Term runs until July 15, 2021
Jeff Breckel has extensive experience in salmon recovery and natural resource issues. He retired in 2016 after serving 18 years as the executive director of the Lower Columbia Fish Recovery Board. While there, he led the board from its inception, through writing the first salmon recovery plan in Washington to be federally approved, to seeing that same plan implemented. Before leading that board, Mr. Breckel served as a nuclear waste policy adviser for the Governor’s Office and Washington State Department of Ecology. Previous to that, he was the executive director of the Columbia River Gorge Commission, which protects the unique scenic, natural, historical, and cultural features of the Columbia River Gorge. He came to the commission after serving in the Navy, where he earned the rank of lieutenant. He received a bachelor of arts degree in business administration from the University of Washington.
Term runs until July 15, 2021
Bob Bugert serves as commissioner of Chelan County. Before that, he served for 10 years as the executive director of the Chelan-Douglas Land Trust and for 10 years as eastern Washington regional coordinator for the Governor’s Salmon Recovery Office where he worked on the formation of regional salmon recovery organizations. Mr. Bugert also worked with the Mid-Columbia Public Utility Districts in the formation of The Tributary Fund, which provides grants for salmon habitat recovery. In addition, he worked with the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife on habitat and hatchery programs in eastern Washington. He has a bachelor’s degree in wildlife biology from Washington State University and a master’s degree in fisheries resources from the University of Idaho.
Chris Endresen Scott
Term runs until July 15, 2022
Chris Endresen Scott is the administrator for the Department of Social and Health Services’ Community Service Office in Omak. Previously, she served on the Poulsbo City Council and 10 years on the Kitsap County Commission. She was very involved in addressing the listing of salmon in Puget Sound under the federal Endangered Species Act and also served on the Hood Canal Coordinating Council, including several stints as chair. After elected office, Ms. Endresen Scott was the state director for Senator Maria Cantwell’s Office from 2007 to 2010 and then the economic development director at the Puget Sound Regional Council until 2013. An advocate for lifelong learning, Ms. Endresen Scott received her master’s degree in public administration from the Evans School of Public Policy and Governance at the University of Washington. She moved to Seattle when she was 11 years old, spent 32 years in Poulsbo, and now lives in Conconully with her husband.
Term runs until July 15, 2023
Jeromy Sullivan is the chair of the Port Gamble S'Klallam Tribal Council. He has served as an elected official of the council for nearly a decade–as chair since 2010 and as councilman for 4 years. Before being elected to the council, Mr. Sullivan worked as an information technology manager for the Tribe and was a commercial geoduck harvester for 19 years. During his time on the council, Mr. Sullivan focused on protection of treaty rights and natural resource and economic development issues. Mr. Sullivan also has served on the Hood Canal Coordinating Council, Point No Point Treaty Council Board, Kitsap Forest and Bay Coalition, and the National Institute of Health's Technical Advisory Committee. He was the recipient of the Billy Frank, Jr. Natural Resource Protection Leadership Honoring Award in 2015.
Washington Department of Natural Resources
Stephen Bernath is the designee for the Washington Department of Natural Resources, where he is deputy supervisor for Forest Practices, chairs the Forest Practices Board, and serves on the newly formed Chehalis Basin Board. He has spent his career working on water and forestry issues, including positions with the Navajo Nation and Departments of Natural Resources and Ecology. Mr. Bernath has worked on cross-agency projects such as climate change, transportation, biomass, and nonpoint pollution. He has focused his time in forest practices working to implement the Timber, Fish, and Wildlife Agreement and the salmon recovery and water quality laws. Mr. Bernath holds a master of science degree in forest hydrology from the University of Minnesota and a bachelor of science degree in watershed science with a concentration in remote sensing from Colorado State University. He and his wife have two children. He is a cyclist and has completed the Seattle-to-Portland ride numerous times.
Washington State Conservation Commission
Brian Cochrane is the designee for the Washington State Conservation Commission, where he is the habitat and monitoring coordinator. He graduated from the University of California Davis with a bachelor’s degree in wildlife and fisheries and since has worked in the natural resources field for Idaho Fish and Game, private consultants in California, Idaho Department of Environmental Quality, U.S. Army Yakima Training Center, and Yakima County’s flood control and stormwater programs. Mr. Cochrane’s salmon work has ranged from a summer at a Chinook hatchery in Idaho, to habitat assessments in the San Francisco Bay area, to the intersection between salmon and water quality in north Idaho and central Washington. Mr. Cochrane brings his habitat restoration and monitoring experience to the Conservation Commission, where he administers the Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program, salmon restoration efforts, Geographical Information Systems (GIS) work, and stormwater activities.
Jeff Davis serves as the director of conservation policy for the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife. He previously served as the director of the department’s Habitat Program, where he worked in various capacities for 18 years. Mr. Davis has a deep passion for the outdoors. He is an avid outdoor recreationist and strongly believes in conserving nature for future generations to enjoy. He has focused his recent efforts on recovering habitats important to listed species while working diligently to ensure that we adequately protect the healthy habitats we have today. Mr. Davis firmly believes that success must include a healthy environment, healthy people, and a healthy economy. He has a bachelor of science degree in biology with an emphasis in wildlife management from Central Washington University. Mr. Davis also attended the University of Wisconsin Stevens Point, where he studied wildlife management.
Dr. Annette Hoffmann is the manager of the Department of Ecology's Environmental Assessment Program. She has a doctorate in biostatistics from the University of Washington and 24 years of experience with the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife where she led statistical analysis of salmon data, served on numerous salmon committees, co-managed fisheries with tribal governments, and oversaw state hatcheries throughout western Washington.
Washington Department of Transportation
Susan Kanzler is the designee for the Washington Department of Transportation, where she is the fish passage coordinator. Ms. Kanzler is a biologist with 24 years of experience working for the State of Washington. Before joining the department, she worked in the field of fish passage and salmon habitat restoration for the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife. In addition to other duties there, she served as a technical reviewer of fish passage project proposals being submitted to the Salmon Recovery Funding Board. When she’s not planning fish barrier corrections at state highway crossings, Ms. Kanzler enjoys gardening, hiking, paddleboarding, and volunteering with her two teenage kids to plant vegetation along streams. She received her bachelor of science degree in environmental science from The Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington.