Sarah started coming to the Wenatchee valley in 1993 for rock climbing, hiking and mountaineering – and immediately fell in love with the area. With a background in whitewater kayaking she soon discovered the lower-altitude joys the region has to offer as well. But what really sold her on the Wenatchee Valley was the great community of people, and the many opportunities here to connect with people with diverse views. After years of wanting to get out of the city, she and her husband were fortunate enough to get to move to Leavenworth in 2021.
Sarah brings to WRI a global perspective on the environment through her work as a Sr. Research Scientist studying climate at the University of Washington, where she got her PhD in Atmospheric Sciences in 2001. Her professional interest in how the natural world works is driven by the central role that mountains and rivers have played in her life. She believes everyone should have the chance to connect with the outdoors in all its complexity and beauty. She is excited to become a part of the amazing community that makes up the WRI and the Wenatchee Valley, to help connect the global and local perspectives on the environment, and to learn more about the role that the region’s environment plays in the lives of the people who live here.