Officers

  • Michael Herschensohn, President
  • Nicole Demers-Changelo, Vice President
  • Niall O’Donoghue, Treasurer
  • Jan Hadley, Secretary

Board of Directors

  • Alicia Arter
    • Alicia Comstock Arter has been a book and web editor for 12 years. An interest in genealogy helps her in finding the human aspect of local history, and she is currently researching the history of small, family grocery stores on Queen Anne Hill operating from 1905 – 1940.
  • Sue Billings
    • Sue was born in Seattle in 1942 at Doctor’s Hospital, long gone. She grew up in the Montlake neighborhood when it was an incredible place for kids to run, play in the swamp, the Arboretum, and at the docks on Lake Union. She graduated from Garfield High and got her teaching degree from Western WA in Bellingham in 1964 (teaching, nursing, and sales – what many women did back then!) After a 5th year at UW in 1965 Sue taught for 27+ years and intermittently stayed home with her two children during those years. One of Sue’s most enjoyable moments was training for 2 years to become a docent at SAM and worked at the old location (the only one) on Capitol Hill. Sue and her husband Roger were active in U.S.S.R. (see article), Roger later led the group for some years taming developers when our hill seemed more cohesive. Sue has really enjoyed her years with QAHS, being Treasurer for several years and now still on the board helping our President when needed.  Sue has traveled to Europe several times and gone to college in Mexico City in 1966 and took with her what she learned about their artists and archaeology sites. Sue would never move off QA hill, she just adores it as so many of us do!!
  • Nicole Demers-Changelo
    • A board member since 2013 and Vice President since 2015, Nikki is a licensed architect and a real estate broker. As a board member, Nikki devotes her energy to following landmark and preservation matters involving the Queen Anne neighborhood. On behalf of the society she writes articles for print and online publication. Nikki serves as an advocate for Queen Anne’s built environment, past and future.
  • Laura Fonda
    • In 2007 Laura returned to Seattle from the East Coast and moved onto Queen Anne. In 1994 Laura first fell in love with Queen Anne through its mix of history and architecture. This appreciation for our neighborhood is also why she became Editor of the Queen Anne View in 2012. Queen Anne View connects neighbors across all of Queen Anne, from Lower Queen Anne/Uptown to Upper Queen Anne to Queen Anne Park and all spots in-between. Laura enjoys taking photos of the homes and buildings that make up the tapestry of Queen Anne and returns home to research building dates and scours for any available history for her photos. Laura holds an MA in Art & Architectural History and an MLIS (Masters of Library and Information Science), researching and digging for information is her passion.
  • Jan Hadley
    • Jan is a graduate of the University of Washington Law School. She was for many years in-house counsel for a large international bank.  Later, she worked at the Seattle office of a multinational law firm and as counsel for a small boutique firm. Now retired, Jan is the Secretary of the Board of Trustees of the Queen Anne Historical Society.  She is especially interested in the people of Queen Anne and their stories, as reflected in several articles she has written for this website.  She is currently working with Alicia Arter researching the rise and fall of small family groceries on Queen Anne from 1905 through 1940.
  • Michael Herschensohn
    • Michael has forty years of non profit management (budgets, grants, personnel mgt., fund development, program ideas, exhibit concepts and executions, etc.). Four of those years he’s been president of QAHS. Since initiating a regular program of grant supported activities, Michael has ended the depletion of our treasury and implemented numerous programs. Writing about Queen Anne history, especially the community’s historic buildings and sites, is a never ending source of inspiration. Michael is stoked by our efforts to preserve the historic character of our neighborhood downtown, uptown and all around the hill.

  • Verna Ness
    • Verna has lived in the Queen Anne area since 1989, except during 1996-2001 when she taught in South Korea, China, and Istanbul. Outside of the QAHS, Verna is engaged in the Uptown Alliance, a group of concerned residents and business owners who keep an eye on development. Verna is also a member of Historic Seattle. Verna has served as archivist for the Society and during that time she enjoyed working with a wonderful collection of photos, artifacts, and other materials that chronicle the history of our neighborhood.
  • Niall O’Donoghue
    • Niall is a CPA who specializes in nonprofit taxes and audits.  He has served as the QAHS treasurer since 2014 and has moved the organization into a formal accounting system.  He supports controlled development of our Seattle neighborhoods, so that the character and history of our environment survives.
  • Leanne Olson
    • Leanne brings 30+ years of corporate finance and accounting experience with an emphasis in the areas of forecasting, planning and budget management. She also brings over 10 years of volunteer experience in city-wide historic preservation advocacy. Leanne has been an active QAHS member for 30 years and previously held board positions of Treasurer and Landmarks Preservation Chair. She provides service on numerous QAHS committees including Landmarks Preservation, Archives, Programs and Publicity and participated in countless special projects including landmark nominations, events, grant preparation and publication of articles.  Leanne is most proud of her role played in saving the former 7th Church of Christ, Scientist – a unique 1926 Byzantine Revival design by noted Seattle architect, Harlan Thomas.
  • Kim Turner, Research Chair
    • Kim was a 54-year resident of Queen Anne Hill and is a 6th generation North-westerner. He’s a collector of Western, Northwestern Americana and Seattle history… and some memorabilia. With access to local history collections over 50 years, Kim has been an invaluable member of the Queen Anne Historical Society since 1985. Board of Trustees member since 1986, Kim has served as president, vice-president, archivist, recording secretary, and research chair. You can find Kim leading a Mount Pleasant Cemetery annual walking tour (18+ years almost in a row). Or read about Kim’s experiences on the hill in “Kim’s Musings”, an editorial born out of a request by the Board to add some ‘color’ to the Cobblestone. When asked 30 years ago why Kim stuck to Queen Anne so much, he responded, “Living on Queen Anne Hill is better than any other alternative.”