Joe Kane was a member of the Land Trust Board of Directors from 1998-2004 and was named Executive Director in 2005. He also served as the vice president of the Washington Association of Land Trusts from 2010-2014. He is the best-selling author of the books Running the Amazon and Savages, and his work has appeared in The New Yorker, National Geographic and many other publications.
Associate Director Kim Bredensteiner
Kim Bredensteiner joined Nisqually Land Trust in March 2009 in the role of Stewardship Coordinator. Over the years she has directed the Land Trust’s restoration and land management activities and supervised our stewardship volunteer program. Kim has lived in Washington and focused on habitat conservation and restoration for over ten years. Prior to joining the Land Trust, she spent five years as salmon recovery coordinator for Island County. She received her B.A. in Biology from Grinnell College and a M.S. in Watershed Ecology from Oregon State University.
Development Manager Susan Callender
Susan joined the Nisqually Land Trust team in November 2016. She has worked in fundraising and communications in our area since moving here in 1994. She, and her family, enjoys the beauty of the Pacific Northwest and have spent many, many weekends hiking in the Cascades and Olympics. Susan received her B.S. in Political Science from St. Joseph’s College in Indiana where she embarked on her fundraising career at St. Mary’s College following graduation.
Nikki Dizon interned with the Nisqually Land Trust in 2011 and joined our staff in 2012. She is a graduate of Western Washington University’s Huxley College of the Environment, where she studied environmental policy. She was also a volunteer for Whatcom Land Trust and interned with Capitol Land Trust.
Land Steward Charly Kearns
Charly Kearns has tracked spotted owls in the Sierra Nevada Mountains, performed water quality analysis on Isle Royal National Park, helped to protect sea turtles in Costa Rica, and was an Urban Forestry Specialist with AmeriCorps GreenCorps in Minnesota. Charly was the Land Trust’s first AmeriCorps Volunteer Coordinator (2011-2012) before becoming the Land Trust’s Land Steward in 2012.
After serving three terms as the Land Trust’s AmeriCorps Volunteer Coordinator, Cris Peck joined the Land Trust staff in August 2015. Prior to his AmeriCorps service, he worked at a cannery in Alaska, was a camp counselor in Kentucky, did trail crew in Appalachia, and worked on restoration projects throughout the Midwest, including wetland mitigation in the infamous Cuyahoga River watershed. Wild places and conservation are his passion, and he feels incredibly fortunate to work within such a unique and wonderful community.
Volunteer Coordinator Addie Schlussel (AmeriCorps)
Addie is an Washington Service Corps AmeriCorps member and joined the Land Trust in September 2017. She graduated from St. Mary’s College of Maryland in May 2017 where she studied biology and environmental studies. Before moving to Washington, she worked in environmental education on the Chesapeake Bay and coastal conservation and research in New Jersey salt marshes. She is excited to learn about and engage with the people and places of the Nisqually River Watershed.
Administrative Assistant Henry Smith
Henry joined the Nisqually Land Trust in August 2017, following a season as an AmeriCorps volunteer with Northwest Youth Corps doing trail work in Mount Rainier National Park and elsewhere around Oregon and Washington. He is a graduate of Pacific Lutheran University’s School of Arts and Communication where he earned a degree in journalism and environmental studies. As an Olympia native, Henry is grateful for the opportunity to support the Land Trust’s goals to benefit the water, wildlife, and people of the Nisqually River Watershed.