J.W. Foster became Nisqually Land Trust’s second president in March, 2012. He is a retired firefighter/paramedic and has lived with his wife Nicki and their four children in Yelm since 1995. Together they have volunteered on many projects with the Land Trust and appreciate the hard work and commitment of the many others who have made the Land Trust’s mission so successful. J.W. is also Mayor of Yelm.
Natives of Eastern Washington, Mary Gentry and her husband Fred moved to Olympia in 1966 and never seriously considered living anywhere else. After teaching for several years in the Yelm and Tumwater school districts, Mary went to law school and subsequently joined her husband in private practice with an emphasis on estate planning. Mary assisted a number of people in establishing conservation easements as well as gifts to existing land trusts or family foundations created specifically for preservation and conservation. Preparing for an ascent on Mount Rainer during her first year of law school not only provided some balance to her life but also established a enduring love of hiking and climbing in the Cascades and Olympics. Mary Gentry brings extensive experience working with non profits to the Land Trust board, both as a member and an advisor.
Kathy joined the Board in June 2015. As a long-time Olympia resident, she is enthused to support the Land Trust’s mission to permanently benefit the water, wildlife, and people of the Nisqually watershed, believing the river and surrounding habitat to be an important part of our community. A native of Wyoming, Kathy is committed to conservation and protection of the West’s wild rivers, landscape, and wildlife. Kathy is a retired public attorney, having served for many years in the State Attorney General’s Office, and also as a gubernatorial appointee on the State’s two quasi-judicial environmental review boards. She loves to be outdoors, fly-fishing, hiking, bicycling, and walking.
Treasurer Brian Sullivan
Brian Sullivan and his wife Anna returned to Pierce County, WA in 1993. A longtime volunteer with Pierce Conservation District Stream Team and the Nisqually Land Trust, Brian is committed to habitat restoration and land stewardship. Brian served as a board member for the Tahoma Audubon Society and remains an avid birder.
Roger Andrascik is retired from the National Park Service and was responsible for natural and cultural resource management programs throughout his career. He most recently worked at Mount Rainier National Park where he served as the park’s representative on the Nisqually River Council. Roger is passionate about the Nisqually Land Trust mission and is dedicated to the preservation of the Nisqually Watershed. He volunteers as a Nisqually Stream Steward and for the Nisqually Land Trust. Roger is a site steward for Nisqually Land Trust property in the Eatonville area where he and his wife Karen, a first grade teacher, have lived since 2002. They have two grown children Sean and Hannah. Roger is also an Eatonville School Board Director. He enjoys hiking, backpacking, cross-country skiing, snow-shoeing, and sea kayaking.
Lloyd and his wife Patricia live in Tacoma, and participate in tree planting, hiking and birder activities in the area. Lloyd is retired from thirty years as an attorney with Pierce County. Lloyd is pleased to have worked in the past on land purchases for the Pierce County Foothills Rails to Trails. Both have been conservation supporters in Washington for many years.
Brad Jones is very much an outdoors person and has always loved Mount Rainier and the rivers that flow from it. A volunteer introduced Brad to the Land Trust by inviting him to our annual auction. A growing appreciation of the Land Trust’s mission and its supporters led him to join the Board of Directors. Jones is the owner and CEO of Retail Management Solutions (RMS) a leading supplier of innovative point-of-sale solutions for pharmacies and hospitals throughout the United States. He is a graduate of the Air Force Academy and was a pilot for seven years.
Martin is a longtime South Sound resident and a retired Senior Policy Analyst and former chair for the State Vocational Rehabilitation Council. He enjoys Nisqually Watershed conservation projects such as benthic macroinvertebrate (stream bug) monitoring and salmon-spawning surveys and is a site steward for Land Trust property on the Mashel River. Martin’s passion is to learn more about salmon behavior and to engage the public in salmon recovery through habitat restoration. He envisions the Nisqually running clean, cool and stable for generations ahead.
Board Member Suzanne Nelson
Suzanne decamped Boulder, Colorado, in early 2017 for the moister climes of the Pacific Northwest, a job as a biologist with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and a home in the Nisqually Watershed. Suzanne has a Ph.D. in Wildlife Ecology and Conservation – she is one of only a handful of wildlife nutritionists in the U.S. – and taught for over a decade at the University of Colorado. While there, she also served on the Boulder County Planning Commission.
Board Member Sean Smith
Sean is a fourth-generation mining engineer whose career has taken him across the United States, into the high Andes in Peru and the coastal jungles of Brazil, and now to the storied shores of Dupont, Washington, where he is the assistant plant superintendent for CalPortland. Sean spends much of his free time outdoors, canoeing, climbing, hiking, skiing and “simply enjoying the sound of the creek from my backyard,” he says. He joined the Land Trust board because “this is a place I want to call home, and I want to be involved in shaping the interaction between our society and the natural world we are so fortunate to live in. I want to assist in balancing society’s footprint while also allowing for continued enjoyment of the outdoors in my lifetime and beyond.”
Sunny brings to the Land Trust board a sincere passion for raising awareness about climate change, protecting the intact forests of the watershed, and restoring fragmented forests now under the care of the Land Trust. Born and raised in Wisconsin, Sunny has lived near the headwaters of the Nisqually for 40 years and believes wholeheartedly in the power of collaboration. She has nurtured collaboration in the watershed by serving on the Nisqually River Council Citizen’s Advisory Committee and her business was a founding member of the Council. Over the last 34 years, she has transformed an old farm near Mount Rainier into an earth and heart-centered woodland spa and retreat center that provides respite for climbers, hikers and other weary souls needing to renew their connection to the natural world. Sunny is known for her bright spirit, warm heart and welcoming soul. She loves to hike in summer, ski in winter, and in all seasons, love, honor, and care for our beautiful and precious planet.
Board Member Katie Wilcox
Katie was born and raised along the Nisqually River, at Wilcox Farms, where she now owns and operates the Harts Lake Pioneer Lumber Company. Katie specializes in making beautiful live-edge custom furniture from timber grown on the family farm (you can see her work at hartslakepioneerlumber.com). Katie is also our first second-generation director! Her father (and business partner) is State Representative J.T. Wilcox, who was a founding board member and served from 1990 through 1992.
George Walter was the Land Trust’s president from its founding in 1989 until March 2012. He has been an Environmental Program Supervisor for the Nisqually Tribe since 1978 and is an expert on the Nisqually basin. George serves as the chair of the Land Trust’s Lands Committee. George recently received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Puget Sound Partnership for his central role in the conservation of the Nisqually Watershed.