Recreation and Conservation
Funding Board Member Profiles
Ted Willhite is a trial lawyer with 40 years of experience in the civil justice system. Mr. Willhite is active in community groups such as the Methow Valley Community Center, the Methow Valley Food Bank, the Native Plant Society (Okanogan Chapter), and the Methow Conservancy. He also has served on the Washington State Oil Spill Advisory Committee and been active in the Alaska Wilderness League, the Nature Conservancy, the Washington Trails Association, the Olympic Coast Alliance, and the Pacific Crest Trail Association. Mr. Willhite has skied, hiked, climbed, biked, sailed, kayaked, and/or dived on every continent. He and his wife recently completed hiking the Pacific Crest Trail from Mexico to Canada. He received a bachelor's degree in political science from Whitman College and his law degree from the University of Washington.
Term runs from January 1, 2015 to December 31, 2017
Mike Deller joined the Recreation and Conservation Funding Board in January 2014 after retiring from the Trust for Public Land, where he was the Washington State director. Before that, he had a distinguished career in the banking industry, serving as president of two banks in Everett. He also was the executive director of the Port of Everett and worked in the real estate industry, where he was the executive vice president of a Prudential real estate firm. Mr. Deller is active in his Snohomish County community, participating in a variety of organizations focused on conservation, recreation, environmental, economic development, education, and health issues. He has served as director of many organizations, including the Snohomish County Economic Development Council, Everett Community College Foundation, YMCA of Snohomish County, Everett Golf and Country Club, and both the Everett Area and the South Snohomish County Chambers of Commerce. Mr. Deller earned his bachelor of arts degree from Central Washington University and a master of public administration degree from Seattle University. Having grown up in the Puget Sound area, Mr. Deller enjoys may outdoor activities, including boating, fishing, clamming, crabbing. He's an avid golfer and likes to snowshoe and hike.
Term runs from January 1, 2017 to December 31, 2019.
For more than 35 years, Ms. Gardow has worked on land issues in many different capacities. She is a principal in Gardow Consulting, and before that, she was executive director for the PCC Farmland Trust. Ms. Gardow is a civil engineer and previously has worked for engineering firms and for local governments. She also served on the Recreation and Conservation Funding Board’s Farmland Advisory Committee evaluating conservation projects from across the state and helping set policy for conserving farmland. Ms. Gardow served on the Washington State Public Works Board and on the PCC Natural Markets Board of Trustees. She taught classes for the Mountaineers and led scrambles on mountainsides. Ms. Gardow has a bachelor of science degree in civil engineering from Union College in New York and a master’s degree from the University of Washington’s Foster School of Business. Term runs from January 9, 2017 to December 31, 2019.
Ms. Ready has worked at Methow Trails, a nonprofit organization that manages the nation's largest cross-country ski system, for the past 11 years. Before that, she worked for several other nonprofits, including the Methow Conservancy, the Brainerd Foundation, and the National Audubon Society. In her career, Ms. Ready has focused on sustainable, recreation-based economies, land conservation, conservation biology, geology and education. She has served as a board member for the Cross Country Ski Areas Association and the Methow Fund Advisory Board, while also coaching Nordic skiing and youth soccer. Ms. Ready has lived in the Methow Valley for 16 years and is a mother of two. She graduated from Whitman College with a bachelor’s degree in geology and from the University of Washington with a master’s degree in biology.
Term runs from January 9, 2017 to December 31, 2019.
Michael Shiosaki is a division director in the Seattle Parks and Recreation Department, where he leads the planning, design, and development of the state's largest urban park system. Mr. Shiosaki has worked for the Seattle parks department for 14 years, first as a planning and development manager and then as deputy director and now director of the Planning and Development Division. Shiosaki also has served as the deputy director of the Sammamish Parks and Recreation Department and a parks development planner and manager of the Planning & Capital Projects Division in Bellevue’s Parks & Community Services Department. Mr. Shiosaki grew up in Spokane and moved to Seattle to attend the University of Washington and has lived in Seattle since then. In addition to his work, he is a member of the Washington Park Arboretum Botanic Garden Committee, the Washington Recreation and Park Association, and the American Society of Landscape Architects. He also has served as a board member of the Capitol Hill Housing Foundation, Arboretum Foundation, Seattle Board of Park Commissioners, and the Pride Foundation.
Mr. Shiosaki earned a bachelor’s degree in landscape architecture from the University of Washington and is a licensed landscape architect. He also is an avid skier, hiker, and mountain climber, having climbed Mount Rainier.
Term runs from May 2, 2016 to December 31, 2017.