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Meet Katie

I’m Katie Haven, a Methow Valley sheep rancher and retired marine engineer. I’m running for Okanogan County Commissioner because I want to help ensure that every county resident has the opportunity to thrive and prosper. It’s important to me that we continue to enjoy clean air and water, open space, locally grown food and access to public lands.

Mt. Rainier

Growing Up

I grew up in the Pacific Northwest with my mother, who raised her two girls on a teacher’s salary. We spent our summers camping, backpacking and mountain climbing. Summiting Mt. Rainier was one of the highlights of my youth.

As a teenager, I joined the Sea Scouts, which led to a maritime career that started at age 18 when I earned my captain’s license for 100-ton vessels. After a few years running passenger boats on Puget Sound, I enrolled in the California Maritime Academy and was one of two women in the engineering department to graduate in 1986. As a senior I was appointed Corps Commander – the highest ranking officer – which meant I was responsible for the administration, organization and leadership of the Corps of Midshipmen.

Engine room

Leadership and Responsibility

The next 27 years at sea took me to ports around the world, and included many adventures and challenges, the most notable of which was being on watch in the engine room when the oil tanker Exxon Valdez ran aground. I stayed aboard to assist with the salvage operation.

Seeking work closer to home, I took a job with the Alaska Ferry System, where I remained until 2012, when I retired as the senior Chief Engineer in the fleet. During those years I developed leadership and problem-solving skills that will serve me well as a county commissioner, as will my experience working on various boards and committees, including the State of Alaska Department of Transportation’s Committee on Women’s Equality and the Marine Engineers Beneficial Association’s union contract negotiating committee. I also was appointed by the US Secretary of Transportation to represent marine engineers on the federal Merchant Marine Personnel Advisory Committee, where I served for 15 years.

Lunch in the field

Land Based Life

When I retired from the sea I settled in the Methow Valley with my partner, Bill. We raise a small flock of sheep for meat and wool. I know what it means to take care of the land and care for livestock. I’ve pulled weeds, repaired fencing and irrigation systems, chipped ice off water troughs, and helped a newborn lamb take its first drink. And like so many others in our county, I know the fear and sadness of fleeing a wildfire and coming back to smoldering ruins, as well as the joy and gratitude of having family, friends and neighbors gather together to help rebuild.

In 2015 I was recruited to run for the USDA Farm Service Agency’s Okanogan County Committee. Initially an alternate, I then served as a voting member for the remainder of the term. I am also active in other agricultural organizations, including the Methow Grown program run by the Methow Conservancy.

I’ve worked with Okanogan County Watch, an award winning group of local citizens who attend county commission meetings since 2017. Volunteers take notes and record videos that are posted on line so citizens can follow local government.

In my spare time, I enjoy gardening, fiber arts, cooking for family and friends, and exploring the beautiful country that is outside my back door.

 


Meet Katie


I’m Katie Haven
, a Methow Valley sheep rancher and retired marine engineer. I’m running for Okanogan County Commissioner because I want to help ensure that every county resident has the opportunity to thrive and prosper. It’s important to me that we continue to enjoy clean air and water, open space, locally grown food and access to public lands.

Mt Rainier Growing Up

I grew up in the Pacific Northwest with my mother, who raised her two girls on a teacher’s salary. We spent our summers camping, backpacking and mountain climbing. Summiting Mt. Rainier was one of the highlights of my youth.

As a teenager, I joined the Sea Scouts, which led to a maritime career that started at age 18 when I earned my captain’s license for 100-ton vessels. After a few years running passenger boats on Puget Sound, I enrolled in the California Maritime Academy and was one of two women in the engineering department to graduate in 1986. As a senior I was appointed Corps Commander – the highest ranking officer – which meant I was responsible for the administration, organization and leadership of the Corps of Midshipmen.

Engine room Leadership and Responsibility

The next 27 years at sea took me to ports around the world, and included many adventures and challenges, the most notable of which was being on watch in the engine room when the oil tanker Exxon Valdez ran aground. I stayed aboard to assist with the salvage operation.

Seeking work closer to home, I took a job with the Alaska Ferry System, where I remained until 2012, when I retired as the senior Chief Engineer in the fleet. During those years I developed leadership and problem-solving skills that will serve me well as a county commissioner, as will my experience working on various boards and committees, including the State of Alaska Department of Transportation’s Committee on Women’s Equality and the Marine Engineers Beneficial Association’s union contract negotiating committee. I also was appointed by the US Secretary of Transportation to represent marine engineers on the federal Merchant Marine Personnel Advisory Committee, where I served for 15 years.

Lunch in the field Land Based Life

When I retired from the sea I settled in the Methow Valley with my partner, Bill. We raise a small flock of sheep for meat and wool. I know what it means to take care of the land and care for livestock. I’ve pulled weeds, repaired fencing and irrigation systems, chipped ice off water troughs, and helped a newborn lamb take its first drink. And like so many others in our county, I know the fear and sadness of fleeing a wildfire and coming back to smoldering ruins, as well as the joy and gratitude of having family, friends and neighbors gather together to help rebuild.

In 2015 I was recruited to run for the USDA Farm Service Agency’s Okanogan County Committee. Initially an alternate, I then served as a voting member for the remainder of the term. I am also active in other agricultural organizations, including the Methow Grown program run by the Methow Conservancy.

I’ve worked with Okanogan County Watch, an award winning group of local citizens who attend county commission meetings since 2017. Volunteers take notes and record videos that are posted on line so citizens can follow local government.

In my spare time, I enjoy gardening, fiber arts, cooking for family and friends, and exploring the beautiful country that is outside my back door.


Paid for by Citizens for Katie Haven
PO Box 918, Twisp, WA 98856    509-449-6898

Paid for by Citizens for Katie Haven
PO Box 918, Twisp, WA 98856    509-449-6898

Paid for by Citizens for Katie Haven
PO Box 918, Twisp, WA 98856    509-449-6898

 

Paid for by Citizens for Katie Haven
PO Box 918, Twisp, WA 98856    509-449-6898