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If you are interested in joining the Washington Wild Board of Directors click here for more information.  See below for our current Board of Directors.


Mark Walters, Board PresidentMark Walters
Board President

Mark joined the Board in 2012 and is a member of the Seattle chapter of the Mountaineers. An avid hiker and climber, Mark is passionate about wilderness. He was pleased for the opportunity to serve on the Washington Wild Board, drawing on his experience with other environmentally focused non-profits, including Outward Bound. Mark is a registered patent attorney and partner with the law firm of Lowe, Graham Jones, PLLC, in Seattle where he represents clients in litigation matters involving intellectual property. Mark lives with his wife and three children in Seattle’s Queen Anne neighborhood.

 


Harriet Bakken, Board SecretaryHarriet Bakken
Board Secretary

Harriet, originally from Oregon, grew a love for the great outdoors early-on through fly fishing trips, horseback riding, and exploring the beauty of the Pacific Northwest. Her connection to the outdoors and desire to protect wilderness, brought her to the Board of Washington Wild in May 2015. She brings a background in finance/accounting, along with experience with youth outreach. Harriet received her B.A. in English, with a minor in Math, from Middlebury College in Vermont. She transitioned to Seattle in 1988 when she earned an MBA in Finance and Accounting from University of Washington.

While in Seattle, she spent time working in the finance industry, in addition to volunteering at schools in a variety of roles working with students and serving on several PTA boards. Harriet and her husband, Jon, are the proud parents of three children and enjoy spending their free time skiing, hiking, and otherwise playing in the great outdoors.


Adam Lenhardt, Board TreasurerAdam Lenhardt
Board Treasurer

Adam has a business background specializing in finance, accounting and project management. He is currently the Director of Financial Planning and Analysis at Porch. Previously, he held financial management positions at Online Shoes, WaMu, JPMorgan Chase. Adam earned his B.S. degree in Finance & Accounting from the University of Dayton. Afterwards, he completed the Financial Management Program at General Electric Capital which focused on finance, business, and leadership skills.

When not crunching numbers, Adam enjoys traveling both domestically and internationally. He has enjoyed hiking the John Muir Trail, West Coast Trail, Machu Picchu Trail, and several long sections of the Pacific Crest Trail in Washington. In 2010, he spent 1.5 years volunteering and backpacking his way across Latin America. While in South America, he studied Spanish, volunteered at an orphanage in Bolivia, volunteered in microfinance in Paraguay, and enjoyed many trekking trips in the Andes and the jungle.


Tim Overland, Board MemberTim Overland
Board Member

Tim is the founder of Overland Real Estate. Previously, he was the COO at Security Properties. Tim has broad real estate experience in transactions, consulting, valuation, management, marketing, investor relations, and development. Prior to joining Security Properties in 2008, he held investment positions with MacFarlane Partners, as well as real estate consulting roles at Arthur Andersen and PricewaterhouseCoopers. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from the University of Puget Sound and an MBA from the Haas School of Business at the University of California at Berkeley. Tim is a member of YPO, the Urban Land Institute, and American Whitewater. He is also the Chairman of the Board for Common Ground, a Seattle-based non-profit affordable housing consultancy.

Tim‘s interest in conservation dates back to his upbringing in southern Oregon, where he spent much of his youth whitewater kayaking and fly fishing. His many days spent paddling and fishing on the Wild and Scenic Rogue River have contributed to a strong belief in the preservation of wild spaces and special places.


Fritz Wollett, Board MemberFritz Wollett
Board Member

Fritz grew up in Seattle and his passion for nature began when he took his first hike to Pratt Lake near Snoqualmie Pass as a Boy Scout. Since then, he has backpacked throughout the mountain ranges of the West, including the Cascades, Olympics, sierra, Rockies, Winds, and Sawtooths. Following graduation from the University of Texas Law School, Fritz worked for the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission in San Francisco for 20 years. He was a member of the adjunct faculty at McGeorge School of Law in Sacramento and has argued before the United States Supreme Court and the Washington State Supreme Court.

Fritz returned to Seattle in the early 90’s and practiced labor and employment law in the Seattle City Attorney’s office before retiring in 2014. He spends his retirement teaching kids to ski, tutoring youth at the Seattle Public Library, and volunteering as an attorney in the Downtown Legal Services clinic. Fritz enjoys Nordic and alpine skiing, cycling, and the company of his newest hiking companion, a Chesapeake Bay Retriever mix. As a new board member, Fritz is looking forward to campaigns to expand wilderness and to introducing families to the wild lands and waters of Washington State.


Ben Curran, Courtesy of Ben CurranBen Curran
Board Member

Ben, a Seattle Native, joined the Washington Wild Board in June 2016 after three years of supporting Washington Wild’s Brewshed® Alliance Program through his business, Watershed Pub & Kitchen in Northgate, as a Brewshed Partner.  Ben graduated from the University of Washington in 2003 with a BA in Philosophy with minors in Music and Architectural Studies.  At the age of 22 he started at Fiddler’s Inn, a sister pub of Brewshed Partner Latona Pub, and quickly found himself at home in the beer community. 

Gradually over time his dream began to form of running his own business and in the spring of 2014 that dream became a reality with the opening of Watershed Pub & Kitchen in Northgate. Since just after opening Watershed has been one of the strongest supporters of the Brewshed Alliance, as a partner and as a business.  An avid hiker and camper, Ben always enjoys returning from travelling elsewhere, because he is reminded of how beautiful and unique Washington is.



Photo Courtesy of Andrew EscobarAndrew Escobar

Board Member

Andrew joined the Washington Wild Board in November 2016.  Born and raised in Southern California, he developed an early love for nature with frequent childhood camping trips, surfing in the summer, and skiing and snowboarding the local mountains in the winter.  He graduated from the University of Southern California with a B.A. in both History and Political Science and later earned his J.D. from Yale Law School.  Andrew is a partner in the Seattle office of DLA Piper LLP (US), with a practice that focuses on securities, complex commercial, class action, and real estate litigation in Washington, Oregon, California, and New York.  He brings a strong work ethic and enthusiastic attitude to Washington Wild and is looking forward to helping protect and expand the Wilderness areas in his new home state.

Since moving to the Pacific Northwest in 2010, Andrew and his wife Michelle, together with their three kids and four dogs, love to explore Washington’s incredible natural beauty.  In particular, Andrew enjoys hiking, skiing, running outdoor obstacle courses, fishing, and paddle boarding.



Dave Gould
Board Member

Dave Gould joined the Washington Wild Board in January 2017. Dave grew up in Seattle and traveled around the U.S. as a migrant IBM software engineer for many years, before returning to Seattle to continue his primary interests in education, technology, and outdoor recreation. Dave was an early contributor to the Washington Wilderness Coalition, is a 40-year member of the Sierra Club, and has served as a climber and medic with Seattle Mountain Rescue. He has been an avid hiker and trail runner completing ultramarathons in the U.S., Canada, and Switzerland.

Dave’s education includes a BS in math, a MBA, a MS in Software Engineering, and an Ed.D. with a focus on business and technology. Currently, Dave is a faculty member in Walden University’s PhD in Management program where he has designed classes on sustainability, strategic planning, and systems science. In addition, he is on the faculty of City University of Seattle teaching classes on strategic planning in Mexico and the U.S. His current research interests are in sustainability and complex systems. Dave and his wife Peggy live in West Seattle and enjoy hiking in Washington’s wild places as well as other wild places around the world.



Kevin Kelly, Courtesy of Kevin KellyKevin Kelly

Board Member

Kevin Kelly joined the Washington Wild Board in July 2016. He brings a unique background of political and policy experience from the federal, state and local levels of government. As General Manger of Recology® CleanScapes, Mr. Kelly oversees over 300 employees responsible for the garbage, recycling and organics collection for 100,000 residential customers and 10,000 commercial customers.  Recology CleanScapes also processes approximately 100,000 tons of commingled recyclable material annually and operates three retail stores.  Previously, Kevin worked for Congressman Dave Reichert and King County Councilwoman Jane Hague. He also worked for two years as Public Affairs Manager at the Bellevue Chamber of Commerce.  Kevin is deeply passionate about protecting Washington’s wild lands and waters and had worked on the Alpine Lakes Wilderness additions campaign as Dave Reichert’s first DC legislative staffer in 2006 and 2007.

Kevin earned his B.A. in Political Science from Syracuse University and is scheduled to earn an M.B.A. from the University of Washington in 2016. Kevin and his wife Janet live in Green Lake where they enjoy spending time with their two daughters.


Roger Mellem, Immediate Past Board PresidentRoger Mellem
Board Member Emeritus

Roger Mellem has been an avid wilderness conservationist since before the first Earth Day in 1970. He has testified at many Congressional hearings and was the Sierra Club’s Acting Northwest Representative in 1973. Roger is a Life Member of the Sierra Club, Olympic Park Associates, and Montana Wilderness Association. He is also a member of a Yale University international environmental committee, the Leadership Council of the School of Forestry and Environmental Studies.

Roger is an attorney at Ryan, Swanson & Cleveland, PLLC in Seattle. He prosecutes, defends and resolves tough securities, real estate and other commercial cases on behalf of businesses and individuals, and serves as a mediator as well.

Roger graduated from the Honors College of the University of Oregon. Prior to entering law school, he spent four years managing environmental issues in Oregon government. Roger obtained his first year of legal training at the Yale Law School. He then transferred to the University of Oregon Law School, where he graduated second in his class. He clerked for a federal judge in Oregon for two years and then joined a Seattle law firm.

Roger’s affection of the outdoors involves climbing. In 1974 he did the first ascent of a 20,300-foot peak in northern Pakistan with the late wilderness advocate Willi Unsoeld. Roger instructed for the Pacific Crest Outward Bound School for parts of five summers, and during 2011 he climbed in the Colorado Rockies, Ecuadorian Andes and the Nepal Himalaya.