Staff

Tom Sanford - Executive Director

Tom, a Seattle area native and Port Angeles resident, was named the Executive Director of North Olympic Land Trust in April of 2012. From 2005 to 2011 he was the Executive Director of Olympic Park Institute, the campus of national nonprofit NatureBridge that provides environmental educational programs in Olympic National Park. Tom is working towards expanding the scale of the organization’s land conservation mission in addition to maintaining its high quality of services to property owners who have signed permanent legal agreements to protect special qualities of their lands.

Michele Canale - Conservation Director

Michele has served as North Olympic Land Trust’s Conservation Director since 2009. After completing a Master’s in Environmental Management at Duke University in 2004, she worked with Mesa Land Trust as a Colorado Conservation Trust fellow from 2004-2005, and with the Land Trust for Central North Carolina as their Land Protection Specialist from 2005-2008. She moved to Port Angeles in 2008, and briefly managed the Port Angeles Farmers Market, while also working with the North Olympic Peninsula Lead Entity as a salmon restoration planner and with the Washington Association of Land Trust’s as a consultant. In 2009, she started as the Conservation Director of the Land Trust and has since worked on many land conservation projects. In her free time, Michele loves trail running, mountain biking, bird watching, gardening, knitting and reading.

Lorrie Mittmann - Easement Steward

Lorrie has been with North Olympic Land Trust since July 2007 and has served as Stewardship Director since 2009. She previously worked for the Clallam County Road Department as the Volunteer Coordinator for the Olympic Discovery Trail. She continues to be involved with the Olympic Discovery Trail as the volunteer adopt-a-trail manager for the Adventure Route, a board member for the Peninsula Trails Coalition, and as a trail user. Lorrie likes to run, bike, and dance in her spare time.

Alana Linderoth - Community Engagement Specialist

Alana joined North Olympic Land Trust in 2016. While growing up on the Olympic Peninsula she developed a lasting appreciation for nature, the area and its communities. After graduating in 2011 from Huxley College of the Environment at WWU with a degree in Environmental Journalism, Alana continued onto a career in journalism. Prior to joining the Land Trust, Alana wrote for a variety of publications, including both newspapers and magazines. Excited to use her skills and deeply rooted respect for the North Olympic Peninsula, Alana aims to foster the conservation of farms, fish and forests in a place that she loves.

Joan Rutkowski - Office Manager

Joan became part of North Olympic Land Trust’s team in July 2016. Her background includes nearly seven years of administrative and program coordination experience with nonprofits and environmentally focused organizations. Prior to her administrative work, Joan was a newspaper journalist and later a high school Language Arts and journalism teacher in the Portland area. Joan’s move to Port Angeles after a few years in Idaho brings her closer to family and back to the Pacific Northwest, where she has lived most of her life. In her free time Joan loves trail running, hiking, reading, and watching the Portland Trail Blazers win.

Jennifer Calhoun - Finance Director

Joining the North Olympic Land Trust in July 2017, Jennifer relocated to the Olympic Peninsula from Spokane WA after 14 years there. Jennifer has spent many years honing her accounting and bookkeeping skills in many for-profit and nonprofit organizations, as well as being a real estate Managing Broker. She attended Eastern WA University in Spokane to obtain her Bachelor’s in Business and Accounting and is a certified Quickbooks Proadvisor. Having a heart for conservation, the land trust was a perfect fit for Jennifer and she will also be the Finance Director for the Jefferson Land Trust.  Jennifer’s happy place is on a trail in the forest or sitting on the beach watching the waves roll in. In her free time, she loves to crochet, reading, gardening and spending time with her two sons.

Dean Miller - Development Director

Dean, a recovering journalist, was named Development Director of the Land Trust in November of 2017. His job is to help like-minded people assemble the funds necessary to conserve the working lands and natural areas that define and sustain the North Olympic Peninsula. He is the great-grandson of Sequim pioneers and works with his brothers (four!) and cousins to maintain the family’s homestead on Palo Alto Road. He is a lifelong fly fisherman and hunter hoping to break a 30-year steelhead jinx.