The Upper Columbia Salmon Recovery Board has world class staff with expertise ranging from facilitation and mediation to fish biology to public policy and beyond. Get to know our staff members and find contact information in the section below.
Melody Kreimes, UCSRB Executive Director
Before coming to the UCSRB in 2013, Melody maintained a private practice as an environmental facilitator and mediator. She worked on a variety of issues, such as watershed planning, underground petroleum contaminations, public workshops on numerous contentious Draft Environmental Impact Statements, and marine fisheries impacts from power plant operations. Melody obtained a Bachelor of Science in natural resource sciences from Ohio State University, and a Master of Science in natural resource sciences from Washington State University with a research focus on collaboration and multiparty dispute resolution. Her home is nestled at the base of the mountains in Leavenworth, where she skis and hikes with her husband and two rambunctious children.
Science Program Manager
Greer has worked as a fish biologist for the past 10 years. She received a Master’s of Science from the University of Washington School or Aquatic and Fisheries Sciences studying juvenile Chinook salmon in the Columbia River estuary. Her professional experience includes working for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, U.S. Geological Survey, NOAA National Marine Fisheries Service, and U.S. Forest Service. She was also awarded a Knauss fellowship in 2007 to work in Washington, D.C. on national fisheries issues. Greer not only loves working in the rivers of North Central Washington she also enjoys recreating on and around them with her family.
Natural Resource Program Manager
Joy Juelson has worked in natural resource management for over 20 years in the Upper Columbia Region and has extensive multi-disciplinary experience as a result of working for the U.S. Forest Service, Chelan County Natural Resource Department, and in environmental consulting before joining the team at the Upper Columbia Salmon Recovery Board in 2012. Joy’s area of expertise focuses on the development and implementation of salmon recovery actions in the Upper Columbia Region. This includes working with Salmon Recovery Lead Entities, watershed planning units/action teams (WATs), tribes, local, state, and government agencies across the region in policy development, funding coordination, and implementation of the Upper Columbia Salmon Recovery Plan. Joy has earned a Master of Science degree from Central Washington University in Natural Resource Management Policy. In her spare time, she enjoys living the mountain life in Leavenworth, WA and traveling the world with her son.
Jean Evens has a bit of a checkered past. She has B.A. in social work, a Ph.D. in educational psychology, and a B.A. in accounting. She has worked in a variety of public, private, and non-profit settings as a social worker, canoe guide, educational researcher, college instructor, and CPA among other things. She has lived in Minnesota, Alaska, and Washington. Jean enjoys hiking, reading, canoeing, doing yoga, and being the numbers person for an organization that promotes healthy forests, rivers, and communities. She looks forward to a checkered future here.
Barbara Carrillo has over 20 years of experience in administration, office management and HR primarily with nonprofits and state and government entities. She received her Associates of Arts degree from Wenatchee Valley College and is currently working on finishing her Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications with Grand Canyon University. Barbara also has several years of experience as an independent consultant in media relations, writing, marketing and communications. She is also a past member of the Write On The River Board, a local, non profit organization that offers events and programs to the NCW Community of writers to hone their skills. Barbara currently serves on the Wenatchee Valley College Foundation Board as the Chair of the Development Committee. Barbara’s hobbies include volunteering at the Wenatchee Valley Humane Society with her daughter, reading historical fiction, running, snow skiing, boating and spending time in the great outdoors of North Central Washington with family and friends.
Natural Resources Coordinator
Pete’s interest in resource management started while fighting fires on the Idaho City Hotshot Crew, which allowed him to work and explore unique landscapes and ecosystems throughout the West. He saw both the destruction and utility wildfires can have on these landscapes in addition to the challenges that land managers and agencies face while balancing various interests. This experience prompted him to get his Master of Public Administration from University of Washington where he focused on the role non-governmental organizations play in shaping the landscape and helping achieve positive environmental and conservation outcomes. Currently, he serves on the Board of Directors for Wenatchee Outdoors and volunteers in a variety of capacities in the community. In his free time, he loves exploring North Central Washington by foot, bike and ski with his wife, young son, and dog (Smokey).