Meet the Board

Weed Board members are volunteers appointed by the Board of County Commissioners, in accordance with the process laid out in the RCW 17.10. Board members serve a term of four years and each represent one of the five Weed Districts within Lewis County. Weed District Map.

Katherin Humphrey

District One: representing the Adna, Curtis, Boistfort, Pe Ell, and Dryad communities


Katherine has lived in the Boistfort Valley her whole life except for 7 years she spent in Pullman. She holds a degree in Crop Science, a minor in Ag Econ and then supported her husband through vet school. Katherine is the 4th generation of her family to farm in the valley. She has farmed row crops, seed crops and currently produces hay, has hazelnut orchards, , a hobby flock of sheep and a herd of Angus cattle.

She has been married to Jason Humphrey for 25 years! She has always prioritized her role as a full time Mom for her 3 kids; Jackson - 20, Margarite - 16, and Ava - 14. This year her family also welcomed an exchange student, Rocio, from Spain.

Katherine has served her community as a youth baseball and fast pitch coach, a 4H leader and has served on the Boistfort School Board for 20 years.

Brian Thompson

District Two: representing the Galvin, Centralia, and Chehalis communities

Brian is a lifetime Lewis County resident and has always lived on his family farm off Lincoln Creek Road, minus a few years at Western WA University, where he earned his bachelor's in biology. Brian is the 4th generation to continue on the family farm. Brian has 2 children and 2 grandchildren and is very happily married. The Thompson family used to run cattle, and produce hay, peas and grain. Now retired from his position as a crop production specialist with Thurston County, Brian spends his time farming for others, working at the Lewis County Courthouse and serving his community.

He has been a volunteer firefighter with District 12 Riverside for over 50 years and was an officer for 40 of those years. He chairs the Voluntary Stewardship Program administered by the Lewis Conservation District, is active in the Grange, and he represents the Lewis County Farm Bureau on the Chehalis Basin Partnership. Brian has very deep roots in Lewis County and a long-time commitment to the agricultural industry.

Gary Gorremans

District Three: representing the Napavine, Evaline, Toledo, and Winlock communities

Born and raised in Spokane, Washington, Gary joined the US Navy right out of high school, and specialized in aviation electronics. He served 6 years before moving on to work for IBM, and then onto Boeing Computing Services where he stayed until retirement. He has 3 daughters, 6 grandchildren, plus an additional 4 granddaughters and a great granddaughter by marriage.

Gary is a 20-year Winlock resident on 25 acres. His household raises alpacas, grows hay, blueberries and table grapes. Gary has kept his WSDA Private Applicators Pesticide License, as well as a Public Operator license, with Ag and Aquatic endorsements current. He is also the only board member that also served as a seasonal worker for the Lewis County Noxious Weed Control program. His pastimes in the last 40 years have revolved around elk hunting, mountaineering, and ice and rock climbing.

Valarie Eckloff

District Four: representing the Salkum, Onalaska, and Mossyrock communities


Valarie is a local business owner and Christmas tree grower and runs a u-cut tree farm in the Cinebar community. She has been involved in vegetation management for her entire life and learned about invasive species and noxious weed control from her father who was contracted in this field for the county. Valarie is now running her own vegetation management company and has earned her place as reputable contractor in Lewis County and surrounding areas.

Victor Khvoroff

District Five: representing the Morton, Glenoma, Mineral, Randle, and Packwood communities


Vic has been married for about 51 years and has lived in Randle since 1990. He has 3 children, 2 grandchildren, 2 more grandchildren on the way, and 2 great grandchildren. After retiring from Weyerhauser, he started a construction company and became well-versed in building. Vic moved to Randle to become a cattle rancher. He still maintains some beef cattle and produces hay from his large riverside property.

Vic has served the Noxious Weed Board for about 30 years and has been an integral part of its development and direction. Besides the Weed Board, Vic has served on numerous boards and committees representing the interest of Lewis County residents in agriculture, forestry, and flood plain management.