Board of Directors

Blue Earth board members are selected for their diverse expertise and commitment to furthering the mission of Blue Earth. The board is assisted by a select group of advisory board members.

  • Karen Ducey
    Karen Ducey, Co-President

    1 year term

    Karen Ducey is a documentary photographer and writer based in Seattle. For over ten years she worked on staff at major metro daily newspapers including the Seattle Post-Intelligencer and the Indianapolis Star. Today she works independently for a variety of clients and runs a news site she founded reporting on animal protection issues in the Pacific Northwest. Specializing in long-term projects and breaking news her work has appeared in publications worldwide and been honored by ASNE Community Service Photojournalism, DART coverage of Trauma, Casey Medals, Society of Professional Journalists, the NPPA Best of Photojournalism, and nominated for a Pulitzer Prize.

  • Thor Radford
    Thor Radford, Co-President

    2 year term

    I discovered my fathers camera in a closet when I was 6 years old. Over the next two years I figured out how to make the various parts work and what they did, all on my own. I shot my first event with a “big boy” camera when I was 9. Ever since then, I have been fascinated with making my photos better and better. I worked for the likes of Corbis, Swedish Hospital, BMW, and Cold Water Creek. I have shot for Dwell, Inc., Nintendo Power, Seattle, and Lexus magazines among others and have had the chance to shoot from helicopters, boats, cars, planes trains and automobiles. I love adventures and have documented water issues in Seattle, Heartbreak in Japan and deforestation in the Dominican Republic. I have been all over the world and seen many beautiful and amazing things. I have stood on molten lava as I photographed it, climbed to the top of the Duomo in Florence and was personally invited to a Space Shuttle launch by an astronaut on the crew, but up until now I had not served on a board of directors. I am looking forward to working in the company of such esteemed colleagues and hopeful that my work, and that of the board, will create a future of abundant cause-oriented visual storytelling.

  • Kristie McLean
    Kristie McLean, Vice President

    Kristie McLean is a multimedia global storyteller, certified coach and activist. She has profiled garment workers, Unexploded Ordnances, child brides and access to clean water in her travels to more than 50 countries. Since 2010, Kristie has championed an obstetric fistula project in western Ethiopia, developing income generation projects for women suffering from this preventable childbirth injury. Domestically, Kristie helps facilitate weekly Non-Violent Communication workshops at a mens prison outside of Seattle. Comfortable in a corporate boardroom, correctional facility or in a mud hut, Kristie puts a human face on complex social issues and builds bridges between developing communities and organizations striving to help.

  • Gary Halpern
    Gary Halpern, Secretary

    Gary Halpern is the publisher/owner of PhotoMedia Magazine an award-winning publication (8 Maggie Awards in 33 nominations, 11 APEX Grand Awards, 14 APEX Awards of Excellence) that has served the photo industry for more than 25 years. Gary was producer/director of PhotoMedia Expo, a highly respected 3-day photo trade show and seminar series from 1993-1996. He also produced World in Focus in 2003, a prestigious photo contest culminating in a 7-week, 91-print exhibit of the winners in downtown Seattle along with a 3-day seminar series, both concentrated on nature, the environment and endangered cultures photography. Prior to his publishing and event experience, he was a photojournalist and also assisted notable commercial and editorial photographers. Gary has traveled extensively throughout the world, enjoys playing the piano, and is an avid swing and salsa dancer.

  • Mandy Lindgren
    Mandy Lindgren, Treasurer

    Mandy has over 10 years of career experience as an Account Manager with a focus on relationship management, communicating value to stakeholders, and revenue retention. In her tenure she has managed business partnerships for enterprise and fortune 500 businesses, as well as worked with small to mid sized organizations. A native to the Pacific northwest, she has volunteered with local nonprofits for procurement and fundraising efforts. Personal interests in hiking, backpacking, and kayaking have lead Mandy to become a passionate advocate for wilderness and environmental preservation. She holds a BA in Communications from Washington State University.

  • Debbie Espinosa
    Deborah Espinosa

    Deborah Espinosa is an attorney-at-law and a documentary photographer at heart. She has spent most of her career advocating for land rights of the rural poor in the global south, including through photography and multimedia while staff photographer for an international NGO. Today she freelances and consults, primarily in Africa. Her work has appeared in a variety of publications such as The Chronicle of Philanthropy and The New York Times, among other publications, and has been exhibited in group and solo shows, including in a 10-year exhibit at the Canadian Museum for Human Rights. Before focusing on global development issues, Deborah practiced environmental and natural resources law in the United States.

  • Natalie Fobes
    Natalie Fobes

    Pulitzer Prize finalist Natalie Fobes has shot assignments for National Geographic, Smithsonian, Audubon and others. Her images of the Exxon Valdez Oil Spill are iconographic and she is known as the “salmon lady” due to her 10 year book project about the fish and its cultures. The author of three coffee table books, her work is represented by Corbis, Getty, National Geographic Image Collection and Science Faction photo agencies. Natalie’s fine art portraiture is nationally recognized. Natalie is a co-founder of Blue Earth Alliance and teaches courses at in addition to her local workshops.

  • Rebecca Kaplan
    Rebecca Kaplan

    Rebecca is a co-owner of Glazer's Camera, a Seattle based photo speciality retailer that has served the Northwest's photo and creative community for over 75 years. She currently runs the day to day operations alongside Ari Lackman, her brother and business partner. Her passion lies with supporting her customers and ensuring their needs are met. Rebecca has had a lifelong passion for photography. Prior to joining Glazer's full time, she worked at Waggener Edstrom on media relations for Microsoft.

  • Tom Lynn
    Tom Lynn

    Tom started as a photojournalist over thirty years ago at the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel where he documented unspeakable sadness, extraordinary splendor, and the power of the human spirit. His work has been featured in National Geographic Magazine, Audubon Magazine, Smithsonian, and The New York Times. He documented the last commercial fisherman from Milwaukee, Dan Anderson, who spends half the year in Alaska to fish commercially since the invasive species have all but eliminated the industry in the Great Lakes. In 2003 Tom was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in the category of Explanatory Reporting for Wisconsin’s issue of Chronic Wasting Disease in Whitetail Deer. Tom works alongside the International Crane Foundation documenting their mission of saving cranes worldwide. Tom uses the natural environment to create beautiful and compelling images that connect people to the wonders of nature.

  • Kaylyn Messer
    Kaylyn Messer

    Kaylyn grew up on the plains of North Dakota, forests of northern British Columbia, the lakes of Minnesota and rugged coast of South East Alaska. A love for small communities and wild places has allowed Kaylyn to work in remote locations and photograph in-depth community based stories. In addition to pursuing her personal work in conservation documentary photography, Kaylyn dedicates her time as a passionate advocate for environmental and humanitarian issues. She believes creating awareness through powerful imagery and intimate stories is one of the most commanding drivers of change and that this process can begin with the individual. Kaylyn is based in Seattle, WA.

  • Kevin Owyang
    Kevin Owyang

    Kevin Owyang is Creative Director at Avolusis and Creative Director in Residence at Pyramide Productions. His narrative and documentary films have screened at area festivals, and his creative work has received awards and recognition. His work is also used by Microsoft, Amazon Web Services, Starbucks, Social Venture Partners, Union Gospel Mission, National Audubon Society, and more.

  • Lisa Parsons
    Lisa Parsons

    Lisa Parsons has worked on land conservation, restoration, and parks development in King County. Through her documentary photography and activism she has helped conserve thousands of acres of land and promoted community involvement in conservation issues. She has had numerous public presentations, exhibitions, and has had articles and photographs published in magazines, websites, and newspapers. She is on the King County Conservation Futures Committee. They evaluate projects in King County for grant funding to protect open space and parks, develop trails, and protect waterways. Her passion for conservation and the outdoors has led her to volunteer her photography skills to other nonprofits and projects. She has traveled to many countries to explore the larger world. When Lisa and her husband are not traveling they host young internationals from Earthcorps bringing the world into their home and mentoring the next generation of environmentalists. She graduated from the Evergreen State College and Paramedic Training, University of Washington School of Medicine and has worked as a paramedic in King County for 24 years.

  • David Ryder
    David Ryder

    David Ryder an independent photographer and filmmaker based in Seattle. His work has appeared in most major outlets and his clients include Reuters, Bloomberg, The New York Times, and The Washington Post. He holds a Master of Arts in Cultural Studies from the University of Washington, with an interest in the ethics of storytelling. He has experience in more than 35 countries on six contents and has spent more than ten years working as a visual journalist.

  • Russell Sparkman
    Russell Sparkman

    Russell is a co-founder of Fusionspark Media, Inc., a communications firm established in 1999. He holds an undergraduate degree in Political Science from Northeastern University, in Boston, and has worked most of his professional life as a photographer and visual communications

  • Drew Stone
    Drew Stone

    Drew Stone is a multimedia artist spanning paint, printmaking, filmmaking, performance, VR/AR/MR, and creative writing. A lifelong resident of the Pacific Northwest, Drew has earned a Master of Communication in Communities and Networks from UW Seattle, and undergraduate interdisciplinary double­major from UW Bothell in Media and Communication Studies (MCS), and Society, Ethics, and Human Behavior (SEB). Fueled by the exciting potential for collaboration and intentional work with media, he co­founded YantraWare in 2014, and has experience organizing and participating in hackathon and Startup Weekend and Hackathon events in the Seattle area. A champion for the Communications Team, Drew has taken a leading role in the continued development and raising profile of Blue Earth Alliance’s social media and web presence.

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