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
Email Clayton • 360-275-3575, Ext. 25
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
Email Seth • 360-275-3575, Ext. 12
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.
Michelle Myers, Education & Habitat Projects Coordinator
Email Michelle • 360-275-3575, Ext. 22
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.
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.
Email Tori • 360-275-3575 Ext. 31
Tori joined the Salmon Center in September 2016 as a Sustainability Coordinator through the Americorps service program. She graduated from Western Washington University in spring 2016 with a B.S. in Environmental Science. Tori is now working with her fellow Sustainability Coordinator, Kate, to positively influence community and environmental health by providing quality organic produce and an educational display of how to grow healthy food sustainably. Her responsibilities include year round organic fruit and vegetable farming in the U-Pick Gardens as well as community outreach on sustainability and healthy eating at local schools and community events. In her free time, Tori enjoys swimming, hiking, and backpacking around the beautiful Pacific Northwest.
Email Kate • 360-275-3575 Ext. 31
Kate joined the Salmon Center in September 2016 as a Sustainability Coordinator Intern through AmeriCorps. Alongside Tori McCann, she is responsible for leading the development and implementation of sustainable agriculture projects, as well as coordinating with local students and community members on environmental curricula. She also collaborates with other staff members on habitat and research projects. Kate is a graduate of Western Kentucky University with a BA in Biological Anthropology. Her agricultural experience is rooted primarily in community gardening initiatives in south-central Kentucky, which introduced her to the concept of permaculture and its philosophy. Her personal pursuits include community organizing, environmentalism, and (slowly but surely) learning Scottish Gaelic.