Staff

Patrick Walker
Executive Director
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Patrick Walker

Executive Director

Patrick has worked in the non-profit and local government worlds for the last seven years and brings a wealth of experience and skills needed tosuccessfully run a non-profit organization. As a father, and husband who is passionate about community and the outdoors he spends his time when not recreating, volunteering to serve on community event planning boards, fundraising committees, as a ski and soccer coach, and playing host and emcee for local community events. His connection to the community of Leavenworth, and the Greater Wenatchee Valley intersects many circles andinterests.

Patrick’s educational background is in program development and risk management. His work experience over the last 20 years has provided him a background in business development, management and working within diverse organizational structures, from small local business, to non-profit to local government to large semi-corporate organizations.

Ian Fair
Program Director
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Ian Fair

Program Director

Teacher Certification, The Prescott College
Certificate in Environment, Education and Community, Islandwood Graduate Program
M.Ed. Science Education, University of Washington
B.A. Ecology and Conservation, University of Washington
 
Ian Fair began a career in outdoor education guiding back-country wilderness experiences in the White Mountains of New Hampshire. Moving westward, he obtained a degree in Ecology and Conservation from the University of Washington and began work as a field researcher for the US Forest Service. In 2008, Ian completed a Masters in Science Education from the University of Washington where he concentrated on connecting field experiences with classroom-based science curriculum. Ian has worked as a park ranger for the North Cascades National Park, an elementary school teacher, and as an educator for various environmental centers including North Cascades Institute and the Teton Science School. His other interests include back-country skiing, fly-fishing, and community-potlucks. 

Will Crowley
Youth Programs Manager
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Will Crowley

Youth Programs Manager

Will has been involved in youth education for the last ten years. He has spent over three years working and volunteering in public schools around Washington, been involved with multiple summer camp programs, led seabird population surveys and classes, and produced science education music to be utilized by educators around the world. Outside of work he enjoys cooking, hiking, reading, playing music, and spending time with family and friends.

Brook Hinton
C.O.R.E. Adult Programs & CommunityEvents Manager
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Brook Hinton

C.O.R.E. Adult Programs & CommunityEvents Manager

Brook has always been intrigued with the intersection of society and the environment. She graduated with a B.A. in Geography from the University of Washington and is finishing her Master's in Professional Science Management at the University of Idaho. Prior to pursuing her Master's degree she spent 6 years working in Special Education. She enjoys gardening, canning, horseback riding, and camping with her husband and two sons.

Megan Kramer
Communications Coordinator
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Megan Kramer

Communications Coordinator

Megan has been working in the Environmental Science and Green Building
industries for over a decade specializing in residential energy
conservation. She has a Masters degree in Green Design from Carnegie
Mellon University. In 2014 Megan moved to the Upper Valley from Bend,
Oregon where she managed weatherization programs for both the local
Community Action Agency and Energy Trust of Oregon. She is excited to
be living in an area that reminds her of growing up in Vermont.

Heidi Bard
Administrative Assistant
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Heidi Bard

Administrative Assistant

Heidi  has worked several Environmental Education schools over the past 20 years in California and Colorado and is passionate about getting kids in natures as much as possible. She earned  and has her MA in Teaching from the University of Alaska Southeast and spent many years exploring public lands for potential wilderness deisgnation.  She now spends most of her time with her family. If they are not playing soccer, they are usually hiking or sking in the mountains. With every free moment, she tries to get her hands in the soil and grow as much food as possible.  

Trinity Korcz
Traveling Naturalist
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Trinity Korcz

Traveling Naturalist

Trinity received her degree in Biology (Natural Sciences) from Concordia University in Irvine, California. Her degree included focus research on protecting southern California sagebrush ecosystems from invasive species. In previous work experience, Trinity has focused in educating the public to preserve wetlands throughout California. In 2014 Trinity moved to Washington to serve with the nonprofit; AmeriCorps. This gave her the opportunity to teach natural science activities in classrooms and during the Wenatchee School District’s after school program.  One of her many goals is to inspire students to take the health of the environment into their own hands by practicing environmental stewardship. Outside of work she enjoys backpacking with friends and family, advocating for animal rights, mentoring, and long walks with her dog.