Board Members

The Nisqually River Foundation Board Members come from diverse backgrounds and fields of expertise.

David Troutt, Chair

Christine Schutz, Vice Chair

Fred Michelson, Secretary

LTC Fred Michelson retired from the US Army after serving 21 years as an Armored Cavalry Officer and Air Cavalry Commander. He was stationed on the East German / Czech Border during the height of the Cold War and served tours in West Germany and Italy. During that time he traveled to France, Britain, Switzerland Austria, Czechoslovakia, Poland, Russia and Denmark. Fred then served 2 tours in Vietnam (1965-1966 & 1967-1968), where he was decorated for valor by being awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross and Bronze Star. Fred also served in 4 separate units and was awarded the Presidential Unit Citation Award with Oak Leaf Cluster, the Valorous Unit Citation and the Meritorious Unit Award. His combat flying time is marked by the Air Medal with 12 Oak Leaf Clusters. He is a graduate of Advanced Armor School and Prefix Vi Nuclear Training, Aviation School and Command Instructor for the Aviation Rotary Wing Students Tactics Department.
Fred’s illustrious career continues: he is a graduate of Westminster holding a BA in History and MBA in Business. After retiring from the military, he served as Vice President of Marketing for an export management company in Seattle for 13 years. In this role he travelled to Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, Indonesia, Singapore, Malaysia. Thailand and Pakistan representing US manufacturers of Aerospace and Defense Systems and components. Upon moving to Thurston County in 1995, he dedicated his volunteer time to studying the Nisqually Watershed, particularly the delta and reach. He has been a member of the Nisqually River Council’s Citizen Advisory Committee since 1996, acting as chair for 7 out of the last 20 years. He is a long time Board Member of both the Nisqually Delta Association and the Nisqually River Foundation 

Leif Hatlan, Treasurer

Bill Bryant

Diane Oberquell

Jim Wilcox

Jim Wilcox has lived along the Nisqually River for his whole life. He was a member of the Nisqually River Task Force that wrote the Nisqually Watershed Management Plan, and is a retired chairman of Wilcox Family Farms. Jim is also currently a member of the South Sound Alliance Council. He was recently appointed to the Puget Sound Partnership’s Leadership Council.

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