Jason Lundgren - Executive Director

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A graduate of The Evergreen State College in Olympia, Jason Lundgren has been involved in fisheries and natural resources for 12 years. Jason is an avid angler, and previously worked for the South Puget Sound Salmon Enhancement Group, our counterpart in Olympia, before moving on to a role with the Salmon Recovery Funding Board. Now the Executive Director of CCFEG, Jason is very excited to be involved in salmon recovery in such a vibrant area. Jason lives in Leavenworth with his wife, three kids and the family dog, Arlo.


Matt Shales - Project Manager

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Born and raised in Wenatchee, Matt Shales' love for the outdoors led him to pursue a career in natural resources. Matt earned a B.S. in Natural Resource Sciences from Washington State University in Pullman, Washington and then worked as a specialist for Chelan County's Natural Resource Department before joining the CCFEG team. Outside of work, you'll find Matt spending time with his family, or riding his mountain bike in order to take in the scenic Wenatchee Valley.

Sean Koester - Outreach/Project Manager

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Sean came to Washington after graduating from Florida International University in Miami, Florida with a B.S. in Biology. Before coming to Wenatchee to help support sustainable salmon fisheries Sean worked at Turnbull National Wildlife Refuge in Cheney, Washington as a habitat and wildlife monitoring assistant as well as a restoration technician. In their free time Sean and his dog Cosmo can be seen rambling through the various open spaces that north central Washington has to offer.

Kristen Kirkby - Project Manager


Kristen Kirkby is a fisheries biologist with over a decade of field experience working with salmonids in the Pacific Northwest. A native Washingtonian, Kristen received a BA from Whitman College and an MS in Fisheries Science from Oregon State University. Working in waters from Alaska to Northern California, she’s represented state and federal agencies, universities, and tribes. Kristen is based in Twisp and lives in the Methow Valley where she enjoys all manner of outdoor exploration, and has a particular fondness for donning on a mask and snorkel to get face-to-face with the underwater world. 

Taylor Belisle - AmeriCorps Intern


Recent graduate of The University of Washington with a B.S in Environmental Science and Resource Management specializing in Wildlife Conservation, Taylor, is eager to pursue a career in the field of Ecology.