Board President
Corrie Yackulic

Corrie Yackulic is a trial lawyer in private practice in Seattle, WA. Formerly she was an attorney with Schroeter, Goldmark, and Bendere. From 1987 to 1990, she was an attorney with the Sierra Club Legal Defense Fund, where she worked principally on litigation to protect old-growth forests. She has taught environmental law at Antioch University and has a lifelong commitment to protecting the environment. Corrie is a 1985 graduate of Harvard Law School. Read Corrie's essay "WELC: 20 Years and Counting!"

Board Vice President & Secretary/Treasurer
Lori Maddox

Lori Maddox is the Associate Director of the Environmental Law Alliance Worldwide (ELAW), a network of public interest advocates working to protect natural resources and defend human rights in more than 60 countries, which she helped launch in 1991.  She conceived and built ELAW U.S.’ Working Exchange Fellowship Program and directs the Latin America Program.  Currently, Lori is leading an initiative to build public interest environmental law in Mexico, Belize, Guatemala and Honduras in an effort to save the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef, which these countries share, and help them chart a more sustainable future.

Board Member
Phil Katzen

Phil Katzen is a partner in the Seattle office of Kanji & Katzen, PLLC, a law firm dedicated to advocacy on behalf of Indian tribes and peoples. He earned his A.B. from the University of California, Berkeley in 1970 and his J.D. from the University of California, Berkeley (Boalt Hall) in 1977. Phil represents and consults with tribes across the country on a wide variety of issues, including sovereignty and governance, treaty fishing and hunting rights, Indian gaming, environmental protection, reservation boundaries, taxation and jurisdictional matters. Prior to starting his own firm, Phil served as a staff attorney and Native American Project Director for Evergreen Legal Services (later Columbia Legal Services) in Washington State. He is both a guest lecturer at law schools and universities and a speaker at continuing legal education seminars.

Board Member
Kevin Kirchner

Kevin Kirchner owns and runs CenterPoint Communications, a media strategy and advertising firm in Maryland that provides message research, communications planning, media training, and advertising (radio, TV, print and online) services for environmental and other progressive groups and causes.  He is a seasoned policy and media strategist with a reputation for creativity in developing and implementing successful public education, corporate accountability, and media campaigns. Prior to founding CenterPoint Communications, he was Managing Partner at MacWilliams, Kirchner, Sanders & Partners in Washington, D.C. (11 years) and Vice President for Policy, Legislation, and Communications at Earthjustice (8 years).  He also worked for the Agriculture and Interior Committees in the U.S. House of Representatives.  Kevin graduated from the University of Oregon School of Law in 1981.

Board Member
Mike Lindsay

Mike Lindsay is a partner in the Denver office of Snell and Wilmer L.L.P., a Phoenix based law firm. Mike's practice is concentrated in complex commercial litigation, with an emphasis on contract disputes, real estate and construction matters, and employment claims. He is a graduate of the University of Colorado, School of Law (1985). He has substantial experience in traditional court and jury trial cases, as well as in the use of alternative dispute resolution mechanisms such as arbitration and mediation. He is a member of the Denver, Colorado and Washington Bar Associations, and a Chapter Editor and Author for The Practitioner's Guide to Colorado Construction Law. Mike lives in Boulder, Colorado.

Board Member
Dr. Lisa Manning

Dr. Lisa Manning has experience as a consultant in global leadership development and executive coaching and has served as a facilitator for the Globally Responsible Leadership Initiative. She is currently an adjunct faculty and researcher with the Center for Creative Leadership. As a licensed mediator, she is experienced in facilitation, conflict resolution, and dispute resolution. She also conducts training workshops for youth organizations on young leadership development, and recently started an outdoor experiential environmental education program for 5th graders.  Lisa holds a PhD in Leadership Studies and has a Masters in Organizational Leadership, both from Gonzaga University. She has served on the boards of several non-profit organizations and has been a member of WELC’s board since 2011. Lisa is also a coach, trainer, and Olympic competitor in the equestrian discipline of three day eventing.

Board Member
Peggy Nelson

Peggy Nelson retired after 18 years as a District Judge in Taos, New Mexico.  Prior to that, she provided free and low cost legal services throughout northern New Mexico through legal services, The Community Law Center, and as Public Defender. A lifelong activist and lover of the natural world, her work with community and environmental organizations has been extensive, including serving on the Board of Directors of Amigos Bravos, New Mexico's primary water protection and advocacy organization.  Nelson is a graduate (1973) of the UCLA School of Law.

Board Member
Karin P. Sheldon

Karin Sheldon is President of Four Echoes Strategies, a consulting firm providing policy analysis and strategic advice on Western land and water conservation issues. From 2007 to 2013 she was President of Western Resource Advocates, a regional non-profit organization working on energy and environmental concerns. Prior to 2007, Ms. Sheldon was Associate Dean for the Environmental Law Program, Professor of Law, and Director of the Environmental Law Center at Vermont Law School. Before joining the faculty at Vermont Law School in 1994, Ms. Sheldon was President of The Wilderness Society in Washington, D.C., a staff attorney with Earth Justice in Colorado, a partner in a public interest law firm, and one of Ralph Nader’s original “Raiders”. She received her AB in Political Science from Vassar College and her J.D. from the University of Washington School of Law.