Citizen Members

Ted Willhite

Chair

 Seattle

Term runs until December 31, 2020

Ted Willhite was appointed to the Recreation and Conservation Funding Board in January 2012 and has been chair since 2016. Mr. Willhite is a lawyer with more than 50 years of combined experience in public and private law practice. He has served on local, state, and national professional and nonprofit boards and has led and spoken at national and international conferences. He has been a member of the Washington State Oil Spill Advisory Committee and while a congressional staff member, served as the economic recovery coordinator.

Mr. Willhite is an active member of numerous conservation and recreation organizations and has regularly volunteered for social service and community groups in eastern and western Washington. In addition to his career in civil justice, he has a lifelong passion for local and global conservation, as well as for equitable use and protection of public lands and wilderness. He has extensive outdoor experience in the Pacific Northwest and on every continent. He has completely hiked the Pacific Crest Trail, the Continental Divide Trail, the EU GR5 cross-continent trail, and has 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.

Shiloh Burgess

 Wenatchee

Term runs until December 31, 2022

Shiloh Burgess was appointed to the board in January 2020. Ms. Burgess is the executive director of the Wenatchee Valley Chamber of Commerce. She served on the 2014 Governor’s Blue Ribbon Task Force on Parks and Outdoor Recreation and was staff to former Senator Linda Evans Parlette. She also has volunteered for 12 years with the Mount Adams Leadership Camp and serves as co-chair of Washington Tourism Alliance.

Michael Shiosaki

 Seattle

Term runs until December 31, 2020

Michael Shiosaki was appointed tot he board in May of 2016. Mr. 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.

Kathryn Gardow

 Seattle

Term runs until December 31, 2022

Kathryn Gardow was appointed to the board in January 2017. For more than 35 years, Ms. Gardow has worked on land issues in many different capacities. She is a Principal in Gardow Consulting, LLC and MetroAG Strategies specializing in integrating food growing in communities and the start-up economy. She was Executive Director for PCC Farmland Trust, conserving farmland in Washington. Ms. Gardow is a Registered Professional Civil Engineer and has worked for engineering firms and local governments. She served on the Recreation and Conservation Funding Board’s Farmland Advisory Committee evaluating farmland conservation projects from across the state and helping to set policy. Ms. Gardow has served on the Washington State Public Works Board and on the PCC Community Markets Board of Trustees. She has climbed more than 100 different peaks in Washington and organizes an annual all women backpacking trip. Ms. Gardow has a bachelor of science in civil engineering from Union College and a master’s in business administration from the Foster School at the University of Washington.

Henry Hix

 Okanogan

Term runs until December 31, 2022

Henry Hix was appointed to the board in January 2020. Mr. Hix is the chief of natural resource enforcement for the Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation. He previously managed the Tribes’ Parks and Recreation Program and served in the Tribes’ Fish and Wildlife Department. He has a bachelor degree in recreation from Eastern Washington University and loves to take his wife and kids hiking, fishing, and hunting. He has spent his entire life in north central 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.

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.

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.