Joy Wood - Founder, Principal Restoration Ecologist and Stewardship Specialist

Joy is a Certified Ecological Restoration Practitioner (CERP) by the Society of Ecological Restoration (SER) with over 15 years of experience and leadership in ecological restoration with community partners in the Puget Sound region. She has an M.S. in Forest Resources with an emphasis in restoration in ecology from the University of Washington, and also holds Certificates in Wetland Sciences & Management, and Restoration Ecology from UW. Joy is passionate about environmental stewardship, and statistically quantified the vital role community stewardship delivers in urban forest restoration in Wood et al.: An analysis of factors driving success in ecological restoration projects by a university - community partnership, in Ecological Restoration, 2017 (doi: 10.3368/er.35.1.60). In addition, Joy has trained and mentored nearly 100 Master Stewards throughout King County via the Washington Native Plant Society's Master Native Plant Steward program (2013-2018). Beginning in January 2019, Joy will transform her outreach role to teaching Restoration Ecology at Edmonds Community College in the Department of Horticulture's Sustainable Landscape Management Program, and a new partnership with King Conservation District and the City of Normandy Park.

Joy has traveled the world over and has witnessed what humans can accomplish when we work together to tackle difficult problems. She attempts to impart this knowledge to her husband and two incredible daughters, who love to grub blackberry and install native plants. When not championing for ecological restoration, Joy volunteers at her daughters' school, and enjoys hiking, kayaking, and camping with her family and friends. And snuggling her cat.

Kaelyn Thede- Restoration and Stewardship Assistant

Kaelyn is currently an undergraduate student at the University of Washington, entering her 4th and final year. She is pursuing a BA in Environmental Studies and a BA in Community, Environment and Planning (CEP).

The ability for ecological stewardship to foster community connection is a key interest of Kaelyn’s. She plans to continue working with nature and engaging her community after graduation.

Kaelyn enjoys travel, cooking, photography and dance. You can find her hiking in the mountains or soaking up some sun by the water.