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These volunteers make up our current Board.
David Hoch, Director
Dave is a Friends member since 2006 when he and his wife Karen moved to the peninsula from Longview. They both joined the friends after being inspired by an animal skull presentation at the Ilwaco Saturday market. Both Dave and Karen have officially retired in 2020 from their day jobs. Dave has served on the board a few times over the years in different capacities and enjoys the camaraderie of the Friends group and is looking forward to another chapter in the ongoing story of Willapa National Wildlife Refuge.
Charlie Pelizza, Director
Retiring in 2017 after a 39-year career with refuges from across the Nation, Charlie settled on Long Beach Peninsula, partway between the shores of Willapa Bay and the Pacific Ocean. He immediately began volunteering for Willapa National Wildlife Refuge and the Friends of Willapa National Wildlife Refuge and has been a member of the Board since 2020 where he continues to enjoy supporting the conservation and management of our wildlife resources. In his spare time, you can find him enjoying all manner of watersports, hunting, fishing, camping, and visiting with family and friends.
Karen Strege, Director
Karen is a retired librarian having worked in communities in the Pacific Northwest and Montana. She spent many childhood vacations on the Long Beach Peninsula; after she retired she felt the pull of this unique place and decided, with her husband, to make the Peninsula her retirement home. She has served on the Board since 2019 and enjoys using her research and communication skills to help the Friends thrive and the Refuge to meet its goals.