Officers

  • Michael Herschensohn, President
  • Maureen Elenga, Vice President
  • Jan Hadley, Secretary
  • Leanne Goulding, Treasurer

Board of Directors

  • Rene Alkoff (on Board 8/2019- )
    • Born and raised in The Bronx, NY, Rene graduated high school in Westchester County NY — along with Michael Herschensohn.  She earned a Bachelors Degree in Journalism & History at Penn State and a Masters Degree in Broadcast Journalism at University of Southern California.  A member of the Writers Guild of American/West, Rene has worked as a writer/producer in television production — mostly news, documentaries, on-air promotion, and live broadcasts in New York, Los Angeles, Massachusetts and Toronto.  She tutored literacy in Seattle public schools.  She has lived on Queen Anne since 2004, and  especially appreciates the Society for getting Treat House on W Highland designated as a landmark — “forever preserving our awesome views of the Space Needle and Elliott Bay!”
  • Alicia Arter
    • Alicia Comstock Arter has been a book and web editor since 2004.   An interest in genealogy helps her in finding the human aspect of local history.  She is a fourth-generation Queen Anne resident.

  • Sue Billings
    • Sue was born in Seattle in 1942 at Doctor’s Hospital, now long gone.  She grew up in the Montlake neighborhood when it was an incredible place for kids to run and 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 she 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.
  • Rosalie Daggett (on Board 8/2019- )
    • A native of Seattle, Rosalie Daggett received her bachelor’s degree from Scripps College in 1985, and formally studied art and graphic design in the cities of Madrid, Glasgow, and Paris.  She has worked in the field of design and architecture in Seattle since 2007.   She is currently a marketing manager at design firm Mithun, located at historic Pier 56 on Seattle’s waterfront. Previously, she worked at Bassetti Architects and Perkins + Will.  Rosalie has a deep appreciation for the ways historic places and vintage objects create the fabric of our communities.
  • Nicole Demers-Changelo, RA (on Board 2013- )

    • Nikki is an advocate for Queen Anne’s built environment. A Board member since 2013 and Vice President 2015 to 2019, 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.
  • Maureen Elenga (on Board 2017- )
  • Maureen is an architectural historian and 20-year resident of Queen Anne.  She is the author of Seattle Architecture: a Walking Guide to Downtown.   Maureen joined the Board in 2017 and serves on the photo archives and historic preservation committees.
  • Leanne Goulding (on Board 2019- )
    Leanne began her tenure as a Board member in 2019, serving as the Treasurer. She has lived on and loved Queen Anne since 1981. Leanne’s passion for architecture is landscape-centric being a landscape designer for 30 years and opening the doors of Terra Design in 2006.  She served on the Board of The Association of Professional Designers for 10 years.  Leanne received a Bachelors Degree in Biochemistry from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo and an Associate’s in Landscape Design from Edmonds Community College.  She is delighted to be an active member of Queen Anne Historical Society.
  • 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.  Her  work with Alicia Arter researching the rise and fall of small family groceries on Queen Anne from 1905 through 1940 is simply spectacular.
  • Michael Herschensohn, PhD
    • Michael has nearly forty years of non profit management (budgets, grants, personnel mgt., fund development, program ideas, exhibit concepts and executions, etc.). He’s been president of QAHS since 2010.  Michael initiated a regular program of grant supported activities that ended the regular depletion of our treasury.  With board support and encouragement, he has 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.

  • Alyssa Hiler (on Board 9/19- )
    • Alyssa joined the board in the Fall of 2019 and feels truly grateful to live in a piece of history on top of Queen Anne. She holds a history degree from the University of Washington and loves sharing the importance of history with anyone who will listen. In past lives, Alyssa managed customer experience at Pacific Science Center, worked as a tour guide for Spooked in Seattle bringing visitors to the underground of Pioneer Square and has spent many hours volunteering her time in local high school history classrooms. Currently, Alyssa works in Human Resources where her love for people gets to shine and is excited to help find creative ways to get the community involved in the Queen Anne Historical Society through memberships and events.

  • Georgi Krom
    • Georgi has lived in Queen Anne since 1975.  Originally from Spokane, Georgi attended the University of the Pacific in California, The Institute of European Studies in Vienna, and the Burnley School of Art in Seattle. She worked for almost 30 years as a graphic designer for Seattle Childrens and other medical companies.  Now retired, she would like to volunteer for historical preservation. She worked on the tour of the Queen Anne Park neighborhood in 2015 and is delighted to be a Board member of the QAHS.
  • Kim Turner
    • Kim was a 54-year resident of Queen Anne Hill and is a 6th– generation Northwesterner.  He’s a collector of Western and 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  tours of Mt. Pleasant Cemetery summer, winter, fall and spring. 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 our newsletter, The Cobblestone.  When asked 30 years ago why he stuck to Queen Anne so much, Kim responded, “Living on Queen Anne Hill is better than any other alternative.”