Melissa Campbell, Executive Director
Over the last decade, Melissa has helped shape the direction of the Trust’s conservation, stewardship and conservation finance initiatives. Today, as Executive Director, she leads the Trust’s staff and board, as well as its impact investment work. Prior to her work at the Trust, Melissa worked on conservation and natural resource initiatives spanning the natural areas of the Midwest to the farms and forestlands along the West Coast. Melissa holds a B.S. from the College of Food, Agriculture and Environmental Sciences at The Ohio State University and a Master’s degree where she studied the connections between our local communities and working landscapes. When not at work, Melissa enjoys being outside and exploring our natural world and communities, with her family. Send Melissa an email.
Hilary Aten, Conservation Director
Hilary joined PCC Farmland Trust in 2011, working on many facets of our farmland conservation program, including real estate transactions, conservation planning, and management of public grants for acquisitions. Hilary has been involved in land conservation and watershed protection since 2004, working with a range of local, county, federal, and international conservation initiatives. Prior to her work at the Farmland Trust, Hilary focused on coordination of community-based conservation programs, including watershed restoration projects, natural resource management, and planning (operational and financial) for long-term management of protected conservation lands. Hilary holds a B.A. in Political Science, and a MPA from the University of Texas-Austin. Her long-term interest is in supporting local livelihoods that mutually benefit from protecting our region’s unique valuable natural resources, and she sees saving local organic farmland forever as critical to that future. Send Hilary an email.
Judith May Austin, Development & Communications Director
Judith joined PCC Farmland Trust as a fundraiser in 2014 and has since worked to advance the organization’s fundraising and communications programs. As Development & Communications Director, Judith leads Our Farms, Our Future, PCC Farmland Trust’s $26-million comprehensive campaign to accelerate the pace of farmland conservation in the Puget Sound region. Prior to joining the Trust, Judith spent seven years working as a marketer, spokesperson, and outreach teaching artist for Pacific Northwest Ballet. In her early career, she worked as a field organizer and volunteer coordinator for Senator Patty Murray and former Washington State Governor Christine Gregoire, and served local youth and families as an AmeriCorps volunteer. Judith has nearly fifteen years of experience in the non-profit sector. Judith earned a B.A. in Political Science and Dance from the University of Washington, pursued a Master’s in Public Administration at Seattle University, and holds a Certificate in Fundraising Management from the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy at Indiana University. Judith is passionate about growing a more just, sustainable, and beautiful world through storytelling and philanthropy—beginning right here in the Puget Sound region. Send Judith an email.
Megan Jenny, Community Partnerships Director
Megan joined PCC Farmland Trust in 2015, bringing nearly a decade of experience in community engagement, advocacy, and coalition-building with her. In her role, Megan leads the Trust’s Community Engagement and Farm to Farmer programs. Before coming to the Trust, Megan was a community organizer working on a range of environmental issues, including reducing climate pollution. She graduated from Dickinson College with a BA in English. When she’s not at her desk or out talking with people about the Trust’s work, you can usually find Megan with her nose in a good book, trying out a new recipe using local produce, or adventuring. Send Megan an email.
Rusty Milholland, Farmland Stewardship Manager
Rusty joined PCC Farmland Trust in 2016 where he works to ensure the agricultural and environmental values of the land we conserve remain protected forever. Rusty comes to the Trust from Salt Lake City, UT where he served as the Stewardship Director at Utah Open Lands, a statewide land trust. His interest in conservation began at an early age, after spending his childhood in the caretaker’s residence of a nature preserve in Southern Maine. Upon graduating from Bates College in Lewiston, ME, Rusty has focused much of his efforts on conserving our limited resources and encouraging others to explore the natural world. When he isn’t busy meeting with farmers, planning restoration projects, or interpreting easement language, Rusty enjoys exploring the mountains and coastline by foot, bike, and ski. Send Rusty an email.
Robin Fay, Conservation Manager
Robin Fay grew up on his parents’ organic berry farm in the San Juan Islands, where he learned about farming first hand. He received an undergraduate degree in Environmental Policy from the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, and a Masters in Public Administration from the University of Washington. Robin has diverse work experience, including working in bike shops, as an EMT, and for The Nature Conservancy. Robin brings a background in land use planning and farmland conservation policy to his role as Conservation Manager, working with the rest of the conservation team to cultivate relationships with farmers, complete conservation transactions and easement purchases, and protect valuable farmland around the region. Outside of work, Robin is an avid outdoorsman, aspiring photographer, and has an undying love for bicycles. Send Robin an email.
Gina Kilbridge, Development Manager
Gina is deeply invested in preserving the environment and sense of place where she grew up. That commitment, paired with a passion for good food and healthy living, led her to PCC Farmland Trust. Gina joined the Trust in 2015, translating a decade of experience in marketing, print and digital advertising, public relations, and event coordination to a position on the fundraising team. Gina leads corporate and foundation giving for the Trust, creating meaningful, enduring partnerships with value-aligned businesses, family foundations, and governmental agencies. Gina aspires to build lasting relationships with those who share in the Trust’s vision of a vibrant farming future for the people of Washington. Send Gina an email.
Molly Goren, Senior Communications Manager
Molly joined PCC Farmland Trust in 2016. As Senior Communications Manager, Molly develops and implements the Trust’s communications strategy through a variety of owned, earned, and paid media channels. Through targeted outreach and print and digital storytelling, Molly seeks to expand, deepen, and retain key audiences, raise organizational visibility, and generate revenue. Prior to joining the Trust, Molly spent four years at a strategic communications firm in Seattle helping to elevate the work of nonprofits. Molly graduated from the University of Washington with degrees in Communications and Interdisciplinary Visual Art. When not writing copy or conducting photoshoots on the farm, you can find Molly drinking coffee, out in the wilderness, or reading her cookbooks cover to cover. Send Molly an email.
Tim Tetrault, Operations Manager
Tim joined PCC Farmland Trust in 2019, driven by his desire to build systems that help people and their environments flourish. Bringing nearly a decade of non-profit administration experience to his role as Operations Manager, Tim keeps the trains running at the Trust by providing direct support to the Executive Director and Board, and assisting staff with human resource management, office administration, and fundraising tasks. Tim received his MA in Counseling Psychology from the Seattle School of Theology and Psychology and is a licensed mental health counselor (LMHC) in Washington State. Tim enjoys the ups and downs of life with his wife and two kids, guitar-oriented music, and, like Robin, useful bicycles. Send Tim an email.
Sydni Baumgart, Community Engagement Manager
Sydni joined PCC Farmland Trust in 2016. Growing up in a commercial fishing family in Bellingham, Washington, Sydni witnessed the delicate relationship between humans and the environment firsthand. While studying Aquatic and Fishery Sciences at the University of Washington, Sydni spent summer months working in a salmon processing plant in Naknek, Alaska. After graduating, Sydni interned with Taylor Shellfish Farms and served as an AmeriCorps member with IslandWood. She is passionate about spreading her enthusiasm for natural resource conservation. Outside of work, you may find Sydni exploring a variety of community events and enjoying the city of Seattle where she has access to delicious food, live music, and the outdoors. Send Sydni an email.
Amy Moreno-Sills, Farm to Farmer Coordinator
Amy Moreno-Sills discovered her passion for agriculture while attending The Evergreen State College. Upon graduating she began her farming career in the Snoqualmie Valley of King County. It was there that she learned the business of farming and became an advocate for a myriad of agriculture-related issues. Amy and her now husband met while working together on a King County farm and moved to Pierce County to farm in 2009. They started their own farm business, Four Elements Farm in 2014, and currently grow organic fruits and vegetables on PCC Farmland Trust conserved land. As a farmer and a conservation advocate, Amy has a deep desire to keep farmland in production. She is excited to help support the viability of farmers and farmland through her coordination of the Farm to Farmer project at PCC Farmland Trust. Send Amy an email.
Board of Directors
Mark Kantor, President
As a founding shareholder of Kantor Taylor, Mark represents for-profit, nonprofit, and public entities in all aspects of the financing, planning, and development of affordable housing and economic development projects. Mark has been a national leader in the Low Income Housing Tax Credit industry for two-decades and, in addition to facilitating hundreds of transactions, has led numerous policy advocacy efforts in support of affordable housing.
Sylvia See, Treasurer & Secretary
Sylvia See spends her days in an office tower but her heart is in the dirt. As an avid gardener and animal lover, she has taken a great interest in the local farming movement and sustainable agriculture. This interest includes workshops at Quillisascut Farm in Eastern Washington which serve to bring back things learned from her grandparents about the impact we have on nature and how we can kindly give and receive from the soil and water. Sylvia’s passion for land and farming draws her to the work of PCC Farmland Trust, where she hopes to be able to offer experience from the world of finance and business management. Sylvia is the Senior Business Officer at Salal Credit Union.
Beth Mondzac, Past President
Beth Mondzac is an ardent supporter of organic farming and long-term participant in community supported agriculture and land conservancy. Beth believes in preservation of local organic farmland for future generations. She has lived in Seattle for over twenty years and has had a career in engineering management consulting that utilized both her undergraduate degree in engineering and her MBA.
An attorney by training, Bob Farrell currently works as a senior real property agent for the City of Seattle’s Department of Finance and Administrative Services. Prior to joining the City, Bob served as PCC Farmland Trust’s outside counsel for just over eight years. Bob began his legal career in the real estate practice group of the Seattle law firm of McNaul Ebel Nawrot Helgren PLLC. He is past-president (1994-98) of the board of trustees of PCC Natural Markets. Bob graduated from the University of Washington School of Law, and holds a master degree in public policy from the Harvard Kennedy School. Bob received his bachelor degree (business administration/accounting) from Seattle University. He is also licensed as a certified public accountant.
With more than 25 years of experience as a professional communicator, Liz Gorman has spent the past two decades solely focused on corporate social responsibility (CSR) and sustainability strategy and communications, a specialty that began while leading community affairs at Eddie Bauer, Inc. As a consultant for Cone Communications and Edelman, Liz provided strategic counsel to companies such as Starbucks, REI, CVS Health, Nike, and PCC Community Markets, among many others. In 2019, Liz co-founded Gorman Coale, LLC where she leads sustainability strategy, stakeholder engagement, and communications for a range of Fortune 250 clients. Liz graduated from the University of Washington with a degree in Political Science and earned her Master’s in Communications from the University of Minnesota.
Dr. Stephen Jones
Steve Jones is a wheat breeder at the Washington State University – Mount Vernon Research Center. Steve has a PhD in Genetics from the University of California at Davis and teaches graduate courses in advanced classical genetics and in the history and ethics of genetics. His first wheat crop was on five acres at Chico State University’s student farm in 1977. Together with his graduate students, he breeds wheat and other grains for local uses to be grown on small farms in the coastal west and the upper Northeast. He also runs the Bread Lab, a combination think tank/baking laboratory where they experiment with improved flavor, nutrition, and functionality of regional and obscure wheats. Steve grew up in the Bay Area and witnessed farmland loss first hand.
Dr. Hannah Kettler
Hannah Kettler believes in the power of public-private coalitions to drive sustainable, social, and economic impact. A Ph.D. economist by training, Hannah has spent over 15 years at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation designing and executing innovative financing, policy, and partnership vehicles to mobilize corporate investment in global health. She is excited to apply these insights and experiences toward the advancement of PCC Farmland Trust’s mission of conserving and stewarding farmland. Hannah spends as much time as she can outside – biking to work, hiking, skiing, and running the beautiful trails and mountains that Washington has to offer.
Gary was born and raised in South Africa. After graduating from agricultural school in KwaZulu Natal, he moved to Seattle where he joined Costco Wholesale. During his first few years with the company, Gary held various positions in logistics, operations, and merchandising. In 1994, he was charged with introducing and managing the newly created in-house Kirkland Signature brand. Four years later, Gary moved to Tokyo to facilitate Costco’s entry into the Japanese market, returning to Seattle to become the VP of Corporate Food and Sundries. Gary and his team spent the next decade building value chains and production capacity to support the company’s global expansion and increasing consumer demand for Kirkland Signature products. As the company evolved, Gary was promoted to Corporate VP Global Sourcing, tasked to implement and lead the company’s core sustainability initiatives. After many humbling and deeply meaningful experiences during his 31 years at Costco, Gary retired in 2017. Gary is a founding member of the Master of Supply Chain Management program at the University of Washington’s Foster School of Business. Gary sits on the business school advisory board and serves as a guest lecturer.
Kate Rogers is editor in chief of Mountaineers Books, an independent and nonprofit publisher of outdoor recreation, adventure, and conservation titles. Her interest in food and agricultural issues stems from their Skipstone imprint, which focuses on urban-based sustainable living topics. Kate’s publishing career has spanned thirty years, including positions at Waldenbooks, Bantam Doubleday Dell, and Sasquatch Books, and as founder–principal of a book packaging firm. She has served on the board of the Washington Trails Association and the Trust’s strategic planning committee, and has been a part-time lecturer on publishing and media at the University of Washington and Seattle Community Colleges.
Twenty eight years ago, Joanie started her own marketing firm as a way to have fun while working with great clients who share her commitment to making the world a better place. Today, PARSONS + CO specializes in building and guiding lifestyle brands, with an emphasis on companies who promote sustainability, regenerative agriculture, environmental responsibility, and women in leadership. Joanie has worked with local, regional, and national companies such as Filson, Montinore Estates, Wenatchee Valley Chamber of Commerce, and more. In 2017, Joanie co-created Grapevine and CRUSH, two powerful communities that bring women of all ages together to share insights and inspiration through monthly events. Joanie serves on several nonprofit boards including the One Eighty Foundation, TRIBUTE – an online mentoring platform – and now, PCC Farmland Trust. An avid hiker, cyclist, and cross-country skier, Joanie lives in Seattle with her partner and her two golden retrievers who still come to work with her everyday.
Rick VanderKnyff has been on the board of PCC Farmland Trust since 2008, and has served as chairperson of the strategic planning and board development committees. An assigning editor at NerdWallet.com, he has worked previously at Microsoft, the Los Angeles Times and the University of California. He has served as a volunteer for numerous conservation groups and causes, and lives within a short cycle of one of the Trust’s focus areas (the Snoqualmie River Valley).
Kate is the Divisional Vice President of Strategy at REI, the largest consumer cooperative in the US. At REI, Kate drives the company’s long-term vision and growth strategy, strategic planning, market insights, and new business development. Prior to REI, Kate was one of the youngest female Senior Equity Research Analysts on Wall Street, where she worked at Wells Fargo Securities covering the healthy lifestyles and grocery sector, and was recognized as a Rising Star in the Institutional Investor Poll. She also worked at ICR, Inc., an investor relations firm, where she collaborated with senior management teams in the consumer and retail sector to evolve their corporate strategy and best position their current initiatives and long-term goals to external and internal constituents. Kate graduated with honors from Stanford University, and is an avid trail runner, hiker, mother, cook, and lover of local food.
Sandy has a long history of supporting and working for environmental and social causes in the Northwest. Her career has ranged from urban planning & community organizing to psychology, teaching and organizational consulting. Most recently she was the Executive Director of the Lopez Community Land Trust and then the Technical Assistance Manager for Community Frameworks, a four-state non-profit intermediary in the affordable housing field. Feathers in Sandy’s cap include founding Seattle’s Homesharing for Seniors Program, being a leading founder of the Burke-Gilman Trail, and developing the nation’s first USDA-approved mobile meat processing unit. A PCC member for over 35 years, and now retired, Sandy wishes to actively participate in the preservation of precious farmlands and the provision of opportunities and support for new organic farmers in the Northwest.