Panza (501c3) organizes community volunteers, raises funds, hires and supports staff, acts as liaison with federal, tribal, state and local governments, foundations, and community organizations. Panza is the legal landlord agency for the Village.
Panza is named for Sancho Panza, who was Don Quixote’s faithful servant in the famous novel by Cervantes.
Panza Board of Directors
Ted has been Director of Washington’s Department of Ecology and also led former Governor Gary Locke’s external affairs team. He has 30+ years of experience working in state government in both Oregon and Washington. He has gone through leadership training at Harvard’s Senior Executives in State and Local Government Program, and the Academy for Contemplative and Ethical Leadership at the Mind and Life Institute. He brings experience in strategy development, facilitation, and policy work.
Vice President – Development
Elected February 2016
As Port Blakely’s Director of Forestry, Mike Warjone oversees all aspects of land acquisitions, forest inventory, finance, growth and yield modeling, silviculture, GIS and forest health. Mike joined the company in 1997, and has since worked in both the US and New Zealand operations. He also represents the industry as a board member for Washington Friends of Farms and Forests and the serves on the policy committee at the Washington Forest Protection Association. Mike received a Bachelor of Science in economics from Willamette University and an MBA from the University of Washington. Mike lives in Olympia, Washington, with his wife Bree and his daughters Sam and Jasmine.
Vice President – Operations
Elected January 2017
Joe Shorin has a passion for public service. For more than 25 years, Joe has served as legal counsel for several state agencies, boards and commissions, focusing on environmental, natural resources, real estate, and tribal law. Joe has also served as a member of several non-profit and advisory boards, including the Thurston County Volunteer Legal Clinic, the Cooper Point Association, the Thurston County Parks and Recreation Advisory Board, the Olympia Unitarian Universalist Congregation, the Washington State Bar Foundation’s Loan Repayment Assistance Advisory Committee, and the NOVA School. When not pouring over contracts, statutes and bylaws, Joe is a jack of his many passions but master of none. These include cooking, gardening, backpacking, cycling, reading, racquet sports, home improvement/repair, and reading books about dead presidents. Joe received his BA in Environmental Studies from Rollins College in Winter Park, Florida, and his law degree, with emphasis in Natural Resources Law, from the University of Oregon.
Jeff Booth, Sr.
Elected in January 2012. Re-elected 2015. Re-elected in 2018 through January 2021.
For the past 24 years, Jeff has worked in various accounting and auditing positions in Washington State Government. He received his BA in Accounting from Tennessee Technological University. Jeff currently is a Financial Analyst Supervisor with the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction. He champions Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s idea of an Economic Bill of Rights as proposed in 1944. That is every person has a right to basic housing, water, and food, the right to a sustainable job, the right to adequate medical care, and the right to a good education. Jeff is a member of the Westminster Presbyterian Church and has been a behind-the-scenes worker and funder for homeless and social justice causes for more than 25 years.
Elected October 2014. Re-elected until October 2020.
Ryan grew up in Northern California, where he attended San Francisco State University. He moved to Olympia to attend The Evergreen State College and graduated with a BA in Philosophy. Ryan has lived in Olympia for over eight years and has been working in state government at the Department of Enterprise Services for over three-and-a-half years. He brings to the board an expertise in finance and accounting, combined with a concern about poverty and homelessness in our community. In his spare time, Ryan enjoys reading and cycling.
Rebecca was born in Astoria, Oregon and raised in Virginia Beach, Virginia. She moved to Washington December 2002 to be closer to family. Entering the financial industry in November 2004 with Sterling Bank now known as Umpqua Bank and held various different positions during her tenor until departure June 2016. Her new role is at First Citizens Bank in Lacey as the Business Services Representative. During her time in Washington she has volunteered in various capacities with several non-profit organizations in Thurston County as well as spending classroom time at each of her daughter’s schools to assist students with math, science and reading comprehension. Rebecca and her husband stay very entertained and busy with their daughters and three cats. During their spare time they enjoy going on mini family trips and visiting local playgrounds and state parks.
A Minnesota native, Anne moved to Olympia in 1992 to attend The Evergreen State College and never looked back. When her dream of saving the Earth was crushed by the realization that it might require math skills, she switched directions and earned a Master in Public Administration. In the winter of 2014 Anne combined her love for running and people and founded a non-profit, Level Road Runners, with the mission of transforming lives through running. She works as a Community Engagement Specialist at the Thurston County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office, spins pedals and tunes in The Valley’s Indoor Cycling Studio, and volunteers at various organizations around Thurston County, including Panza, the Strophy Foundation and the Mayday Foundation. She loves spending time with her three kids and hitting the slopes on the weekend to soak up fresh air and sunshine!
Elected February 2018
Jeff is currently the Chief Criminal Deputy Prosecuting Attorney for Thurston County. He is a Veteran, having served as Armored Cavalry and a Tank Officer in the US Army. After 25 years, he retired from the Army Judge Advocate General’s Corps. He has served as a senior prosecutor, senior defense counsel, general counsel, and an Army trial judge. In his spare time Jeff likes to spend time with his family, garden, go sailing, and watch his favorite Seattle sports teams.
Re-elected to another term in February 2016
Tim attended Phillips Exeter Academy, graduated Cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa with a B.A. in Psychology from Williams College in 1965, and received a Ph.D. in Physiological and Comparative Psychology from the University of California at Berkeley in 1972. He worked in the Gombe National Park in Tanzania with Dr. Jane Goodall. He later returned to East Africa as a wildlife photographer and produced a cover article on baboon studies for National Geographic Magazine. Since then his photographic studies of whales, river otters and bald eagles in the Pacific Northwest have been featured in national magazines, journal articles and textbooks. Mr. Ransom coordinated research and education for the Puget Sound Water Quality Authority and its successor agencies in the state of Washington. Ransom retired in 2002 to write a book on the history of a family and the farm that they owned for over 100 years in the Nisqually Valley. He is a former president of the Panza Board and has been working with the group since its days as a tent city.
Elected January 2018
Bio coming soon!
For the last twenty years, Laura has worked as a lawyer for state government, serving a variety of state agency clients with a special focus on environmental law and appellate practice. During this time, Laura has also provided free pro bono legal services to low-income individuals in Thurston and King Counties, including representing tenants in eviction proceedings and helping tent city residents obtain a permit from the City of Seattle. Prior to law school, Laura worked at a women’s homeless shelter in Pittsburgh. In addition to currently serving on the Panza Board, Laura sat on the Board of Thurston County Volunteer Legal Services and the Capitol Campus Childcare Center. Laura and her family live in Olympia and enjoy spending time together outdoors with their large and hyperactive dog.