WHO WE ARE 

Mission

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

 

Vision

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 has retired from Otis Elevator after 46 years working as an Engineer & Systems Manager. Max is still working on special projects for Otis. 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 as chair and member.  Max is currently 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. Organizations that have recognized her stewardship work include King Conservation District and Washington State University.

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.

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.

Hugh Brown

Board service began in 2022

Hugh Brown has a PhD in Soil Management from Iowa State University; taught in the Natural Resources and Environmental Management Department at Ball State University; worked as Field Station Director at Pierce Cedar Creek Institute; and co-authored “Caring for Land Trust Properties.” He served as President of the Indiana Land Protection Alliance and the Michigan Chapter of the Soil and Water Conservation Society. He lives with his family in the Woodside development.

 

Christine Anne

Board service began in 2022

Christine Anne was born and raised in South Puget Sound and has a Master’s of Science in Environmental Policy and Management in Fish and Wildlife Management.  Christine is a professional animal keeper and conservationist of twenty years.  She is dedicated to contributing to conservation locally and globally to help preserve habitats so that animals and people will thrive together within them.  

 

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/

 

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.

Nathan LeClear (He/Him),

Restoration & Education Program Lead

Nathan was born and raised in eastern Kansas. He has a bachelor’s degree in Biology from Emporia State University and a PhD in Plant Biology from the University of Texas at Austin. He has worked as a botanist on National Forest and Bureau of Land Management land in several western states and is enthusiastically discovering the beauty of Washington after making his home here in 2021. Gardening, music, outdoor exploration, and creative expression are among his hobbies.