Lisa Byers- President
Executive Director of OPAL Community Land Trust since 1994. During Lisa’s tenure, OPAL has developed more than 100 permanently affordable homes, and grown from an annual operating budget of less than $100,000 to an average $1.8 million.
Ken Katz- Vice President
Founder of Golden Tree Hostel on Orcas Island, he has 15 years experience as a commercial and residential general contractor. He also serves on the Eastsound Planning Review Committee, and Eastsound Design Review Subcommittee. He has lived on Orcas Island for 10 years.
Jonathan has lived on Orcas since 2009. Prior to moving to the island, he spent twenty-five years in Juneau, Alaska as a residential and commercial general contractor. His wife owned a natural food store for eleven years, in which her was involved in two separate store expansion and remodels.
Before opening her shop, Springboard, in Eastsound, many people knew Libi as manager at Roses Cafe. Long time resident of Orcas Island, she has been involved in many community efforts. Libi served on the Montessori School Board and was resident liaison to Opal Community Land Trust Board. She is passionate about quality, local and affordable food for everyone.
Madie moved to Orcas Island in 2004 and has been involved with several non-profits related to education and local organic food since her arrival. A former business-owner in Southern California, she lends a variety of business, marketing and non-profit knowledge and non-profit knowledge to the board.
Annette has been interested and active in community building, cooperative and simple living, and organic agriculture for many years. A co-founder of Maxwelton Creek CoHousing on Whidbey Island, and its treasurer for over 18 years, she moved to Orcas Island full-time in 2013 and is the business manager for her partner’s construction company.
Peg has spent the majority of her working life in the natural foods business, including Nature’s Fresh Northwest, Wild Oats, and New Seasons Market. She is concerned with growing the regional food economy, developing strong relationships between the Co-op and the community and creating a workplace where Co-op employees can thrive and succeed.
Grant moved to Orcas Island in 2014 and is interested in developing production capacity and markets for sustainable local agriculture, goods & services. His background in pubic policy & communications led him to study law, and he is licensed to practice in California and the United States Tax Courts. Since 2001, he has developed commercial telecommunications infrastructure throughout the western states and is currently employed as a project manager at AT&T.
Rhys has served on several food and farming related non-profit boards in Tacoma before moving to Orcas in March of 2014. His primary area of interest is in developing infrastructure and systems that expand the local markets for island-raised produce and livestock. Rhys is also a member of the Advisory Committee for Orcas Island Youth Conservation Corp, and an active part of the volunteer staff at the Mountaineer's Lodge at Steven's Pass.