Mendy Harlow, Executive Director
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Mendy Harlow moved to Mason County in 2003 from Tucson, Arizona where she received her Bachelor of Science in Wildlife, Watershed and Rangeland Resources from the University of Arizona. Having grown up in the Pacific Northwest, she returned to pursue her passion for connecting people with the natural world around them. In her first year with the Hood Canal Salmon Enhancement Group (HCSEG), Mendy was the Team Leader for the Group’s AmeriCorps team which was an opportunity for her to engage in community projects and citizen science activities while truly falling in love with the flora and fauna of the Hood Canal watershed and its people. The majority of Mendy’s time with HCSEG has been focused on managing small and large scale habitat restoration projects throughout Hood Canal. She has served as the group’s executive director since 2013. In her spare time, Mendy enjoys gardening, yoga, mountaineering, running, rock climbing and backpacking with her partner Brandon, daughter Allie and their two llamas. She serves in the Rotary and Kiwanis Clubs of North Mason, the North Mason Scholarship Foundation and is a Mason County 4-H leader and Master Gardener. Mendy is grateful for the amazing community she works in and the brilliant HCSEG staff and Board of Directors who work with her to save Hood Canal, one wild salmon at a time.
Tamara Cowles, Stewardship Coordinator
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Tamara joined the Salmon Center in September 2014 as a Natural Resource Projects Assistant. She is currently working on Knotweed Control and Riparian Enhancement projects. She graduated from Centralia College 2007 with an ATA in Civil Engineering Technology and then went on to complete a BA/BS at Evergreen State College in 2012. Tamara enjoys hiking, mushroom picking, and photography.
Clayton David, Salmon & Steelhead Biologist
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Clayton joined the Salmon Center in April 2014. Being an avid outdoorsman and fisherman, Clayton is dedicated to helping recover and protect the native salmon and steelhead runs in Hood Canal. His primary projects include the Hood Canal Steelhead Project, Union River Summer Chum Project, and monitoring the Union River Estuary Restoration. His other responsibilities consist of managing college interns, who assist with data collection, and coordinating efforts with other project entities, such as NOAA Fisheries and WDFW. Clayton graduated with his BA of Environmental Science from Western Washington University’s Huxley College of the Environment in 2013.
Dana Delhaute, Finance Manager
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Dana is responsible for overseeing financial operations, including financial reporting. She brings many years of experience with QuickBooks, managing and running multiple industries payrolls, financial reporting, and helping to meet various accounting needs. Her favorite place to be is exploring the beaches, the waters and the woods of the Pacific Northwest where she grew up.
Seth Elsen, Program Manager
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Seth joined the Salmon Center in August 2013, first as communications manager and now program development lead. He has worked with state, tribal and federal agencies in natural resources, and is a member of the Brothertown Indian Nation of Wisconsin’s Tribal Council. He graduated from the University of Minnesota, Morris with a Bachelors of Arts in Resource Management and Policy, Political Science, and American Indian Studies. He also holds a Master’s in Natural Resources from Utah State University. Growing up on Hood Canal, Seth enjoys salmon and steelhead fishing, camping, and hiking.
Kim Gower, Project Administrator
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Kim is responsible for general business operations and the day-to-day functions of the organization. Among her duties, Kim assists in grant and program administration and other administrative support. In addition, she researches projects and grants, and provides support for volunteer and education activities.
Michelle Myers, Education & Habitat Projects Coordinator
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Michelle joined the group in January 2009, and is responsible for educational outreach by providing support for K-12 classrooms, mentoring after-school clubs, and coordinating educational camps/events. Michelle also coordinates salmon habitat restoration projects and manages field and reporting logistics. Michelle has worked in the natural resources with state, tribal and federal entities and holds a Bachelors of Science degree in Biology from Seattle Pacific University. She enjoys exploring all the natural treasures the Hood Canal has to offer with her dog Blaze.
Ashely Nelson, Farm and Field Technician
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Ashley joined the Salmon Center team in April of 2016 as our farm and field technician. She is a graduate from The Evergreen State College with a BS degree focusing in Ecology. Ashley strives to give the animals at the Salmon Center the best care possible. She also assists other staff in their research and restoration projects. Ashley‘s other interest include enjoying nature and entomology.
Alex Niepoth, Project Manager
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Alex joined the Salmon Center as a Project Manager in March of 2018. Being from Colorado, Alex has an affinity for all things outdoors with roots situated in fly fishing, hunting, and skiing. Alex earned a BSc in Environmental Geology from Metropolitan State University of Denver in 2013 and—following a stint with the U.S. Peace Corps in Tanzania—a MSc in Watershed Science from Colorado State University in 2017. Since 2011, Alex has worked with several state, federal, and non-governmental organizations involved in various facets of natural resource research, restoration, preservation, and management. Nonetheless, Alex’s #SalmonLove spawns from his work with the U.S. Forest Service in S.E. Alaska where he conducted remote field studies to determine the success of post-harvest restoration efforts in improving salmonid habitat.
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Camilla joined the Hood Canal Salmon Enhancement Group as a Project Manager in March 2018. Camilla earned a bachelors degree in Landscape Architecture from The University of Edinburgh, Scotland before coming out to the USA to work on River restoration design for the Colorado River. She moved out to Washington state permanently in 2015 and enjoys exploring all the wonders of the Pacific Northwest and beyond through hiking, surfing, snowboarding and camping.
Joanne Tejeda, Publicity & Design
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Joanne joined The Salmon Center in August 2015 as Newsletter Editor and assists with design and layout of posters, signage, artwork and printing for special events. She brings 10 years experience in the printing industry, bi-lingual skills from working with the Hispanic community, and holds a Desktop Diploma from Art Institute of Seattle and a Bachelor of Science degree in Geology from Wayne State University in Detroit. She enjoys trilliums, window painting, logo design & liturgical clipart, fiddling on her violin and bicycling to work.
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Jo is one of our 2017-2018 Sustainability Coordinators through AmeriCorps. Jo’s primary responsibilities include managing the Farm at Water’s Edge, community U-Pick Garden, and various environmental and nutrition programs for the youth community in Mason County. She just graduated from the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, MN with a BS in Neuroscience is taking a year off before applying to medical school. Always looking for adventure, Jo spends her free time travelling the world, hiking, and getting lost in a good book.
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Lacey is one of our AmeriCorps Sustainability Coordinators. Lacey primarily co-manages the organic u-pick gardens and implements educational programming about the living sustainable at various elementary schools in Mason County. She has graduated from The University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point with a BS in Philosophy with a concentration in Environmental Ethics. She enjoys painting, foraging for new foods to cook, and playing the banjo