Board of Directors

Rusty Burlew, director

Rusty Burlew is a writer and naturalist who owns the popular beekeeping website, She holds a Bachelor of Science in Agronomic Crop Science from Oregon State University and a Master of Environmental Studies from the Evergreen State College in Washington.

Besides being an avid beekeeper, Rusty enjoys hiking, photography, baking, canning, and writing mystery fiction. She also writes a monthly column for Bee Craft, the journal of the British Beekeepers Association.


Anneke Davis, member

Anneke Davis is a licensed professional engineer at CH2M Hill in Bellvue, WA. Anneke specializes in applying sustainability concepts to transportation infrastructure projects and evaluating and developing sustainable best practices for transportation agencies and designers.

She holds a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from Florida Institute of Technology and a Master of Business Administration from University of Washington. Anneke writes a blog on food choices, industrial agriculture, and the food industry. She enjoys cooking, running, cycling, and hiking.


Rich Davis, member

Richard Davis is the Facilities Engineer at The Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington. Rich and staff have reduced college energy use by almost 20% for the past three years, saving approximately $600,000. His earlier experience includes design of heating, ventilation and air conditioning for commercial buildings. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Oregon State University and a Juris Doctor from Seattle University. He is a licensed professional engineer and licensed to practice law in the State of Washington. His legal experience includes criminal defense, volunteering in family law, trusts and estates, and arbitration for the Council of Better Business Bureaus.

Rich writes an unpopular blog on various issues including law, engineering and sundry other subjects. He enjoys constructing buildings on his property, repairing cars, and hiking with his Australian Cattle Dog.


Amy Elliott, member

Amy Elliott is a professional engineer with CH2M HILL in Boise, Idaho. Amy specializes in traffic engineering, operations, planning, and safety. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from Texas A&M University and a Master of Science from the University of Washington in Civil Engineering.

Amy enjoys sewing, trail running, hiking, and cooking.


Dave Whitbeck, member

Dave Whitbeck is a water resources engineer at MWH in Bellevue, WA. Dave has worked on water projects ranging from water supply planning and design of water treatment facilities to fish passage and fish hatchery designs for salmon restoration. He has a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering from Case Western Reserve University and a Master of Science in Environmental Engineering from the University of Illinois.

In his spare time Dave enjoys swimming, cycling, triathlon, hiking, and cooking.