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ABOUT US

Our History

Orcas Angels began in 2007 as a small group of people trying to help a fellow coworker after she had broken her leg, leaving her without the means to support herself through the winter. By calling on the community, the Angels were able to help her until she was back on both feet. From there, it seemed like there was always someone who needed that little bit of help to get by and an idea became a calling. In 2009, Orcas Angels became an official 501 (c) (3) public charity organization.

Board of Directors

Jill Blankenship

Jill brings significant entrepreneurial, management and investment experience to her role at Orcas Angels. She is the CEO of Frontline Call Center and the COO at eAttendance and also serves on the board of the Orcas Island Chamber of Commerce as well as the San Juan County Economic Development Committee. Jill has led several company acquisitions and also co-led the marketing design and strategy and worked directly with the developers for eAttendance’s Open Shift Management System. Previously, Jill has led start-up organizations to their success. Under her leadership, her companies before eAttendance grew tenfold in reach and revenue. Her tenacity in completing projects and budget management has contributed to this success. Being a resident of Orcas Island since 1998, Jill brings an understanding of the local needs and access to resources and networking.

Jill has raised her three children on Orcas and became a grandmother this year.

Liz Longworth

Liz comes to Orcas Angels with a passion and drive for supporting community. For years she worked at the Progressive Animal Welfare Society. She started out as a shelter staff member who ‘just wanted to help animals’. Eventually she became the Foster Care Coordinator. She managed 300 volunteer foster families, not including the volunteers directly in her office and she also created the programs first apprenticeship. Liz placed approximately 800 animals a month into foster homes (during kitten season), and helped them into a successful adoption placement. She is team oriented and has the drive and enthusiasm to spark anyone into helping the cause.

Liz is a single mother with a four year old daughter, Olivia – ‘her Sunshine’. Liz currently manages the Country Corner.

Drew Vandenberg

Drew started in “Corporate America” in 1974 and worked his way up the corporate ladder. In 2001 Drew and his family “retired” to a summer home on Orcas Island, Washington. After six months of bordom left retirement and started to pursue new finance opportunities including involvement in Frontline Call Center and several 501 (c) (3) non-profit entities. Drew’s extensive experience includes senior management positions in operations, business development and finance.



“I've seen and met angels wearing the disguise of ordinary people living ordinary lives.” ~Tracy Chapman