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About Us

Parents and community advocates founded Elmview in 1965 to ensure that people with disabilities could remain in their communities.  Through the years, the organization has grown, but our core purpose remains the same.  Elmview assists people to live full and productive lives in their communities. 

Board of Directors

Judy Love

Chair

Judy retired and returned to Ellensburg in 2014 after 16 years working in the Puget Sound area. Knowing there would be many opportunities to engage in efforts and organizations such as Elmview that make a difference in the community was a major reason behind her decision to retire in Ellensburg. 

For 35 years prior to retirement, every professional position provided opportunities to exercise a passionate advocacy for each organization and their interests, and to connect people and facilitate collaboration.  She had served most recently as the Director of Advocacy for the 10,000 member Washington Society of CPAs.  Before that she represented the Washington Independent Banking Association, the Tulalips, and Northwest Natural Gas as a contract lobbyist in Olympia.  During her 20 years (1978 – 1998) in Ellensburg she was the Community Relations Coordinator for Kittitas Valley Community Hospital and Executive Director for the Ellensburg Chamber of Commerce.  
 

Ruth Townsend

Secretary-Treasurer

Ruth has over 30 years’ experience in accounting, including over 10 years with non-profit organizations.  She brings an ability to help non-accountants understand financial information and reports.  Ruth is also familiar with non-profit funding considerations, including government grants and donations.  She likes to be involved in organizations that help improve individuals’ lives.  

Justin Brown

Board Member

Justin was born and raised in Kittitas County.   He has been part of Elmview for more than 15 years and brings a unque and valuable voice to the Board.  He is currently working at Papa Murphy's dishing up pizzas and words of wisdom.

Peggy Morache

Board Member

I love the work Elmview does especially incoporating clients into the larger community.  It is community as it should be!  It is a joy to be even a small part of that work.

Ryan Scheffelmaier

Board Member

Ryan grew up in Ellensburg.  He graduated from WSU with a doctorate in pharmacology  in 2014.  Through his work at Downtown Pharmacy, he interacts with clients and Elmview support staff daily.  The experience in customer service and knowledge of the Health Care field helps Elmview accomplish its goals and supports its core values. His knowledge and experience of the community and his profession supports the work that Elmview accomplishes.  

Casey Shaw

Board Member

Born and rasied in Ellensburg, Casey has had many opportunities to meet and get to know people served by Elmview.  Through a family member who works with Elmview, he has come to know and simply hang out with many of the people served.  As co-owner of a small business, he brings a valuable perspective to the Board.

Dean Tonseth

Board Member

I have spent my entire career working for the betterment of individuals with Developmental Disabilities.  As an Elmview board member, I can hopefully continue to support individuals supported by Elmview.

Stephanie Vernor

Board Member

I want to help speak for my fellow champions about the health and safety of our community and have fun doing it!

Bruce Tabb

Executive Director

Three-term City Council person and three-term Mayor of the City of Ellensburg.  Past Chair of the Ellensburg Business Development Association and the Ellensburg Chamber of Commerce.  Serves on the City’s Public Transit Advisory Committee.  Served on the Board of Health Advisory Committee.  

Bruce came to Ellensburg in 1988.  Throughout the years, he has worked to build communities which are inclusive and celebrate the contributions of all.  Strong communities happen when people are empowered and their voices heard.