Board of Directors

Washington Water Trails Association Board of Directors sets policy and guidelines for programming, advocacy, and activities of the organization while working to ensure that recreational public access to the water is preserved and expanded throughout Washington State. If you are interested in serving our organization and would like to learn more, please contact us.

Mike Acker – Board Director

Mike has worked with Information Security Analysis Internap Network Services in Seattle, managing the information security department and direction for a network service provider spanning 15 countries, as a Senior Technology Risk Consultant at Protiviti and as a Security Engineer with Harrison & Belmont LLC leading a 3 person team providing security and networking services for non-profit organizations including Premera Blue Cross, American Cancer Society, and Arthritis Foundation. Mike has a degree from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign in Liberal Arts and Sciences and from Parkland College (Champaign) in Computer Science and Mathematics. He’s also been on the Board of Directors, Puget Sound ISSA (Developing and Connecting Cybersecurity Leaders Globally). Mike is an avid paddler.

Adam Brandt – Board Director, Secretary

Adam is new to the board and navigating Washington’s waterways in general, but feels passionate about WWTA’s mission and respecting the diverse biosphere represented by Washington State. His day job involves consulting with remote clients for Ensighten, a San Jose based start-up with a proven history of enabling companies to better understand their customers by providing real-time solutions to improved data management. He has a long history of both volunteering and actively enjoying nature, and feels it’s a privilege to give back to the outdoor community while promoting responsible stewardship through the WWTA.

Don Crook – Board Director, Vice President

Adam Fyall – Board Director

Adam is the Sustainable Development Manager for Benton County, Washington. Adam came to Benton County as a newly-minted college graduate in 1995 where he worked in the Planning Department. In 1999 he joined the Commissioners’ Office, serving as the County’s Hanford Reach Coordinator working on long-range planning and management matters related to preservation and protection of the Hanford Reach of the Columbia River. In 2002, Adam helped establish the Office of Sustainable Development as the County’s Community Development Coordinator. He assumed management of that office in 2007, whereby he oversees the Parks Department and is the Commissioners’ primary project manager. His primary focus areas are natural resources, economic development, and intergovernmental relations. In the community, Adam has volunteered for Junior Achievement, Second Harvest, and Northwest Public Radio, has served on the City of Richland’s Parks and Recreation Commission for 14 years, and has been a member of the Tapteal Greenway Association’s Board of Directors since 1996. Adam earned his baccalaureate in geography from Central Washington University in 1994, and later his master’s in public administration from the University of Washington in 2014. Born and raised in Seattle, Adam currently lives in Richland, Washington, where he enjoys gardening, fishing, and hiking. He has completed over 50 marathons, and has visited all 50 states.

Andrée Hurley – Board Director, President

Andrée Hurley has taught sea kayaking since 1985, and has led or been on kayaking trips in various countries such as Baja, Mexico, Belize, Chile, Bolivia and Hong Kong. She was an instructor trainer with the American Canoe Association for over fifteen years. She has been on the board of the Washington Kayak Club and Trade Association of Paddlesports. She is currently a Realtor in the Seattle area.

Tim Niemier – Board Director

Tim is a designer of watercraft currently focusing on kayaks and stand up paddleboards. He is credited with introducing the sit-on-top (SOT) kayak design. In January 1988, Tim founded kayak manufacturing and sales company, Ocean Kayak, to produce these unique kayaks using polyethylene. Ocean Kayak was producing upwards of 200 kayaks per day when its assets were purchased in 1997 by Johnson Outdoors. Since selling Ocean Kayak, Tim has been providing custom design services and creating new lines of stand up paddleboards and other watercraft for manufacturers and individuals.