Heron Habitat Helpers is an all volunteer organization. We are grateful to have extremely gifted, educated, and dedicated people from throughout the Northwest region providing leadership and hard work. The board is structured to accomplish its mission with great passion, efficiency and effectiveness.
Heidi is a co-founder of Heron Habitat Helpers, which was created in 2001 with her "Heron Sister" Donna Kostka to protect the herons in Kiwanis Ravine from surrounding development. Heidi works tirelessly to improve the community and takes an active role in Friends of Discovery Park, Smith Cove Park, and local politics. She was also instrumental in turning 3.9 acres into Commodore Park instead of condos. In her spare time she sings in a choir and walks regularly.
Donna is a co-founder of Heron Habitat Helpers, and has been instrumental in establishing the strategic goals and mission of HHH. She regularly works with partner organizations such as the Seattle Department of Planning and Development, the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, and the Seattle Parks Department, and currently serves as “Urban Ecologist” on the Seattle Urban Forestry Commission. Before moving to Seattle, Donna worked with the National Park Service in Washington D.C. Donna is an artist, primarily painting nature.
Mike came aboard in 2002 working as a volunteer after graduating from the Washington Native Plant Society Steward Program. Mike's background in ecology and interest in native plants has been an invaluable asset to HHH's restoration efforts. As a hands on guy, you'll find him leading, digging, planting, and weeding at Second Saturday Work Parties - which he arrives at by bike! Mike comes to us with a PhD in Zoology, and along with Debbie Jacobsen, monitors the heron colony at Commodore Park and reports annual data to the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife.
Debbie is happiest when she’s outdoors surrounded by nature. She tirelessly monitors 65+ nests and records data on the herons’ activities at Commodore Park along with Mike Marsh. Debbie is a Pacific Northwest native, and enjoys sharing her knowledge and enthusiasm about protecting herons and their habitat. She earned a Master’s Degree in Adult Education and taught high school and community college for 20 years.
Marla became involved with Heron Habitat Helpers after seeing incredible prehistoric-looking birds flying over her Magnolia backyard. Marla wears many hats at HHH, calling on her graphic design skills and talents to create the organizations newsletter, posters and brochures, as well as membership communication, outreach, and event planning. Marla's dedication and commitment to these beautiful birds and their habitat is truly inspiring.
Walter first encountered herons when they left their calling cards on his boat, but grew to love the beasts when he moved within a birds-eye view of the heron colony. His wife encouraged him to volunteer and we're thrilled to have him on the Board. When he's not heron-watching, Walter is a sailor, a skier, a motorcyclist and brews his own beer.
Craig fell in love with the Pacific Northwest after college and though he claims he stayed for the mountains, ocean and mild weather, we know it's really for the herons. Craig worked in the University of WA’s finance department for over 20 years. Over the last seven years, Craig has been an active volunteer and on the Board as Treasurer.
Mark began working with HHH in 2003, after being recruited by his friendly neighbor Heidi Carpine (on the same day he moved into the neighborhood). In addition to leading work parties, Mark has been active with the Restoration Committee as a frequent contributor to restoration planning. Mark applies his career experience as an environmental engineer to evaluate issues for HHH such as site-specific erosion control techniques, and rainwater harvesting potential for irrigating plantings.