Alexis joined the Recreation and Conservation Office in 2016 as the administrative assistant for the Salmon Section and became the community outreach and environmental education specialist for the Washington Invasive Species Council in 2019. Originally from the Midwest, she earned a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice and environmental science from Ashland University. Since graduating, she has worked with both state and federal governments, starting as a seasonal park ranger with the National Park Service and later landing a permanent job working for the Washington State Department of Natural Resources as the state’s only full time education and enforcement warden.
Julia McNamara joined the Recreation and Conservation Office in 2019 as the administrative assistant for the Invasive Species Council and the Policy Section. She earned her bachelor’s degree in biology from Saint Martin’s University in 2017. In her last year of college, she spent time studying the invasive species, potamopyrgus antipodarum, more commonly known as the New Zealand mud snail.
Justin Bush was hired as the executive coordinator to the Washington Invasive Species Council in 2016. Justin has been working on invasive species issues since 2008 with federal, state, regional, and local organizations including King County, Skamania County, and the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center at the University of Texas at Austin where he managed the Texasinvasives.org statewide partnership. During these years, he has been involved in various projects to prevent, detect, and control both aquatic and terrestrial invasive species and is passionate about reducing the threat they pose to the economy, native species and ecosystems. When not working to stop invasive species, Justin can be found kayaking, SCUBA diving, riding motorcycles, and traveling.
Wyatt Lundquist joined the Recreation and Conservation Office as the board liaison in January 2018. Before that, Wyatt worked in the Government Affairs Division and the Fish Program at the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife. Wyatt is a born-and-raised Washingtonian and graduated from Central Washington University with a bachelor of arts degree in law and justice and a bachelor of science degree in interdisciplinary studies. Wyatt loves to fish, hunt, and backpack. He prefers these activities take place in the Pacific Northwest because it’s hard to hang a hammock without trees. Go Wildcats!