George was hired in the spring of 1997 to fill the challenging role of District Coordinator. With two degrees, experience as a farmer, trustee of an irrigation district and attorney credentials, George is well qualified to meet this challenge. Assuming the Coordinator's position is a way to provide the farming community with leadership on the problems they face. George's diverse background and enthusiasm helps in the progress of preserving Whatcom County's natural resources. email@example.com 360-526-2381 x115
Dawn has been with the District since November 1991. She is the office quarterback- some of her responsibilities include bookkeeping , clerical support, and reception. Dawn is another long time Whatcom County resident- having attended Ferndale High and Whatcom Community College. She is a big fan of baseball and rodeos. firstname.lastname@example.org 360-526-2381 x101
Andrew came to the District straight from Western Washington University where he majored in environmental planning and minored in GIS. His cartographic and GIS skills have been used on most of the projects that have been done at the District. Andrew is the in-house network troubleshooter, database manager and the Webmaster for this website. Working along side NSEA Personnel, Andrew has also worked on stream projects with local schools. It allows the students to get a different look at the area around their schools and homes while helping them plan their projects. email@example.com 360-526-2381 x129
Frank Corey joined the District staff January 5, 2004 to coordinate riparian restoration projects in cooperation with Whatcom County Public Works. Frank will be coordinating the activities of two Whatcom County Sheriff’s Department crews working to re-establish native plants on drainage and flood control projects.
Frank spent the last four years working for the Washington Conservation Corps, implementing riparian restoration projects for the Nooksack Salmon Enhancement Association. Before that he spent many years growing and planting trees in nurseries and as a landscaper.
A Thurston County native, Frank has lived in Whatcom County for 20 years. As a child he split his summers between his grandparent’s 100 year old dairy farm in Oregon and his family property on the upper Nooksack River. After finishing Olympia High School, Frank earned an Associate of Science degree in Landscape Horticulture from South Puget Sound Community College and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Administration from Western Washington University. firstname.lastname@example.org 360-526-2381 x131
Wayne has been with the District since 1996. His responsibilities at the District include Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program (CREP) project management, geographic information system (GIS) mapping and technical assistance for manure composting, farm planning and compliance with the County's Critical Areas Ordinance. Education and experience include a B.S. in Forestry, international resource management as a Peace Corps volunteer, stream restoration, agroforestry, forestry, forest surveying and road design and water quality and quantity monitoring. email@example.com 360-526-2381 x116
Emily joined the District early in 2010 as the Plant Sale Intern and liked it so much she asked if she could stick around. Emily has assisted the District in several programs including monitoring CREP project sites, updating internal and state database records and conducting a survey of Whatcom County Ag for the WSDA.
Emily, a Midwest native, has a BS in both Biology and Geology from Western Kentucky University and moved to Bellingham in 2000. Prior to joining the District, Emily worked as a wetland ecologist for a private consulting firm. There she assisted clients with meeting land use objectives where critical areas and species are present. She has conducted numerous field investigations to delineate and characterize wetlands and streams in a variety of environments and worked with local, state and federal agencies.
She has also served as a Remediation System Operator and Environmental Technician for a Groundwater Extraction, Treatment and Recharge System and two Fuel Extraction Systems on Naval Air Station Whidbey Island. She became a full-time employee this January, and continues to provide support for a variety of projects and offer her experience as a wetland specialist to the district. firstname.lastname@example.org 360-526-2381 x114
Brandi joined the District in January of 2013 as the Native Plant Sale intern. Eager to stay with the Conservation District, she joined the CREP team as a Field Technician Assistant helping to monitor buffers and provide administrative support in the office. She has helped coordinate many outreach programs and events such as our Millionth Tree Celebration, Annual Run with the Chums, and the Terrell Creek Stream Team Series.
Born and raised in Ohio, Brandi migrated to the Pacific Northwest in 2000 after discovering its snowcapped mountains, raging wild rivers, and majestic forests for the first time. Brandi received an Associate’s in Technical Arts in Environmental Conservation from Skagit Valley College in 2010 and then went on to complete a Bachelor’s Degree in Environmental Conservation from Fairhaven College at Western Washington University in 2012. While at Fairhaven College, Brandi found her passion for native plant ecology and ethnobotnay, dedicating most of her time studying these fields in the classroom and through independent projects. email@example.com 360-526-2381 x119
Chuck has been with the District since 1988 as a resource specialist. Over the years he has worked closely with local farmers and landowners by providing technical and cost-share assistance for nutrient management plans and other resource management concerns. Chuck also contributes to two District newsletters, WHATCOM CONSERVATION NEWS and IN BALANCE, the annual plant sale, and other conservation education activities. Chuck’s education included extensive course work in both liberal arts and education and he earned a B.S. in horticulture from WSU. firstname.lastname@example.org 360-526-2381 x118
Chris joins the district team to help with nutrient management planning. Raised in the Skagit Valley, Chris worked for a family owned dairy in Burlington during high school. While earning a Biological Systems Engineering degree at WSU, Chris worked on a wheat farm, experimented growing forage crops on the Palouse and grew Holstein heifers. He enjoys working with farmers and solving problems with practical solutions. email@example.com 360-526-2381 x124
In 2006, Bill retired from NRCS after 47 of service, most of which was spent in Whatcom County. He has since returned to our office to help the WCD with design projects. Bill has not let health issues or retirement get in the way of his continued service to local ag producers. 360-526-2381 x112
Corina joined the District in 2011 as a Livestock Planning Technician. She is here to assist landowners by providing technical assistance, farm plans and to answer other resource management questions. Corina grew up in Snohomish County and loved to feed the goats on day trips to her Aunt’s hobby farm. She graduated from Western Washington University where she spent four years earning a Bachelor of Science in Geology with an Environmental Concentration and exploring Whatcom County on foot, bike, and skis. During summer of 2014, she completed a bicycle trip across the US seeing the incredible beauty of the southern states. Prior to working for the District, Corina worked for Washington State Parks. firstname.lastname@example.org 360-526-2381 x104
Katie Pencke joined the district in May of 2016 as a Livestock Planning Technician. She is here to assist landowners by providing technical assistance, farm plans and to answer other resource management questions.
A native of Seattle, Katie earned a bachelor’s of arts in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology from the University of Arizona in Tucson in 2002. She worked for the next six years in the experiential environmental education field with youth, as a bi-lingual medical interpreter and health care educator, and gardener for Seattle Parks and Recreation. She joined the Seattle Tilth staff in 2008 and worked as an educator with that agency for the next seven years. In addition to managing Seattle Tilth learning gardens and teaching classes, she helped start a small farm incubator in South King County and managed a seven acre urban learning farm in Southeast Seattle for four years. Most recently she worked for the King Conservation District as a Farm Drainage Project Coordinator, helping farmers and rural landowners maintain farm drainage. She moved to Everson with her family in early 2016 to pursue personal farming goals and a position with the Whatcom Conservation District. email@example.com 360-526-2381 x105
Dairy and Research
Nichole M. Embertson, Ph.D., Science and Planning Coordinator - Sustainable Livestock Production Program
Dr. Nichole Embertson joined the District in 2008 as a Nutrient Management Specialist and Science and Planning Coordinator, and has been an adjunct at Washington State University since 2012. Nichole received her B.S. from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, and M.S. from University of California Davis and Ph.D. from Colorado State University both in Environmental Management of Livestock Systems with a specialty in Air Quality. Dr. Embertson currently provides technical assistance on nutrient and environmental issues to farmers, agencies and industry and conducts research with livestock producers on effectiveness monitoring of conservation practices. She is leading the development of manure application risk management tools for producers including a real-time manure advisory, application risk management decision support tool, and on-line nutrient management planning. As of 2015, Nichole is also the Director of the new Washington Discovery Farms® program. Her experience with production needs, ecological systems, and manure management allows her a unique perspective in the development and delivery of information to producers, agencies, students, and communities alike. firstname.lastname@example.org 360-526-2381 x126
Scarlett Graham joined the District in 2016 as the Conservation Research Specialist. Raised in rural Pennsylvania, she received her B.S. in Biochemistry from Allegheny College in 2007. After a few years working in the private sector, she migrated to Washington where she received her M.S. in Environmental Science and Toxicology from Western Washington University. At the District, Scarlett uses her unique background in sediment cleanup projects, risk assessment, water quality modeling, and data analysis, coupled with her love of the outdoors and Whatcom County, to bring a new level of expertise to the District’s Conservation Research program. In particular, she provides technical and research support to various District programs through designing of field studies, collecting and analyzing data, and presenting research findings. One of the programs Scarlett currently supports is Washington Discovery Farms®, where she works with dairy producers to conduct edge-of-field water quality monitoring to determine the effectiveness of conservation practices. Scarlett’s work aims to support local landowners and farmers/producers in implementing better land conservation practices to preserve Whatcom County resources and farming. email@example.com | 360-526-2381 x 117
Meg joined the District in early 2017 to manage the water quality monitoring data for the Whatcom Clean Water Program. Meg works to ensure that water quality information is up-to-date and easily accessible to partner organizations and to the public. She provides support to the many programs in this county that preserve our water resources, protect human health, and support local agriculture.
Meg is not a stranger to working with environmental data; she has worked previously with the Washington Stormwater Center, Washington Department of Natural Resources, and Western Washington University- with a focus on all things water.
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Outreach and Education
Aneka joined the district in 2014 to strengthen the community outreach and sustainable education programs. Aneka works to enhance impact of district programs by working directly with community groups, school districts, state, county and city government as well as non-profit organizations to further the mission of Whatcom Conservation District.
A native of western Colorado, Aneka earned a bachelor’s of science in Biology with a minor in Environmental Restoration from Colorado Mesa University in 2001. She then spent eight years as a Biological Science Technician for the USDA Forest Service in the Sierra Nevada of California. She moved to Bellingham in 2008 to pursue a Masters of Education in Environmental Studies through Western Washington University. After earning her degree in 2010 Aneka established and coordinated a youth environmental leadership program for North Cascades Institute, training the next generation of conservation stewards before starting with the District. email@example.com or 360-526-2381 x103
Jenny joined the District in early 2017 to take on the newly revamped Lake Whatcom Homeowner Incentive Program previously led by the City. The program is part of a larger effort to reduce the phosphorus getting into the Lake through stormwater runoff. Jenny thoroughly enjoys the social aspects of her work including connecting with people and empowering them to be stewards of a healthy environment and thriving community.
Jenny is no stranger to Conservation Districts. She spent the past 15 years working with the neighboring Skagit Conservation District coordinating the Firewise Program, as well as working in other programs over the years such as CREP, youth education, outreach, and public relations.
In her spare time, Jenny enjoys spending time with her 3 kids, enjoying the outdoors, taking dance classes, and enjoying all that is great about Bellingham.
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Jeff started as a Backyard Monitoring volunteer in June 2015. In October he was asked to join the district part-time as Community Development & Water Quality Assistant. Jeff helps with the implementation of the Citizen Science and Landowner Engagement Program to enhance the efforts of the Whatcom County Public Works Pollution Identification and Correction Program and the City of Lynden Stormwater Community Education and Outreach Program.
By training, trade and passion Jeff is a community developer and naturalist. He serves as the Executive Director of Imagine NW! an Asset-Based Community Development (ABCD) non-profit. Jeff operates Visual Impressions, a video production group part of Imagine NW!. When glaciers ruled Jeff was born in Washington D.C.; and has lived all over the U.S. and world. A FAA certified Private Pilot; FAA registered Unmanned Aircraft System (drone) operator. He studied at University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, Calvin Theological Seminary, and the ABCD Training Institute.
Jeff loves living in Washington State with the spectacular mountains, cold clear streams, the moss and lichen, the beaches…ocean, and even the rain are all highly valued.