Staff & Volunteers

Odette Alina - GGHF Curious by Nature School

Michelle Izumizaki - Development Associate

Odette1Since 2013, Odette has served as GGHF Curious by Nature School's Director. She provides oversight for the school's day-to-day operations.

Her background in environmental and science education, early childhood education, and a profession in development.

michelle2Michelle joined the Foundation as its first Development Associate in August 2016 following a six-month internship with GGHF.

With family in the community, she moved to Gig Harbor in 2015 with her husband Eddie and their two small children – and two small dogs. Michelle holds a B.S. in Entomology and a Masters of Public Health degree from the University of California, Riverside.

Lindsey Krogle - Office Manager/Accounts

Karen Larson - GGHF EnviroCorps

lindseyLindsey became the Office Administrator/Bookkeeper in August 2016. Her children have both attended Curious by Nature School and she joined the school's board in 2014.

She grew up in Connecticut and moved to California to attend UCLA, where she obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science. After spending the bulk of her career in large internet corporations in Los Angeles, she and her family moved to Washington looking for a slower pace and a different environment to raise their family.

KarenKaren is the Development Director for GGHF EnviroCorps. The EnviroCorps program publicly promotes Adopt-a-Road and Sponsor-a-Trail initiatives throughout the greater Gig Harbor community while advocating awareness, stewardship, and protection of our natural resources.

Over the last ten years, her volunteer focus has been with the WSU Pierce County Master Gardener program, spearheading the establishment of their demonstration garden at Sehmel Homestead Park.

Brian McLean - Development & Communications Director

Josh Valley - Graphic Design

BrianBrian joined the Foundation in June 2017 as its first Development & Communications Director. His primary responsibilities are fund development, donor and sponsor communications, and marketing and community relations.

His background includes nearly 17 years in the newspaper industry as a reporter, photographer, editor and publisher, and three years as a communicator for an electric utility, including work on legislation in Olympia. He has a bachelor’s degree from Washington State University’s Edward R. Murrow School of Communication.

josh valleyJosh has worked with the Foundation since early 2015. He is a graduate of Gig Harbor High School and holds an A.A. in Integrated Multimedia from Olympic college and a B.A. with an emphasis in multimedia from Evergreen State College.

He loves the outdoors, and the interdisciplinary capacity that Evergreen provided him the opportunity to use academics to help explore those passions, multimedia and the environment.