OLYMPIA – Gov. Jay Inslee has appointed two new members and a returning one to the Washington State Recreation and Conservation Funding Board.
The board awards about $250 million in grants statewide every biennium for the development of parks, trails, boating facilities and other outdoor recreation opportunities and for the conservation of wildlife habitat and working farms and forests.
Inslee appointed Winthrop resident Danica Ready, a program manager for Methow Trails, and Seattle resident Kathryn Gardow, a civil engineer, land use expert and champion for Washington’s farms and working lands. The Governor also re-appointed Michael Deller, a Mukilteo resident and retired bank executive and former executive director of the Port of Everett.
“We are fortunate in Washington to have many people who are passionate about the outdoors and willing to serve on this board,” Inslee said. “These three talented people have the skills needed to ensure that Washingtonians have great places for outdoor recreation and that we conserve the best parts of our natural heritage.”
Ready has worked at Methow Trails, a nonprofit organization that manages the nation's largest cross-country ski system, for the past 11 years. Before that, she worked for several other nonprofits, including the Methow Conservancy, the Brainerd Foundation, and the National Audubon Society. In her career, Ready has focused on sustainable, recreation-based economies, land conservation, conservation biology, geology and education. She has served as a board member for the Cross Country Ski Areas Association and the Methow Fund Advisory Board, while also coaching Nordic skiing and youth soccer. Ready has lived in the Methow Valley for 16 years and is a mother of two. She graduated from Whitman College with a bachelor’s degree in geology and from the University of Washington with a master’s degree in biology.
For more than 35 years, Gardow has worked on land issues in many different capacities. She is a principal in Gardow Consulting, and before that, she was executive director for the PCC Farmland Trust. Gardow is a civil engineer and previously has worked for engineering firms and for local governments. She also served on the Recreation and Conservation Funding Board’s Farmland Advisory Committee evaluating conservation projects from across the state and helping set policy for conserving farmland. Gardow served on the Washington State Public Works Board and on the PCC Natural Markets Board of Trustees. She taught classes for the Mountaineers and led scrambles on mountainsides. Gardow has a bachelor of science degree in civil engineering from Union College in New York and a master’s degree from the University of Washington’s Foster School of Business.
Deller joined the Recreation and Conservation Funding Board in January 2014 after retiring from the Trust for Public Land, where he was the Washington state director. Before that, he served as president of two banks in Everett and as the executive director of the Port of Everett and he worked in the real estate industry. He is active in Snohomish County, participating in a variety of organizations focused on conservation, recreation, environmental, economic development, education and health issues.
“We’re very excited to have the skills and talents of these three individuals,” said Kaleen Cottingham, director of the Recreation and Conservation Office, which supports the funding board in its work. “The variety of their experiences and their individual expertise will help ensure the board makes balanced and thoughtful decisions about where to invest public funds to build the next park or to conserve important wildlife habitat.”