Rodney Pond - executive director
Rodney grew up barefoot and shirtless exploring the wilds of the Florida Gulf Coast with a canoe, a cast net, and a pocket knife. He moved to Cascadia after earning a BS in Zoology from the University of Florida in 1991 and working for Howard T. Odum’s environmental engineering lab, the Center for Wetlands for 4 years. Over the past 27 years he’s lived along the Salish Sea he earned a MS in Forest Resources from the University of Washington in 2005 and worked in diversity of positions in the natural resource management & ecosystem restoration fields; field researcher, educator, restoration field technician, restoration project manager, native plant nursery manager, sustainable gardener, horticulture instructor in a prison, and environmental compliance specialist, to name a few. His passion is for building a restorative culture for the mutual benefit of people and ecosystems through education, partnerships, projects, and celebration.
Rodney still likes to be barefoot and shirtless as much as the weather allows and can be found hiking, swimming in our local rivers and lakes, growing, preserving and cooking his own food, reading, listening to music, attending arts performances, brewing and drinking beer, and working on home improvement projects when not on executive director duty for SSS.
KELLY frazee - EDUCATION program manageR
Kelly grew up in in Colorado, where she gained her love of natural places while exploring alpine wilderness and ponderosa pine scented forests. Kelly graduated from Colorado State University with a B.S. in Wildlife Biology, and completed her M.A. in Zoology while studying abroad in Mexico, Guyana, and Malaysia through Miami University’s Global Field Program.
Prior to joining SSS in December 2016, Kelly had spent more than a decade in the environmental education field in Washington, working in residential environmental education at Camp Killoqua and North Cascades Institute, followed by many years at Woodland Park Zoo as an educator and coordinator for both youth and adult programs.
When not working, Kelly loves spending her time gardening, wildlife tracking, and exploring new and familiar places all around the world by bicycle and by foot!
LISA SYRAVONG - stewardship program manageR
Lisa Syravong joined SSS in October, 2013 as the Volunteer & Membership Coordinator. She has over 10 years of experience in environmental non-profit organizations both as staff and as an intern, and previous to SSS worked for Washington Wild. Originally an Oregonian, she holds a B.A. in Environmental Ethics and Policy from University of Portland and has a passion for working with volunteers, coordinating membership activities and working on grassroots campaigns.
In her spare time, she enjoys: running, volunteering, cooking and spending time with her husband, and their two children.
JESSICA LANGE - HABITAT program manageR
Jessica graduated from Hawaii Pacific University with a degree in Environmental Studies and Natural Resource Management. Throughout college she conducted stream water quality research with the Army Corps of Engineers, and participated in native Polynesian fish-pond restoration. Jessica has worked with the Washington Conservation Corps, leading habitat restoration projects including: invasive plant species management, native seed collection and native plant propagation throughout the greater King County region. Jessica became a Habitat Technician at SSS in February 2014, and is excited to continue at SSS as the Habitat Project Coordinator.
Jessica enjoys many things in life such as gardening, cooking, jewelry making, music, hiking and exploring the PNW.
JENNIFER MAYNARD SELL - FINANCE & OFFICE MANAGER
Jennifer grew up loving nature and the outdoors. Her family had many happy summers camping and fishing in Utah’s Wasatch Mountains. She was born in Missouri but grew up experiencing the beauty of several Western states before landing in Washington in 1988. Jennifer fell in love with the many outdoor opportunities the PNW has to offer and after fifteen years away, is excited to return to the area.
In her spare time, Jennifer loves spending time outside; hiking, camping and exploring. She enjoys gardening and growing her own organic produce. Jennifer also trains and competes with her dogs in Agility, Barn Hunt, Coursing Ability Tests, Nose Work, Obedience and Tracking.
Brooke Skowyra - Hatchery program manager
Brooke was born and raised in the PNW, fostering an early appreciation for nature, specifically the Puget Sound. She started volunteering at the Willow Creek Hatchery in 2013, when she fell in love with the mission of the hatchery and all of the dedicated volunteers. Her passion for salmon restoration and education grew as she returned to volunteer every season possible when she was home from college. Brooke graduated from the University of Montana’s College of Forestry and Conservation in 2018, receiving a B.S. in Resource Conservation. The day after she graduated from college, she became our Hatchery Operations Coordinator.
When she is not at the hatchery, you can find her fishing, baking, gardening, practicing yoga, and exploring the wonders of the PNW. Although Montana stole a piece of her heart while earning her degree, it will never compare to her love for the PNW.
Kaeli Fertal - Environmental Education Coordinator/WSC AmeriCorps Member
Kaeli has always been drawn to the ocean and her fascination of the marine environment was fostered by a childhood spent exploring the rocky coastline of New England. After earning her B.S. in Marine Biology from the University of Rhode Island in 2013, Kaeli moved to Florida and gained a diverse skill set working for county government, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission and the University of Florida. After taking some time off to backpack Southeast Asia, Kaeli moved to Seattle to pursue a career in community engagement and outreach. She’s incredibly excited to have the opportunity to work with SSS in order to learn how she can most effectively use her science background and passion for conservation to inspire environmental stewardship within our community.
When not on the clock, you can find Kaeli outside exploring the natural beauty of the PNW with her fiancé and adorable dog, sampling the latest craft brew, cooking something tasty or curled up reading a good book.
Christie Turner – Habitat Technician
Christie was born and raised in the beautiful Pacific Northwest where her love for nature and the outdoors bloomed with her surroundings. Her passion for the environment drew her to obtain her Bachelor’s Degree in Environmental Conservation though Skagit Valley College. Before joining the SSS team, she worked throughout western Washington controlling noxious weeds and conducting plant surveys while working for Washington Conservation Corps, Skagit Fisheries Enhancement Group, and Skagit County Noxious Weed Control Board.
In her free time Christie loves to explore the outdoors with her friends and family, playing games of all types, reading, crafting, traveling, and enjoys testing out new restaurants and breweries.
Emily Steffes - Habitat Technician
A South Florida native, Emily always had a strong connection with the outdoors and wildlife. Her fondest childhood memories involve fishing, climbing trees, and catching lizards and snakes. After graduating from University of Florida in 2018 with a degree in Wildlife Ecology and Conservation, she immediately made the drive out to eastern Oregon for an internship with the Bureau of Land Management and then to Illinois for a seasonal position as a natural resource technician.
Emily enjoys drinking as much coffee as humanly possible, trying new breweries, baking, taking naps in her hammock, hiking, and camping.
Cameron Hill - Habitat Technician
A central Illinois native, Cameron’s love for the outdoors was forged by exploring creeks and streams with his grandmother. He attended Illinois State University, graduating with a B.S. degree in Parks and Recreation Management. At ISU, Cameron interned at McLean County Parks and Recreation. This is where his love for the outdoors and professional world collided. After two years with McLean county, Cameron moved from Illinois to Washington to work for the Washington Conservation Corps first with KCDNRP and then with Pierce Conservation District. Post WCC, Cameron lead trail, habitat, and fire mitigation crews with the Student Conservation Association throughout the western U.S. His appreciation for Washington drove him back to the west coast.
When Cameron is not working for Triple ‘S’, he enjoys traveling, backpacking, and playing board games.
Breanna Finch - habitat technician
Bre grew up in Wisconsin and found her love for the outdoors camping and hiking almost every weekend as a child in many of Wisconsin's state parks. After graduating with a B.S. in Anthropology, she worked with the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh in Borneo, Indonesia researching non-human primates in the East Kalimantan rainforest. When she returned to the United States, she moved to Washington State and worked with the Washington Conservation Corps with Snohomish County doing habitat restoration for the Big Trees Project. Bre has spent the past few years working in the travel industry and is excited to return to habitat restoration.
In her free time, she enjoys wandering through antique shops, traveling, and exploring the outdoors.