Board of Directors

OLT is governed by a Board of Directors, which sets the organization’s mission, vision, and goals. Board members also contribute their time and energy to our events and projects.

Gert Webster

Gert is a longtime resident of Okanogan County. She was born in Cleveland, Ohio, and earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Dairy Science from Ohio State University.

She managed a horse farm Iowa City, Iowa, before moving to Brewster, WA in 1977. and becoming a resident of Okanogan County. She worked as foreman at Filaree Farm from 1993-2011.

Gert was a founding member and past president of Okanogan County Animal Foster Care. She was a former board member of the Okanogan County T.V. District #1. She now serves as secretary of the Okanogan County Historical Society.

Cynthia Nelson
Vice President

Cynthia is a nurse and accomplished horsewoman who co-owns and operates a 720 cow-calf operation (on conserved land) near Chesaw.

Cynthia grew up in Oswego, Illinois. She earned a BS in Animal Science from Southern Illinois University, and more than a decade later, a BS in Nursing from Washington State University. Since 1998, Cynthia has been working part-time as a rural RN and floor nurse in Republic, and has been a nursing instructor since 2012.

In addition to nursing, Cynthia works as a horse trainer and breeder. She and her husband, Brian, operate the Nelson Ranch, which they placed under permanent protection in 2010 through a conservation easement held by OLT.

John Rohrback

John works as a fisheries biologist for the Colville Confederated Tribes. He was born and raised in Lake Forest Park, a suburb of Seattle.  He came to Okanogan in 2014 to work as a fisheries biologist, and he quickly fell in love with the open spaces, sunny weather, and excellent fruit stands!

John enjoys spending his free time hiking, fishing, and hunting alongside his loyal dog Rosie, and is grateful for the conservation work OLT does to help keep the Okanogan such a wonderful place for the people and animals who love the outdoors.

Among friends, John will reticently admit that he wastes too much time watching old music videos on YouTube and listening to podcasts about college football.

Patti Baumgardner

Patti joined the OLT board after she retired from the Forest Service’s department of partnerships.  She feels privileged to have lived and worked in the Okanogan since 1975, and her love and respect for the landscape and the community continues to grow.

In the winter, you’ll find her cross-country skiing at Highlands Nordic Snow Park.  In the summer, she enjoys gardening and bicycling with her husband, George.

Patti envisions the Okanogan as a a network of open lands, both public and private, where agricultural practices fit within sustainable ecological systems, and rural communities thrive. She also loves working with kids in natural settings, and helping young people recognize the impact their actions have on the land they inhabit.

Margaret Hartzell

Margaret has a lifelong interest in natural resource management, having worked for two federal land management agencies for 31 years before retirement in 2014.

She has a graduate degree in natural resources planning from the University of Washington. Her career included managing teams of wildlife biologists, fish biologists, soil scientists, social scientists, botanists, foresters, and recreation specialists on projects large and small.

Margaret plans to stay in Okanogan Country now that she is retired. There is lots of outdoors to enjoy and explore.OLT’s work is a great match to Margaret’s interest in the outdoors. She brings lots of knowledge about the natural world and much experience in managing natural resource conservation projects.

Dale Swedberg

Dale worked for the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife for 40 years before retiring in 2016. He grew up near Ellensburg, WA, on a dairy farm that also raised beef cattle, grain and hay.  He attended Washington State University, receiving a BS in Wildlife Biology in 1972 and an MS in Environmental Science in 1981.

Dale began working for the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife in 1976 and retired in 2016.  During his 40-year tenure with WDFW, Dale held six different positions; the most fulfilling of these was managing the Sinlahekin Wildlife Area for 16 years.  During this time, Dale came to realize that the wildlife habitat was fire dependent and that fire would be needed to manage it.  Dale is married to a very supportive wife, Kathy, who knows more about wildlife management, wildlife control, fire and prescribed fire than she cares to admit.  They have two grown children and three grandchildren.

Dale helped found Okanogan Land Trust, North Central Washington Prescribed Fire Council, and Washington Prescribed Fire Council.  Dale has served on the Citizen’s Committee for Upper Columbia Salmon Recovery Foundation and currently serves on the Board of Trustees for the Okanogan Historical Society. 

Kayla McIntyre



Kayla is interested in all things sustainable land management. She co-manages a dryland crop and cattle ranch on the Columbia Plateau just east of the Okanogan Valley. Here she is able to spend much time outdoors working on the land to grow food, improve native pasture, soils, and water sources. During the winter months she plans the upcoming season for the ranch and supports local farms through grant writing and project management.

Growing up in Seattle Kayla has always been drawn to more open spaces. With a degree in natural resource systems from the University of British Columbia and years spent on a variety of farming operations, she returned home to Washington State in 2013 to pursue her passions in agriculture and outdoor adventure. Kayla admires the strong and open spirit that exists in the Okanogan community and believes the amazing local ecology cultivates this vitality.


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