so honored to have been asked to serve for this Foundation.
Jeff Aden - Board Member
Jeff was raised in a "retail family." His family owned and operated three men's clothing stores in the Portland area. Following the sale of the family business Jeff went into banking. For the past 30+ years Jeff has been in Commercial Banking currently managing Commercial Lending at Albina Community Bank. In the past, Jeff has also been on the Lloyd Center Merchants Board of Directors and Willamette Valley Country Club’s Board. Jeff is currently on the Board of The Snowman Foundation and Junior Achievements Board and Executive and Board Development Committees. Jeff and his wife Leisa live in Tigard, OR and have two grown children, Reed and Katie. Hobbies include golf and wine tasting.
Steve Dewalt - Board Member
Steve recently retired from RBC Wealth Management after 38 years as a portfolio manager and wealth advisor. During his career he was active as a member and officer of many Seattle/Bellevue based non profit organizations. They have included Bellevue Rotary, Bellevue Overlake Rotary, the Bellevue Schools Foundation, the Rainier Club, the Bellevue Arts Museum, the Bellevue Chamber of Commerce, and PPH of Western Washington. In addition he and wife Kathy brought Michael's Ten Grands to Seattle and this will be our 10th year of producing the Seattle Ten Grands. As a Snowman board member, Steve was responsible for the screening of grant applications for the Seattle Ten Grands. This is Steve's second term as a Snowman Foundation board member. Steve grew up in Illinois, is a Vietnam veteran but found his way to Bellevue in 1977. He and his wife Kathy reside in Bellevue Wa. and enjoy family activities in Sunriver Oregon.
Ken Hick - Board Member
Ken has many gifts and skills...He was in the United Staes Air Force 1965 - 70, 92nd Aerospace Wing. Strategic Air Command. B52 Crew Chief/Flight Status/Pilot Certification. Awarded two commendation medals. He has a masters in business administration and has been President/Chief Executive Officer/Share Holder / CEO etc. for many successful companies over the last 40 plus years. He brings so much experience in the non-profit world having served or chaired over 20 organizations. Many of those organizations were much improved or turned around by his dedication, experience and hard work. Ken is a true man of service to his community.