Ilon brings an interdisciplinary approach to complex environmental and natural resource issues to the Pacific Northwest.
1. What is your favorite ESA moment?
That would have to be the day the company hired the graphic designer Julie Bayer, a totally amazing person who later became my wife.
2. What is the first thing you will do when you retire?
If I am not in a wheelchair yet, I'd love to explore and conquer some the classic cols in the French Pyrenees by bicycle. Like this!
3. If you had one free hour each day, how would you use it?
I would walk or hike or bike or ski – anything outside rain or shine.
Ilon busy blackberry surfing on the shores of Forbes Lake for the Trail and Park Improvements Project in Kirkland, WA.
4. If you had a warning label, what would yours say?
Beware, the brain in this person retains useless facts and details, but forgets the details of Oscar-winning movies, championship sporting events, and meaningful experiences with friends.
5. What is the greatest bit of advice a parent or mentor has given you?
In my senior year of high school, I ran for ASB vice president. There was one other contender in the race and I felt conflicted about how to vote. I told my Grandma Gen this and she asked me if I wanted to win. I said, “Yes I did,” to which she looked at me confused and asked why then I wouldn't vote for myself.
Biological Resources Director