Meet our staff
Pictured left to right: Rebecca Wassell, Cassandra Weekes, Melissa Babik (formerly with Mid-Columbia Fisheries), Rhonda Starling, Margaret Neuman, Katrina Strathmann. Not pictured: Merritt Mitchell-Wajeeh and seasonal staff.
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, Yakima Basin Program Director
Landon Shaffer, Restoration Crew Supervisor
Landon Shaffer graduated from Pacific Lutheran University with a Bachelor’s of Science in Biology and for the past two years he has 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.
Riley Thorpe, Restoration Technician
Riley spent the last two years working in Bellingham, WA with the Washington Conservation Corps. His crew focused on restoring, maintaining, and monitoring salmon habitat within the City of Bellingham and the Lake Whatcom Watershed. Riley plans on going to school after his seasonal term with the Mid-Columbia Fisheries Enhancement Group to continue pursuing a career in environmental sciences.
Brandon Baxter, Restoration Technician
Brandon is a recent Central Washington University graduate who earned a degree in Environmental Geography with a specialization in Resource Management. His previous work with Mid-Columbia Fisheries Enhancement Group includes being an intern in the summer of 2016 where he focused on beaver monitoring and project development. Brandon plans to continue his work in restoration management and maintenance after his seasonal position as a restoration crew member.
Ryan Lechleiter, Restoration Technician
Ryan graduated from the University of Redlands with a degree in Business Administration and Environmental Business. He previously volunteered at the Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge working on a vegetation study. Ryan plans to return to school to study Botany after his season of working with the MCF.
Mid-Columbia Fisheries also employs seasonal staff, AmeriCorps members through the Washington Conservation Corps, and Central Washington University students through work study and internships.