Board of Directors
Tom Brown, Chairman
Tom moved to Belfair, Washington, several years ago after spending much of his life in Bremerton. A Washington native, he graduated from University of Washington with a degree in Atmospheric Sciences. He worked at the Naval Shipyard as a Nuclear Engineering Manager and is now retired. His wife, Dorinda, is also a longtime resident of the area. Besides being an active volunteer with our organization, he is one of the North Mason Cancer Crusaders. Tom enjoys fishing, hiking, gardening, and the outdoors. Tom has been a Board member since 2010.
John Poppe, Vice-Chair
John Poppe is the Plant Manager at the West Sound Utility District’s South Kitsap Water Reclamation Facility in Port Orchard where they are doing some amazing things with wastewater treatment. He manages the plant with a focus on community involvement and has a lot of face time with Federal and State elected and regulatory officials. He has also made several trips to Washington DC to lobby on behalf of the District. The facility is already utilizing membrane bioreactor (MBR) technology and cooperative efforts in the works include diversified utilization of reclaimed water, biogas generation and reuse, microturbines, solar energy, wind turbines and geothermal energy applications. John has a lot of knowledge in the wastewater and alternative energies fields and will assist us with educational interpretive projects to implement on our property.
John has a degree in wastewater technology and clean water is a passion for him. He has served on multiple boards including that of the Pacific Northwest Clean Water Association, the Water Environment Federation and the Puget Sound Clean Air Agency. John was the Chair and Facilitator of a one day Membrane Bioreactor Technology Summit that Norm Dicks, Mason County Commissioners and various state agencies attended. He was also Chair and Facilitator at a 2008 Energy Summit sponsored Representative Larry Seaquist and Senator Phil Rockefeller and the 2009 Water for Life Summit for world water treatment technologies. John is skilled at making partnerships work and is a great asset to the Board.
Paul Hirsch, Ph.D., Secretary
Dr. Hirsch is an attorney based in Manchester, Washington, whose practice is devoted to matters concerning land, water, and natural resources. He is also an environmental scientist with a doctorate in the area of erosion processes and the transport of sediment by flowing water.
Paul fuses his professions by working toward realistic solutions to water and land-use problems. Serving on the board allows him to combine his legal and scientific interests while working toward the goals of restoring a salt marsh, enhancing salmon habitat, and creating a world-class educational and research facility on Hood Canal.
Mike Henderson, Treasurer
Mike Henderson is a founder and has served as Chairman of Albina Community Bank since its founding in 1995 in Portland, Oregon.
Mr. Henderson retired in February 1998 as President and Chief Executive Officer of PacifiCorp Holdings, Inc. which held interests in energy, telecommunications and financial services. After his retirement from PacifiCorp, he invested in several small and growing companies and was the CEO of Pinemeadow Group, a manufacturer of golf clubs and other consumer products and CEO of Prolifiq Software.
From 1986 to 1991, Mr. Henderson served as Chief Executive Officer of Crescent Foods, Inc, a Seattle based spice manufacturer. He previously headed the Northwest consulting practice for Deloitte Haskins & Sells during a seventeen year career there. Mr. Henderson was both a CPA and Certified Management Consultant during his tenure with DH&S.
Mr. Henderson is a director and chairs the audit committee of North Pacific Group, an employee owned trader, distributor and manufacturer of wood products with more than $1 billion in annual revenues. He served on the board of Longview Fibre, one of the country’s larger pulp and paper producers, until its sale in 2007. He serves on the board of Prolifiq Software, an internet technology company serving the marketing needs of Fortune 1000 companies. He has served on the boards of several non-profits including the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry.
Mr. Henderson has been coming to Hood Canal since early childhood and now splits his time between Portland and his home here on the Canal. He is an avid outdoorsman and believes that preserving the native salmon will have a positive impact on the quality of our environment.
Al Adams, D.D.S., Director Emeritus
Dr. Al Adams is a retired dentist and a founding member of the Hood Canal Salmon Enhancement Group and the Pacific Northwest Salmon Center. Having been the board since 1995, Al served as the HCSEG Executive Director for four years. Al has been active on the WDFW Regional Salmon Enhancement Advisory Board, the Lower Hood Canal Watershed Planning Commission and has been recognized for his volunteer efforts by the Hood Canal Coordinating Council, Washington State Ecological Committee and the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife.
Al is also a gifted artist whose carvings in ancient cedar include Salmon, totem poles, masks, birds and a canoe. His work “The Dance” is awarded to our Wild Salmon Hall of winners and Al has made substantial donations of his art for salmon restoration and recovery efforts over the last decade.
Bob Hager is a retired Boeing Vice President and was a consultant for NASA. He is a past Treasurer for the organization. He currently serves on the finance executive committee. Bob has volunteered his talents with the Hood Canal Dissolved Oxygen Program and serves on the Lower Hood Canal Watershed Implementation Committee. Bob has served as a board member since 1996.
He feels that the Pacific Northwest is the place to be for one concerned with exploring ways in which a growing human population can coexist with a rich and flourishing natural environment.
Richard Chwaszczewski is an Engineering Manager and Assistant Vice President with Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC). His office supports submarine silencing for the Navy. Rich is a retired naval officer who served in submarines, at the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard, and for a naval laboratory. He is a new resident of Belfair, having lived nearly 30 years on Vashon Island, before running a horse ranch in Port Orchard. Rich is married to the former Beth Van Leeuwen of Bremerton. They have three sons, Mike, Ken, and Max. Rich is active in Washington State wrestling as a match and tournament announcer. The last ten years he has announced the annual Mat Classic State Tournament in the Tacoma Dome. In addition, Rich is a co-owner of a concrete construction company – MPC Construction Company LLC – with his youngest son, Max.
Michelle Licari co-manages the science lab at Olympic College- Poulsbo Campus. Michelle has been a volunteer in research studies including; biotic assessment of nearshore echinoderms species, Hood Canal Dissolved Oxygen Project and supplementation projects. Michelle has been a board member since 2004.
Mr. O’Neal is the founder of Power Tech Group Inc. He is also a member of the Board of Directors of The Greenbrier Companies. He is the current Chairman of the Washington State Transportation Commission. Dan earned his Law Degree from University of Washington and received a BA in Mathematics. Dan has served as a board member since 2003.
Jeff is retired from the Navy and Finance. He grew up spending summers on Hood Canal and is now a permanent resident. He graduated from the University of Washington in Business and received his MBA from Pepperdine University. He is a member of The Nature Conservancy and Trout Unlimited and enjoys boating, fishing and hiking. Elected to the Board of Directors in 2013, Jeff serves on the Finance Committee and is a representative to the Regional Fisheries Enhancement Group Coalition.