The People

Work is overseen by the Steering Committee and carried out with the help of dedicated volunteers. The dedication and participation of the Steering Committee is instrumental in CWSC success. 

Current Steering Committee Members include:

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John Callahan

Chair

“I joined the Chumstick Wildfire Stewardship Coalition because I have a strong interest in wildland fires and their effects on fish and wildlife as well as experiencing the Eagle Creek Fire, near my home, in 2013. I believe in implementing tangible boots on the ground projects to deal with forest health.”

John was born in Oakland, CA. but moved to Washington with his family shortly thereafter. He considers himself a Washington native and has lived on Eagle Creek near Leavenworth since 2008.

His career includes the machinery business and recycling equipment for 28 years as well as eight years with Caterpillar Inc. and NC Machinery.

Besides serving on the Chumstick Wildfire Stewardship Coalition, John is also past president of the Washington Fly Fishing Club, served on the Sea-Drunar Board (a nonprofit recycling organization), served as chair of the parish council of the former Our Lady of the Snows Catholic Church. He is a Vietnam Veteran of the Navy Seabees.

John has a Political Science degree from Seattle University.

He is married with two grown children and one granddaughter.

His hobbies include flyfishing, downhill skiing, and cycling.

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Dr. David Nickinovich

Past Chair

“Five generations of my family have resided or spent significant time in this valley and the area means a lot to me. As part of the voice of the Chumstick Wildfire Stewardship Coalition, I enjoy connecting to the people of our community and educating future generations about fire safety and land stewardship. I believe the Coalition is in a unique position to address critical challenges such as overgrowth and fuel reduction with local property owners.”

“Five generations of my family have resided or spent significant time in this valley and the area means a lot to me. As part of the voice of the Chumstick Wildfire Stewardship Coalition, I enjoy connecting to the people of our community and educating future generations about fire safety and land stewardship. I believe the Coalition is in a unique position to address critical challenges such as overgrowth and fuel reduction with local property owners.”

David is a native of the Pacific Northwest, born in Seattle, and has spent summers and winters here with his family since 1946.

David volunteers as a consultant for the Chelan County Fire District #3 in a variety of capacities to assist and provide independent assessments as needed.

David has enjoyed careers in academic medicine at the University of Washington for 17 years and 25 years consulting with the American Society of Anesthesiologists (retired).

He has a Bachelor of Science degree in Sociology with an emphasis in Quantitative Research Methodology, a Master’s of Science degree in Sociology and a PhD with the same emphasis.

David is married with two adult children and three grandchildren.

His hobbies include farming grapes, apples, and alfalfa and working outdoors as well as reading and education.

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Ross Frank

Founding Member

“If we do not deal with wildfire now, it will own us.  We need to accomplish real work on the ground resulting in a healthy and wildfire resilient landscape. We also need to work culturally in our community to develop a wildfire resilient mindset.”

Ross Frank has been in the valley since 1974 arriving from Michigan one year out of college. He answered the call of the West and has been here ever since.

His careers include orchard worker, Mountain Skyliners logging, WI Peshastin Forest Products, and as an independent horse logger in 1984 for nine years. He started Red Tail Canyon Farm in 1984 and this year has completed his 37th year of sleigh rides.

Ross joined a Leavenworth neighborhood wildfire prevention group in 2003 which eventually evolved into the Chumstick Wildfire Stewardship Coalition and has been with the group ever since.

Ross served on the Board of Commissioners for Chelan County Fire District for 14 years, is a former board member of the Cascadia Conservation District, is past president of the Leavenworth Rotary Club and is a past president of the Washington State Horse Puller’s Association.

Ross was educated at the University of Michigan and graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Natural Resources.

Ross is married and has two grown children and four grandchildren.

His hobbies include “horsing around”, packing into the high country and teaching his grandchildren how to be horse people. He enjoys managing his 120-acre farm which includes 90 acres of family forest and is a registered tree farm.

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Andrew Holm

General Manager for Tierra Learning Center

“I have had the opportunity to travel, speak and learn on behalf of the CWSC – often in rooms full of agency and land use professionals. For me, it is an honor to participate and speak on behalf of private land owners and help connect the policy to the public and vise-versa. The foundational grass-roots component of the CWSC keeps us alive and spirited to this day.”

Andrew grew up in Seattle and has been in the Leavenworth area for the past 20 years.

He received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Classic History and Political Science from Colorado College.

Andrew served on the founding board of Tiera Village helping to establish homes, programming and employment services for adults with disabilities in the Upper Valley.

His careers have included river guide, outdoor educator, and for the last 10 years Manager of the Tierra Learning Center, a 320-acre farm and forest located in the middle of the Chumstick watershed. The Tierra Learning Center includes a forestry program, a program for adults with developmental differences, an organic farm, a preschool, and an arts program for the community.

Andrew is married with two daughters.

His hobbies include forestry, running and piano.

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Bob Bugart

Chelan County Commissioner

“The Chumstick Wildfire Stewardship Coalition represents a grass-roots community-based approach to solving problems in a practical and inclusive manner. The coalition is making critical progress in areas that are environmentally important in our community.”

Bob is a native of Ohio and has lived in Washington since 1975 and North Central Washington since 1990.

Elected in 2018, Bob currently serves as District 2 Commissioner for Chelan County. Before his election, Bob worked for ten years as the Executive Director of the Chelan-Douglas Land Trust, and for ten years prior to that with the Governor’s Salmon Recovery Office. He also worked for three years with the PUD’s working in fish and wildlife habitat conservation plans. Prior to that Bob worked for the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife for ten years as a research biologist.

Bob has a Bachelor of Science degree in Wildlife Biology from Washington State University and a Master of Science degree in Fisheries Resources from the University of Idaho. He is also a graduate of Class 11 of the Ag Forestry Foundation.

Bob serves on other local boards including the Upper Columbia Salmon Recovery Board, the North Central Washington Forest Health Collaborative, and as a gubernatorial appointment on the Washington State Salmon Recovery Funding Board. He is also on the Link Transit Board, and Solid Waste Council. His past board commitments include the Washington Association of Land Trusts, the Washington Wildlife Recreation Coalition, and Habitat for Humanity.

Bob is married with three adult sons.

His hobbies include downhill and cross country skiing, cycling, hiking and spending time with family.

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Lloyd McGee

The Nature Conservancy

“The Chumstick Wildfire Stewardship Coalition meets critically important forest restoration and fire risk needs on the ground while working directly with local residents and fire districts.”

Lloyd is a native of Washington and has lived in Eastern and Central Washington for the last 28 years.

Lloyd’s careers include forest resource management with the Idaho State Department of Lands, Forester including land and log procurement with Vaagen Brothers Lumber Company, and most recently as the Eastern Washington Forests Program Manager with the Nature Conservancy.

In addition to serving on the Chumstick Wildfire Stewardship Coalition, Lloyd has also served as the President of the Northeast Washington Forest Coalition for 10 years, Co-chair of the North Central Washington Forest Health Collaborative for 7 years and Chair of the Little Naches Working Group for the last 8 years.

Lloyd is a graduate of the University of Idaho in Forest Resource Management and Forest Products Business Management.

He has two sons and a daughter and three grandsons and a granddaughter.

His hobbies include downhill and cross-country skiing, snowmobiling, kayaking, mountain biking, boating, hiking and attending concerts.

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Chelan County Fire District 3

“Participating in the coalition is a logical choice because it collaboratively implements work on the ground to create fire adapted landscapes in the neighborhoods of our fire district.”

Kelly is a native of North Central Washington and grew up in the Wenatchee Valley.

Kelly is currently the Fire Chief at Chelan County Fire District #3 and has been with the district since 1988.  He obtained a Fire Command and Administration, General Education degree from Wenatchee Valley College.

Kelly also attended Central Washington University for paramedic EMS.

In addition to serving on the Chumstick Wildfire Stewardship Coalition, he serves on the North Central Washington Valley Fire Chiefs Association, and the Fire Defense Board that reports to the Chief of the State Patrol.

He is married with two adult daughters.

Kelly’s hobbies include road trips, hunting and hiking.

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Sharon Waters

Leavenworth City Council

“I love the Leavenworth community and I love serving others. I am committed to learning more about what we can do to prevent forest fires while helping others in our community. With only three exits out of town, it’s very important to educate folks about ways they can protect their family, their neighbors and their property.”

Sharon is a native of the Pacific Northwest, grew up in Seattle and was educated at Shoreline High School, graduating in 1962. She met and married a Leavenworth native Walter “Butch” Waters. She has lived in Leavenworth for 51 years and has been active in a variety of community and civic work ever since.

She spent 32 years with the Cascade School District and is entering her 38th summer of instruction at the Leavenworth (Parks and Recreation Service Area) Public Swimming Pool. 

In addition to her position on the Chumstick Wildfire Stewardship Coalition Steering Committee, Sharon is active on many boards and civic organizations such as a member of the Leavenworth City Council and several other City Committees including Parks, Public Works, Residential Advisory Committee/Osborn Elementary Steering Committee, Housing Committee, Downtown Steering Committee, Festhalle Oversite Committee, Chelan Douglas Health District Board, Greater Leavenworth Museum Board, Chelan County Solid Waste Council, Mosquito District Board, Leavenworth Women’s Exchange.

She is the mother of 6 grown children, 16 grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren. Sharon’s hobbies besides spending time with family, teaching water aerobics, opening the Festhalle for “walkers” in the winter months, writing memoirs and regularly attending several local meetings in town.

Non-Voting Members:

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Ryan Anderson

Washington Resource and Development Council

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Patrick Haggerty

Cascadia Conservation District

“The Chumstick Valley is my back yard so fire safety in this community is in my heart. My passion is working with grassroots organizations in our community who are interested in improving forest health across landscapes and are taking actions to create a more fire-adapted community.”

Patrick grew up in North Bend working on a dairy farm and moved to the Wenatchee Valley approximately ten years ago.

His careers wildland firefighter, wildlife biologist, fisheries biologist, forester, commercial fishing, farming and ski patrol at Mission Ridge.

Patrick has Bachelor of Science Degree in Natural Resource Management from Western Washington University.

He is married with two children.

Patrick’s hobbies include being outside whenever possible, playing in the forests and mountains of the Northwest and spending time with family.

Staff:

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Corrine Hoffman

Director for the Chumstick Wildfire Stewardship Coalition
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“’I grew up in the country, and harbor a deep connection to the land. Stewardship of our home is extremely important to me, and providing folks with the tools and opportunities to manage their own land effectively for wildfire, among other values, is one of the things that brings me joy as the Director of the Chumstick Wildfire Stewardship Coalition.”

Corrine Hoffman has been involved in coordinating projects and event management for the past 15 years. As a project coordinator, Corrine has experience in collaborative project creation, funding, administration, implementation, and analysis. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Washington’s School of Forestry in Environmental Science and Terrestrial Resource Management. She has four years of experience working in various research positions, including surveying aquatic and forested environments to mammal populations and habitat.

As the Director for the Chumstick Wildfire Stewardship Coalition, Corrine has found she greatly enjoys creating curriculum and participating in educational events. Involved in all aspects of the greater Leavenworth area fire adaptation efforts, she creates, funds, and implements collaborative programs that aim to serve the community- from education to forestry management to structural hardening and fire adapted plantings. She enjoys creating programs that make fire adaptation equitable and within reach of the whole community.

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Barbara Carrillo

Communications Consultant for the Chumstick Wildfire Stewardship Coalition
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“I am a Washington State and Wenatchee Valley native and I enjoy our region for its diversity and varied landscapes. I have a passion for forest health and wildfire management and I am dedicated to assisting our community and region with information and support.”

Collaborative Industry Experience in Natural Resources and Community Resilience

My skills include management of both internal and external communications, journalism and content development, marketing, grant writing and fund development, website management, social media engagement, outreach, media relations, fundraising and event and project management as well as board, finance and executive committee meeting management and facilitation. I am a past member of the Write On The River Board, a nonprofit organization that offers events, workshops and programs to the North Central Washington community of writers to hone their skills. I am also a past member of Board of Directors at the Wenatchee Valley College Foundation and served on the Executive Committee and as Chair of the Events and Outreach Committee and annual Gala celebration. I enjoy working in diverse, collaborative nonprofit environments.

About Me

I am a Washington State and Wenatchee Valley native. My consulting firm specializes in assisting small businesses and nonprofits manage and exceed all aspects of their business goals from communications to finances to marketing and fundraising. I received my Associates of Arts and Sciences degree from Wenatchee Valley College in accounting and general studies and my Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications from Grand Canyon University. My hobbies include writing, reading historical fiction, learning new languages, traveling, cooking, snow skiing and hiking. I am committed to diversity, equity, inclusion and justice in our world.

The CWSC also partners and collaborates with the Wenatchee River Ranger District of the US Forest Service, the Washington Department of Natural Resources, the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, Cascadia Conservation District, the North Central Washington Forest Health Collaborative, and the Natural Resource Conservation Service.