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LeMay Family Announces Retirement
and New Director

Parkland, WA – March 22, 2024 – After 14 years of service, the Board of Directors for the LeMay Family Collection Foundation (dba LeMay Collections at Marymount) announces today that Executive Director Trudy Cofchin will be stepping down from her post in December 2024.

Cofchin has been with the LeMay Collections at Marymount (LCM) since its inception in 2010. She has been a dedicated and relentless leader in her time at LCM, growing the museum from its infancy as a private family vehicle collection to a thriving automobile and history museum open to the public year-round six days a week. “Trudy has been our leader since we started the Foundation in 2010, through her never-ending dedication and energizer attitude, she’s lead us through the ups and downs, twists and turns of our journey,” said LCM Board President Nancy LeMay. “I am forever grateful for the time she has spent with us. We are sad to see her go but wish her the best in her retirement.”

When asked about her retirement, Cofchin shared, “LeMay Marymount is a one-of-a-kind collection of collections! Working side by side with our volunteers and board over the years has been so rewarding. It has truly been a pleasure and an honor to be part of this organization and create a museum that the community can be proud of. I give my thanks to the LeMay family, our hundreds of volunteers who keep this place running, and our community at large who has supported us all these years.”

The Board of Directors for LCM also announces today the appointment of Tono Sablan as its new Executive Director. A proud lifelong resident of Parkland, Sablan brings over a decade of nonprofit experience to the position with a strong background in philanthropy, community development, education, and well-being. “I feel so heartened that the LCM Board has entrusted me with this role,” said Sablan. “LCM is a cultural resource unlike any other in our community. I am thankful and excited to work alongside our volunteers and staff in service to our organization’s mission.”

Most recently, Sablan served as the Executive Director for the Blue Zones Project, a health and well-being initiative serving the residents of Parkland and Spanaway. Thus far at Blue Zones, he successfully launched the project through its startup phase which included recruiting a steering committee of institutional community leaders, hiring a full-time local staff of four, securing physical office space, and developing a community-informed strategic operating plan to last the entirety of the project. He will continue to serve Blue Zones as a strategic advisor throughout the duration of the project.

Doug LeMay, LCM’s Board Secretary and Treasurer shared, “Tono has been a volunteer with us here at Marymount for several years. During that time, we have seen his leadership ability grow in our community. We are excited and honored to have him join us for our continuing journey.” Sablan holds a master’s degree in public administration from The Evergreen State College and a bachelor’s degree in sociology from Pacific Lutheran University. He currently serves as an elected School Board Director for the Franklin Pierce School District where he’s led as its Board President since 2022.

Please join us in celebrating Trudy on her many years of commitment to LCM. We wish her the very best on a well-deserved and happy retirement. Please also join us in welcoming Tono as our new Executive Director.

The LeMay Family Collection Foundation (LFCF) was started by Nancy LeMay and resides at the historic Marymount campus, once the home of the Marymount Military Academy run by the Sisters of St. Dominic. LFCF is dedicated to preservation, education, exhibition, and community engagement through automobiles, memorabilia, fine arts, and historical collections at the historic Marymount Military Academy in Parkland, Washington. To learn more about the LFCF, contact the team at info@lemaymarymount.org or visit https://lemaymarymount.org/.