Staff & Volunteers

Odette Alina – Director, Curious by Nature School

Toni Gillespie – Office Administrator

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

Email    |    Phone: 253.514. 6338, ext. 3

Joining GGHF in July 2018, Toni provides oversight and serves as an advisor for the foundation's day-to-day operations school's day-to-day operations. She is a native Washingtonian, having grown up in Lacey.  She studied at Pierce College and brings over 15 years of retail management leadership experience to the team. 


Email    |    Phone: 253.514.6338, ext. 1

Cynthia Nelson – Accounts

Karen Larson – Development Director, GGHF                                               EnviroCorps

Email    |    Phone: 253.514.6638, ext. 1

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.

Email    |    Phone: 253.514.6338, ext. 4

Ariel Gustanski – Director of Marketing & Business                                        Development

Josh Valley – Graphic Design

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Ariel has been a longtime volunteer with GGHF and joins us as the Director of Marketing and Business Development. With a background in commercial real estate marketing, business development, vacation rental management, and creating and executing marketing campaigns she brings a diverse outlook to GGHF. Ariel has a B.A. in Culture Studies and Political Science from Franklin University Switzerland, and holds an MBA from University of Washington.

Email    |    Phone: 253.514.6338, ext. 5

josh valley

Josh 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.

Heidi Henson - Program Coordinator, Gig Harbor Senior Center


Heidi Henson, a Pacific Northwest native, was born and raised in Seattle.  She lived in Montana, and then Colorado, where she earned her Master of Arts degree in Dance/movement Therapy. After five years in Port Angeles, Ms. Henson moved to Gig Harbor in 1997.  She created, owned and operated Harbor Health & Wellness Center from 1999 to 2005. Since 2000 she has provided tobacco cessation support to S. King and Pierce county communities through multiple health systems.  As a Mayo Clinic Certified Tobacco Treatment Specialist, she continues to facilitate tobacco cessation support groups for CHI Franciscan in the evenings, as well as train medical providers.  Ms. Henson comes to the Senior Center Program Coordinator position with a wealth of experience and knowledge in developing, supervising and sustaining programs.

Email    |    Phone: 253.514.6338, ext. 7