Board of Directors


Sharon Chambers-Gordon

Sharon Chambers-Gordon serves as a Board Member and Vice President for the Greater Metro Parks Foundation. She is the Director of the Graduate and Undergraduate Fellowships office at the University of Puget Sound. She is an active member of the academic and social justice community in her work at the University of Puget Sound. She loves the outdoors and enjoys walking and picnicking in parks with her family. She has been an active participant in each community she’s called home.  She has served as co-leader of a Girl Scouts Troop in Gig Harbor, WA and volunteered with several local organizations including Project Homeless Connect.  She joined the Greater Metro Parks Foundation Board in February, 2010 and has a commitment to focus on healthy lifestyles for children and young people through opportunities for education, and access to resources.  She currently co-chairs the special events/fundraising committee and is also a member of the board’s recruiting committee.


Julie Dugan

Julie Dugan is a nature enthusiast who was born and raised in Tacoma.  Julie began her career in the for-profit sector, working in store development for retail giants Williams-Sonoma Corporation in San Francisco and later Starbucks Coffee Company in Seattle.  After leaving the corporate world, she ran her own small business in commercial interior design.  

A passion for animals transitioned her into the non-profit world as a co-founder and operator of Tacoma based Dugan Foundation, a non-profit with a mission to create a no-kill community for companion animals in Pierce County.  She also served for three years as a board member for Gig Harbor Academy.  There she spearheaded the creation of an outdoor Natural Classroom, which was certified by Nature Explore and the Arbor Day Foundation in 2017.  

Julie believes the parks are our community backyard where we can come together and enjoy the outdoors.  She has a passion for children, animals and nature that inspire her to serve the mission of Greater Metro Parks Foundation.  Julie, her husband Jim, and daughter Samantha live in Tacoma with their three rescued dogs, Gracie, Jack & Tessa.  You can often find them playing outdoors around the Northwest, hiking, paddling, or walking their dogs.


Jace Dwinell

Mr. Jace Dwinell joined the Greater Metro Parks Foundation in 2012 and serves as Treasurer. With a BS in Business Administration, he began his career in banking in 2004, which eventually led him to Heritage Bank. Jace now works as a Commercial Lender in the Pierce County Business Banking office in Downtown Tacoma, and is very grateful and excited for the opportunity to be a part of this community.


Bryan Flint

Mr. Bryan Flint is the Executive Director of the Greater Metro Parks Foundation. He grew up with access to 60 miles of bike trails in his hometown of Anchorage Alaska, and currently uses his bike to ply the roads and trails of Tacoma, Washington.  With 23 years of working with community based organizations and land management agencies, Bryan brings a wealth of experience and a deep commitment to parks and open space to the Foundation.

Most recently the Director of Communications and Outreach for the Commissioner of Public Lands Peter Goldmark, Bryan previously worked as the Executive Director of Tahoma Audubon Society. Bryan is no stranger to Metro Parks Tacoma, through Audubon’s many connections with the organization, including The Nature Center at Snake Lake, Green Tacoma Partnership, and the Proposition 1 parks & recreation maintenance levy.

Bryan is a Tacoma Public Utility Board member and an American Leadership Forum Senior Fellow. He has also been a member of Rotary Tacoma #8 and treasurer of Walk The Waterfront.


Renee Houston

Dr. Renee Houston joined the Greater Metro Parks Foundation Board of Directors in April 2014 and currently serves as board secretary. She is an associate professor of Communication Studies at the University of Puget Sound. Her research and teaching examines organizing that addresses inequities centered on issues of gender, social class and race in order to promote social change and allow for diverse perspectives and voices to be heard. She is particularly drawn to issues that provide empowerment and examine the construction of care. In collaboration with Professor Carolyn Weisz, her research on perceptions and experiences of homelessness was used by county and state officials to craft policy directed towards ending homelessness. Her report on the City of Tacoma's Housing First program led to the creation of City policy aimed to protect non-profit organizations' case managers. She is a member of the National Communication Association, American Leadership Forum, and currently serves as President of the Organization for the Study of Communication, Language and Gender. In the community, she also serves on the Fund for Women and Girls board and is a member of the Unaccompanied Youth and Young Adult (UYAYA) Blue Ribbon Panel that works to address youth homelessness in Pierce County. A few years ago, she had the opportunity to participate as a community partner with Metro Parks through the Zina Linnik Project. This efficient, collaborative and effective work made a lasting difference in the lives of McCarver students and Hilltop residents. She would like to continue to nurture the vision of community building Metro Parks developed through the project. 


Michele Johnson

Dr. Michele Johnson serves as a Greater Metro Parks Foundation Board Member and joined the board in 2013. Michele is Chancellor and CEO of Pierce College. She has a PhD in Educational Policy and Management from the University of Oregon and an MA and BS in Police Science and Administration from Washington State University. She also sits on the Economic Development Board, Lakewood’s Promise and is a member of Tacoma Rotary 8. Born and raised in Tacoma, Michele has spent many years enjoying the amenities of Metro Parks, from beautiful outdoor spaces to youth athletic leagues.  Beginning in elementary school and extending through her time as an adult, Michele participated in softball and basketball leagues.  She took those skills to college and beyond culminating in a 5-year career as the Women’s Fast Pitch and Basketball Coach at Pierce College.  Parks are vital to the quality of our community.  “I’m pleased to be part of the Foundation, to be able to give back.”


Katie Johnston

Katie Johnston joined the Metro Parks Foundation Board in 2017. Katie is passionate about the environment and improving access to recreation and nature for youth. She has worked as an outdoor guide in New York and Texas and as a volunteer with Outdoors for All in Washington. Katie and her partner Chuck call Tacoma home with their two children, Gus and Ada. They are active users of the regional and local park network in Tacoma and can be found at the Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium on weekends. Katie works for the City of Tacoma. She holds a Master of Public Administration degree from the University of Washington in Seattle and a Bachelor’s degree from Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas. Katie has worked for the American Red Cross, Port of Seattle and Skagit County. 


Martha Lantz

Ms. Martha Lantz has served on the Greater Metro Parks Foundation Board of Directors since March 2014 and is currently Board President. She is a graduate of Scripps College and Boston College Law School. She has been in the practice of law for over twenty years, holding a variety of public sector positions, and currently works for the City of Tacoma as a deputy city attorney. Ms. Lantz has served on other non-profit boards including the Tacoma Pierce County YWCA and the Grand Cinema.  She is a Pierce County native and currently lives in Tacoma with her husband Andy Fitz and teenage son and daughter Owen and Allison Fitz.


Tod Treat

An environmental chemist by training, Dr. Tod Treat has been Executive Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs at Tacoma Community College since 2013. Previously, he served in administration at Richland Community College (IL) and Parkland College (IL), and as faculty at the University of Illinois, Parkland College, and the University of Colorado. Most importantly, Tod and his partner Dr. Suzanne Reilly are the proud parents of three children: Aidan, Sydney and Owen. The family has utilized Metro Parks for recreation, summer camps and sports. His oldest son is a camp counselor for Metro Parks, and Tod has been a volunteer soccer coach. From a rural community in Illinois where they also engaged actively, Tod’s family found their relocation to Tacoma easier by connecting to Metro Parks. Tod finds Metro Parks’ focus on conservation, health and wellness, and social equity fits with his values and appreciates the chance to support Metro Parks by service on the GMPF Board.