We would like to take a moment and give thanks to our Food Systems Faculty member and Director, Laura Rÿser. After eight years with WSU, she is moving on in an exciting new role with Pierce County Planning and Public Works Sustainable Resources Division. Laura has served as a WSU faculty member since 2014, and then with the additional duties of director for our Kitsap Extension office since 2016.
During her tenure with WSU, she has strengthened and created new community partnerships, implemented essential community programs, provided leadership to program staff, and encouraged collaboration within Extension programming. She worked early on in her post to bring farmers together to create the online farmers market Kitsap Fresh, providing a new innovate sales outlet for local producers. Additionally, she helped convene area farm mentors to create what is now known as the Kitsap Farm Mentor program, helping to grow the next generation of farmers here on the peninsula. She was a key partner with the Kitsap Public Health District and Kitsap Strong in bringing stakeholders together forming the Kitsap Healthy Eating and Active Living (HEAL) Coalition.
To say that she will be missed is an understatement. She has given so much of her time and talents to our community and to our office. Though Laura will be leaving her post at WSU, she is not going far, and will remain in residence in Kitsap County. We are excited to see what the future holds for her in her new role. Laura you will be missed! Please join us in thanking her and wishing her all the best in these new adventures.
– Jess Sappington
Interim Director & Food Systems Program Coordinator, WSU Kitsap Extension