Rodney & grandson

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. It’s little wonder to his family, friends and colleagues he ended up on a near 30 year adventure pursuing an education and career that would keep him outdoors as much as possible. Over the past 21 years he’s lived in the Puget Sound region he’s earned a MS in Forest Resources from the University of Washington in 2005 and worked in just about every conceivable area of the environmental field; researcher, educator, field crew, project manager, native plant nursery manager, sustainable gardener, college instructor in a prison, and 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.

Kevin & daughter

Kevin lee - PROGRAM MANAGER

Kevin graduated from the University of Washington in 2009 from the College of Forest Resources.  Since then, he has gained experience by working for Snohomish County Surface Water Management, and the Wild Fish Conservancy.  He came to Sound Salmon Solutions in June 2010 as a Habitat Field Technician.  In January 2011 he became a full time Habitat Restoration Coordinator. In 2013 Kevin became the Program Manager.

Outside of work Kevin enjoys the outdoors by hiking and skiing.  He builds his own skis and brews his own beer between trips to the mountains and the park with his daughter.

Martha & son

MARTHA MORITZ - EDUCATION & ENGAGEMENT PROGRAM COORDINATOR

Martha was born and raised in Seattle, WA.  She grew up camping with her family, which she credits with sparking her love for the environment and being outdoors. Martha received a B.A. in Environmental Education from Western Washington University and holds a Master’s in Environmental Horticulture from the University of Washington. Prior to returning to graduate school to study restoration ecology, her professional background included time spent working as an environmental educator and as a monitoring technician for a wetland consulting firm. Martha joined SSS in December 2015 as the Education and Outreach Program Coordinator. She is passionate about habitat restoration, community outreach, environmental education, salmon, and clean water.

Outside of work, the two most important things to Martha are: spending time with her family and being outside either, hiking, camping, or gardening. She also enjoys cooking, playing soccer, and practicing yoga.

Kelley

KELLEY GOVAN - EDUCATION & ENGAGEMENT PROJECT COORDINATOR

Kelley graduated from the University of Washington with double degrees in Environmental Studies and English; she also completed the UW Restoration Ecology Network Certificate program. Before joining SSS, Kelley spent 11 seasons working at YMCA Camp Orkila where she taught outdoor environmental education and ran the summer equestrian program.  Kelley then did two years in the Washington Conservation Corps, where she was on a crew in the Olympic National Park working on the Elwha Restoration Project for a year. In Oct 2013 Kelley began working for SSS as the WCC Intern. Kelley has stayed on as staff and is excited to continue to be a part of the SSS team!

Kelley enjoys many things in life, and spends her free time riding/working with horses, hiking, camping, reading, going to shows, having picnics, taking naps, and spending time with her buddies.

Lisa & her son and daughter

LISA SYRAVONG - MEMBERSHIP & VOLUNTEER COORDINATOR

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.

jess

JESSICA LANGE - HABITAT RESTORATION PROJECT COORDINATOR

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.

KYLA CADDEY - WASHINGTON CONSERVATION CORPS INTERN

Kyla grew up in Western Washington and graduated from the University of Washington with a degree in Environmental Science and Resource Management with a focus in Wildlife Conservation and a minor in Quantitative Science. She fell in love with the outdoors at a young age and has strived to make a positive impact for wildlife and the environment through hands-on field work. After graduating in June 2014 she worked on a Washington Conservation Corps crew in Lake Stevens for a year where she assisted in salmon habitat restoration projects throughout Snohomish County. She is excited to continue habitat restoration work for Sound Salmon Solutions and gain new skills in environmental education where she will help teach kids in the classroom and field on topics such as erosion, water quality, and salmon.

Kyla enjoys spending time outdoors in her free time camping, hiking, and photographing wildlife and the beautiful PNW landscapes. When she is not outside you can find her drawing or painting, reading, antiquing, or catching up with her favorite TV shows.

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.

Mitch Lex - Habitat Restoration Specialist

Mitch grew up in Flagstaff, Arizona and spent his childhood exploring the canyons and rivers of the Southwest, quickly developing a passion and curiosity for the natural world. He later moved to the Midwest, where he graduated from Michigan State University with a degree in Communication and Environmental Studies while spending summers leading backpacking trips at a summer camp in Colorado.  His desire to gain experience in the restoration field brought him to Seattle in 2013, where he began his time at EarthCorps, a non-profit organization focused on habitat restoration and leadership development . From 2013-15, Mitch served as a Corpsmember, Volunteer Specialist, and Crew Leader, broadening his experience managing volunteer projects, working with agency partners and teaching best management restoration practices. Mitch joined Sound Salmon Solutions in March of 2016 as the Habitat Specialist, where he spends most of his time in the field implementing river and riparian restoration projects.

Mitch spends most of his free time outside kayaking, backpacking and climbing mountains throughout the Pacific Northwest. When not outside, he enjoys live music and craft beers—both of which are plentiful in Seattle!

Jon Harris - Habitat Technician

Jon was born raised in Columbus, Ohio.  He graduated from Ohio State University with a degree in Environmental Science in 2013.  After College he worked as an intern with the Ohio EPA Surface Water Program, conducting electrofishing surveys for water quality analysis.  He grew up with a passion for traveling and the mountains.  He has been to all 50 states and most of the national parks.  So, naturally he decided to leave the corn and soybeans of Ohio for the Mountains of Washington.  In 2014, He moved to Washington and worked with the Washington Conservation Corps in King County doing riparian habitat restoration work for about 1.5 years.  He is excited to join Sound Salmon Solutions and continue working in salmon habitat restoration. Jon spends most of his free time in the mountains, hiking, backpacking, kayaking, and fishing.  He also enjoys playing soccer, watching sports, puns, and playing guitar.  

Pete Anderson - Habitat Technician

Pete spent his childhood and young adulthood in the Pacific Northwest exploring the mountains and coasts with his family.  He followed love to Chicago, worked a summer in Denali building and repairing trails and earned an Associate of Science from Harold Washington College.  He returned to Seattle to attend the University of Washington where he graduated in 2011 with a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science and Resource Management. For the past 5 years, he has been a Puget Sound Steward, leading volunteer restoration work parties to restore salmon habitat on the Duwamish River in Seattle and joined Sound Salmon Solutions this year where he is a Habitat Technician.  Pete loves the mountains and the ocean, where he can be a climber, surfer, stargazer, etc.