Miriam Villacian has a Masters in Sustainable Business from Pinchot University. For the last ten year's she worked at Joint Base Lewis-McChord as the Sustainability Outreach Coordinator, helping JBLM become a more sustainable community. In February, 2019 she accepted the position of Executive Director at WCP. She is passionate about building sustainable, resilient communities. Miriam loves to garden, kayak, read and have fun with her husband and two daughters. Feel free to stop by the office, send an email, or give her a call with any comments or suggestions for the park!
Josh Justice has been with West Central Park and West Central Neighborhood since 2016. His many masonry projects around the property include installing the paved paths and ramp at Phoebe's and the Marie; drawing up plans and helping construct the Marie cottages; and installing the tile flooring on the rooftop of the Cafe. He loves to see how the park brings the community together -- especially during movie nights. If you see him in the park, feel free to ask him anything!
James was born and raised in Olympia, and has a passion for food and sustainable farming. He believes that using locally sourced products is healthier for both consumers and the environment; providing the freshest ingredients possible with less transport costs and carbon footprint, all while supporting the local economy. With over 15 years of industry experience, he has developed a deep and dedicated connection to our local Northwest food scene. James is the Resident Chef and Manager of The Marie Bed & Breakfast at the WCPNC and specializes in Pacific Northwest, French, and Asian-influenced cuisine. He enjoys spending time with his son and dog, exploring farmer’s markets, food trucks, studying geology, and is also an avid musician and composer.
Doug first found out about the West Central Park Project in a casual conversation with a friend. He investigated and, when he saw the Park taking shape, started volunteering at the work parties. He now serves as the Secretary of the Park’s Board of Trustees with his primary responsibilities being keeping meeting minutes and ensuring that Park conforms to the Washington Secretary of State’s requirements for non-profit corporations. Doug retired in 2005 from the Washington Department of Ecology’s Water Resources Program, where he worked on issues of water policy after having initially been a hydrogeologist. Doug maintains his passion for geology and in recent years has become particularly fond of the Grand Canyon. Some of Doug’s other interests include hiking, backpacking, white water kayaking, and soccer.
Dave is a native West Olympian who has recently returned to his home town after living abroad for many years. He joined the West Central Park Project because immersing himself in another culture for two decades has given him a greater appreciation and understanding of his roots, and what better way to care for one’s roots than to help plant a park? Dave teaches English at Education First on the Evergreen campus.
Chris has been in the construction business since 2001. He specialized in home remodels and renovations, but has done all phases of construction. Recently, Altis has gotten into the commercial end of construction with Phoebe’s Cafe, and the Parkside Cafe. He loves Olympia, and has lived in the area for most of his life. He has a 12 year old son, and coaches soccer and plays in an orchestra in his spare time.
Stacy Hicks holds a Master in Fine Arts, Arts Leadership and is a candidate in the Educational Doctorate program at Seattle University. She has worked with a number of local nonprofit and nonprofit arts organizations in hospitality and volunteer engagement. She currently serves as a member of the City of Olympia Arts Commission and is a founding member of refocus, a photography arts nonprofit. In 2018, she was named a South Sound Exceptional Woman by the Soroptimist of Olympia. Stacy and her son Caine, Class of 2019 Olympia High School, are happy to call Olympia home.
Jacci Butler has lived in Olympia with her husband and two children for over 11 years. She co-created and sold a small local business before becoming an Innkeeper at The Marie Bed and Breakfast in 2018. Accepting a board position with the West Central Park in Jan 2019 marks her introduction into the world of nonprofit organizations. When Jacci is not working or volunteering, she enjoys creating abstract art, reading, hiking, cooking, traveling around the PNW and spending quality time with family and friends.