The Whidbey Island Conservation District has a modest staff of 3 full-time and 4 part-time employees. All staff can be reached at our main office at 360-678-4708 or 1-888-678-4922. We often have more work than we can fit into a work week. If you are interested in volunteering in our office or to help with special events, please contact us any time.
For information or assistance with farm planning, forestry, engineering, low impact development (LID), backyard conservation, or other questions, please call or stop by our office in Coupeville.
Karen Bishop, District Manager
)Karen was hired as District Manager of WICD in June of 2007. Karen is a graduate of Washington State University with a degree in Business Management and Operations. She is also a graduate of Class 20 of the WA Agriculture and Forestry Leadership Program. Karen spent several years co-managing their family dairy farm and currently owns and operates, with her husband and son, a 700 acre crop and livestock farm in central Whidbey. Karen served for two years with the U.S. Peace Corps in Botswana, served on the Washington State Dairy Products Commission, regional Farm Service Agency committee, and continues to be active in her local community. Currently, Karen serves on the Board for the Northwest Agriculture Business Center. Karen manages WICD as well as working on agricultural and conservation projects for the district.
Email Karen (karen[at]whidbeycd.org)
Matt Zupich, Natural Resource Planner
Matt joined the Conservation District as Natural Resource Planner in fall of 2016. Has ten years of experience working in the natural resource field including five years with conservation districts in WA and OR. He comes to the District from Island County government where he worked as a Water Quality Specialist and served as Coordinator for the Water Resource Advisory Committee. He is also active in the local community as a volunteer for WSU Extension's Waste Wise program and Central Whidbey Hearts and Hammers. Matt has a degree in Safety and Environmental Management from Slippery Rock University of PA and studied natural resources at Spokane Community College and the University of Idaho.
Email Matt (matt[at]whidbeycd.org)
Kelsi Franzen, Marketing, Education, and Outreach Coordinator
Kelsi joined the Conservation District as Marketing, Education, and Outreach Coordinator in fall of 2016. A fourth-generation Whidbey Island native, Kelsi has over eight years of experience working in the fields of environmental education and natural resources, and holds a deeply embedded passion for her place. Prior to joining the team, Kelsi worked on four central Whidbey farms to learn first-hand how small agricultural businesses operate and how they collaborate to market their products. She has worked in a variety of educational and outreach capacities, including as a consultant for Triangle Associates in Seattle, coordinating program and volunteer efforts for University of Alaska Fairbank’s Girls on Ice Program, as a second grade teacher, and as a naturalist for the Pacific Science Center and North Cascades Institute. She is a graduate of Huxley College of the Environment at Western Washington University, with an M.Ed. in Environmental Education with a Certificate in Non-Profit Leadership and Administration through North Cascades Institute.
Email Kelsi (kelsi[at]whidbeycd.org)
Ken Drecksel, Farm & Forest Planner
Ken holds a degree in General Agriculture from Washington State University with extensive Graduate studies in Soil Chemistry. Ken farmed with his parents in Olympia and Yakima areas, raising beef, hay, and apples and has extensive knowledge and interest in horticulture. Ken was a Soil Conservationist and District Conservationist at a number of locations in Washington State before retiring from USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service. He has extensive knowledge and experience with planning and implementing agricultural and forestry conservation practices. Ken began working for WICD in December of 2007 as a part time forest and farm conservation planner. Ken works for WICD usually on Thursdays and Fridays.
Email Ken (ken[at]whidbeycd.org)
Bruce Gordon, Farm Planner
Bruce worked for USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service for 28 years in the states of Utah, Arizona, and California. This experience included 3 years as a Soil Scientist, 17 years as a Rangeland Management Specialist, and 8 years as a District Conservationist. Most of his career was spent assisting agricultural producers to develop and implement plans for conservation of their natural resources. He is a graduate of Humboldt State University with a Master of Science degree in Natural Resources. He began working for WICD in September 2010 as a part time farm and forest conservation planner. Bruce works for WICD usually on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.
Email Bruce (bruce[at]whidbeycd.org)
Tom Slocum, PE, District Engineer
Tom is the Washington conservation districts’ Northwest Region engineer, providing licensed professional engineering services to San Juan Conservation District and its counterpart districts in Skagit, Whatcom, and Island counties. Tom’s background includes over twenty years of experience in the environmental field working with public agencies and consulting firms at the local, national, and international level. Tom is particularly interested in natural habitat restoration projects and has assisted individual landowners, non-profit organizations and public agencies in obtaining funding for, permitting, designing and managing construction of scores of such projects. He has a bachelor’s degree in anthropology from Dartmouth College, a master’s degree in civil engineering from Northeastern University, and a law degree from Seattle University.
Sandy Welch, Office & Fiscal Administrator/Graphic Design
Sandy is a graduate of San Diego State University with a degree in Applied Art. She has a diverse background including woodworking, interior design, home design and construction, television cartoon animation, magazine layout and publication, church administration, and light bookkeeping. She spent many years as a freelance Graphic Designer, and brings that experience to a variety of publication projects at the District. Sandy joined the WICD as part-time administrative staff in September of 2006. Sandy works for WICD Monday through Thursday.
Email Sandy (sandy[at]whidbeycd.org)
Becki Applegate, Program Support Staff
Becki is the Whidbey Island Conservation District's Program Support Staff and assists both our technical planning service staff and education and outreach staff. She greets residents who come to our office and answers calls, as well as preparing events and workshops displays and managing Whidbey Island Conservation District's databases.
Email Becki (becki[at]whidbeycd.org)