The San Juan Islands Conservation District Board of Supervisors is comprised of three elected positions and two appointed positions. Each volunteer supervisor serves a 3-year term.


Board of Directors


Vicki Heater Chair Appointed 2009
Background – Water Quality

Vicki has been associated with the San Juan County Conservation District since 1994. She is an environmental health specialist with the SJC health department and is lead staff for the county’s drinking water program. She is also watershed lead for WRIA 2 and developed the San Juan County Watershed Action Plan under the Non-Point Rule (400-12 WAC) and is currently working on water resource planning under RCW 90.82. She has been actively involved with the San Juan County Pony Club since 1986 and teaches riding and horse management. She and her husband live on 24 acres, which includes a small farm and 20 acres of forestland.


Deanna Eltinge, Elected 2018
Background – Farmstead

Deanna Eltinge is a 6th generation San Juan Island resident, returning in 2010 with her husband, Adam and their two daughters. She earned her Bachelor of Science at Washington State University in Natural Resources Management in addition to a minor in Business Administration. Deanna worked for public ports for 11 years, first at the Port of Edmonds and recently at the Port of Friday Harbor. Deanna has volunteered of the Families and Neighbors Support Island Red (FANS) Board,the San Juan Island Service Scholarship Board, as a 4-H parent and various school activities. She feels very fortunate to be able to live and work on her family’s historic farmstead in the beautiful San Juan Valley and looks forward to promoting the efforts of the SJI Conservation District to the island community

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Robert Gamble, Vice-Chair Elected 2014
Background – Community Development and Planning
Bob has had a decades long interest in San Juan County planning. He served on the County committee that helped draft the Comprehensive Plan, and the following year on the group that worked on the County Unified Development Code. Over the years he has been a member of several other County advisory boards, including the SJC Housing Advisory Board and the SJC Economic Development Council. He was a founding board member of Homes for Islanders and was on the committee that wrote the bylaws for the Island Grown Farmers Co-operative. He currently serves on the San Juan County Planning Commission and is a board member of Kwiaht and OPAL Community Land Trust. He and his wife Winnie Adams divide their time between Orcas and Waldron islands, with their garden firmly planted in Waldron soil.

David Bill, Elected 2019
Background – Renewable Agriculture Resources
David Bill brings to the board a passion for climate change mitigation and adaptation measures, energy efficiency, wildfire risk reduction, and maintaining and strengthening the agricultural/aquacultural resources and economy of San Juan County.  With is wife Faith, he owns and operates Midnight’s Farm on Lopez, where they turn agricultural waste and other islander’s yard debris and wood waste into compost and mulch, raise beef and pigs and are committed to providing public benefit through reducing burn piles, providing locally made organics, exceptional local food and education.   He has environmental engineering degree in water resources and has been an island resident for over thirty-five years..


Lynn Bahrych, Secretary/Treasurer
Background – Land Use and Environmental Law
Lynn Bahrych was appointed to the Washington State Conservation Commission by Governor Gary Locke in January of 2004, and for two further terms by Governor Chris Gregoire in 2007 and 2011. Lynn resides on Shaw Island. She graduated with Honors in Humanities from Stanford University and received a Masters Degree in English Education from the University of Texas. Lynn received a Ph.D. in Medieval and Renaissance Literature and a law degree from the University of Washington Law School.  Lynn practiced Maritime and Admiralty law in Seattle for ten years before focusing exclusively on land use and environmental law. She is currently on the Executive Commission of the Conservation Commission and works independently as a certified permaculturalist.


Associate Board

Thom Pence
Background – Forestry
Thom graduated from Michigan State University in 1972 with a BS in Forestry. He worked for the US Forest Service from 1969, seasonally until retirement in 1999.  Thom spent the majority of his career in silviculture, with several seasons of timber presale, sale layout, timber marking, timber sale administration and fire suppression. He worked in minerals management inspecting exploratory drilling sites and mine construction. He has written numerous NEPA documents. Thom moved to the San Juan Islands in 1999 and volunteered his time with the Conservation District to help save the threatened Garry Oak (Quercus garryiana) habitatThom has also worked in our schools with K-12 students leading environmental education programs.

Kyle Loring   
Background – Land Use and Environmental Law
Kyle is honored to have the opportunity to assist the Conservation District in sharing its knowledge and expertise with the conservation-minded residents who shepherd our local resources.  He grew up on Anderson Island, in the south sound, and returned to island living on San Juan Island in 2007 to serve as the staff attorney for Friends of the San Juans.  Since then, Kyle has actively engaged in community endeavors like the Water Resources Management Committee, Leadership San Juan Islands, Trails Committee, and Families and Neighbors Support Island Rec.  Kyle shares a home in the woods with his wife, Katie, her parents, and approximately 275 active pounds of dogs.

Jerry Rasmussen, Appointed 2013
Background – Civil Engineering
Jerry and his wife Patty own and operate Longhouse B&B on San Juan Island.  He holds a B.S. in Civil Engineering from the University of Washington, and a Masters from Oregon State. He has taught Civil Engineering at the University of Delaware and Water Resource Engineering at Seattle University.  Jerry has served as the Head of Engineering Studies for R.W. Beck and Associates, Director of Engineering for EMCON Engineering, and Senior Engineer for King County Public Works. In San Juan County, Jerry served as the County Engineer from 1999-2005, and as a member of the San Juan County Water Resources Committee from 2005-2008.


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