Volunteer Profiles

Historic Seattle has a large team of volunteers who serve as Council or Foundation members, project leads, interns, professional experts, and event volunteers. Below are profiles of just a few current volunteers.

Project Lead Volunteers

Bruce Jones

Bruce JonesBruce Jones and his wife Susan have been residents of the Queen Anne neighborhood since 2000, when they relocated to Seattle from Atlanta, Georgia. They love the older homes, the ability to walk to things, and Queen Anne’s strong sense of neighborhood.

Bruce joined the Queen Anne Historical Society (QAHS) soon after they arrived, and plunged right in. He started a historic preservation committee, and in just two years the committee has grown into a vital part of the community, working hand-in-hand with Historic Seattle and other preservation groups to protect Queen Anne’s built environment.

Bruce expanded his sphere of involvement by joining Historic Seattle, the National Trust, and the Washington State Historical Society. He’s known as a skilled and exceptionally well organized project manager, widely recognized for his calm, level-headed ability to manage multiple priorities to a successful conclusion

As a Project Lead Volunteer, Bruce has been responsible for:
– Organization of the Good Shepherd Center Centennial celebration that took place on Sunday, July 22, 2007
– Oversight of our Annual Awards program

Lynn MooreLynn Moore

Lynn Moore and her husband, Ron, have been members since 1994 and both began volunteering almost immediately. Lynn was recognized as the 2005 Volunteer of the Year. She’s one of those special volunteers who works quietly behind the scenes making sure all are well fed and feel comfortable.

As a Project Lead Volunteer, Lynn recruits the volunteer docents and brings all the “accoutrements” that are necessary to many of our events and tours. She’s the one in the kitchen with the apron and a smile.  Photo : Marissa Natkin.

Connie Schnell

Connie SchnellConnie Schnell has been a member and volunteer since 1996. She’s a vibrant and friendly woman with a great deal to say and expresses herself both with twinkling eyes and her never-ending hand motions. A clinical social worker for Group Health, Connie retired in 1995.

Connie’s interest and involvement with Historic Seattle stems from a life-long interest in houses, a love of history, fascination with people’s lives and the fact that she married an architect.

As a Project Lead Volunteer, Connie tackled with great tenacity the First Hill History project in 1999. It combined her expertise as an interviewer with her passion for history of both people and architecture. She conducted several oral history interviews with residents and former residents of First Hill. She then transcribed the tapes to a type-written format. These interviews, along with other ephemera will be part of the collection in the Patricia Fleck MacKay Library. Most recently these interviews were referenced when compiling our 40th Anniversary publication, Tradition and Change on Seattle’s First Hill.

Gary MengesGary Menges

Gary Menges has been a member of Historic Seattle since 1987. He recently retired from the University of Washington where he had been the Preservation Administrator for UW Libraries.

Upon his retirement he was recruited as a Project Lead Volunteer in assisting Historic Seattle to develop our own Emergency Preparedness Plan. Gary is leading the staff in planning and discussions that will result in a well defined outline of preparedness for any kind of man made or natural disaster.