Lucy Pylkki

 

Lucy Pylkki

 

Past President

I was born and raised in the San Francisco bay area and have lived in Southern Oregon for a little over 20 years. I graduated from Stanford University's Physician Assistant Program in 1985. Before moving to Oregon, I worked as a Physician Assistant in emergency medicine for 8 years and I have worked for Asante Health Systems, as a Physician Assistant, in the Occupational Medicine Department for a little over 18 years.

I have volunteered at Britt Festivals for 10+ years. The first couple of years I tried all the positions on the hill but found "Security", now known as Event Staff, to suit me the best. I have also filled in as the EMT (First Aid volunteer) when needed. I really enjoy my time at Britt especially working with the other volunteers. They are a great group of people and I have made a lot of new friends. I also enjoy experiencing the different types of music and artists who perform at Britt. I especially appreciate the work that Britt does with our schools and young people in promoting musical education.

My husband, Ron and I live in the Griffin Creek area on some small acreage and raise a flock of registered Katahdin sheep along with 2 dogs and 3 cats. I love to garden and raise vegetables in the summer and hope to one day go through the Master Gardeners Program.

 

 

Laurin Parker

 

Laurin Parker

 

President

I was born and raised in Riverside, CA. My parents put a strong focus on appreciation of all types of cultural events, so I was fortunate to be introduced to Broadway musicals, dance and classical music at a very early age.

I went to Pitzer College, Claremont, CA, where my major was French and French philosophy.

I married my husband Michael in 1984. We moved to Oregon in 2005, where we live on 78 acres in the Applegate Valley, overlooking the Siskiyou Mountains, with 2 horses, 2 dogs, 25 highland cows and 1 macaw.

I have been self employed most of working life, including owning an exotic bird store, The Pecking Order. I bred miniature horses and exotic birds, including macaws and cockatoos. I was the Marshall of the Wee Wheelers, a miniature horse driving group, which was featured for ten years in the Rose Parade, in Pasadena, CA on New Year's Day. I successfully competed at the National level in many horse events - dressage, driving, and vaulting (gymnastics on horseback), winning National Championships. I currently compete with my dog, Daisy, a Portuguese Water Dog, in agility and rally obedience.

My other passions are gardening, travel, theater and music. I am totally committed to volunteering at the Britt as I believe in what it offers to the community. We are so lucky to have access to a full philharmonic orchestra and other world class musical entertainment in such a magical setting. I thoroughly enjoy the company of the other volunteers who donate so much time and energy to enhance the Britt experience. I have found my "home" on the Britt Hill in the Gift Booth, where I love interacting with the Britt patrons and helping them purchase the best that we have for sale.

 

 

Dan Morse

 

Dan Morse

 

First Vice President

I was born and raised in rural Illinois. After getting a BS in Marketing in 1970 I spent a stint in the Army and did a tour in Vietnam. Upon returning I obtained an MBA and then spent the bulk of my career in equipment leasing and finance. I was transferred to the bay area in 1980 and then had a job move to Portland in 1986. I had family in Mt Shasta and the Rogue Valley and became familiar with the Britt Festival and the valley's many benefits during this time. In 2003 my wife and I acquired property in the valley and we have been living in the Applegate full time since 2008. I became a Britt volunteer in 2011 and enjoyed contributing to the Society's work efforts.

 

 

Linda McGuire

 

Linda McGuire

 

Corresponding Secretary

I moved to the Rogue Valley in the 1970s after being raised and educated in Southern California. I began volunteering for Britt in the 1980’s when my youngest child was in High School. Within a couple of years I joined the Britt Society Board and have been on the Board ever since, holding every office but Treasurer. My husband, Mike, joined Britt and volunteered more than 15 years. I love working at Britt every summer. I have worked almost every position on “the hill.” The volunteers are some of the nicest people you can meet. I also love to hear all the different types of music. I have taught music in the schools and still play the pipe organ for churches. About 20 years ago, I changed the focus of my teaching and began to work in the school library. I first worked at the High School level, then 10 years at Middle School, and now over 10 years in the Elementary School. Mike and I have three children and 6 grandchildren.

 

 

Bob Williamson

 

Bob Williamson

 

Director

I was born in Oakland, California, but have lived in Southern Oregon most of my adult life. I graduated from Southern Oregon University in 1981 with a degree in accounting. Back then it was Southern Oregon State College. Prior to my college years, I was a nanny in The Netherlands from July 1976 to July 1977.

I have been a volunteer with Britt for more than 20 years. I have been on the Britt Society Board since the early 1990’s. I served two years as President, and then become the Treasurer in 1996. I have also served on the Associate Board of the Britt Festival organization.

Outside of Britt (yes, I do have a life outside of Britt), I have been an Oregon State employee for 30 years. My main passion is my Golden Retrievers; Amber, Casey, Jasper and Annie. Jasper and Annie have now had three litters of puppies. Other hobbies include league bowling and motorcycle riding. Yard work keeps me busy as well.

 

 

Steve Sincerny

 

Steve Sincerny

 

Recording Secretary

Having started this life in Minnesota, I grew up in New England, Ohio, New Jersey, and attended college in Pennsylvania. I settled in the Applegate Valley in 1974 and lived on a commune there and in the Illinois Valley. It was the old back to the land movement, and turned out to be a great way to live and raise a family. Homesteading is a tough job, and does not pay very well, so I worked as a tree trimmer, forest worker and did some construction. I also worked as a beekeeper, following the springs from Modesto to North Dakota. When my children started to require more resources, I realized it was time to embrace a career, and became a middle school teacher. I have been a teacher for twenty-seven years at Pinehurst School on the Green Springs and at Talent Middle School. Teaching a variety of subjects, I taught mostly Tech Ed (shop, engineering and design) and eighth grade science. I have lived in Ashland since 1988 and am blessed with three beautiful children and two grandchildren. You will often see me riding my motorcycle to Britt on summer evenings, or perhaps in a national park, or on some remote logging road. I enjoy playing and listening to music and living life fully in whatever form appears. I started coming to the Brit in the late seventies, and became a volunteer in about 2000. My life is enriched by being exposed to a wide range of music and artists both familiar and new. Britt volunteering has filled my summers with hundreds of enchanting nights. I love socializing with Britt volunteers and patrons, and helping make sure that folks have a safe, fun and inspiring evening. I have worked mostly in event staff and as a security captain. I love being a part of the Britt team and my intention is to support this awesome organization in whatever way I can and the volunteers who contribute so much to create the magic called Britt Festivals.

 

 

Sharon Williams

 

Sharon Williams

 

Past President

I was born in Minnesota, grew up in California, lived in Medford for 32 years, and recently moved to Grants Pass. I retired in 2003 as an Office Manager for the Medford School District. I have served on the Britt Society Board since October 2006, and it is an honor to have served as President. I have been a Britt volunteer for over 20 years and have experienced many changes on the Hill! I continue to love the uniqueness of Britt, music under the stars, and the camaraderie among our volunteers. I feel it’s important to give back to our community, and volunteering at Britt is the greatest opportunity ever! I know you’ll agree! My husband and I have three boys who have blessed us with five grandchildren! When we’re not spending time with our families, we love to travel in our 5th wheel, take trips to Puerto Vallarta, salmon fish and read.

 

Jan Ritter

 

Jan Ritter

 

Director

I was born and raised in the Southwestern Michigan town of Dowagiac. After graduating from high school, I moved to Orange County, California where I attended several junior colleges, as well as Long Beach State. I stayed in Southern California for 15 years before moving to Southern Oregon. Here I met and married my wife Marla Cates and raised a son Jesse who also has volunteered at Britt.

My pastimes include golf, fly-fishing and a little guitar picking. I think that everybody should contribute some of their time and resources to community service, and the Britt Society is one of the best options available. I am sure you all think so, too.

 

 

jeff

 

Jef Smith

 

Director

I was born in Eureka California on tax day 1964. My family moved to the Medford area in 1970. After graduating from Phoenix high school, I went to Oregon Institute of Technology, graduating with a Bachelor of Science degree in Diesel Power Technology. I turned down job offers from Toyota and Peter Kewitt to stay in the the area. I could not imagine any other places being as beautiful or desirable at the time! So, I went to work at Pape' Cat. In 1994, I changed professions and went to work for the City of Medford Water Commission, where I have remained for the past 21 years. I have 2 wonderful boys of whom I am proud, Dylan 24, and Corey 21. I have many hobbies and spend much time remodeling rentals and doing side jobs for numerous people in the valley. I love to travel and have travelled throughout the world. I have been a Britt volunteer for the past 7 years, and before that, a volunteer at the Ginger Rogers Craterian Theater. I was also "sold" at a bachelor auction for Sanctuary One, twice!! "The things I do to make the Rogue Valley a better place for people to live!" I love Britt and feel the importance of music to bring peace and tranquility through songs and social gathering. I look forward to helping steer the venue in a positive direction for all to enjoy for years to come. See you on the hill.