Holder of three graduate degrees, Elspeth was born and reared in Montreal, Quebec. She came to the United States in 1951 and worked in medical and university libraries before moving into teaching library and information science in 1964. She retired from the University of South Carolina in 1983, married Jim Holly, and moved to Olympia, Washington. They built their home near Shelton, where Hypatia-in-the-Woods is based, in 1991. That year she went to England and met Melissa Hardie, visiting her home in Cornwall and learning about the Hypatia Trust, which Melissa and her husband had founded to promote the achievements of women. From that meeting developed a close friendship and, eventually, Elspeth’s dream of a women’s retreat and resource center. A letterpress printing enthusiast since 1965, Elspeth also founded the Hypatia-in-the-Woods Press that creates publications to help support the retreat center.
Colleen received her BS degree in nursing from the California State University at Long Beach, and worked as a public health nurse and as Supervising Public Health Nurse for Orange County. She retired in 1992, moved to the Pacific Northwest, became a Master Gardener, and divides her busy schedule between her large garden, being active in various community cultural organizations, and serving as treasurer of Hypatia-in-the-Woods.
A former newspaper reporter and editor, Carolyn earned her Master of Arts degree through the McGregor School of Antioch University. A published poet, she teaches creative writing at Olympic College Shelton. She and Elspeth Pope produced her letterpress chapbook, Voluntary on a Flight of Angels, at Hypatia-in-the-Woods Press, and she recently worked with 93-year-old Shelton restaurateur Nita Bariekman on Nita’s cookbook/memoir. She and her husband own an antiques store in Shelton
Untiring in her goal of introducing Hypatia-in-the-Woods to people of all ages, cultures, and classes, Vivian Bliss brings wide experience with social networking and information technology to the Board of Directors. Originally from Kansas, Vivian moved to Washington State in 1997 to work for Microsoft. She now works as an information science consultant, studies food & wine pairing, and manages a small Seattle company devoted to navigation-based sports and events.
Allen is the founder and manager of a small electronics company in Shelton. He says he is an engineer by profession and a humanitarian by choice. and he adds his prudent, businesslike approach to Hypatia affairs. He has been a board member of the Economic Development Council of Mason County and he is the local chapter leader of The Compassionate Friends, a worldwide support organization for parents who have lost children.
Mary Ann Fraser
After a distinguished career in preschool education, Mary Ann made a 90-degree professional turn to become a bookseller and readers advisor at Sage Book Store in Shelton, where she was introduced to Hypatia. She holds a degree in early childhood education and state certification in training for domestic violence mediation, and child advocacy. She has served as a volunteer for several related county agencies.
Jean Busch is a retired bookkeeper who recently moved to the Shelton area. She and her husband, Joe, are currently building their dream home in Union. Among her interests are writing, yarn arts, reading, wood carving, sewing and being anywhere outdoors near water. Jean is a snow bird who spends six months a year in AZ. There, she enjoys playing pool, biking and hot tubbing. She became a member of Hypatia-In-The-Woods advisory board during the winter of 2010.
Robert G. Holly
A former nuclear submarine officer, Robert G. Holly, PhD, is a Senior Lecturer Emeritus in the Department of Neurobiology, Physiology and Behavior at the University of California, Davis. His research interests lay in the health benefits of physical activity and fitness, and he is a Fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine. Bob is the elder son of Jim Holly.