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Curt soper, board president

“It is truly an honor to be a part of the team at the Icicle Fund, which has done so much to foster collaboration and improve the quality of life in our community. “

Curt is a native of the Pacific Northwest and has enjoyed a career in land and water conservation in which he has held leadership positions with The Nature Conservancy, the State of Georgia, The Trust for Public Land, and now the Chelan Douglas Land Trust.  His focus is on conserving land and creating great greenspaces in an effective, visionary and financially sound manner. Curt earned his Bachelors of Science in Earth Sciences from the University of Washington and is the proud father of a son (John), and daughter (Rachel).  

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“It is all about the partnerships! We can do more if we work together.”

James has been engaged in his work throughout the state, through our local forests, rivers and treasured sagebrush country. He has led teams that have worked toward some big successes with his most recent focus on building a comprehensive program of forest reforestation and community engagement in the Central Cascades. James is the WA State Director of Conservation at the Nature Conservancy and has held previous positions as the director of forest conservation and partnerships, conservation director for Eastern Washington and as the director of freshwater programs in Washington. Before joining The Nature Conservancy in 2008, he worked for 10 years on Pacific salmon recovery as the senior environmental policy specialist for the National Wildlife Federation and as a program manager for King County’s Department of Natural Resources and Parks. James received a joint M.S. in Environmental Policy and Biology from Tufts University, as well as a B.A. in bioethics from Brown University.


paul kundtz, board treasurer

Paul has served on the Icicle Fund Board and Executive Committee since 2013. He has served in leadership positions on several nonprofit boards, including the Seattle Aquarium, Washington Wildlife & Recreation Coalition, the Bainbridge Island Land Trust, and the Bloedel Reserve. Paul holds a Master’s Degree in Nonprofit Leadership from Seattle University, a law degree from the University of Michigan, and a BA Degree from the University of Michigan.  Paul worked as a lawyer in Seattle for almost 30 years at the firm of Riddell Williams Bullitt & Walkinshaw.  He had a broad litigation practice with an emphasis on commercial, product liability, and real estate litigation.  He later worked at a national land conservation and park creation organization, The Trust for Public Land, as its Northwest Director.  He retired in 2018. Anne and Paul married in 1981 and they have two adult children, Matthew and Molly. Paul loves the outdoors.  He hikes, skies, bike rides, kayaks, sails and scuba dives.

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rebecca ryker, board secretary

As a successful 30-year veteran in the recreation, tourism, and hospitality industries, Rebecca joined the Icicle Creek Center for the Arts team in 2013. She expertly guides the fulfillment of the organization’s mission while overseeing all operations. Rebecca serves on the Leavenworth Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors and the Icicle Fund Board of Directors where she serves as a member of the Arts Committee. After seeing her children off to college, she chose to move to Leavenworth to fulfill a deep desire to work, play, shop, and fully immerse herself in the community she now calls home.

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Harriet Bullitt, Founding Board Member

Harriet is an entrepreneur, business-woman, and supporter of the arts and environmental conservation. Being the visionary and driving force behind the development of Sleeping Lady Mountain Resort, the Wenatchee River Institute at Barn Beach Reserve, the Icicle Fund, Icicle Creek Center for the Arts, and the Sleeping Lady Foundation, Harriet has left a significant, positive mark on the North Central Washington region and beyond. Her civic activities have included board membership with the Seattle Pacific Science Center, Oregon Museum of Science & Industry, The Nature Conservancy, Reed College, Volunteers for Outdoor Washington, Icicle Creek Music Center (Icicle Creek Center for the Arts), the Icicle Creek Watershed Council, Icicle Fund, the Bullitt Foundation and the National Audubon Society. Her many passions have included seaplane and glider flying, commercial pilot, U.S. inland waters, 50-ton power boat license from the Coast Guard, competitive fencing (New England champion and U.S. national finalist in the 1950s), scuba diving, Icelandic horses and flamenco dancing. She celebrated her 60th birthday by finishing an Iron Man race in the Lake to Leavenworth Quadrathlon.


david patton

“The Icicle Fund is an amazing organization that lives its principles by bringing people and groups together to address our community needs and invest in innovative programs that enrich our culture, environment and our lives.  I am honored to be able to support this great organization.”

David is the Northwest Area Director for the Trust for Public Land leading a team that protects the places people care about in Washington and Oregon and creates parks close-to-home. He has worked in the "for impact" sector for more than 15 years, primarily focused on conservation and public lands protection. Specifically, he worked for the National Parks Conservation Association advocating for the protection and improvement of our national parks both in the northwest and across the nation. He also worked with Forterra, a NW regional land trust, improving the quality of life for communities in both urban and rural areas to ensure a sustainable future. In addition, he has spent time working with the YMCA expanding programs and services that address social justice, education, and health equity issues across the Greater Seattle community. When not at work, David enjoys hiking and camping with his wife, Sarah, and two kids, Jane and Sam. He has a goal to visit every National Park with his family. He also enjoys playing, coaching and advocating for organized sports including coaching his daughters ice hockey team.

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carolyn griffin-bugert

“Without the Icicle Fund, the Wenatchee River Institute campus would not exist.  Our 9 acres of fields, meadows and trails provides access to the natural beauty of our surroundings, all within blocks of downtown Leavenworth.  Once these natural spaces have been lost, they can never be replaced.  Thank you, Icicle Fund, for recognizing the importance of retaining access to the natural world!”

For 20 years, Carolyn Griffin-Bugert administered programs serving low income and minority students in the Wenatchee School District (WSD). She has a strong commitment to the importance of equal access to education for everyone, especially those in underserved communities.  As the district’s Grant Coordinator, Carolyn raised $14 million in funding creating programs in seven schools, serving thousands of students.  For the past three years, her WSD After School Programs have partnered with WRI through the Traveling Naturalist Program. Carolyn has lived in the greater Wenatchee Valley area for close to 25 years. She has a passion for the outdoors and spends her precious free-time hiking, skate and classic skiing, mountain biking, road touring, as well as many other outdoor activities. Carolyn and her husband Bob Bugert, Chelan County Commissioner District 2, have raised three sons –Tom, Bill and Alex, now all adults and all of whom attended Wenatchee schools and Washington State colleges.  

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Roger has served on the Icicle Fund Board since 2001.  He has a long career in Parks Management and Conservation.  Beginning his professional life as a National Park Ranger in the North Cascades. Roger was Deputy Director at Bellevue Parks and Community Services the joined The Trust for Public Land as Senior Vice President directing land conservation and park development in 15 Western states. In the last few years he started a real estate investing and general contracting company called Osprey Properties. Roger also serves on the Board of Directors of Eden Reforestation Projects an international NGO committed to poverty reduction through environmental stewardship. In January 2019 he began serving as Board Chairman of the Sleeping Lady Inc.

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“I love serving on the Icicle Fund Board because of the good work it does locally.”

A native of Louisiana, Buford graduated from the US Naval Academy in 1966 then served in the US Navy for 24 years. His naval career included of command of two ships and several tours as an engineer on nuclear-powered ships. After retirement, he taught mathematics and science at Icicle River Middle School for 10 years. He is a founding member of Chelan County’s Citizen’s Committee of the Salmon Recovery Funding Board.  He is also a member of the Board of Equalization and the Sleeping Lady Foundation. He and his wife, Valla, live in the Icicle Valley. They have one son and twin grandchildren.



Amanda is the executive director of Methow Arts Alliance in Twisp, Washington. Her work emphasizes cross-discipline collaboration and the utilization of arts as a driver in economic development. She sits on the boards of Icicle Fund, the Okanogan County Economic Alliance, and Twisp Chamber of Commerce. She is the Artist Trust Ambassador for North Central Washington and serves on the Town of Twisp’s Economic Revitilization Committee. Amanda holds a Master’s degree in Social Service Administration and Public Policy from the University of Chicago and a Bachelor’s degree in Comparative and German Literature from The Colorado College. She lives in Twisp with her husband Kraig and daughter Micah.  

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Heather joined the Icicle Fund board in 2015. She is a Pacific Northwest notecard artist, wildlife biologist, field journal instructor, watercolorist and nature writer. She holds a Forest Technology degree from Wenatchee Valley College and a Bachelor of Science degree in Wildlife Habitat Management from the University of Washington, where she also studied drawing. Her watercolors, journal sketches and migratory bird paintings often adorn conservation education programs in the Pacific Northwest and the Western Hemisphere. Heather’s agency career spanned from 1974 to 2005, when she retired from the U.S. Forest Service as a wildlife biologist on the Wenatchee River Ranger District. She is currently a nature journal instructor and wildlife biologist, leading Citizen Science programs as a volunteer for the U.S.F.S. Walleye Cards, LLC and Wildtales Journals, Heather’s naturalist notecard and journal business, was founded in 1997. Her small independent, woman-owned business donates over 10% of sales to conservation and arts organizations. Heather presented "Wildlife and Art of National Forests" to the Smithsonian Institution's 2005 Folklife Festival in Washington D.C. She was the Artist-In-Residence for the North Cascades National Park in 2007. She has offered nature journaling workshops for adults and students throughout her travels to Paris, the Scottish Highlands and Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula. Special North Central Washington projects which Heather helped co-found are: ¡Team Naturaleza! (connecting Latino communities with natural science education); and Dancing With Birds a collaborative science and art project spotlighting migratory birds in the Western Hemisphere. Both programs connect people with migratory birds in the Western Hemisphere. The organizations are partnered with International Migratory Bird Day.  Heather notes that much of her success is from her remarkable family and friends, above all her husband, Patrick. They live in Leavenworth, Washington’s Icicle Valley in view of the Alpine Lakes Wilderness. Please see