OUR Side by Side TEAM
Wendell and Kelly Verduin- President, and Treasurer of Side by Side
Alys Orsborn - Side by Side Board member
Alys was born in Vancouver, Canada, becoming a US citizen in 1984. As a single parent raising three children, she understands how difficult it can be to hold a family together during challenging times.
Alys working career spanned 50 years in the telecommunication field, supporting voice, video, and data networks. 11 of those years were spent working in Barrow, Alaska where she saw firsthand how poverty can tear communities apart. Her home became the “safe house” for many school children whose parents were struggling with drug and alcohol addictions. She has dedicated herself to helping others, especially children, ever since.
While in Barrow Alys served as a board member of a public radio station, holding the positions of Vice President and Secretary. She also was a board member and secretary of Barrow High School Student Activities.
She was a member of Rotary International in Barrow and after having retired and settling in Poulsbo, Washington, now serves as a member of the Poulsbo-North Kitsap Rotary Club.
Alys sees serving on the Board of Side by Side as an opportunity to continue helping and supporting children.
Brenda Wall - Side by Side Board member
She is the mother of 3 grown children of whom she is extremely proud. They inspire her to continue to work hard and help heal this incredible world. Brenda is a Rotarian with Poulsbo Rotary Club and served as president from 2010 to 2011; she presently serves on the International Services Committee. It was through this incredible organization that she was given the opportunity to travel to Ethiopia and Uganda in the fall of 2011. That’s where she found her purpose for the second part of her life, starting her non-profit, Wall of Hope, which serves in Gandar, Ethiopia.
Brenda joined the Board of Side by Side in January, 2017.
Craig Torstenbo- Side by Side Board member
Richard (Rick) Darrow - Side by Side Board member
Richard Darrow (Rick) is President and Chief Executive Officer of Liberty Bay Bank in Poulsbo, Washington. He has over 32 years of senior management experience in Banking. Rick was raised in Edmonds, Washington, graduating from the University of Washington in 1981 with a degree in Business Administration. Upon graduation, he earned his CPA certification while employed with an international accounting firm.
Rick is a member of the Poulsbo-North Kitsap Rotary, through which he has been involved with many service projects. He is an arts and culture enthusiast, and has served on the board of the local Jewel Box Theatre. He currently serves on the Kitsap Community Foundation board. In his leadership position at Liberty Bay Bank, he encourages his team to actively engage in community service.
Rick lives in Poulsbo, Washington with his wife of 38 years, Janna. They have three grown children and five grandchildren.
Shelly Nohre - Side by Side Board member
Shelly is a native of the Pacific Northwest, having grown up in Oregon, but she has called Poulsbo, Washington home for the past 30 years. Her background includes working in real estate as a broker and managing broker, and more recently in the internet technology industry, specifically website design and internet and social media marketing. Currently, she works remotely as the Brand/Content/Product Manager for Clever Investor LLC.
Shelly has been involved in community service for many years and has volunteered with many organizations. She currently volunteers for a nonprofit animal rescue organization in Phoenix and recently joined SidebySide:South Africa as a board member helping with the website and social media marketing.
“My goal is to use my skills and some of my time to help Side by Side increase its assistance to those in need in South Africa.”