Board of Directors

The board of directors is the policy-making and oversight body for Gig Harbor Now. It comprises longtime area residents with backgrounds in business, government, education, journalism and technology. Members have participated extensively in volunteer and nonprofit efforts to create a better community in which we live.

Pat Lantz portrait

Pat Lantz

President

Patricia (Pat) Lantz has been asking who, what, why, when, where and how during a lifetime of community activism in Gig Harbor. Whether as a new mom volunteering in the school district, a young lawyer working to create the first Gig Harbor land use plan, a trustee building the public library or a representative in the Washington State Legislature when issues regarding the second Tacoma Narrows bridge consumed the area, she has sought answers and found solutions. As president and a founder of Gig Harbor Now, she is eager for the community to have the essential information it needs in answer to questions about issues it cares about today.

Pat Schmidt

Vice President

Pat Schmidt is a 37-year resident of Gig Harbor and recently retired from her business, DPI Print. Pat has served on many nonprofits: President, Downtown Waterfront Alliance; Board of Directors, Gig Harbor Chamber of Commerce; member of Rotary Club of Gig Harbor, Kiwanis, Altrusa, founding member of Alliance of Women-Owned Businesses of Gig Harbor and Gig Harbor Veterans Day celebration. Now Pat has time for more volunteering and connecting with our community and will focus on Gig Harbor Now to be the local news source that Gig Harbor needs.

Jenny Wellman portrait

Jenny Wellman

Treasurer

Jenny Wellman is a native Texan whose wanderlust has taken her to several parts of the country and the world during her lifetime. She and her family landed in Gig Harbor 12 years ago and now call it home. Jenny has supported a number of causes through the nonprofit world, including the arts and children’s health. She was formerly the Executive Director of the Gig Harbor Film Festival. She is a member of Midday Rotary of Gig Harbor, and serves on the Lodging Tax Advisory Committee for the city. Her passion for community connection makes being on the Board of Directors of Gig Harbor Now a perfect fit.

Lynda Filson

Secretary

Lynda Filson is a 20-year resident of Gig Harbor after a search for the perfect retirement town. She and her husband John found it here! Lynda brings executive corporate experience and extensive board and volunteer work in Gig Harbor to Gig Harbor Now. She is thrilled to be on the Board of Directors and to see local, factual, informative news in Gig Harbor again.

Olga Torres Inglebritson portrait

Olga Torres Inglebritson

Director

Olga Torres Inglebritson is a native New Yorker who has enjoyed living on the Key Peninsula and now in Gig Harbor for over 20 years. Olga is the dean of the Tacoma Community College Gig Harbor campus. She brings passion and commitment to serving students, particularly those in our community, to her work with Gig Harbor Now. As a member of the board, she is excited to be a voice for higher education and schools in our community.