Meet our Officers

President Jeanette Dorner
Pierce Conservation District 

Jeanette’s first experience with conservation districts is when she was a community volunteer starting in 1996, working with the Pierce Conservation District and her neighbors to take care of the rural creek she grew up on. In 2009 Jeanette was elected to Pierce’s Board of Supervisors and in 2010 she was elected by her fellow board members to be Chair. Almost ten years later Jeanette continues to serve as Chair of Pierce CD’s Board and was elected to the WACD board first as Area Director for the Northwest Area and then soon after the Vice President of the Association. She completed two years as Vice President before being elected President at our recent annual meeting. When she’s not volunteering to support the work of conservation districts she splits her time between her work as the Executive Director of the Mid Sound Fisheries Enhancement Group, and as a mom of a 15 year old son and a 9 year old daughter. Jeanette has degrees in Earth Science, Environmental Studies, and Restoration Ecology. 

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Vice President Javier Lopez
South Yakima Conservation District

Javier has served on the South Yakima CD beginning as an Associate Supervisor in 2015 and now representing the SYCD Board as Vice Chair. In 2017, Javier was elected as South Central Area Director and recently elected as Vice President of WACD. Javier is a Certified Crop Advisor and works as an Agronomist in the Yakima Valley. He specializes in the areas of Irrigation Water Management, Dairy Nutrient Management and Crop Nutrition. Javier has three children ages 15, 12 & 3 with his fiancé Lacie. When not working on Association business, you can find Javier in his own fields farming fresh vegetables for local Farmers Markets. Javier holds a Master’s in Business Administration and a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture Economics with emphasis in Animal Science.

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Secretary Larry Davis
Whatcom Conservation District

Larry has served on the Whatcom CD board since 2009 and is the current chair. He also chairs the Whatcom County Ag Advisory Committee. After a year ‘away’, he has stepped back onto the WACD Executive Committee and Board by his willingness to complete the remaining year of the two-year term of WACD Secretary. He served as WACD Secretary-Treasurer for 2016-2017. Larry serves on two WACD committees, serves on two NACD committees, and is President of the Washington Conservation Society (and has worn many other conservation hats). Now retired, his prior professional life included working for the Washington State Senate Education Committee and as Executive Director for the State Board of Education. His experiential expertise is in policy development and governmental processes. He is a Sunnyside native (Yakima County).

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Treasurer Wendy Knopp
Spokane Conservation District

Wendy has served on the Spokane Conservation District as an Associate Supervisor since 2015 and in 2017 was elected Treasurer of WACD. Wendy recently retired from Northwest Farm Credit Services where she implemented AgVision; a program specifically designed to meet the needs of young and beginning ag producers. This program became nationally recognized throughout the Farm Credit System. Wendy is a go-founding member of Vets on the Farm, an organization that helps veterans find a career in agriculture and a co-founding member and current Treasurer of the Washington State Chapter of the Farmer Veteran Coalition. Wendy and her husband Lawry have two children and two grandchildren. She graduated from Gonzaga University with a teaching degree and a master’s degree in Administration.

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National Director Doug Rushton
Thurston Conservation District

Doug loves the locally-lead, incentive-based, voluntary approach of CDs. He started at the Thurston district as an associate in 1994 and has held all the board positions, chairing from 1999 to 2014. (He is proud of the fact during that time, the Thurston CD was district of the year twice.) He has served on numerous WACD committees, chairing the operations committee and the former forestry committee. He currently serves as the WACD national director (i.e. representative to NACD) sitting on the NACD Natural Resources Policy Committee and the NACD Board. He is currently the vice chair of the NACD Pacific Region and has sat on the NACD Forestry Group since 2006, again representing the Pacific Region. Even though he is a forester by training, he has farmed in both Ferry and Whatcom counties. He spent most of his career working water issues for Ecology, but has also been a Forest Service forester, a fish biologist for the National Marine Fisheries Service, a wildlife agent for the Department of Fish and Wildlife, among other adventures.

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Past President Mark Craven
Snohomish Conservation District

Mark is a 20-year member of the Snohomish Conservation District, growing up in the Snohomish Valley on a dairy farm run by his father and uncle and spending time at his grandparent’s dairy and strawberry farm. After high school Mark was elected Washington State FFA President and took over his grandparent’s dairy operation. In the thirty years since then, Craven Farms has transitioned from dairy cows to a pumpkin patch and thriving agritourism business. Mark is active in county government and local agriculture policies which effect farmland and farmers. He has testified at the federal, state, and local level on agricultural issues. He served on too many committee and panels to count, all in support of agriculture and protecting our natural resources.

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