Melody Kreimes

Executive Director
(509) 888-0321
(509) 670-5523

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.

Sarah Walker

Natural Resource Program Manager
(509) 630-8226

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.

Tracy Bowerman

Science Program Manager
(541) 915-3910

Tracy has worked in river conservation for the past two decades. She earned a Ph.D. in Aquatic Ecology from Utah State University and has studied salmon and trout populations throughout the Pacific Northwest. She has worked as a research scientist for the University of Idaho and the U.S. Geological Survey in Hawaii. Tracy previously taught at Salish-Kootenai College in Montana and worked in natural resource outreach, education, and policy in Oregon’s high desert. Tracy loves exploring the mountains and rivers of North Central Washington with her family.

Nicole Jordan

Communications and Outreach Specialist
(509) 662-4707
(360) 319-1365

Nicole Jordan relocated to the Wenatchee area from Bellingham with her husband in December 2019. She holds her bachelor’s degree in Environmental Communication and Education from Huxley College at Western Washington University and has worked several years in professional communication and outreach for marine conservation in Puget Sound. She is passionate about uniting different perspectives, building partnerships and tracking our collective impact. She is originally from Colorado/Wyoming area and enjoys hiking, sailing, scuba diving, sustainable living and traveling.

Dave Hecker

Lead Entity Coordinator
(208) 869-9446

Dave was raised in Idaho where he developed a love for the outdoors at a young age. He has worked in the conservation field over the past 8 years with public, private and nonprofit organizations. His experience includes work in fisheries, wildlife, youth education and conservation corps program administration. At the University of Montana he completed a Bachelor of Science in Natural Resource Conservation with an emphasis in Ecological Restoration. Dave currently lives in Wenatchee and his favorite days are those spent floating scenic rivers throughout the West.

Ryan Niemeyer

Watershed Program Manager
(509) 429-4475

Ryan is a seventh generation Washingtonian and grew up on an alfalfa farm in Okanogan County where his parents still live. He completed his Masters in Natural Resources and PhD in Water Resources both at University of Idaho. He subsequently completed a postdoctoral fellowship at University of Washington and University of California Santa Barbara. He has worked on various natural resource issues including the impact of dams on river temperatures in the Eastern US, forest thinning impacts on water resources the interior Pacific Northwest, and riparian buffers in Nicaragua. He currently lives with his wife and two kids and enjoys hiking, hunting, and fishing.

Alicia Meier

Program Assistant
(541) 420-5472

Alicia has 10 years of experience as an administrative and program assistant for an engineering firm in Central Oregon.  She received her Bachelors of Science degree in Environmental Science from Willamette University and was an Environmental Extension volunteer in The Gambia, West Africa with the Peace Corps.  Alicia and her family moved to Wenatchee in the summer of 2015 and have enjoyed the outdoor wonders the Wenatchee Valley has to offer.  In her spare time Alicia coaches indoor and sand club volleyball and enjoys camping, rafting and hiking with her husband and son.

Caitlin Vanderpool

Finance Manager
(509) 429-7223

Caitlin started her career in accounting back in 2013 while working for an environmental instruments manufacturing company. She expanded her financial expertise through public accounting from 2015-2019 before coming to UCSRB in the fall of 2019. Caitlin obtained her Bachelor of Business Administration, as well as her Master of Accounting from Washington State University. Raised in the Okanogan Valley, she always loved the time that she spent in the mountains and on the water with her family and continues to bring that passion into her position here at UCSRB. Now, living in the Wenatchee Valley with her husband, she spends her free time exploring the valley and restoring cars.

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