Conservation District Staff
Paul Andersson, District Manager
Paul joined the Conservation District in 2021 and is responsible for the successful coordination of all programs and staff under the Board of Supervisors. He brings experience managing small businesses and environmental programs for government, non profit and private sector organizations throughout the Puget Sound. Paul is a resident of Orcas Island, where it is easy to see and enjoy how the work of the Conservation District and its strategic partners have had a profound impact on land preservation, water quality, agriculture, energy and recreation for generations of islanders. Prior to joining the CD, Paul served as the District Manager for the Lopez Solid Waste Disposal District and as a climate and energy program specialist for City of Bellevue. He has a BA in English Literature from Iowa State University and a MBA in Sustainable Business from Presidio University.
Pauline Chiquet, Natural Resource Planner
Pauline joined the San Juan Islands Conservation District in 2022 after earning her NRCS certificate as a Natural Resource Planner and working with the Whatcom Conservation District. Despite her BA in Art History from Yale University, Pauline decided to pursue a career in food and agriculture. She received a certification in farm management on small-scale vegetable and livestock operations from the Organic Farm School on Whidbey Island in 2018. In 2019, she opened her own farm in the Skagit Valley and served as a consultant for farmers and gardeners, with a particular focus on fertility management and soil best practices for regenerative systems. She is a certified Soil Food Web Lab Technician, specializing in soil microbiological testing for biological soil balancing. Pauline lives on Orcas Island and enjoys immersing herself in the waters of the Salish Sea, swimming, diving, and paddle boarding.
Zoey Chue, CCC Crew Leader
Capt. Zoey Chue is a Salish sea native and long time Orcas resident. Zoey moved to Orcas on a sail-only research boat after attending Huxley and receiving a BA from WWU. Earning a captain’s license and Salish Sea Marine Naturalist certification was the beginning of years of marine conservation and stewardship. Moving closer to family and dry land on Orcas Island, Zoey began low-impact, organic farming and landscaping just up Crow Valley creek watershed. Desiring more community service, Zoey served at local farmers markets and supported local farmers through the Orcas Community Food co-op and volunteering with local land and marine management agencies. The last 5 years have been devoted to forest conservation and restoration as a forester and tree technician. Currently, Zoey is studying for her arborist license and leading the Civilian Conservation Corps crew; teaching arboricuture, forestry and sustainable land management skills to future leaders. Hobbies include a deep, all-consuming interest in the natural world and the corridors connecting the forest to our water ways. Zoey lives and works on a large active ranch as well as participates in a huntress group and has a love for fishing season.
Matt Claussen, Natural Resource Planner
Matt is a San Juan Island resident where he operated Red Roof Acres, a small horse-breeding farm for Friesian-cross and Quarter horse breeds, along with orchard and garden crops supplied to local markets. Matt works at the District as a Conservation Resource Planner coordinating with staff for farm and forestry planning. Matt worked on the family farm in Iowa, before getting the Rocky Mountain bug. Prior to moving to San Juan Island in 2014, Matt spent the past 25 years as a park ranger/naturalist and natural resource manager for the City of Boulder, Colorado. Matt has a bachelor’s degree in Outdoor Recreation from the University of Northern Iowa. Locally, Matt is involved with the Stand Up Men organization, Grange 966, is a youth mentor and his black lab Levi, is training as a Parkinson’s Alert Dog.
Tony Fyrqvist, Finance Manager
Tony joined the San Juan Islands Conservation District as the Financial Manager in 2020 after more than thirty years in community banking. Tony brings a wealth of finance experience to the district as well as ties to the San Juan Island community. Originally from a small island in Finland, Tony and his wife, Lisa, raised their five children in Friday Harbor, where he has been an active participant in local society. Tony has coached youth sports for the region, including baseball, roller hockey, and soccer. At home, Tony and Lisa actively compost household organic matter, and he rides his bike to work, regardless of the weather. Tony obtained his undergraduate degree from California State University, went on to complete his Master’s degree in International Management at Arizona State University, and attained his MBA from Seattle University.
Bruce Gregory, Senior Planner
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.
Kai Hoffman-Krull, Forest Health Manager
Kai joined the San Juan Islands Conservation District staff in 2020 as the Forest Health Manager after 5 years of running an ecological journalism non-profit, Forage. Kai studied forestry and literature at Yale University, and also holds a certificate in Business Plan Development from the Yale Entrepreneurial Institute. He has coordinated research projects in agriculture and forestry with the University of Washington, University of Montana, and Oregon State University in the San Juan islands since 2014. He has coauthored peer-reviewed articles in Biogeochemistry and Agriculture, Ecosystems, and Environment, and has written extensively for publications such as Growing for Market, Civil Eats, New Society Publishing, The Sound Consumer, Rodale Institute, and Stone Pier Press. Kai has provided biochar education throughout the San Juans and Western Washington since 2016 in collaboration with the Northwest Natural Resource Group and Washington State University. Kai lives on Waldron Island, where he enjoys trail running, growing food, and managing his forest for biodiversity, plant resilience, and carbon sequestration.
Kelsey Kittleson, YCC Program Coordinator
Kelsey works at the District as the Youth Conservation Corps Program Coordinator, engaging local youth in outdoor field experience and environmental education. Originally from Northern Idaho, Kelsey first started spending time in the islands during college. She holds a BA in Environmental Studies from Western Washington University's Huxley College of the Environment. She is actively involved in the community through her work with the Youth Conservation Corps, Stewardship Network of the San Juans, Friday Harbor Green Drinks, and Leave No Trace collaborative outreach. Kelsey is passionate about working and learning with local youth and is continually inspired by the collaboration and community-oriented spirit that exists among the islands. Kelsey splits her time between San Juan Island and Anacortes and loves to explore the local lands and waters by snorkeling, kayaking, boating, hiking, and spending time with her community.
Laura Pitts, Natural Resource Project Manager
Laura became an Orcas Island resident in 2018 after joining the Camp Orkila staff as an Outdoor Environmental Educator. Her passion for conservation soon led her to serve an AmeriCorps term at Moran State Park, where she built a trail and led hundreds of volunteers through other stewardship projects. Before joining the district, Laura was a regulatory specialist and biologist for shoreline development in San Juan County, where she assisted property owners in implementing sustainable practices and mitigating environmental impacts. Laura grew up deep in the heart of Texas and obtained a BS in Environmental Science from Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi. In her down time she enjoys hiking, foraging, gardening, or just relaxing in the sun with a good book.
Cathi Winings, Natural Resource Planner
Cathi has worked for the District as a natural resource planner since 2019, providing forestry technical assistance, coordinating the Voluntary Stewardship Program, and coordinating GIS projects. Originally from Wisconsin, she moved to Washington in 1998 to work at North Cascades National Park. After 15 years of work with the NPS, she moved to Johns Island to join her husband and start a family, and eventually moved to San Juan Island in 2014. Cathi holds a B.S. and M.S. in Geography from the University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire and Western Washington University, respectively. She has many years of planning and environmental compliance experience as a natural resource manager with the NPS, where she also performed hazard tree surveys, soundscape monitoring, invasive plant management, and fire incident GIS. Cathi enjoys hiking, gardening, knitting, and sewing, and hopes someday soon to backpack with her family in the mountains. She and the kids spend the summer traveling between San Juan and Johns islands to visit their dad where he works at Camp Nor’wester.