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 25 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 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 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.
Carolyn Alfano - Education & Engagement Program Coordinator (INTERIM)
Immersed in the outdoors growing up in Australia, Carolyn’s love of the environment was fostered from spending hours with her brother fishing, crabbing, exploring mangroves, bush walking and putzing around in their little aluminum boat. She also credits her love of the environment from the opportunity to see many different ecosystems across the globe through her prior dancing career. Carolyn moved to the U.S. nearly 20 years ago and earned her B.S. and M.S. from the University of Washington’s College of Forest Resources. Prior to SSS Carolyn worked for the University of Washington Botanic Gardens managing the Rare Plant Care and Conservation Program and as an intern for King County Solid Waste Department. She has a passion for helping to conserve our ecosystems through collaborative education and outreach programs that make science accessible to the greater community. Carolyn joined SSS in Dec 2016 as Interim Education and Engagement Program Coordinator.
Outside of work Carolyn enjoys spending time with her husband and three boys, attending their sporting games, hiking, camping, cycling, surfing, gardening and cooking.
KELLY frazee - EDUCATION & ENGAGEMENT PROJECT COORDINATOR
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 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.
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.
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.
Natasha Coumou - Habitat Technician
Natasha was born and raised in Republic of Macedonia. She moved to the United States and served for two terms with the Washington Conservation Corps. During this time, she performed work for various agencies in Snohomish and Skagit County. Here, her love for restoration and conservation bloomed and she received the President's Volunteer Service Award in Environmental Stewardship. She has received training in low impact development from the WSU extension of Snohomish County and is certified Swift Water Rescue Technician. Natasha Graduated the Evergreen State College in June 2016 with Environmental Science Degree, and during her studies participated in the Research Experience for Undergraduates program at the University of Hawaii at Hilo. In the summer of 2015 she focused on researching relationships between understory shrubs and avian frugivores in the Hakalau National Wildlife Refuge. Before joining Sound Salmon Solutions, she was a Natural Resources Inventory Technician for the City of Bellevue Parks Department. Natasha loves the outdoors and is very passionate about science, ecology and restoration and enjoys spending her time volunteering with many different environmental organizations in the Puget Sound area.
Kat Krohn - Habitat Technician
Kat graduated from University of Wisconsin – Madison with a degree in Geography/GIS and Environmental Studies. While working at Siuslaw National Forest on the Oregon Coast, Kat fell in love with the ecology of the Pacific Northwest. After college, she moved out to Seattle to do habitat restoration with EarthCorps. Since then she has monitored monkeys in Ecuador, done bird surveys for Mount Rainier National Park, and worked on a backcountry chainsaw crew in Southern Utah. She is happy to join SSS, and to be back in her adopted home of western Washington, helping to improve riparian habitat. When she’s not in the field, Kat loves hiking the Cascades, drawing botanical illustrations, and biking around Seattle.
David Schroeder - Habitat Technician
David discovered his passion for the outdoors by fishing with his dad and grandpa when he was a boy. Growing up in a small town in Illinois, there wasn’t much to do but fish, boat, hike, and hunt. This left him yearning for something more so in 2011 he signed up for a National Outdoor Leadership School program in Alaska. David spent 28 days in the Alaskan backcountry seakayaking and backpacking even though he had only been camping once for two nights in his entire life before this trip. Thrown into the fire, not only did he learn a lot of outdoor skills—he learned that he needed to be surrounded by mountains.
David quickly finished his Bachelor’s Degree in Conservation Biology & Ecology at Bowling Green State University in Ohio and soon thereafter applied for jobs in states with mountains. Luckily, he found a job with the Washington Conservation Corps in King County. With even more luck, his best friend in Illinois received the same job and was able to road trip with him out to Washington. David enjoyed his outdoor restoration work with the WCC so much that he did a second year of it in Olympia with the Department of Natural Resources. You can find David hiking, drinking beer, exploring, camping, and kayaking (among many other things) throughout the year.