Who We Are

“Friends of Magnolia Manor Park” (FMMP) Steering Committee

Ron Bomba grew up in New York City and moved to Seattle in 1970. He retired in 2006 after a career in graphic design, illustration and photography. Ron and his wife Patty have lived nearby the park since 1972, when wild geese used its open reservoir as their private swimming hole. Ron supports the multi-use plans that include defined areas for picnic & play, dogs and P-patches. He has volunteered to manage the website and oversee park signs and future artistic additions.

Patty Bomba is an endangered species…..a Seattle native, and has been an executive assistant for 43 years.  Last July she retired from the Woodland Park Zoo, where she was assistant to the Director.  Patty is married to Ron Bomba and they have lived on Magnolia for 38 years.  You may have seen Ron walking their adorable cocker spaniel and Westie terrier.  Patty joined the Steering Committee as Secretary.

Carol Burton has lived in Magnolia since 2000.  She is a retired biology instructor with has three grown children and three grandchildren.  She was the note taker for the Manor Park Steering Committee and would like to see the vision for the park become reality.

Susan Casey serves on the Magnolia/Queen Anne Neighborhood District Council and is a longtime advocate of the P-patch program and urban agriculture. She was a member of the Sustainable Magnolia Steering Committee for Magnolia Manor Park and is continuing on in that work with the new Steering Committee, of which she will be the Chair.

Toni Imfeld has been a Magnolia resident since 1986.  She is an attorney who has worked with contractors and design professionals, and serves on the executive board of Citizens for Off Leash Areas (COLA). She enjoys “dirt therapy” and the fruits (and jam) of her labors. She was a member of the Sustainable Magnolia Steering Committee for Magnolia Manor Park and is continuing on in that work with the new Steering Committee.

LuAnn Mitchell moved to Magnolia in 2009 with her husband Charlie and daughter Mia. She would love Manor Park to become the local park that could accommodate and integrate the community need for an OLA and the community desire for a P-Patch.

Ruth Schaefer is an environmental scientist who has lived in Magnolia since 1990.  She is looking forward to watching her dog play in the new dog park.

Marilynn Sheldon has lived in Magnolia in the same home since 1974, just across the street from the park.   After 30 years she has retired as the founding managing director of the non-profit 5th Avenue Theatre.  She retired just a little over a year ago. Currently she is the president of the National Alliance for Musical Theatre head quartered in NYC.   Marilynn and her husband Bob (retired military and retired Boeing) love their home and Magnolia.  They live together with Marilynn’s mom (she’s 93) and their sweet Yorkie, Oliver.  Marilynn is an avid gardener and painter and advocate and lover of musical theatre.

George Tracy has been residing in Magnolia for the last ten years.  He is married and has a six year old daughter in the first grade at Lawton School.  They live two blocks from Magnolia Manor Park and are interested in seeing it developed for the best use for every interest.  He has been in the construction business since 1978.

Monica Wooton is a lifelong resident of Magnolia.  The mother of four grown children, Monica serves as president of the Magnolia Historical Society and lives near Magnolia Manor Park. She was a member of the Sustainable Magnolia Steering Committee for Magnolia Manor Park and is continuing on in that work with the new Steering Committee.

Schematic Design Steering Committee (9/2010-6/2011)

The Department of Parks and Recreation and the Department of Neighborhoods suggested that the steering committee guiding this design process be comprised of individuals and neighbors with varied interests in the park.  Most of those on the steering committee did not know each other before this process began, though all are involved in the community and are eager to engage the community further in bringing about a design that will revitalize this park.

Susan Casey serves on the Magnolia/Queen Anne Neighborhood District Council and is a longtime advocate of the P-patch program and urban agriculture.

Steve Cellini (co-chair) is a neighbor and frequent visitor (with his two kids) to Magnolia Manor Park.

Grace Huang is a member of Sustainable Magnolia, leading its built environment team.  An architect, ski instructor, and  bike enthusiast, Grace always finds a way to take on just one more community project.

Toni Imfeld has been a Magnolia resident since 1986.  She is an attorney who has worked with contractors and design professionals, and serves on the executive board of Citizens for Off Leash Areas (COLA). She enjoys “dirt therapy” and the fruits (and jam) of her labors.

Nancy Spragins (chair) has lived near Magnolia Manor Park for twelve years and enjoys it as a space to offload her kids’ excessive energy.   She leads the local food team at Sustainable Magnolia.

Lyon Terry is a 6 year Magnolia resident with 2 school age kids. He is a local school teacher, head of his Block Watch, and a board member of Sustainable Magnolia. He believes in community places that bring people together for fun and relaxation. He maintains his own annual vegetable garden and enjoys getting to know people and the neighborhood through long walks and runs with his dog.

Cathy Van Dyke is a member of Sustainable Magnolia and a 17 year resident of Magnolia.   Active wife, mother, grandmother, dog walker and gardener, Cathy is interested in the possibilities of a play and gathering space, P-Patch and off leash area in Manor Park.  She has been a residential real estate broker for 30+ years.

Monica Wooton is a lifelong resident of Magnolia.  The mother of four grown children, Monica serves as president of the Magnolia Historical Society and lives near Magnolia Manor Park.

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