Paul Kundtz

Paul Kundtz has lived in Kitsap County since 1984 with his wife Anne, and raised two children here. He worked as an attorney in Seattle for 28 years, serving clients throughout the region, including Kitsap County Superior Court. More recently, he worked as the Northwest Director for The Trust for Public Land, a national land conservation organization. He obtained his undergraduate and law degrees from the University of Michigan, and recently completed a Master’s Degree in Nonprofit Leadership from Seattle University.

Paul has served on many nonprofit boards, including the Washington Wildlife & Recreation Coalition, Mountains to Sound Greenway, Washington Association of Land Trusts, Bloedel Reserve, Seattle Aquarium, and the Bainbridge Island Land Trust. He was an elected commissioner of the Bainbridge Island Park District. He has held leadership positions in these organizations, including president/chair, treasurer, and committee chair.

Paul enjoys hiking, camping, biking, skiing, sailing, and kayaking throughout the Pacific Northwest. He has visited 47 national parks, and expects to see all 59.

Keith Baldwin
Vice President

Keith Baldwin grew up in Everett, Washington, and since 2009 he and his wife Margie have had a home in Kitsap County overlooking Sinclair Inlet and the Waterman Wetlands. He earned bachelor’s degrees in Oceanography and Geology from the University of Washington.  He served as an officer in the NOAA Commissioned Corps for three years and then earned a law degree from Stanford Law School. He has practiced law in Seattle and Bellevue since 1976, and is currently Of Counsel to Davis Wright Tremaine, where he was a partner from 2000 to 2020. His practice emphasizes business transactions and securities law, and he has represented a variety of clients, including family-owned businesses, timber companies, and individuals and foundations supporting environmental causes. Keith served on the board and as board president of the Bellevue Arts Museum and is now on its Advisory Council. He also served as a member and president of the HOA board at his home in Woodinville. Keith and his family have found the Great Peninsula to be an inspiring natural environment and he looks forward to working with the board to continue the effective work of GPC. His favorite activities include exploring the peninsula with Margie, hanging out with grandchildren, boating on Puget Sound, learning guitar, and playing golf badly.

Mark Greenfield

Mark Greenfield lived in Seattle from 1968 until he and his wife, Jennifer, moved to Silverdale in 2019. Mark is a recently retired CPA who graduated from St. Martin’s University. Over the past 45 years, he served in financial management roles in several industries. The most recent role was 7 years as CFO of a national wild bird food producer. Mark and Jennifer have a grown son and daughter and one granddaughter. Mark enjoys running, especially when travelling in Hawaii, France and Italy. Mark has served on several nonprofit boards over the years. The most recent were as board Treasurer of Conservation Northwest, and board President of Seattle Audubon Society.

Patricia Weagant

Patricia Weagant grew up in Port Orchard, and attended junior college and worked in Seattle while her husband attended the University of Washington. They moved to Poulsbo in 1979 where she began volunteering at her children’s elementary school. Patricia worked as a para-educator with small groups of students, was active in the PTSA at the elementary and high school level, and was vice president and president of her local public school employees union. She also was an officer and coach in the North Kitsap Soccer Club. Over the years she has enjoyed hiking and biking in the North Cascades and Olympics, fly fishing and spending time at their cabin in Stehekin.

David Morris
Member At Large

David Morris is a graduate of Peninsula High School and University of Washington in business administration. After serving in the Army as an officer, he entered the real estate business in Gig Harbor. Dave has been a real estate broker for over 40 years, and has vast experience in land sales, land development, and associated permitting processes. He currently manages 80 acres of forestland in northern Pierce County, and manages a variety of raw land and income producing properties. Dave is excited to put his real estate experience to work helping Great Peninsula Conservancy.

Dave’s community involvement includes service on the Gig Harbor School Board, Gig Harbor Chamber of Commerce, Harbor History Museum, and Gig Harbor Rotary. An active real estate investor and counselor, Dave is a former manager and current stockholder of Keller Williams Realty in Gig Harbor and Silverdale. One of Dave’s activities involves his role as manager of The Morris Foundation, which makes real estate loans and investments, and uses the proceeds to make charitable contributions to many local non-profit organizations. Dave and his wife Mame have a son, daughter, and young granddaughter. He enjoys tennis, golf, boating, snow skiing, and travel.

John Barrett

John Barrett grew up in Houston, Texas before attending Amherst College and Harvard Law School.  After graduation, he practiced law, primarily in the international business area, with firms in Houston and Denver, Colorado before leaving practice to become a law professor at the University of Toledo, where he has been since 1994.  In addition to numerous business and international law courses, he has taught U.S. Environmental Law and International Environmental Law.  Since 2017, he has lived out in the woods on the Olympic Peninsula, and he continues to teach online.  John has served on numerous non-profit boards, including the Toledo Area International Trade Assoc., the North American Dispute Resolution Center, the ACLU of Denver, and Colorado Lawyers for the Arts.  John is an avid wildlife photographer who has had several exhibitions of his work and used to write a wine column for a local paper.  His interest in photography and wine combines well with his love of travel, which has led him to adventures on all seven continents.  Day to day, he enjoys golfing, skiing and hiking.

Dana Coggon

Dana Coggon is an enthusiastic member of many Kitsap and Pierce County conservation teams. Dana has an undergraduate degree in agriculture and a masters degree in plant pathology and weed science. Her day job is as the Kitsap County Noxious Weed Control program coordinator where she has worked with over 3000 private landowners to manage invasives throughout various habitats in our region. She has also worked with numerous non profits through her work capacity to help create management plans for noxious weed removal and habitat restoration. Her passions for natural resource management go much deeper than just having her head in the weeds,  she believes that ecological preservation and restoration is critical to sustaining healthy communities. Dana believes that when our environmental preservation creates spaces for humans and the natural environment to thrive, that our legacy of care can be seen for many generations to come. Dana is excited to participate in the mission of GPC to help ensure that the natural areas of our community are not only preserved but are healed through restoration. This land healing will then help ensure sustained ecological health and thus community health and vitality.

David De Bruyn

David De Bruyn has been in the Puget Sound area since 1974. He is a very active kayaker having done trips, many multiple, in over 50 parts of Puget Sound as well as many international locations. He serves or has served on a number of boards including the Rainier Valley Community Development Fund, Ventures, the Kitsap Community Foundation, the Kitsap County Historical Society, and the Keta Legacy Foundation (formerly Mountaineers Foundation). He has had extensive involvement with Great Peninsula Conservancy over many years. David worked for the Environmental Protection Agency first in Washington, DC. and then for most of his career in Seattle. He also served in the Fiji Islands with the Peace Corps. He has a BA from Earlham College in Richmond, Indiana and an MBA from the Harvard Business School.

Mike Hall

Mike Hall grew up in Seattle and has been a resident of Kitsap County with his wife Becky since 1994. Recently retired, Mike’s career was as the owner and President of Hall & Company, a management consulting and insurance brokerage firm located in Poulsbo. Mike’s company provided professional liability insurance and ownership transfer planning services to architects and engineers. Mike has a Civil Engineering degree and an MBA.

Mike and Becky have two adult children, a daughter and son. They enjoy sailing, boating, fishing, hiking, biking, snow skiing, and travel.  Mike’s commitment to helping GPC is based on many hours of trail bike riding in Port Gamble and walking his dog in Heritage Park.

Mike and Becky are long-time supporters of Fishline and GPC. Becky serves on the Board and is the Treasurer of Fishline Food Bank and now Mike needs to work hard to catch up with her long record of community service.

Kelly Michaels

Kelly Michaels has lived in Kitsap County since 2004.  She was president of a commercial real estate firm in Seattle for 16 years, then was recruited to join Kitsap Humane Society’s executive team as director of marketing. She worked with staff and community volunteers to heighten awareness of adoptable pets, fundraising needs and the inspiring efforts of the staff to care for and rehome all kinds of animals, including dogs and cats.  She later served on Kitsap Humane Society’s board of directors. She has also served on the board of trustees of Sunrise Haven, a nonprofit nursing facility, and as a mentor for Foster Care for Success.

She is currently on the Poulsbo Parks and Recreation Commission and an active member of the Christian Science church on Bainbridge Island. Living in Kitsap County has brought her so much closer to nature, and she enjoys hiking, biking, beachcombing, dog-walking and tennis.

Tom Strong

New in summer 2023. Bio and photo coming soon!

Nate Thomas

Nate grew up on Oakland Bay just outside of Shelton. Those early years build a strong bond to Puget Sound and the forests of the Pacific Northwest. College was at the University of Washington which concluded with a Masters of Architecture. With his wife Marguerite they moved to Bainbridge Island in 1986 and with the two daughters that joined them spent 31 years restoring an old farm house and building gardens on an acre in Eagledale. 2017 brought a move west to a site on Liberty Bay with more gardens and another house project. The first half of his career in architecture was with a large Seattle firm where the focus was on retail projects across the US. In 2000 he started his own office and for 18 years worked with a great list of clients and builders on a variety of projects.

Nate was a founding member and first president of the Bainbridge Island Land Trust, served on the Bainbridge Island Planning Advisory Council and led the campaign to raise funds for the purchase of 20 acres at the head of Blakely Harbor which is now a public park. He and Marguerite were founding members of Grace Episcopal Church where Nate has served two terms as Warden. Nate is currently a Trustee at Bloedel Reserve and chairperson of the Facilities Committee.

Nate enjoys building things and with Marguerite working to care for a large garden. Time in any form of watercraft and walks in the forest or on a beach bring great pleasure.

Laurie Usher

Laurie Usher’s love of nature began while exploring crawfish “cricks” in her native Chester County, PA. After graduating from Penn State in Outdoor Education & Marine Science, she completed her M.S. at Ohio State in Extension Education. She enjoyed working as an Interpretive Ranger at both Mt. Rainier and Olympic National Parks.

As an environmental educator, she operated Enviro-Ed Consulting for twenty years. Laurie created community-based watershed education and involvement programs throughout Washington along with conducting teacher workshops. She worked as WSU/Thurston County’s Water Quality Field Agent. In addition, she was the Education Lead for the Puget Sound Water Quality Action Team.

As a photojournalist, she has actively worked towards equity for women in sports and has numerous published works of sports and of environmental issues. Now retired, she serves as Professor Emeritus at Olympic College, after teaching Digital Media Arts for 18 years.

Laurie has lived in Kitsap County since 1986. She and her partner live on Chico Bay in Dyes Inlet and love watching the otters, eagles, osprey, heron and migrating salmon from their deck.


Executive Committee
  • Paul Kundtz, President (Committee Chair)
  • Keith Baldwin, Vice President
  • Mark Greenfield, Treasurer
  • Patricia Weagant, Secretary
  • Staff Liaison: Nathan Daniel, Executive Director
Development & Community Engagement Committee
  • Patricia Weagant (Committee Chair)
  • Jaclyn Bringuez
  • Dana Coggon
  • Michael Hall
  • Erin Ewald
  • Staff Liaison: Katherine Tacke, Development & Communications Manager
  • Staff: Claire Voris, Community Engagement Manager
  • Staff: Nathan Daniel, Executive Director
Conservation Committee
  • David Morris (Committee Chair)
  • Evan Bauder
  • David De Bruyn
  • Margaret ‘Kit’ Ellis
  • Paul Kundtz
  • Peter Best
  • Phil Best
  • Art Schick
  • Staff Liaison: Erik Steffens, Conservation Director
  • Staff: Ali Erskine, Conservation Associate
  • Staff: Julie Steigerwaldt, Conservation Projects Manager
  • Staff: Nathan Daniel, Executive Director
Stewardship Committee
  • Evan Bauder (Committee Chair)
  • Keith Baldwin
  • Margaret ‘Kit’ Ellis
  • Erin Ewald
  • Mark Greenfield
  • Jennie Hoffman
  • Mark Mauren
  • Phil Rockefeller
  • Ken Shawcroft
  • Nate Thomas
  • Steve Weagant
  • Staff Liaison: Adrian Wolf, Stewardship Manager
  • Staff: Micaela Petrini, Stewardship Associate
  • Staff: Ben Wymer, Stewardship Associate
  • Staff: Nathan Daniel, Executive Director