SHADOW Lake Nature Preserve acquires and restores critical lands to permanently protect and steward dwindling wildlife habitat while engaging and educating all.



Vital wildlife habitat, lands, and waters surrounding Shadow Lake are protected, connected, and cared for in perpetuity by a multi-generational community of people who experience and value the wonders of nature.

Board & Staff

Max Prinsen, President

Board service began in 2000

A California native, Max is an Engineer & Systems Manager at OTIS Elevators. Starting in 1978 Max built a home on one acre and married and his wife, Erin, in 1980. In 1995 Max and Erin acquired the 18.5 acre property surrounding Shadow Lake Bog. As they learned more and more about the unique significance of the land, they established SHADOW in 2000. Max also serves on the board of King Conservation District and represents SHADOW on the WRIA 9 Council, at the Green River Coalition and is the Chair of the Cedar River Council.

Erin Wojewodzki-Prinsen, Vice President

Board service began in 2000

Erin is a South King County local with a passion for the environment. She is certified as a Native Plant Steward and as a Livestock Steward. Erin co-founded SHADOW and is the organization’s acting vice-president as well as the manager of a small,environmentally–friendly farm. Her stewardship work has been recognized by the King Conservation District.

Walt Szklarski

Board service began in 2003

As Instructional Technology Coordinator at Tahoma School District, Walt uses his years of teaching experience to support district level curriculum advancement. Walt helped establish the partnerships between SHADOW and the Tahoma School District.

David Terry Jones

Board service began in 2003

David was born and educated in the United Kingdom, where he received both a B.S. and Ph.D. in Physics. He has worked as a programmer and software engineer for International Computers Limited in England, Control Data in Canada, Microsoft and Expedia. David and his wife, Maryanne, are active in local politics and with nonprofit organizations working towards environmental and social justice. He also serves as a board member for OneNW and the Museum of History and Industry in Seattle.

Gayle Podrabsky

Board service began in 2014

Gayle graduated from Seattle University with a degree in journalism and has worked as a video content producer/ director for the past 25 years. As the Creative Director of Fidget TV, Gayle provides content for corporate and non-profit clients. Passion projects have led Gayle to work with organizations that help animals, protect the environment, and support environmental education.

Mike Lasecki

Board service began in 2018

Mike is currently a program manger at King Conservation District, where he works with other natural resource professionals to help private landowners in King County steward their natural resources. Mike grew up in the Midwest, studied Conservation Biology and History at the University of Wisconsin, and early in his career had the great fortune of working for conservation organizations similar to SHADOW. Before moving to the Pacific Northwest Mike did ecological restoration, wildland fire fighting, and forestry work in many different regions of the country. 


Mary Jane Glaser

Board service began in 2015

As a member of the Tahoma School District Board of Directors since 1998, Mary Jane has recognized the important impact of SHADOW on students. She serves, also, as the Sustainability Representative for the School Board. In 1998, Mary Jane founded the Maple Valley Creative Arts Council, a local, non-profit, arts agency. Community opportunities and partnerships are at the core of her work.


Klaus O. Richter, Honorary

Board service began in 2003

Klaus holds a Ph.D. from the University of Washington in Forest Zoology and is a former Ecologist & Researcher for King County, whose work on amphibian habitat has been widely recognized. Klaus has been involved with SHADOW since its inception and help shape many of the Nature Preserve‘s early education programs and restoration projects. Klaus has been a life-long advocate for wetland protection and designed SHADOW’samphibian pond.


Joy Stewart, Executive Director

Joy has a strong passion for conservation. She has a graduate degree in Environmental Systems from the University of California. Previously, Joy worked as a Wildlife Biologist specializing in habitat restoration for endangered species. In her spare time, she enjoys hiking, training dogs, and going on road trips.

Allie Mulvihill, Land Management Specialist

Allie has a degree in Conservation Biology from the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry. Her passion for outdoor adventure and drive for conserving biodiversity has led her to travel all over the United States and to live in countries like Belize, Honduras, and New Zealand. Her hobbies include hiking, kayaking, snowboarding, snowshoe/cross country skiing, rock hounding, and gardening. 

Gabi Esparza, Outreach Lead

SHADOW staff member since August 2018. Gabi is a King County native who currently lives in Renton. She graduated from Linfield College in McMinnville, Oregon with a degree in environmental science and minors in mathematics and biology. Over the past several years, she developed a serious interest for habitat restoration and environmental justice. Her other interests include sustainability, camping, nature walks, tiny houses, and ukulele.

Annalee Cameron, Education & Engagement Lead

Annalee is a western Washington native who is passionate about creating opportunities for community members to connect with the environment. Annalee has designed and lead environmental education programming with the University of Idaho, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, and the Franklin Conservation District. In her spare time, Annalee enjoys hiking, hunting & fishing, gardening, and identifying and learning about local flora and fauna.