The Kirkland Park Board is established by the City Council to act in an advisory capacity on issues pertaining to Parks and Community Services. Members of the Park Board serve a 4-year term, with the Youth Representative serving a 2-year term.
Park Board meets the 2nd Wednesday of each month at 7:00pm in Council Chambers located in City Hall - 123 Fifth Avenue.
Rosalie Wessels - 2018 Chair, Term expires March 31, 2022
Rosalie has served on Park Board for four years, beginning in 2015. Rosalie grew up in Kingsgate, playing little league at 132nd Square and Juanita Beach Parks, and even got married at Heritage Hall. Not surprisingly, Rosalie’s favorite park is Heritage Park and Hall. When the opportunity arose to join the Park Board, and help shape the future of a City known for its parks, Rosalie jumped at the opportunity. She was elated to be offered the position by City Council. Her time on the board has been full of park activity, the Aquatic and Recreation Center proposal process, master plans for Edith Moulton and Totem Lake Park, the long process of designing and finally permitting the replacement for Juanita Beach Bathhouse, opening Josten Park and Edith Moulton Park, and many, many other exciting ideas to improve the parks for all people, with even more improvements coming in the next few years.
Kelli Curtis - 2018 Vice Chair, Term expires March 31, 2019
Kelli Curtis has served on the City of Kirkland Park Board since 2015 and joined the Houghton Community Council in 2016. A Kirkland resident of 25 years, she’s had the opportunity to appreciate and enjoy our impressive parks both as a mom of two college students who grew up participating in many Kirkland recreational activities, and as an outdoor enthusiast who enjoys paddle boarding at her favorite park, Houghton Beach. A recently retired member of the Lakeside School Board of Trustees and President of the Parents and Guardians Association, Kelli oversaw a 120-member volunteer board and supervised fundraising, diversity and inclusion training, volunteer recruitment, program implementation, and communications. Kelli worked for many years in the tech industry before becoming a King County Master Gardener and attending the LWTC Environmental Horticulture program. She currently serves as a business consultant and has a small garden design firm, Pots2Go, that was featured at the Northwest Flower and Garden show. Kelli attended the University of Washington, graduating with a Bachelor of Arts in Communication and Media Studies.
Susan Baird-Joshi Term expires March 31, 2021
Having moved to Washington State from Kansas in 1990, Susan and her husband, Sanjaya Joshi, purchased their north Juanita home in 1993. Two of their three sons graduated from Juanita High School, and their youngest is a junior at JHS. Twice she won the Washington State PTA Outstanding Advocate award. She completed Wood Badge through Boy Scouts of America, Chief Seattle Council. She has been a leader for many children and adult ministries at Holy Spirit Lutheran Church, Kirkland, most recently with Lutheran Peace Fellowship. Her concerns about Kirkland's quality of life and accessibility for all residents; a desire to improve the parks' facilities and environment; and a goal to participate in public service are what motivated her to apply for the Kirkland Park Board.
She holds a Certificate with Distinction in Data Science from the Bloomberg School of Public Health at Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Maryland. She graduated from the University of Washington with a Masters of Librianship, focusing on business and library information systems. She has spent her professional career in database, web and software development, with an emphasis on project management and data science. Her vertical markets include life sciences and health care, education, climate change and public policy. She holds a Master of Arts in History from the University of New South Wales, Kensington, Australia, and a Bachelor of Arts in History/Journalism and Mass Communications/Pre-law from Kansas State University, Manhattan.
Uzma Butte Term expires March 31, 2022
Uzma Butte first moved to Kirkland in 1992, and has lived on the Eastside since 1989. She is an educator and enjoys traveling and learning about other cultures and their histories. She has two children, who are now adults. Uzma and her son are both Huskies. She and her husband, are avid boaters, and are thankful for the public marina we have in Kirkland.
Her favorite park is the Marina Park, but when her kids were younger, they used to go to Houghton Beach Park, so they could go on the play structure, and then swim as well! Uzma and her family have many wonderful memories of hanging to there.
Kobey Chew - Youth Representative (2-year term), Term expires March 31, 2019
Living his entire life in the Kingsgate Neighborhood, Kobey has deep roots in the city of Kirkland. These ties include various volunteer groups and projects, including Cub Scouts and the Kirkland Youth Council, both of which have coordinated clean ups events in our City Parks. Kobey has had an interest in parks for as long as he can remember as well as a passion for community service. Considering some of his greatest childhood memories took place within Kirkland parks, he decided to devote himself to the continuation of our city's park system for the entire community and especially for the city's youth.
Jason Chinchilla Term expires March 31, 2020
Jason is a lifelong Kirkland resident and takes great pride in our parks. Jason is honored to serve the city in making our parks better, especially since his grandfather worked for the parks department for over 20 years. This next year he will continue his studies at the University of Washington working towards a degree in political science. During his free time Jason enjoys walking his dog at Juanita Bay Park, hiking, reading, and spending time with friends at the amazing Kirkland restaurants.
Richard Chung Term expires March 31, 2020
Born and raised in Toronto, Canada, Richard moved to Kirkland in 2004. He has lived in both the Moss Bay and Finn Hill neighborhoods, and currently resides in downtown Kirkland. Along with his wife and mini schnauzer, they've explored almost all of Kirkland's parks, and enjoy taking classes offered by the Parks & Community Services department. Richard also manages a team of folks (with very little hand-eye coordination) in the adult beginner volleyball league. His favorite park is OO Denny Park. As a member of the Park Board, Richard hopes to help maintain, improve, and make Kirkland's Parks & Rec "great again".
Kevin Quille Term expires March 31, 2021
Kevin has been a Park Board member since 2013 and is currently serving his second term. He has served as Vice Chair and Chair during his tenure on the board. Originally from the Midwest, and growing up in large cities, parks have always been a big part of his life. When moving to Kirkland, initially it was the parks on the water that inspired Kevin to seek to get more involved in the community to work to improve the entire park system & programming for all of Kirkland. Kevin is an avid hiker, likes to boat with friends and in general likes to enjoy all aspects of our community here in Kirkland.
You may contact the Park Board by emailing email@example.com or calling Heather Lantz-Brazil at (425) 587-3302.