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, Natural Resource Projects Assistant
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 and Steelhead Biologist
Email Clayton • 360-275-3575, Ext. 25
Clayton joined the Salmon Center in April of 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 Bachelors of Environmental Science from Western Washington University’s Huxley College of the Environment in 2013.
Email Kim • 360-275-3575, Ext. 11
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
Email Sarah • 360-275-3575, Ext. 13
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 Daniel • 360-275-3575, Ext. 24
Daniel joined the Salmon Center in 2010 and has been an integral component of grounds maintenance while assisting with occasional field work. Daniel supervises field crews on various projects around the farm. You will often find him on the tractor, mower or other equipment keeping our walking trails and grounds in good condition!
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.
Email Courtnee • 360-275-3575, Ext. 16
Courtnee is responsible for maintaining the accounting system for the organization. Within that role she works closely with the Project Administrator managing all financial aspects of multiple project grants, interacting with many vendors and granting agencies. She helps maintain quality controls within the organization. Additionally, Courtnee aids in general human resource issues in correlation with the Executive Director, and provides general information to members of the public about the facility. Courtnee holds a degree in Accounting and has worked in the accounting field for approximately ten years, holding down multiple part-time positions for various companies as their accounting manager and maintaining the financial records for a family owned business while being a stay at home mom. She is a long time resident of the Belfair area, enjoys various outdoor activities, and loves spending time with her family.
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.
Email Erin • 360-275-3575, Ext. 12
Erin has worked with the Salmon Center as an intern and staff member since May of 2015. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication Studies from Colorado State University in 2015. Her responsibilities include managing communications between the HCSEG and the greater Hood Canal community through outreach, education and volunteer recruitment activities. She assists with environmental education events and programs for students K-12, as well as working with habitat restoration staff to involve volunteers in restoration, monitoring and research activities. She enjoys spending time in the great outdoors with family and friends, camping, and hiking. As a new resident of Washington she enjoys exploring all that the Pacific Northwest has to offer!
Beth Gizzi, Administrative Support
Email Beth • 360-275-3575, Ext. 10
Beth joined our team in July of 2015. Beth is responsible for administrative support here at The Salmon Center as well as planning and organizing the Wild Salmon Hall of Fame Gala and Dinner. She comes to us with 13 years’ experience in the area of customer service and bookkeeping. She also has many years of fundraising experience for various organizations that she brings with her. She loves educating the public on organizations in their community that they can get involved in and raising funding to help groups like The Salmon Center make a positive impact for future generations. She loves spending time outdoors close to water with her family and friends.