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 on to 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.

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.

Philip Papajcik - Land Manager

In the spring of 2018, Philip joined North Olympic Land Trust as the Land Manager with the goal of bringing dedication and grit to forest and watershed conservation on the North Olympic Peninsula. Most recently from the Blue Ridge Mountains of western North Carolina, Philip has spent time practicing sustainable forestry in the Southern Appalachian hardwoods, managing working forests to support vibrant ecosystems, and volunteering on small farms. He is excited to continue this work in the mossy forests of the Salish Sea. Philip spends much of his free time identifying native wildflowers, monitoring spotted owls with the US Forest Service, and helping his partner run their small flower farm in Quilcene.

Navarra Carr - Administrative Assistant

Leaving behind Arcata California’s towering redwoods for the Olympic Peninsula’s own iconic evergreen forests, Navarra joined North Olympic Land Trust in July, 2018. As a shared position, Navarra also works for Jefferson Land Trust as their Finance Assistant. After graduating in 2014 from Sacramento State University with a bachelor’s in Philosophy, she joined AmeriCorps and later the Arcata House Partnership. There she developed the position of office manager and aided in the organization’s successful growth. After nearly three years, Navarra’s career interests shifted, and with an innate appreciation for the outdoors she decided to apply her diverse skills in finance and administration toward local land conservation.