Meet our Executive Director

Jenifer Naas - Executive Director

Jen grew up in Snohomish, Washington and spent most of her childhood playing ponds and streams. After finishing degrees in Environmental Science and spending some time as a planner for Kent, WA and King county, she finished Masters' degrees in Planning and Public Administration from the University of Washington. Jen spent six years at Washington State University Extension in Clark County as the Watershed Stewards Coordinator where she worked with citizens to educate and enhance SW Washington's water resources. She enjoys hiking, camping, and spending time with her two kids and husband.

Meet the Board

J. Maury Harris - Board Chair

Maury grew up fishing on the rivers of the Pacific Northwest thanks to his father who put a spinning reel in his hands at an early age. This is also how he found his passion for the environment, fish and wildlife, and watershed restoration. Today, when he's not on a boat or hiking a trail, you're likely to find him at the Community Foundation for Southwest Washington working as the organization's Marketing and Communications Specialist. He graduated from the Edward R. Murrow School of Communications at Washington State University in 2005 and began volunteering with the Salmon Creek Watershed Council in 2009 as writer and editor of the Salmon Creek Current, the organization's quarterly newsletter.

Jeff Wittler - Vice Board Chair

Jeff is the Environmental Resources Manager for Clark Public Utilities. He has been with the Utility for 15 years and manages the Utilities' Salmon Creek Watershed Restoration Program which has restored 16 miles of streams and planted over 740,000 trees. He has 17 years experience restoring streams in SW Washington. He is a past recipient of Vancouver-Clark Parks Evergreen Award for volunteer contributions to Parks. He has also been recognized by Clark County with it's Sammy Award for volunteer and professional contributions to salmon recovery in Clark County. He is on the Board and helped found NatureScaping 15 years ago. Jeff is also a board member for the Lower Columbia Fish Enhancement Group and the regional Watershed Planning Unit. He is a 2006 graduate of Leadership Clark County.

Steven Fountain - Secretary

Steve Fountain grew up on Oregon’s McKenzie River and moved back to the Pacific Northwest in 2007 to live and work in the Salmon Creek watershed. He teaches early American, Native American, and environmental history at Washington State University Vancouver and is in the early stages of research for a book on southwest Washington’s land use history. He has presented on early North American exploration and exotic, invasive, and reintroduced species to dozens of schools, universities, tribes, and professional organizations. Since coming to Vancouver, he has also begun a project to get WSU students out of the classroom to explore the history and restoration of Salmon Creek and its tributaries. Steve has a B.S. from Western Oregon University, an M.A. from the University of Nebraska, and a 2007 Ph.D. from the University of California - Davis, where he was the Jackson Fellow in Environmental History at Department of History, Washington State University Vancouver.

Ben Meyer - Treasurer

Ben has been a fisheries biologist with the Federal government for over 30 years, 16 of which have dealt with evaluating and overseeing projects that modify or restore aquatic habitat in the Pacific Northwest. Ben also served 7 years as chairman of a Ducks Unlimited Chapter in Southern California raising money for creation of wetland habitat. He is a graduate of Humboldt State University with a degree in Fisheries Biology with post-graduate work at San Diego State University in aquatic ecology.

David Page - Member

David graduated from the March 2006 WSU Clark County Extension Watershed Steward class and has volunteered over 1,000 hours in outreach and restoration activities. David owns and operates the local software company, Mekos Corporation, and lived overlooking Salmon Creek in the Felida area from 1975 through 2011. He is a citizen board member of the Vancouver Lake Watershed Partnership. David is a charter member of the Salmon Creeks Lions Club, an active volunteer with Gifford Pinchot Task Force, and has served on a number of computer related advisory councils over the years. And, he is passionately awaiting the return of salmon, steelhead, and sea run cutthroat trout in high numbers to Salmon Creek.

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