The Methow Conservancy has named two new members to its board of directors: Ashley Lodato and Stephanie Stewart.
Lodato is education director for the Methow Arts Alliance, and directs an artist-in-residence program for seven Okanogan and Douglas county school districts.
Previously, Lodato was an instructor and program director for Outward Bound, and has taught high school English classes. She and her husband, Jon, moved to the Methow Valley in 2005. They have two daughters.
Lodato also is a columnist for the Methow Valley News and works with the Methow Valley Nordic Club.
Stewart’s career has been in the nonprofit sector, primarily in conservation. She spent 18 years at The Trust for Public Land, working on conservation real estate projects, including several in the Methow Valley.
Stewart also spent five years as a senior development officer for The Wilderness Society. She now serves as director of major and planned giving for Overlake Medical Center Foundation in Bellevue. She lives in Bothell with her husband, Jamie, and has a home in the valley.
Board members serve six-year terms.