Hi, I’m Kristin.

 
If there were one image that sums up my early personal history, this would be it.

If there were one image that sums up my early personal history, this would be it.

Deep valley roots

My history in Snoqualmie Valley begins at a very early age. That’s me in the image above as a 4-year old, being held by my grandfather in his Smokey suit, which he wore many times during his career as a US Forest Service Ranger, Snow Ranger and Wildfire Fighter. Stationed on Snoqualmie Pass in the early 60s, he and my grandmother, a now-retired RN, raised my father and aunt in the structure that now serves as the security building at Summit West.

Growing up, I spent many hours in the woods, on hikes, camping all the local campgrounds (that he helped design and build), exploring old logging roads and learning early lessons in stewardship, wilderness survival and just exploring the Valley and surrounding areas in the 80s and 90s. It was through these experiences that my philosophies of the importance of conservation and protection of sensitive lands were developed.

As North Bend continues to grow, I hope to be given the opportunity to share my passion for the outdoors and local natural history, as well as contribute to the conversations being had around community and economic development. As an entrepreneur, small business owner, freelance marketer and business coach, I’ve learned a lot about how our little town operates and see much opportunity for businesses, new and old, to thrive.

Enjoying the view with my husband on Blewett Pass. When we get to hike just us, it’s better than Datenight.

Enjoying the view with my husband on Blewett Pass. When we get to hike just us, it’s better than Datenight.

Even though they whine (like I did), me and my kids hike through the summer and early fall. These experiences will shape them, like they did me.

Even though they whine (like I did), me and my kids hike through the summer and early fall. These experiences will shape them, like they did me.