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.


Jean Ford Andrich,

Vice President

Jean grew up in Anacortes, moved away for college and a career in education before returning to raise her family. She and her husband, Bret, spend many hours each week in the forest and consider the ACFL their backyard. You may see her hiking the trails with her dog or swimming in Whistle Lake. Jean has been with the Friends for over 15 years and recently retired as the Development and Outreach Director. She looks forward to being back on the board!


Bill Dietrich,


Bill Dietrich is a journalist and author who has lived in Anacortes since 1998. He grew up in Tacoma, and won a Pulitzer Prize for covering the Exxon Valdez oil spill while at the Seattle Times. He is the author of 22 books, and his work has sold into 30 languages. His work includes books on Northwest forests and natural history.


Lin Nichols,


I grew up loving the outdoors albeit in a decidedly non-conservation minded way. My mindset has shifted over the years partly through the commitment and collective passion of the staff, board, and members of the Friends of the Forest. Through them I’ve learned the value and importance of co-existing with nature not simply co-opting it for our use; I am grateful for the opportunity to give back to my community through service on the board of directors.


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

Ed grew up as a "Park Service Brat", spending his childhood in national parks like Yellowstone. Ed has a background in Financial management and is an Army veteran who served in Darmstadt, Germany and Vietnam. He and his wife, Carolyn have three children and together lived in Yosemite, Grand Canyon, Hubbell Nat. Historical Pk., Petrified Forest Nat. Pk., and the North Cascades. Ed and Carolyn retired and moved to Anacortes where he was active with the Padilla Bay Foundation, and is currently a volunteer steward for Guemes Mountain.


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 programs 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


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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