MISSION: The Key Peninsula Civic Center Association, through its facility and the efforts of its members, fosters and promotes the civic, social, cultural and general well-being of the Key Peninsula community.
The Key Peninsula Civic Center Association Board of Directors manages and directs the business affairs, projects and facilities of the civic center. They establish and maintain a set of rules to govern the use and maintenance of the civic center premises. The Board consists of a maximum of thirty (30) elected members, inclusive of the Audit Committee members, and one (1) appointed member from each affiliate organization.
KPCCA is a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting the welfare of the Key Peninsula community and citizens, and encouraging civic consciousness through active participation in constructive projects that will improve the community.
2022 KPCCA General
2022 KPCCA Executive Committee
Chuck Davis (President)
Bruce Macdonald (Past President)
Tim Kezele (1st VP)
Jonathan Fritsch (2nd VP)
Kris Barton (Secretary)
Herb O'Niell (Treasurer)
Rachel Newhouse (At Large)
Ellen Le Vita (At Large)
2022 KPCCA Affiliate Members*
Chris Quill, Boy Scouts
Karen Olsen, Fresh Food Revolution
Jena Henak, KP Baptist Church
Roger Roth, Pentecostal Church
Ron Schillinger, KP Historical Society
Gina Cabiddu, Children’s Home Society
Flo WIlliams, KP Seniors
Bruce MacDonald, KP News
Pat Medveckus, TWAA
Dale Skrivanich, Lakebay Fuchsia Society
*Affiliate Members do not vote on business before the Board, but their opinions and ideas are always welcome.
Meet the Board!
CHUCK DAVIS, PRESIDENT
As a Washington native, I have spent my whole life in the Puget Sound region minus a short stint in New Jersey for boot camp. I am a veteran of the United States Coast Guard, I was lucky enough to be stationed here in Seattle where I spent a year prior to developing a hearing loss and being medically released. From the military, I worked various jobs throughout the years eventually settling into the HVAC industry where I have spent the last 14 years prior to entering the insurance industry.
I’ve been out here on the Key Peninsula for nearly 5 years and finally feel at home. I love our community and look forward to serving it for many years to come.
TIM KEZELE, 1st VICE PRESIDENT
My family purchased a small cabin on Filucy bay the day that I was born, November 1, 1955. We spent every weekend and summer here on the KP. There were many times when we attended some sort of event at the KPCC where we met many local families and weekenders like us.
My family finally moved permanently to the area in 1969. In 1987 I joined the board of the center and have enjoyed many community gatherings and meeting new people. I call the center the “mothership of the non profits.” It is a bond for making this a great community.
BRUCE MACDONALD, PAST PRESIDENT
Our family has lived at the end of South Vaughn on Crescent Beach Road since the late 1980s. It seemed inevitable that we would end up taking advantage of the Key Peninsula Civic Center as users and volunteers. The entire family has grown and matured over the years along with the Civic Center.
I've served on the Board and volunteered for well over twenty years in various positions, and hope to continue serving in whatever capacity. I see the KP Civic Center as a resource for the whole Key Peninsula community - north, central and south - as well as being one of the best opportunities to meet and share the interests common to residents of the KP. The Civic Center has been a great collaboration between families, associates, neighbors and friends over the years.
RACHEL NEWHOUSE, AT LARGE
My family has lived in Vaughn since 1978. I have many fond memories of the Civic Center from childhood - Friday Night Skate, Livable Community Fair, Pioneer Days and Winter Warmup just to name a few. After attending Vaughn Elementary, Key Peninsula Middle School and Peninsula High School, I moved to St. Louis for college, then spent time in Chicago, Edinburgh Scotland and Scottsdale AZ before finding my way back to Washington in 2014. I moved back to Vaughn a few years ago and joined the Civic Center board immediately.
I spent much of my early career with nonprofits as a staff member, volunteer and board member both here in the states and in Scotland. For the last 15 years I've been with global tech consulting firm Accenture, where I am currently a Talent Strategy Operations Manager. In my spare time I enjoy volunteering at the Civic Center, spending time with my family, friends, and pets, and especially in the summer taking advantage of all that living on the beautiful Puget Sound offers.
ELLEN LE VITA, AT LARGE
My husband, Craig, and I bought a home on the Key Peninsula in February 2018 and moved to the community two months later. I’ve been a resident of Washington State for 34 years. I obtained my Master of Arts degree from San Diego State University and spent my career developing aviation training programs for the military, most recently with The Boeing Company. Since retiring in 2014, I’ve spent my time enjoying many hobbies, including sailing, hiking, amateur radio, working out, and reading.
After moving to the KP, I wanted to become more active in the community. The Civic Center’s Past President asked me to consider joining the board and I agreed to start attending meetings. Five months later I was elected to the board to fill the spot of a departing member. A mere six months later, I was elected to the Executive Committee, and I look forward to becoming even more involved in the activities the KPCCA supports.
Civic Center History
The Key Peninsula Civic Center Association was incorporated on April 10, 1956. Lead by then-president O.S. (Ollie) Whitmore, the Civic Center was originally part of the Vaughn Union High School.
On inauguration day, some 750 residents and guests gathered to celebrate the purchase of the property by the community with a formal dedication dinner- dance. Among the attendees were the Attorney General and his wife, Pierce County Commissioners, the Chairman of the school district and Mayor and Vice Mayor of Tacoma.
For the last 65+ years this vintage facility has been lovingly maintained by community volunteers and managed by a dedicated board of directors.
Key Peninsula Civic Center Association Presidents since 1982
1982-1983: Tom Van Slyke
1986-1987: Vicki Henschel
1988-1989: Dale Loy
1990-1991: Stephanie Zampini
1992-1993: Ed Taylor
1994-1995: Terry Thomas
1995-1996: Tim Kezele
1996-1997: Mike Coffin
2000-2002: Dave Stratford
2003-2004: Betty Kelley
2005-2006: Phil Bauer
2007-2008: Ben Thompson
2009-2010: Bruce Macdonald
2010-2011: Phil Bauer
2011-2013: Bruce Macdonald
2012-2014: Mark Roberts
2014-2015: Phil Bauer
2015-2016: Ted Ralston, Bruce Macdonald, Mark Roberts, Phil Bauer
2016-2017: Ted Ralston, Bruce Macdonald & Phil Bauer
2017-2021: Tim Kezele
2021-2022: Chuck Davis