Founding member Jesse Sears garners enthusiasm and support for the cause of OneBothell in the capacity of speaker. He has made numerous appearances in public forums informing and educating citizens about the need for, and benefits of, open space and restoration of fish and wildlife habitat. Jesse has been instrumental in the development of OneBothell’s mission.
A firefighter for Renton’s Fire and Emergency Services Department, Jesse holds an Associate Degree in Fire Technology from Lewis-Clark State College in Lewiston. His Bachelor’s degree in Recreation and Master’s degree in Adult Education and Organizational Learning from the University of Idaho make him unusually qualified as spokesperson for OneBothell.
He has been a Whitewater rafting guide for 14 years, participates in other water adventure activities, and is known as an expert in water rescue. Jesse resides in Bothell with his wife and young son.
Co-founder Jonty Barnes serves as OneBothell’s publicist and digital media manager. In this capacity he oversees communication about the organization’s purpose and activities, assuring public awareness and current, accessible information through media coverage and our website at www.OneBothell.org.
Involved in the games industry since 1989, Jonty was the Al Programmer for Bullfrog’s Dungeon Keeper. He is currently the VP of Development and board member at Bungie, the video games company responsible for inventing “Halo” and “Destiny,” two popular video games.
He was a founding member on the executive team of Lionhead Studios, also a video game company. His degree in Computer Systems Engineering is from the University of East Anglia, Norwich England. He and his wife live in Bothell with their four wonderful, young children. Greatly enjoying the outdoors, his hobbies include skiing and hiking and he is a self-described obsessed soccer fan.
Treasurer Dave DeBois is vice-president and manager of the Kirkland Branch of Banner Bank where he has worked for the past seven years. Dave’s reputation as trustworthy and fiscally responsible volunteer has been proven repeatedly through his nonprofit affiliation with several large organizations in Kirkland: Rotary, the Downtown Association, and its Chamber of Commerce, to name a few.
Dave believes deeply in involvement in the areas he serves, and stands strongly behind the mission of OneBothell.
Born in Victoria, B.C., he grew up in Richmond, B.C. He emigrated to the USA more than twenty-five years ago to begin his career in banking.
He lives above the Fauntleroy Ferry in West Seattle. Rooted in the opportunities of the northwest, he tries to take advantage of the many activities available, such as cycling, hiking, golfing, and curling.
Rachel D. Knight
Rachel Knight is a Financial Advisor at Waddell & Reed, providing financial planning services to small businesses and individuals for the past sixteen years. Actively volunteering in the community for 30 years, Rachel believes we all have a responsibility build healthy and sustainable environments for the future. She has served on local boards for groups such as Kirkland Rotary, KCSARC, Cascadia College, Residence XII, and OSAT.
Originally from Montana, Rachel obtained a BA and MBA in Georgia and Hong Kong. Returning to the U.S. in 1998 after 15 years abroad, she made the Northwest home and spends as much time as possible in the mountains, as well as enjoying family and friends.
Rachel believes strongly in protecting the environment and providing community space for all to enjoy, so the mission of OneBothell is very near and dear to her heart.
David Bain actively works with the nonprofit community to restore the health of Puget Sound. He has a Ph.D. in Biology from the University of California at Santa Cruz, with post-doctoral work at the UC-Davis and the National Marine Mammal Lab in Seattle. He has been studying killer whales since 1978, helping develop killer whale recovery strategies in the US and Canada, and the marine-life portion of the Northwest’s oil spill response plan.
He is president of Cascadia Environmental Science Center and Vice President of Friends of North Creek Forest. He serves on the boards of Sound Action, SnoKing Watershed Council, NaWhare and Orca Conservancy and has been active in the King and Snohomish/Camano ECO Nets.
He received a Puget Sound Hero Award from People for Puget Sound for his work protecting the nearshore habitat of Maury Island from development. He has lived in Bothell since 1998.
Jodie Galvan currently serves the greater Bothell community as the Assistant Director of Sustainable Practices at Cascadia College. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Wildlife Resources and a Master of Science degree in Environmental Science, both from the University of Idaho.
Prior to joining Cascadia, she worked at Forterra NW where she raised public and private funding for conservation projects. She has also managed a visitor’s center for The Nature Conservancy in southeast Idaho and led the Solano Resource Conservation District in the implementation of soil, water and habitat best management practices in central California. She taught studio courses for the Department of Landscape Architecture at the University of California-Davis, and implemented a watershed-scale river restoration program on the Cedar River.
Jodie lives with her family in Juanita.
Washington State Senator Rosemary McAuliffe has been involved with the education community for more than 30 years. She serves as the ranking Democrat on the Senate Early Learning & K-12 Education Committee and is a member of the Senate Natural Resources and Parks Committee.
Rosemary began her fifth term in the state senate in January 2013. Prior to her service as a state lawmaker, she served on the Northshore School Board of Directors for 14 years—from 1977 to 1991. She was board president for two years.
With her husband James, Rosemary owns the Hollywood School House, a wedding, banquet, and conference facility in Woodinville. She graduated from Seattle University with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. Rosemary and her husband are active in Bothell where they live, and have six grown children, fifteen grandchildren, and one great-grandchild.
Guy Palumbo has a background working in the technology sector for Amazon.com. In 2004, he left corporate life to open a socially conscious small business, Roscoe’s Ranch, which is located in the Maltby area.
Guy is an active PTA dad for his three young children, as well as being a dedicated public servant. He is an elected Fire Commissioner for Snohomish Fire District 7. He is also the Chair of the Snohomish County Planning Commission. In that capacity he has done extensive work on the Snohomish County 2015 Comprehensive Plan Update.
When not focused on public policy or business issues, Guy enjoys camping with his family and their dog, Scooby.
Sara (Sallie) Glerum
Sallie Glerum retired from corporate America in 2005 to pursue life-long interests in writing and editing. Her personal essays have been published regularly in local papers and her blog, BeatsTalkingtoMyself.com, has showcased her creativity for six years. She has a B.A. in Drama and Certificates in Non-Fiction and Editing from UW.
She was a founder of the Lake Forest Park Streamkeepers in the ‘90s, volunteers measuring water quality in LFP’s two fish bearing streams. She designed and wrote a community newsletter, Streamers, to report the group’s quarterly results.
Sallie and her late husband downsized to a Bothell riverside condo in 2010. She attributes her deepening interest in the future of Bothell to her involvement with OneBothell.org.
Past President and Founding Member
Founding member James McNeal stepped away from the Board of Directors after being elected to the Bothell City Council in November 2014. Although the organization’s directors were saddened by the resignation of their president, they understood James’ need to fulfill his campaign pledge of transparency. James served as a passionate and outspoken advocate for OneBothell’s original mission of preserving Wayne Golf Course as open space. His disassociation from the possibility of political overtones allows him to conduct city business without bias.
Growing up in Bothell, James’s abiding affection for the region has never wavered. He and his wife care so deeply for the city, they have intentionally chosen it to be home for them and their twin sons. In addition to serving the City of Bothell as council member and his work as a project manager for a construction company, James volunteers as a Little League coach and at i9 Sports.