Our Staff


Linda Lyshall


Contact Linda at 360-378-6621 ext.302 or linda@sjicd.org

Linda Lyshall is the Executive Director for the San Juan Islands Conservation District. She has a long-held passion for natural resource conservation and over a decade of experience implementing conservation projects and programs with state and local government.

Prior to her work with the Conservation District, she initiated the King County Cities Climate Collaboration (K4C) to help empower local climate action. Her educational background includes a Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Studies; a Master’s degree in Environmental Policy and Natural Resource Management; and a PhD in Leadership and Change. She enjoys taking in the beauty of the San Juans, hiking the local trails and getting out on the water as much as possible.

Bruce Gregory


Contact Bruce at 360-378-6621 ext.303 or bruce@sjicd.org

Bruce is a certified USDA-NRCS Farm & Forest Planner and a long-time resident of San Juan Island. He and his wife, Colleen Howe-Gregory, own and operate Mitchell Bay Farm & Nursery. Their farm has agricultural production in grass raised lamb, Kiwifruit, Asian pears, Cane berries, figs, small round bale haylage and they keep bees.

Bruce is a member of the Agricultural Resources Committee, the Noxious Weed Control Board, the Economic Development Council and the Island Grown Farmer’s Cooperative. He also serves as a board member of the Northwest Agricultural Business Center in Mt. Vernon, WA. Bruce has a bachelor’s degree from Boise State University, and Post-Bac from WWU and was a participant in the two year WSU/Kellogg Foundation/Holistic Management statewide program.

Ellen Jones


Contact Ellen at 360-378-6621 ext.304 or ellen@sjicd.org

Ellen lives on Shaw Island where she and her husband operate a small organic farm.  At the Conservation District, Ellen works as a Natural Resource Planner doing farm and forest planning and coordinating the cost share program. She is also involved in education and outreach, and works as a storm-water monitor for Lopez Island.

Ellen has a Master’s degree in Environmental Horticulture from the School of Environmental and Forest Sciences at the University of Washington.  She comes to the Conservation District with a background in forestry and ecological restoration and is passionate about conservation of natural resources and supporting sustainable agriculture in the islands.


Erin Licata


Contact Erin at 360-622-9617 or erin@sjicd.org

A Pacific Northwest native, Erin has a strong background in environmental research, monitoring and restoration throughout Western Washington.  Erin holds a Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Science from Western Washington University Huxley College.  She enjoys backpacking, culinary mushroom hunting, canoeing, carving, painting, and utilizing traditional ecological knowledge (TEK) in native resource ID and gathering.  She has deep cultural and spiritual connections with the San Juan Islands and wholly believes in the seven-generation perspective on sustainability and that the health of our people is directly dependent on the health of our environment.

Robert Walters


Contact Robert at 360-378-6621 ext.305 or robert@sjicd.org

Robert is a long time resident of San Juan Island where he makes his home with his wife and daughter. He has two hats at the Conservation District. Water Resources Manager duties include coordinating the County’s Stormwater Monitoring Program, coordination of the current False Bay Watershed Restoration Assessment, and provide input in to other water quality issues as they arise in the District’s other programs. As Firewise Coordinator, Robert is involved in community outreach and education as well as consulting with homeowners and local fire districts as a certified Firewise Assessor. A summa cum laude graduate of Oregon State University, with a Bachelor of Science in Natural Resources Policy and Management, Robert is ceaselessly intrigued by natural systems and their functions. A lifelong love of fishing, hunting, and being in natural wild areas has led to a deep appreciation for these ecosystems as well as a desire to preserve and care for them. Robert tries to remain an active community member through service organizations, youth sports, and other volunteer opportunities.

Samantha Martin 


Contact Samantha at 360-378-6621 or samantha@sjicd.org

Samantha has been a resident of San Juan County for over 12 years and currently lives on Orcas Island.  Her main role at the Conservation District is to coordinate the Shoreline Stewardship Program, which works with shoreline property owners to develop the best solutions for protecting important shoreline habitat.  She is also involved in supporting a viable agricultural economy in the County, and acts as a stormwater monitor for Orcas Island.

After receiving a Master of Science degree in forest ecology and soil science (University of Washington, 2007), she co-founded Rain Shadow Consulting-- a small-scale, island-based company which helps landowners sustainably manage their forestland.  Samantha has over 20 years of horticultural experience and has been involved in native oak and grassland restoration, as well as the recovery of rare plant species in San Juan County.  When not working, she enjoys being part of a dance group on Orcas and spending time enjoying the beauty of the San Juans with her family.   


Ryan Palmateer


Contact Ryan at 360-378-6621 or ryan@sjicd.org

Ryan recently moved to The San Juan’s with his girlfriend Meagan by way of Olympia, Washington.  He is a self-professed “nerd” who loves to tinker with all things electronic, making him a perfect fit as the Conservation District's Energy Program Manager. Having done work for green building organizations like NW Passive House and The Eco Builders Guild, Ryan believes that curbing the demand for energy is just as important as building more renewable energy sources. Ryan is a skilled photographer, videographer, licensed UAV pilot and film editor. You will often find Ryan out at South Beach or Cattle Point taking photos of Bald Eagles and Foxes. If you were curious what new technology or appliance is out or just around the corner, just ask Ryan and he will tell you at length the positives and negatives of each new piece of tech and how it could help you save energy!

Shannon Miniken


Contact Shannon at 360-378-6621 or shannon@SJICD.org

Shannon and her husband Jason moved to San Juan Island in 2002, and have since loved raising their two children in the island community. She received her Bachelor’s from Oregon State University in Forest Recreation Resources, then worked for the Bureau of Land Management for seven years before moving to SJI. She enjoyed the environmental education side of her job, which led her down a path to complete her Master’s in Human Studies with a diploma to teach at Montessori Schools. Shannon enjoys teaching fitness classes and coaching youth softball, hiking, camping and being outside with her family. She is excited to share her love and enthusiasm of the outdoors with the island youth, and to help instill a sense of stewardship for the unique and special place we live.

Willie Clancy


Contact Willie at 360-378-6621 or willie@SJICD.org

Willie grew up on Orcas Island which helped lay the groundwork for his appreciation of natural environments. He later received a Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Science from Western Washington University Huxley College and went on to work with Americorps’ Watershed Stewards Program in northern California. His work there focused on environmental restoration and educating youth on the importance of salmonid and watershed health. Now back on Orcas, Willie is excited to help the youth crew foster a growing appreciation of the outdoors. He also works at West Beach Farm and is happy to work for both local food and land conservation.


Walt Andrews


Contact Walt at 360-378-6621 or walt@SJICD.org

Walt’s background is in ecology, conservation, and environmental education. He has experience with conservation and land management practices. Having experience with habitat quality monitoring, non-native invasive species surveys and removal, native plant propagation and planting, sensitive species, leadership, education, guiding sea kayak and backpacking trips, scientific research, wilderness medicine, and trail maintenance. Walt graduated from The Evergreen State College with an emphasis in Environmental Science, and has been twice certified as a Wilderness First Responder. 

Nathan Donnelly


Contact Nathan at 360-378-6621 or nathan.donnley.licc@gmail.com

Nathan Donnelly moved to Lopez Island full-time in 2014 and is a certified Permaculture designer. Also a former builder, back-country national park ranger, wildland firefighter, field biologist, and program coordinator/crew boss of an invasive weeds program covering two counties. 

A former San Juan county parks manager, he now operates his Lopez based business, Reverence Permaculture, and teaches workshops on sustainable homesteading, outdoor survival, nature awareness, and climate change resilience.

Ecological restoration, land stewardship, and teaching are among his passions, along with kayak fishing, bow hunting, bushcraft, carving, and community gatherings.

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