The Northshore Fire Department is governed by an elected body of five members who are charged with the responsibility of overseeing the business and affairs of the Fire District. The Fire Commissioners serve a term of six years. Regular Board meetings are held on the first and third Tuesday of each month at the Headquarters Fire Station in Kenmore.

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Rick Verlinda, Member

Commissioner Position No. 1

Term 2018 – 2023

Rick Verlinda is the newest Fire Commissioner, elected into office in 2017.

Rick has extensive knowledge and experience with the Fire Service. He served 30 years with the Seattle Fire Department, 14 years as a Battalion Chief and Safety Chief. He was a primary member on numerous national committees such as the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) 1400 Committee. He served as Union President and Executive Board member for over 10 years.

Rick brings his extensive knowledge of Fire Department operations and his understanding of Management / Union roles and responsibilities to the Board of Commissioners.

Professionally, he is still active in the Fire Service working as a Consultant for the Seattle Fire Department promotional process for the last 18 years. He also works with local Fire Departments on writing their required written Safety Policies.

A Kenmore resident for 17 years, he is known for his “Halloween House” in Northshore Summit where Halloween brings more than 1,000 people each year. Rick spends most of the year creating exciting and scary props for the Halloween holiday.

Rick looks forward to serving the Northshore Fire District and hopes to actively work with both the surrounding Fire Districts and other King County Fire Commissioners.

Carolyn Armanini, Chairperson

Commissioner Position No. 2

Term 2014 – 2019

A Lake Forest Park resident for over 30 years, Carolyn Armanini first joined Northshore Fire Department’s Board of Commissioners in 1993 and served through 2001. She returned in January of 2008 and was re-elected in November of 2013. Her current term expires in December, 2019.
Over the years she has served as both vice-chair and chair of the Board. She was selected by her fellow commissioners to be one of the representatives to the Regional Fire Authority Planning Committee, which was charged with exploring and evaluating the possible benefits of regionalization of fire and emergency medical services.

Professionally, her background is in banking, finance and business management, primarily for local banks and small businesses.

Ms. Armanini has a long history of serving her community. As a Lake Forest Park City Council member from 1993-2005, she served on both the Budget and Finance Committees and the Local Governance Committee. As a member of the King County Solid Waste Advisory Committee from 2001-2009, she served as its chair for three years. She also represented the City of Lake Forest Park at the Municipal Solid Waste Management Advisory Committee. Her nonprofit organization activities have included serving as a member of the Board of Directors of the Lake Forest Park Stewardship Foundation and an officer and Board Member of both Dane Outreach and Great Dane Rescue, Inc. (Great Dane rescue organizations).

Don Ellis, Member

Commissioner Position No. 3

Term 2016 – 2021

A Kenmore resident for 50 years, Don Ellis originally joined the Northshore Fire Department Board of Commissioners in 1988 and served through 2011. He returned to the Board in January of 2016, when he was re-elected to a six-year term that runs through 2021.

Commissioner Ellis holds a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Washington and has extensive experience in the financial services industry.

In addition to his long service with the Fire District, Don has also served on the Northshore Utility District’s Board of Commissioners for over 40 years. Between these two Boards, Commissioner Ellis has been very active serving on numerous local and regional committees.

Commissioner Ellis was instrumental in moving the fire department from what was a combination volunteer/professional department to a fully paid and staffed professional organization. He also contributed a great deal to the effort to construct the Fire District’s Lake Forest Park fire station. Commissioner Ellis also spearheaded a mutually beneficial interlocal agreement between the Utility and Fire Districts that provides for the servicing of fire department apparatus and vehicles by Utility District mechanics.

Kae Peterson, Member

Commissioner Position No. 4

Term 2014 – 2019

Lake Forest Park resident Kae Peterson was first elected to the Northshore Fire Board of Commissioners in 2001. Ms. Peterson brings expertise to the NFD Board garnered from years serving on various other boards in her community including Friends of Third Place Commons and Shoreline/South County YMCA. She is also a member of the Lake Forest Park Rotary, a Former Assistant District Governor-Rotary District 5030, a member of First Lutheran of Richmond Beach and she served on the Lake Forest Park task force “Sustaining a Livable Lake Forest Park.”

Professionally, Ms. Peterson keeps busy as the Executive Director of the Evergreen Healthcare Foundation where she joined the staff in 2006. Prior to that time she was the Senior Executive Director of Development and Community Relations at Shoreline Community College from 1997-2006 and the Executive Director of the Shoreline/South County YMCA from 1987-1997. In each of these positions Ms. Peterson developed strong skills in budget management, construction management and fundraising. Ms. Peterson has played an active role in managing many large scale construction projects. Ms. Peterson has extensive experience with the public process within the state of Washington.

Ms. Peterson credits her parents for instilling in her a sense of responsibility to give back to the community in which we live. Being an elected official allows Ms. Peterson to bring another dimension to that service; she believes “upholding the public trust and ensuring quality emergency services for all citizens is an honor.”

David Maehren, Vice Chairperson

Commissioner Position No. 5

Term 2014 – 2019

Commissioner David Maehren has served on the Northshore Fire Department Board of Fire Commissioners since 2001. David believes that a professional, dedicated and well-resourced fire department is critical to the wellbeing of the community. He is dedicated to supporting the needs of fire service while maintaining governance transparency and financial accountability.

Mr. Maehren has been actively involved in the Kenmore community. He was the recipient of the 2009 Kenmore Heritage Society’s McMasters Award for community service and the Kirkland – Redmond Boys & Girls Club 1999 board member of the year.

Mr. Maehren’s community service includes; President, The Arts of Kenmore (2012 – 2016) and member of the Northlake Regional Fire Authority Planning Committee. Past Member: Northshore Rotary, City of Kenmore Downtown Plan Commission, Chair of the Kenmore’s first Comprehensive Planning Commission, Co-chair of the Kenmore Incorporation Committee resulting in the formation of the new City of Kenmore.

Mr. Maehren retired after 30 years of service with the King County Sheriff’s office. He served as President of Enalliance Inc. from 2002-2009, delivering public safety training, project management and subject matter expert services.