Sandi and her husband Bob bought property on Orcas in 2003 after a vacation here sparked a long-distance love affair with the island. Born in Florida and having witnessed that state’s onslaught of development and loss of natural areas, Sandi was attracted to San Juan County’s conservation ethic, and moved here full-time in 2006. Sandi has been a strong supporter of the Land Bank and other regional stewardship efforts and, as a Realtor, she stresses the importance of preserving these special islands to all the newcomers she works with. “We’ve already protected many spectacular areas in the San Juans,” says Friel. “But as our resident population and tourism continue to grow, we need to set aside even more land for wildlife to thrive and for people to enjoy.”
Sandi’s job experience includes marketing, project management, real estate investment and stormwater management. She served two terms as president of Orcas Island Association of Realtors and is currently a Managing Broker at T Williams Realty. An avid birdwatcher and native plant enthusiast, Sandi is in the process of creating a wildlife sanctuary at her home in Deer Harbor.