Wild Salmon Center is an international organization with programmatic activities in the Russian Far East, Japan, Alaska, British Columbia, Washington, Oregon, and California. The home office is located in Portland, Oregon in the Jean Vollum Natural Capital Center, with satellite offices in Alaska and Washington state. See our employment page for job opportunities.
Our talented staff labor behind the scenes on behalf of coalitions and local communities, always putting fish first. And their origin stories, as well as those of thousands of others across this vast salmon region, serve as inspiration for our daily conservation work. Get to know our people and their motivations with our Life History Project video series.
Guido Rahr | President & CEO
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, British Columbia and the US Pacific Northwest, raising over $100 million in grants, establishing fourteen new conservation organizations, and protecting 6.7 million acres of habitat including public lands management designations and ten new large scale habitat reserves on key salmon rivers across the Pacific Rim.
Mr. Rahr earned a BA in English Literature from the University of Oregon and 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 the 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. | Email Guido Rahr
Emily Anderson | Alaska Program Director
Emily joined the Wild Salmon Center in October 2012 and is based in Anchorage. 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 affecting 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. | Email Emily Anderson
Will Atlas. Ph.D. | Salmon Watershed Scientist
Will Atlas joined the Wild Salmon Center in 2020 as a Salmon Watershed Scientist. Salmon and trout are a lifelong passion for Will, and during the course of his career he has spent time living and working on the Olympic Peninsula, in Bristol Bay, in Northern California, and on the Central Coast of British Columbia. Prior to joining our team, he spent ten years in British Columbia, working with First Nations to build community-based salmon science initiatives. This research has focused on population monitoring and assessment tools for remote watersheds on the Central Coast of BC, and understanding how fisheries and climate act synergistically to drive salmon population trajectories. He holds an MSc and PhD in Biological Sciences from Simon Fraser University, and a BSc in Aquatic and Fishery Sciences from the University of Washington. In his free time Will enjoys exploring the Pacific Northwest, on foot or by boat with his wife Olivia. | Email Will Atlas
Jessica Baker | Accounting and Office Administrator
Jessica joined the Wild Salmon Center in 2022. A Pacific Northwest native, her fascination with conservation began with a salmon unit in her 4th grade classroom, and led to earning her B.S. in Fisheries and Wildlife Sciences from Oregon State University. Prior to joining WSC her career spanned animal husbandry, library management, education, and nonprofit development and communications.
Outside of work Jessica enjoys spending time with her boyfriend and their 2 cats, volunteering weekly at a therapeutic riding center, reading, and searching for the perfect cheeseless pizza. | Email Jessica Baker
Caylin Barter | Oregon Water Policy Director
Caylin Barter joined Wild Salmon Center in 2020 as Water Policy Program Manager, championing legislative and administrative reforms to protect and restore streamflow in Oregon’s salmon-bearing streams and rivers. She works with a broad coalition of water stakeholders, including conservation groups, industry trade associations, special districts, legislators, Tribes, and agencies, and she brings experience gained in private practice, environmental NGOs, and the public sector.
Before joining WSC, Caylin was an associate at a northwest law firm, advising clients throughout Oregon on water and environmental matters. She previously led the streamflow restoration program at the nation’s oldest water trust, facilitating water rights transfers with farmers and ranchers to improve instream habitat for ESA-listed salmonids. Caylin has also worked in applied conservation and spent several summers as a seasonal employee of the U.S. Forest Service, including fighting wildfires as a member of the Prineville Interagency Hotshot Crew and surveying streams on the Tahoe National Forest. She holds a J.D. with Certificate in Water & Environmental Law from the University of Arizona and a B.S. in Natural Resources from Cornell University. Outside of the office, you can find her exploring Oregon’s rivers, forests, mountains, deserts, and coastline with her family. | Email Caylin Barter
Oakley Brooks | Communications Director
Oakley Brooks is an editorial content developer and communications strategist. With Ecotrust, between 2012-2015, he led media outreach and built a new organizational blog and a digital magazine, Commonplace. Previously, he served as contributing editor at Nature Conservancy magazine. He’s a former journalist whose work has appeared in news outlets around the world, including The New York Times, International Herald Tribune, Los Angeles Times, and the Christian Science Monitor. Oakley earned a B.A. in history from Princeton University, with a focus on African and environmental history. He was writer-in-residence at the Earth Observatory of Singapore in 2009-2010. Oakley lives in Portland with his wife and daughter; they like to dig in the dirt, paddle rivers and bays, seek out new birds in the city, and play and watch soccer. | Email Oakley Brooks
Michelle Cramer | Habitat Restoration Engineer
Michelle joined the Wild Salmon Center in January 2022 bringing with her 25 years+ of engineering experience in reviewing, designing, and managing stream habitat restoration projects throughout Washington State. She currently serves on Washington State’s Salmon Recovery Funding Board’s Statewide Technical Review Panel to ensure salmon restoration project proposals and designs are technically sound. She was the managing editor of Washington State’s Stream Habitat Restoration Guidelines and the Integrated Streambank Protection Guidelines.
Michelle grew up in the Sierra Nevada foothills of northern California and moved to Washington after graduating from Humboldt State University with a B.S. in Environmental Engineering. She enjoys boating the Puget Sound and being in, near or on Pacific Northwest rivers. In her spare time, she volunteers at a dog shelter walking and playing with dogs while they wait for their “furever” home. Michelle lives in Olympia, Washington with her husband, two sons and dog. | Email Michelle Cramer
Jody Creasman | Media Design Coordinator
Jody joined the Wild Salmon Center in 2019. Bringing over 20 years of design and communications experience, she has a diverse background working for agencies, higher education, and non-profit organizations. Jody earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Graphic Design and Art History from Montana State University in Bozeman. As a native Montanan, Jody’s love of the outdoors and her respect for the natural world was imprinted at a young age. This passion for the outdoors involves volunteering with Harper’s Playground, a local non-profit advocating for outdoor equity and inclusion through innovative and accessible playgrounds. In her spare time Jody enjoys traveling, gardening, bicycling, backpacking, and exploring the beautiful Northwest with her family and friends. | Email Jody Creasman
Ramona DeNies | Senior Writer
Ramona joined the Wild Salmon Center in August 2019 to help tell its stories. Previously, she was the News and Travel Editor at Portland Monthly, where she also led the fact-checking department and wrote features on subjects including wildlife smuggling and the seafood industry. Prior to Portland Monthly, Ramona ran communications for several nonprofits and directed a Latin American trade association. Her journalism has appeared in Outside, the Believer, and the Seattle Met. She has a B.A. in English and Latin American Studies from the University of Kansas and an MFA in Creative Writing from Portland State University. In Portland since 2001, find her running trails, writing-about-town, and enjoying pints with friends and family. | Email Ramona DeNies
Stacey Detwiler | Oregon Policy Manager
Stacey Detwiler joined the Wild Salmon Center in 2022 as the Oregon Policy Manager. She brings more than twelve years of experience in clean water policy and river protection, from Washington, DC to southwestern Oregon. Stacey is a part of the team working to conserve and restore streamflow and advance climate-smart forestry reforms to better protect wild salmon streams. Prior to taking this position, she worked as the Conservation Director for Rogue Riverkeeper in southern Oregon where she led multiple campaigns to protect and restore clean water in the Rogue watershed. Stacey earned her M.S. in Water Resources Policy and Management from Oregon State University where she researched the management of forest roads on private industrial forest lands to reduce chronic sediment pollution to streams. She also served on the Board of the Marys River Watershed Council. Before moving west, Stacey spent five years working for American Rivers in Washington, DC, on federal clean water policies that promote green infrastructure and reduce polluted runoff. In DC, she also served on the Executive Board of DC EcoWomen, a nonprofit organization that works to empower women in the environmental field. In her spare time, you can find Stacey hiking, paddling a local river, taking a dance class, fly fishing, or playing her guitar. | Email Stacey Detwiler
Melaney Dunne | Salmon Watershed Scientist
Melaney joined the Wild Salmon Center in 2022. At WSC, Melaney is eager to work at the nexus of science and conservation, contributing to research and supporting the Science Team through program management and coordination activities. Melaney’s career has focused on conservation science & strategy both at local and global scales. Prior to joining WSC, Melaney worked at The Nature Conservancy and served as the Executive Director of the Coquille Watershed Association, where she advanced salmon conservation projects, research and outreach on Oregon’s South Coast. She holds a B.S. in Biology and B.A. in Environmental Studies from Loyola University Chicago and an M.S. in Conservation Biology (Fisheries and Aquatic Biology) from the University of Minnesota. Outside of work, you’ll often find Mel on the river, hiking, gardening or baking up a new recipe! She lives with her partner and pets in Portland.| Email Melaney Dunne
Tim Elder, Ph.D. | Southwest Oregon Program Manager
Tim is a native Southern Oregonian and recent graduate from the Environmental Science and Management Department at Portland State University. Tim’s doctoral work focused on human impacts to salmon populations in the Columbia River, with a focus on juvenile survival, life history diversity and morphometrics. Tim holds a B.S. in Biology from Southern Oregon University. Prior to joining WSC, Tim worked as a fisheries biologist for the Pacific States Marine Fisheries Commission, botany technician for the Bureau of Land Management and wilderness backpacking guide. Be it rivers, lakes or mountains, Tim has a deep connection to the wild places of Southern Oregon. | Email Tim Elder
Erin Ellis | HR Specialist
Erin Ellis joined Wild Salmon Center in November of 2021. She came to the organization following a long career developing and leading programs in the victim rights movement advocating for a wide range of marginalized communities. She brings with her a deep understanding of the intersection between environmental advocacy and social justice where solutions come from working to build whole and healthy communities with equal access to resources and a shared responsibility in restoration. She holds a bachelors in Public Health Studies and a graduate certificate in Human Resources Management from Portland State University.
Erin lives in Portland and in her free time can be found with her family traveling along the west coast in their vintage Volkswagen Vanagon affectionately named Endeavour. Of course there is always a bucket of knitting and a book somewhere nearby. | Email Erin Ellis
David Finkel | Executive Director of The Stronghold Fund and VP of Development & Communications
For twenty years David has worked in conservation, focused primarily on the preservation of watersheds, fisheries, and public lands. Since joining WSC in 2007 David has played a central leadership role at the organization: he’s built an outstanding team, grown and diversified WSC’s revenue base, helped establish the Alaska and British Columbia programs, and co-founded The Stronghold Fund which he leads as its Executive Director.
David holds a B.A. from Colgate University and a Masters of Environmental Studies from The Evergreen State College. Born and raised in the Pacific Northwest, David is an avid fly fisherman with a passion for wilderness. He lives in Seattle, Washington with his wife and children. | Email David Finkel
Jon Hart | GIS Spatial Analyst
Jon joined the Wild Salmon Center in March 2022, bringing with him diverse experience in environmental data science and conservation planning. Prior to joining WSC, Jon worked in environmental consulting as a GIS professional supporting land use planning in several national monuments managed by the US Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management. During his multidisciplinary master’s work, Jon worked alongside a group of his peers and their client American Rivers to develop fuels reduction prioritization methodologies that maximize benefits to river ecosystems in the face of increasing wildfire risk across the West.
Jon holds a GIS Certificate with a Concentration in Environmental Analysis from San Francisco State, a B.A. in Business Economics from the University of California Santa Barbara, and a Master of Environmental Science and Management (MESM) from the Bren School at the University of California Santa Barbara where he also served as a Forest Sustainability Fellow. A California native, Jon enjoys spending his free time exploring his new Pacific Northwest home on a mountain bike, tied into a climbing rope, or paddling down a river. | Email John Hart
Jessica Helsley | Director of Government Affairs
Jess joined the Wild Salmon Center in 2018. Prior to taking this position, Jess served as the Executive Director of the Coast Salmon Foundation on Washington State’s beautiful wild coast. Jess earned a B.S. in Conservation Social Science and a M.S. in Natural Resources and Environmental Science from the University of Idaho. When not working to protect and restore salmon and steelhead populations, Jess can be found with her family foraging for Pacific Northwest delicacies, honing her fly fishing skills, whitewater rafting, or climbing steep canyon walls with her pudelpointer chasing the elusive chukar partridge. | Email Jessica Helsley
Kathy Holler | Chief Financial Officer (CFO)
After growing up in the scorching desert of Arizona, Kathy relocated to Washington in 2012 to get closer to the forests and beaches that she loves. She joined the Wild Salmon Center in 2014 and leads the finance, human resources, and admin functions of the organization. She received a B.S. in Accountancy and a B.S. in Computer Information Systems from Arizona State University, and earned her CPA License in 2001 and CGMA designation in 2015. She has over 20 years of experience working in various industries as the lead accountant. Prior to WSC, Kathy served as the Chief Financial Officer for a behavioral health company based in Yuma, AZ. Throughout her career, she has found that her passion lies in finding ways to give back to the community and working somewhere that truly makes a difference in people’s lives. In her spare time, Kathy enjoys exploring all aspects of the Pacific Northwest’s beauty through hiking, camping, kayaking, wine tasting, gardening and playing outdoors with her husband and their three daughters. | Email Kathy Holler
Lori Howk | Sr Media Design Manager
Lori joined the Wild Salmon Center in 2008 and brings a diverse range of communications experience from working at agencies, corporations and non-profits. 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. from the University of Virginia and an A.A. in Visual Communications Technology. The northwest has been her home since 1995 and she enjoys exploring all of its wonders with her family. | Email Lori Howk
Kim Kosa | Development Director
Kim joined the Wild Salmon Center in 2011 and oversees its fundraising programs, including the Annual Fund, donor relationships, corporate partnerships and planned giving. She brings thirteen years of experience in nonprofit fundraising, including with the advocacy arm of the American Cancer Society in Washington, DC. A New England native, Kim’s passion for conservation is rooted in her lifelong love for wildlife and the outdoors, prompting her to relocate to the Pacific Northwest. She holds a B.A. from Bucknell University and a Master’s in Environmental and Natural Resources Law from Lewis & Clark Law School, and currently resides in Bellingham, WA. In her spare time you can find Kim wading through beautiful rivers, hunting for chanterelles, or exploring new trails with her family. | Email Kim Kosa
Betsy Krier | Fish Habitat Specialist, Olympic Peninsula
Betsy joined the Wild Salmon Center in November 2019 to advance our Cold Water Connection work on the Olympic Coast. Growing up in a small Wisconsin town, Betsy spent time planting trees in the family yard, and fishing for bluegill and bass in a local lake. She earned a dual B.S. in Wildlife Ecology and Geography from the University of Wisconsin Madison; following her graduation, she directed her early enjoyment of fish, trees, and the outdoors into a 15-year career with the U.S. Forest Service, in national forests on the Olympic Peninsula and the Tongass in SE Alaska. At WSC, Betsy is looking forward to working across land ownerships to reconnect and restore salmon and steelhead habitat on the Olympic Coast. Her home base in Forks includes her boyfriend and a supportive cast of cats, dogs, goats, and chickens. | Email Betsy Krier
Hollye Maxwell | Executive Assistant
Hollye joined the Wild Salmon Center in 2016. Native to the Southeastern United States, at ten, Hollye announced to her family she would move west as soon as she could. In 1995, her dream became a reality. Along the way, she achieved several degrees in art and architectural history, and interior design. She enjoys exploring the Pacific Northwest with her family, and in her spare time, paints oil on canvas and watercolor renderings of the PNW landscape, flora, and fauna. She is also an avid cook, gardener, and food preservationist. She lives in Portland with her family. | Email Hollye Maxwell
Amee Pacheco | Sr Grants Manager
Amee joined the Wild Salmon Center in 2010. She has a B.A. 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, local food systems, child abuse prevention, international aid, and education in the both the U.S. and Cambodia. When not writing grants she enjoys knitting, reading, gardening, and exploring the great Northwest with her husband and sons. | Email Amee Pacheco
Audie Paulus | Development Manager
Audie joined the Wild Salmon Center in 2015 and has helped jump start its Stronghold Guardian program and grow its Annual Fund. She has her bachelor’s degree in Environmental Science and Biology from the University of Oregon and holds a certification in Permaculture Design. Her passion for conservation has led her to work for Environmental Law Alliance Worldwide and conduct research for the University of Oregon’s Environmental Leadership Program. She currently lives in Portland and in her free time enjoys live music and exploring the rivers and forests of the PNW with a fly rod in hand and her pup Frankie by her side. Email Audie Paulus
Nancy Slavin | Grants Coordinator
Nancy is honored to have joined the Wild Salmon Center in 2021. For over 20 years, Nancy was a professional writer and educator along the beautiful North Oregon coast. After moving with her family to the city in 2015, Nancy transitioned into nonprofit development work where she is passionate about co-creating equitable economic systems in service of climate and racial justice. Nancy holds a B.A. in English from Northwestern University’s Honors Writing Program and a M.A. in English from Portland State University. She lives south of Portland with her spouse, a professional fishing guide, and their daughter. She continues to write, hike, practice yoga and somatics, and volunteers on the leadership team of her county’s Showing Up for Racial Justice chapter. Email Nancy Slavin
Matthew Sloat, Ph.D. | Director of Science
Matt is a fish ecologist who joined the Wild Salmon Center in 2015, bringing with him 20 years of research experience in the Rocky Mountains, Alaska, the Pacific Northwest and California. His recent research interests encompass all things that influence salmon ecosystem resiliency, including cultural and economic incentives for salmon conservation; biophysical processes that create and maintain salmon streams; and the environmental, physiological, and genetic basis for salmonid life history diversity. He holds B.A.s in Wildlife Biology and in English from the University of Montana, a Master’s in Fish Management from Montana State University, and a Ph.D. in Fisheries Science from Oregon State University. Matt enjoys messing around in and on rivers with his family and occasionally catches a fish or two on the fly. | Email Matthew Sloat
Ellie Stair | Development Assistant
Ellie joined the Wild Salmon Center in 2019. She has lived across the United States and developed a love for many different types of environments, preferring the Pacific Northwest to call home. While working for a small non-profit in San Francisco she developed a passion for native ecosystems and habitat restoration and still enjoys gardening for wildlife (and food) at her house in Portland. She has a BA in Geography from San Francisco State University, with a focus on GIS. In her free time she enjoys working on any number of house projects, hiking and camping, and dancing to kindie rock with her husband, kids and animals. | Email Ellie Stair
Tasha Thompson, Ph. D. | Polsky Conservation Research Fellow
Tasha is a conservation geneticist and molecular ecologist interested in the genetic and evolutionary basis of adaptive diversity in Pacific salmon to inform conservation. Born and raised in Utah, Tasha completed her undergraduate studies at University of Utah. She spent three summers on a Hotshot crew fighting fires in the west, including rivers where she later conducted field work sampling juvenile salmonids. Tasha earned her Ph.D. in Integrative Genetics and Genomics at the University of California, Davis, where she helped discover the genetic and evolutionary basis of spring run-timing in Chinook salmon.
Tasha is the inaugural Polsky Conservation Research Fellow at the Wild Salmon Center where she is developing a public database of whole genomes collected from hundreds of Chinook salmon and steelhead across the species’ range. Tasha lives in Oregon on the beautiful North Umpqua River with her husband, toddler twins, and a dog. | Email Tasha Thompson
Mark Trenholm | Coastal Program Director
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 has a B.A. 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 that salmon swim. | Email Mark Trenholm
Bob Van Dyk, Ph.D. | Oregon and California Policy Director
Bob first worked for Wild Salmon Center on Oregon State Forest policy in 2010, and he now leads our efforts to protect and restore salmon strongholds in Oregon and California. Bob’s background is in forest policy and in academia. He has a Ph.D. in political science from the University of Washington, and he worked for 21 years at Pacific University in Forest Grove, where he is now a professor emeritus. Bob is also trained in G.I.S., and he has a passion for illustrating public policy through maps. In his spare time, Bob tends a big garden, travels with his family and explores the Pacific Northwest’s fabulous public lands. | Email Bob Van Dyk
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 the Skeena River Program Director at Ecotrust in Portland, Oregon. In this capacity, he helped to form the Skeena Wild Conservation Trust and now 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 Ph.D. degree candidate in Slavic Languages and Literature at University of California – Berkeley. 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. | Email Mariusz Wroblewski