Updated: Oct. 14, 2019

Executive Committee Members

 

Molly Barker is an associate at K&L Gates, LL and a member of the firm’s environment, land and natural resources practice group. Prior to joining K&L Gates, Molly focused her practice on environmental, real estate, energy, natural resources and land use law. She worked with public and private clients to conduct due diligence for permitting energy projects, obtain regulatory closure for contaminated sites, bring business operations into environmental regulatory compliance, sell or purchase contaminated properties, and evaluate land use issues arising out of development projects. Having also previously served as a judicial law clerk for four judges at the trial court level, she has touched on nearly every type of legal issue that makes its way through the state superior court system. In Molly’s free time, she enjoys backcountry skiing, snowboarding, yoga, ballet, cooking, backpacking, traveling, and surfing.

Le Anne Bremer is a partner at Miller Nash Graham & Dunn, LLP, a regional law firm with offices in Washington, Oregon, and California. Le Anne’s favorite part of practicing is obtaining land use and environmental permits for a wide variety of clients including public clients, institutions, businesses and individual property owners, and negotiating conditions for those permits. She also focuses her legal practice on real estate transactions related to development, and is general counsel for the Port of Longview. Le Anne is the partner-in-charge of her firm’s Vancouver office and is a member of the firm's executive committee. She serves on the boards of Clark College Foundation, Greater Vancouver Chamber of Commerce, Humane Society for Southwest Washington, Free Clinic of Southwest Washington, and the Columbia River Economic Development Council. In her not-so-spare time, Le Anne loves to travel, read and garden. Le Anne’s husband, Bob Mayfield, is the winemaker at Windy Hills Winery in Ridgefield, Washington, and she is the proud mother of two daughters, Beatrice, who is just finishing her first semester of law school at Lewis & Clark, and Rosie, a sophomore at New York University.

Donya Williamson Burns is an attorney with Houlihan Law, P.C. Her practice includes state environmental cleanup actions, land use permitting and environmental liability, condemnation litigation, and commercial and residential real estate sales and leasing. She has also worked with local jurisdictions on municipal code revisions pertaining to telecommunications. In her spare time (usually 4-7 a.m.) Donya enjoys competitive rowing, bread baking, gardening (mostly the pruning part), and playing the piano. She also has a couple of kids; they are adorable but do not contribute in any way to the aforementioned spare time.

Caroline Cress is an Assistant Attorney General in the Ecology Division of the Washington State Attorney General’s Office in Olympia. Her current practice focuses on regulatory oversight of the Hanford Nuclear Reservation, as well as state-wide toxics cleanup, hazardous waste management, and public records and disclosure. Prior to joining the Ecology Division in 2016, Caroline clerked for Hon. Ann Schindler at Division I of the Washington State Court of Appeals. She also worked for the Global Environmental Governance Project, the Nature Conservancy, and the Southern Environmental Law Center. Caroline received a B.A. in government and environmental policy from the College of William & Mary and a J.D. from the University of North Carolina School of Law. In her free time, Caroline enjoys gardening, hiking, and playing with her dogs.

Kyler Danielson is a civic-minded, enthusiastic millennial with a pet hedgehog. As a lifetime resident of the Pacific Northwest, Kyler is passionate about Washington state’s growth, development, and future. She is currently a land use project manager at Lakeside Industries, working directly with local governments and experts to maintain and obtain land use permits. She participates in stakeholder groups, testifies at public meetings, monitors local code changes, and evaluates land use laws. Kyler previously practiced environmental and land use law for almost four years at a private firm in downtown Seattle. She obtained her J.D. from the University of Oregon School of Law, and her B.A. in French and political science from Western Washington University. In her free time, Kyler attends comic conventions, listens to melancholy music, and volunteers in her community.

Meghan E. Gavin is an attorney at Cascadia Law Group in Seattle and Olympia. She represents clients in environmental and natural resource matters, including disputes over liability for environmental cleanup costs and in matters involving federal Indian law. She is eagerly learning water law and energy law. Before joining Cascadia, Meghan worked as a federal clerk. She attended law school at the University of Washington, graduate school at Fordham University, and undergraduate school at Boston College. Meghan is happy to be back home in Washington, where she can ski and kayak in the same day. 

Anthony Jones is an attorney, an artist, and an enrolled member of the Port Gamble S’Klallam tribe. He presently serves as a reservation attorney in the Tulalip Tribes Office of Reservation Attorney handling matters of general tribal governance, civil court representation, environmental, and land use law. Anthony earned his J.D. at Washington University in St. Louis, and his bachelor of science in engineering at MIT.  He resides with his family on the Port Gamble S’Klallam reservation in Kitsap County.

Patrick Spurgin is a 1976 graduate of Washington State University. After some years of knocking around in various jobs, including forestry services grunt work, retail sales at Woolworths, and quality assurance at the Washington Nuclear Projects in Elma, Washington, Pat attended the University of Utah College of Law and graduated in 1984. Following law school, he served as the director of both the Utah governor’s High-level Nuclear Waste Office and the Utah Department of Natural Resources Division of State Lands and Forestry. He returned to Washington in 1990 to serve as the central regional office director for the Washington Department of Ecology until 1997. Pat maintains a solo practice in Yakima and is also of counsel to Zeilman Law Office. His practice principally comprises legal services to tribal and local government in the Yakima Valley. These services include representation in various matters including Endangered Species Act compliance, CERCLA natural resources damages assessment, Growth Management Act implementation, fish habitat project and fish production facility planning, permitting, and implementation, including water rights issue resolution and tribal government procurement activities. Pat also serves as a land use hearing examiner for several local governments in the Yakima Valley.  

Elizabeth A. Tellessen is a principal of Winston & Cashatt, Lawyers in Spokane, Washington. She has an active land use and real property practice, and advises property owners, lenders, and investors regarding purchases, due diligence, and project planning. She is a native to Spokane, but completed her undergraduate studies at Colorado State University, majoring in animal science, and returned to attend Gonzaga University School of Law.  Elizabeth is an active member in her community and serves on the WSBA Environment and Land Use Law Section Executive Committee, Leadership Spokane Board, and a variety of committees at Winston & Cashatt. When time allows Elizabeth is usually in the barn with her horses or enjoying time with family and friends.

Kelly Wood is an assistant attorney general in the Counsel For Environmental Protection Unit of the Washington Attorney General’s Office. Kelly’s practice focuses on complex, affirmative environmental litigation on behalf of the state of Washington in both state and federal court. Prior to joining the Environmental Protection Unit, Kelly served in the AGO’s ecology division as the lead attorney for the Washington Department of Ecology Nuclear Waste Program.    

Martha Wehling is Forest and Environmental Policy Counsel for the Washington Forest Protection Association. She previously served as an Assistant Attorney General in the Washington State Attorney General’s Office, representing the Department of Natural Resources, Department of Fish and Wildlife, and State Parks.  Martha devoted the first decade of her legal career to regulatory and proprietary natural resource issues, including ESA litigation involving the Northern Spotted Owl and Marbled Murrelet, timber sales, proprietary land management decisions, and implementation of the Forest Practices Act and rules. Martha has two “f”’s in her middle name, and lives with two miniature dachshunds, two cats, two goats, and (for the time being) one horse, who she competes with in three-day eventing.