Jessica Lind Diamond Green, President, lives in Seattle and relies on the outdoors to keep her sane. She enjoys kayaking, biking, hiking, camping, gardening, foraging, and lying on her back, looking at the stars. She never tires of splashing around in phosphorescence. Jessica is the Development Director at Bike Works, and has worn a number of hats in the past for The Nation, YES! Magazine, the Seattle Good Business Network, and Pike Market Childcare. She has also volunteered with Around the Table Farm, Crosscut, and Bainbridge Vineyards.
Carolyn Hartness, Eastern Band Cherokee/Norwegian, is a Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders Educator and Consultant committed to a life of service assisting individuals, families and communities to create spiritually based wellness for themselves and future generations. She has been working with diverse communities, tribes of nations in the US, including Alaska and Hawaii, since 1991. She works extensively in Canada, including the Yukon Territory and as presented and consulted internationally in Australia, New Zealand and Norway. Carolyn grew up in the Northwest camping and hiking with her family and friends from the time she was a small child. Her father and elders in the Native American community taught her the importance of connecting with the beauty, wildness and wholeness and interconnectedness of the natural world. She has a deep spiritual connection to the mysteries held within this incredible landscape. Carolyn was part of a program through United Indians of All Tribes exposing youth living on the streets of Seattle to nature by brining youth to the ocean for a week of camping and exploration. Carolyn conducts workshops on cultural diversity and wellness and works with clients privately.
Leslee Dixon, Secretary, is a principal at Corvus Northwest, consultants for small-scale farms and food business. Her formative years were spent around a table or working on farms (including the one she grew up on). The universe of her childhood revolved around visiting an old growth stump tree forts and connecting with the natural world. Leslee has held the title of Mother, Farmer, CEO, Director of Marketing and Development, Senior Managing Partner, Pastry Chef and Minister of Social Artistry. Her loves include art, seed sovereignty, backcountry exploration, human-scaled economies, spoken word poetry and storytelling. She recreates with hiking, snowshoeing, kayaking and cross-country skiing. And she’s not too shabby with a slingshot.
Forrest Nichols, Treasurer, works as an engineer for Washington State Ferries, raising his two wild and enthusiastic boys, and rebuilding a wooden sailboat. During his middle and high-school years Forrest was exposed to an array of wilderness skills and experiences through the Tracking Project’s Hawkeye camp in northern New Mexico, through rich relationships with several mentors in the wilds of Washington state, and through independent learning opportunities at Eagle Harbor High School. Since those formative years, Forrest has been in love with the outdoors, continually studying and exploring the dynamic and living systems of the world around him. He co-founded Wild Society when he saw that the kids in his community didn’t have the opportunities to learn about the natural world that he had grown up with.
Myrna Keliher, Executive Director, is an artist, printer, and publisher who lives and works in Kingston, WA. She owns and operates Expedition Press, a literary print shop focused on poetry and type. At age fifteen, Myrna’s first backpacking trip was a weeklong north-south traverse of the Olympics. She has now hiked three-quarters of the park and goes on at least one solo trip each year. The lasting positive impact of that first trip is what made her say yes when Forrest called on a sunny June afternoon and suggested they co-found Wild Society. The Olympic Mountains are where Myrna feels most at home, and she’s passionate about sharing that space with others who have yet to experience it.
Mark Darrach, Advisory Member, is a rare plant conservation botanist, geologist and musician who makes his home in Indianola. He recently retired from a position as a rare plant botanist for the U.S. Forest Service in northeast Oregon. Mark grew up in a series of steps across the western U.S. before landing in southern New Jersey for most of his formative years. His time spent exploring the magic of the Pine Barrens portion of the state ignited his love and never-ceasing sense of wonder for the natural world, and plants in particular. Mark is also a certified teacher and has taught at West Sound Academy, and as a long-time instructor for North Cascades Institute. During the winter months he works at the herbarium at the Burke Museum in Seattle where he is a research associate doing plant taxonomic research publishing species new-to- science and authoring and reviewing new technical keys for various plant groups. His passions are plants, songwriting and playing acoustic guitar, taking long floats on wild rivers whenever he can get away, and hanging out with his Bernese Mountain Dog Tsuga.
Ray Cramer, Advisory Member, is an environmental educator who works to help others get outside as much as possible. That currently means he teaches beginning educators at IslandWood in partnership with the University of Washington’s graduate school, as well as instructs for NOLS Wilderness Medicine. Ray has taught and led expeditions in many states and countries over a career of 37 years. He enjoys daily bike commuting with his elementary school daughter, sailing up north with his family, and going for hikes all over the Pacific Northwest.
Les Welsh, Advisory Member, currently serves as the Associate Director for the Pacific at the National Wildlife Federation and has been a conservation nonprofit professional for nearly 30 years. He was co-founder of Greenpeace’s Great Lakes office and has served as First Nation’s Liaison for Greenpeace USA, as Conservation Director and later Executive Director for the aviation conservation organization LightHawk, and as Executive Director for the Maui-based Pacific Whale Foundation. His work has contributed to the protection of such wild places as Tatshenshini and Clayoquot Sound watersheds in British Columbia, Bristol Bay and Tongass forests in Alaska, and the expansion of Papahānaumokuākea and Pacific Remote Islands Marine National Monuments in the central Pacific Ocean.