Meet Our Board of Directors
John Ruby (Co-Chair)
John joined the Diggin' Shoreline board in 2012, and lives in the Ridgecrest neighborhood of Shoreline.
As part of this dynamic whole, John brings his love and experience of natural systems design, a passion to connect and inform within community, and sense of garden adventure. He has been designing, installing, and harvesting edible landscapes since 2000, here and abroad. With the objective of achieving a harmonious balance of earth and people, he’s dedicated to the continuous evolution of our local food economy toward sustainability. His goal is to blend and apply his experiences as a world traveler, martial artist, permaculturalist, family and community member… while enjoying life as much as possible.
Derek Creisler (Co-Chair)
Derek joined the Diggin' Shoreline board in 2019. He hails from Echo Lake neighborhood of Shoreline.
In addition to serving as a co-chair of the Board of Directors, his area of focus has primarily been the Midvale Garden project, where each summer he coordinates the annual return of the goats to graze and keep down the blackberries and other invasives until such time as a garden can be created on this Seattle City Light property along the Interurban Trail. Derek also serves on the Echo Lake Neighborhood Association of Board of Directors. Prior to his retirement, Derek's area of expertise was as a professional videographer.
Londa Jacques (Secretary)
Londa Jacques is a charter member of Diggin' Shoreline. She lives in the Ballinger neighborhood of Shoreline.
Londa fell in love with gardening in her grandmothers’ garden but learned the art of vegetable gardening her Dad and from experienced plot mates at the University District P-Patch in the 1980s. In 1988 she moved to Shoreline and soon discovered that gardening in community was lots more fun than gardening alone in a big yard. Until the creation of Diggin’ Shoreline, community gardening in Shoreline remained an unfulfilled wish. She served 8 years on the board of North King County Little League, 12 years on Shoreline Parks, Recreation & Cultural Services board, and has served on the board of Ballinger Neighborhood Association since 2002. In 2005, she rediscovered the joy of propagating from seed, and in 2011, sprouted the heirloom tomato starts for Diggin’ Shoreline’s first major fundraiser. Londa also currently serves as head cook for POPY’s Café, a free community meal program in Shoreline. An artist and retired marketing manager, she brings design / marketing presentation skills to the group.
Maryn Wynne (Treasurer)
Maryn joined the DIggin' Shoreline board in 2018, and lives in the Meridian Park neighborhood.
She and her gardening dog love to spend time outdoors. Maryn served as the former president of the Shoreline Solar Project for 16 years and produced the annual NW SolarFest, a sustainable living and renewable energy fair. Maryn currently serves as the Vice President of the Shoreline-Lake Forest Park Senior Center and represents Diggin' Shoreline as a member of the Ching Community Gardens leadership team.