Meet the Staff

Curt Soper
Executive Director

Curt is a native of the Pacific Northwest and has enjoyed a career in land and water conservation in which he has held leadership positions with The Nature Conservancy, The Trust for Public Land, the State of Georgia, and now The Chelan Douglas Land Trust. His focus has been in conserving land and creating great greenspaces in an effective, visionary and financially sound manner. Curt earned his B.S. in Earth Sciences from the University of Washington and is the proud father of a son (John), and daughter (Rachel).

Rebecca Frank
Stewardship Assistant

Rebecca is a long-time Wenatchee resident. She earned her ATS degree in Natural Resources from Wenatchee Valley College in 2012, joining the Land Trust as a seasonal staff member later that year. You may recognize Rebecca from the Wenatchee Foothills trails, battling weeds, picking up trash and monitoring trail conditions. She enjoys spending time with her parrots, cat, and husband in her free time.

Michelle Tiegel

Michelle moved to Washington after graduating from Humboldt State University with a BS in Business Marketing and a Minor in Natural Resource Interpretation.  Her career began with Washington State Parks leading tours of a limestone cave in NE Washington. In 1997, she moved to Lake Wenatchee State Park where she was a Park Ranger and Assistant Park Manager.  Her fondest memories of her 20 years with Washington State Parks were all the times she witnessed park visitors truly connecting to the natural world around them.  

Michelle is married and has a son and daughter and loves taking them out to hike, bike, camp and climb.

Mickey Fleming
Lands Program Manager

Mickey has practiced law since 1979, representing landowners in Ohio on issues relating to real property in administrative and litigation forums. Before going to law school, she received a bachelor’s degree in Agriculture from Purdue University. Friends and the beauty of the Northwest brought Mickey and her husband Dirk Horton to Wenatchee to use their talents in new ways and to enjoy its recreational opportunities. She is a Chelan County Master Gardener and the mother of two sons.

Sharon Lunz
Development Director

Sharon brings a passion for land conservation and a combination of business, marketing and outdoor leadership experience to the Land Trust. She has a BA in history from the University of Washington. Sharon guided hiking, rafting and ski trips for 15 years before joining the business world, and was the Marketing Director for Sleeping Lady Mountain Retreat, a recognized leader in environmentally sustainable practices, immediately prior to coming to the Chelan-Douglas Land Trust (CDLT). Sharon has been with the CDLT for 14 years, and her responsibilities have included outreach, membership, communications, finance. Sharon has led CDLT’s fundraising efforts since 2008.

Hillary Schwirtlich
Membership & Education Coordinator

Hillary first came to North Central Washington as an AmeriCorps trail crew member based in the Entiat Valley in 2009. That experience left her with a deep love of the region and a desire to work towards healthy communities and ecosystems. She went on to work in a variety of community organizing and outdoor education positions, and completed her M.Ed in Environmental Education from Western Washington University and the North Cascades Institute in March 2014. A 2011 Pacific Crest Trail thru-hiker, she loves backpacking and rock climbing, practicing natural history, gardening and good literature.

Bob Bugert
Partnerships Director

Bob has worked on a number of issues related to land and water conservation and restoration, with particular focus on salmon recovery.  Prior to his work with the Land Trust, Bob served for the past nine years as a policy advisor in the Washington Governor’s Salmon Recovery Office.  He is a graduate of the Washington Agriculture and Forestry Education Foundation, and has master’s and bachelor’s degrees in fishery and wildlife biology.  Bob and his wife Carolyn have lived with their three boys in the Wenatchee Valley since 1990.

David Morgan
Watershed Coordinator

David grew up on Long Island and always loved being outside.  The week after graduating from NYU, he became a park ranger and finally figured out what that meant.  After several seasons of moving from park to park, David finished grad school at the University of Idaho and took a job as a fish biologist in Grangeville, ID.  Next came a job with U.S. Fish and Wildlife in Wenatchee focusing on conservation of bull trout and other endangered species, as well as fish habitat protection and restoration.  He collaborated with the Chelan-Douglas Land Trust on several projects and the organization made an impression.  In 2010 David and his family moved to Denmark.  David feels fortunate to have been able to return home and join a group doing work that he loves.

Judy Cleveland
Accounting Manager

Judy is a native Washingtonian, born in Bremerton and raised on a farm near Moses Lake with 8 siblings. She is married and has three sons, one stepdaughter, one granddaughter and 4 step grandchildren. As a young mom she went back to college and got an accounting degree at CWU and passed the CPA exam. Judy worked in public accounting for 11 years, the fruit industry for 10 years and most recently as controller for the Community Foundation of NCW. A Wenatchee resident for 26 years, Judy and her husband live in a beautiful house near Sleepy Hollow Bridge built by her busband, who is a carpenter. She enjoys gardening, reading, Zumba and going RVing with family and friends.

Kathy Peven
Communications Coordinator

Kathy has a background ranging in experience from whitewater rafting guide to graphic designer. She has a BS in Visual Communication from Western Washington University. Since joining the Chelan-Douglas Land Trust staff in 2007, she has held positions in bookkeeping and office administration, outreach, and communications. Kathy and her husband Chuck are the parents of 2 grown children and have lived in Wenatchee since 1988.

Hanne Beener
Trails & Stewardship Coordinator

Hanne comes from rural northeastern Washington, but has called the Wenatchee Valley home since 2007. She graduated with a BA in Spanish and International Studies from the University of Idaho, but found herself drawn to managing and protecting our wildlands. Hanne worked for the U.S. Forest Service for 8 years, and also for the conservation organization, Conservation Northwest. She lives in Leavenworth, and enjoys backcountry skiing, mountain bike touring, and showing her pup all the great trail runs in the area.

Omar Garcia
Stewardship & Outreach Assistant

Omar is a born and raised Wenatchee resident. He loves anything to do with hunting, fishing, or the outdoors. Omar has a background in natural resources from Wenatchee Valley College and plans on doing everything he can to help keep our state as beautiful as it is now for future generations to come. Omar is also an avid gardener and enjoys raising chickens and turkeys. 

Neal Hedges
Stewardship Director

Neal has worked with natural resources in a variety of ecosystems for over 40 years. Before coming to the Land Trust, Neal was a wildlife biologist with the Bureau of Land Management in Wenatchee working with endangered species, forest and shrub-steppe management, and riparian restoration. He has a BS from WSU and a MS from U of Guelph, Canada. He and his wife Diana Sanford are artists who enjoy many outdoor activities including trailer camping, hiking, and canoeing.