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

Maria Peyer — RN, MSN, OCN, Public Health Nurse;
         Founder: Edible Monticello, Olympic cooking programs

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

Brian Brault — Attorney, Walstead Mertsching Law

Danelle Trimble — Director, Workforce and Career Services, Lower Columbia College

John Anderson — Registered Principal, Anderson and Anderson Advisory LLC

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