RE Sources for Sustainable Communities
2309 Meridian Street
Bellingham, WA 98225
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RE Sources Staff
Crina is responsible for overseeing the entire range of RE Sources’ outreach and education programs as well as operations at the RE Stores. This includes managing the organizations’ finances, administration, board of directors and personnel. Additionally, Crina plays a key role in directing RE Sources communications, programmatic focus, and mission. With a degree in Environmental Education, and 20+ years’ experience in environmental leadership positions, Crina is an excellent advocate, educator, mentor, strategic thinker and organizer.
THE RE Store Director
Kurt is responsible for the overall management of all aspects of THE RE Store, including field and retail operations, REvisison Division, jobs training, safety, marketing, outreach, budgets, and more. Kurt serves as an advocate and community spokesperson for building salvage, and oversees the growth of THE RE Store model. Kurt came to THE RE Store in 2008 from Palmer, Alaska, where he was the Operations Manager of The National Outdoor Leadership School. He also builds stringed instruments under his business, Gisclair String Instruments and plays for the High Mountain Stringband.
Rebecca is responsible for coordinating human resources, information technology, risk management and plays a key role in operational systems. With over 30 years of interesting and varied experience in financial, administrative and operational management, Rebecca brings an integrated perspective to RE Sources. Rebecca's degrees in both Recreation Administration, and Rural/Urban Planning, coupled with her creative streak as a singer/songwriter, make her a passionate and dynamic addition to the RE Sources team.
Polly is responsible for managing all the administrative tasks for the organization, to include bookkeeping, room reservations, membership records, equipment maintenance, and general staff support. Polly began working at The RE Store eight years ago. She loves the people she works with here and enjoys working at a place where everyone is motivated by creativity and a sense of social responsibility. She also likes the many ways we are connected and integrated with the community.
Mary has been fundraising for non-profit conservation and education organizations for more than two decades. Prior to joining RE Sources she worked as Senior Development Officer at ForestEthics and as the Executive Director of College Advancement at Bellingham Technical College, where she played a pivotal role in fundraising and marketing. Previous to her work with the college, Mary was a private fundraising consultant. Her practice was the natural outgrowth of three years spent working as a Senior Fundraising Associate with Training Resources for the Environmental Community, where she had the privilege of interacting with many of the environmental community's outstanding groups, leaders and fundraising champions. Mary is passionate about protecting wilderness and wildlife thanks to her upbringing in British Columbia. She has one daughter, a stepson and three wonderful grandchildren. She enjoys gardening, running and quiet contemplation at her rustic cabin on San Juan Island.
Ben oversees accounting, financial and tax reporting, and cash management within RE Sources. He is a central part of the organization's budgeting process and helps develop and maintain internal controls. Originally from Idaho, Ben brings 15 years of experience in public and private accounting to RE Sources. Outside of RE Sources, Ben is the director of the Bellingham Bay Marathon and actively involved with several other local events and programs. In his free time, Ben can often be found running, enjoying food or coffee downtown, watching a documentary, or spending time with his partner and family. Ben holds a B.A. in econ-accounting and philosophy from Claremont McKenna College.
Hannah is responsible for setting the strategic direction and overseeing RE Sources' communications. She has worked in marketing for non profits across the globe for over a decade. Before joining RE Sources' team, she developed an arts program to break down international barriers and offer resources to soldiers in Stuttgart, Germany; consulted with businesses to improve their brand and marketing strategy in Vancouver, BC; recruiting support for NGOs caring for children orphaned by civil war and Cholera in Mozambique, Africa; and managed marketing for a women's shelter in Seattle, Washington. Hannah grew up in La Conner, WA and has an education in business administration and fine arts from the University of Washington and The Evergreen State College. In her free time, Hannah helps manage her soon-to-be husband's organic farm, Brittle Barn Farms.
Virginia manages communications for the Clean Water and Clean Energy programs at RE Sources. She holds a M.Ed. in environmental education from Western Washington University and a B.A. in journalism from University of Montana. Virginia comes to RE Sources with experience in local journalism, science-focused public relations, GIS, nonprofit communications and small-business marketing. She is passionate about the intersection of outdoor recreation and land conservation and is an active volunteer Whatcom Mountain Bike Coalition and Common Threads Farm.
Clean Water Program Manager
Ann manages the Clean Water program. She holds a B.S. in Wildlife Biology from the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry and an M.S. from Huxley College at WWU. She has over 20 years of experience in wildlife and land conservation, coalition building, and natural resource social science research. Ann has a strong interest in applying conflict resolution and collaboration skills to complex environmental issues such as water quantity and quality. Her work is always community-based and strongly focused on social and environmental justice. “We all do better when we all do better.” -Paul Wellstone
Clean Water Organizer
Karlee is responsible for working on the Comprehensive Plan update. She also develops policy and works jointly with the Clean Energy team to implement a grassroots and grasstops campaign to advocate for protective policies and engage the public in the update process. Karlee studied Urban Planning & Environmental Policy at Huxley College of the Environment. After graduating in 2013, Karlee worked as Coordinated Campaign Manager for Whatcom Wins and successfully elected four progressives to the Whatcom County Council. Most recently Karlee served as Congressional Outreach Coordinator in Skagit & Whatcom Counties for Congresswoman Suzan DelBene.
North Sound Baykeeper
Lee investigates and documents construction and industrial stormwater discharges and critical area complaints in Whatcom and Skagit counties. She is a professional wetland scientist, and holds a B.S. in Environmental Science. Before coming to RE Sources in 2007, she worked as a wetland scientist for a tribal government and as a water quality and drainage specialist for municipal and county government.
Lead Scientist, North Sound Baykeeper Team
Eleanor is responsible for managing the Squalicum Creek Clean Water Project and works to educate the public on the Bellingham Bay Waterfront Cleanup Project and encourage public participation. Eleanor has a B.S. in Environmental Toxicology and M.S. in Environmental Toxicology Risk Assessment from Huxley College at WWU. Eleanor comes to RE Sources with experience in water quality, citizen science, marine policy, volunteer organization, and citizen engagement and has worked with the Surfrider Foundation, Nooksack Salmon Enhancement Association, and the Whatcom County Marine Resources Committee. She also worked on risk assessment modeling in South Africa with the Institute of Natural Resources to provide solutions to water quality and quantity issues.
Clean Energy Program Manager
Matt organizes RE Sources' volunteer outreach and community education efforts on the potential impacts of proposed coal export facilities in Bellingham and elsewhere as part of our Power Past Coal program. He holds a B.S. in Urban Planning, Public Policy and Management from the University of Oregon. Before joining RE Sources in 2012, Matt worked for political campaigns in Ferndale, Washington, Vancouver, Washington, and Portland, Oregon.
Clean Energy Organizer
Eddy organizes RE Sources' public engagement to help local citizens take targeted actions to stop fossil fuel export projects through the Northwest. Raised in Seattle, he moved to Bellingham in 2010 and was active in the community before joining the RE Sources team in 2014. Eddy holds a B.A. in sociology from Western Washington University.
Riley GrantSustainable Schools Manager
Riley manages the RE Sources Sustainable Schools program and loves helping students find ways to reduce their school’s waste and promote other sustainable practices. She holds a M. Ed. in Environmental Education from WWU. In addition to her work at RE Sources, she teaches place-based education and service-learning classes in Huxley College for the Environment at Western Washington University.
RE Sources Board of Directors
Charlie Maliszewski, President
Charlie is an immunologist by training, having spent nearly two decades conducting biomedical research at Seattle's Immunex Corporation (later Amgen), a pioneer in the discovery and development of protein therapeutics to treat cancer, infection, and autoimmune disorders. After moving to Bellingham in 2004, he shifted his career focus to environmental and sustainability/ resiliency issues, serving on boards of several non-profit boards in the community. In addition to devoting much of his free time growing their own food with his wife Heidi, Charlie loves to romp in the outdoors, play music, read, hang out with family and friends over leisurely meals, and laugh for no good reason.
Rodd Pemble, Vice President
Rodd has been managing recycling programs for over 40,000 residential, commercial, and institutional customers at SSC for the past 18 years, where he has developed programs for yard waste, construction materials, plastic film, food waste and food-soiled paper, and electronics. He has served on the Board of Trustees of the WA State Refuse & Recycling Association since 2009. Before his time with SSC, Rodd was RE Sources' own Commercial Waste Evaluation Manager, where he designed and managed the Commercial Waste Evaluation Service for the Whatcom County Recycling Program, providing technical assistance in waste reduction and recycling to several thousand local businesses and institutions.
Darcy Carlson, Treasurer
Darcy, a retired Certified Public Accountant, practiced in the greater Seattle area for 35 years. She moved to Bellingham in 2013 and is now interested in focusing on promoting a healthier and more sustainable planet. Prior volunteer opportunities include serving on the Youth Eastside Services Board and assisting riders and horses for Little Bit Therapeutic Riding Center. She enjoys painting, tennis, travel, gardening, hiking and singing in the Kulshan Chorus.
Blanche works at Whatcom Community College where she is a laboratory supervisor for the Science Department. She is very involved with the Sustainability Committee and sustainability efforts on the whole at the College. Blanche has a B.S in Biology from Sewanee in Tennessee and further studied plant physiology at Oregon State University. Before moving to Bellingham 6 years ago she lived in Friday Harbor, WA for 8 years where she learned the importance of community building and the impact one can have on your community.
Blanche Bybee, Secretary
Amy is a retired corporate lawyer, most recently in private practice with a 14 member law firm. Amy is interested in land use issues and has been active in protecting the environment and rural character of Whatcom County. She holds a BA in Anthropology from Brown University, and a JD from Boston University.
Jill has more than 20 years of experience in fund development and communications. She has served in director positions for Northwest Straits Marine Conservation Foundation, Kulshan Community Land Trust, WWU College of Fine & Performing Arts, Bellingham Technical College, Mount Baker Theatre and others, and is currently a nonprofit fundraising consultant. She also serves on the board of Cascadia International Women’s Film Festival. She has a keen interest in deepening relationships between people, water, and land, leading to actions that create sustainable communities.
Rick has owned and operated A-1 Builders and Adaptations Design Studio since 1976, a local design/build company driven towards sustainable building and business practices. Locally he has helped create Sustainable Connections, Futurewise Whatcom, Living Democracy, and Transition Whatcom. His building career and activism followed a strong science and management education: a BS from MIT in management and an MS from MIT in aeronautics and astronautics. Ultimately deciding to pursue a more human-scale endeavor than airport management and noise abatement, he settled in Bellingham to attend WWU in order to obtain his secondary teaching certificate in biology. Graduating as such, the opportunity arose to buy A-1 Builders, and he’s been there since ’76. Prior to returning to the RE Sources’ Board in September 2014 after a three year break, Rick had served on the Board for 18 years. Wilderness travel above four thousand feet remains his ultimate passion.
Joe is recently retired from 35 years in the Alaskan seafood industry, and brings to RE Sources many years of valuable experience in finance and human resources, strategic planning, and a deep passion for the organization’s mission. A WWU graduate, Joe also holds an MBA from Seattle University. Whatcom County has been his home Joe's entire life. His grandfather served as a member of the Whatcom County Conservation District, and impressed upon his family the importance of resource sustainability and forestry stewardship. These concepts were also important during his employment, where Joe was a company representative at North Pacific Fishery Management Council meetings, working with council members and industry lobbyists to establish regulations pertaining to sustainable stocks, stakeholder rights, and other key issues.
Peter was born in Bellingham and raised on Chuckanut Bay, where he in turn raised his own family. He is dedicated to northwest Washington’s communities and the ecosystem they depend upon. He worked in the computer industry for 20+ years providing user experience research and design, and for a time worked on staff at RE Sources as Communications Director. He now works with Clearstory Investments as Business Manager with the aim of creating a thriving and resilient Bellingham.
Andy is managing partner and clinical operations specialist for several senior living facilities. She is an advanced practice registered nurse with additional advanced degrees in sustainable community development and fine arts. She volunteers for several nonprofits including Stand.earth, Days for Girls, and Project Education, Kenya and is the founder of ClayforEarth.org. She and her husband Jim are owned by five rescued dogs and two rescued cats. Their seven children, 10 grandchildren and two great grandchildren are very tolerant.