Board & Staff

Cole Eckerman
Executive Director

Cole Eckerman is currently the Executive Director of Citizens for Off-Leash Areas (COLA) in Seattle, WA. She earned a Master of Science in Strategic Fundraising and Philanthropy from Bay Path College where she graduated Magna Cum Laude, and received her BA from The Evergreen State College.

Hailing from Portland, OR, Cole has worked as a professional fundraiser for over 10 years. She moved to Seattle in 2006 to work on the Yes on I-937 campaign, directing the door-to-door grassroots fundraising efforts for the initiative. Cole loves working as a fundraiser, because she sees cultivating donations as a way to connect people with issues they care about. She specialized in individual gift fundraising, new media fundraising, and donor cultivation.

When she isn’t changing the world one donation at a time, Cole can be found in and around her home in Seattle’s Madison Valley neighborhood, which she shares with her husband Nathan, their hound dog Winchester, Chihuahua Rue and English Mastiff Lagertha. She spends her free time going to dog parks, wine tasting, and hiking around Washington’s different viticulture regions.

Mark McDuff
Board Chair

Mark McDuff is a software engineer, with a B.S. in Computer Science from the California Institute of Technology.  He has worked at Facebook since 2010, primarily building systems to detect and remove spam and other forms of abuse.  Mark lives in Queen Anne, but can often be found at the larger off-leash areas across town exercising his Vizsla Annapurna.  He looks forward to one day being able to exercise Annapurna at a large off-leash area closer to home.  Mark has been a member of the COLA board of directors since 2016.

Lee Goldman
Vice Chair

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Michael Loebe
Treasurer

Michael Loebe, MSA is an accountant with 28 years of experience currently working in the Finance department of Seattle Hebrew Academy.  Has worked in a variety of industries including broadcasting with 10 years working for KIRO and KING combined.  He established and ran his own firm for 7 years.  Mike specializes in new business set up and organization.  He engages in philanthropic activities at many levels by donating of money and time to a variety of causes and organizations. He has served as Treasurer of COLA (Citizens for Off-Leash Areas) since 2012.

 

Kris Hocking
Secretary

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Charlotte Bontrager
Director

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Mathew Johnson
Director

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Sharon LeVine
Director

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Alisa Natal
Director

Alisa Natal is a website developer and graphic designer at Rocket Fish Studio. She has a long history of caring for and about dogs, having worked at Seattle Humane and once-upon-a-time as a “Dog Wrangler” at a Doggy Daycare! Now she focuses her dog-centric energy to taking care of foster dogs and building a stronger dog community in her neighborhood through the Dog SQAD group (Seattle Queen Anne Dogs). Alisa joined the COLA board in 2016 in an effort to eventually have an off-leash area in her community, where her dog Izzy can play with her many friends in the neighborhood!

Tucker Shouse
Director

Tucker Shouse is a Management Consultant with Alvarez & Marsal in Seattle. Mr Shouse specializes in program and product management including a number of roles for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. He is also a published illustrator with the book “The Amazon Way on IOT” (Clyde Hill Publishing, 2016). Mr. Shouse completed his degree in Mathematics from the University of Puget Sound and has called the Pacific Northwest his home for the past ten years. He is a passionate believer in exercise both for humans and for dogs.