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 - operations director
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.
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.
Ali Flisek - Habitat Technician
Ali grew up in the Tampa Bay area of Florida where she spent many days on the beach and traveling the country with her Dad in his VW camper bus. It was on a trip to California where they visited the Redwoods National Park where she fell in love with the West Coast. After spending eight years in the Air Force as a combat photographer, she finally moved to Seattle to explore the Pacific Northwest. She quickly developed a love for the diverse forests of Western Washington and knew she wanted to learn more about them. After earning her associates degree at North Seattle College, Ali transferred to the University of Washington and received her B.S. in Environmental Science and Resource Management. Before joining Sound Salmon Solutions, she served in an AmeriCorps, Vetsworks position with the Mt. Baker Snoqualmie National Forest as the Natural Resource Intern where she developed an interest and passion for restoration of our natural areas.
Katie Meline - Habitat Technician
Katie grew up exploring the Pacific Northwest with a love for the rain. Her passion has been in enhancing and protecting endangered species populations. She graduated from Washington State University in 2013 with a Bachelor’s in Wildlife Ecology. After graduation, she started working with the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife on various projects focusing on wetland restoration and recovery of endangered species. She joined the Washington Conservation Corps in 2014, where she aided the Snohomish Conservation District in the Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program, focusing on salmon habitat restoration. Katie took a detour into the zoo world, working at Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium and The Reptile Zoo for a couple years. There, she had amazing opportunities working one-on-one with a wide array of animals and educating visitors on the animal’s beauty and importance in the ecosystem. But she ultimately missed the outdoors and had to return. She furthered her knowledge of the natural world by going back to school and graduated from Alderleaf Wilderness College in 2017, with certifications in Wilderness Ecology and Education, Permaculture Design, and CyberTracker Conservation: Wildlife Track and Sign. She is very excited to be joining the Sound Salmon Solutions team this year and expanding her restoration skills!
Katie loves dancing, wildlife tracking, herbalism, hiking, kayaking, swimming and soaking in natural hot springs.
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.
Jordan Grant - environmental education coordinator/Washington service corps americorps member
After traveling the world to places like Alaska, Florida, and Australia, Jordan found himself enthralled with the beauty of coastal and marine environments. While visiting his grandparents in Galveston Island throughout his childhood, fishing and boating were activities that furthered his respect for our fragile ecosystems. Jordan received his B.S. in Marine and Freshwater Science from the University of Texas at Austin, and during this time found that scientific education was his passion. Jordan joined SSS as the Environmental Education Coordinator in September 2017 through the WSC AmeriCorps program.
When off the clock, Jordan enjoys visiting National Parks, reading philosophy and fantasy, getting sighs from bad puns, yoga, and playing video games.