Tim works with the City of Kirkland’s Parks & Community Services as Parks Maintenance Supervisor. Prior to working with the city he worked with the City of Richland, Grant County PUD, City of Walla Walla, Whitman College, and operated Land Art Landscaping as the owner. He has been involved in a variety of positions with Pacific Northwest Chapter of International Society of Arboriculture (PNWISA), Washington Recreation and Parks Association (WRPA), Northwest Turfgrass Association (NTA), and is the current President of Pacific Northwest Sports Turf Managers Association (PNWSTMA). Tim has been ISA certified since approximately 2000 and has worked as the Municipal Arborist in Walla Walla and Richland WA.
Tim spends free time building fly rods and tying flies for the big one he is going to catch someday along with rebuilding his 1968 Datsun Roadster. He and his wife are new grandparents of the cutest baby girl and are looking forward to this new role and continued family outings.
Gary Sayre, born and raised in the PNW, currently the Golf & Parks Program Manager for the City of Everett, has been involved in the agronomic profession since 1972. While working in the golf course segment of the industry for the majority of that time, he has held positions in Oregon, Washington, California and Asia. He has been privileged to mentor more than 20 persons who have gone on to make a career in the turf maintenance profession.
Gary received a BS degree in Earth Sciences from Portland State University in 1974 and decided that he enjoyed the turfgrass industry so much that he enrolled in a program at Portland Community College where he received a certificate in Turfgrass Management. He has been a Certified Golf Course Superintendent for 30 years. Gary has also presented papers and talks
dealing with construction, maintenance and management in North American and Asian turf conferences, and has written numerous magazine articles in professional publications.
Past service in the industry includes:
Advisory Board member to the Turfgrass educational program for Clover Park VTI; Board member and Past President of the Northwest Turfgrass Association (member since 1977); Board member and Past President of the Western Washington Golf Course Superintendents Association; Founding Board member of the South China Sports Turf Managers Association; Board member of the Northern California Golf Course Superintendents Association.
Treasurer: Bill Griffith
Mr. William (Bill) Griffith was recently appointed as the new Director for the Agriculture Center of Excellence. Bill comes to us from Walla Walla Community College’s long running and successful Turf Management program.
Bill was introduced to the golf course maintenance industry as a teenager. As his passion grew for this industry, he began pursuing the education to manage the courses like the ones he had learned to love as a young man. Bill has 15 years of direct industry experience as a golf course superintendent at courses in Oregon and Washington. Bill has been the program coordinator and instructor for the last 20 years at the successful Walla Walla Community College Turf Management Program. Bill has led many professional organizations and boards over the past 30 years serving golf courses, Washington Associations, and the northwest sports turf industry. Bill is a past president of the PNWSTMA and contributes to the association magazine “Between the Stripes” with his “Back to Basics” articles in each issue.
Secretary: Matt Johns
B.S. in Ornamental Horticulture, University of Illinois, 1977
M.S. in Agronomy, Texas A&M University, 1981
Ph.D. in Horticulture/Forestry from University of Nebraska, 1989
Joe is an Ohio native whose roots are in Dairy farming before earning a Bachelor’s degree in Horticulture from the University of New Hampshire in 1988. Since then Joe has worked in all aspects of the industry including: green house and estate care in Long Island New York, municipal work in the third largest city in Massachusetts, prep schools to his current position as Grounds and Automotive Manager at the University of Puget Sound . During that time Joe also painted logos for the New England Patriots and the NFL for 5 years. He oversaw the construction of 5 sand based and three artificial fields.
Joe is a certified arborist through International Society of Arboriculture, Certified Sports Field Manager through National Sports Turf Managers Association, Certified Ice Rink Manager, Supervisory Pesticide License holder and also completed Hunter Irrigation design school and the Professional Landscapers course through the Professional Grounds Management Society