Board of Directors
The Whidbey Camano Land Trust has an all-volunteer Board of Directors made up of members who are committed to the mission of the Land Trust and have a genuine desire to learn, understand, and follow land trust standards and practices. They actively work to advance the Land Trust’s mission, help recruit new members, raise funds to ensure financial stability of the organization, and serve as ambassadors for the Land Trust at functions, events, and in the larger community.
Directors of the Board are elected for three-year terms and can serve a maximum of two consecutive three-year terms before taking at least 12 months off before becoming eligible to serve again. Each Board Member makes a considerable time commitment to the Land Trust by dedicating a minimum of 15 hours per month to the organization, including attending monthly board meetings and working on committee and/or project work.
Debora Valis, President
Debora Valis joined the Board in 2015. She is retired from her career as a Physical Therapist. Debora worked at hospitals in Seattle, Everett, and Whidbey Island before starting a private practice in Freeland and Langley, Washington. She received a B.A. from Pomona College and graduated from the University of Washington with a degree in Physical Therapy. As a second career, she and her husband, Steve, built Island Athletic Club, where Debora served as the CEO for many years.
Debora was a founding member of Save The Trees and was instrumental in adding the large tract of land known as Classic U to South Whidbey State Park. She is committed to preserving the natural beauty of the environment and works actively to make our community a better place to live, work, and play.
Dan Matlock, Vice President
Dan Matlock joined the Board in 2016. He is a Professor Emeritus of Biology at Seattle University. Although he did his graduate work in cell biology, his research almost always involved marine organisms. Dan first visited Whidbey as a child in 1952. Over the years, he has seen many changes on our islands and is happy to be part of the effort to preserve some of the things about them that first captured his interest many years ago.
Michael Stansbury, Treasurer
Michael Stansbury joined the Board in 2014. He retired from the private practice of law in 2007. Michael was a corporate finance lawyer with Foster Pepper & Sheffelman from 1968 to 1988 and with Perkins Coie until his retirement. He has a B.A. in History from the University of Washington and an L.L.M. from Harvard Law School. On Whidbey Island, Michael served on the board of the Whidbey Island Center for the Arts from 2006 to 2012 and also served as the board president of the Greenbank Farm Management Group for many years.
Jim Somers, Secretary
Jim Somers joined the Board in 2015. He retired to North Whidbey in 2003 following a career as an orthodontist in Duluth, Minnesota. Jim received his Dental and Orthodontic degrees at the University of Michigan. He has been an active volunteer with several environmental groups, including Beach Watchers and Skagit Fisheries Enhancement Group. Jim co-chaired the Sound Waters Conference in 2007 and 2008. His major focus has been juvenile salmon research with various federal, tribal, and local entities. In 2008, Jim received a national “Environmental Hero Award” for his volunteer work with National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). He and his wife, Melissa, enjoy cycling, traveling, and their home on North Whidbey.
Sandy Barney joined the Board in 2017 for the second time after originally serving from 2010 to 2015. She attended Central Methodist University and worked as a flight attendant for United Airlines for 37 years. Sandy and her husband, John, moved to Freeland from Seattle in 2007 and immediately became Land Trust supporters and volunteers. She has been a long time active member of the League of Women Voters of Seattle, where she served on the Board of Directors for four years, two of them as co-president. Sandy also volunteers at the M Bar C Ranch, a south Whidbey Island nonprofit program serving mentally and physically challenged children and adults. She and John enjoy travelling and exploring new places, near and far.
Duane Fulgham joined the Board in 2014. He retired to Whidbey Island in 1998 after a career in finance, accounting, internal auditing, and administration with Shell Oil Company, Burlington Northern, and United Way of King County. Duane graduated from the University of Idaho with a degree in business administration. Since moving to Whidbey Island, he has served on two nonprofit boards for youth services organizations and has served on the finance committee of the Land Trust for several years. He and his wife, Marti, live near Clinton and enjoy sharing the beauty of Whidbey Island with family and friends.
Stephanie Garlichs joined the Board in 2015. She is a Washington native passionate about protecting our beautiful forests and farmlands. Stephanie came to Whidbey Island in 1998 and is a veterinarian at the Penn Cove Veterinary Clinic in Coupeville, Washington. She graduated from Washington State University with a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine in 1993. Stephanie has traveled extensively and worked with farmers in seven different countries. She lived with her husband for two years in Ethiopia, later starting the Ethiopian Education Fund, a nonprofit that supports students in the small village where they lived.
Grant Heiken joined the Board in 2017 for the second time, originally serving from 2010 to 2015. He worked for NASA during the Apollo Program, in the Lunar Receiving Laboratory, as a geology instructor and researcher. In 1975, he and his wife moved to the Los Alamos Scientific Laboratory in New Mexico, where he was a researcher in the geological sciences. Grant has written, co-written, or edited 11 books. Retired in 2003, he lives on Whidbey Island, with his wife, Jody, who is a scientific editor. Grant was on Island County’s Water Resources Advisory Committee for eight years.
Jennifer Muzzall-Jones joined the Board in 2016. She was born and raised on her family farm on Penn Cove, near Coupeville, Washington where she developed a natural love of farming. Jennifer’s passion for protecting farmland and positively impacting the community was a perfect match for a position on the Land Trust’s board. After receiving a B.S. degree in Criminal Justice from the University of Great Falls, Montana, she returned home to continue farming. Her love for animals and the land was overpowering, and her desire to provide quality products for consumers became her goal. Jennifer, along with her two sisters, operates a local specialty market. Known as the 3 Sisters Market, they sell their farm’s meat products, along with a wide selection of other locally grown foods and locally made products.
Joyce Peterson joined the Board in 2017. She moved to Whidbey in 1982 and lives on the north shore of Penn Cove with her husband, Fran Einterz, who served on the Land Trust Board in the 1980s. Joyce worked with the Peace Corps in Kenya followed by a career as a pediatric Occupational Therapist for Oak Harbor Public Schools and Toddler Learning Center. Active in the community, she and Fran co-founded Service Alternatives and purchased the Jenne Farm on Ebey’s Prairie in 2000 with the intention of protecting the iconic farm with National Park Service conservation easements. Joyce serves on the Board of the League of Women Voters of Whidbey Island and is active within the community, including singing with the Whidbey Community Chorus.
Scott Price joined the Board in 2016. He loves the natural beauty of Whidbey Island, which led him to join the Land Trust’s efforts in preserving it. Scott runs a real estate investment business and also directs real estate technology and reporting programs for Microsoft. His professional background includes team management, high tech, marketing, and business process improvement. Scott earned a Human Factors Engineering degree from Tufts University and has Board and volunteer experience with other environmental organizations in the Seattle area. He lives in Coupeville with his wife and daughter.
Joyce Richards joined the Board in 2017. She is retired from a career with Girl Scouts of the USA (GSUSA), having spent 27 years as CEO of several successful councils — including Hawaii and San Francisco Bay Area — and four years as the National Director of Marketing and Development for GSUSA. Prior to Girl Scouting, Joyce served in the field of aging as director of ACTION Agency Older American Volunteer Programs for the Eastern Nebraska Office on Aging in Omaha. She has a degree in Recreation Education from the University of Nebraska at Omaha, and has done graduate work at USC and the Harvard Business School.
Having been a Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) with the Association of Fund Raising Professionals since 1976, she is enthusiastic about developing fundraising strategies for the organizations she has led and for which she serves as a volunteer. She serves on the Board of the Western Folklife Center in Elko, Nevada, is a volunteer for Washington State Parks, and is an avid enthusiast for dogs. Her reason for supporting the Land Trust lies in her love of the land and her firm belief that some of that land is at risk and needs to be conserved and restored with aloha. Joyce lives on Camano Island with her fun Red Australian Shepherd, Elko.
Dyanne Sheldon joined the Board in 2012. She is a retired restoration ecologist who has been working on Whidbey Island since the early 1990s. Dyanne was the first Wetland Planner for King County, and then ran her own environmental consulting firm specializing in aquatic resources, land-management planning, and wetland issues for 16 years. After merging with a larger civil/planning firm, she continued to work on a wide range of environmental and permitting issues. Dyanne taught through the University of Washington for the Professional Certificate in Wetland Science and Management. She earned a B.S. in Botany from the University of Minnesota and a Masters in Education from Arizona State University.