Skagit Scoop

Meet the writers

John Doyle is a retired La Conner Town Administrator and Planning Director. John has held a variety of State and Local management positions with an emphasis on land use, environmental and energy policy.

Margery Hite, a retired lawyer, served as a lawyer to county and city governments. She also served as the attorney member on a state growth management hearings board, and as an executive director for Snohomish County. She is now retired to a small farm in Bow where she raises dairy sheep and makes her own cheese.

Stephen Orsini grew up on Guemes Island and, after working 30 years in the electrical power industry, retired to the same property he grew up on.  He has written free-lance articles published in National Fisherman, Sail, Sailing World, Oceans, Compass, LineTime and Private Pilot Magazines.  Growing up on an island, he was taught to husband its resources.

John Day is retired and lives with his wife Martha Bray near Sedro-Woolley.  He is a member of the Indivisible Skagit Immigrant Support Task Force and Rapid Response Team.

Lisa Krivanek is a bilingual educator and a Skagit Valley mom.

Mary Kay Barbieri served as a King County Deputy Prosecutor in the 1970s and 1980s, ultimately serving as the Chief Criminal Prosecutor. After leaving the prosecutor’s office and teaching law for a few years, Mary Kay obtained a graduate degree in clinical-counseling psychology and practiced in Skagit County as a mental health counselor until her retirement. She has lived in Skagit County for 34 years. 

Mark Lundsten lives on Fidalgo Island, south of Anacortes, and is a member of the Skagit County Planning Commission. He worked for many years as a commercial fisherman in Alaska.

Christie Stewart Stein has farmed just west of Mount Vernon for 25 years. Her volunteer engagement in the community has included working with homeless women, farmworkers and Spanish-speaking immigrants, and aspiring young farmers.

Tony Harrah is a long-time activist who works on issues of social justice. He is also a forty-year member of Service Employees International Union, and an active leader in SEIU Local 925’s retiree chapter.

Margery Hite, retired lawyer, served as a lawyer to county and city governments. She also served as the attorney member on a state growth management hearings board, and as an executive director for Snohomish County. She is now retired to a small farm in Bow where she raises dairy sheep and makes her own cheese.

Tim Manns, moved to Skagit County in 1992 to work on the staff of North Cascades National Park. In retirement, he volunteers for conservation organizations dedicated to keeping the Skagit a special place.

Brenda Cunningham, a Mount Vernon resident for the past 27 years, is a retired biologist, and manages a native plant display garden in Skagit for the Washington Native Plant Society.

Carol Sullivan, self described “Skagit BYOBag Lady” is a former teacher who’s lived in Skagit County since 1999. She’s working for a cleaner, healthier planet for her 10 grandkids and 2 greatgrands.

Andrea Dygert Poolman is the grandmother of a young boy with Cerebral Palsy and has become an advocate for inclusion since experiencing the multiple ways her grandson and those with disabilities are excluded from activities others take for granted. Andrea was employed for 30 years as a Juvenile Probation Officer and At-Risk Intervention Specialist for Skagit County, working directly with youth and their families to provide case management services while coordinating with Juvenile Court, Schools, and Social Service Agencies to support youth facing challenges and help them succeed.