Mark & kids


Mark grew up in Tacoma, and now lives on the Middle Fork of Quilceda Creek in Marysville with his wife and their three children. He earned his MS in Geology from Western Washington University, and is a consultant working on river assessment, planning, and restoration projects around the State. A former staff member at SSS, Mark joined the Board in 2015, and is excited to be working with the dedicated staff and volunteers that play such a crucial role in helping to ensure the survival of salmon in our local watersheds.


Zach and Molly both grew up in Lake Stevens. They met at Gonzaga, and moved back to the west side of the mountains after living abroad for a short period. Sharing a passion for the outdoors and travel, they are often gone exploring or hiking with their dogs, Zula and Taz. Both wanting to become more active in preserving the environment they love, they joined the SSS Board after completing WSU’s Sustainable Community Stewards program. When they are not traveling or hiking, they spend their time investing in real estate and small businesses.

Staci & her husband, Tim


Staci is a lifetime resident of the Pacific Northwest and grew up hiking in our local mountains. Her love for the environment led her to get a degree in Ecological Studies from Seattle University. She and her family currently reside in Lake Stevens, where her two sons learned to fish. She enjoys camping, hiking, and fishing with her husband and three children. She serves on the Board as a way to help give back to the environment that she fell in love with as a child. Helping to mitigate growth and restore vitality to our local streams and rivers is fulfilling, and allows her the opportunity to make a difference for future generations to be able to grow up enjoying the environment as she did. 

Charlotte with husband Kit & their canine companion, Mabel


Originally from North Idaho, Charlotte lives with her husband, Kit, and golden retriever, Mabel, in Mount Vernon. She enjoys the beauty of the North Cascades via backpacking/hiking, backcountry skiing, and tasting the fine microbrews Western Washington has to offer. Charlotte has a Bachelor's of Science in Conservation Biology from the University of Idaho and a graduate certificate in fisheries Management from Oregon State University. She works for the Stillaguamish Tribe of Indians Natural resources Department as a Fisheries Biologist, working to protect the Tribe's Treaty Rights. Charlotte is excited to support Sound Salmon Solutions as they carry out their very important mission of restoring salmon habitat and educating the public. 


ANNA HECKMAN - board member

A 5th generation Washingtonian; Anna grew up traveling backpacking, and camping throughout the Northwest with her family. She developed a love for the ecology of the region and though she tried many times, she couldn't stay away from the Puget Sound area. With degrees in Ecology and Urban Horticulture, Anna has pursued a career as an Urban Forester to grow, strengthen, and maintain our urban natural areas and to provide for our communities a closer connection to the natural world around us. In her spare time you can find Anna practicing her saltwater fishery harvesting techniques, trekking through the mountains, or biking along our city streets. 


TYLER MORRISON - board member
farm manager, 21 acres

Tyler grew up running around the mountains of northern New Mexico, hiking, camping, rock climbing, and doing anything that would give him an excuse to spend time outside.  He has always been a passionate lover of the outdoors and the natural world, and despite trying his hardest to avoid it in his younger days, of science.  He earned a B.S. in Ecology and Conservation Biology from the University of Idaho, and has over a decade of field experience all over the west on a wide variety of research projects.  After several years managing a research station in the middle of the Frank Church Wilderness for the Univeristy of Idaho, he and his wife recently moved to Edmonds.  He serves on the board to help the ecological integrity of this incredible region we call home while building a strong community within it.  


A native of Washington State, Dave grew up in Lynnwood and now resides in the Pigeon Creek Watershed in Everett, with his wife Lisa, teenage daughter Emily and wiener dog Brownie. He maintains a passion for the flora and fauna in our region and when he’s not spending time watching his daughter play volleyball, he also enjoys floating northwest rivers and lakes fishing for salmon, steelhead and trout. A previous staff member of the Stilly-Snohomish Fisheries Enhancement Task Force, Dave has almost 20 years of experience developing and implementing multi-scale riparian and instream habitat restoration projects in several Western Washington watersheds as part of ongoing Puget Sound salmon recovery efforts. He currently works for the Snoqualmie Indian Tribe Environmental & Natural Resources Department helping to protect, preserve and restore fish and wildlife habitat including culturally significant native plant communities on Traditional Lands of the Snoqualmie people. Dave is excited to bring his business and environmental background to support the organizations great staff and board in carrying out its important education, stewardship and restoration objectives.  

Railin Santiago - Board Member
Environmental Consultant,
Shoreline Environmental Consulting LLC

Railin grew up in Seattle and has a history of volunteering to conserve and restore natural spaces. She now lives in Shoreline with her husband Christian, their toddler Oaken and two loving dogs, Delilah and Luna. She enjoys kayaking, biking and volunteering with her community to create social events and restore natural spaces in her neighborhood. Railin has a Bachelor’s of Science in Biology from the Evergreen State College and a Masters from the University of Washington’s School of Marine and Environmental Affairs. Railin currently works as a private environmental consultant to ensure projects minimize environmental impacts and provide restoration. She has also spent time with the National Marine Fisheries Service as a Fisheries Management Specialist and with Snohomish County in the Surface Water Management Division. Railin is excited to support Sound Salmon Solutions as a board member and continue working to conserve and restore the natural ecology of the Pacific Northwest.

Yolimar Rivera Vázquez - Board Member
Natural Resources Projects Coordinator, WSU Snohomish County Extension

Yolimar was born and raised in the Caribbean Island of Puerto Rico where she spent her early youth playing in the small forest and ravine that was part of her family’s backyard. She later developed a passion for visiting the beach and discovering what sea creatures lived there, which led her to pursue a Bachelor’s Degree in Coastal Marine Biology from the University of Puerto Rico at Humacao. During her senior year of college, Yolimar came to Washington State for the first time to pursue a research opportunity at the Shannon Point Marine Center in Anacortes, the marine science lab from Western Washington University (WWU). Despite the huge difference in weather, Yolimar fell in love with the area. She returned to Puerto Rico to finish her degree and moved to Washington in 2012 to pursue her Master’s in Environmental Sciences. Since 2014, she’s been working for the Washington State University (WSU) Snohomish County Extension office in Everett, where she helps coordinate the Beach Watcher volunteer program and Latino engagement projects around natural resources. Her passion is to help others connect with the environment. Yolimar currently resides in Mukilteo and likes to spend her free time in nature or cooking.

Jeff Hall - Board Member