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About Our Board

The SPCCF board is comprised of people with the skills and knowledge to carry out the mission of the SPCCF. Many of our board members were involved in taking the concept of a local community foundation from idea to reality. We invite you to review the information about each SPCCF board member. All board members live in our community, and many are active in other organizations.

Board Members

Janice Peterson, President

Janice Peterson, President

Janice Peterson graduated from Whitman College, Walla Walla, Washington with a degree in biological sciences. She completed doctoral studies in immunochemistry at Stanford University where she taught physiology lab classes at the School of Medicine.

While raising a family she served in offices including that of president of California's state chapter of an international philanthropic organization for women. Peterson was recruited to research and evaluate medical records for a group of San Francisco attorneys. This led to certification as a legal assistant and work as a law clerk for the judges of the Marin County Superior Court. She taught Civil Procedure at Dominican University and later managed a law office.

Peterson served for 12 years on the Board of Directors of Guide Dogs for the Blind, Inc., a non-profit organization that trains dogs to serve the blind community. She has just completed a 10-year term as a trustee of Morris Animal Foundation, the largest animal health and welfare organization in the world, which funds academic research on animal health.

Peterson lives in Ocean Park. Her hobbies include knitting and weaving; she is active in the local weaving guild.

Phil Allen, Vice President

Phil Allen, Vice President

Phil Allen, a licensed architect, holds a degree in architecture from the University of Oregon. His education, dovetailed with design and construction management interests, took him to West Coast building assignments from Long Beach, Washington to Palmer, Alaska; to California, from San Diego to Santa Cruz. Projects included churches, casinos, transportation support facilities and high-end residential designs.

Allen maintained professional membership in the American Institute of Architects, and served as a member of the AIA Jury on Institute Honors. Prior to his retirement from the Denver-based architectural firm, RNL, his career culminated with an invitation as "technical director" for an award-winning hotel design in Doha, Quatar, which he declined in favor of relocating to South Pacific County.

Allen is a member of a 6th generation Pacific County family significant to the promotion of the Willapa Bay oyster industry, the initial establishment of Ocean Park, and the development of early governmental facilities at Cape Disappointment. His family tree includes Pacific County natives, shipwrecked sailors, Quinault Indians and Oysterville pioneers. He spent childhood summers in South Pacific County, steeped in oral histories and local traditions.

Now residing in Long Beach, Allen spends time volunteering for local business interests, studying foraging for the bounty of South County's abundant seafood and fauna, and lecturing, teaching, and sharing those skills with others.

Eugene Norcross-Renner, Secretary

Eugene Norcross-Renner, Secretary

Eugene Norcross-Renner holds a B. Arts in Philosophy and Psychology from Goddard College, and a Certificate in Craft from the Oregon College of Art & Craft.

He managed bookstores in Oregon and Pennsylvania prior to working at Powell's Books in Portland, Oregon, where he operated the out-of-print book search in pre-internet days. Subsequently he traveled to purchase large book collections for Powell's.

His volunteer service has been given largely to the Religious Society of Friends. He served Friends as Clerk (presiding officer) of Multnomah Friends Meeting, Portland, Oregon, and as Recording Clerk (secretary) of North Pacific Yearly Meeting's Steering Committee. Currently he is on the Discipline Committee, which is charged with revising the Yearly Meeting's Faith and Practice, a theological and procedural handbook. He serves as a site steward for Columbia Land Trust, and is a member of the Eckhart Society and the North American Heather Society.

Norcross-Renner has designed and planted gardens in each place of residence over the past five decades, including his current home north of Oysterville on Willapa Bay.

Kathleen Sayce, Treasurer

Kathleen Sayce, Treasurer

Kathleen Sayce grew up in Ocean Park, Washington around several resource based industries, including oysters, fishing, cranberries and timber. She attended Ilwaco High School, where she played three sports and was a member of Torch Honor; she was also active in 4-H horse programs during high school. Sayce graduated from Fairhaven College at Western Washington University, Bellingham, with a B.Science in Biology and minors in Chemistry and Geology. She graduated from Washington State University, Pullman, with a M. Science in Botany.

Returning to Pacific County, she led field research on the ecological impacts of Spartina alterniflora, smooth cordgrass in tidelands of Willapa Bay for the US Fish and Wildlife Service, and mapped the presence of Viola adunca, early blue violets, host plant for Oregon Silverspot butterfly, Speyeria zerene hippolyta for Washington Department of Fisheries and Wildlife. She sampled phytoplankton in local waters for more than five years, monitoring species that produce biotoxins for several state agencies. Sayce was the Science Program Director for the Willapa Alliance in the mid-1990s, where she organized annual science conferences, led the local science group, and edited Willapa Indicators for Sustainability. She was the Science Officer for ShoreBank Pacific, the nation's first environmental bank, and helped take the bank from less than $20M to more than $220M in assets. While at the bank she developed the bank's internal assessment tools, based on triple bottom line metrics, did the bank's carbon accounting metrics, and worked with clients to improve their energy and materials efficiency, and profitability.

On the community side, Sayce's board commitments over several decades include: Water Music Festival; Confluence Project, which raised more than $20M to place art designed by Maya Lin in six locations along the Columbia and Snake Rivers; South Pacific County Community Foundation; and Society for Pacific Coast Native Iris. She has been active in several groups, including: Friends of the Library; WSU Master Gardeners; native plant societies in Oregon and Washington; Swalalahos Natural History Society; Grassroots Garbage Gang; North Coast Land Conservancy, and Friends of Willapa Refuge.

Sayce is married to Pacific County Commissioner Frank Wolfe, and lives on Willapa Bay north of Nahcotta, Washington. In her private life Sayce enjoys hiking, gardening, boating, and flying.

Paul Waterstrat

Paul Waterstrat

With the exception of Seattle and New York City, Paul Waterstrat has lived exclusively in rural communities, growing up in Okanogan County in eastern Washington. He received a DVM from Washington State University, Pullman, and a MSc. in Fisheries, and a PhD. from Mississippi State University.

His professional career and research interests focused on the field of economic and performance medicine in aquatic and marine systems. He has served as an associate professor at the College of Veterinary Medicine at Mississippi State, and an adjunct professor at Atlantic Veterinary College, University of Prince Edward Island. He was also the Director of Okanogan County Public Health for more than five years before retiring.

Waterstrat's publications include research on fish immunology, epidemiology and production diseases of salmon, catfish, lobster, shellfish, sea urchins, manatees and harmful algal blooms.

He lives on Willapa Bay between Long Beach and Nahcotta, and enjoys motorcycle riding, sailing, and is a member of the local COASST team, which monitors dead birds on West Coast Beaches.

Rainer Houser

Rainer Houser

Rainer Houser earned a Bachelor of Arts in History/Education from Pacific Lutheran University, and an M.A.T. Social Science from Washington State University in Pullman.

Houser's 45-year long career began as a teacher of social sciences and humanities at Puyallup High School, where he taught for 16 years. After serving in the Puyallup School District as teacher and Department Chair, Houser transitioned into administration, becoming principal of W.F. West High School in Chehalis, Washington, then Planning and Project Principal of Edmonds-Woodway High School in the Edmonds School District. In the mid-1990s Houser was selected to serve as Associate Executive Director for the Association of Washington School Principals, focusing on work with the Washington Legislature and principal leadership development. Houser later joined the Ocean Beach School, serving as District Superintendent for several years prior to his retirement.

Post-retirement Houser has continued his work in public education as a consultant for the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction, the Washington State Leadership Academy, The Education Service District 112 in S.W. Washington, and numerous school districts.

He resides in Long Beach, and is still being cajoled onto new boards when not traveling.

Susan Carney

Susan Carney

Susan Carney is a native of Seattle, Washington, attending West Seattle High School and graduating next to her best "bud" from preschool. She moved once—4 blocks—and walked to school every day, being just inside the ever-shifting school bus demarcation line.

Hiking and camping with family and friends were her summer pursuits. She participated in track & field and cross country from grade school through high school and then spent he next year living and working in the Netherlands. Upon her return, a measured mix of education and work led to her graduation from Central Washington University with degrees in Early Childhood and Special Education.

Teaching first in eastern Washington, Susan was offered a position within the Ocean Beach School District twenty-five years ago and has refused to leave the beach since. After teaching in early childhood programs, she took some time away to start three children on their paths, returning to work with Timberland Regional Library as a community librarian.

Her community participation includes American Association of University Women, Parent's Inc. (parent booster group at Long Beach Elementary), Ilwaco High School Music Boosters, Infant Safety Network, Peninsula Kids, school levy efforts, early childhood associations, soccer coaching, and the occasional Easter egg hunt.

Susan lives in downtown Chinook in an 110-year old home and her hobbies include (surprise!) reading and reading even more since attending/coaching/chauffeuring children to their activities has slowed down.

Nansen Pihlaja Malin

Nansen Pihlaja Malin

Nansen grew up in a small town on the Oregon side of the Columbia River. After High School graduation, she fled small town life for the fast-paced East Coast, and then crisscrossed the country to graduate from University of Washington with a B.A. in Communications/Business.

Nansen found success working in advertising in New York City, then started her own award winning manufacturing business in Los Angeles. She went on to become a motivational speaker and small business consultant. After a stint as a political lobbyist, she traded city lights for a 4-wheel drive truck and a razor clam shovel at the beach. Nansen and her husband Brett relocated business and home to the quiet Victorian beach community of Seaview, WA, using technology to maintain the involved lifestyle of the big city. Like her beloved salmon, Nansen had returned home.

Nansen maintains a beach lifestyle blog ( www.seaviewlife.com ) and is active on a half dozen local community boards, including Sea Resources, which holds the historic Chinook salmon hatchery, and the Coastal Community Action Program (CCAP) for Pacific and Grays Harbor counties.

Nansen's skill set brings diverse groups together on projects she is involved with. She embraced small town life, where she can ride her beach cruiser in the Seaview Dunes, which she works avidly to protect. Passionate about salmon, oysters, technology, gardening and do-it yourself projects, every day is filled with new endeavors which she documents on her website.

Amy Chadwick

Amy Chadwick

Amy Chadwick is native to the Pacific Northwest, born and raised in Washington State. As a young girl growing up in a single parent household, Amy was accustomed to a close-knit community, and looking to the beauty in her local surroundings for comfort and inspiration.

Amy was a competitive volleyball enthusiast in high school; she played year round and competed with Junior Olympic level athletes. She learned early on about creating team spirit. Helping her team reach its goal in competition was challenging at this advanced level, but extremely rewarding. This experience led Amy to focus on learning how to bring successful team concepts into all her environments. She went on to study sociology, psychology, and social psychology at the University of Idaho, then earned a degree in Sociology from Seattle Pacific University.

Working in residential and commercial property management, Amy was an Assistant Leasing Consultant, then Operations Manager for over 50,000 sq ft of commercial real estate at the Seattle Design Center and Seattle Gift Center. Amy helped procure leasing contracts with major commercial design brands, including Kravet, Lee Jofa, Robert Allen, and Schumacher. Working with designers to build out showroom spaces immersed Amy every day in a community of creative designers. This influenced her own creativity in her passion––hair design and the beauty industry.

After getting a degree in Cosmetology and settling into family life, Amy now owns Azure Salon and Spa, Ilwaco, WA. Azure is a licensed Cosmetology Apprentice Salon, which has helped two women in the community become licensed cosmetologists. Amy is a member of the National Education team for L'Oreal Professionnel. She specializes in 'Training the Trainer' classes, and is a lead trainer for hairdressers to obtain certification as an Expert within the L'Oreal Professionnel brand.

Amy is a member of a parents group that promotes second language acquisition in the Naselle-Grays River Valley School District, currently this the Chinese Mandarin Immersion Program at Naselle Elementary School. She helped form Lui Xing (Rising Stars), the parent group that works with the school district to support this program. Through fundraising events and community outreach, Lui Xing has raised awareness of the importance of learning second languages when young.

Amy's husband Dan is a Captain for the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, and her two boys are in school. They enjoy gardening and fishing. Amy is also a reader and avid runner.

Todd Wiegardt

Todd Wiegardt

Todd has a Bachelor of Science in horticulture from Washington State University, Pullman.

His horticultural career began at Oregon Bulb Farms, where he managed shipping, inventory and new bulb trials for five years, sending out 25 million bulbs each year. He worked at McCallums Wholesale Floral for fourteen years, managing the cut flower division, which purchased both domestic and imported cut flowers. He then worked for Juniper Level Botanical Garden and Plant Delights Nursery, where he curated the botanic garden, which maintains a collection of more than 22,000 species of plants on 22 acres. He managed the crew, volunteers, record keeping for the botanical collection, seed collection and propagation, developed new theme gardens and was a speaker and guide for the garden.

Moving back to south Pacific County in 2015, Todd is the principal for Willapa Gardens, which does garden restoration, grounds maintenance, planting and pruning, design, and horticultural consultations. Todd also does floral designs for special events.

Todd grew up in Ocean Park and Oysterville, was an Eagle Scout and a AFS exchange student to Costa Rica. While in North Carolina, he was a member of North Ridge Church, where he was a trustee, choir member, bell ringer, Divorce Care leader, and active in children's ministries. He promptly joined the Bayside Singers when he returned to Willapa Bay.