Elizabeth Holmes Gaar
Member Since: 2017
Elizabeth has worked for the federal government, NOAA Fisheries and the U.S. Forest Service, in natural resources conservation for over 30 years as a biologist, policy advisor, and program administrator. She moved to the upper Hood River Valley four years ago because she loves outdoor recreation and access to wilderness; and, the agricultural community is similar to her roots in northern Michigan, where she worked on cherry farms. Moving to Parkdale, OR was like coming home and her family feels the same.
MAI is important to Elizabeth because of the unique opportunities it provides to link veterans and young people to potential natural resources careers and also because the Cascade Mountain School provides fun experiences for young people and communities that enrich their perspectives of the natural world.
Member Since: 2013
After working as program director during the initial development and planning phase of the Mt. Adams Institute, Amanda joined the board. Prior to that she spent over 7 years working for the Northwest Service Academy-Mt. Adams Center, first as the recruitment coordinator and then as the environmental internship program coordinator. Currently she is the executive director of White Salmon Valley Education Foundation. Amanda has lived in the Columbia River Gorge since 2004. She enjoys exploring the outdoors with her daughter and son and volunteering with groups that strengthen communities.
Amanda is dedicated to the principles MAI instills in its members and programs: connection to the outdoors and to each other.
Member Since: 2014
Tom works in the areas of information technology, accounting and finance as a consultant. He enjoys coaching soccer, leading an outdoor adventure program and adventuring in the mountains, down rivers, and in the ocean with friends and family.
Tom volunteers with Mt. Adams Institute because he is touched, moved and inspired by the impact on the participants of the various programs and the benefits the stewardship programs have on the community.
Member Since: 2015
Fran worked in health care throughout her career as an organization development and learning consultant, physical therapist, project manager, and administrator. She likes to spend time in the out-of-doors and volunteering with community organizations. Fran is particularly interested in MAI’s work in connecting individuals to the natural world as a way to promote their individual learning and development. Fran also likes that MAI stimulates an individual’s appreciation and respect for our natural environment.
Member Since: 2018
My career has been dedicated to improving tools for people to navigate the healthcare system, and my personal interest areas are food, water and forest resource sustainability. I have personally witnessed the impact of the Cascade Mountain School (now Mt. Adams Institute Summer Camp) through my daughter’s experience and I very much believe in education to support sustainability in food supplies and forest resources. I have a deep connection to Trout Lake and am proud to see the impact of the Mt. Adams Institute in the faces and profiles of participating young people and veterans.
Member Since: 2019
I grew up in a small farming town of Sherwood, Oregon about 20 minutes outside of Portland. After graduating high school I attended the University of Oregon and majored in English, while also completing the requirements to become an officer in the United States Army. After college, I was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the aviation branch.
I decided to join Mt. Adams Institute’s (MAI) board because I care deeply for the future of our planet. I would like to see more people committed to stewarding the outdoors and know that MAI’s programs are likely to cultivate that conservation ethic.
My hobbies include camping, fly-fishing, sports, reading, and spending time with my family, which is the most important thing.
Member Since: 2020
Annette worked in the technology industry for 25 years with the last 20 at Intel Corporation in Hillsboro, Oregon. Her roles focused on Product Marketing, Project Management, Branding and Education. She and her husband moved to the Gorge in 2011 for its beauty and outdoor connection. They are now focused on revitalizing an old ranch in Trout Lake, Washington in an environmentally conscious manner.
Annette has a commitment to the outdoors, helping veterans, and desires to share her business background and knowledge to further MAI goals.