I am the Washington State NHD Steward working the Department of Ecology. I like to get involved with professional organizations and find it very rewarding. I have served on the board of the Puget Sound ASPRS, the WA chapter of URISA, and helped form the Washington GIS Local Government interest group and the Annual Spokane GIS Conference. I earned a B.A. in Geography from the University of Vermont with a minor degree in Zoology. In 1991 I moved to Washington State where I completed my M.S. and Ph.D. from the U.W. College of Forest Resources Ecosystem Science program. When I am not getting paid to geek out, I am often listening to music, flying my drone, paddling the kayak my wife built, or cooking pizzas in my wood fired oven.