Shannon L. Adams, Yakama Nation
Shannon L. Adams is an enrolled Yakama with Yakama Nation. She has over 20 years of experience in natural resource management with Yakama Nation and is currently the Fisheries Resource Management Habitat Section Coordinator. For the past 13 years, she has worked on habitat improvements for steelhead and lamprey on the Yakama Reservation in Satus, Toppenish and Ahtanum watersheds. Some of her major achievements include removing two irrigation dams impeding fish passage (Satus creek and Toppenish Creek) and passing a resolution with the Yakama Nation Council for the Toppenish Creek Corridor Plan—a plan 25 years in the making. Her goal as an Upper Columbia Salmon Recovery Board director is to work collaboratively with all groups involved and communicate the Yakama Nation’s interests in salmon, lamprey and sturgeon recovery in the Columbia Basin. She is optimistic that the region’s collective efforts will lead to healthy riverine ecosystems for key species to thrive. Shannon holds a zoology degree from the University of Washington. In her free time, she enjoys horseback riding with her 3 grandchildren and beading.
Commissioner Marc Straub, Douglas County
Marc Straub, Orondo, is a Douglas County Commissioner elected in 2018. For the last 16 years he has served as CEO For Building North Central Washington, a non-profit trade association. His previous experience includes small business ownership and management. He and his wife Juli have been married for 30 years and raised their four children on land a few miles south of the Beebe Bridge, where Juli’s father and grandfather had farmed since the early 1940’s. Their oldest daughter is a communications manager; their youngest daughter is a second grade teacher; their oldest son recently earned his fisheries & aquaculture degree and their youngest son is serving our country in the United States Marine Corp.
Marc studied business finance and economics at Central Washington University, and, in his free time, enjoys camping, fishing, hunting and hiking.
Commissioner Bob Bugert, Chelan County
Bob serves as District 2 Commissioner for Chelan County, elected in 2018. Bob’s work has been focused on natural resource issues for the bulk of his career—either at the Washington State level or in the upper Columbia Region. Before his election, Bob served ten years as Executive Director of the Chelan-Douglas Land Trust, and for the ten years prior to that with the Governor’s Salmon Recovery Office—working specifically to establish regional salmon recovery boards. Prior to that, he worked ten years as a research biologist for Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife. He has a BS in Wildlife Biology and MS in Fisheries Resources. In addition to his current service with the Upper Columbia Salmon Recovery Board, Bob is on the North Central Washington Forest Health Collaborative and as a gubernatorial appointment on the Washington State Salmon Recovery Funding Board.
Commissioner Andy Hover, Okanogan County
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 lives in the Methow Valley where he was raised. There they maintain a custom farming business. Andy attended Washington State University where he received a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture Technology and Management.
Chuck Brushwood, Colville Confederated Tribes
Chuck Brushwood, Omak, is a Senior Policy Analyst with the Colville Confederated Tribes’ Fish and Wildlife Department and has served in that role since 2009. Chuck provides policy support and recommendations to the Department Director and key staff in matters relating to fish and wildlife management, harvest, and jurisdiction with a particular focus on the federal Endangered Species Act and salmon and steelhead recovery.
Chuck moved from West Virginia to the Methow Valley in 1991 for a summer job with the U.S. Forest Service and decided to make north central Washington his home. He currently serves on the Okanogan County Water Conservancy Board and Icicle Work Group and previously served as the Board Chair of the Cascade Columbia Fisheries Enhancement Group.
Chuck earned a Juris Doctorate and Certificate in Sustainable Environmental, Energy, and Resources Law from the Willamette University College of Law and a Bachelor of Science degree with an emphasis in Ecology from the Evergreen State College. In his free time Chuck enjoys hunting, fishing, hiking, and river running.