Our Staff & Offices

Ebey's Reserve is the first National Historical Reserve designated in the National Park system. Policy oversight is carried out by a nine-member Trust Board composed of local volunteers and representatives from the town of Coupeville, Island County, Washington State Parks, and the National Park Service. The Trust Board serves as the superintendent, carrying out specific tasks, with assistance by assigned staff from the National Park Service.

Logo for the Trust Board of Ebey's Landing National Historical Reserve

Office of the Trust Board of Ebey's Landing NHR:
The Cottage at Sunnyside
162 Cemetery Rd.
Coupeville, WA 98239

Office Hours: Monday-Friday, 8:30am to 4:30pm
Mailing Address: PO Box 774, Coupeville, WA 98239
Phone: 360.678.6084

Email the Trust Board Staff:

Kristen Griffin, Reserve Manager
Carol Castellano, Office Manager
Sarah Steen, Preservation Coordinator


Ebey's Landing National Historical Reserve
National Park Service Office

The National Park Service team at Ebey’s Landing includes two permanent staff - Roy Zipp, Operations Manager for the Reserve/Superintendent of NPS-owned assets; and Scott Swenson, Lead Historic Preservationist.

The team also includes two Preservationists: Paul Jensen and Bradley Richardson. This team is responsible for maintenance, preservation and management of 413 acres of NPS-owned land including twelve historic structures, trails, landscapes, utility systems, and related assets.

Working through the Trust Board, the team provides technical assistance to private landowners on historic preservation throughout the Reserve. Beyond the Reserve boundaries, the team provides training, technical help, and hands-on preservation assistance to other NPS units and various federal, state and local municipalities.

To email National Park staff at Ebey's Reserve:
Roy Zipp, Operations Manager
Scott Swenson, Preservationist

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The Historic Preservation Crew provides technical support and assistance in the Reserve and around the region.

Pictured Above (Left to Right) - Paul , Jason, Roy, Scott, and Brad

3 women in front of Trust Board office sign.
L to R:  Sarah Steen (Preservation Coordinator), Carol Castellano (Office Adminstrator), and Kristen Griffin (Reserve Manager).

Photo courtesy of Kristen Griffin

Trust Board of Ebey's Landing National Historical Reserve
The Trust Board is a nine-member body made up of local citizens and government appointees. Members serve four year terms and represent all levels of state and local government. The Trust Board staff at Ebey’s Landing include three permanent staff - Kristen Griffin, Reserve Manager; Sarah Steen, Preservation Coordinator, and Carol Castellano, Office Administrator.

Working with the Trust Board representatives, staff assists with outreach and education, as well as working with the Town of Coupeville and Island County on issues relating to historic preservation within the historic district. In cooperation with the Friends of Ebey's, the Trust Board offers grants and programs throughout the Reserve to help preserve this national treasure.

Town of Coupeville Representatives

Old farm house in early evening.
Historic Ferry House at dusk.

Photo courtesy of Jon Olsen

Town of Coupeville - Position 1


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I consider myself a passionate steward of all things Coupeville related: people, community, art school, and of course the reserve!
Lisa Bernhardt
I have resided on Whidbey Island more than 35 years and love to share the bounty of all that is here with locals and visitors alike. I am very keen about preserving our precious way of life here and very mindful of all the resources we have. Currently, I am the Ex. Director of the Pacific Northwest Art School, and serve on the Island County 2% Lodging Tax Advisory Board, and the Economic Development Council. I have served previously as the Coupeville Chamber of Commerce Board President.
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George Vancouver

Photo courtesy of Harry Anderson

Harry Anderson
Harry Anderson has been a journalist, editor, corporate communications executive and university instructor for more than four decades. In 2008, he retired as Senior Vice President, Corporate Communications, at Tenet Healthcare Corporation, a Dallas-based operator of general hospitals. Previously, he was Vice President, Corporate Communications, at the Paramount Pictures movie studio in Hollywood, and earlier in his career he spent more than 18 years at the Los Angeles Times as a reporter, editor and columnist. He has taught undergraduate courses in journalism at California State University, Northridge, and graduate seminars in journalism at the University of Southern California and crisis communications at Southern Methodist University. He is a veteran of the U.S. Army and served in Vietnam. Since moving to Whidbey in 2009, he has served as the chair of the Ebey’s Landing Historic Preservation Commission and writes a monthly column for the Whidbey News-Times. Harry holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Washington and a Master of Journalism degree from the University of California, Los Angeles.

Island County Representatives
Man standing next to tractor in farm field.
The Trust Board meets twice a month.

Photo courtesy of Bishop family.

Wilbur Bishop
I was born and raised in Coupeville and the surrounding area. I have spent my entire career farming with my family on Ebey's Prairie. Currently, we are farming with our son, who is a 6th generation to own and farm our home place.
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Al Sherman at the Founder's Day celebration.

photo courtesy of Karen Bishop

Al Sherman

Al Sherman is a lifelong farmer and resident of Ebey's Reserve.

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Fran Einterz likes a good hat.
Fran Einterz
Livestock farmer at the Jenne Farm, in the heart of Ebey's Landing. An ardent long-time supporter of the Historical Reserve's conservation/scenic easement concept. Fran is a friend to all critters, regardless of breeding.
Man and Woman taking picture on bluff.

Photo courtesy of Rip Robbins

Rip Robbins

Rip grew up on Orcas Island and is now a full-time resident of Whidbey Island, having recently retired from a career in Boeing sales and marketing. Skills and experience include strategic planning, communications, marketing, project management, cross-functional leadership and training.

Rip and his wife Liz are avid long-distance hikers and share a passion for exploring the outdoors, as well as a dedication to the preservation of open spaces.


Washington State Parks Appointee
Smiling man wearing a green uniform in front of yellow flowers.
Jon takes every opportunity to get out into the Reserve.

NPS Photo

Jon Crimmins

Jon Crimmins, serves as the Area Manager of several State Parks on Whidbey Island including three that are located within ELNHR- Fort Casey, Ebey's Landing and Fort Ebey. Crimmins is a 1993 graduate of Coupeville High School and is in his 17th year serving as a Park Ranger with Washington State Parks.


National Park Service Appointee
Old time delivery truck
Restored and functional delivery truck c. 1918.

NPS Photo

Kirstie Haertel
Kirstie is the Archaeology & Museum Program Manager for the Pacific West Region, and works out of the Seattle Regional Office.

Last updated: February 14, 2018

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Mailing Address:

PO Box 774
Coupeville, WA 98239


(360) 678-6084

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