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John sherwin, president

John moved to the Seattle area in 1995 from Texas and now lives in a cabin with his wife Annie and their beloved Goldendoodle Sookie in Issaquah. He loves spending time with them, as well as friends, in the outdoors skiing, hiking, backpacking, mountain scrambling, SUP boarding, and kayaking. He is passionate about clean energy and connecting people with the outdoors. He is a lead engineer in Microsoft’s Gaming division and is involved with their internal sustainability team. He feels fortunate to be part of an amazing community of individuals and organizations that are aligned in the mission to make our region such an amazing place to live!

 
 
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david dunphy, president elect

David has been an Issaquah Alps Trails Club board member since 2016. When he joined, he unknowingly dropped the youngest member age by several decades. Growing up in Issaquah David has a deep love for the Issaquah Alps and Cascade Mountains. At Gonzaga University he studied Environmental Studies and Business Administration and found our current treasurer Sarah, who was his neighbor and study buddy. David spent several years working for the National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS), REI, The Boys and Girls Outdoor Leadership Program leading youth on backpacking, climbing and sea kayaking trips. Currently David works at the Sammamish Community Y supporting teen leadership and outdoor education through a variety of programs. When not at work, which isn't very often because he lives at A YMCA Camp in Preston with his co-caretaker and partner Shawna, you might find him getting coffee with John to talk about IATC, playing in the mountains with his friends or volunteering with the local Search and Rescue team. David is passionate about helping the IATC engage the next generation of conservation leaders in our community.

 
 
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sarah omiliak, treasurer

Sarah loves living in the PNW, surrounded by green spaces for all to enjoy. She is a CPA with six years of experience working with nonprofits. Sarah attended Gonzaga University, where she received a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Accounting. While at Gonzaga, she became friends with David Dunphy. David convinced her to join the Board by reminding her of their glory days taking Intro to Finance together. She is excited to help IATC with the finances to free up time and energy for working on the mission! In her free time, she enjoys knitting, reading, and taking her Golden Retriever, Bailey, for walks.

 
 
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elizabeth lockwood, secretary, teen board member

Elizabeth Lockwood goes by Gaby to most. She is a Team Leader for Pierce County Search and Rescue. She spends most of her summers on searches all over Washington, and most of her winter training new trainee's. The wilderness has always held a prominent place in her childhood, and continues to now, as she spends time backpacking and hiking as a Team Leader for Search and Rescue. Her love of the outdoors comes partly from family and partly from literature and partly from Faith. Of Men And Mountains  written by William O. Douglas inspired the idea that the hardships of the wilderness can build character in a way nothing else can, testing yourself and overcoming challenges. She enjoys learning about philosophy, Theology and History.  


 
 
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Tom lives near the base of Tiger Mountain and loves being able to meander to the trails right from his doorstep, which he has been doing since 1979. Tom’s first hike with the club was the 1989 “Grand Traverse” – Cougar, Squak and Tiger all in a day. Oh, to be young again! He has served as a board member and hike leader since 2015. Tom also has an interest in local history and has served as a board member and docent for the Issaquah History Museum.

 
 
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denice carnahan

Denice Carnahan was raised on a small family farm in King Hill, Idaho.  She understands the importance of respecting Mother Nature and ensuring that we have clean air, pure water and organic soil.  Denice prides herself in having a small environmental footprint.

The University of Idaho is where she put herself through school. She graduated with a B.S. in Business. From there she and her twin sister went to work for the Boeing Company – which was very confusing when they worked on the same floor….   Denice worked in the tech field and was a PC pioneer. She implemented one of the first PC based data entry projects, a Local Area Network (LAN) pilot project and helped start the first LAN administration group for the Boeing Commercial Airplane Group (BCAG).  Her favorite job was working as a computing support manager for BCAG Executive Offices.

After over 18 years at Boeing, Denice decided to go out on her own and became an Investment Advisor.  This was after getting her pilots license. For over 20 years now, Denice has been helping others integrate their values with their investments, via Socially Responsible Investing.  She has a Certificate in Business Sustainability from the Bainbridge Graduate Institute (BGI) now Presidio.

In her spare time Denice likes to garden, dance and lead hikes, which is one reason she joined the Issaquah Alps Trails Club, to help others get out in nature and recharge.  She believes that preserving nature, is vital to helping all of us to live a more - healthy life. Denice is grateful to those who have helped save the Issaquah Alps for the enjoyment for all and would like to help ensure that that continues, for generations to come.


 
 
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suzanne kagen

Collaboration, consensus-building, strategic planning and organizational development have been recurring themes in Suzanne’s life work. After serving for many years on various boards for regional and state parks while a stay-at-home Mom of three children, she returned to full-time employment to facilitate operations for Leadership Eastside. She now works for Washington State Parks as a Program Specialist, helping to facilitate events large and small in Cascade Foothill parks.

An avid equestrian, Suzanne is involved in various horse related organizations. A founding member of the Eastside Race & Leadership Coalition, she is unwavering about taking on tough issues and having courageous conversations.

She is also an advocate for the Arts, serving as board or officer for various organizations. Not content to applaud from the audience, she sings with Kirkland Choral Society. Other hobbies include hiking, knitting, cycling, reading and adventurous travel (ask her to regale you with stories of Europe, South Africa, Peru and Australia.)

Suzanne and her husband, Chris, moved to Kirkland in 1987 and have raised three children here, and is the proud “Elisi” of 3 grandchildren.


 
 
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david kappler

 
 
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ken konigsmark

Ken grew up in Iowa and came to Issaquah after ending his Army service at Ft. Lewis. He has lived here since 1984, "when it was truly a one stoplight town", and joined IATC as President in the late 80's. He has been on the board or an officer of IATC ever since. Ken is retired from Boeing but notably, ten years of his Boeing career were served as a full time "loaned executive" to the Mountains to Sound Greenway, where he led efforts in land conservation, trail connections, and many other initiatives that comprise the hugely successful Greenway effort. Ken views the Issaquah Alps as a priceless treasure that defines the character and quality of life around Issaquah. "Thank God IATC formed with the foresight and persistence to protect and preserve what surrounds us and is now enjoyed by everyone in the region."

 
 
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kirt lenard

Kirt Lenard was transplanted here from the Midwest nearly 20 years ago has been in awe of the natural beauty of Western Washington ever since. After learning of the Issaquah Alps Trails club and it’s mission he signed on to help as an advisor, volunteer, Board Member and past President of the club. He continues to serve as a member of the Board of Directors and looks forward to helping position the IATC for success in it’s next 40 years.

 
 
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cameron Mccrea, teen board member

 
 
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anne newcomb

As a native born Washingtonian, Anne has had the pleasure of enjoying the great outdoors her whole life. At age 7 she got her fisrt horse and joined 4-H. She was  lucky to hit the trails on many occasions, her favorite being the three 100 mile PCT trips her sweet Dad organized for them in the ‘70’s! She and her husband John continue to be nurtured by being in nature. They enjoy Kayaking, Paddle Boarding, Skiing, Backpacking and regular day hikes right here in the amazing Alps!

Yoga has been an important part of her life since the early 80’s. After her loving Mom passed away at an early age from cancer she was moved to take the lead on an event to raise money for Breast Cancer Research. The event brought the Yoga community together to raise over $100,000. 

These days she is strongly motivated to help mitigate the effects of climate change. She volunteered with the Sierra Clubs Coal Free PSE campaign for 2 years. Today she feels happy and honored to be on the IATC board. June of 2020 she will be retiring from 34 years of service as a Rural Letter Carrier at the Issaquah PO. She is looking forward dedicating even more time to Advocacy and Community Outreach with the IATC!


 
 
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george potter

 
 
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Hannah grew up just down the road from the Issaquah Alps in Maple Valley and graduated from Tahoma High School. She left the area to study Ecology and Conservation Biology at Boston University, where she spent a semester abroad in Ecuador. She returned as an AmeriCorps Restoration Associate for the Mountains to Sound Greenway Trust, and continued to work for them on a restoration crew. She was introduced to the IATC and their mission while working for the Greenway, and is excited for the opportunity to become more familiar with the club and assist with communications and outreach. She is currently working for REI and spending her free time hiking, backpacking, and attending school for Communications at the University of Washington.

 
 
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Ed Vervoort

Ed grew up back in the Northeast where there was plenty of woods to play and hike in. His family took vacations in the Adirondack Mountains of New York and the White Mountains of New Hampshire where he got his love for climbing mountains. When he graduated from college he decided to go to graduate school closer to the BIG mountains so came to Washington. He had a perfect life, but about 12 years ago he noticed that the trails were no longer in good condition. So he bought a hand saw and some loppers and started doing trail maintenance by himself. A few years later he ran into Scott Semans who was in charge of trail maintenance for the IATC and Scott asked him join. He did and he has been doing it ever since.