The Whatcom Parks and Recreation Foundation operates through the volunteer efforts of the Board of Directors. There are a maximum of 11 voting board positions available.
The board meets monthly on the third Friday of the month. All meetings are open to the public. Please contact WPRF if you would like to attend a board meeting or find out more about becoming a board member.
- Our Board Members
- Daniel Tepper
- Dan Taylor
- Kelsey Bedient
- Janet Boyhan
- Heather Carter
- Pete Coy
- Nadine Kaaland
Click through to find out more about our fabulous volunteer board members.
Joined: July, 2002
A long-time supporter of Parks and Trails, Daniel was born in Port Arthur, Texas and has lived in Texas, Illinois, Colorado, the Philippines, California and Washington. He graduated from Western State College of Colorado with a BA in Business Administration and has worked for (among others), the US Forest Service, Crested Butte Ski Resort, the US Peace Corps, Qantas Airways and himself. In addition to his interest in both the outdoors and indoors, he is also a crackerjack bluegrass banjo player and is currently embarking on the study of guitar building.
Daniel is the longest serving member of the Whatcom Parks and Recreation Foundation Board and has been its President since 2004. Additionally, he serves on the Board of the WA State Trails Coalition and is the committee chair for the Nooksack Loop Trail.
Joined: February, 2008
Dan was mostly raised in a small town in Iowa with American Elms forming a canopy over the wide, brick, main street. There was a central park with a band stand used for weekly concerts, and within biking distance from town, a naturalized fishing lake.
After 3 years stints in both the Marine Corps and Peace Corps, a year as a paying crew member sailing around the world on a barquentine, and way too many years of college Dan had a 28 year career as a local government planner, also with an opportunity to work with parks. This included managing the park department in Bothell, helping develop park plans for
New Bedford, Mass., San Antonio, Texas, and Bothell, and serving on park plan update committees for Bellingham and Whatcom County. Before joining the Foundation Dan served 12 years on the Whatcom County Park Commission.
Joined: February, 2017
Kelsey was born and raised in Colorado Springs and spent a lot of time growing up camping and hiking in the Colorado mountains. Kelsey moved to Bellingham in 2015 with her husband. She obtained a bachelor’s degree in accounting and sport management from the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs and has worked as a CPA in public accounting since graduating in 2010. Kelsey currently works as a manager at Larson Gross serving a variety of clients, including local non-profits. Kelsey is an avid runner and lover of the outdoors and looks forward to exploring more of Whatcom County and giving back to the Bellingham community.
Joined: March, 2008
Janet Boyhan never met a trail she didn’t like and her idea of a
good time is reading a great book in the mountains. A well
traveled long distance hiker and now a long distance biker, Janet
still thinks there’s no place like Whatcom County. As a member of
the Mt. Baker Club, a Whatcom County Parks and Recreation
Commissioner and Whatcom Parks and Recreation Foundation
board member, Janet supports the preservation of Whatcom
County’s natural resources and maintaining public access to them
when ever possible. Janet and her husband have lived outside of
Everson for over 23 years.
Joined: November, 2009
Heather grew up in southern California and moved to Bellingham in 2007. Her favorite childhood memories are from frequent family camping trips in California and along the Pacific coast. Heather holds a bachelor’s degree in Recreation from California State University, Long Beach (CSULB) and has worked in various recreation-related jobs: at a private camp/quarter horse ranch, with Girl Scouts, the City of Long Beach Parks, Rec & Marine, and the CSULB University Foundation /CSULB Center for Civic Engagement.
Since moving to Bellingham, Heather is fully occupied with raising her four children, and actively participates in local organizations as a volunteer and/or employee, including MOMS Club of Bellingham South chapter, Catch the Son Preschool, Girl Scouts, St. Paul’s Academy, Music Together by the Bay, and the Whatcom Parks and Recreation Foundation.
Heather and her family enjoy exploring Whatcom County’s many parks, trails, and play spaces.
Pete moved from Bellevue to Bellingham in September of 1965 as a student at WWU and decided this is where he wanted to make his home. After graduating with multiple degrees he worked at WWU as Director of Housing and Food Services. In 1980 Pete went full time into real estate with a successful career that continues today. His community service includes serving as Chairman of the Board for the Chamber of Commerce, Director of the Economic Development Commission, President of the Silver Beach Neighborhood Association, Director of the Community Development Block Grant Program and Chairman of an effort to maintain downtown Bellingham after Bellis Fair opened. After many years of involvement with the Ski to Sea Race Pete became race director in 2007. In 2010 he formed a new non-profit corporation to own and manage the Ski to Sea Race and other local events and served as President until summer of 2015. Pete currently serves on Whatcom Events Board of Directors, the Bellingham/Whatcom County Tourism Commission and now the Whatcom Parks and Recreation Foundation.
Pete is a frequent user of parks in Whatcom County and is always looking for ways to make them better and be used by more local residents. He believes that our park lands are a local treasure that we need to protect and preserve for future generations. Unfortunately budget cutbacks have hurt many of our existing parks and made it nearly impossible to develop future parks on existing properties so more people can enjoy them.
Joined: January, 2015
Nadine Kaaland is a native Bellingham resident. She served two terms on the Bellingham City Park Board. The enjoyment of the park systems for her and her family include kayaking, hiking, biking, and walking the local trails. The chosen career path of psychotherapist developed the deep appreciation that parks and nature hold in community health. She looks forward to serving in this new capacity and having the opportunity to learn about new trails and outdoor activities.
We are proud to partner with several local park and recreation agencies. The following agency personnel serve as ex-officio members on our Board:
Head Ranger, Birch Bay State Park
Director, Blaine-Birch Bay Parks and Recreation District 2
Director, Whatcom County Parks and Recreation Department
Director, City of Bellingham Parks and Recreation Department
Director, City of Lynden Parks Department