Veda is co-owned by two enthusiastic and dedicated professional women with over 40 years combined experience protecting natural resources. Hilary and Sarah formed Veda in 2008 out of both frustration and passion: frustration with the inefficiences of many environmental protection efforts, and passion for working more constructively.
Marie manages Veda's day-to-day office operations. She keeps our systems moving smoothly and supports our project work. She grew up in Switzerland and has been living in the US most of her adult life. She is passionate about nature and the environment, and spends most of her free time outside, skiing, hiking, backpacking, climbing and gardening. Her background in human resources and office administration is well suited for her role as Veda Administrative and Project Coordinator.
Veda is proud to work collaboratively with a talented team, including facilitators, research assistants, project support staff, and others.
Nanda has managed environmental outreach programs for over 15 years in the Puget Sound region and is regularly sought after for her organizational skills, attention to detail, relationship-building, and creativity. In 2013, Nanda began collaborating with Veda; bringing her strengths to foster clear communication between government and neighbors, and ultimately, supporting environmentally-sound communities for all. She has often been called a “Connector,” someone who uses her unrivaled messaging and follow-through skills to link people with resources that will make an impact. Nanda’s strengths lie in her tremendous organizational skills, task tracking, constant team communication, clear messaging with public, writing, research, meeting coordination, and holding all pieces of large programs. She keeps things moving along and delivers top-notch products. Nanda is a facilitator, communicator, organizer, and natural manager.
Laura has more than 25 years of experience in leadership development, coaching, facilitation and training in Fortune 500 companies, entrepreneurial endeavors and non-profit organizations. Laura helps teams achieve goals by offering engaging and interactive retreats, expert facilitation, and transformative workshops. She coaches leaders and their teams with a clear intention of focusing on strengths to bring more joy and heart to their work. An adventurer at heart, Laura seeks to find deep connections that bring aliveness to both organizations and individuals. She has great capacity for being with, connecting to, listening deeply and creating safe and generative spaces for clients.
When she is not working, you can find her engaged in her loves which include running, biking, SUPing, paddling, skiing, playing guitar, practicing yoga and caring for her community.
Lyn is the founder and president of PDSA Consulting, Inc. She has over 25 years of experience facilitating public meetings with diverse stakeholders who have conflicting interests. She believes that true consensus can unlock creative solutions that benefit all over the long term. Her consulting experience includes strategic planning, collaborative problem solving, team building, conflict resolution, and productivity initiatives in public and private sectors. Her style is highly energetic and infused with humor, creating a safe environment for considering new ideas.
Lyn has developed and presented interactive courses in the areas of leadership, process improvement, systems thinking, communication styles, facilitation, and teamwork. She also leads retreats in the areas of strategic planning, leadership, and teambuilding. She is dedicated to helping others discover better ways to work together.
Lyn co-authored the article “FERC Relicensing: Working Together to Determine the Best Use of a Public Resource” published in Hydro Review Magazine in 2011.