Meet Our Board Members
Board of Supervisors
Jeanette Dorner, Chair (Elected Position, 2018 - 2021)
Jeanette first began working with the Pierce Conservation District in 1996 when she created a community group to restore the health of Muck Creek and the District became a major supporter of that effort. She worked for 11 years as the Salmon Recovery Program Manager with the Nisqually Tribe, coordinating the protection and restoration of the Nisqually watershed, then five years as the Director of Ecosystem Recovery at the Puget Sound Partnership. She now is the Executive Director of the Mid Sound Fisheries Enhancement Group, a non-profit group working with people in the Mid Puget Sound region to restore salmon habitat and recover salmon populations. Jeanette believes strongly in the mission of the conservation district to empower local landowners to be good stewards of their lands through voluntary and incentive programs and to ensure that our Pierce County community has access to healthy local foods that are sustainably produced.
Cindy Haverkamp, Vice Chair (Elected Position, 2020 - 2023)
Cindy grew up fishing and climbing trees in rural Pennsylvania. After a successful career teaching public school Humanities, Cindy moved into a new career in Communications and Public Outreach first with the Pacific Northwest Conference of the United Methodist Church and more recently as a Park Planner with Pierce County Parks’ Resource Stewardship Department where she writes stories about the good work they are doing to conserve Pierce County park lands, farms and open spaces. She graduated in June 2018 from Seattle University’s School of Theology and Ministry, with a master’s degree in Transformational Leadership. Her hobbies include farm-to-table cooking, birding, reading and tending her wonderful family which includes husband, Rick, teen daughters Brenna, age 16, and Fiona, age 18, and MANY pets.
John Hopkins, Auditor (Elected Position, 2019 - 2022)
John grew up in England and graduated from London University with a degree in Math and Physics. After teaching for a year he headed for Alaska and began a long career in the electrical industry. In 1987 he moved to Puyallup with his young family. He founded and managed Diamond Electric, until he retired over ten years ago. Along the way he became interested in Historic buildings and community service. This culminated with six years serving on the Puyallup City Council, where he helped initiate numerous environmental measures. Currently he also serves as treasurer of Puyallup Main Street Association, and is on the Vestry of one of the local churches. He is pushing for rain barrels and solar power at that location! His hobbies include running and hiking.
Scott Gruber (Appointed Position, 2018 - 2021)
I'm honored and very pleased to contribute to the good works of the Pierce Conservation District. I enjoy supporting the PCD's programs and staff by tapping my 30 years of business experience which ranges from design, wholesale, manufacturing, and retail to agriculture and farming. I have been a professional nurseryman since 2002 and farmer since 2007. I raise and process poultry and rabbit for meat, grow hundreds of varieties of food producing plants, and am a general contractor specializing in sustainable landscape design and construction. All that I do depends on responsible stewardship of natural resources. Helping the PCD contributes to enjoying a world we all share - now and into the future.
Mark Mauren (Appointed Position, 2019 - 2022)
Mark retired from the Washington State Department of Natural Resources after 31 years of service, having managed State forest, aquatic, recreation, natural areas, transactions, budgets (>$10M) at operational, programmatic, policy and executive levels. As a small farmer in Puyallup and long-term steward of natural resources across the State of Washington, Mark believes the services provided by the Pierce Conservation District are vital to a healthy future. The District must evolve as the county’s population grows, weather patterns change, forests and the agricultural base shrink and habitat becomes more fragmented.
Hannah’s deep appreciation for the conservation of natural resources and spaces began at home. She was born and raised in Northwest Montana, known for its year-round outdoor recreation and accessibility to Glacier National Park. In her youth she spent time camping, gardening and on her family‘s boat where she learned to water ski and wakeboard. In 2008, she moved to Tacoma where she received her undergraduate degree in Political Science and Women’s and Gender Studies from Pacific Lutheran University. She has a passion for public service and has served in a variety of capacities with local nonprofits including the YWCA Pierce County, Tacoma/Pierce County Habitat for Humanity, and the Pierce County AIDS Foundation. In June 2018, she received her Masters of Public Administration from The Evergreen State College. She currently works for the state and spends her free time volunteering to increase women’s political participation and adventuring with her partner, Cody.
Bill’s professional background includes 25 years of aerospace engineering systems development and program management. He has managed a wide range of new development projects ($1M to $100M) through all phases of development in Commercial, Private and Government aerospace markets. Bill recognizes the ties aerospace has to the Pacific Northwest and is proud to be part of helping the region remain a leader in advanced aerospace development. Beginning in 1993, Bill has spent considerable time living and exploring different parts of Washington state. He has lived in 6 Washington counties, extensively explored our mountain ranges (hiking & climbing), inland waterways (boating & fishing) and rural farmlands. Bill holds a deep adoration and unique understanding for Washington’s irreplaceable natural resources. Bill appreciates the opportunity to serve as an Associate Supervisor and provide unique perspective on conservation issues.
Don's favorite way to serve his community is to help improve outdoor experiences. Building a trail, planting native plants and trees, or helping out in community gardens and farms all help enhance our natural environment in Pierce County. Don first volunteered to help the Pierce Conservation District remove an asphalt parking lot to add a playground and sports field at a school in Tacoma. He's been hooked on the work of Washington's Conservation Districts ever since. Don has studied both environmental science and environmental law and enjoys supporting stewardship of public and private lands. Don currently works for the Puget Sound Partnership, a Washington state agency tasked with coordinating the collaborative effort to protect and restore Puget Sound.
Stu is a native of Washington, a graduate of WSU, and has worked in natural resource conservation policy and conservation district capacity building since 1981. Before his retirement in June, 2020, Stu provided policy and program development guidance on issues relating to water resources, water quality, forest practices, endangered species, energy, wetlands, growth management, natural resource conservation, as well as related Congressional and Legislative issues. He has served on the Washington State Conservation Commission, Washington State Forest Practices Board, National Governor’s Association Farm Bill Working Group, and the Policy Committee for the National Association of State Conservation Agencies. He currently serves (since 2005) on the Urban & Community Resource Policy Group of the National Association of Conservation Districts. In his career as a Regional Manager for the State Conservation Commission, Stu had the opportunity to provide direct service to 28 of Washington’s 45 conservation districts. Stu is a graduate of Class 13 of the Washington Agriculture and Forestry Education Foundation. He spent 9 years as chair of the Foundation’s Curriculum Committee and 24 years co-coordinating their Columbia River Seminar. Stu lives in Tacoma with his wife, Sheree.