Board of Directors

Meet the officers and members of Lake Wilderness Arboretum Foundation’s Board of Directors.

Noel Paterson, PresidentNoel Paterson, President

I’ve lived in Maple Valley since 2001. I work in Seattle, but on weekends my family and I often visit Lake Wilderness and the Arboretum. I was looking for a way to contribute to my community, and being on the Foundation’s Board has provided me with that.  My experience as a project manager and community manager helps me manage the diverse ideas and personalities found in a nonprofit organization.

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Maggie WesterlundMaggie Westerlund, Vice President

I’ve lived near Maple Valley for 45 years and have seen lots of changes; some good, some not. I have been gardening all my life, becoming a Master Gardener in 1990, and I have been a vendor at the Maple Valley Farmers Market since its beginning. I have been on the Board for over 10 years, and I continue to enjoy being part of it and the Arboretum as they both grow and grow.

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Diane BarnesDiane Barnes, Secretary

Although all of Lake Wilderness Arboretum is worthy of attention, the Arboretum’s Smith-Mossman garden has a special personal appeal to me. Frank Mossman and Britt Smith were frequent visitors to my family’s Portland area nursery in the 1960’s and 70’s. By serving on the Board, I try to do my small part in continuing their legacy of working for the preservation of the Western Azalea.

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Debbie Fuchs, Board memberDebbie Fuchs, Board Member

I discovered the Arboretum in 2004 when my family and I moved to Maple Valley. The trails, especially in the forest reserve area, have been a favorite place for us to walk our two Spaniels. My kids and I started helping at the Wednesday work parties in the summer of 2009 when my boys needed to complete community service hours for Boy Scouts. Both boys ended up doing their Eagle Scout projects in the Arboretum; namely, the arbor and the nursery fence. I joined the Board in 2010 in order to help “give back” to this local treasure. I still enjoy spending time in the gardens weeding.

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LWAF_BMProfile_Sarah_Schumacher_providedSarah Schumacher, Board Member

I am excited to be supporting the Arboretum in connecting the community to the wonder and magic of the natural world, to the beauty of our native plants, and to the simple joys of mucking about in the dirt. As an early childhood educator and mother of two young children, I have learned a lot from watching children play and create in garden spaces and forests. An Arboretum filled with the laughter of children is a very special place, and indeed a gift to all those who visit.

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I am returning to the board after many years. I have been involved with the Lake Wilderness Arboretum on and off since 1997. I have lived in Maple Valley since 1978 when I came to the Seattle area to work for Boeing. Most recently I have been enjoying my work with the volunteer team in the garden on Wednesday and Thursday mornings. Gardening is both my greatest interest and my fitness program. I think of gardening as one of the higher arts, an art that requires a nurturing spirit and immense patience. A project like the Arboretum spans generations and encompasses achievements from multiple personal gardens. My participation allows me to be a part of something that transcends my own life. It gives me a sense of deep connection with both the past and the future.

Sarah Gilbert, Treasurer

Criss Vefik, Board Member

Ray Vefik, Board Member