Stephanie George, President, Bremerton/Central Kitsap 

Stephanie is an experienced non-profit executive with nearly 40 years of quantifiable success in not-for-profit management, marketing and fundraising, including 18 years of direct support for health care and higher education in Kitsap County. Focused on enduring relationships and community benefits, she is passionate about connecting people to organizations and adding value to our community for all.

Areas of experience that Stephanie looks forward to contributing to the Kitsap Regional Library Board of Trustees include nonprofit administration, strategic planning, fund development, communication strategy, issues management, and board and volunteer program management. Newly married, Stephanie and her husband Tony George enjoy boating and cruising local waters and the greater Salish Sea with family and friends.

Term ends Dec. 31, 2024

Susan Whitford, Vice President, South Kitsap

Susan believes public libraries are an essential and integral part of our community. Open to all people, libraries are a source of information, providing knowledge, confidence, entertainment, creativity and inspiration.

Born and raised in Tacoma, Susan and her husband currently live in Port Orchard, Washington. A believer in lifelong education, Susan began her journey with a BS in Mathematics from Western Washington University, followed several years later with an MBA in Technology and Engineering Management.

Susan spent many years managing information and technology. For the last 12 years of her career, she served as part of the Kitsap Regional Library Leadership team in the role of Director of Technology and Facilities. During her time at the Library, Susan made a significant impact, overseeing the capital budget and risk management planning.

In 2017, Susan retired from the Library and now stays busy in the world of philanthropy and community service. She is currently on two nonprofit boards, including Violet Sees, an organization dedicated to ending preventable childhood blindness and founded in honor of her granddaughter and the Kurt Wagner Education Fund, in memory of a dear friend. Susan also serves on the Facility and Long-Range Planning Advisory Committee for South Kitsap School District.

Term ends Dec. 31, 2022

Gina D. Steiner, North Kitsap

Gina is an enrolled member of, and the Managing Attorney for, the Port Gamble S’Klallam Tribe. She has served in this role since 2007. As the Managing Attorney, Gina oversees four in-house attorneys, one support staff member and four contracts with external legal counsel. She is a part of the executive team that reports directly to the Tribe’s elected officials and manages the Tribe’s legal department budget. 

Gina is a published author, contributing to multiple books. She has contributed a chapter each to The Strong People and Native Peoples of the Olympic Peninsula—Who We Are. 

While Gina served on the board of Leadership Kitsap from 2017- 2021 and she’s currently a Mediator-in-Training with Kitsap Dispute Resolution Center, she feels her most significant accomplishment has been helping her tribe place approximately 500 acres in Trust Status with the Department of Interior. She is also a proud mom, grandmother and member of the Port Gamble S’Klallam Canoe Family.

Term ends Dec. 31, 2023

Erik Fong, Bainbridge Island

Erik is a technology consultant at IBM. A San Francisco Bay Area native, he has 13 years of experience at Fortune 500 companies and also launched his own consulting group focused on nonprofit organizations. Additionally, he has volunteered on several local boards and city commissions over the last eight years. 

As a member of the Kitsap Regional Library Foundation, he is impassioned to support the staff who serve the community and will use the position on the Board of Trustees to bolster that work. A library lover all his life, he wants his children and our community members to have the same experience he had at the library growing up, with free access to resources and accurate information.

Erik lives on Bainbridge Island with his wife Shannon and their two children; his favorite books to read to his kids are “President Taft Is Stuck in the Bath” and “Little Elliott, Big City.” He also enjoys reading, writing, music, history, wristwatches and coffee.

Term ends Dec. 31, 2026