Meet Our Board of Directors
President Don Enstrom has served on the MGFWS Board since January, 2019. He has been a certified Master Gardener in Lewis County since 2012, currently serving on the MGFLC board as past president following 4 years as foundation president.
Don has worked at all four Lewis County demo gardens, regularly instructs outreach classes, and led the effort to purchase, site & construct Lewis County’s new greenhouse. He also serves on the crafts committee, using recycled materials to build a variety of items that educate, aid the gardener, support a healthy habitat for wildlife & pollinators, and generate income for the Lewis County MG program. Don was presented the Lewis County MG of the Year Award in 2018.
As a retired Professional Engineer, Don has had the opportunity to work all over the United States as well as in South America, Europe, and Canada. In the processed food industry for 35 years, he formed his own consulting company in 2006. In anticipation of his 2018 retirement, Don moved to his 5 acre hillside home south of Winlock in 2007.
Growing up in a large family in Hillsboro Oregon, Don inherited a love of gardening from his father and an appreciation for volunteering with the Extension Service from his mother, an upbringing leading to service on a variety of non-profit boards over the last 40 years.
Since earning his Master Gardener certification in 2011, John Strong has been committed to the growth of the program, both in his home Yakima County, and at the state level. He has served as president of the Yakima MG Foundation, and is the co-leader of the Heirloom Garden, Public Relations, and Technical teams. He also chairs the Spring Symposium, an annual series of garden lectures for Master Gardeners and the public. He is now in his fifth year as Secretary of the State Foundation, and has been integrally involved in strategic planning and re-organization of that group.
Alan Smith was born and raised in Rapid City, South Dakota. He earned a BBA degree in accounting from Cleveland State University where he played soccer. Alan is married with three children and nine grandchildren who provided plenty of opportunities to coach and referee youth soccer. Soccer remains his sport of choice.
Alan spent his entire career in public accounting and has served on several boards as treasurer and/or president.
As a gardener, Al has spent his adult life concentrating on vegetables, grapes, blueberries and marionberries. Following his semi-retirement from public accounting, Alan became a WSU Master Gardener in 2018. He has enjoyed the people and experiences. Al concentrates the majority of his volunteer hours in the diagnostic clinic where he continues to learn answers to new questions and problems the community encounters in their home gardens.