WHO WE ARE 

Mission

SHADOW Lake Nature Preserve stewards critical habitat, increases access to green spaces, and provides inclusive environmental education to cultivate a land use ethic throughout the Puget Sound Region.

 

Vision

SHADOW Lake Nature Preserve’s vision is to cultivate a resilient community that values and embraces ownership of our shared environment.

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.

 

Amy Blue

Board service began in 2018

Amy is a land use attorney with her own law practice here in Maple Valley. As a mother of four and a local business owner, Amy is passionate about supporting the Maple Valley community and joined the SHADOW board in May 2018 with that objective. Amy serves as the legal advisor to the SHADOW board and assists staff with legal matters as needed.

 

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. Joy has a graduate degree in Environmental Systems from the University of California. She recently moved to the King County area in 2018 from California where she was working as a Wildlife Biologist helping to restore native habitats for endangered species. In her spare time, she enjoys hiking, training dogs, and going on road trips. 

joy@shadowhabitat.org

Cordelia Boyle, Restoration & Outreach Specialist

Cordelia “Delia” is originally from Rhode Island and graduated from Saint Michael’s College in Burlington, Vermont in 2015 with a degree in Biology. Since then she has developed a passion for conservation work while traveling and working in a variety of settings including small farms in New Zealand to offshore waters in the Atlantic Ocean. In her free time, she enjoys rock climbing, hiking, and sailing. 

cordelia@shadowhabitat.org

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. Now, she is excited to work for SHADOW and start her career.

gabi@shadowhabitat.org

Melissa Polevoy, Restoration and Education Intern

SHADOW staff member since April 2019. Melissa is a Pacific Northwest native who graduated from Northwest University in 2018 with her degree in Environmental Science. During her time as a student, she worked in recycling education and outreach in King and Snohomish County. Melissa is passionate about environmental education and is interested in ecological restoration. She has various outdoor hobbies including running, hiking, and snowboarding. Melissa is excited to be a member of the SHADOW team and for the opportunity to foster environmental stewardship in her native region.

melissa@shadowhabitat.org