Hello SHADOW Community,
My last day at SHADOW Lake Nature Preserve was Friday, February 15th. As I look forward to the next phase of my life, which involves a pivot away from the beautiful forests of the Pacific Northwest, I am grateful to be leaving the Nature Preserve in your hands.
I was hired by SHADOW’s two founders, Max and Erin Prinsen, nearly three years ago. On my first day, volunteers Joanne and Evan Bradley were there waiting to show me the ropes. Since that time, I have been humbled time and again by the volunteer and community support that surrounds this organization. As a fundraiser, I have seen people from all backgrounds and means reach into their pockets to support the idea that individuals can make a difference.
A year and a half ago I was promoted to the position of Executive Director. In this capacity, I had the opportunity to work with our two founders and the Board of Directors on modernizing SHADOW’s mission and vision. This process involved community surveys, lots of discussion, and more than one heated debate. It showed me, once again, just how passionate and invested the SHADOW community is.
I have seen this spirit put to work repeatedly, improving infrastructure, taking on a large-scale restoration project, and advancing our scientific and cultural understanding of Puget Lowland bogs.
I am leaving SHADOW’s Office in the capable hands of Alex Hardy, Restoration & Education Manager, Joy Stewart, Operations Manager, and Gabi Esparza, Outreach Lead. I am excited to see all the amazing things that the volunteers, board, staff, student groups, and community will accomplish next, at SHADOW.