Meet our staff

Margaret Neuman

Margaret Neuman, Executive Director
Margaret has directed the activities of Mid-Columbia Fisheries since 2005. She is responsible for the financial management of the organization, as well as project development and implementation in the Klickitat, White Salmon and Wind River watersheds. Prior to moving to the Mid-Columbia region, she worked with the Nooksack Salmon Enhancement Association.

 

 

 

Rebecca Wassell

 

Rebecca Wassell, Yakima Basin Program Director

Rebecca joined Mid-Columbia Fisheries in January of 2008. She is responsible for project development and implementation in the Yakima Basin, which encompasses most of Kittitas, Yakima and Benton counties. Rebecca brings six years of experience as a fisheries biologist with the USDA Forest Service to this position.

 

 Rhonda Starling
Rhonda Starling, Bookkeeper
Rhonda joined Mid-Columbia Fisheries in 2012. Rhonda tracks all cash flows, billing, and lines of credit in addition to maintaining payroll.

 

Katrina Strathmann
Katrina Strathmann, Project Manager & Plant Ecologist
Katrina has 15 years of experience managing ecological restoration projects in a variety of habitats, as well as an array of natural resources management including landscape-scale inventories, invasive plant management, native plant propagation, vegetation monitoring and rare plant management.

 

Kaitlin Deardorff, Project Manager

Landon Shaffer, Stewardship Coordinator
Landon Shaffer graduated from Pacific Lutheran University with a Bachelor’s of Science in Biology, and for two years worked for the Americorps-affiliated Washington Conservation Corps as both a natural resource technician and assistant crew supervisor. During this time, Landon had the opportunity to work with a number of fisheries enhancement groups including Skagit Fisheries Enhancement Group, Nooksack Salmon Enhancement Group, and the Sauk-Suiattle Indian Tribe.  Landon has supervised Mid-Columbia Fisheries seasonal restoration technicians since the spring of 2016.

 

 

Merritt Mitchell-Wajeeh
Merritt Mitchell-Wajeeh, Lower Yakima Project Manager
Merritt received her B.S. from the University of South Florida and a M.S. in Environmental Science and Education at Lesley College in Massachusetts. Merritt’s career experience includes being part of the opening team of The Florida Aquarium where she developed, marketed and implemented educational outreach programs for the public, and as External Affairs Manager/Ombudsman for the State of Florida Department of Environmental Protection. She is excited to expand her work in Washington. She resides in Sunnyside with her husband and two twin boys, where she operates a WSDA certified diversified organic farm.

 

Connor Parrish
Connor Parrish, Project Manager
Connor received a B.S. in Natural Resource Sciences from Washington State University and a M.S. in Biology from Central Washington University. His thesis work focused on the movement and habitat use of salmonids in urban streams. Connor’s previous experience includes working for various entities in Alaska, Idaho and Washington on projects related to fish and wildlife conservation. He joined Mid-Columbia Fisheries during the summer of 2017 as the eDNA field lead. He is currently managing the Bull Trout Task Force and various enhancement projects in the Naches region of the Yakima River Basin.
 
 

Mid-Columbia Fisheries employs seasonal staff, AmeriCorps members, and Central Washington University students through work study and internships.