Board of Directors
- President: Frank DiBiase, retired from Public Health, Small Business Owner
- Vice President: Kristen Augusztiny Zink, Licensed Real Estate Appraiser
- Treasurer: Kellie Bennett, Executive Director, Red Barn Youth Center
- Secretary: Dan Whitmarsh, M. Div., Pastor, Lakebay Community Church
- Director: Anne Junod, PhD, Senior Research Associate, Urban Institute
- Director: Robert McCrossin, Owner, Bayside Animal Lodge
- Director: Vacant
- Director: Ex-officio, Mary Williams
The KPP Board…
Our board is critical to our work. Board directors guide our efforts, make strategic decisions, provide community level input, and provide valuable expertise. They are all community members who serve two-year terms and can sit for more than a single term if desired.
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We would love to have more community members on our Board! Send us an email and let us know you’re interested!
Susan is a Pacific Northwest native and graduate of Washington State University (Education) and University of Denver’s Josef Korbel School of International Studies (International Human Rights).
As Co-Executive Director, Susan’s work roles cover the important details of administration to the larger picture challenges of community organizing and creating pathways to help tackle big, systemic problems. Her background in education, international human rights, and leadership figure prominently in her work, giving her a rare expertise dealing with people, cultural differences, and complicated issues.
Outside of work, Susan is dedicated to her family and community. She has volunteered for numerous organizations over the years, from the American Red Cross (as a Disaster Aid Team leader) to co-president of an International Spouses group and she currently serves on the Conservation Futures Citizen Advisory Board for Pierce County, WA. She is an avid traveler and adventurer, which led to living overseas for many years, and now includes scuba diving in the Puget Sound.
Ben grew up in Upstate New York before finding his way to the United States Air Force Academy. Graduating with a degree in International Relations (followed eventually with a master’s degree in the same field from Troy University), Ben pursued a military career in operations, strategy, and teaching.
In his role as Co-Executive Director, Ben tackles tough strategic level issues, coordination and collaboration efforts, and networking. His experience lets him see other perspectives and systemic barriers that often hamper community development efforts, allowing for creative solutions and big-picture thinking.
Outside of work, Ben is involved in Rotary and Youth Lacrosse but mostly enjoys time with his family, cooking, Akido, and scuba diving.
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Frank has been a resident of the Key Peninsula for over 35 years. Prior to coming to the KP, Frank was an educator in rural Alaska. He holds degrees in Zoology and Education. He worked as a public health professional for 26 years serving areas of Tacoma and the Peninsula with a focus on community engagement, healthy equity, environmental health and administrative services. Frank has been a volunteer in the community since first moving to the Key Peninsula, currently serves on the board for Key Peninsula Community Services in addition to serving on the Key Peninsula Partnership Board. He loves the diversity of lifestyles on the Key Peninsula, its community spirit, beautiful surroundings and has a passion to help improve the quality of life for all residents of the Key Peninsula.
A native of the Pacific Northwest, Kristen grew up on San Juan Island. She resided in Snohomish County for 20 years before settling here on the Key Peninsula in 2015. Kristen is a Certified Residential Real Estate Appraiser and hobby farmer. On her small farm on the KP she keeps honeybees, horses, goats, and chickens as well as a large, fully organic garden and orchard.
With a long time, family history of volunteer work Kristen has always been engaged with some sort of community service, spanning the better part of the past 30 years. Her work includes service on Community Councils, School Boards, PTA/Booster Clubs, 4H Clubs, Chambers of Commerce, Committees for several Cities and Communities, etc. She enjoys engaging in the communities where she lives and believes that any community is only as good as the members willing to get involved in it.
Kristen has been on the board of the Key Peninsula Partnership for a Healthy Community for 6 years and loves seeing the organization grow and find deeper and more substantial ways to serve the community.
Kellie Bennett spends a lot of time in red barns that are full of the KP’s past, present, and future.
One of those barns is Red Barn Youth Center where she is the Executive Director. Her own middle school years hold a lot of her favorite memories. Providing the youth on the KP the best experience possible is her focus, which includes access to health care, transportation, safe spaces to spend time with their friends, and healthy food.
Kellie and her husband Chad moved to the KP in 2016 where they and their 3 mules have unearthed a lot of the history of the red barns on their property. They have a son, daughter, son-in-law, and 2 grandsons that provide them with great places to travel.
A Northwest native, Dan has lived on the Key Peninsula since 2006. He is the pastor of Lakebay Community Church, a columnist for the KP News, and a musician who performs in several local bands and orchestras. His love for the outdoors leads to many hours spent hiking and fly-fishing across Western Washington. His heart for people means he is often found out and about in the community connecting with others.
Dan has a B.A. in Music from Azusa Pacific University, a Master of Divinity from Fresno Pacific Biblical Seminary, and is in the process of completing a Master of Counseling Psychology from The Seattle School of Theology and Psychology. He was ordained in the Evangelical Covenant Church in 2005.
He is married to Sarah, and they have four soon-to-be young adults who fill their life with joy, delight, and no small amount of chaos.
Anne N. Junod is an environmental social scientist and rural sociologist at the Urban Institute, where her research centers on the energy, climate, and environmental justice issues associated with climate change, disasters, and natural resource and energy development. She has extensive experience designing and managing large scale and national research studies with complex methodologies, leading team-based research and policy engagement activities, evaluating federal and state programs, and collaborating with research, government, and community partners. Her work elevates evidence-based solutions that leverage community assets, build capacity, and guide policymaking and investments to change inequities in environmental and climate outcomes and advance social, racial, and economic equity. Junod has an MS in Rural Sociology and PhD in Environment and Natural Resources from Ohio State University’s School of Environment and Natural Resources. Before joining Urban, Junod was a USDA-NIFA Fellow. She and her spouse love living on the Key Peninsula for the natural beauty and folks’ strong commitment to caring for neighbors and building community.
Robert McCrossin has owned and operated Bayside Animal Lodge on the Key Peninsula since 2001. He has a degree in Business Administration and extensive experience within various industries including retail, storage and accounting to include management of Quality Control and Auditing departments. He started to follow his dreams of working with animals when he was managing 2 veterinary projects in Seattle, before coming to the Key and running Bayside Animal Lodge.
Robert served as Vice President of the Board of the New York Self Service Storage Association for 2 years 1980-1981.
Robert joined the TMSP in 2016 as a volunteer on the Finance Committee, joined the Board of Directors later that year, and served as board vice president from 2017-2021. From 2021 to current Robert has been the Board Chair.
Robert also served as Treasurer on the board of directors for the Key Peninsula Community Council and the Key Peninsula Farm Tour.
Robert recently joined the board of the Key Peninsula Partnership for Healthy Communities.