Commissioners

Amanda Montague
Barbara Bedell
Wesley Heinmiller
Barbara Bedell has served on the Fire Commissioners Board since 2009, after teaching English Literature for twenty years, and serving on several local boards, including the Orcas Medical Center Foundation, Orcas Center and Friends of the Library. Barbara also served as president of the Spring Point Homeowners Association. Regarding her service with OIFR, Barbara said, “My intent as Fire Commissioner is to represent fairly and knowledgeably both the residents of Orcas Island, and the men and women of Orcas Island Fire & Rescue, and to ensure that the exceptional quality of fire and EMS services continues for the betterment of all our lives.”
Wesley (Wes) Heinmiller has owned property on Orcas Island with his spouse, Alan Stameisen, for over 20 years. He has served on several boards within San Juan County, including Deer Harbor Plan & Review Committee as chair, SJC Marine Resource Committee, president of Driftwood Condominium Association, and past commodore of Orcas Island Yacht Club. He also serves as a charter member of the USCG Foundation. He presently holds a 1600 Ton Master Mariners License. He strives to give back to his community in a manner that assists in improving quality of life for all community members. As a fire commissioner, he endeavors to offer the tools needed for OIFR to operate efficiently, effectively, and in a safe and respectful manner. He will strive to keep the public's safety and comfort first.
  
Amanda Montague joined the Fire Commission in the fall of 2016.  After graduating from Smith College and Harvard Graduate School of Education, Amanda’s professional life has centered on nationwide health care non-profits and early-childhood education.  Amanda currently serves as Vice President of Education and Healthcare Relations for the Multiple Sclerosis Association of America, where she oversees all national patient-education programs, partnerships with healthcare professionals, and funder relations to support national and global initiatives.  Amanda has previously served as chair of San Francisco’s Child Care Planning and Advisory Council, where she worked with community members and stakeholders to develop San Francisco’s first Office of Early Care and Education.  She currently serves on the Board of the Doe Bay Community Association, where she lives with her husband Selby Lighthill, a volunteer firefighter.