Mendy Harlow, Executive Director
Email Mendy • 360-275-3575, Ext. 23
Mendy is responsible for managing the Hood Canal Salmon Enhancement Group’s habitat restoration projects. She writes grants and manages projects that restore salmon habitat or lead to acquisition and protection of properties that preserve habitat. She is also responsible for expanding revenue-generating projects for the group. Mendy holds a Bachelors of Science degree in Wildlife, Watershed and Rangeland Resources with an emphasis on Wildlife Biology from The University of Arizona.
Tamara Cowles, Stewardship Coordinator
Email Tamara • 360-275-3575, Ext. 24
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.
Seth Elsen, Program Development Lead
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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 an enrolled member of the Brothertown Indian Nation of Wisconsin. He graduated from the University of Minnesota, Morris with a Bachelors of Arts in Resource Management and Policy, Political Science, and American Indian Studies. 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.
Sarah Heerhartz, Project Manager
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Sarah joined the Salmon Center in 2015 as a project manager. She is a native of the Pacific Northwest, raised in Seattle. Sarah earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Creative Studies – Biology from the University of California, Santa Barbara in 2004. She worked for three years as a research scientist studying salmon habitat restoration with the Wetland Ecosystem Team at the University of Washington before attending graduate school. She earned her MS in 2010 and PhD in 2013 in Aquatic and Fishery Sciences at the University of Washington. Sarah’s graduate research focused on the ecological effects of shoreline armoring, particularly for juvenile salmon, and evaluation of habitat enhancements and restoration in urbanized ecosystems. In her free time, Sarah enjoys climbing, skiing, surfing, and exploring the natural wonders of the Pacific Northwest and beyond.
Email Kevan • 360-275-3575, Ext. 31
Kevan joined the Salmon Center in December 2015 as a Community Organizer. He is focused on community outreach while working on the Sweetwater Creek Water Wheel Park project, writing grants and recruiting volunteers and members. He grew up in Michigan and graduated from the Evergreen State College with a BA in Communications. A lifelong outdoor enthusiast, he previously worked as a journalist and editor.
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.
Email Julian • 360-275-3575, Ext. 15
Julian has worked with the organization as an intern and staff member since August of 2012. He graduated from The Evergreen State College with a Bachelors of Science in fall of 2013. He is responsible for managing the Hood Canal Onsite Septic System Nitrogen Reduction project, as well as the lab located at the Salmon Center. He is also responsible for managing the organization’s Geographic Information Systems data, producing maps, collecting field data, and conducting spatial analysis using data from our projects. He has designed and coordinated planting efforts for our habitat restoration projects as well. He also surveys and treats invasive weeds on rivers throughout the Hood Canal, and organizes and obtains landowner consent for invasive weed treatments and native plantings.
Robin Jensen, Finance Manager
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Robin is responsible for overseeing financial operations, including financial reporting. She is a Master Gardener Intern in Kitsap County and enjoys gardening, pets and hiking. She has a background in non-profit administration and management, and holds a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology from UC Santa Barbara and an MBA from University of Washington.
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.
Kelly R. S. Johnson, Sustainability Coordinator – AmeriCorps
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Kelly joined The Salmon Center on October 1st as one of the two AmeriCorps Sustainability Coordinators and will serve Mason County through August 15. 2016. Her current responsibilities include: maintaining the Farm at Water’s Edge, teaching nutrition education for the LinkUp afterschool program at Pioneer, and contributing to Mason County’s burgeoning Food Policy Council. Prior to moving to WA, she travelled various parts of the world working on different farms with a short stint at Hendrix College in AR to study Anthropology. A former KY resident, she hopes to experience all the outdoor adventure that the Pacific Northwest has to offer.
Zoë Moskwa, Sustainability Coordinator – AmeriCorps
Email Zoë • 360-275-3575, Ext. 10
Zoë joined the Salmon Center in October 2015 as one of the two AmeriCorps Sustainability Coordinators and will be serving until August 2016. Her 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 graduated with honors from Salve Regina University in May 2015 with a BA in Environmental Science. As a passionate environmentalist, Zoë is looking forward to exploring all three of Washington’s National Parks and assisting as much as possible with our salmon research projects.
Christine joined the team in 2016 and will be serving through the summer as an Education and Outreach intern. She was born and raised on the Kitsap peninsula in Washington, but now attends Coastal Carolina University where she will graduate next May with a BS in Marine Science (and possibly a minor in Biology). She loves spending her time home out hiking and camping. Her interest in fish and the environment started when she was young, playing in tide pools around the Puget sound, She always knew she wanted to do something involving the ocean for her career.