Board of Directors
Greenplay Cooperative is run by a volunteer Board of Directors. We inspire each other, support one another, trade our skills and expertise, and work from a place of authentic and collaborative leadership. Our board meetings are open to the public. We welcome anyone interested in attending to please contact us at email@example.com for information on upcoming meetings.
Sarah Schumacher, Board President
Becoming a mother was life-changing – amazing, beautiful, overwhelming. It’s been one of those life adventures and lessons that has trumped all other experiences, jobs, and relationships. Reflecting on my own childhood, I have distinct memories of the smell of my mother’s skin, the sunlight beaming through the forest on a summer day, simple songs, and playing helicopter on the swing set with my sisters. Of course, there are many more memories, but the ones I remember always involve a carefree quietness and feeling of love. I have worked as an educator and researcher in the field of early childhood development for 20 years, and am glad to be part of such a vibrant community of colleagues and volunteers.
Erica Wittgow, Board Vice President
Growing up in Puget Sound provided me a love of water and the outdoors. My family spent countless days on our boat, exploring our favorite marinas or discovering new coves. The freedom of wandering beaches, net in hand, set me on a lifelong path of enjoying both the quiet and adventurous moments nature offers us. Now that I am a mother, I seek to find ways to provide this open exploring to our son. I really enjoy camping, gardening, and cooking along side my family. I hope our time together is a living example of cherishing the simple joys in life. I hope to support all children’s natural ability to find joy, and connectedness to nature and each other.
Nancy Neal, Board Treasurer
When watching my young children play in the rich, soft soil of the Pacific Northwest, I am reminded to slow down and enjoy Mother Nature and all the gifts she has to offer. When I look back to my childhood, I am reminded of the four distinct seasons of central Missouri. From having snowball fights in the winter to frying eggs on the sidewalk in the summer; from jumping in a heap of autumn leaves to splashing in the rain puddles after a big thunderstorm, each season had a new set of adventures. We did not have ocean breezes, but we had sweet smelling springs, beautiful, serene lakes, and roaring rivers. We did not have mountains, but we had soft rolling hills and plains that reached out to the horizons. I want my kids to have the same love for this environment we now call home.
Andi Bailey, Board Secretary
Mary Souriyavongsa, Board Member
I feel blessed to have been born and raised in the Pacific Northwest – with our mild weather and beautiful natural landscapes. When I was younger, one of my favorite activities was going on drives with my family and stopping at random destinations. Maybe we ended up navigating through the forest at Snoqualmie Falls or venturing out to get our toes wet in the ocean; regardless, there was always a promise of exploration and fun. That sense of discovery and fondness of our natural environment is very important to me. I hope to help children and families by increasing their opportunities to connect with the outdoors. With enthusiasm, I am pleased to bring my background in sales, marketing and outreach to Greenplay Cooperative!
Ken Kinnear, Board Member
I became interested in connecting children with nature as a stay-at-home father of two young children. I grew up camping with my four brothers on the East Coast and that is how we spent every family vacation. I have lived on the Florida beach,in the Bavarian Alps, the Humboldt Redwoods and, now, in the beautiful Pacific Northwest. This has allowed me to enjoy some of my passions for scuba diving, hiking, biking and camping, as well as fundraising and grant-writing for Greenplay Cooperative.
Andrea Miller, Board Member