The Chuckanut Center is run by a volunteer board of directors who are committed to working with the public and other organizations to fulfill the mission of growing food, skills and a resilient community. If you’d like to become involved, please be in touch.

Erin McCain-Anderson, President

Born and raised in Bellingham, Erin holds this little PNW corner of the world near and dear to her heart. She learned about her love of gardens and her green thumb while working with herbs in a production nursery, so she planted her first garden in the back yard of a rental and hasn’t stopped in 20 years.  Erin’s work has spanned environmental education, event management, small business management and non-profit work. Her family recently purchased a small homestead in the county and they are working hard to get it producing food and habitat for years to come. She loves to can, cook and entertain friends and be outside in the sunshine.  
Erin enjoys getting her hands dirty in the Chuckanut Center gardens, tackling projects and weeds and utilizing the beautiful caretakers house for instruction and gatherings. She’s excited to work hard to grow the center as an important resource for individuals wanting to be more self sufficient, feel more food secure, connect to other like minded community members and grow a network of urban homesteaders. 

Pamela Jull, Treasurer

Pamela Jull moved to Bellingham in 1996 with her husband and newborn to work at WWU in the Sociology Department. She taught statistics, research methods and several topical classes before moving into a research position for the university and Washington State government. In 2005 she left the university to give her full attention to her social science research firm, Applied Research Northwest, where she has devoted her time to studying healthcare, environmental education, equity and human behavior.

Growing up on Bainbridge Island, Pamela spent weekends and family vacations either sailing in the San Juan Islands, running on the beach near Copalis, or hiking in the Olympic Mountains. Her childhood influences gave her interest in sociological issues relating to the natural environment and she has spend her professional career working with non-profits in an array of social research projects to protect waterways. In addition she offers technical assistance, research services and capacity building training to non-profits and government agencies around the country. When Pamela is not working she’s skiing, spending time with friends and family and cooking up a storm, as food is where her light really shines! She is pleased to be playing a supportive role as Treasurer in the continuing work of the Chuckanut Center, building community around sharing skills, growing food and increased resiliency.

Ali Matthews, Vice President & Garden Coordinator

Putting seeds in the ground has always fascinated me, and I have found ways, both through my work as an educator and community member, to make things grow. In all my classrooms, gardening was integrated into all aspects of the curriculum. Children are very willing as gardeners, willing to experiment, willing to taste new things, willing to forgo the cute gerbil and have worms as classroom pets…and become avid vermiculturalists.
While I always have always had some kind of garden at home, once even a perennial plant nursery, it was in my first community garden that I really felt deeper connection to what was being grown; sharing and learning from other gardeners, the excitement was palatable.
Becoming involved in food justice was my next step, helping to grow a non-profit that addressed food scarcity. Community driven, it bought not only hope but healthy food. Everyone has a food story, those provided ways to renew interest in home cooked meals, sharing food with each other, and at the family table. Lives changed, one bite of kale at a time.
When I moved to Bellingham, I looked to see what community gardens were available, and was drawn to the Chuckanut Center, because their mission, to grow resilience, resonated with me. With encouragement, we started growing a victory garden, finding places to donate the food we grew. For me, this remains the heart of the garden; each year we are able to donate more food, and develop relationships throughout the county.
Having the opportunity to be on the board, and serve as the garden coordinator, is giving me the chance to help the garden and the center become more a more visible, vibrant part of the community.

Ryan Johnson, Program Coordinator

Born in New York and raised in the desert southwest of Arizona, Ryan has been fascinated by science and biology since early childhood. Prowling the wildlife mountain preserves and parks of his hometown were just the beginning of a lifelong dedication to learning everything he could about the natural world.

His passions include woodworking and crafting, birding, camping, fire building, cooking, and teaching. His journey into education began years ago volunteering as a Naturalist at Oxbow Regional Park. This experience fueled the inspiration to pursue a career in the outdoors. Ryan is an expert in outdoor skills and a Pacific Northwest Naturalist and Wildlife Tracker.

You can find Ryan at the Chuckanut Center volunteering on the Board of Directors as the Program Coordinator, as well as teaching various classes to help support the Center’s vision to build a resilient community here in Bellingham and the Northwest.

Julia Lui, Volunteer Coordinator

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