LOWER COLUMBIA SCHOOL GARDENS
Cultivating the values of lifelong learning, sustainability, health, and community.

Board of Directors

The LCSG Board of Directors meets monthly to plan, budget, and approve expenditures. Members of this working board provide a broad range of skills and experience that enrich all aspects of running the garden programs.

LCSG board meetings are held at 6:00pm on the last Tuesday of each month.


President: Shannon Cahoon — Community Outreach Coordinator, Fibre Federal Credit Union

Vice President: Lauren Henricksen — M.Div, Healthy Communities Specialist,
                 Cowlitz County Health Department


Treasurer: Jackie Erickson — Bookkeeper, Longview Community Church,
              Community House on Broadway


Secretary: MaryEllen Kiffe — Educator; co-founder of Northlake Cooking Academy (Est. 2011);
             LCSG Development, & Communications


Patricia Reistroffer — Retired Educator; LCSG Curriculum Development;
           Co-founder Huntington Garden (Est 2013)


Liz Cattin — MBA, MS, RD, Director Patient Support & Community Services,
          Peace Health St John’s Medical


Aspen Clontz — M.S. Ed, Educator; founder Beacon Hill Garden (Est 2014);
        LCSG Curriculum Development


Maria Peyer — RN, MSN, OCN, Team Lead Oncology, Kaiser Permanente;
        Founder: Edible Monticello, Olympic cooking programs


Chuck Bergquist — Retired elementary principal; Association of Washington State Principals

Brian Brault — Attorney, Walstead Mertsching Law


Executive Director: Ian Thompson


Ex Officio Board Members

Dr. Lee Ann Gekas — Kaiser Physician; co-founder of Northlake Garden (Est. 2002)

Janell Bittner — Retired Educator; founder of Columbia Heights Garden (Est. 2009)

Tierra Busby — Attorney, Frey & Busby, PLLC

Louis LaPierre, Ph.D. — Professor of Biology & Environmental Science, Lower Columbia College