SVENA Board of Directors and Officers:
Inessa Pearce, President
Diane Hardee, Secretary
Chuck Lie, Treasurer
Irina Stipek, Board Member
Chris Palmquest, Board Member
Brief Biographies of Board of Directors and Officers
Inessa Pearce (President) has lived with her family in the Skykomish Valley since 1998. She has a Masters Degree in Chemical Technologies Engineering and professional experience at Siemens Medical and Boeing Commercial. Inessa worked for several years with GHTC (IEEE Global Humanitarian Technologies Conference) as PR and webmaster. Currently she is volunteering with a local non-profit EFGR (Evergreen Food and Goods Rescue) and has her own B&B business Rocky’s Retreat listed at Airbnb.com and TripAdvisor.com.
Her big concerns for the Skykomish Valley are chemical and trash pollution, out-of-balance economy and ecosystem, and conservation of resources. Inessa has many interests, including history, food and sustainable farming, sports, literature, music, arts and healing arts, and Native American anthropology.
Diane Hardee (Secretary) has lived with her family in the forested Cascade foothills above the Skykomish Valley for 28 years. She received her Master’s degree in Education from the University of WA and is a retired teacher. Diane has been concerned about chemical pesticide use in our watershed, since 1981, particularly aerial pesticide use in forestry, and how it may affect our health and water quality. She is a member of the Pilchuck Audubon Society (PAS), the WA Toxics Coalition (WTC) and the NW Coalition for Alternatives to Pesticides (NCAP). She joined SVENA to help protect the Skykomish watershed.
Charles (Chuck) R. Lie (Treasurer) and his wife have been residents of Gold Bar for 15 years. Prior to moving to Gold Bar, they lived east of North Bend on the edge of the forest. Chuck is a life long resident of Washington State and a professional geologist. Chuck has been active in the City of Gold Bar as a concerned citizen, a planning commissioner and as a city council member. Chuck joined the SVENA group to help foster our local sense of stewardship of this valley we call home.
Irina Stipek (Board Member) was first introduced to the beauty of the Skykomish Valley in the summer of 1998. Since that time, Irina has been intermittently marveling at the biological and ecological diversity of the Valley and concerned about the ongoing harm being done to the natural resources by various activities. Irina is a PhD Candidate in Public Health Epidemiology, with four years of experience in the U.S. Army as a Preventive Medicine Specialist. Her interests are diverse and include sustainable energy, public health education, and disease prevention. Irina has joined SVENA to help increase the public’s awareness about the ongoing ecological issues in the Skykomish Valley.