Board of Directors

Meet the officers and members of Lake Wilderness Arboretum Foundation’s Board of Directors.

Roxann Harr, President

The Lake Wilderness Arboretum has been a favorite place of mine since moving to Maple Valley fourteen years ago.  My living room wall is covered with photos of the lovely plants and landscape featured in the gardens.  Being part of the Foundation Board and working with the other members to accomplish the Arboretum Vision is a new experience and opportunity for me.  My hope is to enhance and make a difference in our community by providing a place for people to relax, play, learn, and enjoy all that the Arboretum has to offer.

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Maggie WesterlundMaggie Westerlund, Vice President

I’ve lived near Maple Valley for 45 years and have seen lots of changes; some good, some not. I have been gardening all my life, becoming a Master Gardener in 1990, and I have been a vendor at the Maple Valley Farmers Market since its beginning. I have been on the Board for over 10 years, and I continue to enjoy being part of it and the Arboretum as they both grow and grow.

Diane BarnesDiane Barnes, Secretary

Although all of Lake Wilderness Arboretum is worthy of attention, the Arboretum’s Smith-Mossman garden has a special personal appeal to me. Frank Mossman and Britt Smith were frequent visitors to my family’s Portland area nursery in the 1960’s and 70’s. By serving on the Board, I try to do my small part in continuing their legacy of working for the preservation of the Western Azalea.

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Debbie Fuchs, Board memberDebbie Fuchs, Board Member

I discovered the Arboretum in 2004 when my family and I moved to Maple Valley. The trails, especially in the forest reserve area, have been a favorite place for our family to take walks. My kids and I started helping at the Wednesday work parties in the summer of 2009 when my boys needed to complete community service hours for Boy Scouts. Both boys ended up doing their Eagle Scout projects in the Arboretum; namely, the arbor and the nursery fence. I joined the Board in 2010 in order to help “give back” to this local treasure. need to write something in there to make this work

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I am returning to the board after many years. I have been involved with the Lake Wilderness Arboretum on and off since 1997. I have lived in Maple Valley since 1978 when I came to the Seattle area to work for Boeing. Most recently I have been enjoying my work with the volunteer team in the garden on Wednesday and Thursday mornings. Gardening is both my greatest interest and my fitness program. I think of gardening as one of the higher arts, an art that requires a nurturing spirit and immense patience. A project like the Arboretum spans generations and encompasses achievements from multiple personal gardens. My participation allows me to be a part of something that transcends my own life. It gives me a sense of deep connection with both the past and the future.

Noel Paterson, Board Member

I’ve lived in Maple Valley since 2001. I work in Tacoma, but on weekends my family and I often visit Lake Wilderness and the Arboretum. I was looking for a way to contribute to my community, and being on the Foundation’s Board has provided me with that.  My experience as a project manager and community manager helps me manage the diverse ideas and personalities found in a nonprofit organization.

Sarah Gilbert, Board Member

Criss Vefik, Board Member