Board and Program Managers
Sustainable Bainbridge is an all volunteer-led organization. Members of our Board of Directors serve two-year terms and meet monthly. Our program leaders organize and provide guidance for the many volunteers who support our programs. New faces are always welcome at meetings and events!
The board meets monthly on the first Monday of the month. Meetings are from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the Marge Williams Center conference room, 221 Winslow Way West, Bainbridge Island 98110. The programs meet on various days. Consult the events calendar for all meeting dates.
SB Board President
Christy enjoys volunteering in a variety of capacities…
Christy Carr, SB Board President
Christy enjoys volunteering in a variety of capacities on the island, with an emphasis on food, farmland, and natural places. She serves as a past-president and chair of the Agricultural Lands Committee of Friends of the Farms, a non-profit organization that works to protect, promote and expand local farming on Bainbridge Island. Christy completed the necessary training to become both a Master Gardener and Shore Steward through the WSU Kitsap County Extension Program, served on the City’s Wetland Advisory Committee, Non-Motorized Transportation Plan Committee, and Open Space Commission, and participated in the City’s critical areas ordinance update in 2005. Christy also provides pro-bono wetland fieldwork and reporting for non-profit organizations and landowners and leaps at the opportunity to volunteer in the kitchen at fundraising dinners. She currently works as a planner with the City of Seattle. Christy’s spare time is filled enjoying time with her son, Jasper, riding her bicycle as often and as fast as she can, tending her large vegetable garden, and learning the craft of letterpress.
SB Board Member
Marsha, a retired psychologist, is a native of Wisconsin…
Marsha Cutting, SB Board Member
Marsha Cutting, a retired psychologist, is a native of Wisconsin who spent most of her adult life in upstate New York. She also lived briefly in Ontario, Canada, where she initiated the Water Project in the Kitchener-Waterloo area to provide ice water at public events so people could refill water bottles rather than buying bottled water. The project eventually led to a ban on bottled water in the school district (with exceptions for unusual circumstances) and the city’s purchase of a water tanker to provide water for people and pets at public events. She uses a crutch or wheelchair and advocates for people with all disabilities, as well as taking part in anti-racist organizing and volunteering at the Kitsap Immigration Assistance Center.
SB Board Member
Gilian’s interests in social and environmental health…
Gilian Engleson, SB Board Member
Gilian’s interests in social and environmental health intersect in her efforts to establish a Library of Things on Bainbridge Island. She has over a decade of experience in the non-profit and government public health world. As a former Lieutenant in the US Public Health Service, she was deployed on several public health emergency missions and, on behalf of the federal government, organized several international conferences on public health genetics. While raising her two daughters, Gilian became very involved in early childhood education. She has created curricula for her daughters’ schools about nature and the environment- be it becoming Monarch butterfly citizen scientists, raising native tadpoles or building vermicompost bins. Over the last few years, she worked as an interviewer for international students who want to study in the United States.
Gilian moved to Bainbridge Island in 2018 from Cabin John, Maryland with her husband and two daughters. During her spare time, you will find Gilian spending quality time with her family, playing tennis, hiking, or skiing.
Program Manager of Weed Warriors
Jeannette had a long career writing…
Jeannette Franks, Program Manager of Weed Warriors
Jeannette had a long career writing, doing research, and teaching about aging and older people. After moving to Bainbridge more than two decades ago, she became deeply involved in environmental restoration. Saving trees and restoring native plants is a way we can have a first-hand effect on global warming. A healthy environment also protects and improves salmon streams, parks, and shorelines.
Weed Warriors sends out a monthly e-newsletter and usually participates in at least one action and/or education event every month. A popular annual project is to cut down a large, well-berried holly tree around the winter holidays, bundle the branches, and distribute them free with a tag explaining why holly is bad for the environment, what to plant instead, and how to dispose of it. Watch for us at the Senior Center Holiday Sale!
SB Board Secretary & Program Manager of Bainbridge Beach Naturalists
Maradel has had extensive experience with non-profit organizations…
Maradel Gale, SB Board Secretary & Program Manager of Bainbridge Beach Naturalists
Maradel has had extensive experience with non-profit organizations. A retired University of Oregon professor, Maradel brings to her work 27 years of teaching and mentoring students in fields ranging from community and regional planning to law to cross-cultural communication. Maradel was a founder and the first President of the Oregon Environmental Council, and formed and directed the UO Micronesia and South Pacific Program, which placed graduate students in island communities to engage in skills transfer in conjunction with a project important to the requesting agency or organization. Upon retirement, Maradel moved to Bainbridge Island, where she has been active in a wide range of community projects. She is a founder of Sustainable Bainbridge, and a member of the City of Bainbridge Island Planning Commission. She is also active with the Bainbridge Beach Naturalists.
SB Board Member & Organizer of Movies That Matter, Climate & Energy Forum and Drink Like You Live Here
Lara has worked in the non-profit sector on climate change…
Lara Hansen, SB Board Member & Organizer of Movies That Matter, Climate & Energy Forum and Drink Like You Live Here
Lara has worked in the non-profit sector on climate change and related issues, such as sustainability, both locally and globally for over two decades. In addition to her work with Sustainable Bainbridge, she is the Chief Scientist and Executive Director of EcoAdapt, a Bainbridge-based non-profit working on developing solutions to the challenges of climate change wherever people are inspired to take action. She also supports science education in the Bainbridge Island Public Schools, including collaboration on climate curriculum. Prior to creating EcoAdapt, she was the Chief Climate Change Scientist for the World Wildlife Fund, and a Research Ecologist with the Environmental Protection Agency. To balance her scientific life, she works to integrate nature and art in her daily life. As an optimist she assumes we’ll get our acts together on climate change–who would want the alternative? She looks forward to joining Bainbridge Island in making climate-informed decisions to support better long-term outcomes for all of us.
SB Board Member & Program Manager of Zero Waste
Diane has been leading SB’s Zero Waste program…
Diane Landry, SB Board Member & Program Manager of Zero Waste
Diane has been leading Sustainable Bainbridge’s Zero Waste program since its inception in 2010. She is well-suited for the role, as she has little compulsion to buy things and has trouble throwing anything away! Prior to moving here in 2008, Diane was on the Falls Church (VA) education task force of the city’s Environmental Services Council for sixteen years. Under its stewardship, she created Operation EarthWatch, an environmental action program for elementary school students that is still going strong after 25 years.
Diane is also a member of the Watershed Council and trained to be a beach naturalist. She has walked many of the island’s trails with the Bainbridge Striders and appreciates the efforts of the BI Land Trust to protect increasingly more acreage for our enjoyment, for aquifer recharge, for wildlife corridors, and for the plain old beauty of it. In addition to heading up BI Zero Waste, Diane is a substitute teacher for the Bainbridge Island School District.
SB Board Member & Program Manager of Bainbridge GreenWays
Susan is one of the founders of Bainbridge GreenWays…
Susan Loftus, SB Board Member & Program Mnager of Bainbridge GreenWays
Susan Loftus is one of the founders of Bainbridge GreenWays. She studied the psychology of design at the University of Washington (called Person/Environment Relations at the time) before splitting psychology and design into two separate careers. She received an MSW from Columbia University, became a child therapist, and later became a landscape designer. As all great tapestries in life go, she now finds herself weaving together these careers into her volunteer work to support biking and walking on Bainbridge Island. Understanding how the built environment can influence behavior change is central in developing a successful sustainable transportation system.
SB Board Vice President
Stacey Justus Nordgren is a land use planner with expertise…
Stacey Nordgren, SB Board Vice President
Stacey Justus Nordgren is a land use planner with expertise in climate change adaptation planning, hazard mitigation planning, and facilitating communities’ understanding and integration of climate considerations into their current work. Stacey co-founded Foresight Partners Consulting, where she strives to build the adaptive capacity of communities and natural systems by facilitating the incorporation of climate goals and policies into planning and community development processes. Driving her is her understanding that planning for a future based on historical data (the way most still plan today!) will not result in sustainable communities, durable infrastructure, resilient economies, or healthy ecosystems.
Stacey’s past work has focused extensively on coastal zone resource management and growth conflicts as both a regulator and technical assistant helping regional and municipal officials understand and equally apply best planning practices and critical resource information. She conceived of and led one of the nation’s first regional pre-disaster mitigation planning programs under the FEMA Disaster Mitigation Act of 2000 and Project Impact (for Cape Cod, MA), which taught and trained citizens, her planning peers, and local officials about risk and vulnerability assessments and hazard mitigation planning. She now lives near Seattle with her family and spends as much time with them as possible backpacking, hiking, and rowing.
SB Board Treasurer
Esther is a Seattle native who has been everything from a construction worker…
Esther Parvin, SB Board Treasurer
Esther is a Seattle native who has been everything from a construction worker to a stay-at-home mom. At present, she works as an office manager and is involved with several local nonprofit organizations, including the Marge Williams Center.
SB Board Member
Christine has worked extensively with many groups and organizations…
Christine Perkins, SB Board Member
Considering herself a lifelong amateur naturalist, her avocation is environmental protection and education. She has a particular interest in environmental justice issues. Before moving to Bainbridge Island, she lived on an even smaller island which is a protected sea turtle nesting site. While there, she worked as a citizen scientist in the Sea Turtle Nest Monitor program and educated the public on local wildlife and protection issues. Christine is grateful to live on Bainbridge Island with its strong sense of community and concern for the environment, which ties so well into her appreciation for nature and efforts to protect it for future generations. She has a passion for everything outside–gardening, admiring trees, backpacking or hiking, and has a reputation for being easily distracted by watching wildlife and eating berries on the trail.
Program Manager of Watershed Council
Deb Rudnick, Ph.D., is an ecologist who is passionate about observing and stewarding the environment of our beautiful Island and Puget Sound…
Deb Rudnick, Program Manager of Watershed Council
Deb Rudnick, Ph.D., is an ecologist who is passionate about observing and stewarding the environment of our beautiful Island and Puget Sound. Deb received her doctorate in Environmental Science, Policy and Management from the University of California, Berkeley where she conducted research on invasive aquatic species and their ecological and social impacts. Deb grew up connected to the fields, woods, marshes and meadows of New England where she was born and raised, and slowly migrated westward, with stops in Colorado and California before setting down roots on Bainbridge Island. Deb has worked for federal, county and local governments, in private industry, and has taught across grade levels from kindergarden to college. She is currently the K-5 Science Coordinator for the Bainbridge Island school district. She also serves on the West Sound Program for Ecosystem Recovery’s Technical Advisory Committee, and on COBI’s Climate Change Advisory Committee. When she isn’t monitoring salmon, conducting outreach, or doing one of her other day jobs, Deb loves to knit, birdwatch, ride her bicycle, and hang out with her family and their menagerie of dog, gerbil, and chickens.
SB Board Member
Gene is eager to get more involved in environmental and social issues…
Gene Smith, SB board Member
Gene is eager to get more involved in environmental and social issues in the Bainbridge community through his position on the SB board. He and his family are relative newcomers to the island, but previously in Atlanta he was involved in setting up edible gardens in schools, being fundraising chair for an environmentally focused preschool, and tutoring at risk youth. Since arriving on Bainbridge, he has enjoyed coaching ultimate frisbee at Bainbridge High School and supporting his wife in her efforts to get a low-impact vegetable and flower farming operation up and running. In his earlier career, he worked within the corporate sustainability space and as a project/program manager for various certification programs aimed at different aspects of the built environment. He currently works in business development with an emphasis on retailer engagement for Underwriters Laboratories.