Edith Bishel Center       https://edithbishelcenter.org

Board of Directors

Bill Hoage -President

Bill bio

Bill was born with Retinitis Pigmentosa and experienced limited vision throughout his childhood and early adult years. In 1971, he had cataract surgery which provided him with significant vision improvement. In 2001, Bill went totally blind within a couple of months. He worked in a plywood mill debarking logs and after 20 years, he quit and went onto disability because of his vision loss. After not working for 5 years, Bill went back to work in the fast food industry and worked there for 10 years.

After graduating high school, he became involved in Community Social Clubs. He served as president with the Jaycees, the Lions Club, and a Horse Club. Bill is currently retired and involved in different community endeavors including serving on the Edith Bishel Center's board, the Lion's Club, and volunteer with Project Warm Up. Bill enjoys serving on the Edith Bishel Board because being an individual who is blind, he can bring perspective to the needs of this population and can help direct the agency to stay focused on its mission.

Bill says that some personal highlights from his life include meeting John F. Kennedy and going to Alaska and fishing for halibut. But, he says that his greatest highlight is his two wonderful children and grandchildren.

Bill served on the Edith Bishel Board from 2002 to 2014 and again since 2017.  

  

Steve Watt - Treasurer

Steve bio

Steve has been serving as Treasurer on the board of directors for the Edith Bishel Center since 1997. He graduated in 1977 from Washington State University Pullman with a BA in Business Administration specializing in accounting. Steve has over 40 years’ experience as a Certified Public Accountant and has been self-employed for the past 20 years. He and his wife enjoy spending time with their daughter and granddaughter and eagerly await the second grandchild who is on the way.

Steve is very committed to community service. In addition to his role with the Edith Bishel Center, he has held offices in Kennewick Lions Club (currently Treasurer of both Kennewick Lions Club and Kennewick Lions Foundation), held offices in Zone and Multiple District Lions International, and is the past Treasurer for Friends of Sacajawea State Park. Because of his outstanding service, Steve was awarded the Lions Clubs International Foundation Melvin Jones Fellowship award. The Melvin Jones Fellowship (MJF) Award is the highest recognition from the Lions Clubs International Foundation being given to members who have rendered outstanding community services. Steve also takes immense pride in his boy scout experience earning the Eagle Scout award. He also attended both National Scouts Jamboree at Farragut Idaho as well as International Jamboree in Japan where he rode out a typhoon in a pup tent at the base of Mount Fuji.  

 

John Hail -Secretary

John Bio

John graduated for the University of Oregon with a Bachelor of Architecture and went on to be a licensed Architect in Alaska and California as well as a Certified Energy Manager. He is currently retied and training to be a lay counselor. John has been serving on the Edith Bishel Center board since 2017, he also serves with the Hanford Bible Club and Good Samaritan Ministries.   

John and his wife enjoy spending time with their family and grandchildren, home improvements, and interior remodeling. John also enjoys hiking and outdoor activities.