Guido Rahr, President & CEO
Wild Salmon Center is the leading international organization dedicated to the conservation and sustainable use of wild salmon and their ecosystems across the Pacific Rim.
Under Mr. Rahr’s leadership, Wild Salmon Center has developed scientific research, habitat protection and fisheries improvement projects in dozens of rivers in Japan, the Russian Far East, Alaska, and the US Pacific Northwest. The WSC has also invested heavily in building local leadership for salmon conservation, making over $20 million in grants and establishing ten new independent salmon conservation organizations.
Mr. Rahr earned a Masters of Environmental Studies from Yale University. Before coming to the Wild Salmon Center, he developed conservation programs for Oregon Trout, the United Nations Development Programme, the Rainforest Alliance and Conservation International. Mr. Rahr is a member of World Conservation Union (IUCN) Salmon Specialist Group, and is a passionate fly fisherman and fly tyer. He lives in Portland, Oregon with his wife Lee and their three sons.
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Emily Anderson, Alaska Senior Program Manager
Emily joined the Wild Salmon Center in October 2012. She brings over fourteen years of experience in the fields of environmental education and environmental law and policy. A Minnesota native, Emily grew up exploring the many lakes, streams and wetlands in and around the state and developed a keen interest in issues effecting fish populations and water quality. After working for several years as an environmental educator and canoe guide in the Midwest and Washington, she attended Vermont Law School where she received a J.D. and a Master of Studies in Environmental Law. Since moving to Alaska in 2006, Emily has worked as an environmental attorney and legal consultant specializing in water law and fish habitat protection. She has experience representing the diverse interests of Alaska Native communities, NGOs, concerned citizens and commercial fishing groups. In her spare time, Emily enjoys hiking, cross country skiing, canoeing and exploring the Alaska backcountry with her faithful dog Chance.
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Lucy Bernard, Deputy Director, State of the Salmon
Lucy has been with Wild Salmon Center since 2004, and joined the State of the Salmon team as Deputy Director in 2011. She is responsible for program management and developing strategies and partnerships, drawing on her roots in biological research and salmon data management coupled with 20+ years of experience in community organizing and program development. Over the years Lucy has had the privilege of collaborating with a number of outstanding organizations and community leaders to develop and fund innovative projects to address environmental, social and economic challenges, including facilitating the founding of a national coalition of immigrant worker organizations. Before joining State of the Salmon, Lucy was WSC’s Director of Grant Programs, where she was instrumental in building WSC's development program. She holds a B.S. in Biology from Cornell University, is fluent in Spanish, struggling to learn Russian, and enjoys engaging in various outdoor pursuits.
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Greg Block, J.D., VP Conservation Finance and External Affairs
Mr. Block joined the Wild Salmon Center in September 2004. In his former position as the Director of the North American Commission for Environmental Cooperation based in Montreal, Canada, Mr. Block managed a staff of 20 senior managers working in the areas of international conservation of biodiversity; trade and environment; pollutants and health; and law and policy. He has led interdisciplinary teams on regional conservation initiatives in North America, and chaired several senior advisory groups. As a result of his international environmental work, he brings strong relationships with North American non-governmental organizations, government officials and universities. Mr. Block also served as the 2002-2004 Distinguished Environmental Law Scholar at Northwestern School of Law at Lewis and Clark College, and taught environmental law in Mexico under the auspices of a Fulbright Lecture Grant.
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Perry Broderick, Program Associate, State of the Salmon
Perry has been with Wild Salmon Center in varying capacities since 2011. Originally contributing to WSC through his work as a communications intern, Perry officially joined State of the Salmon and WSC as a Program Associate on the first day of 2013 – a grand day. He has lived and worked in Europe multiple times, traveled and volunteered in South America, and spends his summers commercial salmon fishing with his family in Bristol Bay, Alaska. In addition to his strong French and meager Spanish skills, he is learning Russian and can now piece together a handful of pathetic sentences. A graduate of University of Oregon, Perry has a background in communications and international studies, and experience in tech, communications, and commercial seafood industries. Perry enjoys family, friends, the great outdoors, Chuck Norris facts, technology, sunshine, a good book, sports, learning, the internet, traveling, the ocean, and adventures of all kinds.
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Brian Caouette, Director of Sustainable Fisheries and Markets Program
Brian joined Wild Salmon Center in 2004 and currently serves as Director of the Sustainable Fisheries and Markets Program. He is responsible for program leadership, strategy development, and coordination with partners. Brian received his MA in International Environmental Policy from the Monterey Institute of International Studies and a BA from Boston University. Formerly, Brian has worked with a variety of non-profit organizations including Pacific Environment and the Monterey Bay Aquarium, as well as lived and worked full time at two overseas nature parks: Muraviovka Park for Sustainable Land Use in the Russian Far East and the Animal Refuge Kansai in the hills above Osaka, Japan. Brian was a David L Boren Graduate Fellow in 2002 and was also awarded a US State Department Diplomacy Fellowship.
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Nelea Covaliova-Waer, Staff Accountant
Nelea (Nelly) is a native Russian, who was born in Uzbekistan and raised in Moldova. She came to the United States as a student in 2005 after completing her freshman year at Far Eastern State University of Humanities in Khabarovsk, Russia. She worked for the Wild Salmon Center Kamchatka Program in 2007 and 2008 while attending Portland State University and received a degree in Communications and now serves as Staff Accountant. Nelly's broad range of interests includes: art, yoga, cooking, and an unbelievable fascination with medieval European history.
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Devona Ensmenger, Washington Senior Program Manager, Port Angeles, Washington
A Pacific Northwest native, Devona jumped on board with Wild Salmon Center in 2006. She has 14 years of experience working with local communities and scientists to address salmon and steelhead conservation issues in Washington, Oregon and Idaho. She holds a B.A. in Physical Geography and acquired advanced education in Biology from Central Washington University where she also conducted international cross-discipline research in China as a NCUR/Lancy scholar and in Indonesia as a Brooks-Shaw scholar. Devona currently serves on several technical and policy committees for Washington coast salmon recovery organizations.
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Randy Ericksen, Salmon Management Specialist
Randy brings over 25 years of experience working in the areas of salmon stock assessment, monitoring, escapement goal evaluation and run forecasting. He worked for Alaska Department of Fish and Game's Sport Fish Division in its Southeast Region gaining strong, applied experience -- finishing his tenure at ADFG with oversight for management and research activities in the Haines/Skagway area. More recently, Randy worked for an Oregon consulting firm as a senior fisheries scientist where he evaluated salmon habitat and habitat development projects, including using salmon life cycle analysis in the Klamath River basin to assess water diversion activities on listed coho salmon. Randy's work with the Wild Salmon Center provides scientific and technical support to develop new salmon conservation policies and management practices around the Pacific Rim.
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David Finkel, Director of Development & Communications
David Finkel has over fifteen years of experience in the fields of conservation, fundraising, business development, and communications. Before coming to the Wild Salmon Center, David worked for other conservation NGOs in a variety of programmatic, development, and communications roles, worked in San Francisco's business sector, as a freelance writer, and as a wilderness guide in Alaska, the Rocky Mountains, and the Yukon Territory, Canada. David holds a Bachelor's Degree from Colgate University and a Masters of Environmental Studies from The Evergreen State College. A native of the Pacific Northwest, David lives in Portland, Oregon with his partner Sahra and their two daughters.
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Amber Gladieux, GIS Analyst
Amber came to the Wild Salmon Center in May 2009. She received a Graduate Certificate in GIS from Portland State University in 2009, and holds a Bachelor's Degree in Recreation from the University of Idaho, and an Associate's degree in Fish and Wildlife Management from Hocking College in Ohio. In her spare time Amber likes to explore Portland by bike, snowboard, canoe, travel and go camping in the great Northwest.
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Lori Alexander Howk, Communications Manager
Lori has a diverse range of experience working in communications for both agencies and corporate clients and is now thrilled to apply her knowledge to the non-profit sector. From web and media to marketing strategy and design, she has all aspects of communication covered to best tell the Wild Salmon Center story. Consistently striving to find a balance between her two passions -- science and art -- Lori has both a B.S. in Psychology from the University of Virginia (with an emphasis in Psychobiology) and an AA in Visual Communications Technology. The northwest has been her home since 1995 and she enjoys exploring all of its wonders with her family.
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Yuliya Klichkova, Western Pacific Program Associate
Yuliya Klichkova is a Kamchatka native and currently serves as the Russia program assistant for the Wild Salmon Center. Yuliya's expertise is in human relations particularly through her role as a translator, interpreter, and project coordinator. During the summers of 2007- 2008 Yuliya worked on a project for the National Geographic Society, which resulted in the published article titled "Kamchatka salmon: Where salmon rule." Previously, Yuliya worked for five years on fly fishing camps in Kamchatka. Yuliya graduated from Kamchatka State University with a degree in English as Second Language (ESL) and Interpreting.Yuliya grew up eating, fishing, and enjoying the benefits of wild salmon ecosystems. In her spare time she is an orchid addict who loves to cook, garden and dance.
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Kim Kosa, Development Coordinator
A New England native, Kim recently relocated to Oregon to explore the Pacific Northwest and has loved it ever since. Kim received her B.A. in International Relations from Bucknell University in Pennsylvania, and before joining the Wild Salmon Center spent four years in Washington, DC working with the American Cancer Society, coordinating their membership program and supporting their advocacy efforts to help cancer patients and caregivers. An avid outdoorswoman and traveler at heart, Kim is thrilled to apply her skills to international salmon conservation. In her free time she enjoys hiking, cooking, playing lacrosse and exploring Portland.
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Julie Kuchepatov, Senior Program Manager, Sustainable Fisheries and Markets
Julie was raised in Portland and stayed close to home receiving her bachelor's degree in Foreign Languages (Russian and French) from Lewis and Clark College and recently earned her MA in communications at Portland State University. She worked for 12 years as part of a team running one of the most successful sport fishing lodges in Russia. This position allowed her to gain valuable tundra experience and fine-tune her Russian language skills. Her role at Wild Salmon Center focuses on sustainable fisheries work on Sakhalin and putting her logistical and communications skills to work in support of the Sakhalin Salmon Initiative. Her extracurricular activities are dedicated solely to her two fabulous daughters.
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Sara LaBorde, Vice President for Conservation Programs and Operations
Sara joined the Wild Salmon Center in August 2012 and has over 30 years of professional experience in natural resources policy, business management, and environmental education. Sara earned a B.S. and M.S. in Natural Resource Management from the University Wisconsin-Stevens Point. She brings a wealth of experience in working with federal and state agencies, Tribes, local governments, and other stakeholders in salmon protection and recovery. Prior to joining WSC, Sara was the Special Assistant to the Director of Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) where she worked on salmon recovery, hatchery and harvest reform, and the development of alternative fishing approaches for the Lower Columbia River. She served as WDFW’s federal liaison in Washington DC and was the Regional Director for WDFW’s Coastal and Hood Canal region as well as Special Assistant to the state’s Wildlife Commission. Sara also served as the Chair of the North American Salmon Stronghold Partnership.
Sara is very passionate about WSC’s mission and brings a combination of energy, experience, and strategic thinking to the organization and its conservation programs. Sara lives in Portland, Oregon and enjoys golfing, catching fish, and sampling small-batch American Whiskeys.
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Jocelyn Lin, Salmon Management Analyst
Jocelyn has more than ten years of experience in fisheries science, researching genetic diversity in salmon populations and considering how evolutionary changes might affect population dynamics. She completed her B.S. in Ecology & Evolutionary Biology at Yale University and her Ph.D. in Aquatic & Fishery Sciences at the University of Washington. Jocelyn was also a Fulbright Fellow based in Shimizu, Japan. Prior to joining the Wild Salmon Center in April 2013, she was a postdoc at the NOAA Alaska Fisheries Science Center in Seattle. Jocelyn grew up in San Diego, CA and speaks Mandarin Chinese and Japanese. She enjoys reading, painting, and playing soccer in her spare time.
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Rich Lincoln, State of the Salmon Director
Rich has over 35 years of varied experience in fisheries research, management and policy in the northeastern Pacific as well as working on global fisheries sustainability. His professional interests have focused largely on salmon population conservation and its implications for harvest and hatchery management/reform and habitat protection. Before joining the Wild Salmon Center in 2008, Rich was the International Policy Director for the Marine Stewardship Council in London, UK. Prior to that, he had a long association with the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, first working on salmon fishery and freshwater production evaluation studies, and then moving onto various research, management and policy leadership roles in the department. These roles included serving as bi-lateral chair of the Pacific Salmon Commission's Fraser River Panel under the U.S.-Canada Salmon Treaty, leading development of Washington State's Wild Salmonid Policy and Wild Stock Initiative, and developing cooperative management arrangements with Northwest treaty Indian tribes. He brings strong dedication and collaborative innovation to the mission of ensuring that best available science is used to underpin and improve fishery resource policy and management decision-making. Rich is currently a member of the Pacific Fisheries Management Council and a US advisor to the North Pacific Anadromous Fish Commission.
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Leila Loder, Western Pacific Program Manager
Leila holds a master's degree in Environmental Leadership from Naropa University (U.S.) and a bachelor's degree in Journalism and Public Relations from Saint Petersburg State University (Russia). Her multidisciplinary background includes cross-cultural environmental work and project management, bilingual editing, journalism, photography, marketing and public relations. Leila grew up in Moscow, and her childhood was filled with weeks-long backpacking and kayaking trips in Russia. Her appreciation for nature eventually grew into passion for healthy ecosystems throughout the world. She is the founder of Russian Visions, a travel company that organizes ethno-ecological trips to Russia.
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Sarah Lonigro, Executive Assistant
Sarah joined the Wild Salmon Center in February, 2008. Prior to the Wild Salmon Center, she worked with Open Source Development Lab and Intel. Sarah brings over twelve years of professional experience to the Salmon Center. She holds a B.A. from the University of Montana in French Language and Literature with an emphasis in International Studies. Sarah has traveled extensively and spent two years in France living in Burgundy as an exchange student. Originally from the Northwest, in her free time, she enjoys the outdoors and is an avid traveler and reader.
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Jennifer Niemeck, Office and Human Resources Manager
Jennifer Niemeck is originally from Washington D.C. and has lived and traveled in many colorful places. After attaining a B.A. in Philosophy at U.C. Berkeley, she spent seven years in Brazil. Thereafter, she moved to Oregon where she has lived for the past six years. "For a city, Portland is incredibly livable," says the mother of two.
Jennifer brings to the Wild Salmon Center a true appreciation of conservation and protection of ecosystems. She spent the last four years as a personal assistant to a board member of several non-profits, an international attorney, and most recently as an Executive Assistant. She offers a variety of skills that support the day to day well-being of the Wild Salmon Center. In her spare time, she enjoys yoga, culinary arts, and hot springs.
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Amee Pacheco, Grant Programs Coordinator
A Portland native, Amee has spent the past four years in nonprofit development, most recently managing the grants program at a local educational organization. She holds a Bachelor's Degree in Journalism and a Graduate Certificate in Nonprofit Management, both from the University of Oregon. Amee has worked and volunteered in a variety of fields including animal advocacy, child abuse prevention, international aid, and education in the both the U.S. and Cambodia. When not writing grants she enjoys hiking, knitting, reading, and spending time with her many pets.
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Peter Rand, Ph.D., State of the Salmon Senior Conservation Biologist
Peter Rand brings to the State of the Salmon program 20 years of experience in basic and applied aquatic ecology, with a focus on fisheries science, management, and conservation. Peter is a graduate of Colgate University and received his master's and doctoral degrees from the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry. Peter was a postdoc at the University of British Columbia from 1995-1997 and an Assistant Professor in the Department of Zoology at North Carolina State University from 1997 to 2003. Peter has authored over 25 peer-reviewed journal articles, two book chapters, and numerous other publications. He has conducted work in a wide variety of ecosystems, including the Laurentian Great Lakes, the Caribbean Sea, and coastal and montane river systems in the southeastern United States. In recent years he as focused his attention on Pacific salmon river ecosystems in British Columbia, Alaska, Russia and Japan. Peter currently holds the position as the Red List Authority Focal Point for the IUCN Salmonid Specialist Group.
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Saule Richardson, Program Associate, Sustainable Fisheries and Markets
Saule is originally a Kazakh, born in Uzbekistan and raised in Tajikistan. She has a Master's degree in History from the Tajik State University. Before coming to the U.S., Saule had worked as a Consular and Administrative Assistant for the Royal Dutch Embassy in the Republic of Kazakhstan. She also has experience working as as a Domestic Violence Client Advocate for the Russian Oregon Social Services. Currently, Saule is working towards a certificate in Paralegal Studies program at Clark Community College. In her free time she enjoys spending time with family, reading books, watching movies, and travelling throughout the Pacific Northwest.
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Mark Trenholm, Salmon Stronghold Program Manager
Mark Trenholm joined the Wild Salmon Center in 2008. Prior to taking this position, Mark worked for seven years as the Executive Director of the Tillamook Bay National Estuary Project. Serving a diverse, multi-stakeholder Board and managing an eight person staff, Mark oversaw the implementation of almost 200 salmonid habitat enhancement, monitoring, and education projects. Prior to his work with the National Estuary Project, Mark managed a range of resource planning and community development projects as a planning consultant. He holds a Bachelors Degree in English from the University of North Carolina, Charlotte and a Masters of Community and Regional Planning from the University of Oregon. Mark enjoys steelheading, Red Sox baseball, and exploring the places salmon swim.
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Bob Van Dyk, Forest Policy Manager
Bob follows forest policy for the Wild Salmon Center, with much of his work focused on Oregon's state-owned Tillamook and Clatsop State Forests. These state forests cover the Coast Range between the Pacific Ocean and the Portland Metropolitan area, and they are home to some of the strongest wild salmon runs left in the state. Bob's background is in forest policy and academia. He has a Ph.D. in political science from the University of Washington, and he has worked for 15 years at Pacific University in Forest Grove, where he has served as the associate dean and the chair of the Department of Political Science. Bob is also trained in GIS, and he has a special passion for illustrating public policy through maps. In his spare time Bob tends a big garden, chases his kids, and gets lost on the back roads of Oregon's fabulous public lands.
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Mariusz Wroblewski, Western Pacific Program Director
From 1994-2002, Mariusz managed the Ponoi and Yokanga river fly fishing operations in the Kola Peninsula in northwestern Russia, where he oversaw conservation programs with the Atlantic Salmon Federation and Knipovich Polar Institute in Murmansk. From 2006-2011, Mariusz was Skeena River Program Director at Ecotrust in Portland Oregon. In this capacity, he helped to form the Skeena Wild Conservation Trust and serves as a Trustee. In 2010, Mariusz worked for WSC on contract, when he traveled to Moscow, Khabarovsk, and Kamchatka to advise our partners on promoting best practices in sport fishing. Mariusz speaks fluent Russian, Polish, and English, and is a PhD candidate degree from UC Berkeley in Slavic Languages and Literature. Mariusz is also a professional fly fishing guide and instructor. He was a member of the US tournament casting team in 1993, and in 2006 won the World Spey (two-handed) Casting Championship at the Golden Gate Angling and Casting Club in San Francisco.
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Aleksandr Yatskov, Western Pacific Program Grants Coordinator
Originally from Kiev, Ukraine, Aleksandr arrived to the U.S in April 1993. He received a Bachelors degree in Business Management from Phoenix University in December of 2003. He possess over ten years experience providing management, administrative and human resources support. His interests include camping; fishing; playing soccer, ice and roller hockey, volleyball, ping pong, tennis, and guitar.
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Olga Krever, Russian Policy Advisor
Olga Krever is an expert on protected areas and biodiversity conservation in Russia. She is assisting WSC on protected areas policy issues in Russia, including creation and financing of a network of salmon strongholds on Kamchatka. Olga works in close cooperation with the Russian Ministry of Natural Resources and is involved in several projects for the Ministry, for UNDP, WWF-Russia, as well as consulting government representatives in different administrative regions of Russia. She has also served as Head of the Protected Areas Legislative Department and Deputy Head of the Department of State Policy on Environment of the Ministry of Natural Resources of the Russian Federation.
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Nora McMoran, Interim Director of Finance
Nora comes to WSC with over thirty years experience in finance and accounting, the last sixteen years as a consultant in the roles of Interim Controller, Interim Director of Finance and Interim CFO. She likes working in the yard and lives in Portland with her daughter, Alexandra, and dogs, Casper and Lassie.
Jay Nicholas, Senior Salmon Scientist
Jay Nicholas brings 30 years of distinguished experience as a fisheries biologist. Jay's work as a fisheries scientist within Oregon agencies included the Department of Fish and Wildlife, the Governor's Office, and the Watershed Enhancement Board. His fisheries expertise is founded on a technical and intuitive understanding of wild Pacific salmon and historical management paradigms. Jay's fisheries policy work included leading a team of scientists and stakeholders who produced the Oregon Plan for Salmon and Watersheds. Jay dreams of wild salmon and healthy rivers. His passion for fish and family inspires his dedication to protecting the best remaining North American ecosystems, salmon, and our children's future. And by the way, he is a well-seasoned fly tyer and fly fisher.Email Jay Nicholas
Katrina Godshalk, Communications Intern
Katrina is currently an undergraduate at Prescott College, majoring in ecology and communication. She is passionate about salmon issues and their importance in creating sustainable solutions for many of the imbalances in our modern ecosystems. Katrina likes to hike, paint and breathe sea air.