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.
Rodger Schmitt
Rodger Schmitt
Port Townsend
Term expires: December 31, 2014

Rodger Schmitt retired in 2003 as director of the Bureau of Land Management's National Recreation Program after a 33-year career in leadership in federal service with the Bureau of Land Management and other agencies. He served on the board of the Jefferson Land Trust in Port Townsend for eight years and currently serves on the board of the Jefferson Land Trust Resources, LLC. He also served as deputy associate director of the President's Commission on Americans Outdoors in the mid-1980s. Commissioner Schmitt has served as an officer and adviser for many park and natural resource organizations and non-profit boards. He lives in Port Townsend and has three daughters and three grandchildren. In his leisure time, he enjoys being with friends, hiking, kayaking, traveling, and photography.
Lucinda Whaley
Lucinda S. Whaley, Chair
Spokane
Term expires: December 31, 2014

Lucinda "Cindy" S. Whaley is an attorney in a Spokane-based law firm. Her practice focuses on complex commercial litigation and employment law. She is active in many bar activities, advises businesses and non-profit organizations, and has been an adjunct professor of law. Prior to attending Gonzaga Law School, she worked as congressional staff in Washington D.C., later moving to Spokane, where she worked on Spokane's EXPO '74. She has a longtime interest in winter skiing and also enjoys bicycling, golf, and gardening. She and her husband and teenage daughter spend time fishing and boating on the Pend Oreille River and also enjoy touring Washington state.
Patricia Lantz
Patricia T. Lantz, Vice Chair
Gig Harbor
Term expires: December 31, 2014

Patricia T. Lantz is a retired lawyer and former legislator in the Washington House of Representatives. She practiced law in the areas of land-use planning and environmental law, served on the House Natural Resources Committee, and chaired the Heritage Caucus, comprised of state parks, arts, cultural resources, civics and historic preservation organizations, and advocates from around the state. A current board member of the Washington Wildlife and Recreation Coalition, her many memberships also include the Washington State Trust for Historic Preservation and Tahoma Audubon. She has received numerous awards for her work in historic preservation, arts advocacy, and promotion of criminal and civil justice. She believes that parks are essential to people for recreation, renewal, and for the preservation of the state's history and culture. 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 exploring the backroads of Washington.
Mark O. Brown
Mark O. Brown
Lacey
Term expires: December 31, 2016

Mark O. Brown is a governmental affairs professional with years of private and public-sector experience. He is president of Connections Public Affairs, a southwest Washington-based company with public- and private-sector clients. He has served as mayor of Lacey and as director of the Washington Department of Labor and Industries. He was a member of the Investment Board and currently is on several boards and commissions. For the past 15 years, he has been a key player in efforts to preserve and reuse historic and recreational assets at the Vancouver National Historic Reserve and also worked with the Confluence Project, which placed artworks in state parks to commemorate the Lewis and Clark Bicentennial. Mark and his wife Julie live in Lacey.
Steve S. Milner
Steve S. Milner, Secretary
Chelan
Term expires: December 31, 2016
 
Steve Milner is a retired chemical engineer and amateur ecologist whose interest in the outdoors has led him to support a variety of conservation programs and organizations. He is a board member of the Chelan Douglas Land Trust, former member of the Fox Valley Land Foundation, and a friend of Wisconsin State Parks. He was raised in Wisconsin and worked for a research and development company in Chicago for 30 years. He and his wife Jill, a practicing clinical nurse specialist, relocated to Chelan in 2006. They live near Lake Chelan State Park. Much of Milner's volunteer time has been spent counseling youth groups and serving as a guide in the Minnesota Boundary Waters Canoe Wilderness Area.
Commissioner Douglas Peters
Douglas D. Peters
Selah
Term expires: December 31, 2018

Douglas D. Peters of Selah is a Lawyer Emeritus with a 42-year career that included service as city attorney of Selah and Naches and a private law practice in Central Washington. He was president of the Yakima County Bar Association and has participated in many professional organizations. He was a founder of the Yakima Greenway Foundation and first president of the Washington Chapter of the Nature Conservancy. He currently is a volunteer and board member of Volunteer Attorney Service of Yakima and is on the steering committee for The Nature Conservancy Eastern Cascade Initiative. He serves on the boards of the Yakima Greenway Endowment, Yakima Valley Community College Foundation and Yakima Symphony Orchestra. Doug and his wife Marj enjoy reading the New York Times and following Mariners baseball, as well as Bible studies and raising roses. They have four children and five grandchildren.

Photo of Commission Ken Bounds
Ken Bounds
Seattle
Term expires: December 31, 2018
 
Ken Bounds of Seattle served 11 years as the Superintendent of Parks and Recreation for the City of Seattle. He also served as Budget Director and in various executive leadership positions before retiring in 2007. He has served on a variety of local and national boards, including the City Parks Alliance, the Mountains to Sound Greenway and the Washington Wildlife and Recreation Coalition. He is a current member of the Seattle Parks Foundation board. While with the City of Seattle, Bounds led efforts to secure more than $230 million from voter-approved levies that resulted in new parks, community centers, swimming pools and more than 350 acres of public open space. Bounds and his wife, Linda Gorton, enjoy traveling, hiking, golfing, bicycling and cooking for friends. They have an adult daughter who also resides in Seattle.