Board of Directors
Steve Hyer, Jr.
Steve Hyer grew up in Olympia and has always had a great appreciation for nature and the great outdoors. He received his degree from the University of Washington in forest resource management and became a park ranger. Steve is the Director of Finance & Operations at the Child Care Action Council and has served on Capitol Land Trust’s board since 2010.
Kevin joined Capitol Land Trust’s board of directors in May 2013. Kevin has been lead counsel for the Squaxin Island Tribe for more than 25 years. Kevin comes to the Board keen to assist the Trust to collaborate with its public and private partners, problem solve to advance projects, and develop the organization with a vision to enhance its leadership role in issues at the county and state levels.
Kevin is an avid cyclist and Master Gardener.
Bob Van Schoorl
Bob joined the Capitol Land Trust’s board of directors in April 2014. Bob is retired after a 32-year career in state and local government. He served for ten years with the Department of Natural Resources where he became very interested in conservation and land management. He sees a direct connection between the conservation of upland habits and the water quality in Puget Sound. Bob grew up in eastern Washington where he learned to camp, hike, fish, and boat.
Craig joined the Board in 2014. Craig is retired after a 31-year career with the Washington State Department of Natural Resources including being Director of Policy & Government Relations. Craig is a fourth-generation Western Washington native and grew up in Seattle. He received BS and MS degrees from the University of Washington. He values the chance to help Capitol Land Trust continue its conservation strategies for our south Sound community.
Elizabeth attended The Evergreen State College and received a degree in Field Biology. She works as a managing partner with Ross Strategic, an environment, natural resources, and public health works consultancy. She has also worked on environmental policy and state/federal relationships for the Washington State Department of Ecology and the US Environmental Protection Agency in Seattle and Washington D.C.
Bill Carlson is a retired tree physiologist. He received a BS from the University of Washington and MS/PhD from The Ohio State University. He holds 27 US Patents. Bill grew up on Bainbridge Island on the homestead of his great grandfather which he is working to preserve. Bill is an avid kayaker and hiker. He is a strong supporter of shoreline protection, and would like to see more working lands protected from development.
Lynn graduated from Auburn University with a degree in zoology, and worked for the US Fish and Wildlife Service for nearly 30 years before retiring in 2006. As a division manager in the Western Washington Office, he supervised the Service’s role in avoiding impacts from water development projects, such as hydropower dams, Corps of Engineers projects, and highway construction. Lynn and his wife Mary, are avid sailors and spend much of their free time cruising Puget Sound.
Jane was introduced to CLT through her work in the Communications Office of the Department of Natural Resources. Jane participates in the Marketing and Outreach Committee, which taps into her interest in communications. Jane is an artist, doing spatial design and painting. She also gardens and enjoys spending time with her husband, Steve, their kids and granddaughter.
Diane Cooper has been a resident of the Puget Sound region since 1960. Diane is responsible for helping in the development and implementation of environmental and regulatory policies for Taylor Shellfish. Diane holds a B.S. in marine science and has over 25 years in natural resource management experience. Diane is committed to conserving, protecting and restoring those “special places” here in the Pacific Northwest ensuring their protection for our children, grandchildren and their future.
Allie received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Western Washington University and a law degree from the University of Washington. Her love of the outdoors and natural places has taken her to the top of Mt. Kilimanjaro, Everest Base Camp, and the Saharan desert. She is currently an attorney with the Washington Attorney General’s Office.
Bill graduated from Washington State University and began his career working for the state legislature. For 30 years he worked for state government focusing on finance and budgeting. After leaving government, Bill became the Director of State Government Relations for The Nature Conservancy of Washington. He represented The Nature Conservancy and other environmental organizations on a variety of state legislative and agency policy issues.
Teresa earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Forest Resources from the University of Washington. She received a Master of Business Administration degree with an emphasis on technology and innovation management from Pacific Lutheran University and graduated from the Washington AgForestry Leadership Program. Teresa is the Director of Communications for Port Blakely Tree Farms. She oversees public relations, charitable giving and environmental education programs.
Fred Romero joined the board of directors in April 2011. Fred moved to the Olympia area in 1982. Over the next 31 years, Fred worked as a policy and governmental relations executive in various state agencies. Fred retired in 2009 and has spent a good deal of time traveling in Latin America, Mexico and Germany.
Tom Terry has been involved in natural resource conservation since his early days growing up on the family farm in Mitchellville, Maryland. He holds a Ph.D. in Soil Science/Forestry from North Carolina State University. Tom worked in forestry research with Weyerhaeuser Company for 38+ years. Tom and his wife, Priscilla, also work closely with other conservation groups, such as The Nature Conservancy and the Puget Sound Restoration project.
Barb was welcomed as a member of CLT’s Board of Directors in 2015. She earned a degree in Wildlife Management from the University of Maine. She spent her career in engineering consulting, working to investigate and clean up contaminated sites. She brings to the Board her positive energy, and commitment to CLT’s long term conservation vision and stewardship needs.
Amanda is a widely respected and emerging leader in the land conservation community. She worked for The Nature Conservancy at their world headquarters in Arlington, Virginia, for almost a decade. She completed her MBA at Georgetown University with a concentration in organizational strategy. Amanda is an avid cyclist, rock climber, backpacker, skier, snowboarder, and practices yoga
Laurence oversees the acquisition, stewardship and restoration efforts at CLT. He is passionate about conservation and enjoys working with landowners to find creative approaches to conserving property. Prior to joining CLT in 2008, he worked in state government, academia and the army. He studied environmental science and forestry at Utah State University and has a PhD in forest economics from the University of Minnesota.
Land Protection Manager
Thom has over 20 years of real estate acquisition experience. He spent ten years as the Real Estate Acquisition Supervisor for the Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife, in Olympia, and partnered with CLT on our Black River Ranch acquisition project. Thom also spent 13 years working as a Lands Program Manager at the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation in Missoula, MT.
Finance & Operations Manager
Quita grew up in Olympia and received her BA in English from Western Washington University. She has been with Capitol Land Trust since 2012, keeping everything in the office running smoothly. Her first lesson in stewarding the land was picking up trash on Olympic Peninsula with her father when she was five and she now enjoys sharing similar experiences with her own children.
Community Conservation Manager
Daron has worked in jobs associated with natural/water resources and conservation/restoration for five years for non-profits, federal and state agencies before joining Capitol Land Trust in 2015. He has a BA in Political Science, an AAS in Water Resources and a Master’s degree in Environmental Studies. Daron’s work experience includes a mix of conducting field-based scientific studies, designing and implementing restoration projects and working with community members and kids to promote environmental education.
Alison has lived in Olympia since 2008. She has a B.S. in Planning, Public Policy and Management with a concentration in Nonprofit Management from the University of Oregon. When not at work, Alison spends time with her husband Hugh. They enjoy a vast array of activities: hiking, kayaking, biking, skiing, snowshoeing, recreational sports and hanging out with friends and family.
Mike earned his J.D. at the University of Washington. Afterwards, he returned to college to study ecology at Evergreen State College—and later attended the University of Maryland graduating with an MS in Biology. Mike taught environmental science at South Puget Sound Community College. In 2004, he and his husband, Ernie Paul, donated a conservation easement to CLT on 23 acres of wetland and forest near Evergreen State College.
AmeriCorps Restoration Coordinator
Mary spent most of her life in the Midwest just outside of St. Louis, Missouri. She completed her undergraduate degree in Environmental Science from the University of Washington. Since then, she has done environmental restoration work around the Puget Sound with various organizations as well as environmental education on Vashon Island. Mary enjoys hiking, kayaking, birding, photography, and gardening