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.
Shawn has a Masters of Taxation degree from Portland State University, and a Bachelors of Arts in Accounting degree from Western Washington University. He is a CPA who has worked in the public sector, mostly with state and local governments for the past 20+ years. Shawn has also volunteered with several social service organizations helping to meet the needs of the community. He is originally from Washington but spent eleven years working in Alaska. Shawn enjoys hiking and camping throughout the northwest with his wife and daughters.
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.
Tayna’s journey into the field of natural resources began in 2009 when she realized she no longer wished to pursue a career in child psychology. Her love for the great outdoors called her in a different direction and she decided to enroll in the Natural Resources Program at Wenatchee Valley College. After obtaining her AAS in 2012, Tayna was hired on at the Chelan County Noxious Weed Control Board to work on a special grant-funded project to survey and control invasive knotweed. During her 8 years at Chelan County, Tayna also worked as a grant specialist, helping manage multiple grants for various invasive species control projects. Tayna has done volunteer work for the Chelan-Douglas Land Trust as well as The Nature Conservancy. In her leisure time, Tayna enjoys hiking, yoga, nature photography, cooking and road trips to beachy places with her family.
Communications & Outreach Coordinator
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 her Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications with Grand Canyon University. Barbara also has many years of experience as an independent consultant in media relations, outreach, journalism, marketing and communications. She is a past member of the Write On The River Board, a local, nonprofit organization that offers events, workshops and programs to the NCW Community of writers to hone their skills. Additionally, Barbara currently serves on the Wenatchee Valley College Foundation Board Executive Committee as well as serving as Chair of their Events and Outreach Committee. Barbara’s hobbies include enjoying the great outdoors of the Pacific Northwest with family and friends, reading historical fiction, and spending time with family and friends.
Natural Resource Program Manager
Sarah’s natural resource work in the Upper Columbia region began in 1999. Her experience in the public and private sector has involved data collection and analysis, as well as facilitating, coordinating, and reporting on watershed and salmon habitat restoration initiatives. Her emphasis on collaborative solutions to complex environmental issues stems from her time as a Peace Corps volunteer in Botswana, where she worked on conflicts between wildlife and rural communities. She received her Master of Science in Environmental Science from Washington State University, with a focus on resource management and conflict resolution, and a Bachelor of Arts from Wellesley College. In her leisure time, Sarah enjoys fishing, paddling, camping, and hiking around the Pacific Northwest with her two sons and husband.
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).
Jacob is brand new to the UCSRB, but was born and raised in the Wenatchee Valley. He is currently pursuing his undergraduate degree in environmental studies with an emphasis in ecological systems from Seattle University, while also playing baseball for the University. Because of his love for fishing, hiking and the outdoors, Jacob also plans to pursue a Master’s of Science in natural resource management. While working with the UCSRB this summer, he is also playing with the local collegiate summer baseball team, the Wenatchee Applesox. Jacob spends much of his free time fishing, hiking and camping, and has had the chance to experience numerous different rivers in eastern and western Washington.