Staff and Board

Katie Ullrich, President

On staff with Proud Ground (formerly known as Portland CLT) since 2004, Katie Ullrich has a Masters in Social Work. Katie is certified for homeownership and foreclosure intervention counseling by the NeighborWorks Center for Homeownership Education & Counseling. Katie provides all homebuyer counseling and education services; leads program innovations; and is responsible for lender relations. Katie also is a licensed principal real estate broker and oversees the marketing and sales of proud ground homes. When not working, Katie enjoys hiking with her daughter, traveling, kite flying and passing time on a sunny front porch.

Nancy DeVaux, Secretary

Nancy DeVaux, Executive Director of San Juan Community Home Trust since 2005, was also a founding board member in 2001.  Nancy moved to San Juan Island in 1975, with a bachelor’s degree in Human Ecology. She's worked for local nonprofit organizations for over 18 years, and earned a masters degree in Political Science in 1999. She loves being able to help other islanders find stable and sustainable housing.


Dean Fearing, Treasurer

Born in Anacortes, Dean Fearing is a Northwest native. After high school, Dean served five years in the U.S. Navy. He then followed his love of travel, living in Taipei, Taiwan, and parts of Holland and France before moving to Bellingham to raise his two daughters. Dean graduated from Western Washington University’s Fairhaven College with a degree in Sustainable Design & Development. After graduation, he worked at The REStore and became their first director, managing REStores in Bellingham and Seattle. In 2008 Dean joined Kulshan Community Land Trust and now serves as the Executive Director. He is passionate about housing issues and has been actively engaged with many organizations in the community. He was a founding board member of Sustainable Connections and RE Use Works/Appliance Depot. He also was a founding committee member of the BIAWC Built Green Committee. Currently Dean serves on the board of the NW Community Land Trust Coalition and Recreation Northwest. Joined the board of directors in 2013.


Jerry Petasek

Originally a CLT homeowner, Jerry has been the Coordinator of the North Missoula Community Development Corporation's Land Stewardship Program since 2003. Beyond housing, Jerry helped develop Burns Street Commons, a mixed use project that incorporates housing and commerical food services all under a communiy land trust. In addition, he is the president of Trust Montana, a newly formed statewide CLT aimed at guiding rural communities in the use of a community land trust for the purpose of housing, ag land preservation, historic preservation, open space and commerical enterprises.