Ted Alway

Session: Propagating Native Plants


Ted is the owner of Derby Canyon Natives, a specialty nursery established in 2002 that grows wildflowers, grasses, shrubs and trees native to Central Washington. Container-grown plants are produced from seeds and cuttings collected from the region’s varied habitats, including the shrub-steppe, pine forest and riparian zones. The plants are grown for environmental restoration projects, primarily for county, state and federal agencies, as well as for landscaping and habitat enhancement by homeowners and landscapers. 

Dr. Kyle Bair

Session: Soil Sampling & Soil Test Interpretation

Currently the President of Soiltest Farm Consultants, Inc. in Moses Lake, WA.  Kyle has been a soil scientist with the company for 10 years and teaches introductory soil science at Big Bend Community College.  He graduated with a  PhD in soil science from WSU in 2012, and has worked as a research associate at WSU and lab technician at BYU.  Past research has focused on soil fertility (especially phosphorus), use of legume cover crops in organic juice grape production, and various laboratory method analyses.  He is married with 5 kids.   

Gary Berndt

Session:   Wildland Fire-Ready, Set, Go - How to Prepare and Survive  


Gary Berndt is currently the Washington State Department of Natural Resources Wildland Fire Liaison for Public Lands Commissioner Hilary Franz. This follows a career with the DNR and retirement in 2011. He previously served as DNR Liaison with Fire Districts, local elected officials, and landowners following the extensive fires of 2014 and 2015. He is the Chair of the DNR Wildland Fire Advisory Committee. Gary has been active in wildland fire issues with DNR since 1971 including Firewise, Fire Adapted Communities, fire prevention, Wildland Urban Interface and fire suppression activities. He is a former Mayor of Cle Elum and Kittitas County Commissioner.

Kim Romain-Bondi

Session:  Digging in the Dirt: How Students Grow In Our School Garden  

Kim grew up loving the outdoors and with a strong passion for science. With a B.S. degree in zoology/ pre-veterinary sciences from Arizona State University, she took these passions to the wilderness, working as a biologist on various wildlife projects throughout the U.S. and recognizing her interest in protecting endangered species. In graduate school at Washington State University and beyond, her interest in wildlife research and applied management came together to work with endangered populations of grizzly bears, pygmy rabbits, western gray squirrels and more.  Working, living and better understanding nature and ecosystem health was a key component to her enthusiasm.  

 Life settled down after moving to the Methow Valley: work, two beautiful children with her husband Steve and community paint the next picture. Living off the land while growing a good portion of their winter and summer vegetables is still very important to her. Kim’s work in the Methow Valley started with WDFW as a Wildlife Biologist and then as the Wildlife Area Manager for the Methow Wildlife Area. Years later she took a position as the Lead Biologist with Pacific Biodiversity Institute while also starting a family business and ecology center at the North Cascades Basecamp in Mazama.  Kim has reinvented herself again in the last year after moving back to Winthrop, WA and taking a Director position with Classroom in Bloom (a non-profit 501(c)3 school farm) on the Methow Valley School District campus. This gives Kim a sense of full-circle, using the outdoors and nature to connect K-12 students to art and science education, healthy food, and the environment. 

Jan Clark

Kitchen and Small Space Gardening

As a longtime gardener and food enthusiast, Jan Clark enjoys sharing her knowledge and passion for growing edibles and eating well. She has taught gardening and cooking skills to students of all ages over the last 25 years. She has been a WSU Chelan/Douglas County Master Gardener since 2008 and is Workforce Grants Coordinator for Wenatchee Valley College. 

JoAnn Brehm

Session:  A Rose is a Rose … BUT differences abound East and West of the Cascade Curtain!


JoAnn is a WSU Master Gardener in Benton/Franklin Counties and an American Rose Society (ARS) Master Rosarian. JoAnn is chair of the daily operations of the American Garden Rose Selections (previously All American Rose Selections) Test Rose Garden in Kennewick WA, located at Benton/Franklin Counties WSU Master Gardener Demonstration Garden. This is the only fully volunteer managed AGRS test garden in the nation and one of only two in the Pacific Northwest, the other being the International Rose Test Garden in Portland. JoAnn is also the ARS Pacific Northwest District Arrangement Judging Chair, a Horticulture and Arrangement Judge, and a member of the Tri-City Rose Society.

JoAnn worked as a scientist and engineer in the nuclear industry for 40 years before retiring. She lives in Richland with her daughter and husband and enjoys traveling, working with her Girl Scout Troop, Mid-Columbia Ballet Guild, other non-profit organizations, and of course growing, showing, and arranging roses. 

Justin Bush

Session:   Invasive species in Washington State: Everyone has a role to play in prevention and management   


Justin Bush has been the Executive Coordinator of the Washington Invasive Species Council since 2016. Mr. Bush has been working on invasive species issues since 2008 with federal, state, regional, and local organizations including King County, Skamania County, and the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center at the University of Texas at Austin where he managed the statewide partnership. During these years, he has been involved in various projects to prevent, detect, and control both aquatic and terrestrial invasive species.  He is passionate about reducing the threat invasives pose to native species and ecosystems. He is past president of the Washington State Weed Coordinators' Association, former co-chair of the Columbia Gorge Cooperative Weed Management Area, founding member of the Texas Gulf Region Cooperative Weed Management Area, and past Secretary of the Texas Invasive Plant and Pest Council. He attended the University of Hawaii at Manoa, Central Washington University, and Portland State University with a focus on political science, project management, and geography.

Dr. Linda Chalker-Scott

Session:   Hype, Hokum and Honesty: What works, what doesn’t, and why  


Dr. Linda Chalker-Scott has a Ph.D. in Horticulture from Oregon State University and is an ISA certified arborist and an ASCA consulting arborist.  She is WSU’s Extension Urban Horticulturist and an Associate Professor in the Department of Horticulture, and holds two affiliate associate professor positions at University of Washington. Linda is the author of four award-winning books and most recently is co-authoring an update of Art Kruckeberg’s Gardening with Native Plants of the Pacific Northwest (UW Press), slated to be published in 2019. Her efforts were recognized in 2017 by the Association for Garden Communicators who awarded her their first Cynthia Westcott Scientific Writing Award.  

Linda has also published extensively in the scientific literature and in popular magazines.  She also is one of the Garden Professors – a group of academic colleagues who educate and entertain through their blog and Facebook pages.  

Paula Dinius

Session:  Using Dwarf Conifers in the Landscape

Paula Dinius, WSU Extension Educator, began her career with WSU in 2004 in urban horticulture. She is a botanist and plant pathologist who shares her urban horticulture expertise with the landscaping industry, local governments and municipalities. Paula is also known for her work in educating the WSU Extension Master Gardener program volunteers. She is an ISA Certified Arborist, and a member of the American Conifer Society.  

Eron Drew

Session:  Transitioning to Organic Methods in the Home Garden 

Eron Drew has been a WSU Chelan-Douglas Master Gardener for over 5 years. She and her husband Willy Stockman own and operate Tierra Garden Organics, a 5 acre certified organic diversified produce farm in Leavenworth, Washington. This is Eron's 12th season at Tierra Garden Organics. She is also the former Organic Garden Manager for Sleeping Lady Mountain Resort. While at Sleeping Lady she spent 6 years expanding the production garden and building their farm to table program. In addition to farming, Eron is the full time Manager of Tierra Retreat Center. When not working at Tierra, she is usually at home tinkering on her 7-acre homestead which includes a large herb bed, a cutting flower garden, a small orchard and a forest garden for foraging wild herbs and medicinals. Eron also enjoys reading, playing the violin, climbing, snowboarding and outdoor adventuring with her husband and 2 kiddos. 

Dr. Betsy Goodrich

Session:  What makes a tree a hazard? 


Dr. Betsy Goodrich is a Forest Pathologist with the Forest Health Protection branch of the USDA Forest Service located in Wenatchee, WA.  Forest Health Protection provides forest insect and disease expertise and technical advice to federal land management agencies.  The Pacific Northwest region has a hazard-tree identification program to provide safer campgrounds on National Forests and National Parks. 

Originally from mid-Michigan, Betsy has lived and worked in Fort Collins, Colorado and Flagstaff, Arizona prior to moving to Washington in 2015 and enjoys exploring the Pacific Northwest’s beautiful forests, lakes, and rivers!

Jim Kropf

Plenary Session:  WSU Master Gardener Program: Past, Present & Future


Jim Kropf is currently the Natural Resources Program Director for WSU Extension. He is also the Director of County Administration for the 40 WSU County Extension offices statewide. He has been a faculty member for WSU Extension for 39 years. He was the Area Agronomist in Chelan and Douglas Counties for 14 years followed by four years as the Area Horticulturalist for Pierce and King Counties. In addition to providing technical production skills for farmers, he focused on direct marketing, training new farmers, and on-farm research related to horticultural crops. Jim was raised on a small diversified farm in western Washington with a focus on small fruits. He has a B.S. and M.S. in Agronomy from Washington State University.

Cathi Lamoreux

Session: Gardening for Life


Cathi has lived in Spokane since 1992. A native of the northwest, she lived in Montreal for 20 years and Maine for 3 years before returning to the west coast. Professionally she is a Speech Language Pathologist with over 26 years of experience specializing in working with adults providing cognitive rehabilitation and swallowing therapy. She also worked at WSU Spokane in the Area Health Education Center as the Manager of Professional Education, developing and managing seminars and large conferences for healthcare providers. She holds a BA in Early Childhood Education from Concordia University, Montreal and a MA in Communication Studies (Communication Disorders) from the University of Maine. She has also completed a certificate in horticultural therapy through the Legacy Health System in Portland OR.  

Cathi completed her WSU Master Gardener training in 2008. She is an active member of the WSU Spokane County Master Gardener Program, administrator of the WSU/Spokane County Facebook page, and is President of the Master Gardener Foundation of Spokane County.  

Eric Lee-Mäder

Session:  Bring Back the Pollinators


Author, ecologist, and farmer Eric Lee-Mäder co-directs the Pollinator Conservation and Agricultural Biodiversity program at the Xerces Society. In his professional role he collaborates closely with government agencies, international development organizations, organic and natural food companies, and individual farmers to create and protect wildlife habitat on working farms. Since 2008, Eric has supported a team of insect ecologists conducting large-scale wildflower restoration for pollinators across more than 400,000 acres. His work has been featured in major media, cited in a 2016 White House report on pollinator conservation, and he is the lead author of several books including the best-selling Attracting Native Pollinators, and Farming with Beneficial Insects: Strategies for Ecological Pest Management. Eric's background includes pollination beekeeping, crop consulting for the native seed industry, and a stint as an Extension professor in entomology. He and his family farm on Whidbey Island in Washington's Puget Sound.

Jennifer Marquis

Session: Empowering Volunteers

 Plenary Session:  WSU Master Gardener Program: Past, Present & Future


Jennifer Marquis is the Interim WSU Master Gardener State Program Coordinator and WSU Chelan/Douglas County Master Gardener Program Coordinator. She has been with Extension for 10 years and enjoys leading and empowering volunteers to accomplish program goals and objectives. She has a Bachelor’s degree in non-profit management and a minor in environmental studies from the University of Washington. Currently, she is working on her Master of Science in Management and Leadership. Working with the WSU Master Gardener Program fulfills her passions for people and natural resources. 

Marc Marquis

Session: Water Rights 101

Marc Marquis is a co-founder of Peterson & Marquis Law Office which is located in Wenatchee, WA. Peterson & Marquis assists clients with all manner of legal services related to water rights including: water right assessments, water right changes & transfers, water right transactions, water system agreements, trust water donations, and the formation of water & irrigation districts. Prior to private practice, Marc served as Director of Environmental Health for the Chelan Douglas Health District and administered regulatory programs for EPA Region 9 in the U.S. Territory of American Samoa.  Marc is a graduate of the University of Washington’s Department of Environmental Health and Seattle University School of Law.  

June McCann

Session:  Making Novelty Plant Stakes  

June comes from a lineage of women who have been avid gardeners, both flowers and vegetables.  A WSU/Chelan Master Gardener six years, her passion focuses mostly on lilies and hydrangeas. 

However, a recent second love has evolved, accenting plants with garden art.  It started about 10 years ago when she found some wrought iron gates from England in an antique shop.  Once June placed them in the garden and liked the look, she started collecting more pieces of garden art.  Some were purchased at garden supply stores and others found at fairs and art shows featuring what folks have started calling ‘junk art’.  Her creative approach at visualizing new ideas of ‘art’ that come from the junk pile or thrift store has added interest and indeed, transformed her landscape. 

Mary Fran McClure

Session: Garden Art and YOU

Growing up on a cattle ranch probably contributed to Mary Fran's practical and creative bent. She earned an Ag. Journalism degree at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, became a Master Gardener 33 year ago in Corvallis (Benton County, OR); moved to Lewis County, WA in 1999 and continued being an active WSU Master Gardener; then in 2007 moved east to Chelan County with her husband Pat. 

Mary Fran enjoys gardening, including building walkways and such to add a personal touch to their landscape. She also creates colorful fused appliqué animal quilts. The couple enjoys ballroom dancing, walking, reading and working together on home projects. She is one of a team of four who write a local garden column.