Laurie M. Gere, Board Member
Laurie M. Gere is the owner of popular Anacortes restaurant Gere-a-Deli.
Gere-a-Deli was named 1988 Small Business of the Year by the Anacortes Chamber of Commerce and Skagit County Business of the Year in 1999 by the Skagit Valley Chambers of Commerce, Small Business Administration and Skagit Valley College. She also was honored with the 1999 Paul Harris Award by the Anacortes Rotary Club and named a Woman of Distinction by Soroptimist International of Anacortes last year.
"Island Hospital is vital to this community that I love and look forward to serving as a Commissioner," said Gere.
Community service is not new to Gere, who has an exemplary history of contribution to Anacortes. Currently she serves on the Anacortes Planning Commission and School District Advisory Board for Business and Marketing Department. From 1983 to 1996 Gere served on the Anacortes Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, including two terms as its president. In addition, she was a member of the Anacortes Red Cross Board from 1982 to 1984, also serving as treasurer; and of the Skagit County Developmental Disability Board from 1981 to 1990, also serving a term as president.
Before establishing Gere-a-Deli, Gere was nutritional director (1980 to 1981) for Lewis County Senior Services, providing on-site meal service for nine senior centers and countywide Meals On Wheels program. From 1978 to 1980 she was a group home director for developmentally disabled and mentally ill adults in Chehalis, WA; and director of the Anacortes and San Juan Chapters of the American Red Cross from 1977 to 1978.