Kate Willsen moved to the West from Rockaway Beach, NYC in 2014. After exploring many beautiful locations in California, Oregon, Montana, and Washington, she decided to stay put in the Gorge and has lived in Klickitat County since 2018.

Kate retired from her role as Deputy Director of Training for NYC Parks after a long career in horticulture and landscape operations. She has always been active in the communities she has lived in, and was eager to join up with Friends of the White Salmon River after she first learned of our good works at RiverFest 2018. She currently serves as the Secretary on the Board of Directors.

Kate enjoys exploring our rivers and lakes with a quiet paddle and a sense of wonder.