Commissioners

The commission is made up of seven citizen members appointed by the governor. Commissioners may not hold elected or full-time appointive office during their service and receive no pay beyond legitimate travel expenses.
Lucinda Whaley

Lucinda S. Whaley, Vice-Chair


Spokane
Term expires: December 31, 2020

Lucinda “Cindy” S. Whaley is an attorney who joined the Spokane law firm of Winston & Cashatt in 1977. Her law practice has focused on complex commercial litigation, employment law and antitrust cases. She has been active in many bar association activities since becoming an attorney and previously worked as an adjunct professor at Gonzaga Law School, teaching antitrust. Prior to attending Gonzaga Law School, she worked as congressional staff in Washington D.C., later moving to Spokane, where she was employed at EXPO ’74, in a position that focused on the environmental programs produced by the EXPO. Cindy remains an advocate for public access to active outdoor recreation opportunities and the health and economic benefits they provide to the people of Washington. She values government and private-sector partnerships that leverage resources to provide high-quality opportunities for recreationists while preserving public lands for future generations. She is a winter recreation enthusiast who especially enjoys skiing. In the warmer seasons, she enjoys outdoor activities such as bicycling, golf and gardening. In their leisure time, she and her husband Bob like to travel and spend time with their adult daughters. The family enjoys fishing and boating on the Pend Oreille River.
Patricia Lantz

Patricia T. Lantz, Secretary


Gig Harbor
Term expires: December 31, 2020

Patricia T. “Pat” Lantz is a retired attorney and former legislator who served six terms in the Washington House of Representatives. Her law practice focused on land-use planning and environmental law. She served on the state House Natural Resources Committee and chaired the Heritage Caucus, a consortium of state parks, arts, cultural resources, civics and historic preservation advocates and organizations from around the state. A board member with the Washington Wildlife and Recreation Coalition, her memberships also include the Washington State Trust for Historic Preservation and The Great Peninsula Conservancy land trust organization. She is actively involved with the Northwest Sinfonietta regional chamber orchestra. She has won numerous awards for her historic preservation, arts and civil justice advocacy work. Pat believes that parks and outdoor recreation are public services that benefit people’s health and quality of life, and she is passionate about the natural, historic and cultural treasures the state park system cares for and provides for public enjoyment. Commissioner Lantz and her husband John live on Raft Island near Gig Harbor, where they raised their three children. They enjoy spending time with their grandchildren, as well as hiking, bicycling, kayaking and travel. They love exploring the backroads of Washington.   
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Michael Latimer

Yakima
Term expires: December 31, 2018

Michael (Mike) Latimer is a Senior Vice President and Branch Manager of Morgan Stanley Wealth Management Co., in Yakima.  He graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree  in Marine (Nuclear) Engineering from the U.S. Naval Academy and served as a U.S. Naval officer in both submarines and surface ships. He worked as a regional operations manager for the Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railroad, later becoming a financial advisor with Merrill Lynch and then moving to the Seattle office of Smith Barney.  As a branch manager for Smith Barney, he initially relocated to Spokane and then eventually to Yakima, which he now calls home. Mike has been actively involved in his community, including the Boy Scouts, Yakima Schools Foundation, SCORE, an organizations that provides support to small businesses, and the Downtown Yakima Rotary Club. In 2014, he was chair of Operation Harvest in his community and is a past board president for the Yakima Capitol Theatre.  Mike believes the outdoors provides health and renewal for people of all ages. He is married to Mariane Sugihara, and together, they have five adult children and four grandchildren. In their leisure time, they enjoy a variety of outdoor activities, including gardening, fly-fishing, hunting, RV camping and target shooting.  

Mark O. Brown

Mark O. Brown


Lacey
Term expires: December 31, 2022

Mark O. Brown is currently in his second term on the Commission, which is his principal public service.  He works as president of Connections Public Affairs, a governmental affairs firm based in the Lacey-Olympia area and has years of private- and public-sector experience. In the past, he worked in numerous elected and appointed positions, including posts as Mayor of Lacey and director of the Washington Department of Labor and Industries. A lifelong resident of Washington state and a lifelong state park user, Mark is proud of his role in the dramatic transformation of the park system necessitated by a legislative decision several years ago to dramatically reduce general tax support to State Parks. His priorities as a commissioner include reducing the agency’s deferred maintenance backlog, enhancing preservation and re-use of historic park facilities, increasing youth visits to parks and creating new partnerships with public and private organizations to enhance the visitor’s park experiences while raising needed revenues to support and sustain the park system. He and his wife Julie live in Lacey. They enjoy travel, visiting parks all over the state and spending time with their children and grandchildren. 
Steve S. Milner

Steve S. Milner


Chelan
Term expires: December 31, 2022
 
Steve Milner is a retired chemical engineer and graduate-prepared ecologist whose practice area focuses on natural and manufactured processes. His current interests range from restoration ecology to nuclear fuel cell development. He was raised in Wisconsin and worked for a research and development company in the Chicago area for 33 years before moving to Chelan in 2006. Steve’s lifelong interest in the outdoors has led him to support conservation programs and organizations. He is a retired board member of the Chelan Douglas Land Trust and former member of the Fox Valley Land Foundation. He is a contributor to the University of Illinois Program for Religion and Environmental Thought and served as a youth outdoor guide in Minnesota’s Boundary Waters Canoe Wilderness Area. Steve advocates for the development of parks and trails for public health and the economic benefits they contribute to state and local economies. He values the role of state parks in hosting multi-generational family gatherings that provide a setting for elders to share environmentally sound land ethics and family values to younger generations. He and his wife, Jill, a practicing clinical nurse specialist and case manager, enjoy canoeing, kayaking, travel and spending time with their grown children and grandchildren. 
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Diana Perez


Vancouver
Term expires: December 31, 2020

Diana Perez has had more than 25 years of public land management experience in Oregon, Alaska and Washington. She has worked as a biologist, a forest fish program manager, an acting district ranger, a public affairs officer and has been a deputy monument manager at the Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument. Currently Diana works as a talent acquisition specialist with the National Collective Recruitment Team of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Forest Service. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Wildlife Management from Texas Tech University, a public research university in Lubbock, Tex., and earned her Master’s degree in Fisheries Science at Oregon State University. She was a participant in the Executive Leadership Institute at Mark O. Hatfield School of Government, College of Urban and Public Affairs, at Portland State University. Diana is passionate about natural resources, conservation and education and is committed to fostering these interests in future generations and including people of diverse cultures in stewardship and enjoyment of the outdoors. She serves as a volunteer with the League of United Latin American Citizens, working to empower under-represented groups and to connect them with unique outdoor educational experiences. In her leisure time, she enjoys biking, snow-shoeing and camping with her two children.

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Ken Bounds, Chair


Seattle
Term expires: December 31, 2018
 
Ken Bounds worked for the City of Seattle for 31 years before his retirement in 2007. He was superintendent of the city Department of Parks and Recreation for 11 years, previously having worked in the city’s executive policy planning office and served as budget director. At the city, he led efforts to secure more than $230 million from voter-approved levies to finance new parks, community centers, swimming pools and more than 350 acres of public open space. He has served on national and state boards such as the City Parks Alliance, the Mountains to Sound Greenway and the Washington Wildlife and Recreation Coalition and received the National Recreation Parks Association R.O.S.E. Award, the Cascade Land Conservancy Stewardship Award and the Seventh Generation Legacy Award from the tribes. He is proud of his work developing facilities and programs for youth as well as his work with the Cascade Land Conservancy to create a 20-year city reforestation program. Ken believes that parks and open space contribute to the health and well-being of individuals and communities and should be accessible to all. Ken and his wife, Linda Gorton, enjoy hiking, bicycling, traveling, golf, cooking for friends and spending time with their adult daughter and her husband.