Staff • Board •Contractors & Volunteers • Senior Fellows
Small team, big hearts, hard work. Our staff works to care for this organization, its spaces and programs, and its future every day. We love what we do, and bring our fullest selves to work for you and for our shared future.
Thomas lives onsite and works with the team to ensure all participants and visitors find a welcoming home at the Institute. He supports the land and facilities, helping to create an environment that facilitates the life-affirming work happening here. As a photographer, filmmaker, contemplative juggler, and teacher of movement awareness, Thomas seeks to inspire a sense of wonder and delight in our relations with Earth and Other.
Lynne oversees our housekeeping team and helps tend our lodging and communal spaces onsite. Horses and horse rescue have a special place in her heart. She enjoys spending time with her human and animal family, being physically active, and drinking gigantic smoothies.
Jessica is a member of our housekeeping team. In her spare time, she enjoys sewing, painting, and baking. Jessica also loves gardening, spending time with family, working out, hiking, and enjoying her dog and birds.
Photo © Heather Ramirez
Housekeeping and Land Care Assistant
Amber assists with housekeeping, land stewardship projects, and flower bed maintenance. When not at work, this mother of two devotes her energy to gardening and family.
Amber works in housekeeping. She is a dedicated mother of four, and enjoys time with her family, knitting, and jewelry-making.
Facilities and Group Logistics Coordinator
Kimi comes from a background in biology, teaching, and environmental science. With B.S. and Master’s degrees in Biology, she has had careers as a chef, biologist, and educator. She is an enthusiastic explorer of the outdoors. When not hiking, birdwatching, or kayaking, Kim might be in the kitchen: originally trained in the French culinary tradition, she now honors both her palate and the planet by preparing vegan foods and teaching others about plant-based nutrition.
Land Care Assistant
Timothy grew up here and knows this land well. He’s served for quite a while as the steward of the 30 acre Legacy Forest, near Storyhouse, and is now bringing additional energy to support land care projects throughout the 100 acres. He’s an avid musician and songwriter.
Marnie came to the Whidbey Institute with a background in non-profit communications and journalism with attention to animal issues, organic agriculture, the environment, and food sustainability. She’s a passionate animal rights advocate and coordinates the Interspecies & Intersectional Justice program. When she’s not at the Whidbey Institute, you can find her playing outside with her three daughters and three dogs, working on home improvement projects, or waxing poetic about her beloved hoofbeasts—Fenway and Arrietty the mules, Missy the goat, and Dahlia the cow.
Heather is passionate about ongoing adult development and growing organizations that are committed to positive change. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Finance, is a graduate of Pacific Integral’s Generating Transformative Change leadership program, and has held previous roles with Sustainable Connections in Bellingham (as founding staff), Sustainable Seattle (as Interim Director), Excellence Northwest (as Interim Director), and Blue Marble Biomaterials (as Director of Finance and Accounting).
Beno lives according to a simple philosophy: “if you take care of what’s in front of you, close by, then by extension you’re helping to take care of the world.” Beno has been involved for decades as a volunteer and for several years as a staff member, serving as a handyman/go-to-guy with extensive skills, a creative outlook, and a contagious attitude of honesty, service, and dedication.
Abigail stewards our Westgarden, hosts work parties and service learning projects, and helps provide food for our kitchen and community food bank. She co-coordinated the Community Garden Leadership Training (CGLT) program alongside Cary Peterson in 2015 and 2016. Her skills in building community, growing organic food, and helping those in need through her expanding knowledge of small scale vegetable growing have served South Whidbey well since she arrived in 2014 as an apprentice in the CGLT program.
Robert’s academic and professional background includes experience in holistic science, wilderness ecology and education, transformative learning for sustainable living, permaculture design and landscaping, and ecological literacy. In addition to stewarding the land. Robert engages in collaborative organizational strategy, community engagement, and land-based education.
Database and Office Administrator
When she’s not at the Whidbey Insistute keeping our office in order, Madisun runs her own brand of community merrymaking as a freelance events coordinator and operates a non-profit program under the Whidbey Island Arts Council. In her free time, she can be found on a historic pumpkin farm, living as a steward of the Reserve with her husband, a rescued street-to-farm dog, and four hilarious ducks.