Board Members

Current Board Members

Arnie Hobbs – Chairperson

Arnie Hobbs

Arnie moved to Manette in June 2002 when he bought his home on Perry Ave.  He has made some good friends here that grew out of his wife’s Jazzercise class, and then later from his community involvement in the Manette Park Improvement Project. When he semi-retired, he wanted to give back to this wonderful community so he ran for the Manette Coalition Board.  With his background in computers, he felt like he had some some specific skills that were needed at the time.

Kevin Gorman – Vice-Chairperson

Kevin Gorman

Over the course of thirty years, Kevin has lived in six Washington counties. He was looking to set down roots and desired walkability, community, affordability, stars at night, and birds in the morning. He wanted it all and found it in Manette! As a child, he was immersed in FFA and 4-H, so agriculture has a special place for him. His favorite part of Manette is the MNC Edible Garden Tour, and he look forward to growing this wonderful event.

Deborah McDaniel – Secretary

Deborah McDaniel

Deborah and her husband Eugene Brennan moved to Manette in the fall of 1999, and never looked back. Their garden has been featured in every Manette Edible Garden Tour, and she was active with the group that worked to get chicken (hen) ownership legalized in Bremerton. She became aware of the Neighborhood Coalition at its founding, and has been a board member for several years, finding that an excellent way to remain involved in the community she’s grown to love.

Jordy Andrew – Treasurer

Jordy Andrew

Jordy moved to Manette in February of 1977 and still lives in the same house. He loves the character of the neighborhood and its people, and of course the water and mountain views. Along with his late wife, he started the MNC in 2006 as a way to respond to the sale and use of the Manette Elementary School site. They stayed active in the community until her death in 2011 and he remains active to honor her and the community he loves.

Alex Marcus – Technology Officer

Alex Marcus

Alex moved from New England to the Northwest in 2013, and moved to Manette in 2017. He loves the active and friendly community living here, and Manette’s excellent gardening scene. Manette’s proximity to Seattle, mountains, and beautiful waters sweeten the deal. He is a member of the MNC to connect with his community, and give back to the people who make it special.

Members at Large

Michael Simonds

Michael Simonds

Michael moved to Manette in the summer of 2015, but has lived in the area since 2012. He really enjoys the localness of the area! Particularly, all of the events, shops, and places that people come to visit keep him happy. Plus, it’s all down the street! Before he heard about the MNC, he was curious how he could become more involved in our neighborhood, and what he could do beyond commenting on the Facebook page. He came to a meeting and found a good way to make a community he already loves even better.