The UCSRB is comprised of one Commissioner each from Chelan, Douglas, and Okanogan counties; and one representative each from the Colville Confederated Tribes and the Yakama Nation. The current composition of the five member 501 c 3 non-profit board is listed below.
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 love to enjoy the natural resources throughout the county, extending into the beautiful high Cascades.
Marc Straub, Douglas County Board Member
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 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.
Chuck Brushwood, Colville Confederated Tribes Board Member
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.
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.