Jane Hutchinson, Executive Director (she/her/hers)
Wildlife Program Director, Farmer Frog
Jane has spent over thirty years working with various agencies engaging grassroots groups in civil rights and social justice advocacy. In 2011 her focus shifted to environmental justice and stewardship when she began working with citizen-science teams monitoring wildlife habitat and corridors in the Southern Coast Salish region, leveraging data and voices to influence land use and wildlife management decisions.
In 2012 Jane researched human-wildlife conflicts for Western Wildlife Outreach and the practical steps humans can take to coexist with their wildlife neighbors. She is the primary author of Living with Livestock and Wolves: A Review of the Literature (Nov 2014) and Towards A Bear Smart Future: Eastside King County Pilot Project (June 2016).
Since 2015 she has served as the Wildlife Program Director for Farmer Frog developing the “Bear With Me!” Wildlife Friendly Farming Program. In 2021 Jane took over managing the daily activities at Western Wildlife Outreach, continuing her work promoting ways for humans to live with the large carnivores of the Pacific Northwest.
Chris Bachman, Board Member
Conservation Director, Yaak Valley Forest Council
Chris and the Yaak Valley Forest Council work to promote preservation and restoration of old growth and mature forests and the wildlife they support, focusing on native ecosystems in northwest Montana. His work promotes prioritizing management for wildlife on our public lands, particularly wild roadless areas; and promotes conservation as the priority management policy for forests, fish, and wildlife.
Chris’ spends his time advocating for old growth and mature forests and grizzly bears. His time is split between policy work and field work.
Chris has worked collaboratively with stakeholders, including ranchers, hunters, fisherman, non-profit organizations and government agencies promoting coexistence with wildlife and amongst stakeholder groups. Chris co-founded the Eastern Washington Wolf Coalition in 2016, and helped established the Western States Carnivore Alliance in 2020, a group dedicated to defending and restoring all native carnivores to their historic range throughout the West promoting governmental agency, policy and management reform using public education, science, activism and litigation.
Chris is a former middle school science and math teacher who left teaching to follow his passion advocating for wildlife. Chris completed undergraduate and graduate work in Evolutionary Biology at Southern Illinois University and holds a Master’s degree in education from Whitworth University. Chris is a married father of two and enjoys hiking, backpacking and snow sports and is an experienced backcountry traveler and tracker.
Michelle Jones, Board Member
Bear Smart Coordinator, North Cascades
Fall City, WA
Michelle grew up in the foothill of the North Cascades in Washington state and since childhood has spent much of her free time exploring, hiking, and camping in the outdoors. After moving into a rural home and promptly finding a black bear in her driveway, she developed a hobby placing trail cameras and soon began collecting footage of Pacific Northwest wildlife in the Cascades region. She has spent the last few years doing outreach and education activities teaching about wildlife encounters and safety and has helped communities lobby decision makers to offer bear resistant garbage cans to their residents. Michelle lives in Fall City with her husband, son and their dog Storm where she is thrilled to instill a passion for the outdoors in her son. In 2021, Michelle joined the Western Wildlife Outreach board. Read more about her community activities here.
Terri Hawke, Board Member
Environmental Planner – Retired
Port Townsend, WA
Terri Hawke is a naturalist, environmental educator, animal communicator, energy healer, nature photographer, national parks geek, and birdwatcher. She is also a writer who has written technical, business, curricula, creative, kid’s short story; you name the type, she’s probably written it.
Before retiring, after 21+ years from Snohomish County Public Works, she was instrumental in getting wildlife crossings incorporated into road projects, including the only dedicated wildlife crossing culvert in Snohomish County. She was also the point person for wildlife issues and monitoring at PW projects. She also developed a wildlife monitoring handbook for the permitting group she had worked in.
Terri worked as an interpretive naturalist for North Cascades National Park, Washington State Parks, Seattle Parks and Recreation, and Edmonds Parks and Recreation. She also worked with various non-profits developing and conducting environmental education programs for all ages.
She lives in Port Townsend Washington with her cat Maura and her two small dogs- Templeton and Trixie.
Now that she’s retired, she relaxes, takes walks with her dogs, and takes trips here and there. She plans to get back to writing in her blog- Terri Hawke Talk and continue to write chapters for Brave Kids and Brave Healers books.
Shea Scribner, Board Member (they, their, theirs)
Garden Education Coordinator, Farmer Frog
Shea is an environmental educator with a background in habitat restoration, gardening & farming, livestock management, and working with dogs. Their career has largely focused on developing and facilitating youth education programs to provide hands-on and culturally relevant learning opportunities, supporting the next generation of earth stewards. Shea earned their undergraduate degree in environmental education from Western Washington University and masters in urban environmental education from Antioch University.
Celebrating the diversity and interdependence of human communities and the ecosystems we are apart of, Shea is excited to work with WWO to promote thoughtful and comprehensive solutions for coexistence with bears and other wildlife. Outside of work and volunteering in the community, Shea loves spending time with their large family of dogs and fixing up their home in the Snoqualmie Valley.