WWTA Staff

Linda Hanlon – Executive Director

Linda comes to WWTA with a strong background in environmental communications, and varied experience with outdoor, arts and cultural organizations. Living in the area since 1990, including on Lake Union, Vashon Island and the Long Beach Peninsula, she kayaks locally on the Cascadia Marine Trail, has kayaked the Hanford Reach of the Columbia River, and she loves paddling on Willapa Bay. An avid photographer and traveler, Linda is available to meet with others, including water trail friends and stakeholders, throughout Washington state.


Elen Ward – Project Director

Elen spends as much time as possible out of doors. She appreciates the intimacy and connection of human powered movement and has had personal experience with small watercraft (kayaking, canoeing, white water rafting) in and around the Great Lakes on both sides of the American/Canadian border, and in northern Canada. Elen has also sailed on a mix of larger working vessels in the North Pacific and in South American waters. Here in Washington she has worked as an editor, and with educational non-profit organizations. Her degree is in Communications, and when not advocating for WWTA Elen can be found walking and hiking around the city and beyond. Being outdoors balances her inner and outer lives. Inside she spends her time in a Seattle garrett immersed in writing, reading, and researching subjects close to her heart.