Board of Directors
Noel Gilbrough, President
Noel draws from a deep well of experience amassed from a long career as an engineer (now retired) with the Army Corps of Engineers. He brings to Mid Sound Fisheries Enhancement Group a wealth of knowledge related to environmental engineering and enhancement projects in the Puget Sound region. Along with his work as Mid Sound president, Noel has acted as Mid Sound representative to the WRIA 9 forum. Noel is an avid cyclist, skier, metal artist and outdoorsman.
Paul Singer, Vice President
Paul earned two bachelor’s degrees from Michigan State University. He has held creative director posts at Gyro, a digital advertising agency, named “Top B2B Agency” in Europe and the U.S. nearly two dozen times; and at BBDO Proximity’s largest U.S. office, Barefoot. He also has served as executive creative director of The Matale Line, where he provided creative counsel to global nonprofits, including UNICEF, U.N. World Food Programme, and Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation. Currently, Paul helms a creative consultancy that provides copywriting, creative direction and brand strategy to B2C, B2B and nonprofit clients nationwide.
Matthew Distler, Treasurer
Matt is an ecologist with an enduring interest in aquatic and wetland systems, stream ecology and ecological restoration. His professional experience includes vegetation management research and planning for urban parks, stream and riparian restoration with the Washington Conservation Corps, research on phytoplankton dynamics with the Marine Biological Laboratory, wetland restoration and vegetation monitoring to improve spawning conditions for walleye, northern pike, and muskellunge in Lake Ontario and the St. Lawrence River, and land management planning in the Cascade Mountains. Matt joined the Mid Sound Fisheries Enhancement Group board in 2012.
Jeff Vanderpham, Secretary
Jeff is an aquatic ecologist with over 15 years of diverse experience in habitat restoration, environmental assessment, permitting and research. He has a BSc from the University of Washington and a PhD in Ecology from the University of Otago, New Zealand. Jeff has worked professionally in the academic, research, private consulting and regulatory fields. Although specialized as a freshwater fish biologist, he has a broad background working as an ecologist in terrestrial, marine, freshwater and wetland systems, spanning from California to Alaska, and Alberta to New Zealand. Jeff joined the board in 2016.
Jonathan is a licensed attorney with experience in non-profit organizational and finance issues who’s passionate about preserving local salmon runs. With a background in corporate law and global compliance, he is currently working as a legal editor drafting articles and practical advice on legal, finance and compliance issues. When not working, Jonathan reconnects with the Pacific Northwest through camping, running and kayaking. Jonathan joined the board in 2016.
Marlene currently works at Confluence Environmental Company and has specialized in marine and freshwater biology since 2000. She manages and implements a variety of fisheries projects, with a focus on shellfish aquaculture. Marlene is a certified senior author for biological assessments, and has written numerous consultations for the Endangered Species Act (ESA), Marine Mammal Protection Act (MMPA), and Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act (MSA). She has coordinated with federal, state, and local agencies to complete environmental permitting of marine projects. She is well versed at describing the direct impacts/benefits that an operation or project might have on the environment. She joined the board in 2017.
Megan is a marine policy professional focused on the intersection of scientific research and its application to effective public policy. She completed a BS in marine science and biology and holds a JD along with a certificate in environmental law. Megan spent her early career in Washington, DC working for NOAA before falling and love with and moving to the Pacific Northwest. She brings experience working on ocean and environmental policy issues with the federal, state, and local governments and is currently working for the City of Seattle on shoreline management and development issues. She is an avid hiker, outdoors enthusiast, and novice sailer working on restoration of her 20′ sailboat. Megan joined the board in 2017.
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