Patrick’s previous positions as an Executive Director include the past several years at an historical site in Snow Hill, Maryland and earlier in charge of a Salvation Army program in Southfield, Michigan. From 2008-2012 Patrick was the Director of Development here in Olympia at the Washington Center for Performing Arts. In that role he significantly increased corporate support for the Center and donor engagement.
Patrick and his wife, Simone Myree, see the return to Thurston County as “coming home.” They appreciate the great outdoors of the Northwest. Patrick is an avid fly fisher and they enjoy hiking. They look forward to becoming reacquainted with the farmers who are vendors at our great local farmers markets.
The Board of Directors began the search for its first Executive Director in June of this year following the retirement of its first permanent staff member, Mary Ann Swain, Director of Farmland Preservation. The Executive Director position includes the responsibilities Mary Ann undertook on a part-time basis in addition to leadership for fundraising and being the face of the organization in the community.
Farmland preservation supporters attending Farms Forever on October 20 will have the opportunity to meet Patrick as he makes a visit to the community a few weeks ahead of the move back to the area. Look for the announcement of an Open House later this fall for another opportunity to meet our new Executive Director.