Addison (Addie) Dillon will be serving as the Restoration Specialist this year. Addie is originally from Clark County and received her degree in marine biology with a minor in chemistry from Western Washington University. Before moving back to Vancouver, she worked a 6-month term with Washington Conservation Corps in Spokane. Her team was primarily focused on forest health and fire mitigation, as well as campground and trail maintenance. With this term, Addie looks forward to learning more about riparian restoration while improving her native plant identification skills. When Addie isn’t here, you can find her hiking, paddle boarding or relaxing at home with a book.
Restoration Events Coordinator
Gordon Robinson will be serving as the Restoration Events Coordinator. Gordon grew up just outside Chicago and moved to central Illinois for college as well as grad school, where he went to Illinois State University. Gordon earned his bachelor’s degree is in political science and a master’s degree is in global politics and culture. Gordon was driven to study politics because the environment has always been his greatest passion and he hopes to help make a difference in the fight against climate change. Gordon looks forward to exploring the Pacific Northwest and helping raise awareness for environmental issues in the area. When he’s not working, Gordon enjoys hiking, kayaking, drinking copious amounts of coffee and caring for the thousands of plants that are lucky enough to call his apartment their home.
Invasive Plant Specialist
Patrick Godfrey will be serving as the Native and Invasive Plant Specialist. Patrick grew up in the small town of Lexington, Virginia, where he first grew to appreciate the outdoors and plants. In 2021, he graduated from the College of William and Mary where he majored in biology and minored in history. One of Patrick’s favorite history classes was on the American West so it only seemed appropriate to move to Washington to do environmental work. The summer after graduation, Patrick began working at Virginia Military Institute as a grounds worker where he was able to further pursue his interest in gardening and outdoor work. In his free time, you will find Patrick riding his bike or playing easy listening records that he has salvaged from Goodwill.
Education and Outreach Specialist
Chantelle (Shauny) DesJardins will be serving as the Education and Outreach Specialist. Shauny grew up in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, where she spent most of her free time outside exploring. This is what fueled her passion for outdoor recreation and conservation. Shauny graduated from Northern Michigan University with a degree in psychology, and worked in the mental health field for several years after graduation. It was during her time as a Youth Development Volunteer for Peace Corps Thailand that Shauny also gained a love for youth development and education. She still loves to spend most of her free time outdoors, whether that be camping, hiking, swimming or kayaking. Shauny is also a rock collector (or, more accurately, a rock hoarder) and will almost always have at least a few rocks in her pockets at all times.