Jeannie joined RCO in 2019 as the program coordinator in the Governor’s Salmon Recovery Office. She is responsible for managing the lead entity program. Early in her career, Jeannie was a Stream Team coordinator in Pierce County and the regional fisheries enhancement group coordinator for the Department of Fish and Wildlife. She worked for 14 years at the Department of Natural Resources, where she served as a fire specialist, training manager, and operations manager for the agency’s fire operations; the emergency preparedness coordinator; and a training coordinator for forest practices and fire prevention and communications. Jeannie has bachelor of arts degree in zoology from the University of Washington.
Ashly is an outdoor grants manager for the Recreation and Conservation Grants Section. She joined RCO in 2018 as a compliance specialist. She has spent most of her professional career managing and maintaining recreation sites for the Washington Department of Natural Resources. Ashly graduated from Northland College in Ashland, Wisconsin, where she received her bachelor of science degree in natural resource management and biology. She is an avid outdoor recreationist who loves to hike, camp, hunt, and fish. When she is not outside, she can be found inside preserving summer for the winter in the form of jams, jellies, fruit butters, pickles, dried fruits, and canned vegetable, soups, and stews, basically anything that can be put in a mason jar.
Beth is an outdoor grants manager for the Recreation and Conservation Grants Section. She has a bachelor's degree in conservation biology and a minor in environmental education from Prescott College in Arizona and a master's in land planning and design from the Conway School in Massachusetts. Some of her past work has been as a small business owner, environmental consultant, land use planner, landscape designer, volunteer coordinator, wildlife rehabilitator, farmer, horse trainer, and rock climbing instructor. Beth and her family enjoy spending time outside and exploring the Pacific Northwest.
Marguerite is the Recreation and Conservation Grants Section manager. She moved to Washington in 1988 and has spent most of her career working at RCO as an outdoor grants manager, an assistant section manager, and now manager of the Recreation and Conservation Funding Board’s grants section. She has extensive experience working with organizations interested in funding for outdoor recreation and conservation purposes. Originally from the Midwest where she worked at Indiana’s Department of Natural Resources, Marguerite has spent the past few years exploring the Pacific Northwest. She enjoys reading, engaging in various community service projects, traveling, and finding unique views of Mount Rainier.
Amee joined RCO in 2014 and now is salmon grants manager for the upper and lower Columbia River regions. Amee’s experience includes nearly 23 years working in the environmental field conducting wetland delineations and restoration work, identifying Washington native plants, and managing a native plant nursery. She earned her bachelor of arts degree from The Evergreen State College in Olympia. Amee has lived in Washington most of her life and enjoys hiking, dancing, and time with family.
Myra joined RCO in 1999 as an outdoor grants manager and now serves as the agency’s compliance specialist assisting staff and grant recipients with preventing and resolving compliance issues at funded sites.
Kathleen joined RCO in 2005 as an office assistant. Before joining RCO, Kathleen worked for 22 years as administrative assistant and health care placement coordinator for a Seattle company. She left Seattle to be closer to family in the Olympia area. Kathleen’s interests include all areas of community service and volunteering with Saint Michael Parish, here and in Juarez, Mexico. She likes photography, camping, and family gatherings.
Kendall joined the Salmon Section as the administrative assistant in 2019. As a military wife and mother, she completed her bachelor of science degree in fisheries and wildlife sciences through Oregon State University and moved to a salmon grants manager position in 2022. A wildlife enthusiast, Kendall enjoys supporting salmon recovery efforts and is passionate about connecting with the community. She is an outgoing optimist originally from the Midwest and southern California. Outside of her work, Kendall enjoys volunteering at a wolf sanctuary, trying various athletic endeavors, painting nature landscapes, and raising her children.
DeAnn joined RCO in 2018 as an outdoor grants manager for the Recreation and Conservation Section. She has more than 27 years of land acquisition and grants management experience gained from two natural resources agencies: the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife and the Washington Department of Natural Resources. A native Washingtonian, DeAnn loves photography and live music and is an enthusiastic animal lover, and often spends her free time volunteering with a local Bloodhound Search and Rescue Team. DeAnn enjoys the great outdoors, particularly Washington’s deep forests and coastline as well as the Columbia River Gorge and the San Juan Islands.
Anya joined RCO in 2016 doing computer work as a volunteer for the Governor’s Salmon Recovery Office, and was hired soon after. Anya scans and archives documents, files, and performs other office tasks.
Lauren joined RCO as special assistant to the director in June 2022. She is formerly the director of workplace culture and development at the Department of Natural Resources. She has extensive experience managing complex initiatives and facilitating work groups and teams. Her skills include large and small project management, communication and change management, lean six sigma, and workplace culture expertise.
Justin was hired as executive coordinator of the Washington Invasive Species Council in 2016. He has worked on invasive species issues since 2008 with federal, state, regional, and local organizations including King County and the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center at the University of Texas at Austin where he managed the Texasinvasives.org statewide partnership. During these years, he has been involved in various projects to prevent, detect, and control both aquatic and terrestrial invasive species and is passionate about reducing the threat they pose to native species and ecosystems. He attended the University of Hawaii at Manoa, Central Washington University, and Portland State University with a focus on political science, project management, and geography. When not battling invasive species he can be found traveling, SCUBA diving, or enjoying our state’s rivers in a raft or kayak.
Elizabeth is an outdoor grants manager for the Salmon Section working in Puget Sound Region and Middle Columbia River Salmon Recovery Region.
Brandon joined RCO in 2019 as an outdoor grants manager in the Salmon Section, managing the Chehalis basin projects as well as other grants. He has worked as a fisheries technician with the U.S. Forest Service and with the Grays Harbor Conservation District managing restoration projects. Brandon has a bachelor of science degree in fishery resources from the University of Idaho. When not working and spending time with his family, he’s an avid outdoorsman and enjoys hunting, fishing, reading, and attempting projects around the house.
Kay is an outdoor grants manager for the Salmon Section and manages grants for the Estuary and Salmon Restoration Program, Salmon Recovery Funding Board, and Brian Abbot Fish Passage Barrier Removal Board. Before joining RCO, Kay worked as an environmental engineer for Battelle, King Conservation District, and the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife. After returning to school to earn a degree in restoration ecology from the University of Washington, Kay worked as a plant health diagnostician for Washington State University and as a landscaper before joining RCO in 2007. Although a New Englander at heart, Kay has made her home in Washington since 1994. Kay pursues every opportunity to be outside playing in the dirt, hiking, backpacking, kayaking, camping, fishing, and venturing on roads less traveled.
Brian joined RCO in 2018 as an outdoor grants manager for the Recreation and Conservation Grants Section. A Washington native, Brian has lived and adventured throughout the state. With his background in trails and park development, he serves Chelan, Douglas, Okanogan, and Ferry Counties; and the Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest. Before joining the RCO team, he worked in camp management, government contract administration, and as an Adopt-A-Trail coordinator. Brian completed his bachelor’s degree in recreation and associate’s degree in computer programming. Eagerly pursuing new opportunities for learning and exploration, Brian often can be found in museums or on other adventures.
Dave grew up exploring the hills and valleys of northwest Pennsylvania. From there he headed to Nebraska for a bachelor of science degree in geography and ultimately obtained a master of science degree in geography from Oregon State. He worked for a bit as a park ranger and then for 18 years at the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, where he focused on fish passage. He’s joined RCO in 2008, managing the Family Forest Fish Passage Program and Salmon Recovery Funding Board grants for Pend Oreille, Klickitat, and Pierce lead entities. In his spare time, Dave splits his time between kids’ soccer and baseball games and biking, skiing, and woodworking.
Adam joined RCO in 2007 as an outdoor grants manager in the Recreation and Conservation Section and again in 2014 as a natural resource policy specialist. He writes grant program rules, evaluates public comments on policy changes, manages program requirements with outside agencies, communicates with partner organizations, and manages contracting issues. Before coming to RCO, Adam worked as a trail builder for the Washington Trails Association, environmental stewardship coordinator for the Seattle Parks and Recreation Department, and as a contracted customer service officer for the U.S. Army. He has a political science degree from the University of Connecticut and a master of public administration degree from Indiana State University. Adam enjoys making memories with his wife and two young children, and playing senior league baseball and ice hockey.
Allison joined RCO in 2018 as an outdoor grants manager for the Recreation and Conservation Grants Section. Allison was born and raised in Washington and considers both Spokane and Olympia her hometowns. She is a graduate of Willamette University in Salem, Oregon, and has her master’s degree in public administration from the University of Colorado. Before joining the RCO team, Allison spent 10 years in Colorado working at various nonprofit organizations, most recently at the Colorado Rural Health Center running a grant program through the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. In her spare time, she loves traveling, volunteering, concert-going, and spending time with friends and family.
Leah Dobey joined RCO's policy team in August 2021. Leah formerly was the assistant division manager for recreation at the Department of Natural Resources. She has experience in policy development, grant management, contracts, diversity and equity issues, and legislative coordination. She attended Western Washington University and received a bachelor of science degree in geology. Before making her way back to natural resources, Leah spent time working in customer service, lettuce farming, and youth development. She now lives in Olympia and enjoys hiking and backpacking with her husband, and mountain biking, reading, and playing with her young daughter.
Ben started with RCO in 2016 as an outdoor grants manager in the Recreation and Conservation Grant Section. Now as a policy specialist, he works with others to research, update, and create policy related to salmon recovery, recreation, and conservation. Ben came to RCO from Montana where he managed a bike and ski shop and worked for various nonprofits as a community organizer for public lands advocacy and trails development. Ben holds a master of science degree in environmental studies and master’s certificate in natural resource conflict resolution from the University of Montana. In his spare time, Ben enjoys bicycling, hiking, snowboarding, and exploring the great outdoors with his wife and their two poodles.
Sandy Dotts joined in RCO in November 2021. Previously, she worked for the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, where she spent 21 years as both a habitat biologist and watershed steward in northeast Washington. She was active in the Kalispel Tribe-Pend Oreille Lead Entity for salmon grants for more than 20 years and had provided technical assistance on many Salmon Recovery Funding Board and Family Forest Fish Passage Program grants. Sandy received her bachelor of science degree in natural resource management from Washington State University. She and her husband live in Colville with their two horses.
Keith was hired as the science coordinator for the Governor’s Salmon Recovery Office in 2011. He has worked in the field of natural resource assessment and management for more than 25 years, with an emphasis on salmon ecology and wetlands environments. Keith has worked with federal, state, and local governments, serving as environmental specialist and habitat biologist, continuing as planner, habitat restoration coordinator, and natural resource director for the Skokomish Indian Tribe. He attended college in New York City and California, received his bachelor of science degree, and completed graduate coursework in environmental studies at The Evergreen State College in OIympia in the 1990s. Keith enjoys spending time with his partner Alice for the past 35 years, playing music with friends, and experiencing varied outdoor and water-based activities. Keith has lived in the Puget Sound region since 1979.
Marc joined RCO in 1999 as an outdoor grants manager for the Salmon Section and became manager of the section in 2021. His team, which he refers to as passionate, energetic, and hilarious, manages grants for the Salmon Recovery Funding Board, Puget Sound Acquisition and Restoration program, Brian Abbott Fish Barrier Removal Board, Chehalis Basin Strategy, Estuary and Salmon Restoration Program, Family Forest Fish Passage Program, and the Washington Coast Restoration and Resiliency Initiative. Before coming to RCO, he was the shorelines and watershed planner for Lewis County and a transportation planner for the Washington Department of Transportation. He earned a bachelor of arts degree in geography from Western Washington University (Go Vikings!). Marc was born and raised in the Puget Sound region and will probably never leave our great state. He is blessed with a wife, from Port Angeles, four adult children, and one granddaughter. Marc is happiest outside, especially in the mountains…where he is free.
Megan Duffy joined RCO as its director in May 2021. She has spent her career caring for Washington’s rich natural heritage. After graduating with a law degree, she went to work with Ross Strategic, where she helped government agencies develop policies and programs for environmental issues. She then joined RCO as a policy specialist and went on to become the executive coordinator of the Governor’s Salmon Recovery Office, which is charged with implementing the state’s salmon recovery strategy. She promoted to the Washington Department of Natural Resources, where she served as the department supervisor, overseeing the daily operations of the agency and its 1,500 employees. While there, she was appointed to the Salmon Recovery Funding Board, which oversees the State’s grant program for salmon recovery projects. Before returning to RCO, she served as the deputy director of the Washington Liquor and Cannabis Board. Megan has lived in Washington since 1997 and enjoys hiking, running and paddle boarding with her family.
Originally from Florida, Bob Joined RCO after retiring from the U.S. Army. He is responsible for systems administration and application development specializing in Web sites and Web hosting infrastructure, and GIS including GIS server, Web maps, and mapping applications.
Alissa is an outdoor grants manager for the Salmon Section. Before joining RCO in 2018, she managed the state’s nonpoint source water quality grants program, where she worked on policy issues, grant database implementation, federal reporting, and grant administration and coordination. Alissa also worked in the solid waste program managing public participation outreach grants and the recycling hotline, among other duties, during her 11-year tenure at the Washington State Department of Ecology. She studied environmental science at Washington State University and received a bachelor of science degree with an emphasis in biology. Alissa grew up moving around the country as a military dependent but spent her formative years in Hawaii where she developed a love of the ocean. She landed in Washington and made it her home. She continues to play outside surfing, paddle boarding, snowboarding, camping, and hiking. Alissa enjoys a good laugh and travels as much as possible.
Jessica joined RCO in May 2022 as a data consultant to support the Salmon Recovery Portal’s data alignment effort, the State of Salmon in Watersheds report, and the orca Web site. Jessica previously worked as a contractor for RCO and within retail technology. She earned her bachelor of science degree in environmental science, technology, and policy from California State University of Monterey Bay and her master’s degree from The Evergreen State College in Olympia. In her spare time, Jessica enjoys kayaking, climbing, cooking, and walking her dog.
Leslie joined RCO in June 2012 as the executive assistant to the director, deputy director, and legislative and policy director and now is the administrative services manager. In 2014, she added the role of human resources liaison. In addition to her years at RCO, she worked in the Governor’s Office for more than 22 years, serving four different Governors. Leslie enjoys the outdoors and often can be found hiking or scaling mountains with her friends. She also is an animal lover. Joining her husband and two adult children are eight chickens, two dogs, one pet rabbit, and many rescue friends.
Tara was appointed by Gov. Jay Inslee as the state's orca recovery coordinator in May 2021. Before that she worked in salmon recovery at RCO and led the Salmon Section. Before that, she worked on aquatic planning and science at the Washington Departments of Ecology and Natural Resources. Tara received her bachelor of science degree in environmental science, policy, and management from the University of California at Berkeley and her master’s degree from The Evergreen State College in Olympia. She lived, taught, traveled, and worked overseas for several years, in Asia and Central and South America. Tara lives in Olympia with her partner and two daughters. She loves soccer, ultimate Frisbee, horseback riding, backpacking, traveling, and spending time with her family.
Alison has been with RCO since 2015 and is an outdoor grants manager in the Recreation and Conservation Grants Section. She earned her bachelor of arts and master of science degrees from Washington State University (Go Cougs!) and has experience working for land trusts and local government, providing a well-rounded background in conservation, farmland, acquisitions, parks and recreation, planning, and grant management. She services most of Eastern Washington, and enjoys exploring our beautiful state with her husband and three kids. Alison reports for duty in Colton, Washington allowing her to serve Eastern Washington well.
Kyle is the manager of the Grant Services Section. He joined RCO in 2013 as an outdoor grants manager in the Recreation and Conservation Grants Section after spending more than 10 years working in land management and habitat restoration at the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife. Before that, he had spent numerous seasons working on backcountry trails and as a biological science technician for the U.S. Forest Service and the National Park Service in Arizona, California, and Utah. Originally from the East Coast, Kyle has spent the past two decades working and exploring the West. Kyle earned a bachelor of arts degree in environmental policy from Prescott College in Arizona. He enjoys coaching and playing soccer, running, surfing, hiking, golfing, and traveling all over the place to do those activities. He is married and has three awesome kids in Olympia.
Dan joined RCO in 2004 as an outdoor grants manager in the Recreation and Conservation Grant Section. He works with the Department of Natural Resources, the U.S. Forest Service, and Snohomish County, focusing mainly on trail grants. Dan’s experience includes 7 years with the states of Utah and Idaho as a park ranger. He earned a bachelor of science degree and a master’s degree from Utah State University as well as a master’s degree from the University of Idaho. He was raised in eastern Washington and enjoys the outdoors.
Brent joined RCO in 2011, and is the performance and data analyst. He manages the performance reporting for the agency, performs data analysis, and also serves as the agency’s Lean advisor. Brent’s experience includes 8 years of fiscal and data analysis for state government. He earned a master of professional accountancy degree from Central Washington University. He was born and raised in western Washington and enjoys camping, fishing, and hunting.
Karl joined RCO in 2009 and is a senior outdoor grants manager for the Recreation and Conservation Grant Section. He manages a portfolio of grants and assists with policy and procedure development. Before coming to RCO, Karl negotiated commercial real estate leases for the then-Washington State Department of General Administration, and worked on a variety of real estate transactions for the Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission. He earned a bachelor of arts degree from Western Washington University and a master degree in public administration from The Evergreen State College in Olympia. Karl grew up in western Washington and enjoys music, softball, hiking, and camping with his family.
Mark joined RCO in 2001 as the financial manager and chief financial officer. He leads the agency’s financial section and some of the administrative staff. Mark’s experience includes more than 25 years as a financial professional for the Department of Health, Energy Office, and other state agencies. He earned a bachelor of arts degree in business administration, with an emphasis in accounting from Washington State University.
Sarah Johnson Humphries joined RCO in August 2021 as our first archaeologist. She is responsible for review, preparation, and administration of the agency’s cultural resources compliance process. Sarah is a Secretary of Interior-qualified archaeologist with more than 15 years of experience. She has a bachelor of arts degree from Western Washington University and a master of arts degree from Simon Fraser University in British Columbia. Before joining RCO, she was a senior archaeologist at Equinox Research and Consulting International and worked on numerous RCO-funded projects throughout western Washington. She has conducted cultural resources training for construction crews and land managers, helped train dozens of new archaeological technicians, and completed hundreds of archaeological surveys and investigations. She enjoys using GIS and GPS technology, working closely with staff at tribal governments, and presenting at area professional conferences. Sarah grew up in Olympia and has worked and traveled in Colorado, Montana, North Dakota, Oregon, Wyoming, and British Columbia. She loves to read, bike, camp, and paddle with her spouse and two kids.
Bridget Kaminski joined RCO in November 2021. She worked previously at the Washington Department of Natural Resources, where she spent 14 years as an aquatic land manager and natural resource technician in Jefferson and Clallam Counties. There, she provided technical assistance on a wide variety of projects and reviewed many Salmon Recovery Funding Board projects on the Olympic Peninsula. She grew up on the Olympic Peninsula, fished for salmon along Whidbey Island and for steelhead in the Dungeness River, and now fly fishes in local streams and lakes. She also is a beekeeper. Bridget earned her bachelor of science degree in wildlife biology from Washington State University. She and her family live in Port Ludlow.
Chantell joined RCO in 2018 as a data specialist, working with the PRISM and Salmon Recovery Portal data team. She provides support for the Salmon Recovery Portal, Geographic Information System (GIS), and data visualizations. Chantell has worked in the natural resources field for 19 years. She graduated from Humboldt State with a master’s degree in watershed management and a certificate in GIS, remote sensing, and cartography. Chantell enjoys spending time with her friends and hiking with her dog.
Chelsea Krimme joined the Washington Invasive Species Council staff as the community outreach and environmental education specialist in March 2022. Originally from New Hampshire, Chelsea came west in 2013 when she joined the Washington Conservation Corps. There, she worked 2 years on conservation projects throughout the state before being hired as a supervisor. In that role, she trained and led crews on habitat restoration and backcountry trail projects across the state, focusing on invasive species management. In addition, she served on the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee, working with supervisors and staff to integrate those principles into everyday functions. Committee activities included creating and facilitating trainings for more than 400 young adults and staff. Chelsea also was heavily involved in the Washington Conservation Corps’ disaster response program, deploying nationally and locally to help communities after natural disasters. On these deployments, Chelsea filled roles including incident commander and Planning Section chief for the Americorps Disaster Response Team. Chelsea earned her bachelor of science degree from Southern New Hampshire University. In her free time, Chelsea enjoys hiking, traveling, and hanging out with her dog.
Josh joined RCO in 2015 as an outdoor grants manager in the Salmon Section. Josh came to RCO with more than 12 years of experience in natural resource assessment, conservation, and management, working throughout a wide range of western U.S. ecosystems from high desert to temperate rain forest. Josh earned his bachelor of environmental science degree from the Huxley College of the Environment at Western Washington University, and a master’s degree in plant systematics at Oregon State University. When not focused on work, Olympia area music projects, or backcountry pursuits, he and his wife are driven to complete wonderment and joyful exhaustion by their daughter and son.
Jim joined RCO in 2019 and has more than 30 years of experience in state financial services. He is a lifelong resident of Washington and an avid outdoorsman. Jim married his wife in 2011 on a Belize beach. Between the two, they have 13 grandchildren and enjoy camping, fishing, flying kites, gardening, and traveling.
Julia is the records officer. Born and raised in Olympia, she spent 16 years enjoying the incongruence that is Vancouver B.C.; a dense urban city surrounded by sprawling wilderness. She graduated from the Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design in 2006. She previously was employed by Women in Trades Training, a nonprofit program dedicated to increasing the number of women in the trades. In her spare time, she continues to practice woodworking (from sustainably sourced wood, of course) and also enjoys ranking the quality of Thurston County playgrounds (on a scale of alright to awesome) with her two children.
Josh joined RCO in 2021. He has more than 20 years of experience in a range of writing and marketing jobs. Most recently, he was the content development and marketing manager for an exhibit design-fabrication company. Josh wrote and edited text for museum and visitor center displays for the National Park Service, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and other state and private agencies. Josh is a self-aware nerd (aka geek) and once created and ran a gaming and entertainment blog network that had more than 100,000 subscribers and millions of monthly visitors. In his spare time, Josh enjoys cross-stitching, kayaking, hiking, wildlife watching, and, of course, gaming.
Julia joined RCO in 2019. She worked as an administrative assistant before promoting to board liaison. She earned her bachelor’s degree in biology from Saint Martin’s University in 2017. In her last year of college, she spent time studying the invasive species, the New Zealand mud snail. In her free time, Julia enjoys hiking and nature walks.
Brock joined RCO in January 2022 as the policy director and legislative liaison. Before joining RCO, he managed the Toxics Cleanup Program at the Washington State Department of Ecology. The largest share of his career was spent as the manager of the Recreation, Conservation and Transactions Division in the state Department of Natural Resources. There he managed a staff of 50 and budgets up to $30 million. While there he also represented that agency on the Recreation and Conservation Funding Board. Early in his career, he served as a park ranger, cut trail, and led park maintenance crews. Brock earned his bachelor of arts degree in outdoor recreation from Western Washington University. He and his wife and two boys live in OIympia and enjoy hiking, backpacking, and skiing. Additionally, Brock enjoys golf and mountain biking.
Kat joined RCO in 2010 as an outdoor grants manager with the salmon recovery program. Kat is now the senior grants manager and manages grants in the north Olympic Peninsula and San Juan Island lead entities. Before joining RCO, Kat worked in private land conservation. Kat studied natural resources at The University of the South in Sewanee, Tennessee and has a law degree and master’s degree in environmental studies from the University of Oregon. Kat’s love of the outdoors comes from spending summers as a kid hiking and camping in the Wallowa Mountains and Eagle Cap Wilderness of eastern Oregon.
Erik joined RCO in 2019 as the executive director of the Governor’s Salmon Recovery Office. Erik had been science director and policy lead for salmon recovery with the Department of Fish and Wildlife since 2011. In that role, he managed 200 employees and a $26 million biennial budget, and represented the agency on the Salmon Recovery Funding Board and the North Pacific Anadromous Fish Commission. Erik started at the Department of Fish and Wildlife in 2003 as a biologist and worked his way up to a leadership position, working with many external partners, such as tribes, local and federal governments, the Legislature, and Congress. Before joining the Department of Fish and Wildlife, he worked as the conservation program director for the Sustainable Ecosystems Institute in Portland. He has bachelor and master degrees in science from Florida State University and the University of Washington, respectively.
Nick joined RCO in May 2022 as a planning and policy specialist. Previously, he was the executive director of the Washington Association of Land Trusts, representing and serving more than 30 land conservation nonprofits in the state. Nick also has previous experience in land acquisitions as a project manager with the Palouse Land Trust. Nick received a bachelor of arts degree in biology and environmental studies from Bowdoin College and a master’s of science in plant biology from Washington State University. In his free time, Nick enjoys getting out with his partner and young son to camp, cross-country ski, canoe, clam, identify plants and birds, and hunt for worms in the garden.
Chris joined RCO in 2019. A born and raised Washingtonian, he grew up in a small town near Mount Rainier and graduated from Western Washington University with a bachelor of fine arts in painting. Before starting at RCO he worked as a wilderness ranger at Mount Rainier National Park, a sales representative at REI, operations manager and lead fine artist at a design studio in Gig Harbor, and a park aide at Washington state parks. In his spare time, he is an avid outdoor recreationist who loves to hike, backpack, and explore the outdoors.
Katie joined RCO in 2019 and led many projects including a policy targeting investments for the Salmon Recovery Funding Board and the state recreation and conservation plan for the Recreation and Conservation Funding Board. In 2022, she moved to the Governor’s Salmon Recovery Office to track and communicate on salmon recovery policy and manage the biennial State of the Salmon in Watersheds Web site and report. Before RCO, Katie led land-use policy and managed the Priority Habitat and Species Program for the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife. She also worked as a long-range planner for Thurston County and the City of Olympia. Katie started her conservation career working at land trusts in Alaska and Washington. She has a master's degree in conservation planning from Cornell University and post-graduate studies in psychology and organizational development. Katie was raised in Kitsap County and loves exploring new places and being outside with her friends and family whether it’s hiking, skiing, swimming, or just taking it all in.
Deena Resnick joined RCO in December 2021 as an administrative assistant. She has a bachelor of arts degree in environmental policy from Western Washington University and she enjoys problem solving, working in a team setting, and spending time outdoors.
Amy Lyn joined RCO in May 2021. She is the executive assistant to the director, Megan Duffy.
Scott has been RCO’s deputy director responsible for agency operations since 2012. Scott received his bachelor of science degree in natural resources and forest management in 1992 from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo. He began his career in Washington a year later with the Department of Natural Resources where he was the timber sales and silvicultural forester, recreation and natural areas district manager, and aquatics assistant region manager. Scott enjoys volunteering his time and has served on the Lacey Planning Commission and the Lacey Library Board and currently is a shopper for Homeless Backpacks, a nonprofit that provides food for homeless teens. Scott has been married since 1994 and has two children.
Alice joined RCO as a outdoor grants manager in the Salmon Section in 2013. She has dedicated her career to natural resources conservation, restoration, and protection. Alice manages projects in the Snake River Salmon Recovery Region, is RCO's Washington Coast Restoration and Resiliency program manager, and provides assistance to other programs in the Salmon Section.
Kim is an outdoor grants manager in the Recreation and Conservation Grants Section specializing in programs related to conservation and farmland and forestland preservation. Before joining RCO in 2007, she worked at the Washington Department of Natural Resources in forest practices, habitat conservation planning, and timber sales. She came to Washington State after more than a dozen years working seasonal wildlife and conservation jobs with state and federal agencies across the United States. She studied wildlife biology at Colorado State University and has a master’s degree from The Evergreen State College.
Justine joined RCO in 2014 as an administrative assistant supporting many areas of the agency. She trained as an information technology intern and transitioned into an information technology specialist role in 2018. Justine continues to pursue her education and is committed to learning and providing excellent customer service. Justine’s background is in veterinary and human medicine. She enjoys hiking, painting, and spending time with loved ones.
Jesse started with RCO in 2018 as an outdoor grants manager in the Recreation and Conservation Grants Section. He assists RCO’s partners and grant recipients with proposal development and project management. Jesse came to RCO with 18 years of natural resources management experience from two different agencies: Washington State Department of Natural Resources and the U.S. Forest Service. Jesse holds a bachelor of science degree in outdoor recreation management from Central Washington University. In his spare time, Jesse enjoys spending time with his family hiking, fishing, camping, and playing some acoustic guitar!
Henry joined RCO in January 2022 as an outdoor grants manager for the Recreation and Conservation Grants Section. Previously, he coordinated environmental and educational AmeriCorps programs with the Washington Service Corps in the Employment Security Department. He also has worked for the Nisqually Land Trust and Pacific Education Institute, and even spent time as an AmeriCorps member on a backcountry chainsaw crew in Eugene, Oregon. Henry graduated from Pacific Lutheran University’s International Honors Program in 2016 with a degree in environmental studies and communications. He is working toward a master's degree in public administration program at The Evergreen State College, focusing on public policy and the environment. When he’s not working, Henry enjoys kayaking, visiting museums, playing basketball, and hiking.
Amy joined RCO as a fiscal technician in June 2022. Previously, Amy provided customer service in the grocery, retail, and restaurant industries. She is a lifelong nature and animal lover and is passionate about the conservation of our resources.
Sarah joined RCO in 2007 and is a senior outdoor grants manager. She manages the Cultural Resources Program and other special projects. Sarah graduated from The Evergreen State College with a degree in environmental health and outdoor education and has spent the past 20 years working in the natural resources field. Sarah enjoys facilitating efforts that help bring together natural resources restoration efforts and cultural preservation. She enjoys spending time outdoors with her family, including camping, hiking, and watching her son play lots of soccer.
Greg joined RCO in 2010 as the chief information officer and manager of the Information Technology (IT) Section. He supervises the IT team, provides IT oversight and consulting on application and data development contracts, provides Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and database support, and represents the agency at the Chief Information Officer Forum. Greg has worked nearly 30 years in enterprise IT/GIS – developing applications, administering databases, and managing projects and programs for regulation, aquatic land, land survey, records, photogrammetry, hydrography, transportation, firefighting, salmon and ecosystem recovery, and grants in private, county, state, and federal sectors. Greg majored in physics, astronomy, and Russian, and mastered in land survey and photogrammetric engineering. Outside of work, Greg enjoys his family, skiing, backpacking, kayaking, rowing, sailing, rock and ice climbing, trumpet, and piano.
Susan joined RCO in 2004 as the communications director. She leads the agency’s program that produces all of RCO’s publications, Web sites, social media, and public outreach materials. Susan’s experience includes 7 years as a newspaper journalist and more than 25 years as a communications professional for health, natural resources, recreation, transportation, and other state agencies. She earned a bachelor of arts degree from Washington State University. She was raised in Tacoma and enjoys camping with her daughter.