Mission & Board of Directors

Our Mission: To inspire a global conservation ethic, by connecting people to nature through outdoor education.

Apply now in advance of our October 20, 2020 Annual Membership Meeting.

Nessa Rothstein, President
Kartik Kanakasabesan: MBA, Vice President
Ellen Blanchard, Esq., Past President
Jamie Jamerson, Secretary
Diana Wadley, Treasurer
Adam Arabian, Ph.D., P.E., Vision Committee Chair (future: strategic planning committee)
Ken Fellows, M.S., Transition Committee Chair (future: wolf camp communications committee)
Rikki McGee, Ph.D., Fundraising Committee Chair (future: membership development committee)
Two New Positions Open: Vision Committee Member (future: strategic planning committee)
Two New Positions Open: Transition Committee Member (future: wolf camp liaison committee)
Three New Positions Open: Membership Committee Chair & Members (current focus: membership development and fundraising campaign)

We’re seeking 7 more board members to help guide the new Conservation College. Gain useful skills while sharing your talents!  To be eligible, you must regularly live or work within the State of Washington, but citizenship is not required. Time commitment is estimated to be 8 hours per month including board meetings, committee meetings, trainings and event preparation. Onsite childcare will be made available with Wolf Camp staff.

If you would like to apply for an open position on the board, please email the following information to us in advance of our next board meeting:

  1. Name as you would like it to appear if added to our webpage:
  2. What is your connection to Wolf Camp’s mission of sharing earth skills education? (Why are you interested in serving on the board? Why are you passionate about Wolf Camp?)
  3. What skills and previous experience do you have that is relevant to participating on a non-profit board? This might include environmental education, legal work, community building, administrative experience, other board experiences, non-profit work, government or business experience, conflict resolution or facilitation training, relevant networks or community connections you bring to the board, etc.
  4. Is it important to you that outdoor education be accessible to people of all financial and cultural statuses? Do you have ideas on how Wolf Camp can become more accessible to wider groups of people? Do you consider yourself a person of color, multinational, immigrant, indigenous, tribal, veteran, differently-abled, targeted religious minority, low income issues, rural life, inner-city resident, active senior, young adult or other member of a group often underrepresented on boards?
  5. If you have a LinkedIn or Facebook page you would like to share with us to know more about you, please paste the URL here:
  6. Photo & Short Biography including any degrees/certifications/trainings you would like considered or noted on future board website page:
  7. Do you have any additional information you would like us to know about you, or questions or concerns we can address?

Board duties will include responsibility and care for the organization and the students it serves. The board of directors is tasked with refining the vision for the organization, providing guidance and oversight to ensure its continued success, hiring and supporting the Executive Director, promoting inclusion, establishing policies to guide, outreach and exercising influence to leverage partnership and resource, and ensuring the procurement and effective management of resources. Terms for the Conservation College Board of Directors will begin in October. The initial board size is started with 4 members serving 2 year terms, and 4 members serving 1 year terms who were reelected/replaced at the end of 2018. Board Members may include people with experience as community organizers, environmentalists, attorneys, accountants, administrators, fundraisers, educators, craftsmen, herbalists, bridge-builders, networkers, strategic thinkers and planners, farmers and sportsmen, small business people, scientists and conservationists, wolf lovers and more.

Upcoming Board Meetings & Events

October 19-20 Wolf Gathering & Conservation College Annual Meeting at Camp Curran in Puyallup WA.
November 17th from 11:00-1:00 at the Bellevue Downtown Library, Large Meeting Room #1.

Email us if you would like to observe a meeting to consider board membership or other volunteer role.

Vision & Timeline

We are in process of completing a 5 year vision document. Please join the board on its Vision Committee to help complete the process this year!

2018: Elected initial board members; formed an executive committee to file a business license in Issaquah, plus non-profit articles of incorporation with the WA Secretary of State and Charities Division. Campfire fundraisers occurred June 30 in Puyallup, July 25 at Lake Sammamish, August 25 at Lake Sammamish.

2019: Adopted by-laws and filed as a 501(c)3 federally tax-exempt non-profit organization. Currently working to fill committee board seats, and creating a 2020 Budget with recommendations to Wolf Camp regarding its 2020 schedule, expenditures, staffing, etc. Will begin alumni membership outreach and fundraising campaigns in the fall.

2020: Draft a sale agreement with Chris & Kim for purchase, pension, or work/merit-based compensation of Wolf Camp. Hire an Executive Director to help Wolf Camp operate in season. Develop an expanded Conservation College vision including academic year degree programs.