Commissioners

Amanda Montague
Barbara Bedell
Tim Fuller
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.
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.”
Tim Fuller is retired from a 40 year career in public service, working for the Cities of Saint Paul, Minnesota and Redmond, Washington.  Tim joined the Saint Paul Fire Department (SPFD) in 1971.  He rose from firefighter and paramedic through various chief officer positions, including SPFD’s first Chief of Emergency Medical Services, and was president of the one of SPFD’s unions. In 1991 Tim was appointed Fire Chief and led the department for twelve years.   As Chief, he hired SPFD’s first women firefighters and also established a labor/management team to guide development of SPFD’s first-ever five year strategic plan.

In 2005, Tim was appointed Fire Chief for the City of Redmond Fire Department (RFD), leading the department until 2011.  During this time, Tim also served as interim Chief of Police, while the City conducted its search to fill the position permanently.  Tim returned to Redmond in 2012 to serve for approximately a year as the Director of Public Works.

 He has served on the boards of the International Association of Fire Chiefs and the National Fire Protection Association and currently serves as Vice President of the board of OPAL Community Land Trust. 

Tim and his wife Martha have been homeowners on Orcas Island since 2006 and became fulltime Orcas Island residents in 2014. 
  
Jim Helminski
Wesley Heinmiller
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.
Jim Helminski joined the Fire Commission in April 2017.   Prior to moving Orcas Island, Jim’s professional career was in operational emergency services and emergency services organizational management.  In July 2015, Jim retired as a Deputy Assistant Director of the U.S. Secret Service, providing executive oversight of human resources planning and policy development for the agency’s offices nationwide.  Prior, Jim managed U.S. Secret Service operations in the Pacific Northwest as Special Agent in Charge of the Seattle field office.  During his 27 year career with the Secret Service, Jim also served as Deputy Assistant Director of Criminal Investigations, and various operational and protective services supervisor on the protective details for Presidents Clinton and Bush and Deputy Special Agent in Charge for Vice President Biden.  Prior to his federal public service, Jim progressed through state and local government ranks as a police officer, detective, and founding captain of a mounted police unit.  Jim and his wife Teresa Patrick have owned a home on Orcas Island since 2006, and are pleased to now be permanent and contributing members of the community.