Board of Directors
A resident of Puyallup, Shelly grew up in Orting and is the founder and CEO of Main Street Elements Consulting, former President & CEO of the Puyallup Sumner Chamber of Commerce, former Main Street Manager for the Sumner Downtown Association, Chair of the Pierce County Transportation Commission, member of the Thun Field Master Planning Advisory Commission, Sumner Gordon Family YMCA Advisory Council, and a Sumner Rotarian. She joined the PHS Board of Directors in 2016.
Wes retired in 2009 from the loan servicing industry. He has been member of the Meeker Mansion for many years and was on the board from 2000 to 2011, was Treasurer for six years, also was president for a year. He has just returned to the board as Treasurer. He is also on the board at the South Hill Historical Society and a member of the City of Puyallup’s Design Review & Historic Preservation Board. He also volunteers as a co-photo archivist for the society and the wagon master taking the Meeker Wagon to many events.
Linda Lang has been a member for over 10 years and Secretary on the board for 7 years. After graduating from PLU in 1991, Linda served as a substitute teacher in local school districts for 15 years. She is a passionate advocate for our school tour program and enjoys world-wide travel with her husband.
Beth grew up in and around Gettysburg, Penn., and has lived in Washington for 25 years. She retired from the Tacoma Historical Society in 2018 and enjoys traveling. Beth works on the third floor of the Meeker Mansion as co-registrar, in addition to being a member of the Puyallup Historical Society Board of Directors for several years.
Suzy grew up in Seattle, Washington. She worked in the Finance industry in Puyallup for about 22 years and retired in 2009. She has been a long time member and volunteer at the Meeker Mansion and a board member since 1999. Suzy has always had a passion for history and especially old photos. She currently volunteers as Historian for the society, is a member of the Collection Committee and advocates for collecting photos and artifacts for archiving and video interviews of community members.
Gale is a former journalist who served as editor and general manager of the Puyallup Herald in the late 1990s. He is currently a health care communications professional and works at a major medical center in Seattle. He is a graduate of the University of Tennessee at Knoxville. Gale and his wife live in Orting.
Bill Peacher has been a volunteer docent and board member since 2007. He is a registered nurse working in adolescent psychiatry who earned his BSN at Pacific Lutheran University (’86) and his MBA at Western Washington University (’92). Bill is the founder of Community Housing Solutions, a non-profit that creates cooperative housing for individuals with disabilities. Bill lives in Puyallup with his wife Eileen, daughter Catherine and dog Geode.
Born and raised in Puyallup, Jenny has been a volunteer at the Meeker Mansion since junior high. A 2013 graduate of Western Washington University with degrees in English literature and History, she teaches middle school in the Bethel School District. An avid reader, she also enjoys running races, baking, and exploring the Pacific Northwest.
Phil has been associated with the Historical Society as a docent and general volunteer since 2007. He joined the Board in 2018. Raised in Rhode Island, he moved to Puyallup in 1992. He has a Master’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering and works in the Nuclear Industry.
Barbara, a native of Wisconsin, received her Bachelor of Science degree in Education from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. She has had the opportunity to live and teach all over the world, including one of her favorite assignments in Turkey as the Director of the American Preschool. In 1991 she and her family settled in Puyallup and she began teaching in the Federal Way School District. She received her MA in Special Education from PLU and finished the last part of her 40 plus years in education teaching an elementary multi-grade 3,4,5 gifted and talented class. She retired in 2015 and shortly after joined the Puyallup Historical Society. Her love of history and teaching has been put to good use as a volunteer docent as well as with many other volunteer opportunities at the Mansion.
Mansion & Grounds Chair