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.
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.
David Hawley is a financial advisor with Edward Jones in Belfair. He’s worked for the firm since 2001 and is a limited partner. He grew up in Port Orchard and attended Washington State University, where he graduated with a bachelor’s degree in finance. He is very active in the Belfair community, serving the Kiwanis Club of North Mason. In 2016, he was named the Kiwanian of the Year by the local chapter. David and his wife, Shawna, have three children.
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.
Greg Shimek is a retired telecommunications executive and fly fishing enthusiast. He was born and raised in Shelton, and grew up on Hood Canal, building a passion for clean water, healthy fish and good habitat. In addition to his service with the Hood Canal Salmon Enhancement Group, he has taken an interest in Washington’s coastal cutthroat populations, working with WDFW on research in Puget Sound. He also serves on the board of the Puget Sound Flyfishers.
Michael Siptroth is a local teacher with the North Mason School District. He teaches students in grades K-5, and leads the Environmental Studies Club at Belfair Elementary School. He also leads EnviroCamp, a youth summer camp offered at the Salmon Center, educating students on the environment, agriculture, and sustainability. Michael is involved with other organizations locally and is an active Kiwanian. He owns and operates Mountain Lake Farm, a local organic operation.