Orcas Medical Foundation
Board of Directors

Since the Foundation does not have full time staff, board members volunteer many hours performing a wide array of functions to ensure that quality care is available to all.  These functions include oversight of Orcas Medical Center building maintenance, fundraising and grant writing, marketing for OMC, educational programs, oversight of the Medical Assistance Fund for uninsured patients who cannot afford to pay for their medical care.  Board members also collaborate with Island Hospital, OMC’s Medical Director and Orcas Island Fire and Rescue to continue to improve the quality of care for Orcas Island residents including conducting a community-wide needs assessment.  

If you would like to inquire about becoming a Board member, please contact one of our current members. 


Leslie Murdock, President
Leslie and her husband, Tom, moved to Orcas in Mid-2002 after she retired as a corporate attorney in the LA Office of Perkins Coie, LLP and after their many trips to Orcas Island to visit their property. She previously served on the Orcas Island Medical Center Association (now OMF) board from 2004-2010 with three years as president, and on the Orcas Island Community Foundation board. Leslie earned a B.A. in English from U.C.L.A. and a law degree from Loyola Law School. Before moving to Orcas, she was president of the Beach Cities League of Women Voters, served on the Hermosa Beach (California) Civil Service Commission and was elected to the Hermosa Beach City School District serving as president for one year. She is interested in yoga, photography, tennis, reading knitting and walking. She and Tom have three adult children and one fantastic granddaughter, and are devoted owners of a rescued racing greyhound.

Lance Evans, Vice President
Lance and his wife Janet Brownell have been residents of Orcas Island for 15 years. Community service has been an important part of Lance’s time in the San Juan Islands. Currently in his sixth year as the Executive Director of the Orcas Island Chamber of Commerce, Lance sits on the Board of Directors for the San Juan County Arts Council and the San Juan Islands Visitors Bureau, serves as a Commissioner for the San Juan County Land Bank, and volunteers as an EMT with the Orcas Island Fire Department. Previously, Lance served on the Orcas Island Community Foundation Boards of Directors, the Orcas Island Medical Center Association (now the Orcas Medical Foundation), the Domestic Violence & Sexual Assault Services of the San Juan Islands, and other non-profit organizations.  Born and raised in Los Angeles, Lance graduated from UCLA in 1977 with a degree in Communication Studies. Prior to moving to Orcas Island, Lance worked in the entertainment industry as an executive with CBS and Turner Network Television in Los Angeles, Atlanta, and New York City. 

Amanda Montague, Secretary
Amanda is the Vice President of Education and Healthcare Relations for the Multiple Sclerosis Association of America, where she oversees all of the national patient education programs and partnerships with healthcare professionals.  Amanda is currently leading an international initiative to help improve shared-decision making between patients and their healthcare providers, specifically by improving the way they communicate around treatment decisions.  Prior to her work in the healthcare non-profit sector, Amanda’s work experience centered around early childhood education.  She served as Chair of the San Francisco Child Care Planning and Advisory Council for two terms, and in 2012 received a special commendation from the San Francisco Board of Supervisors for her work on behalf of the children and families in the city.  Amanda graduated from Smith College in 1999 with a B.A. in Economics and has a Ed.M. in Risk and Prevention from Harvard Graduate School of Education.  She currently serves as a Fire Commissioner for Orcas Island Fire and Rescue, a Board Member of the Doe Bay Community Association and as a Merit Reviewer for the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) in Washington, D.C.  Amanda has lived full time on Orcas with her husband Selby since 2015.

Kevin Walstrom, Treasurer - Photo and bio coming

BOARD members


Barbara Bedell
Barbara has lived on Orcas Island for over twelve years.  She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Iowa and a Master's Degree in English Literature with a concentration in Medieval Literature from the University of South Dakota, and she taught for over twenty years at Morningside College in Sioux City, Iowa, before moving to the Northwest. Barbara has served on numerous boards on Orcas Island, including the Spring Point Homeowners Association and the Orcas Medical Foundation.  Currently she is on the Community Advisory Board for the Eye Institute at the University of Washington and serves on the Board of Fire Commissioners for San Juan County Fire Protection District #2.


Carolyn Morrow Fiscus
Carolyn has lived full time on Orcas since May 2014 after retiring from Kaiser Permanente in Portland, Oregon, where she was a Nurse Practitioner and Certified Nurse Midwife with a practice divided between women’s health, maternity care, and delivering babies in the Kaiser hospitals. Before retraining to become a midwife in 1998, Carolyn had a fifteen-year career as a preservation specialist at Southern Illinois University, the Library of Congress, and finally Harvard University Libraries where she administered a department with an annual budget of $6 million.  Carolyn and her husband Tom began coming to Orcas in 2005 and built their home here in 2010.  Carolyn is a member of the San Juan County Human Services Advisory Board since 2014. In 2016 she trained as an EMT and joined Orcas Island Fire and Rescue. She is currently board chair of the Orcas Community Resource Center a small social services agency that leverages government, community, and private resources on behalf of all Orcas islanders


David Slawson
David and his wife Kaaren first came to Orcas in 1970, when they rented a cabin in Deer Harbor for the summer. Slawson was teaching law at the University of Southern California, and he worked on law journal articles while vacationing on the island. He was awarded the Torrey H. Webb Professorship at USC in 1981.  After graduating from Harvard University Law School in 1959, where he was an editor of the Harvard Law Review, David practiced law for five years with a firm in Denver, Colorado. He then worked for two years in the Office of Legal Counsel of the U.S. Department of Justice before beginning his teaching career. Slawson took two leaves of absence from these jobs — one to be a Legal Advisor to the Warren Commission, the other to be the General Counsel of the Price Commission in the 1971-1972 Economic Stabilization Program.  After their first visit to Orcas, the Slawsons returned to the island whenever they could until Slawson retired at the end of 2004. 

Bill Tudor
Born and raised in Kansas, Bill earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from Kansas State University, followed by an MBA in Finance from UC Berkeley. Bill was employed for 27 years with IBM in sales management and marketing in high-end mainframe systems, working in Chicago; New York; Washington, D.C.; Dallas, and for the most part in San Francisco. Bill spent nine years with Hitachi Data Systems in Santa Clara, California, starting as Director WW Processor Marketing, Director of Processor Product Management, and retiring as Director of Processor Systems Architecture.  Bill and his wife Kathleen moved to Orcas Island in 1999 from Danville, California. He has three grown children.

Cathy Kirk - Photo and bio coming


George Garrels
George and his wife, Audrey, lived in Bellevue, WA for 30 years while he worked at Boeing in Engineering, Marketing and Sales. They vacationed with their family in the 60s and 70s on Orcas Island and purchased property in 1979. When George retired in 1989, they moved to Orcas. George has been deeply involved in the Kiwanis Club, the Library Board and the Nominating Committee for the Orcas Center. For more than 20 years, George (through Kiwanis) has served the children of the Island. He and his "elves" make wooden toys for the Christmas season and he heads the annual paper airplane contest. Both of these programs were created by George. George and Audrey have been members of OMF for many years.