Board of Directors
Don Allan recently retired as the Director of the Natural Resources Services Division of the Redwood Community Action Agency in Eureka. He has worked with non-profit organizations for over 25 years and spent 11 years working in private business. Don brings invaluable personnel, financial, and non-profit management skills to his role on the SRF Board and as the SRF Board President.
Freddy Otte is the City Biologist for San Luis Obispo, which is very progressive in resource protection and enhancement. This position is unique in that there are very few municipalities that employ a biologist. As the City Biologist, he interacts closely with planners and engineers during project design. He is dedicated to ensuring the protection of steelhead whose survival is threatened by urban development, water pollution, and other factors.
Freddy is the coordinator of the Stormwater Management Program that is mandated by the State Water Quality Control Board and overseen by the City’s Natural Resources Program. Freddy is involved with the Tri-County FISH Team which consists of organizations from San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara and Ventura Counties.
Cynthia LeDoux-Bloom, PhD
Lead Scientist- Habitat Division, Hoopa Valley Tribe
Cynthia LeDoux-Bloom has over 25 years of experience working on anadromous fish studies in California, Washington, and Gulf of Alaska. Her work focuses on investigating fish-habitat relationships, watershed assessment, and habitat restoration. She provides expertise on the impacts of water exports and other anthropogenic activities on fish health, physiology and behavior. Her research interests focus on assessing food quality availability for juvenile salmonids. Cynthia studied marine biology at UC Santa Cruz (B.S.) and Moss Landing Marine Laboratories thru San Jose State University (M.S.), and completed her Ph.D. in Animal Biology at UC Davis. Prior to joining the Hoopa Valley Tribe, Cynthia worked as a scientist for AECOM, the State of California (DFW and DWR) and Monterey Bay Aquarium.
Brian LeNeve started fishing for steelhead in 1950, studying steelhead in 1959, and formally working to save steelhead in 2006 when he joined the Carmel River Steelhead Association. After graduating from college with a degree in business administration, he ran a family-owned painting contracting company for 47 years. During that time he grossed between one and three million annually with 10 to 100 employees. This prepared him for budgeting, legal, and personnel issues faced by every business and non-profit. He has been president of the Independent Painting Contractors of Monterey and Santa Cruz Counties, was on the state wide board for the California Native Plant Society, and is currently president of the Carmel River Steelhead Association — all of which has given him an understanding of the complexities of a non-profit organization and problems in particular of salmonid restoration.
Steve Allen is a licensed engineer working out of GHD's Eureka office. He combines his years of heavy construction experience and engineering background to work on restoration, fish passage, stormwater, and other watershed related projects in many sensitive environments in California, Oregon, Nevada, and the Commonwealth of the Northern Marianas Islands. He often helps clients from project inception through completion, assisting with writing grants and obtaining project funding, design, permitting, construction, post project monitoring and long term maintenance. He has volunteered on different Boards, including SRF, and has presented various aspects of different projects at various workshops and conferences over the years.
Eli Asarian is principal scientist at Riverbend Sciences, a consulting firm based in Eureka, California specializing in the study of freshwater aquatic ecosystems and watersheds. Trained as a biologist/ecologist, he also has extensive experience with water quality, hydrology, geographic information systems, and database management. He has authored many reports on Klamath River water quality and algae as a consultant to Klamath Basin Tribes. He assisted the National Marine Fisheries Service in developing recovery plans for salmon and steelhead, including an analysis of long-term trends in streamflow on the northern California coast. Other recent projects include research on the historical and current distributions of beavers in California.
Anna Halligan is the North Coast Coho Project Coordinator for Trout Unlimited. She previously worked with the California Conservation Corps as a Fisheries Habitat Specialist, on implementation, planning, and monitoring of restoration efforts. She was also employed with the California Department of Fish and Wildlife and the Pacific States Marine Fisheries Commission to work with the Coastal Restoration Monitoring and Evaluation Program. She recently was the Watershed Conservation Coordinator with the Morro Bay National Estuary Program (NEP).
Environmental Services Section Chief, DFW
Jennifer Hemmert is an Environmental Scientist for the Reservoir Inland Fisheries Program for the California Department of Fish and Wildlife located out of Winchester and works with sport fish in Southern California. Although she is regionally based out of the Inland Deserts Region, she takes directive from Fisheries Branch and works on sport fish related management and assessments in impoundments throughout the entire State. She has worked with nonprofit organizations for 8 years while working on fisheries and water quality issues related to anadromous fish in California. She has worked previously for the Department of Water Resources, UC Davis - Environmental Sciences and Policy Department, and South Yuba River Citizens League (AmeriCorps program through Sierra Nevada Alliance). She brings her volunteerism background to the SRF Board and has been on the Board since 2011.
Kerry is intrigued by salmon and trout because to her, they are still some of the wildest and most humbling creatures that can be found in her home of Humboldt County, CA. To Kerry, their snarled teeth, shiny scales and sharp eyes represent a timeless example of evolution and a window into the world thousands of years ago, which now is often times juxtaposed against a somewhat modern setting which Kerry also finds fascinating. Kerry enjoys exploring, enjoying and working to protect and restore the watersheds that are so vital to salmon through her work as Projects & Stewardship Director at Northcoast Regional Land Trust, as well as through her time getting up close and personal with the fishes during her Americorps Watershed Stewards Program term on the mid Klamath River in two of the most salmon-rich and contentious watersheds in the basin: the Scott and Shasta Rivers. The landowner driven resource management projects on the Scott River continue to impress Kerry, who holds a degree in Environmental Planning and is also an advocate for landowner incentive-based management. A sociologist at heart, Kerry enjoys exploring the historical undertones that set the stage for our current land uses, and how to find common ground when working to remedy challenges when necessary. Salmon, as indicator species, indicate the health of an entire watershed; keeping salmon healthy and abundant keeps our rivers beautiful, swimmable, fishable and drinkable. Kerry can be seen in tidal marsh areas where she manages two salmonid habitat restoration projects, observing the impressive adult coho salmon returning each winter in Humboldt Bay tributaries, and counting the cutthroat trout in the Smith River each summer. Kerry is looking forward to offering her enthusiasm and experience in conservation strategizing, land easements, and project management to the Salmonid Restoration Federation. In her free time Kerry enjoys spending time with her family, friends and dog, exploring creative outlets, and celebrating the beautiful region she calls home.
Katrina Nystrom hails from the South Fork of the Eel River. During Katrina’s time at Humboldt State University she got an introduction to Environmental work with an internship with the Royal Society for the Conservation of Nature while studying abroad in Jordan. After graduating from HSU with Bachelors in International Studies and Geography, she joined the Americorp Watershed Stewards Project where she learned about salmonid restoration and monitoring. Katrina has worked with Sanctuary Forest doing water and forest conservation and stewardship for four years. Currently, Katrina is a student to sharpen her skills as a scientist and fish restorationist.
Senior Environmental Scientist (Specialist)
Elijah Portugal is a Senior Environmental Scientist (Specialist) with CDFW's Fisheries Branch, Cannabis and Instream Flow Unit. He holds a BS in Fisheries Biology from Humboldt State University and an MS in Watershed Science from Utah State University. He has over 10 years’ experience working with fish habitat in fluvial environments throughout the West, including northern CA. He specializes in geomorphic and hydrologic assessments as well as planning, designing and monitoring novel, process-based instream restoration techniques including ‘Partnering with Beaver’ and High-Density Large Woody Debris additions. He is also experienced in developing adaptive beaver management plans and planning and implementing, ‘living with beaver’ strategies to mitigate for nuisance beaver behavior. Being raised in Humboldt County, he is particularly interested in the intersection between conservation and sustainable land-use which allows for working landscapes while preserving and enhancing the integrity of natural systems.
Dan Resnik has been involved in the restoration of salmonid habitat since 1998 and has worn many hats. For the last ten years he has worked as an Environmental Scientist with the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) where he manages grants for the Fisheries Restoration Grant Program (FRGP), conducts fish habitat assessments and is the upslope specialist for CDFW’s Bay Delta Region. Prior to working as an Environmental Scientist, Dan worked at Pacific Watershed Associates (PWA) as a Geologist Technician conducting sediment source assessments and implementing sediment reduction projects. He worked for Pacific States Marine Fisheries Commission with the Coastal Restoration Monitoring and Evaluation Program, the California Conservation Corps as a Fish Habitat Specialist and Special Corps member as well as consulting with Eel River Watershed Improvement Group and the Mattole Salmon Group. Dan began volunteering implementing stream habitat restoration projects such as riparian fencing, tree planting, LWD habitat structures and removing non-native invasive plant species while attending Humboldt State University, Dan earned a BS in Environmental Science Technology and a minor in Watershed Management from HSU. After graduating he started his career in fisheries restoration as an AmeriCorps Watershed Stewards Project member with CDFW, Fortuna and Humboldt Fish Action Council (HFAC), Arcata. Dan has been a member of SRF since 2001 and is excited to extend his commitment to the restoration of anadromous watersheds by joining the board of SRF.
Emeritus Biology Professor
Dougald was a biology professor at Cabrillo College in Aptos, California for thirty-two years and has been retired since 2002. His teaching duties included Cell and Molecular Biology, Physiology, and numerous field courses in Natural History. In retirement, he has been able to pursue his passion for fly fishing and fisheries conservation. He served six years as Steelhead Conservation Committee Chair for the Northern California Council of the Federation of Fly Fishers where he became acquainted with SRF and its important work. His most recent interest is the education and promotion of the role of beaver in salmonid restoration.
Urban Streams Program Manager, Marin County Resource Conservation District
Sarah received a degree in Environmental Studies & Planning: Restoration & Conservation with a minor in Biology (focused on vertebrate biology) from Sonoma State University in 2009. Currently, Sarah works as the Urban Streams Program Manager in Marin County for the Resource Conservation District and is charged to: facilitate streamlined permitting approaches to restoration, educate the public on the value of habitat rehabilitation, execute the implementation of restoration projects in Marin, serve as the communication liaison between stakeholders, and manage projects around salmonid habitat enhancement. Sarah has years of experience in the non-profit and private consulting sectors around fostering collaborative processes, grant writing, project management, volunteer recruitment and management, facilitation, public speaking, education, endangered salmonid monitoring, permit compliance and native plant nursery management. Sarah serves as the Vice President of Trout Unlimited's Redwood Empire Chapter, serves as an Adviser to the Tomales Bay Watershed Council, as well as serves on the CoRenewal Board which is focused on the remediation of oil pollution in the Amazon Rain Forest in Ecuador using bacteria and mushrooms. Sarah first attended the SRF Conference in 2011, realizing it was love at first sight and is honored to serve SRF on its Board as a director.