Board of Directors

Board of Directors of FOCS

Karen Leu


  • Board Member of Friends of Chinook School, 2021 –
  • Former Board Member of Friends of Chinook School, 2010 – 2016
  • FOCS Oktoberfest Chair, 2010 – 2016
  • Chinook School Alumna
  • Ilwaco High School Graduate
  • University of Washington Graduate
  • Telecommunications Analyst with Rocket Research Corp., Kirkland WA
  • Telecommunications Analyst, Thousand Trails, Inc.,  Bellevue WA
  • AT&T Sales Representative
  • Telecommunications Engineer and Analyst for Group Health Cooperative (retired)
  • Former Girl Scout Troop Leader and Local Team Chair for Kirkland Girl Scouts
  • Former Affiliation with Mother Mentoring Program for at-risk youth

(206) 930-1651

P O Box 567 Seaview, WA 98644

Vera Karnofski

Vice President

  • BS in Occupational Therapy from the University of Puget Sound.
  • Retired from a career with Columbia Memorial Hospital in Home Health, rehab in acute care, pediatrics, geriatrics, orthopedics, and Neurology.
  • Worked with children aged 0 to 21 for ESD112, Clatsop ESD, Astoria/Seaside/Gearhart, and South Bend school districts.  Ocean Beach Hospital, and Harbors Home Health.
  • Sports Boosters treasurer, managed Long Beach baseball field snack shack 2 yrs, Music Boosters, Jazz Band booster.
  • Member of AAUW
  • Assisted with Kiwanis fundraisers. 
  • Ran Toddler and Infant Parent Program, ( TIPPS).
  • Together with her husband started the local Babe Ruth Program
  • Initiated perpetual fundraisers of IHS gym signs, baseball and football field signage. 
  • Began Mentor program at the family farm to teach children and adults agricultural techniques, mineral balancing, and food processing, CSA program, and development of value-added products.

(503) 468-8786

1636 SR 101 Ilwaco, WA 98624

Anna Lee Larimore


  • Chinook School Alumna
  • Ilwaco High School graduate, Junior Class president
  • Working artist since 2000
  • Owner and operator of Nettle’s Farm Pasta, Lummi Island, WA
  • Home Health Care provider for 20 years
  • AA from Clatsop Community College
  • BFA from Pacific Northwest College of Art

(360) 319-1130

PO Box 192, Chinook, WA 98614

Loris Cook


  • Resident of Peninsula for 44 years.
  • Played slow pitch softball until 2017, several times to Nationals and 5 years in Senior Games in Utah.
  • Graduated from Nursing school 1976.
  • Earned a Master’s of Nursing in 2010.
  • Worked at Ocean Beach Hospital until 1981.
  • Worked at Columbia Memorial Hospital for 32 years, 31 years as the Manager of the Operating Room.
  • Worked as Operating Room Manager at Kadlec Regional Medical Center in Richland WA.
  • Retired June, 2019, works now occasionally at OBH in the Operating Room.
  • Works as expert Consultant for small hospital Operating Rooms.
  • An active member of multiple professional nursing and related organizations.
  • Currently serves as President Elect for Oregon State Council of Peri-operative Nurses

(503) 791-0245

P O Box 878 Ilwaco, WA 98624

Laura Osborne


  • Chinook School Alumna
  • Currently employed as a Personal Banker for Bank of the Pacific
  • Past Payroll Clerk for the Chinook Packing Co
  • Past Owner/Licensed Operator of South Gate Real Estate
  • Volunteer for the Sports Boosters at Ilwaco High School
  • Volunteer for the Washington State International Kite Festival
  • Inaugural Member/Secretary of Chinook Progressive Club, which helped put the roof on the Chinook School Gym in the early 1990s

(360) 777-8051 / (503) 440-2328

P O Box 105, Chinook, WA 98614

Eileen Wirkkala


  • City of Ilwaco, past clerk-treasurer
  • Ilwaco Charter Service, Inc., past owner/operator
  • Ilwaco Heritage Museum, member, past vice-president (1 year), president (2 years). Renamed Columbia Pacific Heritage Museum
  • Ilwaco Charter Association, past vice-president
  • Columbia River Sports Fishing Association, past president

(360) 777-8211 / (360) 624-2426

PO Box 87, Chinook WA 98614

Joanne Leech


  • Chinook School Alumna
  • Chef/owner Sanctuary Restaurant, Chinook for many years
  • Food demonstration presentations in various cities across the country
  • Past secretary for owner of Chinook Packing Company
  • Piano and accordion teacher in Chinook School and in Astoria
  • Past building committee member, Chinook Lutheran Church
  • Church Council Member, Chinook Lutheran Church
  • Authored and published children’s book

(360) 777-8051 / (503) 338-8946

P O Box 89, Chinook, WA 98614

Denise Heckes


  • Coming Soon

(360) 777-8989

Nancy McAllister


  • Pacific County South Pacific District Court, District Court Judge
  • Family Law Attorney for 25+ years
  • Rotary Club of SW Pacific County Peninsula, past-president, past vice-president
  • Peninsula Rotary Foundation, past-president, past-secretary
  • Rebuilding Together Board of Directors
  • Peninsula Poverty Response Board of Directors
  • Peninsula Players Board of Directors
  • AAUW Board of Directors
  • Peninsula Quilt Guild
  • Columbia Memorial Hospital

(360) 214- 2097

P O Box 805 Ilwaco, WA 98624

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