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WACD Staff

First NameLast NameTitle
Ryan Baye Legislative & Membership Lead
Jim Brown PMC Nursery Manager
John Knox PMC Assistant Nursery Manager
Lori McLaughlin Financial Accounting & HR Administrator
Bill Mulder PMC Farm Operations Supervisor
Jess Oman PMC Sales Manager
Tom Salzer Executive Director

More about our people

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Ryan Baye
Ryan Baye

Ryan

Jim Brown
Jim Brown

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
John Knox

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 McLaughlin
Lori McLaughlin

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 Mulder
Bill Mulder

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.

Jess Oman
Jess Oman

Jess joined the PMC in 2019 as Sales Manager. She holds degrees in Environmental Sciences and Natural Resources from Oregon State University. She is a Certified Erosion and Sediment Control Lead and has worked in Conservation, Fisheries Enhancement and Customer Service for many years. She lives in Skagit County where she enjoys sailing, skiing, camping, cooking, hiking with her dog, and spending time gardening with the help of her chickens. She looks forward to helping you obtain native plants for all of your projects!

Tom Salzer
Tom Salzer

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.