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.
Megan Mueller, Vice President
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.
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.
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.
Bill grew up in Redmond, and has more than 39 years of experience managing, planning, designing, and implementing river, stream, lake and wetland rehabilitation projects. After graduating from Huxley College, a division of WWU in Bellingham, he worked on a CETA city-wide stream evaluation and restoration project for the City of Kirkland in the late 70’s. He then founded The Watershed Company, an environmental consulting firm in Kirkland, in 1982. He and his wife sold the company to staff in 2016. Since retiring, Bill has become more publicly active. He has also become a Board member of Friends of Lake Sammamish State Park and is also involved with supporting Sammamish Friends, Friends of East Lake Sammamish Trail, and the Kokanee Work Group.
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