NNRG Staff

Andy Chittick | Project Forester | andy@nnrg.org

Andy works with small forest owners because he loves the passion people have for their forests. He studied forestry at Humboldt State University in the redwoods learning what it takes to restore forest plantations to complex ecosystems. He came to NNRG in 2016 after working for many years in the Cedar River and Tolt Watersheds, with non-profits and small businesses. Andy's favorite thing to do in the woods is mill lumber on his portable sawmills.
Karen Gray | Finance Director | finance@nnrg.org

Karen brings over thirty years of accounting and finance experience to NNRG. She has an MBA in finance from University of Puget Sound, and she loves helping NNRG achieve its mission of caring for forests and working with landowners to manage their lands in ways that contribute to rural economies. Karen's favorite thing to do in the woods is hike.
Kirk Hanson | Northwest Certified Forestry Director | kirk@nnrg.org

Kirk is a small woodland owner with ~100 acres of family-owned forestland in western Washington. He’s worked on behalf of small woodland owners for more than 20 years, bringing a passion for ecologically-based forestry and simplified hands-on management practices that allows forest owners to take a direct role in the stewardship of their own land. As a member of a three-generation family forest, Kirk understands the issues and opportunities facing small woodland owners and relishes developing new strategies for optimizing the economic and ecological potential of their forests. Kirk has a Bachelor’s degree in sustainable resource management from Evergreen State College and worked for six years with the Washington DNR's Small Forest Landowner Office before joining NNRG in 2006. Kirk’s favorite thing to do in his woods is fell timber and prune trees.
Rick Helman | Forester | rick@nnrg.org

Rick has been a forester with NNRG since 2011, a Project Forester with Professional Forestry Services Inc. since 1989 and a Contract Forester with Pierce County since 1992. He holds a Masters Degree in Forest Productivity from Duke University and a B.S. in Biology from Presbyterian College. Rick is a member of the Forest Stewards Guild, Society of American Foresters, and is the Southwest Washington Regional Coordinator for the American Tree Farm System. Rick is also a Certified Wetland Specialist and a Certified Forester (#71). Rick's favorite thing to do in the woods is help landowners realize their forest visions.
Elizabeth Lunney | Interim Executive Director | elizabeth@nnrg.org

Elizabeth has spent more than 25 years providing leadership and capacity building for local and regional conservation organizations around the country. Once lured to Seattle by the splendor of its mountains and forests, she spent more than a decade at the helm of Washington Trails Association. More recently, she has served as interim executive director for the Mountains to Sound Greenway and the Mountaineers. Elizabeth’s favorite thing to enjoy in the woods are the moments when sunlight illuminates the green.
Cailin Mackenzie | Outreach Associate | cailin@nnrg.org

Cailin joined NNRG in 2016 to help reach new forest owners and advance ecological forestry in the Pacific Northwest. He has loved working on environmental outreach with The Nature Conservancy, King County, and Kitsap County, and has a degree in Environmental Studies from Tufts University. Cailin's favorite thing to enjoy in the woods is breathing in the gorgeous air.
Lindsay Malone | Member Services Director | lindsay@nnrg.org

Lindsay became part of the NNRG team in 2012 on the same day she helped save a northern flying squirrel. She has 15 years of experience working on natural resource and conservation issues for local, state and federal agencies and non-profit organizations. Prior to NNRG, Lindsay worked at Forterra where she contributed to the conservation of more than 10,000 acres of working forests, natural areas and recreation lands. She completed her master’s degree at the University of Washington’s College of Forest Resources, conducting a study to identify the needs and interests of first-time forest owners. Lindsay's favorite thing to enjoy in the woods is hiking long trails (PCT, CDT, Chinook), climb mountains, and ski throughout the Cascades.

NNRG Board of Directors

President–Christine Johnson, FSC certified landowner, Portola Valley, CA
Vice President–Eden Brukman, Concenter Solutions, Portland, OR
Treasurer–Brad Hunter, Craft3, Portland, OR
Past President–Marco Lowenstein, North American Wood Products, Corales, NM
John Harrison, Starbucks Coffee Company, Seattle, WA
Ben Hayes, Pinchot Institute for Conservation, forest owner of Hyla Woods, Portland, OR
Sue Long, REI, Seattle, WA
Norman MacLeod, Gaelic Wolf Consulting, Port Townsend, WA
Ryan Temple, Sustainable Northwest Wood, Portland, OR


NNRG Board of Advisors

Matt Freeman-Gleason, MFG Photography, Seattle, WA
Ian Hanna, Forest Stewardship Council International, Port Townsend, WA
Becky Kelley, Washington Environmental Council, Seattle, WA
Maureen Mitchell, Summit Law Group, Seattle, WA
Michael Rylko, Environmental Protection Agency Region 10, Seattle, WA
Patti Southard, King County Recycling & Environmental Services, Seattle, WA
Solveig Whittle, Social Media Instructor, Univeristy of Washington, and blogger/musician, Woodinville, WA
Michele Zukerberg, Washington Department of Natural Resources, Olympia, WA