Staff and Board
Sue Patnude has been working to restore the Deschutes Estuary for over 15 years. She is a co-founder of DERT and a strong advocate for a healthy Puget Sound and Salish Sea. Sue's career has been focused on protecting and restoring the environment recently through work with DERT and in the past with Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, Department of Ecology and positions in local and regional government. She lives on a small farm in the Upper Chehalis Watershed with her husband Tom Hyde and works on environmental policy consulting through her own business from home.
Dave Peeler has degrees in both Zoology and English Literature from the University of Washington and studied environmental policy and sciences at The Evergreen State College (MEP program). Dave had a 33 year career with the WA Dept. of Ecology in water resources, water quality, shorelines management and Puget Sound restoration as Water Quality Program Manager and Special Assistant to the Director. Subsequent to retiring from Ecology, he has worked as an independent consultant, as the Director of Policy at People for Puget Sound, and on the Puget Sound Ecosystem Monitoring Program (PSESMP) for the Puget Sound Partnership. Dave now volunteers with Thurston Environmental Voters, Kiwanis Club of Olympia, Scott Lake Maintenance Co. (homeowners association), Griffin Neighborhood Association, Thurston County Democrats, and the Deschutes Advisory Committee. Dave and his wife of 43 years currently reside in the Scott Lake area. Dave enjoys boating, gardening, bicycling, sports, loud rock music and family time with his grandson.
Zena Hartung has been an Olympia resident since 1980. She is one of the founding members of DERT and has long advocated for the natural systems of South Puget Sound. She organized Olympia Urban Waters League that made a video about Moxlie Creek. "In preparation for sea level rise Olympia must recognize the unique qualities of the area. Budd Inlet could be the Venice of all the Salish Sea"
Ann Butler currently works in health promotion and communication with the Washington State Department of Health. Rounding out her expertise in water quality, watershed management and communication, Ann was previously with People For Puget Sound and the Washington State Department of Ecology. She is an avid hiker and backpacker.
From a young age growing up in arid Eastern Washington Daron learned the importance of protecting our rivers and watersheds. This was later enforced while working to restore water systems in England, and studying climate change in the Fiji Islands. Daron has worked to protect the waters of the Pacific Northwest through jobs with several non-profits, the US Geological Survey and the Idaho Department of Environmental Quality. Through this hands on field experience and with degrees in water resources, political science and a master’s in environmental studies, Daron understands the challenge of protecting our regions natural habitats – Daron is meeting these challenges head on through his current role as the restoration and outreach coordinator for a local non-profit and as a member of DERT’s Board.
John Rosenberg is a passionate advocate for healthy watersheds and the life they support. In addition to serving on the DERT board, John also serves on the boards of the South Puget Sound Salmon Enhancement Group and Earth Ministry, a national leader in engaging faith communities in environmental stewardship and advocacy. Each year he volunteers at the Kennedy Creek Salmon Trail where he introduces visitors of all ages to the miracle of returning wild salmon. John is a retired pastor of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA). He served congregations in Oregon and Southwest Washington and as a campus pastor and college instructor. He currently teaches in the Religion Department at Pacific Lutheran University where he is also the Interim Director for Congregational Outreach and Engagement. John lives with his wife, Nancy Faaren, in Tumwater, Washington.