Mark Michel - Board President
Education: Bachelor of arts degree in English from Willamette University, pilot training through the U.S. Air force, squadron officer's school through the U.S. Air Force.
Occupation: Pilot with Alaska Airlines.
Personal information: Married to Traci for 24 years. I have a daughter, Cadence, who is heavily into three-day eventing (horse competition). My choice of exercise is mountain biking and jogging.
Professional qualifications: Annual training in Alaska Airlines Crew Resource Management, attended Washington Trails Coalition Conference in 2011, attended Evergreen Trails Meeting in 2010 and 2011, have been a trails committee chair since 2013.
Community involvement: Since moving to the Key Peninsula in 2002, I have volunteered with Habitat for Humanity, the Easter Seals Equestrian Therapy Program, Parks Appreciation Day, and Narrows Pony Club fundraisers, in addition to many days of volunteer trailing building and event oversight within our parks.
Personal views: Successful parks have people in them. I would like to promote the parks on the Key Peninsula to increase the number of people enjoying them. I believe recreation is a key to improving quality of life. I understand the enjoyment of passive recreation and electronic entertainment. i also believe in the harmful effects of failing to balance those activities with active outdoor recreation. I am optimistic we can provide more opportunity for residence of the Key Peninsula, while working within tightening financial constraints.
Edward C. Robison, P.E. - Board Vice President
Education: Masters of civil engineering degree from the University of Idaho, bachelor of science degree in civil engineering from the University of Washington.
Professional qualifications: Licensed professional engineer, civil and structural; over 20 years experience in the construction industry; private consulting engineer for 16 years; commander in the Civil Engineer Corps U.S. Navy Reserve Component; extensive experience in contract procurement and administration.
Personal information: Married with four children.
Community involvement: Key Peninsula Little League, Boy Scouts Troop 252, Key Peninsula Business Association, volunteer my professional services to KPMPD.
Personal views: Public parks are a necessity to the life and vibrancy of a community. They serve as community gathering places as well as for personal recreation. The Key Peninsula has the opportunity to build upon the volunteer efforts that gave us Volunteer Park by expanding and improving to meet the needs of the community. We need to continue the tradition of volunteers working together. We need to recognize the varied needs of the community to provide wildlife preservation, habitat restoration, trails, and active recreational facilities.
Kip Clinton - Clerk
Education: Bachelor of science degree in biology from the University of Washington, two years at the University of Puget Sound Law School.
Occupation: President and manager of Clinton's Music House, Inc., in Tacoma, an old family-owned piano sales business.
Professional qualifications: Four years after college with the Department of Ecology's SEPA permit department and participated with the Department of Energy's legal council on the Northern Tier Pipeline project. Twenty-three years in all facets of private business. Key Peninsula Park and Recreation District Commissioner. Key Peninsula Metropolitan Park District Commissioner and clerk/financial officer.
Personal information: My family moved to our beach cabin in Home on a permanent basis in the early 1970s. I enjoy all watersports, as well as horseback riding.
Community involvement: Assisted in development of draft park system plan for the old park district. As incumbent of Key Peninsula Metropolitan Park commissioner/clerk, I am involved in establishing the new park district and ensuring the KPMPD is efficiently run.
Personal views: I believe in being creative and open-minded to provide a park system for all recreational interests: active sports (baseball, soccer); trails (equestrian, hikers, cyclists); natural areas (camping, trails); watersports (boating, more recreational beach access); and events (fairground/expo center). The citizens of the Key Peninsula deserve no less.
John Patrick Kelly - Member-at-Large
Education: Bachelor of arts degree in political science from the University of Washington.
Professional qualifications: Over 25 years experience in sales and administration in the materials handling industry, including extensive work on government contracts, most notably with the U.S. Navy.
Personal information: Have a four-year-old daughter, Kara, and a 21-year-old stepdaughter, Lindsey Ferguson, with wife, Sabrina. Lost a daughter, Sara Kelly, to leukemia in 2001.
Community involvement: Community Meal Program, Peace Lutheran Church in Tacoma.
Personal views: Public parks allow all Americans, regardless of their financial status, to own a tangible piece of their nation. This connection to the land helps foster a common bond with citizens, strengthening communities. It is vital that park systems remain free and open to the public, and well-funded by the government. We have the great fortune to have many beautiful and valuable park properties on the Key Peninsula. The development of these properties for the recreation and enjoyment of all of our citizens in a long-term challenge for the Key Peninsula. Parks commissioners must listen to and consider the wants and needs of the citizens of Key Peninsula in making these important decisions.
Shawn Jensen, PLA - Member-at-Large
Education: Phoenix Institute of Technology
Occupation: Landscape architect and principal at Bruce Dees & Associates, LLC, an award-winning Tacoma-based landscape architecture firm.
Professional qualifications: Licensed landscape architect; over 30 years in the design/construction industry; involved in all phases of design and construction of numerous local, county, and state parks and recreation projects over the past 24 years; member of the American Society of Landscape Architects; associate member of the American Society of Civil Engineers; commercial associate member of the Sports Turf Managers Association.
Personal information: Born and raised in Washington State, a resident of Key Peninsula for the past 22-plus years, and married to my best friend, Claudia (Sami). We have raised six kids in this community with the two youngest still in the Peninsula School District. I enjoy all aspects of our beautiful outdoors from hiking/walking at 360 Trails and walking our dogs, to fishing local rivers and riding ATV's on the Oregon Coast dunes.
Community involvement: Member of the Key Peninsula Fire Department's Citizen Advisory Panel; 2015 graduate of the Pierce County Sheriff Community Academy; annual Parks Appreciation Day volunteer; "adopted" the 360 Trails thru Key Pen Parks' Adopt-a-Park program, where my family has performed volunteer maintenance, tree planting, clean-up, etc.; volunteer with various other community and school activities over the years.
Personal views: Having raised kids in this community, the importance of having local parks facilities and recreational places for families to enjoy here on the Key Peninsula has always been a priority for me. The park district has done an admirable job of responsibly acquiring future park properties over the past few years. Having these properties is an important first step in meeting the recreational needs of the citizens of this wonderful peninsula. As a local landscape architect, it’s my hope that my experience, specifically parks and recreation work, will be of benefit to our board of commissioners as we enter the next phase of building these sites into beautiful parks facilities that meet the growing needs of the citizens of the Key Peninsula while being cost effective, utilizing available alternative funding sources whenever possible.