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 leads external communications for McKinstry, a national construction and energy services firm. Prior to joining McKinstry, he led commercialization and outreach for the CleanTech Alliance and its Cascadia CleanTech Accelerator to facilitate clean technology industry growth and economic development across the Pacific Northwest. Before moving to Seattle, Gabe led communications initiatives for the National Renewable Energy Laboratory and U.S. Department of Energy deployment and market transformation programs.

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.

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.

Kina Walker

Kina Walker most recently served as the Major Gifts Director at Seattle Academy, where she spent the last 5 years raising $35 million for the school’s largest capital campaign. Before joining the SAAS team, Kina worked at The Wilderness Society in Washington DC and at Newman Partners, a political fundraising and consulting firm in Seattle. She is a graduate of Colorado College and completed a Certificate in Nonprofit Management at Duke University. In her free time, Kina is an avid runner, hiker, and outdoors-person. She loves to travel, run around her Seward Park neighborhood, and go for walks with her two pugs. Kina is passionate about organizational missions that focus on providing access, especially for kids, to the outdoors and education.