Staff

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.

With the Greenway Trust since: 1995

Amy is the ace “catalyst convener” at the heart of the Greenway Trust’s collective-impact model. A single week may find her at a land use or transportation meeting in any of the communities in the Greenway, leading a tour for partners in the Middle Fork Valley, and coordinating board committees. Working closely with public officials, partner organizations, board members, and the entire staff, Amy operates at the hub of the Greenway coalition and brings more than two decades of experience working across the Greenway landscape. While her role requires her to spend a lot of time in conference rooms and city halls, Amy is happiest out in the Greenway, up a mountain or on a trail, way outside of cell phone range. She and her family enjoy hiking, biking, skiing, snowshoeing, and Amy is always looking for her next chance to grab a backpack and explore.

Julien Bacon

Trail Crew Member

Julien joined the Greenway Trust as a Trail Crew Member for the 2021 season. He received a degree in Environmental Science from Washington State University in 2019 with a focus on limnology, river restoration, and aquatic food webs. Since then he has gained a wide variety of experience in the conservation field. Some projects include salmon habitat restoration in the Methow Valley, to fish passage barrier assessments in Hood Canal. Julien’s hobbies include rockhounding, exploring high alpine habitats, rock climbing, and mountain biking.

Tor Bell

Stewardship & Operations 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.

David Dalby

Assistant Restoration Crew Lead

David is returning to the Greenway’s restoration crew for a second season and is excited to continue conservation work in the Pacific Northwest. He studied Natural Resources and Business Management at Green River College and UW respectively. He has previously worked as a park specialist for King County as well as a wetland technician for a storm water mitigation project in Auburn. During his free time, he likes to skateboard, explore various art mediums, noodle around on synthesizers, and listen to library music.

Mackenzie Dolstad

Stewardship Program Manager

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.

Katie Egresi

Communications Coordinator

With the Greenway Trust since: 2019

Katie joins the Greenway Trust as a Co-Communications Coordinator, crafting and curating stories to engage with the public and our partners. With a degree in Strategic Communications and minors in Graphic Design and Professional Writing, she is helping to drive the strategy behind our messaging and tackling a wide variety of projects. Katie was born and raised in Northeast Ohio and attended college at The Ohio State University. She brings past experience working in the destination marketing industry and is especially excited to build momentum around the Greenway’s recent National Heritage Area designation. Katie enjoys traveling as often as possible and spending time outdoors with her husband Shane, whether that be hiking, camping, kayaking, biking, snowshoeing, or (attempting to) snowboard.

Kate Fancher

Restoration Crew Lead

Kate is returning to the Greenway as the Restoration Crew Leader after working as a Senior Restoration Crew Member and an AmeriCorps Restoration Associate. She was born and raised in Seattle where she fell in love with learning about the plants and animals throughout the Pacific Northwest. She graduated from the University of Washington in 2018 with a degree in Environmental Science and Terrestrial Resource Management with a focus in Restoration Ecology and Environmental Horticulture and completed the Wetland Science and Management Program in 2020.  She enjoys continuing to gain skills in plant identification and learning more about noxious weeds. In her spare time, she can be found catching up on her favorite tv shows, going to concerts (when there isn’t a global pandemic), spending time with her pets, and camping as much as possible.

Eliza Foster

Communications Coordinator

With the Greenway Trust since: 2019

Eliza creates, curates and shares stories about all the great work that is happening across the Greenway. Whether it’s an Instagram post or e-newsletter, blog or brochure, she’s always spreading the message of how amazing the Greenway is! Eliza comes from a writing and marketing background and holds a BA in Professional Writing, Editing and Publishing from Michigan State University. She’s worked for a magazine as well as digital marketing agencies, where she’s edited, written and created social strategies for a wide variety of clients. Originally from Traverse City, Michigan (the high five state!) she grew up exploring the woods behind her childhood home and rock hunting on the shores of Lake Michigan. Since moving to Seattle, she has enjoyed getting to know the Pacific Northwest woods, wildlife, and water. When she’s not exploring the Greenway with her fiancé, Sam, Eliza is most likely spending quality time with her ragamuffin cat, Moira Rose, maintaining her greenhouse worth of house plants, working on a cross stitch project and reading at least two books.

Victoria Gruber

Trail Crew Member

Victoria received her degree in Sociology and Psychology, however quickly realized after graduating that she wanted to pursue a career in land stewardship. She has been working in the realm of agriculture for the past few years working as a farmhand, a permaculture apprentice, and a Sustainable Agriculture Promoter with the Peace Corps in Panama. She’s particularly passionate about regenerative agriculture and restoration and plans to eventually help tackle crucial rangeland problems and work with livestock ranchers in shifting towards restorative land management practices.

She enjoys strolling through whimsical trails, shoveling rich compost, dressing up for leisure days in town, and growing to be a more adaptable person.

Jenny Hakala

Restoration Crew Member

Jenny received a bachelor’s degree from Humboldt State University in Northern California where she studied Environmental Science & Management with an emphasis on Ecological Restoration. After graduation, she headed to Seattle where she completed two years of field work with EarthCorps as both a crew member and crew lead. Jenny grew to love everything about Western Washington: the natural areas, the community and the various outdoor recreation opportunities. She is so excited to continue environmental stewardship and restoration within the Pacific Northwest at Mountains to Sound Greenway. She’s equally excited to continue exploring Washington through hiking with her dog, mountain biking, camping and whatever else she finds herself trying out!

Robyn Hall

Development Coordinator

With the Greenway Trust since: 2019

Robyn helps coordinate fundraising operations, events, and grant writing for the Greenway. She’s worked in a range of development roles for science and conservation-focused organizations like the Forest Stewardship Council, The Nature Conservancy in Massachusetts, Thompson Island Outward Bound in the Boston Harbor Islands, and the Harvard Museums of Science & Culture. She has a B.A. in History from William Jewell College and a Master of Theological Studies from Harvard Divinity School, with a background in Ancient Near Eastern religions and languages. Robyn’s love for nature grew from a childhood spent in Joshua Tree National Park, exploring the rolling hills of Missouri, and hiking the trails of New England. In her free time she enjoys trying new recipes, playing the flute, explaining how her degree totally relates to conservation, and discovering all that Washington has to offer with her family.

Sophie Harrington

Trail Crew Assistant Leader

Sophie is Trail Crew Assistant Leader for the 2021 season. She wandered into natural resource conservation when participating in the University of Georgia’s Interdisciplinary Field Program, a cross-country study program that introduces students to the land-use issues of the American West. Since then she has completed 6 field seasons around the country. Her experiences include trails, caretaking, and environmental consulting, among various odd-jobs during the shoulder seasons.

Dan Hintz, M.E.H.

Restoration Projects Manager

With the Greenway Trust since: 2016
Dan is responsible for developing and implementing restoration projects throughout the Mountains to Sound Greenway National Heritage Area. These projects focus primarily on riparian and instream habitat restoration, following regional salmon recovery goals and initiatives. Dan also supervises the Greenway’s seasonal restoration crew, who implement the bulk of the Greenway’s ecological restoration work. Dan grew up outside of Chicago and attended the University of Wisconsin where he studied economics and environmental sciences before moving to Seattle to serve as an AmeriCorps member with EarthCorps. Since then, Dan has lived in Washington and worked restoration jobs for local government, non-profits, and a private contractor. Dan finished his Master of Environmental Horticulture degree at the University of Washington just after joining the Greenway Trust in the spring of 2016. In his spare time, Dan enjoys hiking, searching for old growth trees, playing guitar, and watching Cubs baseball.

Mia Howerton

AmeriCorps Member

Mia grew up in St. Louis, MO but has been living in Chicago for the past 4.5 years for college. She graduated from Loyola University Chicago in May 2020, and afterwards was working at Northwestern University as part of their COVID-19 program before joining the Greenway. Mia wanted to get back into environmental work and was drawn to the Greenway because of their awesome conservation work in the Pacific Northwest. She is very excited to be working with the Greenway now, and being so close to Seattle, one of things she is most looking forward to is tackling the intersection between urban and traditional conservation issues. Throughout the term, she hopes to gain more experience working for an environmental organization. Overall, she’s really looking forward to working with a bunch of great people and being involved in a variety of Greenway projects!

With the Greenway Trust since: 2016
Stephanie joined the Greenway Trust to coordinate organization operations and finance, and coalition meetings. A childhood of poking around creeks and tidepools inspired her to connect people with nature for years to come, earning a Bachelors in Environmental Education from Western Washington University in 2009. Stephanie began her conservation career as a Washington Conservation Corps crew member restoring salmon habitat in Whatcom County, and continued on with conservation work and outdoor education programs in the Puget Sound region until stepping into an administrative role with the Greenway Trust. In her spare time, Stephanie likes to travel, find great views, and throw the frisbee around with her dog.

Ceci Huizar

Restoration Crew Member

Cecilia is excited to be working with the Mountains to Sound Greenway restoration crew where she can continue aiding in restoration efforts and explore the PNW. She spent this past year leading a restoration crew, returning retired farmland into the desert shrub habitat of Nevada’s Great Basin. Initially, after graduating Cal Poly San Luis Obispo with a B.S. in Animal Science and a minor in Biology, she entered the wildlife conservation field. She conducted butterfly surveys, shorebird monitoring, migratory waterfowl banding and marine wildlife rescue.

As someone who was raised in LA, she understands the importance of green spaces, the necessity to bridge the connection between city-life and care for the land we occupy. On the weekends, you will find her hiking/backpacking, swimming, and/or snowshoeing. When she’s not in the mountains or the water, she loves to cook, turn compost, crochet, and tend her garden.

Becca Kedenburg

Education Program Manager

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.

Shard Milne

Trail Crew Member

Shard is excited to join the Greenway Trust as a Trail Crew Member for the 2021 field season. They moved to the West Coast from Minnesota in 2012 to get a Bachelor’s degree in Biology from Reed College, specializing in wildlife ecology and evolution. They’ve worked in conservation since 2013, performing ecological restoration, trail construction, and wildlife surveying, and spent two years as a genomics lab technician at UC Santa Cruz.

They are interested in the intersections of conservation and food justice, citizen science, and social-ecological systems. They are often found looking at interesting wildlife tracks, snacking on veggies from their garden, and reading an impractical number of books.

JayLuce Nelson

Restoration Crew Member

Jay is a member of the 2021 restoration crew at the Mountains to Sound Greenway Trust. They previously served with the Washington Conservation Corps for two years after receiving a degree in Ecology and Evolution from the University of California, Santa Cruz. Jay returned to the West Coast for college after being raised in equal parts in Eastern Washington and Wisconsin and is especially fond of serpentine soils, plant pathology, and promoting traditional land management. Their top native plant goal is to find ghost pipe and gnome plants in the wild. When they aren’t outdoors or tending to their own plants, Jay enjoys embroidery, baking challah, and candlemaking.

Joe Olbrych

Trail and Field Projects Coordinator

With the Greenway Trust since: 2014; staff member since 2016
Joe is responsible for leading and assisting with all aspects of the Greenway Trust’s trails program. He works closely with land managers and partner organizations to coordinate and lead on-the-ground stewardship and community education efforts across the landscape. Joe joined the Greenway Trust in 2014 as a Washington Conservation Corps (WCC) member, serving a term as an individual placement in the Volunteer Program. Joe received a B.A. in outdoor education and travel writing at Hampshire College in Western Massachusetts where he grew up and developed a passion for the outdoors. When not working, Joe is probably out exploring the Middle Fork or bicycling the backroads of Puget Sound.

Nicky Pasi

Upper Yakima Community Coordinator

With the Greenway Trust since: 2017
As the Community Coordinator in upper Kittitas County, Nicky collaborates with organizations, individuals, and agencies to improve recreational access and engage communities in stewardship of their lands and waters. She facilitates projects like Towns to Teanaway, the East Cascades Recreation Partnership, and the Teanaway Community Forest Goal 5 Group. Nicky’s past experience includes leading community outreach and advocacy for the Yakima Basin Integrated Plan, working as a naturalist and environmental educator in Miami, Florida, and coordinating volunteer efforts for animal services organizations.

Sornesarwanh Phongwarinr

Restoration Crew Member

Sornesarwanh (Swan) joins the Greenway Trust for a second season as a restoration crew member. She received a degree in Biology and minor in Geography from the University of South Carolina, and has spent the last year in Seattle exploring Washington’s natural diversity and beautiful landscapes. She loves all it has to offer in unique environmentalism as it differs from where she grew up in, in Maryland. When not working, Sornesarwanh loves increasing her Spotify minute count, getting into new hobbies, and eating Chipotle.

Teddy Pierson

Restoration Crew Member

Teddy is a member of the 2021 Restoration Crew at the Mountains to Sound Greenway Trust. They have been working in the ecological restoration field for the last 8 years, during and following their time at Antioch College in Ohio. They graduated with a self-design degree in Environmental Science and Media Arts. As a recent transplant to Washington, they are enjoying getting out into the field, exploring new landscapes, and learning lots of new plants. In their spare time they like to hike, read, and practice botanical photography.

Mike Stenger

Recreation Projects Manager

Mike manages the Greenway Trust’s capital recreation projects, working with partnering nonprofits, government agencies, crews and volunteers on building and maintaining trails, trailheads and other recreation facilities. Mike has over two decades of experience in trail project design and implementation in the region.  Before joining the Greenway Trust he worked as a teacher in the public schools and with other environmental non-profits. When not hiking, building, skiing or biking on trails, Mike enjoys teaching young people about the outdoors, and the occasional carpentry project.

Amy Stephens

Trail Crew Lead

Amy joined the Greenway Trust as the Trail Crew Leader for the 2021 season, enhancing recreational areas and user experiences through the implementation of trail building and maintenance projects. She received degrees in Spanish and Environmental Studies and Sustainability at Northern Michigan University. Over the past few years, Amy has gained experience in habitat restoration, trail planning and maintenance, and youth conservation program coordination. She enjoys reading, making art, cooking, and exploring the outdoors with friends in her free time. Amy is excited to begin exploring the recreational opportunities the Pacific Northwest has to offer.

Caroline Villanova

Community & Partnerships Manager

With the Greenway Trust since: 2017

Caroline joined the Greenway Trust team after a year on a Washington Conservation Corps restoration crew for Snohomish County Surface Water Management. She received a degree in Environmental Studies from the University of Vermont, and has spent the past two years learning all there is to learn about the Pacific Northwest flora and fauna. While Caroline loves connecting with volunteers, she also loves spending time hiking, biking, cooking (and eating) delicious food with friends, knitting, and wood burning designs into reclaimed wood.

Evany Wang

AmeriCorps Member

Evany hails from the Bay Area/San Jose region in California. Before joining the Greenway as an AmeriCorps member, she was working as an AmeriCorps fellow with Grassroots Ecology also working in habitat restoration and community outreach! From there, she discovered her future career path, which she is excited to pursue. Evany chose the Greenway for their vision to conserve and protect the environment and the passion she could feel all the way from California. Evany is excited to be in the field working to restore landscapes and learning new kinds of plants, animals, and habitats while also broadening her knowledge of restoration methods.

 

Michael Woodsum

Director of Development

With the Greenway Trust since: 2011

Mike Woodsum is the Director of Development at the Mountains to Sound Greenway Trust. He has spent fifteen 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 young daughter.

Katy Yeh

Restoration & Volunteer Coordinator

With the Greenway Trust since: 2018

Katy is responsible for coordinating maintenance and volunteer projects at ecological restoration sites throughout the Greenway. She first experienced the wonders of the Pacific Northwest ecology backpacking on the Olympic Peninsula in high school. In college, she studied Biology & Environmental Studies at Lewis & Clark College. She brings experience in ecological restoration with the Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy in San Francisco, the SDSU Research Foundation in San Diego, and most recently as an AmeriCorps Crew Lead for EarthCorps. In her spare time, she enjoys exploring the Puget Sound and learning more about the flora of the Pacific Northwest.

Malise Yun

Restoration Crew Member

Malise is part of the restoration crew which involves boots-in-the-mud ecological restoration projects to conserve the landscape of the Mountains to Sound Greenway. Malise graduated from the University of Washington and earned a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Biology with a focus on Ecology, Evolution, and Conservation as well as a Bachelor’s of Arts degree in Anthropology. Malise loves to make connections between people and the environment to promote a better understanding of our impacts on nature. Malise has worked on a variety of habitat restoration projects and aquatic scientific monitoring with the Washington Conservation Corps and the Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife. During her time off, she loves exploring beaches, doing arts and crafts, and spending time with her pet bunny, Shadow.