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.
Our Staff & Offices
Office of the Trust Board of Ebey's Landing NHR:
Office Hours: Monday-Friday, 8:30am to 4:30pm
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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.
The Preservation Carpentry Shop is located at the Reuble Farmstead.
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 - the Reserve Manager; the Preservation Coordinator, and the 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
Sally is a retired attorney who has worked as a federal prosecutor and as the head of the Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Program. After leaving private practice, she and her husband moved to Whidbey Island in 2010, settling in “downtown” Coupeville. Sally is the fourth generation of her family to come to Whidbey Island and now her children and grandchildren are continuing the connection to our beautiful community. Sally is passionate about maintaining the rural and historical character of the Reserve for the next generation to enjoy.
I have lived 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.
Harry AndersonHarry 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
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.
Al Sherman is a lifelong farmer and resident of Ebey's Reserve.
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.
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
Jon Crimmins, is the Northwest Region Manager for Washington State Parks. Prior to his current position, he served as the Area Manager for several State Parks on Whidbey Island including three that are located within Ebey's Landing National Historical Reserve: Fort Casey, Ebey's Landing, and Fort Ebey. Crimmins is a 1993 graduate of Coupeville High School and is in his 20th year with Washington State Parks.
National Park Service Appointee
David is Chief of the Cultural Resources Program for the Pacific West Region of the National Park Service, and works out of the Seattle Regional Office.
Last updated: November 13, 2018