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.
Greer Maier, 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.
Joy Juelson, 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, Fiscal Representative
Jean approaches her role as the fiscal representative for the Upper Columbia Salmon Recovery Board from a variety of perspectives. She has a B.A. in social work and a Ph.D. in educational psychology, and has worked in a variety of social service and education settings throughout her career, serving as a county social worker, counselor, canoe guide, student support services director, educational researcher, and college instructor among other things. More recently, Jean obtained a B.A. in accounting and a certified public accountant license. She has worked in public, private, and non-profit settings, specializing in small-business accounting and taxation and in QuickBooks consulting. Although new to natural resources and to Washington, Jean enjoys the mission of the UCSRB and the chance to hike, read, practice yoga, and eat good Mexican food in the North Cascades. The weather is also warmer than in her native Minnesota.
Barbara Carrillo, Office Manager
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.
MarySutton Carruthers, Watershed Analysis Program Manager
Prior to joining the UCSRB, MarySutton worked with The Nature Conservancy and the Tapash Sustainable Forest Collaborative to protect and restore central Washington forests. Her work experience includes water quality and salmon habitat restoration work in Skagit County, naturalist guiding in Wyoming, and organic farming in Vermont. She received her Bachelor of Science from the University of Vermont focusing on environmental science and conservation biology and completed her Master of Science at Western Washington University with a focus on freshwater resources. Originally from North Carolina, MarySutton began calling Washington home in 2007. In her free time she volunteers with Mission Ridge Ski Patrol, explores the trails around Leavenworth, and experiments with bread making and beer brewing.
James White, Operations Program Manager
James has worked in salmon recovery for over a decade, including five years working for the Washington State Habitat Conservation Office and Salmon Recovery Divisions of the NOAA National Marine Service. He received a Bachelor of Arts in physical geography/geomorphology from Central Washington University, and did graduate work in water resource policy and adaptive management as part of CWU’s Resource and Environmental Management program. In addition to his time in salmon recovery, James has had a broad work experience including language translation, environmental consulting, programming, graphic design, paleontology, IT/MIS, teaching music, and cleaning monkey cages. James lives in East Wenatchee with his wife and four children. A lifelong maker and self-professed nerd, when he isn’t working, James is in pursuit of one of several do
Pete Teigen, 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).