About Us

About Us

Make It Happen

1.2 million students spend their days in K-12 schools across Washington State. You can ensure they gain the skills and hands-on learning opportunities needed to be successful leaders. Our state depends upon the next generation… And Washington Green Schools is working with you to give them the tools they need to succeed.

Judy Aks

Judy Aks is a longtime educator, having taught preschoolers to adults on topics ranging from empathy to constitutional law to privacy and technology. Her commitment to conservation and environmental justice blossomed when she moved to the Pacific Northwest from New York. She graduated from Barnard College and has a PhD in Political Science from the University of Washington. She enjoys spending time with her family exploring the beautiful NW on hikes, bikes, or through the lens of her camera.

Gabe Boeckman

Gabe oversees communications at CleanTech Alliance that facilitate industry growth across Washington State. Previously, Gabe led communications initiatives for the National Renewable Energy Laboratory and U.S. Department of Energy deployment and market transformation programs. Specializing in impact, he blends traditional public relations and marketing outreach with emerging mediums to spur targeted audiences toward action.

Phil Coughlan

Phil leads Herrera Environmental Consultants’ Sustainable Development services team. He helps public agencies and businesses plan, design, permit, and operate a variety of sustainable projects, including renewable energy facilities, recycling and composting facilities, and habitat and conservation banks. Phil received a Masters in Environmental Policy from UW and a BS in Business from the University of New Hampshire. Phil and his wife Sheila have two kids at Stadium High School in Tacoma.

Ryan Dicks

Ryan is currently the Sustainability Manager for Pierce County. In his role, he has helped Pierce County to reduce energy and paper use, increase recycling and reduce county fuel use. Ryan has been involved in the environmental field for the last decade working for non-profit, business and local and federal governments. He lives in Tacoma with his wife and two children.

J. Irons

J. is an architect and landscape designer with over 15 years of experience designing projects that are ecologically-responsive and place-based. He received a BA in Landscape Architecture from UC Berkeley and a Master of Architecture from the UW, where he maintains close ties. Prior to joining Integrus Architecture, he served as the Interim Executive Director at AIA Seattle and Design in Public. His commitment to sustainability is manifest in both his professional design work and his role as the founder of South Shore K-8’s Green Team in 2013. J. has two wonderful kids, both of whom attend Seattle Public Schools.

Heather Levy

Heather is a Senior Associate at Cascadia Consulting Group where she can apply her skills to one of her personal passions – waste reduction. She is a “born-again” environmentalist who is passionate about waste prevention/management and plastic pollution. Heather holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Management Information Systems from the University of Iowa. She lives with her family in Seattle and is an avid skier and traveler.

Amy May

Amy is a Director of Environment, Health, and Safety for the Boeing Company. In this role, she helps Boeing meet environmental performance targets and apply innovative technologies to benefit the environment. She is passionate about equity of access to both environmental and STEM education for children in our public school systems. Amy has a B.S. and M.S. in Industrial Engineering from Kansas State University and West Virginia University, respectively.  She lives in West Seattle and enjoys many outdoor activities with her family and friends.

Ingrid Ougland

Ingrid is a communications manager at Virginia Mason in Seattle. Ingrid helped develop Virginia Mason’s social media programs and is the communications liaison for Virginia Mason’s award-winning sustainability program, EnviroMason. Ingrid graduated from Washington State University with a degree in Communications. She lives on Bainbridge Island with her 12-year-old son, two rescue dogs and two cats. She prides herself in teaching her son about sustainability and how to protect the environment for future generations.

Bob Sotak

Bob recently retired after working in the education sector for over 40 years. As a teacher, Bob was at the helm of the development and implementation of a district-wide recycling program, and participated in development of the Washington Environmental Sustainability Standards. Bob graduated with B.S. and M.Ed from the University of Washington and an Ed.D in Education Leadership from Seattle University. He and his wife live in Edmonds, where they enjoy gardening, photography, watching birds, and travel.

Sue Stillman

After a long career in teaching, most of it spent at the Evergreen School, Susan retired to take up a life of adventure and travel. A life-long conservationist, she supports school programs that inspire students to take initiative and action for shaping their environments. She graduated from Smith College and has a Masters in Education from the University of Washington. Her interests include long distance bike and sailboat trips and P-Patch gardening.