The Peak Team includes our staff consultants and a network of affiliates capable of filling a range of specific project functions.
When it comes to giving our clients the best service, we have built a network of qualified professionals who subcontract to Peak to provide specialized skills designed to meet our clients’ needs.
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Allison is co-owner and the communications specialist at Peak. She primarily supports the Peak Team and clients with communication needs, including social media marketing, website content development, blogging, and supporting other outreach efforts. Through her work in the nonprofit, education, and government sectors over the last 30 years, she has developed at aptitude for distilling complex information into compelling messages for a wide range of audiences. Allison is passionate about connecting people to ideas, information, and each other through creative and inclusive processes. In her free time, you can find Allison in her garden or cruising around town on her electric bike.
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Anna primarily advises Peak on projects that involve research. She is a PhD student at the University of British Columbia’s Institute for Resources, Environment, and Sustainability, where she studies social dimensions of ecosystem restoration and rewilding using two of her favorite places as case studies – the North Cascades mountains and Salish Sea nearshore. She holds an MS in Human Dimensions of Conservation from Virginia Tech, a BA in Biology and Environmental Studies from Oberlin College, and has served on University of Oregon’s research faculty since 2018. She previously worked as Grants Coordinator for the North Cascades Institute and as Water Programs Manager for a watershed group in Colorado, where she coordinated monitoring and habitat restoration projects. Anna spends her free time seeking out alpine wildflowers, wild foods, and swimming spots.
For most of his consulting career, Dan has focused on providing state and federal regulatory compliance support to heavy industry, manufacturers, and commercial operations in the areas of air and water quality, waste and hazardous materials management, and environmental training. He has worked closely with a variety of groups to identify environmental compliance challenges and develop effective and efficient approaches to sustaining compliance. In his free time, Dan enjoys hiking, biking, gardening, home improvement projects, and volunteer work in his community.
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David is the principal and co-owner of Peak, which he founded as Kulshan Services in 2011. He primarily focuses on facilitating and supporting stakeholder- and community-based processes designed to identify collaborative solutions to complex climate, watershed, and natural resource topics. Over the last 30+ years, he has managed projects with governments, non-profits, communities, and businesses throughout the Salish Sea region to help them address their challenges and act on opportunities. David is well known in the region for his aptitude for guiding strategic discussions, building effective teams and organizations, and facilitating constructive and collaborative decision-making processes with multi-interest groups. When not at work, you can find David biking, hiking, kayaking, camping, or spending time with his family.
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Janet is Chief Financial Advisor to Peak. Her experience lies in coaching business owners and giving them confidence in their financial reporting methods and numbers. By building and refining financial systems and reporting processes, Janet helps drive organizational effectiveness through the establishment of accurate, timely financial reporting and accountability. In her free time, Janet enjoys spending time with her family, reading, and taking advantage of the beautiful PNW trails.
Jessa is a climate and sustainability consultant at Peak where she primarily supports businesses and governments with climate and sustainability projects. She holds an MS in Sustainability Science and Practice from Stanford University. Through her work, she has developed the skills to use systems mapping and sustainability analysis to identify key leverage points for positive impact and working with businesses to integrate sustainability into corporate values and operations. In her free time, Jessa enjoys international travel, backpacking, skiing, reading, yoga, jumping into freezing bodies of water, and spending time with friends and family.
Kat leads Peak’s Sustainability Team where she works with businesses, nonprofits, and other organizations to measure and build the sustainability and resilience of their operations. She also assists with projects addressing land management goals and opportunities at the nexus of agricultural viability, salmon population recovery, and flood protection efforts. She holds an MS in Sustainability Science and Practice from Stanford University, with a focus on sustainable food systems. Before joining Peak, Kat worked in both formal and informal education settings, further developing her skills as an adaptable, communicative team player. She is passionate about connecting with stakeholders, promoting multi-benefit climate solutions, and helping clients uncover new insights through data analysis. When not at work, Kat enjoys running, swimming, hiking, and cooking.
Natalie works on Peak’s Climate and Sustainability Teams where she primarily supports local governments and non-profits with their climate planning and engagement. She earned a combined degree in Business and Sustainability from Western Washington University and was part of the first cohort of the University’s Climate Leadership certificate program. She utilizes her experience constructing GHG inventories, climate reporting, and analyzing city-level climate policy to support clients in their mitigation, resilience, and community engagement goals. When she is not working, you can find Natalie listening to podcasts or looking for wildlife while exploring Bellingham’s beautiful trails.
Rachel is an environmental consultant at Peak where she primarily focuses on spatial communications using visual rendering tools, cartography, and GIS. Rachel has conducted GIS analyses for a wide array of projects and has created spatial communication tools that provided context and visuals for field data, hydrology, climate, species, and more. Several examples of her recent project work include identifying Overburdened Communities in the Little Bear Watershed to effectively engage with them on stormwater issues; GIS support for an Environmental Assessment for a Safe Harbor Agreement for Mankowski Environmental; copy editing GIS training manuals for Warthog Information Services; and analysis and cartography of logging impacts to old growth forest in caribou habitat in British Columbia for Warthog Information Services and Stand.Earth. She also has experience as a trained landscape architectural designer.
Reid is an environmental scientist with 16 years of experience in project management, field sampling methods, data collection, and report preparation. He has worked with private, state, and federal clients throughout the western United States. At Peak, Reid conducts stormwater system inspections, source control surveys, and water quality monitoring projects, amongst other projects. He is also a a Homeowner Incentive Program (HIP) certified contractor assisting Lake Whatcom residents with stormwater-friendly landscape design. He is ECOSS Stormwater Management Fundamentals Certified and Revised Washington State Wetland Rating System in Western Washington Certified. In his free time, Reid enjoy spending time with his family, fishing, camping, and boating.
Rick serves as Business Advisor at Peak. He has 30 years of experience in engineering and extensive technical experience with a variety of firms. Rick’s career in consulting has included coaching and training a wide range of clients in sales strategy, systems, and technology. He has operated his own company, Groupe Dauphine Charters, for nearly a decade. In his free time, Rick enjoys spending time with family, sailing, playing classical guitar, and volunteering.
Rick supports community and stakeholder engagement processes for Peak clients. Prior to joining the Peak Team, Rick worked at Whatcom Transportation Authority (WTA) for 30 years where he focused on maximizing public transportation. From 2018-2020, Rick served as a member of the Bellingham Climate Action Task Force where he co-developed a suite of transportation measures that the City of Bellingham could implement to meet their climate mitigation goals. In his free time, Rick enjoys gardening, hiking, sports, and spending quality time with his family.
Sarah leads Peak’s Climate Team where she primarily supports local governments on climate mitigation and resiliency projects. She also works with clients on a range of sustainability, land use, and natural resource projects. She holds an MA from Western Washington University (Western) with a focus in climate and energy policy. Prior to joining Peak, Sarah established a commitment to fostering robust partnerships through her work facilitating community-university partnership projects at Western. As a former educator, she excels at communicating technical information so that it is accessible and engaging to stakeholders. Sarah is passionate about inspiring action through applied science, public engagement, and good policy. In her free time, you can find Sarah on a local trail or hanging out by Lake Whatcom with her dog, Nori.
As a consultant at Peak, Sam supports sustainability and community engagement projects for government, special district, and business clients throughout the Salish Sea. He graduated from Simon Fraser University’s (SFU) Beedie School of Business with a Sustainable Business major where he developed an aptitude to apply a holistic, systems-thinking approach to his work. He approaches each project with curiosity and enthusiasm, seeking to develop strong relationships and discover creative solutions to multifaceted challenges. Prior to his time at Peak, Sam worked as an account manager for a Vancouver B.C. compostable packaging company where he worked with a variety of customers to balance their packaging and sustainability priorities. Outside the office, Sam loves to explore trails by foot or by cycle; eat and drink in Bellingham’s local haunts; and spend quality time with friends and family.
Todd has technical expertise in the areas of stormwater regulation, environmental regulations, and environmental economics. His skillset includes research, translating regulations and policies into action plans, conducting environmental impact analyses, and communicating about technical information with the public. In his free time, he loves Nordic racing and skiing and inspiring youth to excel in the sport. Prior to 2007, Todd was an elite Nordic racer competing in Olympic Trials and World Cup competitions.
Wendy serves as Peak’s Human Resources Manager. She is the owner at StClaire HR, based in Bellingham. Wendy has decades of experience coaching business owners in building and refining human resource systems and compliance, especially for companies experiencing rapid growth. In her free time, she enjoys traveling with her family, supporting the local youth and high school lacrosse clubs, and enjoying the outdoors.
Cathy is the owner of Cathy Angell Communications where she specializes in presentation design and delivery for scientists, educators, and public officials. Prior to starting Cathy Angell Communications, she developed and coordinated Ecology’s Coastal Training Program, considered to be one of the most successful training programs in the country for coastal managers, for 18 years. During that time, she received a communications award from NOAA. She is delighted to partner with Peak Sustainability Group and bring her vision of effective communication to agencies and individuals in Washington and other states near and far. In her free time, you may find her riding her e-bike (a game changer!) and camping with her tear-drop trailer in local state parks.
Howard is a legal advisor to Peak. During much of his career, Howard provided legal support to Kimberly-Clark Corporation on matters related to environment, energy, safety, and sustainability. He advised the company’s leadership and staff concerning compliance requirements and devised and executed regulatory risk reduction strategies focusing on climate change, energy reliability, and sustainability policy initiatives. He is currently moving forward the Kulshan Carbon Trust, a local nonprofit implementing collaborative natural climate solutions through landholder engagement, market incentives, and workforce training. In his free time, Howard is happiest when outdoors, hiking, traveling, and exploring.
Jeff is an affiliate with Peak and owner of Madrona Building Solutions where he provides home inspections, building performance testing and consulting, and healthy home assessments. Jeff is a certified Home Energy Rater, InterNACHI Certified Home Inspector (License # WA 21009931) and is certified as a Healthy Homes Inspector and Indoor Air Quality Consultant. He has 10 years of experience in the construction industry ranging from providing energy audits for commercial buildings to designing high-performance HVAC systems and installing solar energy systems in Whatcom, Skagit, Island, Snohomish, and San Juan counties. In his free time, Jeff enjoys serving his local community as a board member for the Kulshan Community Land Trust and Bellingham Mountain Rescue and spending time with his family trail running, mountain biking, backcountry skiing, and climbing in the North Cascades.
Karsten is an affiliate with Peak and a former NASA and NOAA scientist with a 25-year career spanning government, academia, and the private sector. He has considerable experience in atmospheric and ocean climate research, project and data management, and citizen science. As a leading authority on climate data and adaptation strategies, his research has included studying how climate affects coral reefs, wine quality, aviation, and renewable energy production. Karsten has worked with local, statewide, national, and international partners and directed a major regional climate center. He is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP). In his free time, he is a pilot, scuba diver, author, photographer and world traveler.
Dr. Keith Wolf is an affiliate with Peak and owner of KWA Ecological Sciences Inc. Over the past thirty-plus years, Keith has led and managed diverse and complex environmental divisions where he increased effectiveness and coordination for policy, funding, capital programs, legislation, structural effectiveness, and capacity. Keith has experience in the areas of climate change, natural resource management, and sustainability: natural resources law, regulatory compliance for infrastructure and capital projects, climate action plans, and asset protection for private industry, city, state, federal, and tribal governments. He also holds positions at the US Department of Commerce and NOAA Fisheries and is an active documentary filmmaker. In his free time, Keith enjoys writing and directing nature documentaries, SCUBA diving all over the world, and vacationing in Belize.
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Rachel is an affiliate with Peak and owner at RM & Company where she offers support and capacity for community-building organizations. Prior to founding RM & Company, Rachel worked at Whatcom Community Foundation where she deepened her knowledge of philanthropy, planned giving, donor stewardship, and program design and implementation. She also served for 11 years as a Trustee for Bellingham Public Library where she learned firsthand what it means to be a good board member and what it takes to build and maintain a strong board of directors. Previously, she served as the Executive Director for Allied Arts of Whatcom County and the Whatcom Literacy Council. Leading those organizations helped Rachel to understand the importance of well defined strategy and strong team cultures in making change happen.
Ravyn is the owner of Whitewolf Engineering Services and a Peak affiliate. She has over 30 years of experience working in the public sector as the Director Of Public Works for the City of Blaine, the Engineering Manager for the City of Bellingham, and Senior Design Engineer for Whatcom County. She brings her extensive engineering background and experience leveraging key public/private partnerships to client’s projects. Ravyn is certified as a Project Management Professional (PMP), Value Methodology Associate (VMA), and a Public Works Executive (PWE). In her free time, Ravyn enjoys walking, singing, kayaking, paddle boarding, canine sports, reading, Zentangling, and solving puzzles.