Daniel Hull, Executive Director has been a community organizer and environmental educator for over 28 years. He has worked with several government agencies including US Geologic Survey, US Fish and Wildlife Service, US Forest Service, US National Park Service, the Nisqually Squaxin and Quinault Tribes, Washington Department of Natural Resources, and Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife. He has also worked with many community groups, NGOs, and non-profits. During his tenure in community engagement, Daniel has created, managed, and participated in dozens of monitoring projects and presented thousands of educational programs. These programs focused on connecting the community with their local environments and linking that with overall ecosystem health. The culmination of efforts put forth was instrumental in the creation of a community-driven State DNR Aquatic Reserve in 2011. Daniel has a general degree in Natural Science and minor in Communication and Interpretation from Hocking College in Nelsonville, Ohio.
Terence Lee, Scientific Technician has worked in the nonprofit community in Olympia as a scientist for the last eight years, because he is passionate about environmental issues; something that began while growing up in San Francisco. He learned how to fish and garden from his dad, which eventually led to a desire to learn how take care of the natural world. He earned a BS in Environmental Science from The Evergreen State College with a focus in conservation and marine biology. Saving the world is a big job that nobody can do by themselves, but it can be done when many individuals work cooperatively to accomplish that goal. Terence is inspired to use citizen science as a tool to connect people with nature and teach others new ways to appreciate the natural wonders of the world. One of his dreams is that salmon populations up and down the West Coast will be restored, which will lead to healthier societies, economies, and people. Not surprisingly, Terence loves to fish, garden, and read in his spare time.
April Roe, Education Director was born and raised in eastern Pennsylvania. Her passion for clean water and healthy ecosystems led her to earn a bachelor of science degree in Environmental Resource Management from Penn State. While in college, she spent her summers working with inner city youth in Philadelphia and later worked on Penn State’s organic agriculture farm. After graduation, she moved to Washington to accept an AmeriCorps position as an Education & Outreach Associate with Thurston County Stream Team. Immediately falling in love with the Pacific Northwest, she enjoyed spending her days outside with inquisitive students and volunteers. April is excited to be the Education Director for NRNC and appreciates working alongside NRNC’s fantastic volunteers. She strives to provide quality educational programming to students throughout the region. When she is not working, April enjoys hiking, snowshoeing, and exploring Washington with her friends.
Sam Kaviar is an in-residence caretaker at the Nisqually Reach Nature Center. He hails originally from Louisville, KY and has a Bachelor of Science degree from The Evergreen State College with concentrations in Conservation Biology and Animal Behavior. He was a scientific technician for the USGS’ monitoring effort of the Nisqually Delta. He is the owner and operator of the eco-tourism company Kayak Nisqually: Puget Sound Adventures.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Daniel Krenz, President is an 8-year U.S. Army combat veteran that has been with the Nature Center since 2008, a member of the Board since 2012, and serving as President since 2017. Daniel attended Pierce College and The Evergreen State College for his undergraduate science work and received a Master’s of Natural Resources degree from Oregon State University. Daniel is a senior project manager with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in Seattle, specializing in Clean Water Act regulation.
Brian Scott, Vice President is our newest board member. He recently retired after 28 years as an Army Officer. His wife is an Army Colonel at Madigan Army Medical Center on Fort Lewis. He has two young children who love NRNC summer camps. After traveling and living all over the world, he has decided to set roots here in Washington and contribute to the continued success of NRNC and its great mission.
Jessica York, Treasurer is originally from Spokane, Washington but now calls Lacey home. Her time with the Army moved her to a variety of places over the years. Jessica enjoys swimming, photography, puzzles, sewing, and game nights with her kids. She is excited to put her accounting and business expertise to great use for a great cause and take on the new role as Treasurer.
Katitza (Kat) Holthaus, Secretary grew up in Southern California where the majority of her days were spent at the beach and learning about marine life. She volunteered with a local organization leading community water quality testing, fish seines, and beach clean ups. In 2007, she moved to Washington to pursue her bachelor and master degrees. She currently works for the Department of Health as a policy analyst. Kat became a board member in 2017 but has been volunteering with summer camps, forage fish surveys, and PIGU surveys at NRNC since March 2016. The health of Puget Sound is vital to Washington’s existence and she wants to share her passion in protecting natural resources with anyone who will listen.
Cris Peck is originally from Cincinnati, Ohio, but has worked in the Nisqually area since 2012. Cris worked for the Nisqually Land Trust for 5 years doing habitat restoration and land conservation projects throughout the watershed. Before that, he worked at a cannery in Alaska, was a camp counselor in Kentucky, did trail crew in Appalachia, and worked on restoration projects throughout the Midwest, including wetland mitigation in the infamous Cuyahoga River watershed. Cris is currently the caretaker with the Nature Center, and in early 2016 became a board member. The Nisqually watershed and its estuary would not be protected without concerned citizens working together for the benefit of our natural world, and he is honored to be a part of this unique community.
Cindy Barrett has lived in and loved the Puget Sound area since she was 12, courtesy of her father’s career in the Navy. In 2015 she graduated from the University of Washington, Seattle where she earned her bachelor’s degree Comparative History of Ideas, and minored in Bioethics and Humanities, but her favorite course was Marine Science. She currently works in the financial services industry and previously was a commercial property manager and leasing agent for 12 years. Cindy has three grown children, and three grandchildren. Her current community involvement includes volunteering with the South Sound Reading Foundation, participating in the Olympia Soroptimists, and serving on the board of Nisqually Reach Nature Center, where she is most excited about community outreach, including introducing her grand-babies to the amazing Nisqually Estuary.
Leah Anderson grew up in rural South Dakota. She attended North Dakota State University where she earned degrees in Architecture and Environmental Design. Fulfilling a desire to live on the West Coast, Leah and her husband moved to Washington in 2010. She is currently working as a construction project manager for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at Joint Base Lewis-McChord. She is inspired by the people and purpose behind NRNC and hopes to raise her son with an awareness and appreciation for our natural resources.
Jordan Bell earned her B.A. in Biology at Whitman College (1999) and her M.S. in Marine & Environmental Biology at Nicholls State University (2015). Her undergraduate thesis investigated bee visitation to bellflowers in Sweden; her graduate thesis examined artificial perch use by raptors and associated effects on small mammals in Louisiana. She enjoys playing bluegrass music, spending time with her kitties, and adventuring out-of-doors. Jordan teaches yoga in the Olympia area and is passionate about wildlife conservation.