Every January a new group of volunteers begins a one-year term on our editorial board. The team acts as an advisory council on the “Our View” columns published each Sunday in the Sun, and we spend the year researching issues and meeting newsmakers, and then discussing each opinion. It’s a wonderful experiment for people from different places — geographically, professionally, politically – to listen and share to reach a compromise. We hope that collaborative process helps produce a weekly column that provides you a new perspective or provokes a new way to look at an issue, and continues a tradition of keeping our readers closely involved with the Sun.
All “Our View” columns are written by the editor after consultation with this group, and editorial board members are encouraged to write columns themselves to share about topics that interest them.
Brief biographies of the 2019 editorial board members are below. Please join me in welcoming them, and look for their opinions to be published in the coming months.
— David Nelson
Steve Bonwich is a relative newcomer to Kitsap County, who moved to Port Orchard after concluding his 35-year career working for the Navy as a civilian and 9 years supporting Navy programs while in the private sector. Steve’s been familiar with Kitsap for decades, however, as his Navy work a brought him to Puget Sound Naval Shipyard, Keyport and Bangor frequently. His daughter and grandchildren all now live in the Puget Sound region, and he’s active in the Navy League and Navy Submarine League. Steve’s news interests focus on challenges in Kitsap County like transportation, education, affordable housing and drug abuse.
Soren Christensen of Silverdale served in the Navy around the world before settling here 20 years ago with her husband. Her career was spent in nursing, and Soren has engaged her community by volunteering with Hospice of Kitsap County, Kitsap Humane Societythe American Cancer Society. She’s keenly interested in local issues like care and maintenance of our trails, parks, waterways and roads, access to health care and quality public education through the college level.
Mary Gorman of Poulsbo is a third-generation Kitsap County resident, who’s done everything from fishing commercially in Bristol Bay to teaching internationally and earning a PhD in educational leadership. She’s currently a Realtor with John L. Scott and can be seen driving her Harley or Corvette around town. She’s interested in local issues like education and economic growth for the county.
Rick Herrell is a recently retired Bremerton resident, having spent more than 20 years working for Kitsap Mental Health Services as a clinical supervisor. Rick’s spent much of his life volunteering in the community, including stints on the Bremerton YMCA board and at the Crisis Clinic of the Peninsulas. Key issues to him include homelessness, the underserved mental health population and issues affecting baby boomers.
Vicky Groce of East Bremerton spent her career working for the Department of Defense, in blue-collar and white-collar positions but most recently as a technical project manager at NUWC Keyport. She was born in Saudi Arabia then moved to Bremerton, her mother’s hometown, at age 7, where she grew up before going to work for the Navy after high school. After Vicky’s husband and two children graduated college, she returned to school and earned a BS in business management at age 54. She volunteers with the Our GEMS program at Bremerton High, mentoring teenage girls.
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