Meet the wonderful people who make up the Nature Consortium team. Staff are listed alphabetically by last name. To contact a staff member by email, use their first name at

Yeggy Michael, Art Program Manager

Yeggy is an award-winning public artist whose work can be seen throughout the Seattle area. Armed with metal, stone, glass and a green approach to his work, Yeggy often uses mosaic in public art to illustrate unity and diversity. His vision is to provoke questions about natural cycles, provide a sense of place and to reflect on the movement of time. Yeggy believes that public art needs to reflect the community, the culture and the people who live in it, especially in communities that are underserved. It’s not just about beauty – it’s an expression of the moment and the people.

Merica Whitehall

Merica Whitehall, Executive Director

Merica Whitehall believes that strong, healthy communities are at the core of a just and sustainable society.  She grew up in a Nebraskan family that honored its connection to nature and where daily life incorporated art and creativity.  As Executive Director, Whitehall brings over 20 years of nonprofit leadership experience to Nature Consortium.  As a consultant and trainer she has served dozens of area arts and nonprofit organizations including SEEDArts, Seattle Center Festal, Seattle Community Law Center, Intiman Theatre, YMCA of Snohomish, and Seattle Theatre Group.  Whitehall also brings 10 years of experience in higher education and has taught for Seattle University’s Institute for Public Service since 2008.  In her spare time Merica enjoys gardening, cooking for friends, dancing on Alki Beach, and cheering for her all-time favorite Track athlete, her daughter.


Lizzie Zemke, Restoration Director

Since moving to Seattle from western New York State 30 years ago, Lizzie has had the good fortune of working as a plant ecologist and wetland scientist on project-related work around the Puget Sound region, in Alaska, Oregon, Montana, and even in the Sandhills of Nebraska. As the new Restoration Director, she is eager to learn the details of Nature Consortium’s success and hopes to help lead restoration planning into the future. In addition to a passion for botany and natural history, Lizzie also has a passion for community and sees Nature Consortium as a place to realize both goals. Lizzie lives in an old house in the Seward Park neighborhood with my husband and three teenagers (one just finishing his first year of college), three cats, two bunnies and one almost two-year-old corgi named Harriet.


Meet the rest of our team. Teaching Artists | Crew Leads | Board of Directors