Board and Staff Retreat 2015

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 Sturdevant
Elected February 2016

Ted has been director of Washington’s Department of Ecology and also led former Gov. Gary Locke’s external affairs team.

Mike Warjone
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.

Joe Shorin
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 to two-year term in January, 2012; re-elected to a three-year term in 2015

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. Jefee 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 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.

Ryan Olson
Elected October 2014

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 two-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 Deuel
Elected February 2016

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 spare time they enjoy going on mini family trips and visiting local playgrounds and state parks.

Anne Larsen
Elected October 2014

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 Masters 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 outreach specialist at Community Action Council, spins pedals and tunes in The Valley’s Indoor Cycling Studio, and volunteers at Griffin School. Anne is fired up about sports and kids, and is hoping she has an Olympic hopeful in her brood of three.

Timothy Ransom
Former President; 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

Mary Ann Strickler
Elected November 2014

Mary Ann grew up in Seattle, then attended Washington State University, earning a BA in Foreign Languages.  She served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Kinshasa, Zaire (Congo), teaching English at a Salvation Army High School and for the national airline, Air Zaire.  Returning to the USA, she taught English to refugee populations in Vancouver, WA, and Portland, OR, for five years.  She then returned to school, attending Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville (SIUE), where she earned an MS in Urban Affairs and Policy Analysis.  She worked for the State (Corrections, Licensing and Health) before making the decision to attend law school, graduating from Seattle University School of Law in May, 1995.  She has practiced for 19 years and currently has a solo practice in Tumwater. She enjoys genealogical research, traveling, spending time with family and attending her granddaughter’s theater and dance performances.  She has served on the board of the Dispute Resolution Center of Thurston County and the Salvation Army Advisory Board.