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Stephanie Bishop

Thurston Conservation District

Stephanie Bishop has been the South Sound GREEN Coordinator since 2012. This watershed education program is geared toward students, grades 4 – college, reaches over 1200 students and 35 teachers annually in the North Thurston, Olympia, Tumwater, Rainier and Griffin School Districts, St. Martin’s College, The Evergreen State College, private schools and home-schooled students.

She previously worked as an Education & Outreach Coordinator for the Mason Consrvation District, where she had the pleasure of coordinating the Student Watershed Investigation and Monitoring (SWIM) program, based on the South Sound GREEN model.

Stephanie earned a BA in natural resources from The Evergreen State College. She is active within the community, serving as a volunteer with several planting restoration and education groups

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Amber Smith

LOTT Clean Water Alliance

Amber Smith is the Education Program Manager for the LOTT Clean Water Alliance. She manages the WET Science Center and its diverse school and community education programs. Amber also serves as the Thurston ECO Network Coordinator. She holds a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Environmental and Marine Science from The Evergreen State College. Amber was born and raised in the Olympia area and has worked locally, providing environmental and sustainability education, since 2002.

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Sarah Moorehead

Thurston Conservation District

Sarah Moorehead is the Agricultural Outreach Specialist at the Thurston Conservation District. Her responsibilities include:

  • Coordinating the Clear Choices for Clean Water Program
  • Coordiating and hosting the South Puget Sound Regional Envirothon
  • Facilitating education and resources to Thurston County prairie landowners
  • Producing Thurston CD’s quarterly newsletter: Conversations on Conservation
  • Coordinationg Workshops and Events
  • Organizing community involvment in the Annual Native Plant Sale
  • Serving as the intern, volunteer, and AmeriCorps coordinator
  • Providing education and outreach to the community about natural resources management and Thurston CD services
  • Promoting Thurston CD at community events and conferences
  • Creating educational materials
  • Maintaining the Thurston CD Facebook, Twitter, and website
  • President of Mount2Sound Adventures
  • Representative on the Washington State Envirothon Committee.

Sarah graduated from The Evergreen State College in 2011 with a Bachelors in Environmental Science, focusing in Natural Resources Science Education. She has additional skills in outreach, marketing, event coordination, educational material development, and water quality monitoring.

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Colleen Minion

Thurston County Solid Waste

Colleen Minion has served as a Waste Reduction Specialist for Thurston County Solid Waste since 2007. She delivers a wide range of school presentations to elementary and middle school students around Thurston County. In 2009 she was awarded the Outstanding Non-formal Environmental Educator of the year by the Environmental Education Association of Washington (now e3 Washington.)

Colleen also has experience working as an educator, fundraiser, events coordinator, volunteer coordinator, and grant writer through her positions with Kitsap County Solid Waste, Citizens for a Healthy Bay, Pierce County AIDS Foundation, American Red Cross, and the March of Dimes.

She earned her Bachelor of Science degree with a double major in Environmental Science and Geography from Mary Washington College and her Master in Public Administration degree at The Evergreen State College.

She serves on the Board of the North Thurston Kiwanis Club, as well as on the Management Team of the Olympia Chorus of Sweet Adelines International.

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Sadie Gilliom

Thurston Conservation District

As Thurston Conservation District’s Education Assistant, Sadie looks to inspire community connectedness through creating volunteer opportunities and fostering a sense of environmental stewardship in youth and adults. One of her main focuses is to provide outreach to landowners within the Henderson and Nisqually Shellfish Protection Districts, bringing smart, alternative options to daily activities that will improve water quality in Puget Sound.

She assists with and created the programming for Salmon Camp (a hands-on week long summer day camp for youth ages 5-12), is the secretary for Mount2Sound Adventures summer youth camp, and helps put on our annual native plant sale. Sadie is passionate in interpreting the natural world and the importance of conserving our precious resources to youth and adults of all ages in an engaging way.

Sadie Gilliom is a local Washingtonian who graduated from the University of Puget Sound with a degree in natural science biology. She spent five years using her skills and passion in environmental stewardship and outreach to excite people about our environment, both at the Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium and Northwest Trek Wildlife Park. She is currently broadening her knowledge as an Masters of Environmental Studies student at The Evergreen State College.

Sheila Wilson

Nisqually River Education Project

Sheila Wilson, program director for Nisqually River Education Project, has experience in SCUBA diving, scientific research, community organizing, classroom teaching (preschool through college), and environmental education. As Program Director she has successfully written and implemented grants for water quality monitoring, riparian habitat restoration, salmon carcass tossing/nutrient enhancement and the Eye on Nature program, a field investigation that teaches students how to record wildlife observations as part of a larger citizen science project using eBird at the Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge. She is a mother of 3 amazing children and loves running, hiking, biking, horses and camping.

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Sue Patnude

Deschutes Estuary Restoration Team (DERT)

Sue Patnude owns a consulting business specializing in Environmental Policy and she is also the co-founder and Executive Director of the Deschutes Estuary Restoration Team. She is retired from a career in community development and environmental work having held management positions in state, regional and local government. Her most recent State positions include Regional Director for Region 6 of the Department of Fish and Wildlife where she also served as a Special Policy Assistant at DFW. Sue lives the good life with her husband Tom Hyde on a small farm in south Mason County they built themselves. She loves gardening, clean water, fresh air and working for a healthy Puget Sound

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Elisa Sparkman

Thurston County – Public Health & Social Services

Works as an Education and Outreach Specialist for Thurston County Public Health and Social Services Environmental Health Division. She offers presentations to school and community groups on toxics reduction, healthy homes, and more.

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Jennifer Johnson

Thurston County – Public Health & Social Services

Works as an Education and Outreach Specialist for Thurston County Public Health and Social Services Environmental Health Division. She offers presentations and trainings to schools, community groups, and businesses on toxics reduction, healthy homes, septic systems, natural yard care, and more.

 

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Sylvana Niehuser

City of Olympia – Parks, Arts, and Recreation

Sylvana Niehuser is a Park Ranger with the City of Olympia. She coordinates a variety of programs and activities within the City’s Park Stewardship Program including:

  • Junior Ranger Adventures
  • Meet Us At the Beach
  • Kids Canopy Climb
  • Backyard Campout
  • Volunteer Opportunties

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Kim Benedict

City of Lacey – Water Resources Division

Kim has worked for the City of Lacey Water Resources since 2014 and serves as their Stream Team Coordinator. Prior to that she served as an AmeriCorps Volunteer for two years focusing on watershed education and outreach with the Chehalis Basin Education Consortium and the Coastal Resources Learning Center. Kim and her husband live in Lacey with their dog and cat. Kim’s husband is a service member in the US Army. In their spare time, the Benedicts enjoy gardening, attending Husky Football Games, and exploring the beautiful State of Washington.

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Chris Maun

Thurston County – Water Resources Program

Chris has worked for Thurston County since 2006, but prior to that he founded the Nisqually River Education Project in 1990, and fostered this still successful watershed-based environmental science program for teachers and students throughout the entire Nisqually River Watershed. Previously, Chris was fortunate to be an interpretive naturalist at Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument and Mt. Rainier National Park. Chris’ wife is a fifth grade Science teacher who involves her students in water quality monitoring and his teenage son also does watershed studies and water quality monitoring at Timberline High School.

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