Jillian Meeker and Che Rodgers
Before returning to the Bay Area to become the keepers of East Brother Light Station, Che and Jillian had left their home on Washington’s Olympic Peninsula to travel to New Zealand where they spent a wonderful four months. They are both enthusiastic about history, art, science, and food, and are delighted to have found the perfect intersection of their interests at East Brother.
Che has nearly ten years’ experience on a variety of boats, from expedition cruise ships in Alaska to running a classic sailing yacht in the UK from Cornwall to the Outer Hebrides. He has spent many years learning the traditional arts of the sailor and understanding the historical context of these forgotten skills. He also has experience in fine dining and enjoys preparing high quality meals in a variety of styles. A background in marine biology has also come in handy in the marine environment, and Che will be happy to answer any questions about the marine and bird life of the area.
Jillian has spent the last three years as assistant innkeeper at a Victorian bed and breakfast in the historic seaport of Port Townsend, WA. Before that, she worked as a cinema projectionist, spanning the transition from film to digital, and she has many years of experience in technical theater. Jillian is an experienced cook and baker, and loves experimenting in the kitchen.
Both Che and Jillian enjoy playing music, and are happy to share tunes with guests (ask Che about his 1896 banjo)! They are honored to have the opportunity to live and work on East Brother, and are excited to share their love of the island and its history with guests.
East Brother is an island in San Francisco Bay that is the home of an intact 1874 lighthouse and fog signal. The lighthouse is owned by the U.S. Coast Guard but maintained for public use by the non-profit corporation.