The Upper Columbia Salmon Recovery Board has world class staff with expertise ranging from facilitation and mediation to fish biology to public policy and beyond. Get to know our staff members and find contact information in the section below.
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.
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 of 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.
Natural Resource Program Manager
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.
Natural Resource Program Manager/Lead Entity 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, two young sons, and dog (Smokey).
Watershed Program Manager
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.
Communications and Outreach Specialist
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.
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 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.
Tristan is a recent college graduate who has joined the UCSRB team for another summer as a Financial Assistant. Tristan attended Pacific Lutheran University where he earned his bachelor’s degree in Finance and a minor in German. At PLU, Tristan also competed for all his 4 years as a Linebacker on the football team. In his spare time, Tristan loves to play his instruments, ski, hike, and explore all that the Pacific Northwest has to offer.