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Michael and Cassandra arrived in the San Juans for the first time in 1996 and immediately fell in love with Orcas. They bought property during that visit and vacationed on the island during the next two years. In July of 1998 they left their teaching careers in Nevada and made Orcas their home. Currently they spend much of their free time enjoying their kids and grandkids and exploring the San Juan islands in their boat.
Cassandra was born in Walla Walla, Washington. Her father was in the Air Force and they moved 15 times before she graduated from high school in Rome, Italy in 1966. Michael was born in Vancouver, B.C. and came permanently to the U.S. in 1953. After doing a fair amount of bouncing around from place to place, he ended up in northern Nevada where he lived for 40 years. They both graduated from the University of Nevada with masters degrees in education, which became their first careers. Michael spent 29 years in a variety of positions which included high school teacher, counselor, activities director, assistant principal and principal. Cassandra spent 13 years as a teacher and clinical instructor in the College of Education at the University of Nevada. During her teaching career she taught first through third grades and a number of combination classrooms. She also taught in a demonstration classroom at the university as well as teaching classes in art and reading instruction in the primary grades.
Michael and Cassandra began their second careers, in real estate, in the spring of 1999 with Windermere. In June 2003 they obtained their brokers licenses. Michael currently holds the title of Managing Broker. He is active in the Orcas Island Association of Realtors where they have both served two year terms as President of the Association.
Michael and Cassandra were married in 1980 and have four grown children. Their oldest daughter and two of their grandchildren live on Orcas Island. The other three kids, their spouses and five additional grandchildren reside in Nevada. The only one left at home to spoil is their Havanese pup, Tucker, who brings much joy to their lives. Both Michael and Cassandra feel a strong commitment to contribute to the community. Since coming to Orcas Michael has become involved in a number of community activities. He is the past president and was on the Board at OPAL, the community land trust, whose mission is to provide home ownership opportunities to working islanders priced out of the market. Cassandra is the Director of Religous Education at the local Catholic Church. Both also serve on the volunteer staffs of the Horatio Alger Association's annual scholarship awards program in Washington, DC and the Rotary sponsored youth leadership programs held each summer at Grizzly Creek near Portola, CA. For fun Michael and Cassandra enjoy spending quiet hours cruising the San Juans and Gulf Islands on their boat, the Island Pearl.