RE Sources for Sustainable Communities
2309 Meridian Street
Bellingham, WA 98225
(360) 733-8307 phone
(360) 715-8434 fax
RE Sources Staff Directory:
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.
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.
Kate oversees program work including the Power Past Coal campaign, the in-schools program, and the North Sound Baykeeper program. With over 13 years’ experience Kate has a strong background in long-range planning, negotiation, permitting, event planning, and networking. She holds a B.S. from Western Washington University in General Studies, with a minor in Environmental Studies, and a M.S. from Eastern Washington University in Urban and Regional Planning. Kate is excited to be a part of a mission-driven team creating a sustainable future for our present generation and those to come.
Director of Communications and Development
Peter recently left the RE Sources Board of Directors, as well as a 25 year career in communications and design to lead the communications and development functions at RE Sources. Peter now helps RE Sources connect with, inspire, and activate a broad cross-section of the people and businesses within its service area, to grow the capacity of the organization, and to help bring about its community goals.
Manager of Communications and Development
Hannah manages RE Sources' communications, graphics, event coordination, and the Sustainable Living Center's community education program. She is also actively involved in donor management and development functions for the organization. With seven years experience managing education-based projects and coordinating events, Hannah loves collaborating with community groups and specialists to bring rich and diverse skills to our community.
Sustainable Schools Manager
Riley manages the RE Sources Education Team 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.
Green Classroom Coordinator- AmeriCorps Member
Alex works on the Sustainable Schools team and will work closely with Bellingham Public Schools to develop a Green Classroom Certification program for elementary teachers to enact in their classrooms. This program will help teachers and school communities work towards making real, lasting changes that make substantial impacts on our collective carbon footprint. Alex received a bachelor’s degree in Mathematics with an emphasis in Secondary Education from Grand Valley State University in Grand Rapids, MI and is excited to join the Bellingham community, learn as well as educate, and create positive ripples in the world at large.
North Sound Baykeeper, North Sound Baykeeper Team
Wendy manages a growing water quality advocacy/analysis program that includes an active stormwater monitoring component, other water quality monitoring, and commenting on discharge permits and regulatory documents. She also speaks and writes about water quality issues in the community and region. Wendy holds a B.S. in Biology and M.S. in Environmental Toxicology. Before coming to RE Sources in 2003, she gained extensive experience in water quality, the scientific method, and in volunteering, writing and campaigning for local environmental causes. She also serves on the Whatcom County Marine Resources Committee.
Pollution Prevention Specialist, North Sound Baykeeper Team
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.
Power Past Coal Campaign Organizer
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.
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.
RE Sources Board of Directors
Ken Bronstein, President
Ken has over 25 years of experience in financial and operations management in non-profit organizations. Ken is a member of the accounting department faculty at Western Washington University and holds an M.B.A. in management from St. Mary’s College of California.
Barry Wenger, Vice President
Barry has a strong science background and has been involved in environmental planning, land use and shoreline issues for the past 38 years in Washington State. His passion for the environment balanced with a solid commitment for reasonable and sustainable planning and regulation has allowed him to be an outstanding leader in the field of shoreline management. He has mentored local and state planners and taught a multitude of land use and environmental classes at planning conferences, training sessions, universities and colleges over the past decades.
Ken Heck, Treasurer
Ken has a PhD in Chemical Engineering from the University of Colorado. He has thirty years of experience in the oil industry (Shell Oil Company) serving as a Research Manager and Technical Consultant in a variety of national and international assignments, including oil shale utilization, corporate planning and economics, oilfield and refinery process engineering, and metallurgy and corrosion projects. Ken retired in 1998 and has served in a variety of non-profit positions since.
Jean Melious, Secretary
Eric has a PhD in engineering from Stanford University, taught at Tuskegee Institute (a black college in Alabama) for two years, and then worked as a policy analyst at Oak Ridge (TN) National Laboratory on energy efficiency and the structure of the electricity industry for 30 years. Eric spent the last eight years of his career as a consultant. He retired in 2004.
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.
Gib is a practicing internist with a medical degree from Duke. He practiced medicine on the Navajo Reservation before moving to Bellingham in 1998, where professional activities have included serving as Medicine Department Chair at St. Joseph Hospital and on the board of directors of Madrona Medical. His volunteer activities include coaching soccer and working on the Mt. Baker Ski Patrol. He is a founding member and active participant in Whatcom Docs.
Jill has 20 years experience in fund development and program planning, currently serving as Development Director of Kulshan Community Land Trust since 2005. She has a keen interest in deepening relationships between people and land, and in creating sustainable community. She enjoys long-distance tandem bicycling with her husband and musician Walt Burkett, and singing with Whatcom Chorale and Bellingham Chamber Chorale, where she also serves on the board.
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.
Paul's background includes a 34 year career with the Boeing Company as a designer and project manager. He is also a photojournalist whose work has appeared in the New York Times, National Geographic, The Economist, Sierra Magazine, Bloomberg Business News and many environmental organizations. First published photo? As a teen he filled a mason jar from a favorite creek with strands of toilet paper floating in it. The city had recently installed a pumping station with a sewage overflow discharge pipe going into the creek. The jar was placed on the City Council President's dais.
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.
James spent twenty years building information systems to track and report discharges from manufacturing facilities, with an emphasis on air pollutant emissions. For the last few years, he has managed software development for several energy efficiency incentive programs across the country. He writes for Whatcom Watch and on the progressive site Daily Kos, and has volunteered extensively in efforts to raise awareness of the impact of the proposed coal terminal at Cherry Point. James has also spent many years exploring and mapping notable caves including Mammoth Cave, Kentucky, the longest cave in the world.
Beth Fortmueller, Advisory Board Member & HR Consultant
Beth established Fortmueller Human Resources Consulting in 2004. Her consulting practice focuses small companies and organizations, helping them establish appropriate programs and practices and build a culture that supports success. Prior to that, Beth worked at Amgen Washington as site-head for HR, until her retirement in 2004. Previous to Amgen, Beth worked at Immunex Corp. for 21 years. There, her vision and drive for implementing a progressive company culture played a key role in gaining national and statewide recognition. Beth received a B.A. in Political Science from UCLA and subsequently studied at UCLA’s School of Education to achieve a Lifetime Secondary Teaching Credential for the State of California.