Alison grew up exploring the rivers, farms and mountains of the Skagit Valley. After receiving a Master of Marine Affairs degree from the University of Washington and a Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Science from UC Santa Barbara Alison first starting working for SFEG in 1997. In 1999 she became the Executive Director. Alison greatly values her role at SFEG and her role in helping to ensure that the Magic of the Skagit remains intact for future generations. Alison is the mother of two sons, Ervin and Zakary. When not working, she and her husband Drew delight in sharing new adventures as a family rafting, kayaking, camping and exploring.
Why I Do the Conservation Work That I Do an article by Alison Studley (pdf)
Sue has a Master’s degree in Fluvial Geomorphology from Colorado State University, and Bachelor’s degrees in Forestry and Watershed Science from the University of Montana. Prior to joining SFEG Ms. Madsen spent 15 years working as an environmental consultant specializing in watershed analysis, in-stream flow studies and hydropower relicensing. Her work at SFEG involves writing grant proposals, developing and overseeing habitat restoration and monitoring projects, and supervising implementation of project work by SFEG’s field staff. When not knee deep in the Skagit River, Sue enjoys sea kayaking, diving, moonlight snowshoe trips and backpacking. She can be reached at smadsen @ skagitfisheries.org
A native of Ohio, Lucy joined the SFEG team in 1999 after completing a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Communication, Education, and Interpretation at the Ohio State University. Lucy really enjoys teaching kids and adults about salmon and stream ecology. In her spare time she enjoys birding, hiking, traveling, and photography. As a ‘flatlander’ Lucy is very appreciative of Washington’s mountains, and as a ‘landlubber’ she is really trying to appreciate being on boats! Reach her at ldegrace @ skagitfisheries.org
Debbie has a background in finance and business and is currently working with several non-profit organizations throughout Skagit County. She is native to Skagit County. Her interest in salmon began as a slimer on a 300’ Alaskan Processor. She volunteers with her church, Summit Assistance Dogs, Girl Scouts and Skagit Service Stitchers. Her interests are in quilting, camping and genealogy. She can be reached at accounting @ skagitfisheries.org
After traveling the world and researching whales (ask Joe about Iceland) Joe entered into Skagit Valley College’s Environmental Program. His experience there ignited his love for salmon in the Pacific Northwest. Soon after, he joined the ranks of Skagit Fisheries Enhancement Group as a Restoration Technician. When not saving salmon, Joe is an active bee-keeper, maintains a carnivorous plant bog which he designed, is a marksman with the Skagit Muzzleloaders, an ethno-botanist, a wood-worker and loves Star Trek. Contact him at joe @ skagitfisheries.org
Kyle Koch, Habitat Restoration Coordinator, Bellingham
Kyle moved to Washington from New Hampshire in 2007 to be the AmeriCorps WCC restoration assistant with SFEG. He liked the area so much, especially the North Cascades Mountain Range that he decided to stay. In 2008 there was a field position opening within SFEG that he jumped right into. He has been there ever since as a Field Technician. Kyle has a Bachelor of Science degree in Ecology from Unity College in Maine. He enjoys exploring outside, reading, photography and other outdoor activities. Kyle can be reached at kyle @ skagitfisheries.org
Bengt Miller, Stewardship Coordinator, Bellingham
Bengt began his restoration career right out of college. After an internship performing in-stream monitoring during the summer of 1999 he became the first AmeriCorps/WCC individual placement Skagit Fisheries employed. After his year of service he moved to Maine to do another AmeriCorps year. Upon returning back to the Northwest he used his AmeriCorps education allowance to attend the Bellingham Technical College, where he learned about land surveying, mapping and GIS. Since February of 2009 he has been employed by Skagit Fisheries as a Watershed Restoration Technician. He loves the outdoor aspect of his job and finds the work fulfilling. Outside of work he can usually be found wherever there is an Ultimate Frisbee game. Contact Bengt at bmiller @ skagitfisheries.org
Lindsey grew up in Maple Valley, Washington as well as in the Cascade Mountains. With parents who encouraged her to hike the muddy trails and watch the spawning salmon in local streams, she was bound for an environmental path. After graduating from Western Washington University with a degree in Environmental Studies, Lindsey spent two years with the Washington Conservation Corps before becoming a nomad. She moved to Montana to learn to ski, then to Kansas to work on a peach orchard, and finally to southern California where she began her 2,600 mile journey home on the Pacific Crest Trail. When she’s not working, she can be found on a trail in the mountains (far away from the crowds) or in a kitchen trying to cook up something new and challenging.
Stephanie grew up in Lynnwood, Washington on a small piece of property in the middle of the city. After moving to Cheyenne, Wyoming for five years she decided to move to Mount Vernon, Washington, where she first began her relationship with SFEG as a planting party volunteer in 2008. After graduating high school she went off to Alaska to work in the commercial fishing industry for a few years before reappearing in 2014 as the spawner survey intern. She is currently in the process of acquiring a Bachelor of Applied Science in Environmental Conservation from Skagit Valley College. You can expect to find her making any excuse to get outside in her spare time, rain or shine. She enjoys drawing, kayaking, and exploring what the Pacific Northwest has to offer.
Tyler is a graduate of Central Wyoming College who graduated with an Outdoor Education and Leadership degree. He grew up in a small town of Monmouth Beach, New Jersey before spending a few years between central and north western Wyoming. Tyler then moved to Victor, Idaho to endure in the adventures of multi day sea kayaking and raft guiding trips in the Greater Yellowstone region. With a screaming passion to explore further and expand his knowledge and experience, Tyler moved to the Pacific Northwest do help play his part in the restoration efforts for salmon in the Skagit Watershed. In his spare time, you can find him out backpacking, hiking, or out on the ski slopes.
Emmett is a recent graduate of the University of Washington’s School of Environmental and Forest Sciences. He grew up on Lopez Island in the San Juan Archipelago, an area still very near and dear to his heart. In addition to his love of working, hiking, and exploring in the outdoors, he enjoys woodcarving, running, and traveling the world. He has spent extensive time in Central America, an area he considers a second home. He is excited for the opportunity to work with the fine folks at Skagit Fisheries.
Erin was born in Seattle and raised in Tacoma. Her answer to “what do you want to be when you grow up?” was always “a biologist.” In 2011 she moved to Bellingham and 4 years later she graduated from Western Washington University with a BS in Ecology. During her time at WWU, she studied abroad twice: first as a field research assistant in Nepal where she trekked over 200 miles through the Himalayas, and then in Mexico, where she assisted with several shallow water field studies. Before graduation she managed a research team of 10 WWU students for two years conducting a project studying harbor seal predation on spawning salmon and she was a data analysis intern with the City of Bellingham Natural Resources Division. After graduation, she worked on commercial fishing vessels in the Gulf of Alaska where she collected biological data for NOAA. When she is not working, she loves cooking, acrylic painting, hiking and working in her garden.
Keelin graduated from Huxley College at Western Washington University with a BS in Environmental Science and an emphasis in Freshwater Ecology. Born and raised in Bremerton, Washington, she enjoys riding horses, backpacking and fly fishing. She decided to join AmeriCorps because she values service to the community, and wants to be a good steward of the environment. She has a deep passion for the integral role that salmon play in the Pacific Northwest and hopes to be able to make a difference in their return home from the sea. She’s looking forward to learning in this position and being a voice in the community.
Emily graduated from Gettysburg College with a BS in Biology. For two summers, she worked at a US Geological Survey lab as part of the field crew, snorkeling in the Delaware River and monitoring freshwater mussel populations. She then worked as a math tutor for K-12 students. Emily enjoys helping student understand and appreciate difficult topics and is excited to finally combine her experience teaching with her love of the environment as Education Associate. Off the job, she looks forward to discovering all that Washington has to offer.