RELEASE: Sen Andy Hill joins board of Wildlife and Recreation Coalition

May 10, 2012

Seattle–Last Wednesday, the Washington Wildlife and Recreation Coalition board unanimously approved three new board members to their ranks, including local Senator Andy Hill (R-Kirkland).  The new members bring expertise and unparalleled commitment to the Coalition’s mission to secure public funding for parks, wildlife habitat and working farms across the state.

“I am pleased to begin working with the WWRC as I have continually been impressed with their overall mission and longstanding history of moving important projects forward,” said Hill. “The organization’s dedication to maintaining, improving and fighting for our parks, trails and farmlands helps ensure the sustainability and usability of these features that make Washington such a great place to live.”

The Coalition’s 59 directors and eight ex-officio members represent a unique partnership between diverse interests.  Through the Coalition, businesses like REI, Boeing and the Washington Realtors work hand in hand with nonprofit groups like the Nature Conservancy and the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation to preserve and protect trails, parks and wildlife habitat.  New members are:

Ex-Officio, Sen. Andy Hill (45th District, R-Redmond)
Andy Hill was elected to the Washington State Senate in 2010 to represent the 45th Legislative District.  Senator Hill serves on the National Caucus of Environmental Legislators, the Evergreen Healthcare Foundation Board and is a director and former president of the Lake Washington Youth Soccer Association.

Peter Battuello (Bothell)

Since 2004, Peter has served as a managing principal for Parametrix, environmental and engineering consulting firm. He also serves as vice chairman of the Bothell planning commission, an alumni of Leadership Kitsap and past member of the Fairchild AFB Restoration Advisory Committee. He and his wife Terrie are proud parents and grandparents and routinely enjoy hiking in the Cascades and Olympic Mountains.
Kathy Gano (Lakewood)
Kathy is the proud mother of two boys who played numerous sports.  She was a member of the board for the Lakewood Baseball club for five years and a member of the Lakewood Parks Advisory Board representing Lakewood Baseball, where she worked with the City of Lakewood to identify a need in the community for baseball fields.

For a complete board roster, visit