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Michelle Connor (USA Co-Chair)

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Michelle Connor is Executive Vice President of Strategic Enterprises at Forterra, leading innovative projects that link landscape conservation to the creation of livable communities to ensure a sustainable region. Connor has long provided leadership on national, regional and state-wide natural resource and community issues. Over the past 18 years with Forterra, Connor has served in a range of capacities, including: serving as Chief Program Officer, leading complex community negotiations, launching Forterra’s stewardship program, and managing the creation of the Cascade Agenda strategic plan. Connor is currently facilitating an effort among the landowner, county, multiple state agencies, two tribes and concerned citizens to conserve nearly 7,000 acres of prime forestland and 2 miles of shoreline near Port Gamble in Kitsap County. Among Connor’s most notable successes is King County’s recent $36 million dollar acquisition of 250-acres and one mile of Puget Sound shoreline on Maury Island that was subject to a controversial gravel mining proposal. A third-generation Washingtonian, she holds an M.S. from the University of Washington’s College of Forest Resources and a B.A. from the Evergreen State College. Connor grew up on Budd Inlet and enjoys getting outdoors whenever she can.

Re-appointed in July, 2012

Leo Bodensteiner

SEEC Alternate Commissioner (USA)Associate Professor: Center for Environmental Sciences, Huxley College of the Environment, Western Washington University, Bellingham, Washington (9/95- present)

Appointed July, 2012

 

 

 

 

Larry Campbell (Commissioner)

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Swinomish Indian Tribal Community
Historic Preservation Officer, Intergovermental Relations,
Cultural Resource Planner


Appointed in November, 2009.

 

 

 

James Hattori (Alternate Commissioner)

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Mr. Hattori’s career has spanned the private, public, and non-profit sectors.  Educated in public affairs, he has focused his professional development in the financial management arena.   He has both worked for and advised the City of Seattle and it’s utilities departments.  Recently, he was Foundation and Corporate Grant Manager at the Seattle Symphony.  Jim has a strong interest in outdoor recreation and often passes through the upper Skagit watershed while traveling to the Winthrop area.

Appointed in September, 2011

 

Jennifer Watkins (Alternate Commissioner)

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Ms. Watkins holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the UW College of Forestry.  She has worked for several years for area non-profit organizations involved in natural resource conservation and education.  Ms. Watkins lives in Seattle and is currently employed by Conservation Northwest, tracking issues in the Wenatchee and Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forests.  She is on the Board of the Municipal League of King County and has volunteered with a variety of local groups.

Re-appointed in July, 2012

 

Gerry Cook

Gerry Cook

Gerry Cook is a recently retired, senior employee at North Cascades National Park, having worked on Ross Lake since before the park's creation in 1968. He is an accomplished artist and naturalist with a passion for backcountry tales and wilderness preservation. Gerry captained the 30-foot Ross Mule, an open-decked boat that shuttles students and trail crew workers alike, Gerry loves the lake as much as the high country. From 1970-72, he served as a fire lookout on Desolation Peak, Copper Ridge and Sourdough Mountain, respectively.

 

 

Alison Studley (Alternate Commissioner)

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Alison has a graduate degree in Marine Affairs from the University of Washington. For the past eight years she has been Executive Director of the Skagit Fisheries Enhancement Group (SFEG), an organization dedicated to salmon restoration.  Alison has been a lifelong resident of the Skagit Valley. She enjoys river rafting, sea kayaking and hiking and believes strongly in preserving the beauty of the area for future generations.

Re-appointed most recently in November, 2009

 

Jim Davis (Commissioner)

Jim DavisJim Davis is Executive Director of the North Cascades Conservation Council. For 16 years, he has developed and managed several not-for-profit organizations addressing conservation and public health issues, including several years as co-director of the Grizzly Bear Outreach Project. Jim has coordinated research on knowledge and attitudes of both recreational visitors and local residents regarding wildlife management, forest and road management, and grizzly bear recovery. Jim received MS and PhD degrees in entomology from the University of Missouri and University of California at Berkeley.

Appointed in September, 2011

 

CANADIAN COMMISSIONERS

 

Shaun HollingsworthShaun D. Hollingsworth (Canadian Co-Chair)

Shaun Hollingsworth is a former Quality Insurance Inspector for Telus. Within his community, he is the Vice President of Finance for the BC Wildlife Foundation and a Director for the BC Conservation Foundation. In addition, he is a Board Member of the Salmon Enhancement Advisory Board, Sport Fishing Advisory Board, North Shore Stream. Mr. Hollingsworth is also the past President of the North Shore Fish and Game Club.

Re-appointed in November, 2011.

 

Kerry Grozier (Commissioner)

Kerry GrozierKerry Grozier retired from the Ministry of Forest and Range after receiving his Long Service Award from the Province of BC for 35 years of service, the last seven years in senior management. Kerry's career was spent on the south coast and southern interior where he protected, managed and conserved the public forest resources including, forest road and bridge development and maintenance, recreation opportunities, preventing and fighting wildfires, preventing and combating forest pest and disease, developing beneficial agreements with stakeholders and First Nation Governments. Post retirement Kerry worked in the Wind, Tidal and Wave Energy Sector where he prepared site cost analysis and managed the environmental assessments. He has always been active in the many communities he lived in including Volunteer Fire Fighter, Rotarian, Lions Club, President of Softball, Soccer Coach.  Married with three grown children he loves the outdoor spaces and fly fishing.

Appointed in February, 2012

 

Nancy Wilkin (Commissioner)

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Nancy Wilkin is the head of the Office of Sustainability at Royal Roads University in Victoria, BC.  Nancy has a long history in the public sector, most recently as Assistant Deputy Minister for Environemental Stewardship with the BC Ministry of Environment.  Prior to that, Nancy was a treaty negotiator.   Nancy also serves with the Child & Nature Alliance of Canada as a Director and as a Director of the BC Board with Nature Conservancy of Canada.

Appointed in November, 2011


Laurie French (Commissioner)

Laurie French

Mr. Laurie French has just completed his first term as Mayor after six years as a City Councilor in Hope, BC.  Born and raised in the north Okanagan, Mr. French has also spent time in Toronto and Vancouver, and settled in Hope in 1974.  Active in his community, he has thirty-five years of local community experience.  Mr. French has served on a myriad of service clubs and non-profit boards, both government and non-government and has a wide range of business experience.

As Mayor, he served on the following Committees in 2011: the Board of the Fraser Valley Regional District, Fraser Valley Treaty Advisory Committee, Fraser Valley Regional Parks Committee, Fraser Valley Regional Hostpial District, Hope and District Recreation Commission, Hope Emergency Operations Committee (alternate), an alternate to the Municipal Insurance Association of BC and the Fraser Health Municipal Government Advisory Council.
Appointed in February, 2012

 

Thomas Curley (Alternate Commissioner)

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Thomas Curley is the Director of Human Resources for Teleflex Canada, a division of Teleflex Marine, with operations in the US, China, Australia, UK, Italy, France and Singapore.  Holding a Bachelor of Arts and Certificate of Business from the University of Windsor, he is also a Certified HR Professional (CHRP).   Concurrently, as a member of the Canadian Reserve Forces, he is a Regional Liaison Officer with Joint Task Forces Pacific; a cooperative operational role with the Provincial Emergency Program, and a member of the Command Team for the Engineering Regiment in North Vancouver.

Mr. Curley is a corporate officer for a law firm in the Vancouver area, and volunteers as a guest lecturer, mentor and coach for emerging business and Human Resource students from Kwantlen Polytechnic University, British Columbia Institute of Technology and the BC Human Resources Management Association.

Appointed in February 2012

 

Gail Ross (Alternate Commissioner)

Gail Ross, SEEC Commissioner

Gail Ross is a Seasonal Instructor at the University of Northern British Columbia where she teaches Environmental Interpretation in the Outdoor Recreation Management Program. Previously, Ms. Ross worked for BC Parks as a Regional Planning and Resource Officer, Provincial Interpretation/Education Project Manager, and as the Visitor Services Coordinator for both the Fraser Valley and Manning Park Districts of BC Parks. Active in her community, she is a member of the Training Committee of Interpretation Canada, a member of the Park Elders Council, a member of the Canadian Parks Wilderness Society, and the founding member of the Youth Naturalist Club of Prince George. Ms. Ross holds her Bachelor of Arts in Geography from the University of British Columbia and her Diploma in Outdoor Recreation Management from Capilano University.

Appointed in February 2012

 


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