RE Sources for Sustainable Communities
2309 Meridian Street
Bellingham, WA 98225
(360) 733-8307 phone
(360) 715-8434 fax
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RE Sources Staff Directory:
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.
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.
Haley is RE Sources’ current AmeriCorps volunteer, working with the new Green Classroom Certification program. As a recent graduate from Western Washington University, with a double major in Environmental Policy and Environmental Science, she is excited to motivate and teach students how to make sustainable choices in their everyday lives. In addition to her work at RE Sources, Haley enjoys participating in restoration projects and continuing her education with local workshops.
North Sound Baykeeper, North Sound Baykeeper Team
Wendy manages a growing water quality advocacy/analysis program that includes active water quality & stormwater monitoring and commenting on permits and regulatory documents. She 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 joining 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 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.
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.
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
Barry Wenger, 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.
Jean Melious, Vice President
Jean currently is an associate professor at Western Washington University, and is a land-use and environmental law attorney. Jean is a member of the Whatcom County Planning Commission since 2007, member of Bellingham Historical Preservation Commission, and past member of Bellingham Community Development Advisory Board.
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.
Amy Mower, 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.
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.
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,
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.
Peter has spent the last 35 years in the organic foods business. After creating a degree in International Sustainable Agriculture, he worked his way up from laborer, to farmer, to field man, to management, to buyer, to farm sales. Eventually he became a corporate organic buyer and a corporate organic supply chain management director. Peter believes our community must become more educated, engaged and active in the issues critical to protect and develop our region as a model for environmental protection and access, community business sustainability and intelligent regenerative energy policy. Peter is also engaged in a small farm and arts project in Hawaii based on forest garden agriculture, community education, and bringing global artists to the community.
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.
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.