Updated: June 17, 2019

Executive Committee Members

 

Elizabeth Black is Senior Port Counsel at the Port of Seattle and focuses her practice on environmental matters related to cleanup of contaminated sites, permitting and regulatory compliance, and real estate transactions. Prior to joining the Port, she worked in private practice in Seattle and New York City, and she worked as an environmental consultant in Washington, D.C. before attending law school. Elizabeth holds a J.D. from Georgetown, an M.A. from Yale, and a B.A. from Middlebury College. She tries not to take herself too seriously and enjoys traveling, playing outside, and learning new things.

Le Anne Bremer is a partner at Miller Nash Graham & Dunn, LLP, a regional law firm with offices in Washington, Oregon, and California. Le Anne’s favorite part of practicing is obtaining land use and environmental permits for a wide variety of clients including public clients, institutions, businesses and individual property owners, and negotiating conditions for those permits. She also focuses her legal practice on real estate transactions related to development, and is general counsel for the Port of Longview. Le Anne is the partner-in-charge of her firm’s Vancouver office and is a member of the firm's executive committee. She serves on the boards of Clark College Foundation, Greater Vancouver Chamber of Commerce, Humane Society for Southwest Washington, Free Clinic of Southwest Washington, and the Columbia River Economic Development Council. In her not-so-spare time, Le Anne loves to travel, read and garden. Le Anne’s husband, Bob Mayfield, is the winemaker at Windy Hills Winery in Ridgefield, Washington, and she is the proud mother of two daughters, Beatrice, who is just finishing her first semester of law school at Lewis & Clark, and Rosie, a sophomore at New York University.

Donya Williamson Burns is an attorney with Houlihan Law, P.C. Her practice includes state environmental cleanup actions, land use permitting and environmental liability, condemnation litigation, and commercial and residential real estate sales and leasing. She has also worked with local jurisdictions on municipal code revisions pertaining to telecommunications. In her spare time (usually 4-7 a.m.) Donya enjoys competitive rowing, bread baking, gardening (mostly the pruning part), and playing the piano. She also has a couple of kids; they are adorable but do not contribute in any way to the aforementioned spare time.

Caroline Cress is an Assistant Attorney General in the Ecology Division of the Washington State Attorney General’s Office in Olympia. Her current practice focuses on regulatory oversight of the Hanford Nuclear Reservation, as well as state-wide toxics cleanup, hazardous waste management, and public records and disclosure. Prior to joining the Ecology Division in 2016, Caroline clerked for Hon. Ann Schindler at Division I of the Washington State Court of Appeals. She also worked for the Global Environmental Governance Project, the Nature Conservancy, and the Southern Environmental Law Center. Caroline received a B.A. in government and environmental policy from the College of William & Mary and a J.D. from the University of North Carolina School of Law. In her free time, Caroline enjoys gardening, hiking, and playing with her dogs.

Kyler Danielson is a civic-minded, enthusiastic millennial with a pet hedgehog. As a lifetime resident of the Pacific Northwest, Kyler is passionate about Washington state’s growth, development, and future. She is currently a land use project manager at Lakeside Industries, working directly with local governments and experts to maintain and obtain land use permits. She participates in stakeholder groups, testifies at public meetings, monitors local code changes, and evaluates land use laws. Kyler previously practiced environmental and land use law for almost four years at a private firm in downtown Seattle. She obtained her J.D. from the University of Oregon School of Law, and her B.A. in French and political science from Western Washington University. In her free time, Kyler attends comic conventions, listens to melancholy music, and volunteers in her community.

Kristie (Carevich) Elliott is a senior prosecuting attorney for King County, focusing on environmental matters and toxics cleanup, in particular. She previously served as an administrative law judge for the Environmental & Land Use Hearings Office (ELUHO), where she presided over a range of cases including water quality and shorelines appeals. She also spent a decade serving as an assistant attorney general in the Ecology Division of the state Attorney General’s Office, where she was Lead Attorney for the state’s toxics cleanup and voluntary cleanup programs.  Prior to that, she was the Staff Attorney at The Center for Environmental Law & Policy. She obtained her J.D. and an LL.M in law and marine affairs from the University of Washington School of Law, and studied marine science and policy as an undergraduate at the University of Miami.

Anthony Jones is an attorney, an artist, and an enrolled member of the Port Gamble S’Klallam tribe. He presently serves as a reservation attorney in the Tulalip Tribes Office of Reservation Attorney handling matters of general tribal governance, civil court representation, environmental, and land use law. Anthony earned his J.D. at Washington University in St. Louis, and his bachelor of science in engineering at MIT.  He resides with his family on the Port Gamble S’Klallam reservation in Kitsap County.

Patrick Spurgin is a 1976 graduate of Washington State University. After some years of knocking around in various jobs, including forestry services grunt work, retail sales at Woolworths, and quality assurance at the Washington Nuclear Projects in Elma, Washington, Pat attended the University of Utah College of Law and graduated in 1984. Following law school, he served as the director of both the Utah governor’s High-level Nuclear Waste Office and the Utah Department of Natural Resources Division of State Lands and Forestry. He returned to Washington in 1990 to serve as the central regional office director for the Washington Department of Ecology until 1997. Pat maintains a solo practice in Yakima and is also of counsel to Zeilman Law Office. His practice principally comprises legal services to tribal and local government in the Yakima Valley. These services include representation in various matters including Endangered Species Act compliance, CERCLA natural resources damages assessment, Growth Management Act implementation, fish habitat project and fish production facility planning, permitting, and implementation, including water rights issue resolution and tribal government procurement activities. Pat also serves as a land use hearing examiner for several local governments in the Yakima Valley.  

Elizabeth A. Tellessen is a principal of Winston & Cashatt, Lawyers in Spokane, Washington. She has an active land use and real property practice, and advises property owners, lenders, and investors regarding purchases, due diligence, and project planning. She is a native to Spokane, but completed her undergraduate studies at Colorado State University, majoring in animal science, and returned to attend Gonzaga University School of Law.  Elizabeth is an active member in her community and serves on the WSBA Environment and Land Use Law Section Executive Committee, Leadership Spokane Board, and a variety of committees at Winston & Cashatt. When time allows Elizabeth is usually in the barn with her horses or enjoying time with family and friends.

Kelly Wood is an assistant attorney general in the Counsel For Environmental Protection Unit of the Washington Attorney General’s Office. Kelly’s practice focuses on complex, affirmative environmental litigation on behalf of the state of Washington in both state and federal court. Prior to joining the Environmental Protection Unit, Kelly served in the AGO’s ecology division as the lead attorney for the Washington Department of Ecology Nuclear Waste Program.