Staff & Board

Board of Directors

Our eight to eleven board members are elected by the membership at large at the annual meeting. They serve staggered two-year terms.

Please contact Board Members at:


Charlie Collins, President

Charlie is a native of Washington state, growing up in Mukilteo and going to school at the University of Washington. He and his wife Ute have been in anacortes for 14 years. “Growing up in Mukilteo, I had lots of open green spaces available, which shaped my childhood, led me to pursue science in my education, and had a huge impact on my life. I hope preserving and sharing our open spaces in Anacortes will be equally impactful for others.” Charlie enjoys taking in all the Anacortes has to offer, including spending time on the trails with his wife and dog, Dory.


Monica Ochs,

Vice President

A Friends of the ACFL board member since 2005, mama, trail runner, nurse and tree hugger!

Bill Dietrich, Secretary

Lin Nichols, Treasurer


Andy Stewart,

Past President

I am a long-time member of the Friends’ Board and a woodworker, sailor and conservationist. I value our community forest as a commons where we can connect to our place, our selves and each other.

Ed Gastellum, Board Member


Steve Williams,

Board Member

I have a deep appreciation for the forest and its natural beauty. Born and raised on the East Coast, I grew up fishing, crabbing, hiking, skiing and otherwise immersed and enjoying the outdoors. My family and I have been residents of Anacortes for the last 7 years where I developed and lead STEM program for community members, ranging in age from 5 to 95.


Lynne Jordan,

Board Member

Lynne is a fundraising and communications specialist currently working as the Director of Philanthropy for Summit Assistance Dogs. She has a Master of Environmental Studies degree from The Evergreen State College and has worked in the nonprofit sector for more than 15 years.


Rob Skelton,

Board Member

Rob Skelton recently joined Friends of the Forest as a board member. As an Anacortes native growing up next to Mount Erie, Rob’s love for the outdoors was cemented at an early age. After spending over a decade working in the real estate industry in Malibu, CA, Rob returned to Anacortes to raise his own family. Through his profession, he is often the initial point of contact with newcomers moving to the area and uses that unique opportunity to introduce and educate others to the vast resources that the ACFL offer.



Asa Deane

Executive Director


Jean Ford Andrich

Development and Outreach Director


Melissa Courtney

Forest Educator


Mackenzie Wilson

Communications Director and Auction Coordinator


Our office is located inside the Depot Building at 611 R Avenue in Anacortes. Our office hours are Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM. You can also reach us by phone at 360-293-3725 or email us at


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