Board of Directors
President: Anne Harvey graduated from The Evergreen State College and the University of Washington’s School of Social Work MSW Program. She served as faculty member, program manager, and interim director at Antioch University’s B.A. Completion Program for 32 years, and taught leadership, women’s studies, community organizing and social/racial justice at the Seattle campus and Tulalip and Muckleshoot Tribal Colleges. Anne helped to create the Women’s Funding Alliance in Seattle and Coupeville Farm to School. She works to protect and preserve the magnificent beauty of our region and its historic integrity.
Maryon Attwood is a co-founder of Citizens of Ebey’s Reserve (COER) and Sound Defense Alliance (SDA). She currently serves as the Chair of the SDA Legislative Committee. Maryon is a retired non-profit administrator and co-owner of Cook on Clay LLC. She lobbied for and assisted in establishing the Organic Program at Washington State University, and co-founded the Organic Farm School on Whidbey Island. She has established major state and regional environmental preservation programs, and arts education programs across the country.
Secretary: Paula Spina has a BA – 1977 from Cornell University College of Arts and Sciences, and Doctor of Jurisprudence degree (JD) – 1983 George Washington University National Law Center. She is a retired Attorney at Law [member Florida (1983), Kentucky (1988) and Tennessee (1988) Bar Associations]; member of the Island County Historical Review Committee Dec. 2007 through Dec. 2011; co-founder (2012), Director and Litigation Lead of Citizens of the Ebey’s Reserve for a Healthy, Safe and Peaceful Environment (“COER”).; and is Managing Member of Crockett Farm, LLC.
Bud Anderson is a graduate of Washington State University with a BS & MS in Electrical Engineering. He worked at the Shell Refinery in Anacortes for 44 years and is a Registered Professional Electrical Engineer. Bud currently owns and operates WA Electric in addition to being active in the home remodel business. In addition to his volunteer work with the SDA, he is involved with Boy Scouts of America, No More Bombs anti nuclear weapons group, and Transition Fidalgo & Friends climate awareness group.
Amy M Arisco is a proud liberal arts graduate from Austin College in Sherman, TX with a degree in German and International studies who, after college, spent a few amazing years working at Grand Canyon National Park and then somehow found the way into medicine…. She currently spends too much time working as a physician/surgeon in the region, but looks forward to one day having more time to devote to issues of passion and great importance such as SDA.
Cindy Custer joined the Board in April of 2021. She has lived on Camano Island since 1999. She graduated from the University of Washington in 1973 with a degree in Zoology. She has a variety of work experiences. Her final career choice took her to the Bonneville Power Administration (BPA), a federal power marketing agency where she spent 20 years working with power related issues. Initially, she worked with local governments who were implementing an efficient energy code in new construction with grants from the BPA. She also worked in the BPA’s Public Affairs for 20 years as the Washington State governmental affairs representative. She worked closely with local, state, and federal elected officials on Bonneville issues that had an impact on Washington State. Since retiring, she volunteered with the Beachwatchers (now Shore Stewards). She has been a volunteer at the Cama Beach State Park since 2008, helping raise money for education programs at the Camano Island State Parks. With her Pet Partner certified therapy dog, Bridger, she volunteered at schools, hospitals, assisted living facilities, and libraries.
The governing board of the Sound Defense Alliance is comprised of leaders from the following regional groups:
Citizens of Ebey’s Reserve for a Healthy, Safe & Peaceful Environment (“COER”) was formed in 2012 following the introduction of the EA18-G “Growler” aircraft to Whidbey Island and the public realization that the Navy had not accurately described the impact of the Growler in its 2005 Environmental Assessment.
Navy claims in that EA included that there would be fewer Growler operations than from the Prowlers being replaced, that the Growler was quieter than the Prowler, and that there would be less overall impact upon the public and the environment from the Growler.
Actual flight operations beginning in 2011 proved all of those claims to be false. COER arose from the public outcry and opposition that resulted in Central Whidbey.
Today COER seeks to have the Growler missions relocated to military reservations where there will be no impact upon civilians or the environment.
Area Served: Primarily Central Whidbey Island
Number of members or others represented: 1000+
CCA organized following the release of the Draft Environmental Impact Statement in November 2016. Our early goal was to inform the community about the content of the DEIS and to encourage written responses to the Navy.
Following that early work, CCA has continued to organize, provide more information to the community about the impact of the Growler expansion through community forums and fact sheets, encourage community mobilization, and engage with elected representatives about the need to limit Navy growth.
Area Served: Central Whidbey
Number of members or others represented: 700
Contact: Anne Harvey
Indivisible Fidalgo became a local Indivisible chapter in January 2018; from January – December 2017, the group met regularly as Move On Skagit, but were unaffiliated with any network.
The purpose of Indivisble Fidalgo has always been to preserve and protect our democratic institutions.
Area Served: Primarily Anacortes and the surrounding Fidalgo Island area
Number of members and others represented: 700+
Contact: Bud Anderson
The Quiet Skies Group formed in 2013, and is comprised of citizens and residents of San Juan County, Washington who are concerned about excessive and disruptive noise in our skies due to the placement of EA-18G Growler jets at Naval Air Station Whidbey.
Quiet Skies is working toward the reduction of noise due to fly-overs of San Juan County, carrier approach control training, and other jet operations.
Area Served: San Juan County, Washington
How many members or others represented: 500 members
Contact: email the group
Evergreen Islands is a non-profit, membership organization, incorporated in Washington State. Evergreen Islands’ focus is on “monitoring and supporting the responsible enforcement of local, state, and national laws that protect the environment, specifically the environmental protections contained in municipal comprehensive plans and policies, municipal and county shoreline programs, the Washington State Growth Management Act (GMA), the Washington State Environmental Policy Act (SEPA), the Washington State Shoreline Management Act (SMA), Federal Water Pollution Control Act, and the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA).”
Area Served: Skagit County, Washington