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City Council seeks citizens to serve on City Boards and Commissions

The City Council is seeking a diverse range of citizens to volunteer to serve on several advisory boards.

Appointments to boards and commissions are made by the Mayor and affirmed by the City Council. Generally, terms run June 1 through May 31 for a four-year period. Upon appointment, board members can expect to spend approximately ten hours a month serving on the board, although the level of commitment may vary.

The boards and commissions with positions available are:

• Arts Council (4 positions)

• Design Commission (1 position)

• Open Space Conservancy Trust (2 positions)

• Planning Commission (2 positions)

• Utility Board (2 positions)

•Youth & Family Services Advisory Board (4 adult positions, 3 current 8th grade positions, and 3 current 10th grade positions)

For more information on each of these boards or commissions, go to and click on the Boards and Commissions’ tab along the top of the page.

Contact Deputy City Clerk Karin Roberts at 206-275-7795 or by email at for further information or to have an application mailed to you.

The application deadline is May 9, 2014.


Recruiting firm bring old friends back together

Earlier this year, Islander Shauna Swerland, a nationally known executive recruiter with more than 19 years of experience, announced the launch of Fuel Talent, of which she is Founder and CEO.

The company is the result of Swerland’s acquisition of the already existing Seattle office of Glocap Search, a New York City-based executive search firm where she was a partner for 10 years.

“We are honored to be matching talent with the most innovative, fast moving and dynamic companies in Seattle and around the country.”

“After working in San Francisco and New York for the past 19 years and opening eight offices over the course of my career, I am thrilled to be back home, running my own company,” said Swerland. “I have helped over 10,000 people find fulfilling jobs in the course of my career and couldn’t be more excited to help fuel that energy for others seeking employment.”

Joining Swerland in this venture is Mindy Mounger Blakeslee. The two  grew up together on Mercer Island as young kids - both played state tennis for Mercer Island high school and both played tennis for University of Washington as college athletes.

Mindy and Shauna were reunited when Swerland moved back to Mercer Island after 20 years away and recruited Blakeslee to join her in her long standing New York based recruiting business. In July of 2013, Swerland launched Fuel Talent and recruited Blakeslee once again as part of her core team.  The team is based on 5th and Union downtown and specializes in roles ranging from administration, marketing, E-Commerce, accounting, and creative design roles.

“We are honored to be matching talent with the most innovative, fast moving and dynamic companies in Seattle and around the country,” said Swerland.

For more go to or contact Swerland at 206-973-2281.


Hollow marks 25th year teaching Jazzercise here

Jazzercise instructor and Mercer Island resident, Lori Hollow, is celebrating her 25th year teaching Jazzercise for Mercer Island Parks and Recreation. Jazzercise has been with the community center since long before that time. It has been passed from hand to hand. It is one of the few programs that has maintained its appeal and grown in student numbers.

Hollow was certified while teaching elementary school in West Germany in 1989. She moved to Washington in 1991 where she picked up the classes from another instructor. Since then the class has been in the North Mercer Gym, the old community center, the VFW Hall (while it was being remodeled) and finally in the Mercer island Community and Event Center. It has grown from eight classes a week to 17.

So what has kept Jazzercise popular all these years? Jazzercise itself is celebrating its 45th anniversary. Yet, the program continually changes with the times. In one hour, you build a strong heart, train your core, and strengthen your muscles, not to mention work on balance, flexibility and coordination.

The public is invited to try a class for free Mar. 24 to 29. A special celebration class is at 9:30 a.m., Mar. 28 at the Mercer Island Community and Events Center.

Call 232-2608 for more information.


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