Staff & Board

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Heide Andersen

Stewardship Director


After growing up as a National Park Service brat, I earned my undergraduate degree from Williams College and my masters degree from Yale University School of Forestry & Environmental Studies. I worked in Utah and Colorado doing open space and recreation planning for 15 years before moving to the Methow in 2011. I love working with the diversity of landowners and properties that are represented by our conservation easements.

My Best Day in the Methow: On my mountain bike, my horse or my skis.


Sarah Brooks

Associate Director

I love connecting people to the causes they care about -- and there's nothing better than being a part of that in the Methow Valley! Every day I invite people to show their love for this special Valley by supporting our conservation efforts. I ensure donations are spent carefully and efficiently and I get to help craft the stories of impact our work produces. Amazing!

My Best Day in the Methow: A long hike in the hills followed by cross-country running practice with the awesome athletes on the high school team, family dinner, and a few moments of awe looking up at the dark skies.

Johnnie Duguay

Johnnie Duguay

Stewardship Associate


The title sounds fancy, but my job is simple: every year I visit all of the 110+ conservation easement properties protected by the Conservancy, working with landowners to ensure that the conservation values of each property are protected. I also am involved with coordinating education and volunteer opportunities, and love finding ways to help people connect to the land of the Methow Valley. When I’m not bushwhacking through thick and thorny riparian areas, removing rusty barbed wire with the help of our hard-working volunteers, or dodging sprinklers on our agricultural easements, I like to bike, ski, read, ride horses and spend time with my family and friends.

My Best Day in the Methow: Some sort of outdoor adventure and then a good book and a beer on the porch at the end of the day.

Julie Grialou

Julie Grialou

Conservation Biologist


I've been living in the Methow Valley for 15 years. My background is in wildlife ecology, but I do a little bit of everything at the Methow Conservancy: mapping, grant writing, etc. I love spending time outdoors mountain biking, hiking, cross-country skiing. I’m awed by the beauty of this place every day.

My Best Day in the Methow: A good cup of coffee in the morning, followed by a ski or mountain bike ride with family and/or friends, seeing some really cool wildlife or tracks, and who knows what after that.

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Mary Morgan

Membership Assistant


I manage the database that tracks the generous donations from our supporters. I help with many of the details associated with our fundraising efforts, including the mailing of the Annual Appeal, thank you letters, and many of the other small details that keep our operation running smoothly. After busy full-time careers in Seattle, my husband Phil and I retired to the Methow Valley to ski, hike and basically enjoy all the wonderful activities we love. But I realized I missed working with people, so I wandered into the Methow Conservancy, met this crazy group of people, and began volunteering. In 2009, I came on board as a part-time employee and they haven’t been able to get rid of me yet!

My Best Day in the Methow: A latte at Rocking Horse Bakery, a great hike with my friends to Cutthroat Pass, and coming home to a dinner made by Phil from Methow Valley Farmer’s Market produce!

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Jason Paulsen

Executive Director

My role here at the Methow Conservancy is to make sure that the talented colleagues I get to work with each day have the resources they need to carry out our mission of inspiring people to care for the land of this special valley--while having fun and learning along the way! My path to conservation work has always had me working in the space where people and the land intersect. I believe that a healthy landscape requires a healthy community, and that we all have a role to play in shaping the places we call home. I love calling the Methow my home!

My Best Day in the Methow: Any day I find myself putting my camera down in awe-filled defeat, recognizing that there is no way to capture the magic of the light on the landscape unfolding around me.

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Joy Schwab



My non-profit accounting career started after moving to the Methow Valley from Idaho in 1992. My first job in the Valley was with the Methow Institute Foundation doing administrative work & accounting for IAC grants for developing the Methow Valley Community Trail. It is always very interesting doing bookkeeping at the Methow Conservancy-- a variety of grants & many forms of donations. I am grateful for the awesome community support.

My Best Day in the Methow: hiking in the North Cascades in summer or fall (with no mosquitoes or biting flies!)

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Daniel Senner

Community Conservation Coordinator


Engaging people with the land of the Methow Valley can take many forms: from attending lectures by important figures, to owling on sub zero winter nights, to learning about the weeds around your house. It’s my job to create these experiences with the land of the Methow Valley that would never happen on their own. In doing so, I'm excited to foster a strong stewardship ethic and a lively conservation community.

My Best Day in the Methow: cross country skiing through Pipestone Canyon on a sunny afternoon and then defrosting next to a roaring wood stove.

Jeanne White

Jeanne White

Land Program Manager


We moved to the Methow from Colorado in 2001 with our young family. The beauty of the Valley and the amazing community that thrives here captivated us. I have an Environmental Law degree from Lewis and Clark Law School in Portland, Oregon. At the Conservancy, it is my privilege to work with landowners who want to protect their land through conservation easements. I love to garden, hike with my dogs, swim across Patterson Lake and ski any trail, hill or mountain provided there's enough snow!

My Best Day in the Methow: So many perfect days! A hike in the mountains with friends, followed by a dip in the river or Patterson Lake.

Board of Directors

  • Sam Naney, President
  • Ashley Lodato, Vice President
  • Peggy Porter, Secretary
  • Phil Davis, Treasurer
  • Ashley Ahearn
  • David Clement
  • Benjamin Drummond
  • Jane Gilbertsen
  • Kristen Kirkby
  • Dani Reynaud
  • Gordy Reynaud
  • David Schooler
  • Joanne Uehara
  • Kevin van Bueren

Advisory Council

  • Martha Kongsgaard & Peter Goldman (co-chairs)
  • Roxie & Carl Miller (co-chairs)
  • Caryl Campbell & John Adams
  • Ashley Lodato & Jon Albright
  • Char & Ed Alkire
  • David Bonn
  • Carolyn & Duncan Bronson
  • Carolyn Griffin-Bugert & Bob Bugert
  • Sonya & Tom Campion
  • Laurel Canan
  • Heidi de Laubenfels & Harris Clarke
  • Maud & Marc Daudon
  • Cathy & Phil Davis
  • Kristin Devin
  • Steve Dixon
  • Tom Doran
  • Richard Hart
  • Jennifer Lewis & Bryan Jaffe
  • Mary & Ray Johnston
  • Ron Judd
  • Mary Drobka & Tom Lenchek
  • Sue & Mike Megaard
  • Theresa Miller
  • Raleigh Bowden & Peter Morgan
  • Marilyn & Denny O'Callaghan
  • Dina & Paul Pigott
  • Gaye & Jim Pigott
  • Bill Pope
  • Heather & Ric Redman
  • Dave & Marilyn Sabold
  • Jeff Clapsaddle & John Schoettler
  • Tina & Eliot Scull
  • Frauke Rynd & Mac Shelton
  • Patty and Stu Spencer
  • Keith & Deb Stennes
  • Stephanie & Jamie Stewart
  • Fred Wert
  • Maggie Coon & Mark Wolf-Armstrong

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