Cascadia Conservation District
Serving Chelan County

"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world;
indeed, it's the only thing that ever has." - Margaret Mead



Committed to Conservation

The Cascadia Conservation District is self-governed by a volunteer Board of Supervisors who oversee the work of ten dedicated staff members with a broad range of expertise. Both are committed to the wise use of natural resources and understand the value of voluntary, locally-led conservation in our communities.

Members of the Board of Supervisors serve three-year terms and work to establish priorities, set policy and supervise District staff. The Board consists of three members elected by District voters and two members appointed by the Washington State Conservation Commission through an application process. The Board may also consist of associate members appointed by current Board members. Associate members may attend board meetings and weigh-in on issues, but are not granted voting rights.


Board of Supervisors

The Cascadia Conservation District Board of Supervisors holds regularly scheduled meetings on the third Thursday of every month at 3:30 PM. Meetings are open to the public. For updated meeting information visit our Meetings & Events page.

Josh Koempel, Chair

Hal Hawley, Vice Chair

Roger Wristen, Auditor

Junell Wentz, Member

Jim Bartelme, Member

Larry Cordes, Associate

Conard Petersen, Associate


Contact information for each employee is included below. Employees are listed in alphabetical order by their last name. Visit our Contact Us page for mailing information.


Staff Members

Mark Amara


Bio coming soon!

Justine Bula

AmeriCorps Member

Originally from Wisconsin, Justine has moved out to Wenatchee to volunteer with Cascadia Conservation District through Americorps. Justine is a recent graduate of the University of Wisconsin La Crosse, (UW-La Crosse) completing degrees in Geography & Spanish with minors in Environmental & International Studies. She has a background in agriculture, coming from a diversified farm in Central Wisconsin. Justine has a passion for environmental stewardship/conservation.

MarySutton Carruthers

Resource Specialist II

MarySutton has ten years of experience working in the natural resource field including water quality and fish habitat work in Skagit County and forest restoration and salmon recovery work in eastern Washington. She holds a B.S. from University of Vermont focusing on environmental science and conservation biology and a M.S. from Western Washington with a focus on freshwater resources.

Michael Cushman

Program Manager

Mike Cushman began employment with Cascadia Conservation District in 2012. During his employment with the District he has participated in a number of resource management planning efforts, overseen implementation of agricultural BMPs and stream habitat restoration projects, and assisted with public education and outreach programs. During the summer of 2017 he took on responsibilities as Program Director and currently oversees nearly all District programs. 

Peggy Entzel 

District Administrator

Peggy was raised on a farm in Central Washington, graduated from Trend Business College and worked in insurance before becoming the District’s part-time secretary in 1986. Peggy handled the shared office with the Natural Resources Conservation Service, helped with data entry for the Cashmere Mountain Soil Survey, and assisted with water quality monitoring and the Kids in the Creek outdoor education program. As the District grew, she was asked to take on the leadership role.  Today, Peggy focuses on financial, personnel, and office management. She spends her free time with her three grandchildren, and enjoys visiting with family and friends.

Patrick Haggerty 

Project Coordinator II

Patrick Haggerty began his career on a dairy farm, and after pursuing an education in natural resource management he found himself exploring the world through work as a commercial fishermen, wildlife biologist, fisheries biologist, wildland fire fighter and forester. At Cascadia he utilizes his diverse experience to provide technical assistance and conservation planning for landowners to assist them in the wise stewardship of their natural resources based on sound science. His work currently focuses on improving forest health across landscapes, and helping communities prepare for and recover from wildfire.

Valerie Hampton 

Administrative Assistant

Playing in the woods, riding horses, fishing, and outdoor science classes in grade school gave Valerie an early appreciation for nature. Education at Central Washington University in Journalism/Public Relations and experience in bookkeeping formed the backdrop to Valerie’s introduction to resource conservation. In 1996, Valerie started with the District as a part-time secretary. Her interesting and varied tasks now include assisting with grant invoicing, financial reporting, payroll, benefits, budgeting, contracting, staff support and policy development. Married, with two adult children and one grandson, Valerie enjoys family time, cooking, and word games.

Kim Lancaster


 Bio coming soon!

Amanda Levesque Newell

Education & Outreach Specialist

Amanda Newell manages the education and outreach programs for Cascadia Conservation District. Some of these efforts include: a quarterly newsletter, coordinating the Kids in the Creek outdoor education program, managing the Firewise program, as well as participating in many outreach and education events throughout the year, such as: Earth Day Fairs and the Wenatchee River Salmon Festival. Amanda has a Bachelor's degree in Communication with a Minor in Latin American Studies from San Diego State University. She also enjoyed study abroad terms in Costa Rica and Italy. In her free time Amanda enjoys world travel, outdoor recreation, spending time with family & friends, and running her small blueberry farm. Amanda has been with Cascadia since October 2010.


Sandy Letzing 

Resource Specialist II

 bio coming soon!

Ken Muir

Project Coordinator II

Ken has worked as a Project Coordinator for Cascadia Conservation District since 2017. The focus of his work has been on salmon recovery and habitat restoration projects. Ken has education and background on river geomorphology and hydrology as well as water quality and fish monitoring. He has planned, implemented and monitored restoration projects throughout the Upper Columbia River area. Prior to joining the district, Ken has worked for the US Fish and Wildlife Service, National Parks Service as well as private consulting working with various endangered species throughout Texas and Washington State.  As a graduate from Texas Tech University, Ken is passionate about conservational biology and restoration ecology. In his spare time, he enjoys hiking, birding, gardening as well as brewing beer. 

Jason Sims

Resource Specialist II

Jason Sims, Natural Resource Specialist II, is the primary watershed coordinator for our work in the Entiat. Jason communicates with the public, provides information at community events, and works with landowners on natural resource projects. Being a professional magician also helps Jason contribute to the community, and he uses his talents to entertain at many of Cascadia’s events. Jason is also an Operation Iraqi Freedom veteran and graduate from the University of Washington (Go Huskies!)

Nada Wentz

Office Assistant

Cascadia Conservation District hired Nada 11 years ago for the position of Office Assistant. As an Office Assistant her duties included receptionist, clerical, filing, taking meeting minutes, Board meeting schedules and prep, and mailing of correspondence.  She has held clerical and bookkeeping positions prior to becoming a mom, but she chose to stay home with my four children until they were grown. While at home with her family, in-home daycare and piano lessons helped with the family income. She enjoys canning fruit, sewing, card making, knitting and baking. "Raising a family has deeply ingrained the need for good stewardship practices, not just financially, but in taking good care of all that we need and enjoy.  I consider myself blessed to be allowed to work for Cascadia Conservation District and with the staff."