Our Founding Members

Albie Beannacht

I have been happily ensconced in West Seattle since 2012, moving here for the vibe and community.  I am a writer, a photographer, with an adventurous spirit.  I became a Founding Member because I believe that local community is vital to our experience as human beings.  In this digitized world, its is important to me to invest in our connection and interdependency to things that matter. 


Linda Cox 


Barbara Dahl 


Bill & Diana Fitschen 


Judie Messier

All my life I’ve wanted to live in a situation where I felt that I was wrapped in a web of community relationships.  I moved to West Seattle in 2007, because it felt like a small town and I hoped that would mean that I would find that village-like connection.  Unfortunately I found that I felt very isolated – and that I was not alone in feeling that isolation.  (I admit, of course, that my working on my PhD dissertation for 5 years did nothing to help that isolation.)

I became a Founding Member because WNN offers us the opportunity to come together to reweave the web of relationships – to connect in whatever activities we can imagine and to know that, should we need help one day, the village will wrap itself around us.

My favorite interests are acting, genealogy, and travel – and driving on Laguna Seca again – but that’s another story.....







Maureen Murphy 

I've been in West Seattle six years, Kitsap before that, Los Angeles before that, and other places where co-workers (newspaper) were my social network.  Have found it hard to meet new people here.  And I anticipate the time when I may need a network for a bit of help.  For now, I'm hoping to find some playmates.  My favorite activity is exploring, discovering – neighborhoods, restaurants, books, new ideas about the world outside my little perch on Alki.


Kathy Olson

I’ve been in West Seattle since 2004.  The feeling of community is important and I am happy to be one of the founding members in support of all the people who have worked so hard to get this project going.




Virginia Pellegrino
and Brad Huskinson

We are long-time West Seattle residents and community supporters.  Virginia is one of the many neighbors who worked to create a Village in West Seattle and was a member of the initial Westside Neighbors Network Board.  They support WNN because they believe it’s important for neighbors to have the opportunity to help each other and stay connected. 


Val Sporleder

I have lived in West Seattle for over 20 years, plus one year in my childhood for Kindergarten at Fairmount Elementary. 

I am married and have 3 children who were all born and raised here in West Seattle. My husband is from Ellensburg so I try to make him feel at home in our urban setting with 5 chickens, a dog (Gator), a tortoise and a garden which covers every spare square inch of our small yard.

I have walked or run on most streets from Alki to Admiral to Roxbury and have played soccer on almost every field in the greater Seattle area. I own a Residential Design business and help friends, family and referrals remodel their homes. We have a great community that is good for staying active and social, and most people dont want to have to leave it.

Cant wait to meet everyone!


Phil Tavel 


Amy Youngblood

I spent two delightful years launching Wider Horizons, our city's third village. Now I'm thrilled to join this one. I love how a village can restore and strengthen bonds between friends and neighbors that we lose as the years go by. WNN gives me an ideal neighborhood, where we can rely on each other for tasks, errands, favors and lots and lots of companionship. 


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