Mervyn Floyd, President
Merv was born in 1943 in a small farming / tourist town in Exmoor, SW England. In the immediate post war era with food rationing, it was very much a case of grow your own vegetables, and get meat from the farm or shoot it yourself.
He worked school holidays in a butcher shop and learned the correct way to cut meat.
Merv later joined Rolls-Royce Aero Engines as an engineering apprentice, attended college in parallel and graduated in Electronics. In 1971 he moved to Switzerland and spent 16 years living in a farming community near Gruyeres. Merv traveled extensively and had the opportunity of enjoying many of the worlds top restaurants as well as local cuisine and home cooking in many countries.
In 1986, as an executive responsible for aerospace corporate business in USA he moved first to New England, married Kathy who shares the same food values, and then in 2003 to Whidbey Island. Merv retired in 2012 and operated as an International consultant until 2015. He is a founding member, ex-board member and officer of South Whidbey Yacht Club.
Merv is a firm believer in the concept of Slow Food and educating people about the benefits of growing, cooking, preserving and eating good fresh food. He has professional experience for 40+ years, creating a climate of cooperation and consensus between corporate management teams and its major customers.
Penny Harger, Secretary
Bob Boehm, Member at Large
NW Regional Slow Fish Committee
Bob brings a broad range of executive management, leadership and financial management skills developed during his 40 year career that started in public accounting where he earned his CPA. After two years in the military he returned to public accounting then on to management experiences in the insurance industry, followed by executive management, leadership and financial management positions in the training and consulting industries, initially with the Forum Corporation where he was VP-Finance, managing all accounting operations, and subsequently an executive role in the startup consulting division in the US and then in Europe. More recently he was Executive Director with the Deltapoint Corporation, a world recognized implementer of lean manufacturing management systems and Joan Wellman & Associates, Inc., a leader in the implementation of Lean Management systems in the Healthcare Industry.
Bob also brings twenty five years of profit and non-profit board experience in the consulting (profit) and visual arts, performing arts, music education, and primary school areas (non-profit). He has served as president, vice president and treasurer on most of these Boards.Member
Kathy Floyd, Membership and Communication
Kathy's grandfather had a dairy farm in the Berkshire Mountains of Massachusetts and she spent many happy hours as a child milking cows, picking wild blueberries and catching trout from the small stream on their property. She learned her skill at apple pie baking at her grandmother’s knee.
She moved to Whidbey Island in 2003 and has been a member of Slow Food Whidbey Island since 2013. She has been retired since she moved here and spends her spare time gardening and baking. She worked in the contributions department at Boeing in Renton prior to moving to the island and brings her experience in organizational and data skills to the board. She also served as membership chair on the South Whidbey Yacht Club for a year.
Her profile picture is with Ashes, a rescue pygmy goat who happily lives on Rosehip Farm and is eating her way through several acres of blackberries, a win-win for all concerned
Bob Finke, Treasurer
Bob learned about food from an early age when his nickname as a baby was “butterball”. From there, he grew to be 6’4” tall and close to 300 pounds. Part of that was partaking in the Cajun/Creole cuisine of New Orleans.
Bob also excelled at detail work, with a Master’s degree in Computer Science and a 16-year career in software engineering at ROLM / IBM / Siemens in the 1980s and 90s. He followed that with a second career by starting, with his wife Lynn, a financial planning and investment practice and becoming a Certified Financial Planner™.
Life greatly improved after he and Lynn moved to Whidbey Island from central coastal California in September 2015 - - where he quickly joined Slow Food Whidbey Island the next January. Along the way, Bob volunteered on some boards - - as Secretary for West Bay Opera in Palo Alto, CA and as Treasurer for the Santa Cruz Chorale in Santa Cruz, CA.
Lynn Wenzel, Member at Large
NW Regional Snail of Approval Committee
Lynn is a retired executive who has found pure joy and creative expression in preparing, eating and learning about food.
Lynn loves to travel and an important part of every international and intrastate adventure is to explore the cuisine and culture of food everywhere she goes. Here, in her profile photograph, Lynn is exploring Turkish spices in Stall #51 at the Grand Bazaar in Istanbul, Turkey. Lynn joined Slow Food Whidbey Island in January 2016 and served as co-chair on the Cooking Class and Events Committee.
With a strong love for good, clean and fair food, community engagement and support, and educational events, Lynn is excited to spread the mission of Slow Food to Whidbey Island and beyond.
Mary Ann Stine, Co-Chair of Events Committee
Mary Ann is a native Whidbey Islander, and a lover of everything Whidbey Island and Slow Food. As a retired educator from Everett Public Schools, she has a huge appreciation and passion for linking everything local to farm fresh food along with educational activities that bring the whole world of agriculture to life and help instill lifestyle choices that nurture bodies, communities, and the planet.
As a retired educator, it is her mission to provide opportunities to all to learn about Slow Food, local farmers and all of the sustainable resources Whidbey Island and Slow Food has to offer.
Co-Chair of Events Committee
George attended Seattle Culinary Academy and worked at the fabulous Herbfarm in Woodinvilled followed by a job with Link Lab Artisan Meats in Seattle where he learned the sausage business.
George is the Co-Chair for our Events Committee and helps lead at least one cooking class a year.
PNW Regional Slow Fish Committee
Leslie comes from Austin Texas and brings that “Can Do” spirit with her. As a member of our Events Committee she is constantly coming up with new and innovative ideas on how to make our events more exciting.
She attended the University of Austin in Texas and worked as a Strategic Alliance Manager at Occidental Chemical Corporation.
Leslie loves the great outdoors and when she is not out crabbing or trail blazing, she is at home working on her garden.