- About High Point
- Neighborhood Association
- In the Community
DEBORAH VANDERMAR, PRESIDENT
Deb is a native of Chicago, Illinois. She settled in the north end of Seattle in 1994 with her husband, Robert Poor and her twins, Maggie and Josie. After raising their daughters, Bob and Deb decided to move to an area where they could enjoy beautiful surroundings and connect with their neighbors. High Point was the perfect choice. Deb worked in the apparel industry for over 30 years as an engineer, traveling to factories all over the USA, Asia, Europe and South America to supervise production and quality for major brands including Nordstrom. Throughout her career, she has volunteered in schools, colleges and community centers, sharing her knowledge of sewing and tailoring. She and Bob are starting classes ESL/Sewing classes in February at Neighborhood House in High Point. Deb has a BA in Anthropology from San Francisco State University and an MA from Washington State University. She is on the Board of International Textile and Apparel Association.
PAULINE THEAM, VICE PRESIDENT
My name is Pauline Theam. I am Cambodian American and a High Point resident since 1991. I recently graduated with a Master degree in Social Work and currently volunteering at Neighborhood House as a Community Action Team member. As a long-time resident and an active community volunteer, I would like to work with you to address any concerns to better our community. I have seen the changes from the old and the new High Point that I am committed to bring our residents together. The sense of community and the value of giving back are important to me. I was a youth in SafeFutures Youth Center and a partner with Neighborhood House. My mentors encouraged youth like me to see the positive leadership qualities in ourselves through community projects and events. For example, my peers and I were asset team members who prepared and participated in a yearly High Point Diversity Festival; passed out the voice newspaper; cleaned-up the community; and did educational outreach. From my mentorship and experiences in High Point, I have pursued Social Work and now as I graduate would like to continue to give back. I love High Point as we all come from diverse backgrounds and have many stories and ideas to share. As a trustee, I hope to bring out these qualities with your help and support.
LAUREN ENGLUND, TREASURER
I have lived in High Point for 4 years. I am an inpatient pharmacist at Veteran’s Hospital. I want to be a Trustee because I care about bringing people together. There are great things happening in High Point and I want to continue helping improve this community.
SANDY FIRNHABER, SECRETARY
We looked at houses in several neighborhoods but were most attracted to the diversity and sense of community at High Point. Prior to retiring in 2005 I spent many years working as an administrator for several local public agencies in the Lansing MI area. I was also active in community and school volunteer organizations, serving on the school board,
coordinating the parent volunteer group for the school theatrical group as well as chairing United Way fund raising campaigns and serving on several United Way committees. Retirement has allowed me more time to pursue my interests in photography, travel, gardening, and grandchildren.
PAMELA BUCK, TRUSTEE
When I found Highpoint during my search for a new home, I knew it was the community in which I wanted to live. The atmosphere of a real neighborhood, the diversity, the design, all the things I was looking for were provided by this amazing jewel in West Seattle. I am a Washington native and have worked for the past 18 years at Magnusson Klemencic Associates, an award winning Structural and Civil engineering firm in Seattle. My area of responsibility is of Project Accountant, handling all of the billing for services to our clients. I work closely with more than 30 project managers as well with my counterparts at our numerous client offices.
My leisure enjoyments include gardening and caring for my cat Onyx and dog Teddy. I’m a big fan of The Seattle Public Library as well. My children, Josh and Amber, are both now grown with families of their own. My oldest Granddaughter, Kelsy, graduated this year from The Evergreen State College in Olympia. It is a good time in my life to become more involved with the community in which I live. The Neighborhood Association feels like it would be a good fit, and I hope I will be able to positively contribute to our community.
AUDREY TURPAUD, TRUSTEE
KARIN WATSON, TRUSTEE
Karin Watson grew up in Watertown, South Dakota and Northfield, Minnesota and after getting married, moved to Mercer Island, where she raised two children. After her youngest graduated she moved to Whidbey Island, where she lived for 14 years. In the fall of 2012, Karin moved to the Highpoint. Her children live nearby, which makes it easy to meet for Monday night dinners, which she loves. Karin chose Highpoint because of its intentional diversity and green-built construction (Karin’s living room floor was salvaged from an old high school gymnasium). She loves High Point’s proximity to many walking trails, as walking has become her passion since retirement. Karin worked for 45 years in early childhood and parent education. Early in her career she taught in public and private Montessori schools in Minnesota, mid-career, at Seattle Central Community College and Skagit Valley College, and ended her career at Island County Health Department, developing parent education programs for the County. She values a healthy community and the role it plays in building healthy children and families.
PEINDA DIOP, TRUSTEE
Peinda is an education advocate, being the oldest girl in her family in Senegal; she became her siblings’ tutor in several subjects. Her main focus and endeavor has been to help them focus in their studies and stay in school. She graduated from the University UCAD of Senegal with a BA and Masters Certification in English Literature in 1999. She became a cultural guide and teacher to American students at Africa Consultants International in Senegal in 1999. Her main duty was to give American students cultural orientation session emphasizing on the highlights of the Senegalese culture. Pienda participated in the research and drafting of the census during the World Education for All Forum in Dakar in 2000. She has also worked with OXFAM AFRICA translating for Washington Post and BBC World News during the Education for All Forum in 2000. Pienda has worked at the French American School of Puget Sound as a French teacher Assistant from 2005 to 2012. She is currently a Graduate TESOL student in Seattle and member of the Board of Directors in the United Nations Association of Seattle. Pienda is also currently in the process of creating a non-profit organization in an effort to contribute to the public education system in Senegal.
Phuong Truong, TRUSTEE
Phuong Truong is originally from Vietnam but was raised in Thailand. When she was 6, her family arrived to America on February, 1993. They lived in California for a year then moved to Seattle in 1994. She has two brothers and two sisters; and is the youngest in her family. Phuong’s family lived in High Point almost 11 years since the old High Point. She attended Madison Middle School then to West Seattle High School. During her sophomore year in high school, she volunteered at several different programs and worked at Seattle Housing Management Office as a secretary. She says “What I lost most about living in this community is that we are connected, have a space and beautiful parks. We also treat each other with respect and kindness. We have community meetings; we have individual meetings with providers and residents help each other through difficult times.” Living in High Point is very convenient as well for her family because grocery stores, the medical clinic and the library are in the community. Phuong wants to become a Trustee because she wants to be a voice for the Vietnamese community and represent residents of High Point.
PENNEY ROBINSON, TRUSTEE
Penny Robinson Penny Robinson has lived in High Point for 6 years. She is currently studying Spanish and mathematics at South Seattle Community College. Previously, she studied accounting there and earned an AAS degree. She is now taking classes to prepare for applying for a four year degree also offered at South Seattle Community College. Penny is the mother of three up and coming successful children. She says “High Point is a great place to live. We have lived in other areas, but they don’t compare to this community. I tend to prefer the West Seattle area and would love to be part of the continued success here.” Penny is looking forward to working with residents and helping to address their needs and areas of concern.
CYNTHIA CLOSUER, TRUSTEE
My mission as a resident is to enjoy our wonderful housing and help all my neighbors to do the same. I am a member of the Community Action Team (2+years) We have sought out various issues in our community and done our best to find solutions. We are still an ongoing group. I have been involved in the Fruit and Veggies group and worked with our neighborhood Walgreens in getting affordable fruits and vegetables. I also am going to be involved in helping Highpoint folks in creating backyard gardens, hope fully this Spring. Also I will be starting a Community Kitchen (healthy and affordable cooking class) This class will be free to any Highpoint family. As you can see, I am all about bringing healthy and affordable food to our community. My goal is to work with families to create a healthy and safe Highpoint, giving families great ideas on food that is good for you and making it safe for our children, youth and adults to play and visit any where in the community with no fear.
High Point Security New NumberHello High Point Residents, The High Point Security number has changed. The new dispatch number you should call in case of an emergency moving forward is: 206.762.2823 please take this number down.
- About High Point
- In the Community
- Neighborhood Association