Commissioner Doug England, Chelan County Board Member
Doug England grew up working on the family orchard overlooking Lake Chelan. When he was a teenager, his father was critically injured while fighting a forest fire above Wenatchee. Doug and his brothers and sisters worked together to save the family orchard planted by his great grandfather. He and his wife, Jama, are now enjoying watching their children raise the 6th generation of family to grow up in the valley. They earned their degrees from Washington State University. Doug then went on to earn his Masters Degree. After fulfilling a military obligation in the army, they settled into the Lake Chelan Valley 36 years ago.
Doug has managed a fruit cooperative, Manson Growers, for over 30 years. Through good crops and bad, he has made difficult decisions that affected the livelihood of both employees and growers. He has balanced multi-million dollar budgets. For many years he has been involved in board and volunteer efforts both locally in the community and statewide in the apple industry. He has served for a number of terms as a director of the Washington State Horticulture Association, and is currently President of the Northwest Wholesale Board in Wenatchee. He was a member of the first class of EMTs in the Chelan Valley and served for 20 years. Doug and his extended family loved to enjoy the natural resources throughout the county, extending into the beautiful high Cascades
Commissioner Steve Jenkins, Douglas County Board Member
Steve Jenkins, Bridgeport, is a Douglas County Commissioner who has served the people of Douglas County since 2010. He is a current member of the Upper Columbia Salmon Recovery Board.
He is a past member of the Washington Rural Water, National Rural Water, Association of Washington Cities, City of Insurance Association of Washington, and Washington Association of Sheriffs and Police Chiefs. He is also a past appointee to the Governor’s Natural Resources Council, Legislative Committee on City and County Finance, and Municipal Research Council and Emergency Management Co-Chairman to the Task Force on State Preparedness.
Steve and his wife Janie have been married for 48 years with four children and nine grandchildren. The oldest grandchild is in the Marines and the youngest is five years old. Steve enjoys camping, fishing, biking and snow shoeing with his family.
Commissioner Andy Hover, Okanogan County Board Member
Andy Hover, Winthrop, is an Okanogan County Commissioner elected in 2016. He serves on the Upper Columbia Salmon Recovery Board, the Methow Watershed Council, and Eastern Washington Cascades Provincial Advisory Committee.
Andy, along with his wife Jennifer and son Saxton, live in the Methow Valley where Andy was raised. There they maintain a small cattle operation as well as a custom farming business. Andy attended Washington State University where he received a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture Technology and Management.
Bill Towey, Colville Confederated Tribes Board Member
Bill Towey has been involved in Columbia River management issues for the past 24 years; most recently as Policy Analyst for the Colville Confederated Tribes where he provides policy direction to the Fish and Wildlife Department Director and Chairman of the Colville Business Council’s Fish and Wildlife Committee. Bill is responsible for the oversight and management of the Tribe’s Upper Columbia Salmon Recovery Program, the Pacific Coastal Salmon Recovery Funding project, provides oversight for the Tribes Fish Accords, and represents the Colville Tribes in Columbia River Basin policy forums.
He is currently serving, and has served, on many regional fish recovery committees and boards relating to enhancement and recovery of Columbia River fish and wildlife including the Upper Columbia Salmon Recovery Board and the Bonneville Environmental Foundation. He has co-authored several peer reviewed scientific articles which have appeared in Fisheries Magazine and Ecological Restoration.
Bill grew up in Eastern Washington (Spokane Valley) and graduated from Washington State University with a Bachelor of Science in Biology in 1990. He and his wife Karlyn have two daughters, Bailey and Avery. Bill's interests include coaching fast pitch softball, flyfishing, and hunting.
Paul Ward, Yakama Nation Board Member
Paul Ward has over thirteen years experience in Columbia River fisheries management and is currently Fisheries Manager for the Yakama Nation. Prior to becoming Manager, Paul worked on fisheries habitat issues and also Hanford Nuclear Reservation issues as they relate to the Yakama Nation. Paul currently serves on a variety of boards including the Upper Columbia Salmon Recovery Board, the Yakima Basin Fish and Wildlife Recovery Board, the Nature Conservancy State Board of Trustees and the Yakima Valley Community Foundation.
Paul, an enrolled member of the Yakama Nation, graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in History from the University of Washington and a Juris Doctorate from the University of Washington, School of Law in 1996. Paul and his children live on the Yakama Indian Reservation in Central Washington State. Paul hunts for reservation community needs and enjoys golf.