Board of Directors


Lila Wickham, President

Lila Wickham retired after 40 years in public health, most recently as the Environmental Health Director for Multnomah County.  Her dream to live on the Oregon Coast was manifested in May 2014.  She remains committed to her passions by volunteering for the national Public Health Accreditation Board as a reviewer and as Co-Coordinator of the Cannon Beach Medical Reserve Corps.  In 2015 she joined the Cannon Beach Arts Association as a board member to support arts and artists in the community.

Linda Gebhart, Vice-President

Linda Gebhart is a retired mathematics teacher working most recently at St. Helens High School and Portland Community College.  Upon retirement in 2014 Linda moved to Cannon Beach full time.  She served as the Treasurer for the Trails End Art Association through 2016.  She is currently a watercolor artist but has worked in other media in the past.  Linda joined the Board in 2017 to help make the Cannon Beach Arts Association the best place to showcase local talent along with talent from farther away.  Linda also volunteers at the Library and Trails End.

Kevan Ridgway, Treasurer

Kevan Ridgway has extensive experience in the hospitality and tourism industries, most recently as the President/CEO of a regional destination marketing organization in Vancouver, British Columbia. Moving full-time to Cannon Beach in June 2015, he continues with his passion for destination marketing as Chair of the Marketing Committee with the Cannon Beach Chamber of Commerce. He holds a professional accounting designation, and has had financial responsibility for organizations throughout his career.

Brigitte Wahlbeck, Secretary

Bridgette Wahlbeck worked in Law Enforcement for 18 years, until recently when she decided to follow her heart and retire from her “you are just a number, Government Law Enforcement job”, and relocated to Cannon Beach in 2013. This transition enabled her to create and live a more mindful and heartfelt existence. She is now creating metal art that promotes Love, Encouragement, and a Human connection. All of which are inspirational, motivational, and decorative!

At Large Members

Phyllis Bernt

Phyllis Bernt is a retired professor of information and telecommunication policy. She also did regulatory and policy work for the Lincoln Telephone Company, and taught English literature and composition at the University of Nebraska. Her academic training is in English literature, and in business administration and accounting. She moved to Cannon Beach in 2012, after spending many happy vacations on the Oregon coast. She continues to teach online courses for Ohio University.

Frankie White

Frankie White is an artist and taught Studio Art at the high school level for 35 years.  She taught Art Education and Creative Leadership courses as an Adjunct Professor at Gonzaga University. She and her husband moved to Cannon Beach two years ago and split their time between Cannon Beach and Spokane, Washington.

Mark Sokol

Mark has over 20 years experience as a software engineer.  He has played key roles in the development of many large-scale software business applications and e-commerce web-applications for companies such as Webroot Software, Progressive Insurance, and Ball Aerospace. Currently Mark works remotely as a Senior Consultant for CGI where he was one of several project leads for the State of Colorado’s Health Benefits Exchange which successfully helped over 300,000 Colorado Residents gain access to healthcare  and is currently a senior developer and analyst for CGI Federal’s Health & Compliance Programs.  Mark moved to Cannon Beach full-time with his wife Meagan in 2015.  In his free time, Mark enjoys fishing, kayaking, rock climbing, Chinese Shaolin Kung Fu, and playing with his dogs at the beach. As a wood and metal artist, he has a passion for the arts. Mark joined the board in 2017 and looks forward to supporting local community artists.