Land Bank Staff
Lincoln Bormann, Director
Before joining the Land Bank staff in 2005, Lincoln previously directed the Southwest Florida Program for the Nature Conservancy and oversaw acquisitions for the Sarasota County Environmentally Sensitive Lands Protection Program. His background includes marine and forest conservation work for the Pew Charitable Trusts and private consulting in forest biodiversity. Lincoln did his post-graduate study at the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies and the University of Minnesota. He is passionate about the outdoors and enjoys hiking and kayaking, as well as catching spot prawns and crab.
Charlie Behnke, San Juan Field Assistant
Charlie Behnke prefers to be outdoors in wild places getting dirty and scratched up, lucky for him this is his job. Charlie grew up in the Pacific Northwest, and spent much time experiencing the beauty, bounty, and communities of the San Juan Islands. He graduated from the Evergreen State College in 2010 with a B.S. in Biological/Agricultural Sciences and has been living in the islands ever since. His background includes leading the Lopez Island Conservation Corps, a Field Biologist/Naturalist monitoring seabirds and other wildlife, managing the Lopez Community Seed Library, farming, landscaping, and carpentry. Charlie is honored to put his knowledge and skills to work towards the stewardship of these special lands.
Amanda Wedow, Lopez Preserve Steward
Amanda has been active in island stewardship since moving to Lopez Island in 2010. She was the Director of the Lopez Island Conservation Corps and has led youth crew projects on many of the public lands on Lopez. She has experience as a landscaper and enjoys working with a diversity of plants and people. Amanda’s background in conservation began at Evergreen State College, where she studied botany and environmental sciences, and received a dual BA/BS. Before taking the position as the Lopez Preserve Steward, Amanda spent three years volunteering as a Land Bank commissioner.
Judy Cumming, Operations Coordinator
Judy’s family moved to San Juan Island in 1976, from Northern California. Watching sunsets at what is now the Westside Scenic Preserve, her family lamented that this spectacular part of the island would most likely go the route of places in California that had been lost over time. In 1990, when the Land Bank became reality, conservation of these special places on all the San Juan Islands started. After working in several professional offices on San Juan Island for over 30 years, Judy was fortunate enough to become a part of the Land Bank staff in 2007, where her training in finance and accounting, along with her interests in outdoor recreation and gardening, allow her to connect with the community, and these islands, which her growing family still calls home.
Ruthie Dougherty, Orcas Preserve Steward
Ruthie joined the Land Bank staff in 2007. She has worked in conservation, resource protection, and environmental education in the San Juans since graduating from Western Washington University’s Huxley College of Environmental Studies. Growing up, she was deeply influenced by the beauty and character of the islands, and is committed to the preservation and stewardship of their environment.
Eliza Habegger, Land Steward
Eliza Habegger joined the Land Bank in 2003. She holds a B.A. in Biology/Botany from Cornell University and was previously employed at the Nature Conservancy and the New York Botanical Garden. Her responsibilities include ecological assessment, monitoring, and restoration on Land Bank Preserves; conservation easement stewardship; and managing the Salish Seeds Project native plant nurseries. Three generations of family on Waldron Island root her firmly in the islands. She lives with her husband and son on San Juan Island, where she tends an ever-expanding garden and orchard, and enjoys drawing and painting in her spare time
Doug McCutchen, San Juan Preserve Steward
As a child, Doug visited family on Lopez Island, and was captivated by the water, land, and people of the San Juans. He moved to the islands soon after graduating from Western Washington University to manage one of the county parks. Doug started out as a volunteer with the Land Bank and has been lucky to work as a steward here since 2004. He’s proud of the work the Land Bank does to provide access to the beauty and wildness of the islands, to protect and improve its rare habitats, and to seek creative ways to maintain a connection with the land and waters that inspired him as a child.
Tanja Williamson, Outreach & Volunteer Coordinator
Tanja Williamson first learned about the San Juan Islands while attending UC Davis. Many moons later, after a gloriously sunny three-day visit in February 2001, followed by endless, soul-sucking hours in Bay Area traffic, Tanja and family traded in their “fast pass” for a “ferry pass,” and moved to San Juan Island. Prior to coming to the Land Bank, Tanja worked for a number of years as the Development Director for San Juan Community Theatre.