Great Peninsula Conservancy elects new board

PORT GAMBLE  — Great Peninsula Conservancy has elected two new members to its Board of Directors.

Margie Esola of Gig Harbor and Jean Farmer of Allyn will join the board immediately.

Esola is a solo practice attorney who focuses on estate planning, contracts, real estate and consumer issues. She is a member of Washington Lawyers for Sustainability and is a cooperating attorney with the Washington State Bar Association’s Home Mortgage Foreclosure Project, where she provides legal assistance to clients facing foreclosure.

Jean Farmer of Allyn is a two-term commissioner for the Port of Allyn and serves on the Lodging Tax Advisory Committee for Mason County. She is in her sixth year as treasurer of the Port Orchard Farmer’s Market. Farmer is an accountant for the Archdiocese of Seattle assigned to two local churches in Belfair and Port Orchard.  She retired from the hospitality business after 30 years as a General Manager of large hotels.  Mrs. Farmer also is co-owner with her husband Tom of Tom Farmer Oyster Company in Allyn.

Great Peninsula Conservancy is a nonprofit land trust working to preserve the natural habitats, rural landscapes, and open spaces of the Great Peninsula — a region encompassing Kitsap, Mason and west Pierce counties. The Conservancy has a leadership role in the Kitsap Forest & Bay Project, which seeks to conserve nearly 7,000 acres of forest and shoreline surrounding Port Gamble Bay in north Kitsap County.

“Margie Esola and Jean Farmer are welcome additions to Great Peninsula Conservancy’s Board,” said Sandra Staples-Bortner, the conservancy’s executive director. “Their extensive legal, business and volunteer experience and enthusiasm for land conservation will help sustain GPC’s recent growth.”


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