We’re pleased to welcome Kate Morrison as our new Executive Director. Kate is well-seasoned in non-profit work. She brings to LNCT more than 20 years of experience in fund and donor development and communications. She has worked with myriad non-profits throughout the Northwest, primarily in Walla Walla, Washington, after she graduated from Whitman College. Kate is already a familiar face in the community, having contracted as the Trust’s manager for the Living Locally event the last two years. “I’m excited about this new opportunity to help grow the organization and to plant some deeper roots in Manzanita.” She adds, “I’m inspired by how this community works together, and I’m looking forward to the opportunity to be a part of it.” Kate is also a professional musician, primarily performing on weekends with Portland-based Kate & The Crocodiles.
LNCT welcomes Shane Sjogren and his enthusiasm as the Trust’s Stewardship Lead. He feels fortunate to share the beauty of this area with the community. His appreciation for restoration of natural lands began in his youth with many voyages into Minnesota’s Boundary Waters Canoe Area. Shane graduated from the University of Wisconsin-River Falls with a degree in Speech and Intercultural Communication.
Shane was a landscape designer before wanderlust led him to teach English in Taiwan for four years. Summer breaks were spent traveling to almost a dozen different countries. Upon his return, Shane loaded his motorcycle, surfboard and dog into his van to explore the West Coast. “I was awestruck at the colossal vegetation of the forests and the great pulse of the ocean”. He has been a resident here for nearly a decade. When not surfing, biking, or hiking Shane likes to forage for clay deposits to create ceramic pieces inspired by natural landscapes.
Karen Matthews has a passion for gardening and sharing her knowledge with the community. As a homeowner in the Nehalem Bay area since 1992, she feels fortunate to be surrounded by the beauty of the area and is always excited to teach others gardening techniques that protect the natural areas in our region. With more than a quarter century of work in the high tech industry, Karen brings a wealth of management experience and creative energy. Having a varied background in metallurgy, component engineering, and business has provided a broad range of skills that we are lucky to have her apply to the Community Garden’s smooth operation. As a young retiree and early garden volunteer, Karen led the initial formation of the Community Garden in 2006, just one year after completing her Master Gardener training at Oregon State University. Her enthusiasm for education and sharing has led the program from its earliest phases of development to its current state of community integration.
Ginnette has lived on the north coast for almost 10 years and relocated to Manzanita in 2016. Initially drawn to the area to be closer to the sea and surf, she developed a deep connection to the land and a desire to invest in the community. She has joined the LNCT as our Office Manager. With a background in Natural Resource Management and experience in web marketing and design, her particular skill set is a great addition to the team.