Board of Directors



Carla Pelster, Board Chair

Retired, Air Force Lieutenant Colonel

Phyllis Griggs, Vice-Chair

Community Volunteer

Eve Hewitt, Secretary

Human Resources Specialist

Phil Eng, Treasurer

Retired, Banking and Finance



Susan Pittman

President and CEO, Insure NW

Stephen Cissell

Retired, Former Principal and Co-founder, Affinity Real Estate Management

Lisa Hoffman, Ph.D.

Professor, School of Urban Studies, University of Washington, Tacoma

Mickey Portnoy

Senior Vice President, UBS Financial Services

Jason Whalen

Attorney and Co-Founder Ledger Square Law and Mayor of Lakewood, WA

Dwight Williams

Deputy Chief Counsel Field Operations, Federal Aviation

Robin Callahan – ex officio

Vice President of Philanthropic Services, Greater Tacoma Community Foundation

Charlie Hyde

Greater Tacoma Community Foundation

Trevor Kovich

Multi-Family/Office Specialist, Neil Walter Company

Rhene Johns 

Landscape Designer and Architect at James Guerrero Architects, INC

Judy Wagner, Honorary Member

Community Volunteer

In Memoriam: Larry Woodin


The Friends of Lakewold board is saddened by the sudden loss of our dear friend and fellow trustee, Larry Woodin. He died on Jul 22nd after a brief illness. A Seattle architect and well-known expert on saving Frank Lloyd Wright homes, he served on the national Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy board as President and Vice President. As a board member of the Seattle chapter English-Speaking Union, which sponsors Shakespeare competitions, and a member of the PNW Rolls-Royce Owner’s Club, he hosted a luncheon for these groups at Lakewold that introduced vintage “proper motor cars” to the Gardens.

Larry brought his board expertise and love of preservation, music, and the arts to the Lakewold board in 2015. He served as Vice-President, chair of the governance committee, and member of the advancement and property development committees. He sponsored one of our first music events in many years. As a leader of our last capital campaign, he was instrumental in raising funds, well over our goal, and championed accessibility in the gardens and Wagner house. Larry also brought outdoor art to Lakewold. He elevated Lakewold Gardens to a place of nature, music, and the arts that is enjoyed today. Larry’s quick, but quiet, wit will be sorely missed.

In July 2016, Larry celebrated his marriage to longtime partner Andy Mygovych at Frank Lloyd Wright’s Brandes House.

Lakewold Gardens | 12317 Gravelly Lake Drive Southwest, Lakewood, WA 98499

Mailing Address | Post Office Box 39780, Lakewood, WA 98496

Phone | 253-584-4106

Summer Hours | Wed-Sun 11 am - 5 pm

Winter Hours | Fri - Sun 10 am - 4 pm

This page is made possible, in part, by a City of Lakewood Lodging Tax Grant.