Board of Directors

We gratefully acknowledge the Foundation board members shown on this page, particularly those who serve as officers.

Bonnie MacLean Abney, President

Bonnie MacLean Abney is an accomplished performance management and development professional. As founder and president of Abney International, a management consulting firm, she worked with multi-national companies in twenty-two countries. These include Merck Pharmaceutical, American Express, Pfizer Italia, Caterpillar, American Re-insurance, Bank of America, the New Zealand Dairy Council and the Dutch Postal Service. She has also worked with the US Navy at the Patuxent River Naval Air Station and the US Army at Fort Benning. Her program “Blueprint for Performance” was published in eight languages. Since retiring to Whidbey Island in 2007, Bonnie has been active in the American Association of University Women and as the Coordinator of Coupeville’s Neighborhood Emergency Team.


Gene Barner, Board Member

Gene Barner is a former EA-6B Prowler crew member and graduate of the Naval Officer Candidate School (OCS). He moved to Whidbey Island in 1998 as a naval flight officer. In 2003, he joined Edward Jones Investments in Oak Harbor as a financial advisor. Gene holds a bachelor of arts in business administration. An active community volunteer, Gene serves on the Community Advisory Board of the Oak Harbor Police Department and volunteers for Oak Harbor School District career development activities.



Jan Claesson, Vice President

Jan Claesson is excited to be part of the WhidbeyHealth Foundation board and to serve its mission to benefit the Whidbey Island community. His career covers the intersection of business, technology and healthcare. His executive and board of director roles include health plans, medical devices and behavioral health. His technology experience includes operating systems, productivity tools, gaming, wireless, Saas and enterprise systems. Companies include Fortune 500 such as Eli Lilly and Microsoft, midsize private and public companies, not-for profit plus a number of start-ups. He is currently a partner at NextLevel, an executive professional services company, and is co-founder of the behavioral health advisory Claesson has an MBA from the University of Gothenburg, Sweden. Jan lives on Whidbey with his wife Leslie.


Ken Hulett, Treasurer

Ken Hulett has made the Pacific Northwest his home for most of his life, aside from a tour in Vietnam with the Army. He has spent 25 years in the banking business all with the same bank as it grew and changed names from Island Savings and Loan, InterWest Bank and Pacific Northwest Bank. After his retirement from the bank as Executive Vice President, he served as managing director of Genis Capital Management and a director of the startup Mariner Bank of Port Townsend, which has since been sold to Kitsap Bank. His community involvement includes the Oak Harbor Rotary Club, Habitat for Humanity of Island County, Oak Harbor Yacht Club, the Oak Harbor Pier Committee and past president of the Economic Development Council of Island County. Ken and his wife, Terri, have four children and five grandchildren.


Mark Laska, Board Member

Mark Laska moved to Whidbey Island in 2005 with his wife Jennifer and their sons, Michael and Nicholas. His passion for peasant food led him to open his first restaurant in 2006, followed by The BBQ Joint in Oak Harbor in 2010. After selling that restaurant, he moved temporarily to Italy, began a culinary apprenticeship and returned to open CIAO restaurant in Coupeville in 2011. Mark spent much of his career as a creative executive specializing in public relations, brand creation and marketing. As a publicist, he worked on a wide array of projects in film, music, television, new media, on the Internet and working with celebrities. He has also had the opportunity to co-author several books in that field.


Carmen McFadyen, Secretary

Carmen McFadyen, a former RN, is a realtor with Windermere Real Estate. She is an active volunteer in the community starting in 1971 when she moved to Coupeville and volunteered with the Dr. Paul Bishop Hospital Guild. She is currently a volunteer at the schools, her church, Soroptimist International of Coupeville and the Boys & Girls Club of Coupeville. Carmen strongly believes that good healthcare is vital to a community and takes great pride in the services that WhidbeyHealth provides.



Joseph Mosolino, Board Member

Joe Mosolino has been the owner and managing broker of Windermere Real Estate South Whidbey since 2008. After arriving on Whidbey Island in 1997, Joe became active with both the Oak Harbor School District as PTA president, After School Enrichment program coordinator, and founding member of Citizen’s for Better Schools, which was instrumental in passing the first levy in over 30 years in Oak Harbor School District. Joe has participated in more than four levy and bond campaigns and was instrumental to the Friends of Whidbey General Hospital Bond Campaign Committee in 2013. He is past vice president, president and secretary of Oak Harbor Chapter of the Navy League and his deep involvement with the North Puget Sound Association of Realtors includes being the key contact for Congressman Rick Larsen for five years.


Ken O’Mhuan, Board Member

Ken O’Mhuan, JD, has been engaged in estate and business law practice since 1969. As an active community member, he has represented Whidbey Island on the Northwest Senior Services Board, the Uniquely Whidbey Trade Fair, and the Child Abuse Prevention Foundation. He has been a Foundation board member for the past 10 years.




Bruce Porter, Board Member

As a resident of Whidbey Island, Bruce Porter, MD, is thrilled to have the opportunity to contribute to ensuring that fellow islanders have access to the highest quality healthcare right here at home. Bruce was an active member of the Seattle medical community from 1984 to December 2014, when he retired as the Co-Medical Director of Swedish/First Hill Diagnostic Imaging. He is an internationally-recognized lecturer on Magnetic Resonance Imaging and ultrasound, as well as a consultant to imaging equipment and Computer Automated Design manufacturers for advanced clinical applications. He shares the joy of retiring to Whidbey Island with his wife Sharon.


Rosa Rangel, Board Member

Rosa Rangel, MD, is the director of hospitalists at WhidbeyHealth Medical Center, a group that specializes in the care of hospitalized patients and their unique conditions. Dr. Rangel earned her medical degree from Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas. She completed a residency and internship in internal medicine at Loyola University Medical Center. She has served in a variety of roles in different hospitals throughout the South. Before joining us through our partnership with Sound Physicians, she served as an internist, director of the Intensive care Unit and EKG Reader at Redwood Memorial Hospital in Fortuna, Calif.


Bert Speir, Board Member

Bert Speir retired in 2003 after 31 years in the Navy, first as a clinical psychologist and then as a healthcare administrator. Key career highlights included commanding officer of naval hospitals in Oak Harbor and Naples, Italy, and chief of staff at the Navy's medical headquarters command. Bert has been a member of the Foundation board since 2005, serving three consecutive terms as president. Bert and his wife, Mary Ann, have two adult children and three grandchildren.



Helen Taylor, Executive Director

After 15 years raising millions of dollars as a volunteer, Helen began a professional career in fund development. Building on an English degree from Rice University, a Public Relations Certificate program from UCLA and continuing education programs in non-profit and philanthropic leadership, Helen has continued to achieve results. She is described as a passionate, creative, articulate and committed team builder. Her career includes hands-on experience in strategic planning, donor cultivation, special events, volunteer management, grant writing, social media strategy, public advocacy and direct marketing.

Helen Taylor can be reached at 360.678.7656, ext. 4020 or 360.321.7656, ext. 4020.