Allen Rozema

Executive Director

Born and raised in the Skagit Valley, Allen brings over 19 years of experience to SPF in natural resource management, land use planning, and economic development at the federal, state, city and tribal government level. Graduating with a Masters of Science in resource management from Central Washington University, Allen has worked as a Hydrological Technician for the United States Forest Service, an Environmental Technician for the Washington State Department of Transportation and as a Natural Resources Planner and Community Development Coordinator for the Swinomish Indian Tribal Community.  Prior to joining SPF in 2006, Allen served as the Planning Director for the City of Sedro-Woolley.

Carolyn Radakovich

Development Director

Growing up in rural Idaho (proudly the great-granddaughter of homesteading, dryland wheat farmers) and spending nearly a decade in Montana gathered around kitchen tables with farmers and ranchers discussing their philanthropic values, Carolyn is passionate about her return to those conversations.

For just over 15 years, Carolyn has worked in the development field in a variety of capacities. After graduating from Carroll College with B.A.’s in both Political Science and Public Administration with a minor in Classical Studies, Carolyn stepped into her first, full-time role as a fundraiser for political campaigns in Montana. She went on to work with the Monastery of St. Gertrude in Idaho on their major and planned giving programs and then was recruited to the development team of the Pacific Northwest Ballet in Seattle. Prior to joining the SPF team in 2019, Carolyn served as the Associate Director of Major Gifts at YWCA of Seattle | King | Snohomish, one of the largest YWCA’s in the country.

Rachel Sorrels

Development & Administration Manager

Originally from eastern South Dakota, Rachel comes from a long line of Midwest farmers. She received BAs in Political Science and Theatre and Film studies from the University of Kansas. For over 15 years Rachel has participated in nonprofit work as either an employee, volunteer or board member. In 2012 she convinced her husband, cats and dog to uproot their lives and move to the West Coast. Landing in Seattle she attended Seattle University and received a Masters in Arts Leadership.

While living in Kansas she developed a passion for learning about food and where it comes from. Rachel and her husband enjoy visiting Farmers Markets wherever they travel, eating local and seasonally, meeting farmers and food producers, and trying new and regional foods.

Rachel is excited for the opportunity to combine her roots, work experience and passion as a member of the Skagitonians staff to help preserve farmland in the Valley for future generations.

Barbara Martin


Barbara Martin has been the bookkeeper for SPF since April 2013, working two days a month. Barbara is a graduate of Western Washington University and has been a bookkeeper for both for-profit and non-profit companies for many years. After working for Boys & Girls Clubs of Whatcom County for 14 years, Barbara left to take a part time bookkeeping position at Skagit Conservation District in January 2014.

Barbara lives in the forest east of Mount Vernon with her husband Jim and her two German Shepherd Dogs, Mindy and Miley. In her free time, she trains and shows her dogs in Obedience and Nose Work. She also enjoys oil painting and recently completed a portrait of Greta, SPF’s beloved mascot.

Teresa Bennett

Author of The Dirt

A 25-year career with her own advertising firm gave Teresa the opportunity to work with businesses from Tacoma to Bellingham, including several in Skagit Valley agriculture. As a Stanwood resident since 1988, Teresa quickly embraced the open-sky, open-land beauty of the Skagit Valley and immediately became a believer in farmland preservation. She is honored to tell the tale of the “Magic Skagit” through The Dirt and other writing assignments.