WSTC Board

WSTC Officers:

  • Chair: Michael Taylor-Judd
  • Vice Chair: Martin Westerman
  • Secretary: Deb Barker
  • Treasurer: Larry Wymer

Current WSTC Board Members:

Position 1: Chas Redmond

ChasRedmondRetired NASA public affairs guy, was principal lead for news and events associated with Challenger, moved to Seattle after retirement from NASA after 33 years in 2002. Moved to Seattle in 2003 and immediately dove into community and transportation activism. Most recently ran for city council from District 1. Have been member of citizens advisory groups for Transit Master Plan, original Bike Master Plan, Pedestrian Master Plan, RapidRide A Corridor selection, Murray Basin Combined Sewer Overflow Project, and for 3 years was chair of the City neighborhood Council, former board member of both Sustainable West Seattle and Feet First and producer of the music portions of the Morgan Community Festival, Alki Art Fair, and Delridge Day, and production supporter for GreenLife and Rainier Beach Art and Music Festival.

Position 2: Victoria Nelson

victorianelson-wstcVictoria is a third generation West Seattleite; having grown up just a mile from where she now lives with her husband and two dogs. A passionate environmentalist, she spends much of her volunteer time working on projects that will help keep neighborhoods and beaches healthy. Along with her husband, Victoria worked with other residents to bring a farmers market to West Seattle.

Having retired from the insurance industry in 2012, she is expanding her volunteer work to include a broader range of issues by working with the City Neighborhood Council – Neighborhood Planning Committee, and the West Seattle Transportation Coalition. It is her hope that when a community takes a holistic approach to high density development along with the corresponding traffic issues, a good balance can be achieved so that one does not outweigh the other. Currently, West Seattle has three major challenges to address. First, over one million vehicles move through our neighborhoods. Second, we live in a peninsula that can easily become an island due to weather and traffic incidents. Finally, West Seattle does not have its own hospital which means we must leave our peninsula to get treatment for serious health issues. Her hope is that by working together with the city, the WSTC can help provide solutions to these challenges.

Position 3: Mark Jacobs

markjacobsI have been a resident of West Seattle since 1989, the Highland Park area for 20 years and currently reside in the Admiral District. I am married with one adult child attending the UW. As a long time West Seattle resident I am very familiar with the streets, trails/sidewalks, water taxi and transit in the area. I personally use all modes of transportation. I am an avid walker and bike rider and have a keen interest in trails and for opportunities to expand the system. Creating urban trails and pathways connecting parks, business and other points of interest can be cost effective and encourage more walking and bike riding! I am a professional traffic engineer with 5 years’ experience working in the public sector and 25 years of private traffic engineering consulting.

Position 4: Deb Barker

debbarker-wstcA West Seattleite since 1985, I’m an enthusiastic supporter of my adopted home.  I retired after 21 years as a land use planner for a large suburban city, and I’ve had a great time volunteering on behalf of my community. Currently I’m president of the Morgan Community Association, and a member of the Seattle Landmarks Preservation Board. I’m a past member of the SW Design Review Board and the SW Seattle Historical Society. I joined the SWTC as an interim board member because I believe in being proactive about our transportation future. I appreciate the peninsula-wide focus of the WSTC, and I’d like to continue to help guide this important organization as an elected board member.

Position 5: vacant

Position 6: Michael Taylor-Judd

Picture of Michael Taylor-JuddMichael Taylor-Judd, Transportation Chair of the North Delridge Neighborhood Council, and active member of the 34th District Democrats, has been a local political activist since he moved to Seattle to canvass door-to-door in West Seattle for statewide healthcare reform 15 years ago. Since arriving from Southern California, he has been active in marriage equality and transportation issues and grassroots organizing the Democratic Party. He’s helped to bring a bus-service funding problem to the attention of King County Metro, in which Seattle was slated to receive only 20 percent of Metro’s monies, even though it accounts for 75 percent of bus service, fought for improvements to local bus routes, and helped North Delridge get a new traffic signal at the top of Genessee and the 26th Ave Greenway.

Position 7: vacant

Position 8: Katherine Wells

Position 9: Jon Wright

Picture of Jon WrightJon Wright grew up on the East Coast, moved to Seattle in 1983, and was here until 2006. He then moved around for work, living in Chicago, Washington, D.C., Portland, and rural Alaska. Jon moved back to Seattle at the end of 2013 and now lives in Seaview with his wife and three children.

Jon has worked in IT for twenty years and in aviation operations for ten. His previous careers have led to the best job of all: stay-at-home dad.

Position 10: Martin Westerman

Picture of Martin WestermanMartin Westerman has served as an interim WSTC board member since the organization was formed in 2013. He serves on the board of the Fauntleroy Community Association, and volunteers with the West Seattle Green Space Coalition.

He is a life-long bicyclist, and an author, editor, lecturer and consultant on sustainable business, and business communications.  He lives with his wife and sons near The Original Bakery.

Position 11: Larry Wymer

larrywymerLarry Wymer is a licensed Civil (FL) and Traffic (CA) Engineer who brings 25+ years of traffic engineering/transportation planning consulting experience and expertise to the WSTC board.

Larry grew up in Michigan where his favorite toys were road maps, a harbinger of not only his engineering career, but his frequent road trips which have taken him to all 50 states and over 1,275 counties (so far), and most importantly a wandering spirit that has led to him living and working in nearly every corner of the country in dynamic and growing communities facing unique transportation challenges. After receiving his bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Texas at Arlington (near Dallas), he moved to California (San Francisco and Los Angeles) where he was an instrumental part of the team getting LA’s very first light rail line up and running – the 22-mile Metro Blue Line from Los Angeles to Long Beach. In West Palm Beach, Florida he worked as a forensic civil/traffic engineer in the expert witness field on both traffic accidents and eminent domain projects. In the mid 1990’s he moved cross country again to Sacramento, California where he began his current focus on traffic studies, especially traffic impact studies as included in EIRs and EISs. Along the way he also became deeply involved in the Institute of Transportation Engineers professional organization in multiple posts culminating in the Presidency of the Northern California Chapter and campaigns for district and international office.

Larry and his wife Candice moved to West Seattle 4 years ago and currently live in Admiral, a community he finds he loves so much he has dedicated himself to active and varied community service as both a volunteer and part-time employee. In addition to serving on the WSTC board Larry also serves as President of the Admiral Neighborhood Association; works part time as the Associate Manager of the Historic Admiral Theater; is an assistant coach for the West Seattle High School track and field team (boys/girls shotput, discus, javelin throws); and is active in other community organizations and activities as time and energy allows.

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