|First Name||Last Name||Title|
|Ryan||Baye||Director of Legislative & Member Services||ryan AT wacd.org|
|Jim||Brown||Director of Nursery Operations||jim AT wacd.org|
|Jacquie||Gauthier||Sales Manager||pmcsales AT gmx.com|
|John||Knox||PMC Assistant Nursery Manager||john AT wacd.org|
|Lori||McLaughlin||Financial Accounting & HR Administrator||lori AT wacd.org|
|Bill||Mulder||PMC Farm Operations Supervisor|
|Tom||Salzer||Executive Director||tom AT wacd.org|
More about our people
Jim has been with the PMC since 1997. He has a degree in Botany from the University of Idaho and previous work experience in horticulture and the US Forest Service as a Wilderness Ranger. Growing native plants for use in conservation projects has been a great opportunity. One of the best perks that comes with the job is working with a dedicated staff and a clientele devoted to conserving and restoring our great natural resources He lives in Burlington with his wife Laurie, a black lab and 2 cats. They have a grown daughter living in Bellingham. Jim enjoys bicycling, hiking, cooking and photography. It is particularly rewarding for him to see plants from the PMC growing in conservation projects and he looks forward to helping others provide homes for more native plants.
John Knox joined the team in 2018 as the Assistant Manager. His conservation background includes growing native grasses and forbs, monitoring vegetation in the sagesteppe, instructing veterans in organic agriculture, and serving in AmeriCorps positions with the US Fish & Wildlife service and Student Conservation Association. He is a Marine Corps veteran, and he graduated from University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh. Outside of the PMC, he owns and operates Holy Basil Farm.
John is currently piloting a project with the Plant Materials Center involving a technique called the Missouri Gravel Bed (MGB). This has been found to extend the bare root plant planting season and would allow the Plant Materials Center to provide customers with plants year-round. More information can be found in our Publications page.
His photo was taken at La Sagrada Familia in Barcelona.
Lori attended school at Eastern Washington University and received a degree in Business and Marketing. She and her husband have two sons. She enjoys hiking, traveling and photography. The best thing about her job is working with the people and the flexibility that allows her to spend time with her family.
Bill has been with the PMC since April 2006. He came here with a long background in farming in the county. Bill worked and ran their family farm most of his life. His experience and skills are invaluable to the PMC. He maintains and repairs equipment that ranges from a 1950 Ferguson T 030 tractor to a later model Case 125 Maxxum. Bill runs the lifting crew during plant harvest in the winter and is responsible for bringing all of the bare root seedlings into our packing shed. He and his wife Dorothea enjoy camping, bicycling and gardening.
Jacquie is a graduate from Western Washington University, Huxley College of the Environment, with a focus in Resource Management. Her love of everything nature and outdoors led her to pursue her passion of contributing to conservation and restoration efforts. She has volunteered time for water quality testing and participated in various environmental studies. She has spent time on restoration crews as well as experience developing planting plans with coordination for restoration projects.
You can find her in her 4×4 camper van traveling to new unexplored locations or backpacking to the backcountry to see any serene peaks, valleys, meadows, and high lakes, that her legs will carry her to. She recently took up sea kayaking and is still working on mastering the art of balance. Yoga, gardening, food preservation and art are her other past times when she’s not out exploring with her fiancé and their dog.
She’s excited to be back with the WACD Plant Materials Center and looks forward to helping you with your native plant needs!
Tom serves as the Executive Director of the Washington Association of Conservation Districts, a nonprofit organization formed in 1942 to serve and support Washington’s conservation districts.