The 2018 TF&F Board:
Back row: Treasurer Eric Shen, Sequoia Ferrel, Heather Burke, Vice President Bud Anderson, retired board member Sylvia Cooper,
Front row: Secretary Roger Fuller, President Rich Bergner.
Not pictured: new board member Phoebe Barnard.
Transition Fidalgo & Friends is a 501(c)(3), non-profit, all-volunteer organization.
Transition Fidalgo and Friends’ mission statement: to raise awareness of and develop solutions to the challenges of climate change, energy uncertainty, and economic instability. Transition Fidalgo & Friends promotes a move away from fossil fuels through decreasing demand, increasing efficiency, supporting renewable energy, and fostering the local production of food, energy, and goods.
Click here for a glimpse of our history. There you can also see our annual list of events and accomplishments.
We are connected to Transition U.S., a national organization of grassroots community initiatives that build community resilience in the face of such challenges as peak oil, climate change, and the economic crisis. We also recommend Transition Network .
We sponsor events to help Fidalgo Island and the surrounding area become a resilient, close-knit, and caring community, able to sustain itself and thrive. We focus on creating opportunities to help move our community toward a positive, low-carbon future.
Board members bios:
Rich Bergner, Board President, is a former educator who is now a gardener/caretaker who enjoys promoting native plants. He started Fidalgo Backyard Wildlife Habitat in 2005 and worked with a dedicated group of volunteers to certify 600 yards as wildlife habitats. That grew into his involvement in climate change issues. He enjoys tennis, reading, strolling through the 6 acres of yard landscapes, and family—especially being with and being silly with his two young grandchildren, Marisol and Azuul.
Above Right: Rich Bergner with grandkids Azuul and Marisol–two of the reasons Rich is involved in fighting climate change.
Bud Anderson, Board Vice President, grew up in Bellevue and went to Washington State University where he graduated with BS and MS degrees in Electrical Engineering. Go Cougs! He went to work at the Shell Refinery in Anacortes as an electrical engineer and stayed there until retirement 44 years later. Currently, he operates an electrical contracting company and is extensively involved in building remodeling.
Eric Shen, Board Treasurer, is a retired mechanical engineer, who spent his career in the research, design, and construction of energy generation systems. Since retiring, he has devoted himself to finding solutions that help our community address the impacts from climate change, now and in the future. He believes it is imperative to take steps now to avoid the dire future that will become reality if the people around the world do not dedicate themselves to reducing their carbon footprint.
Roger Fuller, Board Secretary, is a habitat ecologist who coordinates a natural resource restoration and stewardship program, and studies how ecosystems respond to climate change and restoration. He is particularly fascinated by estuaries and forests. He works at the Padilla Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve and is an Adjunct Professor at Western Washington University. He is also a member of the Skagit Climate Science Consortium.
Heather Burke, Board Member, was raised on a dairy farm in upstate New York. Graduating from the NY State of Agriculture, she went on obtain a Masters in Biochemistry at Clark University. Interested in sustainable agriculture and healthy, locally grown whole foods, she stays active with the Anacortes Farmers Market and the Anacortes Food Coop.
Sequoia Ferrel, Board Member, has been an artist and designer, nature lover and peace activist among other things. As an avid gardener with great concerns for the future of the human race she developed a strong interest in issues of food security. To that end she started Gaia Rising Farm several years ago, to promote and educate about local, organic, and holistically raised food. She is happy to be able to contribute whatever she can to the board of Transition Fidalgo and Friends to help promote community resilience. She loves being part of the greater community and also spending time with friends, family and two amazing granddaughters.
Phoebe Barnard, Board Member, is a conservation biologist, sustainability strategist, science-policy geek and global change ecologist. She is affiliate (full) professor at the University of Washington, chief science and policy officer at the Conservation Biology Institute, and research associate of the African Climate and Development Initiative at the University of Cape Town. She’s written three books, numerous book chapters and over 100 scientific and semi-popular papers. She lived 4 years in Canada and 34 years in Namibia, South Africa and Sweden, leading national biodiversity and climate change programs, running short courses in Uganda, Kenya and Tanzania, and climate and leadership modules of university undergraduate and master’s programs in Namibia and South Africa. In her spare time, she runs and hikes trails, climbs erupting volcanoes, is a community volunteer, explores and travels with her groovy filmmaker husband, and read catastrophe books to make sense of this bizarre crossroad in history.
Evelyn Adams, Board Member Emeritus,
Jack Hartt, Administrative Assistant, was born and raised near the shores of the Salish Sea in Seattle. While in college he spent his summers as a fisheries researcher in Alaska, a volunteer at Mount Rainier, a restroom cleaner for the U. S. Forest Service, a backcountry ranger for Rocky Mountain National Park, and an interpreter at Dry Falls in Sun Lakes State Park. His University of Washington senior thesis explored the management of Washington State Park’s Puget Sound beaches. He spent the next forty years serving in Washington State Parks. Deception Pass was Jack’s last state park to call home. He retired in 2017 and now makes his home in Skagit County.
At our 2017 Board Retreat: