President: Tim Werner

Tim recently retired from the City of Kirkland’s Parks & Community Services where he served as Parks Maintenance Supervisor, and is now living in Walla Walla. Prior to working with the City of Kirkland 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 grandparents of a granddaughter and grandson and are looking forward to more involvement with them and family outings.

Vice President: Currently vacant


Bill Griffith

Mr. William (Bill) Griffith recently retired as the Director for the Agriculture Center of Excellence. Before that, Bill ran 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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Gwen currently runs the turf management program at Walla Walla Community College.
Before that, she was with Washington State University
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: Vacant

Certification: Bill Griffith
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Parks & Rec Rep: Vacant

Regional Chair, Eastern Washington:
Shawn Harper

Regional Chair, Western Washington:
Matt Wilkinson
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Executive Director
Paul Ramsdell