Meet Our Board Members
Board of Supervisors
Jeanette Dorner, Chair (Elected Position, 2021-2024)
Jeanette first began working with the Pierce Conservation District in 1996 when she created a community group to restore the health of Muck Creek and the District became a major supporter of that effort. She worked for 11 years as the Salmon Recovery Program Manager with the Nisqually Tribe, coordinating the protection and restoration of the Nisqually watershed, then five years as the Director of Ecosystem Recovery at the Puget Sound Partnership. She now is the Executive Director of the Mid Sound Fisheries Enhancement Group, a non-profit group working with people in the Mid Puget Sound region to restore salmon habitat and recover salmon populations. Jeanette believes strongly in the mission of the conservation district to empower local landowners to be good stewards of their lands through voluntary and incentive programs and to ensure that our Pierce County community has access to healthy local foods that are sustainably produced.
John Hopkins, Auditor (Elected Position, 2022 - 2025)
John grew up in England and graduated from London University with a degree in Math and Physics. After teaching for a year he headed for Alaska and began a long career in the electrical industry. In 1987 he moved to Puyallup with his young family. He founded and managed Diamond Electric, until he retired over ten years ago. Along the way he became interested in Historic buildings and community service. This culminated with six years serving on the Puyallup City Council, where he helped initiate numerous environmental measures. Currently he also serves as treasurer of Puyallup Main Street Association, and is on the Vestry of one of the local churches. He is pushing for rain barrels and solar power at that location! His hobbies include running and hiking.
Julie Ammann, (Elected Position, 2023 - 2026)
A Washington state native, Julie Ammann has lived in Gig Harbor for two decades raising her sons. She holds a BA in architecture from UW-Seattle and is a professional photographer/writer/producer. Julie’s community involvement includes working as a Gig Harbor Now Reporter, Gig Harbor Conservation Fund Supporter, Gig Harbor Economic Dev. CMTE 2008, Circle of Friends in Action Founding Board member serving women/children in Uganda through resources/sustainable teaching farm program, Women in Film, Minerva, Awarded Volunteer. A runner and outdoors enthusiast, Julie is committed to conservation, clean water, thriving sustainable farms and ecosystems, and striving for a healthy community today and tomorrow.
Mark Mauren (Appointed Position, 2022 - 2025)
Mark retired from the Washington State Department of Natural Resources after 31 years of service, having managed State forest, aquatic, recreation, natural areas, transactions, budgets (>$10M) at operational, programmatic, policy and executive levels. As a small farmer in Puyallup and long-term steward of natural resources across the State of Washington, Mark believes the services provided by the Pierce Conservation District are vital to a healthy future. The District must evolve as the county’s population grows, weather patterns change, forests and the agricultural base shrink and habitat becomes more fragmented.
Amy Moreno-Sills (Appointed Position, 2021-2024)
In 2008 Amy and her family moved from King to Pierce County to continue their farming careers. In 2014 Amy and her husband started their own Four Elements Farm in Puyallup. They grow certified organic vegetables for the wholesale market on 123 acres of conserved farmland. She has served on several agriculture and conservation focused advisory boards and committees though out her 2 decades long career. Apart from farming and conservation, Amy enjoys spending time with her 2 kids, family and traveling.
Associate Supervisors are a key component of the District’s interactions and communication with our community and the residents we serve. Associates can serve as advisers to the Board in an area of expertise, represent a sector of our community or an industry, assist with special committees, and support other District initiatives as directed by the Board of Supervisors. Associate Supervisors do not have the authority to vote on the board’s official actions but are a critical component to the success of our organization.
We are currently accepting applications for Associate Supervisors.
Stu is a native of Washington, a graduate of WSU, and has worked in natural resource conservation policy and conservation district capacity building since 1981. Before his retirement in June, 2020, Stu provided policy and program development guidance on issues relating to water resources, water quality, forest practices, endangered species, energy, wetlands, growth management, natural resource conservation, as well as related Congressional and Legislative issues. He has served on the Washington State Conservation Commission, Washington State Forest Practices Board, Chehalis Basin Board, and the Policy Committee for the National Association of State Conservation Agencies. He currently serves (since 2005) on the Urban & Community Resource Policy Group of the National Association of Conservation Districts. In his career as a Regional Manager for the State Conservation Commission, Stu had the opportunity to provide direct service to 28 of Washington’s 45 conservation districts. Stu is a graduate of Class 13 of the Washington Agriculture and Forestry Education Foundation. He spent 9 years as chair of the Foundation’s Curriculum Committee and 24 years co-coordinating their Columbia River Seminar. Stu lives in Tacoma with his wife, Sheree.