Board of Directors

Our Board of Directors set 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.

Don and Karen are enjoying the afternoon at Lake Samammish State Park during our luau, which Tomas created.

Andrée Hurley – Board Director, President

Andrée 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 has retired as an instructor trainer educator with the American Canoe Association after 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.

Don Crook – Board Director, Vice President

Don has been active with WWTA for many years. He has served as president and in other important supporting roles. He sits on many committees, interfacing with Washington State Parks and other partners. He is also the President of the trails committee, and can be seen with Michael Silence visiting our sites to review the current conditions.

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. 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.

Phil Philbin – Board Director, Treasurer

 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.

 Karen J. Scharer – Membership Committee Chair

Karen is a native Washingtonian. She fell in love with the local waters as a child visiting the San Juan Islands each summer. Karen is a sea kayaker and skier who is thrilled to explore all waters – salt, fresh, liquid and frozen. With a degree in Urban Planning, Karen has worked for a number of jurisdictions across the state planning parks and trails. She is excited to support the WWTA by contributing her unique skills and talents.

 Tomas Tabisola


Tomas has been active in almost all of the kayaking clubs around-and-about the Puget Sound. He is also an avid fisherman.

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