Board of Directors

Our Board of Directors is comprised of community members committed to our mission to protect, preserve, and restore diverse ecosystems in Olympia, Washington.

OlyEcosystems welcomes people of all backgrounds, and seeks to foster a culture of respect, openness, learning, integrity, honesty, and a sense of fun. Read more about our commitment to diversity.

Daniel Einstein, Ph.D.

President and Conservation Committee Director

Daniel Einstein is an assistant professor of Mechanical Engineering at Saint Martin’s University. He received his Ph.D. in Bioengineering from the University of Washington. Prior to his appointment at Saint Martin’s, he worked in research with 15+ years experience participating in multiple interdisciplinary research teams in the national laboratory system, at the Children’s Hospital in Los Angeles, and at the Cleveland Clinic.

He moved with his wife from Seattle to a farm in Olympia near Woodard Bay in 2000, where they enjoyed watching the great blue herons from the Woodard Bay colony.  In 2006, they moved to their current residence in West Olympia, where their daughter was born. From their front porch, they enjoyed watching the West Bay colony during their raucous breeding season, and followed with increasing concern the progressive destruction of their nesting grounds. That concern led to the establishment of the Olympia Coalition for Ecosystems Preservation, focused on protecting, preserving and restoring key ecosystems in Olympia, WA. Daniel has acted as president of OCEP since its inception.

Sarah Hamman, Ph.D.

Vice President and Restoration Committee Director

Sarah is the Vice President and Restoration Director for OlyEcosystems, where she is in charge of planning and coordinating the restoration actions (including regular volunteer work parties) in the West Bay Woods. She is passionate about conserving pockets of wilderness within our urban environments, where ecological, social and educational priorities can all be met through easily accessible restoration, recreation and outdoor learning.

Outside of her role with OlyEcosystems, Sarah is the Director of Science for Ecostudies Institute, a conservation non-profit based in Washington. Her work is aimed at researching and restoring rare species habitat in Pacific Northwest ecosystems using rigorous science and careful conservation planning. She is involved in all stages of the restoration process, with the goal of developing the most effective techniques to restore resilient and diverse above- and belowground communities. Sarah holds a B.A. in Biology from Wittenberg University and a Ph.D. in Ecology from Colorado State University. Sarah is also an adjunct professor at The Evergreen State College, where she teaches in the Master of Environmental Studies program, and she serves as the Chair of the Research and Plant Inventory Committee for the Washington Native Plant Society. Whenever possible, she is out exploring the rugged mountains, ancient rivers and deep green forests of the PNW with her husband and tireless pup.

Marijean Holland


A Northwest native, Marijean Holland is an OlyEcosystems Founding Board Member and currently serves as Treasurer. Her awareness of ecosystems’ importance increased when the Pacific Great Blue Heron, red fox, and other wildlife in her Northwest Olympia backyard became threatened by pending land development.

Marijean recently retired from her position as a Program Manager for the State of Washington Office of Insurance Commissioner. Previously, Marijean taught Quality Improvement Strategies for Xerox Corporation and Group Health Cooperative. Marijean is an alumna of the University of Michigan Ann Arbor.

Based on many years of both professional and personal experience, Marijean believes a collaborative approach to problem-solving can result in a positive outcome for our community – allowing for a thriving ecosystem in our urban environment. In her leisure time, Marijean can be found with friends and family exploring beaches, hiking, biking, and swatting the occasional tennis ball.

Gabriel Taylor, L.E.G.


Gabriel Taylor is a Licensed Engineering Geologist who specializes in natural hazard mitigation and earthwork construction. He holds degrees from the Evergreen State College (B.A.) and Western Washington University (B.S.). His combined education in the humanities and earth sciences has

instilled within him a sense of responsibility to participate in the mitigation or reversal of the environmental degradation he has witnessed over his lifetime.

Gabriel has been working at the Washington State Department of Transportation since 2005, primarily as a landslide and rockfall specialist. His professional background in applied science and engineering allows him to provide practical and technical assistance to OlyEcosystems in their efforts to restore and conserve local habitat and ecosystems. He is currently serving on the Board of Directors and is a member of the Restoration Committee and the Conservation Committee.

Gabriel is a musician, mountaineer, backpacker, bicyclist, and general outdoor enthusiast. He has a deep appreciation of the Pacific Northwest landscape and the wide array of habitat contained therein. He is also a husband and father. He is dedicated to doing his part to ensure that a livable world is passed on to the next generation, and share his appreciation of wilderness and nature with others. Through his efforts to conserve and restore West Bay Woods, Gabriel hopes to provide a wild and green space for Northwest neighborhood residents, or visitors, to find some quiet and solace. He works with OlyEcosystems with the hope that these efforts will provide a healthy forest for neighborhood children to explore, so they might nurture their own appreciation for nature, learn from the example provided by adults, and develop into responsible stewards of the environment.

Tanya Barnett, J.D.

Tanya has been a lawyer in Olympia since 1987. She represented the Department of Ecology until 1999, then moved to the private firm now known as Cascadia Law Group, where she practices environmental law. Having grown up in the Midwest, Tanya considers herself lucky to live here. She has an abiding appreciation for the mountains, waters, forests, and other natural wonders of the Northwest. Tanya received her law degree from the University of Oregon and her bachelor’s degree from the University of Iowa. She serves as the legal advisor to Empowerment4Girls, a nonprofit based in Olympia whose mission is to help girls cultivate confidence, develop skills that support their well-being, and become advocates for themselves and others.

Heather Grob, Ph.D.

As a labor economist with several years’ experience working in regulatory issues, Heather has worked with a variety of policy organizations, and has written and managed several research grants. She became even more interested in ecological issues through her study of occupational safety, health and stress where larger environmental concerns are vital to human well-being. Her current position as a professor of economics at Saint Martin’s University has led her to develop courses in Cost-Benefit Analysis and Ecological Economics, and these are popular additions for students in our new Environmental Studies program as well as for our business majors. Heather looks forward to involving interested students in OCEP projects

Kevin Hansen, M.S., LHg, LG, LEED

Kevin has 37 years’ experience in water resources, hydrogeology, environmental restoration and management. He has experience with numerous technical areas, including environmental data collection and investigation, groundwater modeling/hydrogeology; GIS/database, data analysis, engineering/scientific design, and remediation/management. He has worked on hundreds of sites in the United States, Asia, and Latin America, emphasizing consensus-based solutions at publicity-sensitive sites. He has extensive personal experience with computer modeling of diverse-phenomena including groundwater flow, seismic modeling, and mass transport in both groundwater and surface water; GIS data presentations, and the use of advanced hydrogeologic, geophysical, and geologic data analysis methods. Environmental projects included sites where chlorinated solvents, metals, DNAPLs, Fuels/Free-Product, PCBs, TPH, VOCs, pesticides, herbicides, dioxins, and PAHs were important issues.

Environmental Specialties:

  • Hydrogeologic assessments and remediation;

  • Brownfield Assessment and Remediation

  • Evaluations of aquifers with solvents or floating product;

  • Public presentations of sensitive data – including support using website design with video

    elements; Groundwater contamination in fractured, anisotropic bedrock;

  • Groundwater modeling: MODFLOW, FEMWATER, GMS, visualization, fate and transport;

    Geographic Information Systems (GIS) for data presentation;

  • Brownfield Redevelopment associated with land ownership or leasing;

  • Waste characterization and disposal options, including cost reduction and waste broker

    selection; Contaminant identification, investigation, and remedial options development;

  • Water-well yield assessment, yield improvement, and new well locating;

  • Water quality, evaluations, and support for water treatment engineering evaluations; River

    channel stability assessments and low-maintenance river channel designs; Pipeline

    assessment and leak evaluations;

  • Litigation support and expert testimony.

    Other skills:

    • Ecosystem design is an area of some focus, and Kevin is a LEED-certified professional (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design). • He is a Thurston County employee. • An environmental advocate and frequent public speaker,

    • Kevin is also a filmmaker with a recent feature film, The Commons: Reclaiming what is Ours. • He currently runs two film/video websites and is familiar with video communication, and web-based, database-driven communications.