Key Staff Changes
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WFPA recruits and retains a staff of leaders
While 2007 will be remembered as a year of transitions in executive
leadership, equally important but more subtle changes in the WFPA
office also occurred. Former executive director, Bill Wilkerson,
retired at the end of 2006. This led to the hiring of
Mark Doumit, who
is only the sixth executive director of the Association since it was
founded in 1908. Mark’s 18 years of experience in public office
combined with his background in farming and natural resources gave him
the right experience for the job. He served in the Legislature for
the 10 years prior to coming to WFPA. Mark worked on many forestry,
environmental and natural resource bills and feels strongly about
working in a collaborative and bi-partisan way. Also, when Mark
came on board in November 2006, WFPA elected
Toby Murray as the
new President of the Board of Trustees.
In addition to recruiting Mark, WFPA also hired four new employees,
representing a significant alteration to a staff of 15.
Farah Derosier filled the Administrative Program Assistant position;
Adrian Miller was hired as the Associate Director of Forest Management;
Gigi Williams was hired as the Environmental Education Assistant; and
Melissa Davis was hired on to replace the retiring Sue Honstain as
Information Systems Coordinator after 30 years of service.
Cindy Mitchell was also promoted to
Senior Director of Strategic Communications.
Significant internal changes, such as staff changes, can often lead
to instability in an organization. The changes at WFPA, on the other
hand, have only invigorated the organization. This is due to the
association's outstanding Board, ability to attract quality staff,
our forward-looking strategic plan, and the fact that WFPA’s membership
and financial position have remained stable. WFPA continues to
represent approximately 50 members with more than 4 million acres of
Washington’s private forests, and has maintained its current
assessment structure for more than three years.
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