Citizen Members

Mike Deller

 Mukilteo

Term runs until December 31, 2019

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, clamming, crabbing, fishing, golfing, hiking, and snowshoeing.

Kathryn Gardow

 Seattle

Term runs until 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.

Danica Ready

 Winthrop

Term runs until 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.

Michael Shiosaki

 Seattle

Term runs until December 31, 2020

Michael Shiosaki is the Planning and Development Division director for the Seattle Parks and Recreation Department. Previously, Mr. Shiosaki was the deputy parks director for Sammamish and a Bellevue park planner and manager. 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, and has climbed Mount Rainier.

Ted Willhite

Chair

 Seattle

Term runs until December 31, 2020

Ted Willhite is a retired trial lawyer with more than 40 years of experience in public and private law practice. The Governor appointed him to the Recreation and Conservation Funding Board in 2012 and he took over as chair in 2016. Mr. Willhite has served on local, state, and national professional boards and committees, and has spoken at national and international conferences. He has been a member of the Washington State Oil Spill Advisory Committee and served as the economic recovery coordinator while a congressional staff member.

Mr. Willhite is an active member of numerous conservation and recreation groups, and regularly volunteers for social service and community organizations in eastern and western Washington. In addition to his lifelong passion for outdoor activities throughout Washington State and the Pacific Northwest, Mr. Willhite and his wife have skied, hiked, climbed, biked, sailed, kayaked, and/or dived on every continent. In addition to completing both the Pacific Crest Trail and the Continental Divide Trail, they crossed Europe via the GR5 and in 2017 transited England via the Sea-to-Sea Trail. Mr. Willhite has a bachelor's degree from Whitman College and a law degree from the University of Washington.

Agency Members

Peter Herzog

Designee

Washington State Parks

Peter Herzog is the designee for the Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission. Mr. Herzog‘s early career included jobs as a ski patroller, park aide, interpretive assistant, and park ranger in Washington’s state park system. His interests then shifted to park planning, and he helped develop State Parks’ Classification and Management Planning Program, which is now the agency’s standard for park planning. Mr. Herzog has held positions managing the agency’s stewardship and park planning programs, and in 2013, was appointed assistant director for the Parks Development Division, where he oversees the agency’s technical programs including capital development, resource stewardship, real estate, park planning, and business development. In his free time, he likes to travel with his wife and children, fly model airplanes, and serve as chief groundskeeper for his family home. Mr. Herzog has been State Parks’ designee on the Recreation and Conservation Funding Board since 2014.

Don Hoch

Director

Washington State Parks

Don Hoch was appointed by the Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission to direct a system of 125 parks and properties totaling 120,000 acres, numerous heritage sites, and statewide programs such as Winter Recreation, Boating, and long-distance recreation trails. Mr. Hoch is a career parks and recreation professional with more than 30 years of experience. A ranger and park manager for several years, he has had leadership roles in tourism and park organizations in the state of Georgia. He previously worked for the National Park Service, U.S. Forest Service, and Bureau of Land Management. Before his director position, Mr. Hoch served Washington State Parks in two different region director posts. An award-winning community activist, Mr. Hoch has held numerous leadership positions with community and civic organizations. He and his wife have two grown children.

Brock Milliern

Designee

Washington Department of Natural Resources

Brock Milliern is the designee for the Washington Department of Natural Resources, where he manages the Conservation, Recreation, and Transactions Division. Previously he worked as the agency’s statewide recreation manager. His first professional recreation job was as a park ranger at Deception Pass State Park in 2001, which was followed by working for the Everett Parks and Recreation Department, the Washington Conservation Corps, and the Seattle Parks and Recreation Department. Mr. Milliern serves on the Pacific Northwest National Scenic Trail Advisory Committee and Olympia Parks and Recreation Advisory Committee. He has served on the Governor’s Blue Ribbon Task Force on Parks and Outdoor Recreation and the Nonhighway and Off-road Vehicle Activities Advisory Committee. Mr. Milliern and his wife have two kids and you can often find them out in the woods hiking, backpacking, or enjoying a run together. You also may find him on the golf course, though rarely in the fairway.

Joe Stohr

Designee

Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife

Joe Stohr is the designee for the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife. A longtime resident of Olympia, Mr. Stohr joined the Department of Fish and Wildlife as deputy director in 2007. In that role, he oversaw department operations, including budget and finance, capital project management, performance and accountability, risk management, and human resources. Before joining the department, he spent 21 years at the state Department of Ecology managing various programs, including water resources, oil spill prevention and response, and hazardous waste management. Before that, Mr. Stohr served 4 years with the state Department of Health.