Blain Reeves is an assistant manager for the Aquatic Resources Division in the Washington Department of Natural Resources. His responsibilities include aquatic invasive species management, wildstock geoduck fishery management, aquatic science, and geographic information systems. Mr. Reeves has worked for natural resources agencies in Washington for almost 22 years, the first 3 years coordinating the statewide spartina eradication effort for the Washington Department of Agriculture and 19 years at the Department of Natural Resources working as a marine ecologist, environmental planner, and assistant division manager since 2009. He received a bachelor’s degree with a focus on marine ecology from The Evergreen State College.
Todd Murray has more than 20 years of experience working with exotic pests in agriculture, home horticulture, and natural resources. Currently, he is the Agriculture and Natural Resource Unit director for Washington State University Extension. The unit has 45 faculty serving the diverse needs of the agricultural and natural resource communities in all regions of Washington. Mr. Murray received a bachelor of science degree in biology from the University of Illinois-Chicago and a master of science degree in entomology from Washington State University.
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This council member is the operations manager of the agricultural program of the U.S. Customs and Border Protection at its Seattle field office.
Jason Anderson works as a riparian ecologist for the Stillaguamish Tribe of Indians Natural Resources Department. Currently he manages projects focused on riparian restoration in the Stillaguamish River Basin and is responsible for invasive plant control, native vegetation installation, native plant production, and monitoring. In addition to riparian projects, he has managed and served on teams to implement construction projects for fish passage, instream wood structures, and wetland mitigation in Western Washington. Prior to working in the realm of habitat restoration, Jason served as a Peace Corps volunteer at the Institute of Forest Ecology in Zvolen, Slovakia. He holds a bachelor of science degree in aquatic wildlife biology from the University of Montana and a master of science degree in freshwater ecology from Western Washington University.
For nearly 20 years, Steve Burke, the manager of the King County Noxious Weed Control Program, has worked on various aspects of invasive species management. With his honors degree in forest science from the University of Melbourne, Steve provided forestry extension services to landowners in Victoria, Australia. Following his interest in windbreaks and other agroforestry systems, he researched crop responses to windbreaks in Southeastern Australia resulting in a master’s degree in agricultural science and the book “Windbreaks." He managed statewide programs in community forestry and revegetation, and statewide programs in pest and plant, and animal management programs for the Victorian State Department of Natural Resources and Environment. Immediately before taking his current position, Mr. Burke worked for an environmental consulting firm on ecosystem restoration and regulatory compliance projects in Washington, California, and Alaska.
Marcie Clement is the manager of Chelan Public Utility District's Water Resources Program. She is a biologist with more than 20 years of experience working in the environmental compliance arena. She has been with the Chelan Public Utility District for 8 years, managing all things water and water quality related. She received her bachelor of science degree from Eastern Washington University and a master of science degree from the University of Colorado.
Carrie Cook-Tabor is a Fish Biologist at the Service’s Western Washington Fish and Wildlife Conservation Office and has worked for the Service since 1990. Ms. Cook-Tabor’s background is in hatchery and harvest assessment, modeling, and database management. Her current focus is on Coho salmon population assessment, salmon habitat restoration in Puget Sound, and resource monitoring at National Wildlife Refuges. Previously, she served as an alternate member to the Washington Invasive Species Council and has coordinated invasive species outreach events. Ms. Cook-Tabor has a bachelor’s degree from Humboldt State University and a master’s degree from the University of Washington.
Mary Fee, executive secretary for the Washington State Noxious Weed Control Board, started her career in noxious weed management as the Ferry County Noxious Weed Control Board coordinator. While managing on-the-ground control efforts of eastern Washington noxious weeds, she also worked with cooperative weed management groups and partner agencies. Leading up to her employment at Ferry County, she studied biology and environmental chemistry at Eastern Washington University. Ms. Fee also has gained valuable knowledge on western Washington noxious weed identification, control measures, and project management through her employment as a noxious weed control specialist for the King County Noxious Weed Control Program. Working in both eastern and western Washington, and for one of the smallest and the largest county governments in the state, has given her a unique perspective of noxious weed control efforts throughout Washington State.
Adam Fyall has been with Benton County for over 25 years, currently as the Sustainable Development Manager in the Commissioners Office where he oversees the parks department, communications department, economic development initiatives, natural resources issues, and intergovernmental affairs. He is the chairman of the Yakima Basin Fish and Wildlife Recovery Board, which has a keen interest in habitat and invasive species issues in Central Washington; and he is the County’s liaison to the Benton County Noxious Weed Control Board. Outside of work, Adam is a beekeeper, fisherman, and naturalist, which further lend to his personal interests in invasive species issues; and he is a long-tenured board member and former president of the Tapteal Greenway organization, which seeks to conserve and restore the naturally functioning ecology of the lower Yakima River.
Todd Hass oversees special projects at the Puget Sound Partnership. Since joining the agency in 2010, his work has focused on building regional consensus and analytical tools, especially in supporting strategic recovery planning and marine science and maritime management, and advancing oil spill policy and vessel traffic risk assessment in the Salish Sea. In addition to serving on the Invasive Species Council, he is an active member of the Puget Sound Harbor Safety Committee and Puget Sound Ecosystem Monitoring Program. He graduated from the University of Washington with a bachelor of science degree in zoology and a doctorate in biology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. After graduate school, Mr. Hass returned to the University of Washington as a researcher and lecturer, where he specialized in citizen science and taught several ecology and conservation courses. He now serves as an affiliate assistant professor in the School of Marine and Environmental Affairs at the University of Washington.
Greg Haubrich is the interim assistant director of the Washington State Department of Agriculture's Plant Protection Division. He has been with the department for nearly 40 years. In his current position, he leads staff and works with the industry and communities to aid in agricultural commerce and protect the environment.
Stacy Horton is a Policy Analyst and Biologist for the Washington Office of the Northwest Power and Conservation Council. The 1980 Northwest Power Act authorized Idaho, Montana, Oregon, and Washington to develop a regional power plan and fish and wildlife program to balance the Northwest's environment and energy needs. The heart of the council's mission is to preserve the benefits of the Columbia River for future generations.
Yolanda Inguanzo serves as the pest survey specialist of the Plant Protection and Quarantine program in Washington and Alaska under the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service.
Joe Maroney has been with the Kalispel Tribe of Indians since January 1995 and serves as the director of Fishery and Water Resources. He manages 3 programs and 22 employees. He has a vast knowledge of Columbia River basin resource management issues and their impacts on anadromous and resident fish resources. Mr. Maroney's entire career has been spent working on hydropower relicensing and implementation across Washington, Idaho, and Montana. He was a two-time chairman of the Columbia Basin Fish and Wildlife Authority representing resident fish managers. Mr. Maroney has worked on bull trout recovery, main stem fish passage, and non-native fish suppression and eradication projects focused on northern pike and brook trout.
Heidi McMaster is the Pacific Northwest regional hazmat and invasive species coordinator for the federal Bureau of Reclamation. She previously worked in the Lower Colorado Regional Office for 7 years before moving to the Pacific Northwest. Ms. McMaster obtained her master's degree in public health in environmental and occupational health from the University of Nevada Las Vegas and has a bachelor degree in environmental studies focusing on restoration ecology. She previously worked on the Yucca Mountain Project as a Department of Energy contractor and is a U.S. Army Disabled Veteran (Chemical Operations Specialist).
This member represents the Thirteenth District for the U.S. Coast Guard.
Allen Pleus is the ballast water and aquatic invasive species lead for the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife.
Karen Ripley is a forest entomologist and forest health monitoring coordinator for the U.S. Forest Service in Portland. She also produces wildfire information as a member of one of the Northwest’s eight Type 2 incident management teams. Ms. Ripley has a bachelor of arts degree in biology from Whitman College and a master of science degree in silviculture and forest protection (entomology) from the University of Washington. She worked as a gypsy moth trapper in the early 1990s when Asian gypsy moth were found in Washington, and subsequently helped organize a massive trapping effort to ensure that eradication efforts had been successful. She spent 23 years as the manager of the Forest Health Program for the Washington State Department of Natural Resources, providing private forest landowners and state land managers education, technical assistance, and financial assistance to meet diverse forest health goals.
Lizbeth Seebacher is a wetland and aquatic biologist for the Washington State Department of Ecology. She is the program manager for the aquatic plants and freshwater algae programs concentrating on invasive aquatic plants and lake restoration. Ms. Seebacher has been involved with invasive plant issues for 15 years working with nonprofit, federal, and county organizations. She has worked as a wetland biologist with the Army Corps of Engineers focusing on wetland mitigation compliance and as the coordinator of the Pacific Northwest Invasive Plant Council. She has a master of science degree in estuarine wetland restoration and a doctorate in freshwater wetland restoration with a focus on invasive species biology, both from the University of Washington.
Andrea Thorpe is the Natural Resources Program Manager at the Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission. In this position, she is responsible for guiding the natural resource stewardship throughout Washington’s state parks system. She also serves as an affiliate assistant professor in the School of Environmental and Forest Sciences at the University of Washington. Prior to working with Parks, she was the Washington Natural Heritage Program Manager in the Department of Natural Resources. She has also worked for the National Ecological Observatory Network and Institute for Applied Ecology. Andrea has a doctorate in ecology (focused on impacts of invasive plants on plant and microbial communities and nutrient cycling) from the University of Montana, a masters in ecology (focused on the population ecology of a rare plant) from San Diego State University, and bachelor of science in natural resources from Oregon State University.
Ray Willard is a landscape architect and the roadside maintenance program manager at the Washington State Department of Transportation. A 30-year department employee, he has been working on the state's integrated, roadside vegetation management for the past 20 years. The primary focus of his work has been creating and refining the statewide system for long-term planning and controlling roadside weeds using a process modeled on the principles of Integrated Pest Management. Mr. Willard worked on the legislation creating the Washington Invasive Species Council and has been participating in the council's work since its inception. He is a graduate of the University of Washington with a bachelor's degree in landscape architecture and has been licensed as a landscape architect in Washington since 1990. He is a past president of the National Roadside Vegetation Management Association, former chair and current member of the National Transportation Research Board's committee on roadside maintenance operations, and past president of the Washington State Weed Association.