President: Tim Werner
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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.

Vice President: Gary Sayre

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.

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.

Matt Johns
Sports field management has been Matt’s career for over 20 years. He started working in the horticultural industry at the age of 15 and developed a passion for plants. After graduating from high school, he attended Olympic Community College in Bremerton for two years and then went to Washington State University, Pullman, to finish with a Bachelor of Science in Horticulture. Straight out of college he worked as a foreman for a commercial landscape company. He worked for Briggs Nursery as their container plant grower and plant maintenance supervisor, then moved on for a job as the grounds supervisor with the North Thurston School District in Lacey. He spent 10 years learning the sports field management aspect and refining his career. He worked for the City of Olympia for three years in the park system and then was hired on with Washington State University Research and Extension in Puyallup. He now works as the Senior Maintenance Technician at the Regional Complex in Lacey.

Vendor Representative: Scott Bird
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K-12 Representative: Vacant

Scholarship Chair: Gwen Stahnke
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Responsibilities: Extension Turfgrass Specialist (Associate Agronomist) for Washington State University-Puyallup. 88% Extension: 12% Teaching. Previous Responsibilities: Worked within the turfgrass industry since 1974. Previous work experience has included: Assistant Superintendent at Medinah Country Club, Medinah, Illinois; Golf Course Operations Instructor at Lake City Community College, Lake City, Florida; Area Agronomist for TruGreen Corporation in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
Have been with WSU Puyallup for 22 years in September 2011. Work in areas of IPM: specifically:1) European crane fly control; 2) Athletic turf mixes and wear tolerances; 3) Turfgrass diseases in the PNW; 4) Efficient use of water on turfgrass areas
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

Membership Chair: Joe Kovolyan
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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

Certification: Bill Griffith
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Parks & Rec Rep:

Regional Chair, Eastern Washington:
Shawn Harper

Regional Chair, Western Washington:
Matt Wilkinson
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