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



Our vision is that the 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 and Founder of SHADOW, Max is an Engineer & Systems Manager at OTIS Elevators. Starting in 1978 Max built a home on one acre and married his wife, Erin, in 1980.  Max has also served 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 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 manager 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 former member of the Tahoma School District Board of Directors and its Sustainability Representative, Mary Jane recognized the important impact of SHADOW on students.  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 helping to design SHADOW’s amphibian pond.


Become our next Board Member!


SHADOW Lake Nature Preserve is looking for someone passionate about saving dwindling wildlife habitat in South King County and inspiring our community to join us. Learn more about your potential role as a Board Member and apply — https://shadowhabitat.org/board-recruitment/


Devon Clemens (She/Her),

Executive Director

Devon grew up in the Snoqualmie Valley and has a strong passion for restoring wildlife habitats and the connection between people and the natural world. She has an undergraduate degree in Environmental Science and a minor in Geography from Western Washington University, and five years of nonprofit experience including program management and fund development. Her interests and hobbies include spending time outdoors, practicing yoga, volunteering, and attending community events.

Gabi Esparza (She/Her),

Outreach Lead

Gabi grew up in what is now King County. While completing a degree in environmental science, she spent a year studying in Australia and developed a deep interest in environmental justice and habitat restoration. She graduated from Linfield College in McMinnville, Oregon. Her other interests include sustainability, camping, nature walks, and concerts.

Karen Matthews (She/Her),

Education & Community Engagement Lead

Karen is a Maine native who has called the Pacific Northwest home since 2009. She has a bachelor’s degree in Wildlife Biology from the University of Vermont and a master’s degree in Environmental and Life Sciences from Trent University in Ontario, Canada. She has many years of experience doing wildlife work, habitat restoration, and community education for non-profits and has a particular passion for engaging nature lovers in community science. Other personal interests include hiking, paddling, nature photography, and trying to keep up with her toddler.