Vitalize Teamwork:

Our staff is dynamic, intelligent, creative, kind, caring, compassionate, 

and committed to making a difference in the lives of our members.

Special Education para-educators, a teacher certified in Special Education, a registered nurse, a BRIDGE Fitness instructor, and individuals licensed by the State of Washington Developmental Disabilities Administration to provide respite and personal care.


Deb Buitenveld

Co-Founder/ ProgramDirector


Kellie Creamer

Executive Director

Kristi Barr

Program Coordinator

Michelle Thompson

Program Leader

Karen Kilbane

Fitness Instructor

Maria Knighton

Art Teacher


Leigh Platt

Administrative Manager

Board of Directors

Denise Vestman


While raising 5 children, Denise and her husband owned Vestman Construction where she worked as secretary and bookkeeper for 23 years. She has owned and operated a catering business specializing in providing hot lunches in private schools. She served on the Board of Trustees for the Washington State School for the Blind for 4 years which her son, an ITA member, attended. Denise still participates with several Kitsap charity organizations and is the recipient of multiple awards for her volunteerism in the North Kitsap School District. She and her family live in Poulsbo.

Sheridan Ley-Mackey


Sheri is the mother of an ITA member and local attorney. She provides legal services to families of individuals with developmental and other disabilities.  Additionally she and her husband co-own Kimo Mackey Design, an underwater ship propeller engineering business.  As one of the founders of the Bainbridge Island Special Needs Foundation, she has advocated on behalf of disabled students and citizens with the Bainbridge Island School District and City of Bainbridge Island.  Her years of volunteerism include serving on the Port Madison Water Company Board and running the sailing program at the Pt. Madison Yacht Club. She and her family have lived in Port Madison on Bainbridge Island for 31 years.

Sarah Fisken


Sarah is a Marine Operations Specialist for Washington Sea Grant at the University of Washington. Her current volunteer positions include the BI Swim Team Board, the Jefferson County Marine Resource Committee and the Wooden Boat School Program Advisory Committee.  Through the experience of lifelong relationships, the mission of ITA is one Sarah is dedicated to supporting.

Sarah Brandt-Erichsen


Sarah is a parent caregiver and recreational farmer. From a background in government affairs and issues advocacy, she has years of experience in nonprofit work, focusing the last 20 participating in multiple island organizations and the Bainbridge Island School District. Her volunteerism has focused primarily on childhood education/recreation and special needs accessibility. Sarah lives with her family and furry friends on Bainbridge Island.

Pat Callahan


Pat is CEO of Urban Renaissance Group. He recently served on the Bainbridge Island Affordable Housing Task Force. He is active in the Kitsap Community Foundation.  Current volunteer positions include Board positions at Forterra, Urban Land Institute and the Downtown Seattle Association. Pat is inspired to serve on the ITA Board by his daughter and her close friends. He and his family have made their home on Bainbridge for 18 years.

Teresa Vail


Teresa was born and raised in Southern California. She graduated from Cal State Northridge by working full time and going to school at night.  After working at a small business management accounting firm, she realized she loves working with people (young, old and in between) and for whatever reason, numbers tell her a story.  She loves to listen to people tell her what they hope to achieve, what they dream of being able to do ‘once they become financially stable,' and it gives her great pleasure to be able to help them ‘see’ the story their finances tell and where it coincides or collides with their dreams. She has a solid reputation of over 30+ years working as a CPA with over a few hundred clients around the world. She likes what she does and is grateful to say she likes her clients too. She has lived on Bainbridge for several years and really enjoys it.

Sheila Meidell


Sheila moved to Bainbridge Island in the 90's, raising two kids with twice-exceptional needs, who are now off to college and grad school. She recently finished service on a board advocating for gifted students. She served BISD on District-level committees such as the DBAC, focusing on Highly Capable Advisory. She served multiple terms on school Site Councils; led and coached the Math Olympiad program; led and taught the Art Docent program; developed a Math Enrichment program for lower elementary; tutored students as a college admissions advisor; served as parent support for IEP meetings; and most recently advocated for autistic inclusion at the high school grade level.

Emeritus Advisors

Holly Patton, M. Ed.

Co-Founder of Island Time Activities

Holly currently works as a Special Educator for the Central Kitsap School District.

Rebecca Rockefeller

Former Executive Director and Development Director of Island Time Activities