OLT staff members handle the on-the-ground work, both in the office and out in the field.

Stacy Shutts
Executive Director
(509) 557-6306

Stacy Shutts joined OLT as Executive Director in 2019. Prior to OLT, Stacy coordinated sustainability initiatives for NASA at Johnson Space Center. She brings her experiences in natural resources management and partnership building for project development.

Stacy has been a naturalist in Alaska, and assisted in wetland research and nonprofit logistics for the Southeast Alaska Land Trust.

While serving in the Peace Corps in Paraguay, Stacy became fluent in Spanish and Guarani, and worked alongside subsistence farmers and landowners. In collaboration with neighborhood committees, they received funding to construct bio-digesters and plant native trees.

Stacy spends most of her time outdoors— climbing, skiing, backpacking, gardening, and wild foraging. She is available to talk with anyone interested in land conservation, or to help someone find their connection to that cause.

Bryan Cook
(509) 557-6306

Bryan joined OLT in 2015. He handles all our vitals– bookkeeping, record keeping, HR and more.

As the song goes, Bryan “left a good job in the City” when he and his wife Kirsten relocated from Seattle to Okanogan in 2011. They lived on their property in two small sheds (total of less than 300 sq ft.) without power or running water for more than two years until they were able to build and move into their dream house in 2014.

Bryan’s career has involved many a messy desk that comes with the territory of program management and administration, working in these areas in governmental, corporate, and non-profit settings,

Bryan is originally from the East Coast and earned his BA in Asian Studies from Connecticut College. He also holds an MA in Environment and Community from Antioch University Seattle. He has now been out West longer than he was back East, and rest assured, now roots for the Seahawks over the Patriots!

In his spare time, Bryan enjoys reading, playing guitar, hiking, snow shoeing, and cooking all those foods you can’t get at restaurants in this area (which is a big list!). He and Kirsten also enjoy traveling, especially when it involves snorkeling.

Jerry DeBacker
Senior Conservationist
(509) 557-6306 

Jerry served as Executive Director of OLT from 2016 to early 2019. He continues to serve OLT as a consultant, riding herd on some continuing projects and helping the organization in its the transition to new leadership.

Jerry has a wealth of land trust experience, having worked for the Sagebrush Steppe Land Trust (ID) and Whatcom Land Trust (WA). He was the founding executive director of Prickly Pear Land Trust in Helena, Montana.

Jerry has assisted two organizations in securing national accreditation and has secured permanent conservation of trail corridors, nature reserves, agricultural lands, mitigation properties, and public parks.

“My goal is fairly simple, work with people who wish to protect and steward nature,” explained Jerry. “I’ve been fortunate to serve as a conduit for people’s best intentions- and for that I’m very grateful!”

Jerry, and his wife Ellen, have always enjoyed camping, skiing, biking, and river running with their two daughters, son-in-law, and two granddaughters.

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