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JonJon Hoekstra, Executive Director

With the Greenway Trust since: 2015

Jon leads the Greenway as Executive Director, working with the Board of Directors, staff, and partners to collaboratively conserve the Mountains to Sound Greenway landscape. Jon brings to the Greenway a unique blend of scientific understanding, strategic problem solving and communication skills. Before joining the Greenway Trust, he served as Chief Scientist for the World Wildlife Fund, and led a variety of strategy and conservation initiatives at The Nature Conservancy. While Jon enjoys traveling around the world to explore wild places, he always loves coming back home to Seattle and the Greenway landscape that he and his wife have called home for 20 years.

 

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Tor Bell, Stewardship Director

With the Greenway Trust since: 2002

Tor is responsible for the oversight and management of the Greenway Trust Stewardship Program, which includes the recreation, volunteer, and restoration programs. Tor grew up in Port Orchard, hiking and scrambling over the Kitsap Peninsula and got to know the Mountains to Sound Greenway through his role as Volunteer Coordinator for the King County Department of Natural Resources and Parks. Tor began his career working in the communications arena before taking an interest in ecological restoration while with King County. Tor is an avid outdoorsman, who likes to climb, snowshoe, backpack, and is in the process of hand-building a beautiful kayak.

 

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Amy Brockhaus, Coalition Director

With the Greenway Trust since: 1995

Amy’s dedication to the Greenway mission has served the organization as it has grown from a two person office to over 16 year-round staff members.  With a broad mix of skills and expertise, Amy has held many positions at the Greenway Trust in financial management, office administration, fundraising, and communications. Her current role includes working with the Greenway board, technical advisory council, and broader coalition to prioritize work across the landscape around recreation planning and advocacy, environmental education, and working to connect regional trails. In her free time, you can find Amy hiking, biking, and skiing around the Greenway with her family.

 

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Mackenzie Dolstad, Stewardship Program Coordinator

With the Greenway Trust since: 2010; staff member since 2012

Mackenzie is responsible for all of the behind-the-scenes action in the Stewardship Program – grant writing and reporting, budget management, tracking projects, and providing assistance and support to the rest of the staff. Mackenzie started with the Greenway Trust as an intern on the Heritage Study project (the precursor to the National Heritage Area campaign), then served for a year as an AmeriCorps all-purpose Individual Placement with the Greenway Trust through the Washington Conservation Corps. When he's not analyzing a spreadsheet, Mackenzie can be found biking, hiking, and pursuing other outdoor activities.

 

Peter.jpgPeter Gernsheimer, Administrative Associate

With the Greenway Trust since: 2015

Peter joined the Greenway Trust to assist with office administration, finance and event coordination. He attended the College of Wooster as an English major, but has since found his calling working in a variety of roles for non-profits on land conservation projects around the western US, including several within our own Greenway. When he's not working to protect our mountains and natural places, he's out enjoying them while backpacking, climbing and biking.

 

SonjaSonja Hanson, Operations Director

With the Greenway Trust since: 2010

Sonja is responsible for the finances, human resources, and administration of the Greenway Trust. She is a graduate of the University of Washington and has experience in both for-profit and non-profit accounting. When she is not looking at spreadsheets, Sonja likes to explore and hike in the Greenway with her family.


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Jessica Hanstad, Development Associate

With the Greenway Trust since: 2013

Jessica assists the Fundraising team with organizing events, donor stewardship, grant writing, and other fundraising efforts. Prior to joining the Greenway Trust, Jessica studied at Washington State University (Go Cougs!) and spent her summers working at farmers markets across western Washington. Jessica likes to hike, camp, and is currently training for a half marathon.

 

AnnaAnna Hendricks, Volunteer Program Coordinator

With the Greenway Trust since: 2014

Anna is responsible for the oversight and management of the Greenway Trust Volunteer Program. In addition to leading volunteer events across the landscape, Anna oversees volunteer outreach, communications, event coordination and logistics, and is the liaison between the Greenway Trust and land managers. Prior to joining the Greenway Trust, Anna spent five years working with nonprofit conservation corps as a Crew Member, Project Leader, Program Coordinator, and most recently as Recruitment and Admissions Coordinator for the Southwest Conservation Corps. When not in the office or leading volunteer events, she can be found hiking, biking, climbing, dancing, and generally meandering about the amazing PNW landscape.

 

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Ben Hughey, Policy & GIS Specialist

With the Greenway Trust since: 2012

Ben provides mapping, analysis, and research support on projects in a variety of Greenway Trust focus areas. He is involved in the National Heritage Area designation campaign, ongoing land conservation work, and the Greenway’s efforts in the Snoqualmie and Yakima watersheds. Ben originally joined the Greenway Trust as a Trail Technician building the new trail up Mailbox Peak in the summer of 2012. Before joining the Greenway Trust, Ben studied geography and sustainability at Dartmouth College. Ben’s enthusiasm for the outdoors originates in his hometown of Sitka, Alaska, where he spent several seasons deck-handing on fishing boats and building trails on US Forest Service crews.

 

Becca1Becca Kedenburg, Education Program Coordinator

With the Greenway Trust since: 2013

Becca joined the Education Program in April 2013 after earning a B.A. in Environmental Education and a B.A. in Spanish from Western Washington University in 2012. Spending her childhood exploring the Pacific Northwest's mossy trails, rocky beaches, and forested mountains inspired in Becca a deep-rooted incentive to inspect environmental systems and share that knowledge. By helping students understand the intricate connections between humans and nature, Becca hopes to inspire them to be first-class stewards of the environment.

 

Elizabeth Lunney, Special Projects Elizabeth2

With the Greenway Trust since: 2011

Elizabeth first joined the Greenway Trust as a board member during her tenure as Executive Director of Washington Trails Association. In 2011, she began working for the Trust on grant writing, program development, and National Heritage Area designation, and then served as Interim Executive Director in 2015. Her favorite days in the Greenway have included hiking in the Teanaway, riding historic trains, scrambling, backpacking, skiing, riding a bike through the Snoqualmie Pass tunnel, and teaching her children to eat dirt on a farm.

 

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Jennifer McKeown, Snoqualmie Program Manager

With the Greenway Trust since: 2006; staff member since 2008

After several years with the Stewardship Program, Jenn is now leading the Greenway Trust's collaboration with our partners in the Snoqualmie Valley. Jenn began her time with the Greenway Trust as a member of one of the Washington Conservation Corps crews sponsored by the Washington State Department of Natural Resources. Prior to spearheading the Greenway Trust's Snoqualmie Program, Jenn worked with the Stewardship Program as the Restoration Project Coordinator. Jenn is passionate about local agriculture and enjoys raising ducks, tending a year-round garden and hopes to add dairy goats soon.

 

BenMCBen Monte Calvo, Field Specialist

With the Greenway Trust since: 2014

Ben facilitates weekly volunteer trail events (every Saturday and occasional weekdays), and includes direct field supervision and management of volunteer events, planning, preparation and site selection for projects, and tracking of project results and volunteer participation. Ben is also responsible for assisting with the Greenway Trust’s ecological restoration projects, and managing the organization’s base of operations, including tool inventory and maintenance, vehicle maintenance, and upkeep of the field base. Prior to joining the Greenway Trust, Ben spent 5+ years with the US Forest Service, working as a Trail Crew Leader and Trail Volunteer Coordinator out of the Darrington Ranger District in the Mt. Baker – Snoqualmie National Forest.

 

PatrickPatrick Mulligan, Education Program Manager

With the Greenway Trust since: 2014

Patrick comes to the Greenway after running the youth and family education programs for the UW Botanic Gardens (Arboretum). His background includes being an organic vegetable farmer in rural Virginia, leading global service learning trips for Lakeside School. He has a Masters in Education from UW and a graduate certificate from IslandWood in education, environment, and community. Patrick brings tremendous teaching and writing skills to the position of Education Program Manager, as well as his passion for outdoor education and an appreciation of the Greenway's balanced approach to conservation.

 

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Lisa Nelson, Restoration Project Coordinator

With the Greenway Trust since: 2013

Lisa is responsible for managing the Greenway’s ecological restoration efforts. She conducts project management and implementation, coordination with land managers and partners, field crew oversight, nursery management, and technical services (including restoration and planting project design, noxious weed surveys, and herbicide applications). Lisa has over nine years of experience in restoration ecology and natural resources management. Lisa came to the Greenway Trust after working with the King County as a Noxious Weed Control Specialist. Lisa has also worked for the Washington State Department of Ecology and National Park Service. Lisa is an active cyclist and outdoor enthusiast, and is currently installing a rebuilt engine into her 1976 Volkswagen Westfalia bus.

 

JoeOlbrychJoe Olbrych, Volunteer Program Associate

With the Greenway Trust since: 2014

Joe helps organize and facilitate all of the Greenway Trust's volunteer projects and events. Before joining the Greenway Trust, Joe studied Adventure Literature, Outdoor Education, and Sustainability Studies at Hampshire College within the colorful and abundant farmland of Amherst, MA. He focused much of his energy within the Hampshire College Outdoor Program where he led trips, co-taught two courses—Thru Hiking and Backyard Wilderness, and encouraged others to enjoy the forested landscapes of New England. He enjoys sharing his enthusiasm for the outdoors with co-workers and volunteers. When he’s not outdoors or in the office with the Greenway Trust, Joe is out running trails, climbing, skiing, and exploring the Pacific Northwest.

 

Carlyn Roedell, EducatorCarlyn

With the Greenway Trust since: 2013

Carlyn taught gifted students for 38 years in the Highline School District, grades 2 through 6. She enrolled her students in the Greenway Education Program for many years and vowed that when she retired she wanted to work for the Greenway. She retired last year and we feel honored to be working alongside her. She has a Masters in Special Education from Seattle University and loves to teach all subjects, but has a special love for outdoor education. Carlyn is a native Northwesterner and has lots of good stories about growing up on a farm where the airport is now located.

 

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Doug Schindler, Conservation and Policy Director

With the Greenway Trust since: 1994

With 20 years at the Greenway Trust, Doug uses his skills in partnership-building and project management to direct projects that are the foundation of the Greenway’s future. Doug oversees land acquisition and agency relationships, and is leading the campaign to designate the Greenway as a National Heritage Area. Prior to becoming Deputy Director in 2009, Doug spearheaded the growth of the Greenway’s Stewardship program from weekend volunteer events to a professional staff.  The Stewardship staff team is recognized as one of the region’s best at recreational trail design, construction, and ecosystem restoration.

 

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Margaret Ullman-Hess, Communications Manager

With the Greenway Trust since: 2008

Margaret manages a variety of programs that help connect people to the spectacular Mountains to Sound Greenway, including Greenway 365 (tools and trips to explore the Greenway), the Greenway Membership Program, and donor events. In addition, she leads print and digital production design, social media and email campaigns, and donor management. Margaret joined the Greenway Trust in 2008 to lead the stewardship volunteer program, before launching the Greenway's membership program in 2012. When she's not leading hikes and snowshoe trips for the Greenway, Margaret can be found out in the mountains hiking, backpacking, skiing, and snowshoeing.

 

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Michael Woodsum, Development Director

With the Greenway Trust since: 2011

Mike Woodsum is the Director of Development at the Mountains to Sound Greenway Trust. He has spent ten years fundraising for nonprofits in the Seattle area, and identifies the Greenway’s balanced mission and pragmatic approach as the perfect fit for his personal priorities. Mike works closely with staff leadership and board members to oversee all fundraising efforts by the Greenway Trust. When he isn’t raising money for the Greenway, Mike is often out exploring its rivers, trails, and alpine lakes as an avid fly fisherman. Mike lives in Edmonds and has a daughter who just turned four.

 

In addition to the staff above, the Greenway Trust also sponsors AmeriCorps members through the Washington Conservation Corps program via a partnership with the Washington State Department of Ecology.

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