Board of Directors


Our board is a working board, and they participate in all our programs as well as in fund raising and outreach. If you are interested in participating on our board, contact us here.

Lee Chavez, President

Lee has  worked for the US Forest Service for many years as a professional hydrologist and is our go-to person for all things in streams.  She is an active educator working with us at the Outdoor Classroom, and participates in our spawning surveys and smolt count. Lee is also is an active Island County Beach Watcher, and Audubon member.

Robert Gentz, Treasurer

Bob is great resource for us, keeping track of bookeeping and finances. He also participates in our restoration and research projects, and raises many trees in his backyard. He is a Beach Watcher, a former Whidbey Audubon board member, and Goosefoot board member to name a few of his contributions to our island community.

Marie Bergstrom, Secretary 

Marie is a retired elementary school teacher, recently having moved with her husband  to Whidbey Island from Federal Way. She is originally from the East coast but has lived many places including Asia and Africa. Her interest in WWS is teaching at the Outdoor Education Center.

Barbara Lavaty, Board Member

Barbara is a retired accounting manager who recently moved to Whidbey Island from Portland, Oregon with her husband.  After falling in love with Whidbey Island they purchased property almost 20 years ago specifically to retire on. She now has a large vegetable garden, watches birds, enjoys having room for their dogs to run and being involved in the community.  She has been an environmental advocate for years and feels that early environmental education for our children is key to saving the environment.

Candace Jordan, Board Member

Candace is our longest serving board member, is a Realtor with Keller Williams, volunteered for years with the Whidbey Island Garden Tour, and is now president of the Goosefoot board.

Wendy Visconty, Board Member

Wendy is a retired CPA with a love of the environment, and a love of sharing it with kids. She volunteers with several Whidbey Island nonprofits and in her spare time loves to grow food in her large veggie garden, watch birds, and walk her dog in our many beautiful parks.

Advisory Committee

In addition to our board, we maintain contacts in the community that have helped us over the years. These generous people come to our aid when we need advice or a helping hand.

Linda Ade Ridder

Kim Bredensteir

Sharon Emerson

Dawna Fowler

Marge Maurer-Gemkow

Greg Gilles

Janet Hall

John Hastings

Ann Hayden

Nancy Hepp

Diane Kaufman

Ann Linnae

Nicole Luce

Patrick McDaniel

Gregg Ridder

Nat Scholz

Fredrick Schram

Jim Sievers

Mary Jo Sievers

Nancy Waddell