Board of Directors

Friday
Nov212014

Bryan Flint

Mr. Bryan Flint is the Executive Director of the Greater Metro Parks Foundation. He grew up with access to 60 miles of bike trails in his hometown of Anchorage Alaska, and currently uses his bike to ply the roads and trails of Tacoma, Washington.  With 23 years of working with community based organizations and land management agencies, Bryan brings a wealth of experience and a deep commitment to parks and open space to the Foundation.
Most recently the Director of Communications and Outreach for the Commissioner of Public Lands Peter Goldmark, Bryan previously worked as the Executive Director of Tahoma Audubon Society. Bryan is no stranger to Metro Parks Tacoma, through Audubon’s many connections with the organization, including The Nature Center at Snake Lake, Green Tacoma Partnership, and the Proposition 1 parks & recreation maintenance levy.
Bryan is a Tacoma Public Utility Board member and an American Leadership Forum Senior Fellow. He has also been a member of Rotary Tacoma #8 and treasurer of Walk The Waterfront.

Friday
Nov212014

Debbie Bingham

Ms. Debbie Bingham joined the board in 2009 and is a past Board President. Debbie is also chair of the Communications Committee, helping to strengthen our message within our community. Debbie works for the City of Tacoma’s Community and Economic Development Department as the International Program Development Specialist. Born and raised in Tacoma, Debbie has fond memories of frequenting the parks as a child, including an annual neighborhood Christmas football game at Garfield Park. Debbie also serves on the board of the World Affairs Council of Tacoma. Debbie has a BA in Japan Regional Studies from the UW Jackson School of International Studies and an MA in Applied Economics from Eastern Michigan University. 

Friday
Nov212014

Sharon Chambers-Gordon

Sharon Chambers-Gordon serves as a Board Member and Vice President for the Greater Metro Parks Foundation. She is the Director of the Graduate and Undergraduate Fellowships office at the University of Puget Sound. She is an active member of the academic and social justice community in her work at the University of Puget Sound. She loves the outdoors and enjoys walking and picnicking in parks with her family. She has been an active participant in each community she’s called home.  She has served as co-leader of a Girl Scouts Troop in Gig Harbor, WA and volunteered with several local organizations including Project Homeless Connect.  She joined the Greater Metro Parks Foundation Board in February, 2010 and has a commitment to focus on healthy lifestyles for children and young people through opportunities for education, and access to resources.  She currently co-chairs the special events/fundraising committee and is also a member of the board’s recruiting committee.

Friday
Nov212014

Renee Houston

Dr. Renee Houston joined the Greater Metro Parks Foundation Board of Directors in April 2014 and currently serves as board secretary. She is an associate professor of Communication Studies at the University of Puget Sound. Her research and teaching examines organizing that addresses inequities centered on issues of gender, social class and race in order to promote social change and allow for diverse perspectives and voices to be heard. She is particularly drawn to issues that provide empowerment and examine the construction of care. In collaboration with Professor Carolyn Weisz, her research on perceptions and experiences of homelessness was used by county and state officials to craft policy directed towards ending homelessness. Her report on the City of Tacoma's Housing First program led to the creation of City policy aimed to protect non-profit organizations' case managers. She is a member of the National Communication Association, American Leadership Forum, and currently serves as President of the Organization for the Study of Communication, Language and Gender. In the community, she also serves on the Fund for Women and Girls board and is a member of the Unaccompanied Youth and Young Adult (UYAYA) Blue Ribbon Panel that works to address youth homelessness in Pierce County. A few years ago, she had the opportunity to participate as a community partner with Metro Parks through the Zina Linnik Project. This efficient, collaborative and effective work made a lasting difference in the lives of McCarver students and Hilltop residents. She would like to continue to nurture the vision of community building Metro Parks developed through the project. 

Friday
Nov212014

Martha Lantz

Ms. Martha Lantz has served on the Greater Metro Parks Foundation Board of Directors since March 2014 and is currently Board President. She is a graduate of Scripps College and Boston College Law School. She has been in the practice of law for over twenty years, holding a variety of public sector positions, and currently works for the City of Tacoma as a deputy city attorney. Ms. Lantz has served on other non-profit boards including the Tacoma Pierce County YWCA and the Grand Cinema.  She is a Pierce County native and currently lives in Tacoma with her husband Andy Fitz and teenage son and daughter Owen and Allison Fitz.

Friday
Nov022012

Leon Titus

Mr. Leon Titus III joined the Greater Metro Parks Foundation in 2008 and serves on the Finance Committee. Leon is an Associate at CBRE, a commercial real estate company. Parks were an integral part of his early formative years. Having been born and raised in Tacoma he has had the opportunity of using the local parks on numerous occasions throughout the years. Whether it was through youth soccer and baseball or today through many rides around Pt. Defiance Park, the parks have been a great source of pride and joy for Leon. So when he was offered a chance to be on the Foundation’s Board he jumped at the chance. Leon says, “This was my chance to give back to a park system that has been very instrumental in my upbringing. I want this to continue for others as well, because parks can and do make a difference in people’s lives. It did in mine.”

Friday
Nov022012

Sara Clair

Ms. Sara Clair joined the Greater Metro Parks Foundation board in 2008 and has previously served as Board Vice President. Sara also serves on the University of Washington, Tacoma Urban Studies Advisory Board and is active in organizing the Tacoma Waterfront Charrette for Youth. Sara has served as the parent coordinator for Habitat for Humanity’s Bellarmine Campus Chapter, the parent coordinator for Bellarmine’s Robotics Team, a volunteer for the Boy Scouts Troop 224, and a tutor for Werlin Reading Program at Birney School. 

Friday
Nov022012

Jace Dwinell

Mr. Jace Dwinell joined the Greater Metro Parks Foundation in 2012 and serves as Treasurer. With a BS in Business Administration, he began his career in banking in 2004, which eventually led him to Heritage Bank. Jace now works as a Commercial Lender in the Pierce County Business Banking office in Downtown Tacoma, and is very grateful and excited for the opportunity to be a part of this community.

Friday
Nov022012

Michele Johnson

Dr. Michele Johnson serves as a Greater Metro Parks Foundation Board Member and joined the board in 2013. Michele is Chancellor and CEO of Pierce College. She has a PhD in Educational Policy and Management from the University of Oregon and an MA and BS in Police Science and Administration from Washington State University. She also sits on the Economic Development Board, Lakewood’s Promise and is a member of Tacoma Rotary 8. Born and raised in Tacoma, Michele has spent many years enjoying the amenities of Metro Parks, from beautiful outdoor spaces to youth athletic leagues.  Beginning in elementary school and extending through her time as an adult, Michele participated in softball and basketball leagues.  She took those skills to college and beyond culminating in a 5-year career as the Women’s Fast Pitch and Basketball Coach at Pierce College.  Parks are vital to the quality of our community.  “I’m pleased to be part of the Foundation, to be able to give back.”

Friday
Nov022012

Jennifer Wolbrecht

Metro Parks Tacoma Resource Development Manager (GMPF/MPT Liaison)
Jennifer Wolbrecht
has been working in the non-profit sector since 2001 and joined Metro Parks Tacoma in 2004. As the Resource Development Manager, she is responsible for developing and overseeing the fundraising work for recreation programs and park projects as well as coordinating the fundraising efforts for the 5 non-profits organizations that support the park district. She serves as Metro Parks’ staff liaison to the Greater Metro Parks Foundation and lends her expertise and that of her staff to resource all foundation fundraising efforts. Jennifer also serves the community as a board member for the BareFoot Collective – a movement arts organization, a member of Tacoma Rotary #8, the Pierce County Learning Consortium, the Congregational Care and Financial Stewardship Committees at St. Mark's Lutheran Church and sings in the PLU Choral Union. Jennifer is a big fan of Tacoma and loves the parks, especially because her husband Steve proposed to her at Wright Park!