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).
Jessica has worked on local, state, and national campaigns both in urban and rural areas to improve the health of communities and individuals. Her background is in community organizing and capacity building, and she strongly believes that our physical environment deeply impacts our physical and mental health. Jessica has long dreamt about using her skills to work on local land conservation and is thrilled to join the land trust to help preserve this area for generations to come.
Jessica holds a Masters in Public Health from Portland State University and a Bachelors in International Studies from the University of Southern Maine. When not working, Jessica can be found playing in the mountains with her husband and toddler.
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 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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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 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.
Joan has over 14 years of accounting experience, previously in the construction industry. She was self-employed propagating & managing an ornamental nursery. She enjoys gardening, hiking, horseback riding, and all things outdoors.
Olivia is originally from the chilly lands of Wisconsin, but has lived out west for the majority of her adult life. She graduated from The Evergreen State College in Olympia where she focused on ecology and botany. She has held a variety of positions working on public and private lands in the PNW and Great Basin. Olivia moved to Cashmere with her husband in 2017 and is enjoying getting to know the people and exploring the outdoors in this gorgeous area.
As a biologist, naturalist, and educator, Susan Ballinger is respected for her depth of knowledge and ability to inspire. Raised in Montana, Susan developed a love of the outdoors that led to Masters degrees in Biology and Education and a career-long commitment to making science understandable to the non-scientist. Her passion for experiential learning is evidenced by her decade of work, developing science field experiences for Wenatchee School District. She has served on the boards of the Washington Native Plant Society and Chelan-Douglas Land Trust, and is a citizen science volunteer for botany and bird projects. Susan designed and teaches the Wenatchee Naturalist course offered by Wenatchee Valley College with CDLT serving as the program sponsor. When not researching, writing and teaching, you’ll find Susan in the foothills she loves, often joined by her husband Paul.