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BOARD OF DIRECTORS

The CCFEG Board of Directors and staff meet on the second Wednesday of every month from 9am - 12pm in Pateros or Chelan. We welcome public attendance at these meetings. For more information contact our office at (509) 888-7268

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2018 CCFEG Board Retreat - Stehekin, WA

  Michael Devany -  President    Mike Devany is a retired from NOAA and the U.S. Navy, where he last served NOAAs Chief Operating Officer. He was responsible for the day-to-day management of NOAA’s national and international operations for oceanic and atmospheric services, research, and coastal and marine stewardship. Mike has worked across several mission areas, from commanding research vessels, oil spill response and restoration, and salmon habitat restoration. He currently works as a consultant with The Oceans 360 Group, providing executive level operational and strategic perspectives and capability in the marine science and leadership realms to private and public sector engagements. He is an acknowledged leader and subject matter expert who supports a range of clients focusing on marine operations, geospatial, hydrology, resource conservation and management, and ocean related scientific and technical domains.  Mike has a bachelor's degree from the University of Washington in biology, a master's degree from the University of South Florida in environmental health, and a master’s degree from City University in project management. He is a former NOAA diver, and holds a United States Coast Guard Master 1,600/3000 gross-ton, Oceans license. Admiral Devany retired from NOAA in April 2016 and splits his time between his cattle ranch in the Methow Valley and Seattle with his wife Tracy. He is the proud father of three boys, Brendan, Kieran, and Colin.

Michael Devany - President

Mike Devany is a retired from NOAA and the U.S. Navy, where he last served NOAAs Chief Operating Officer. He was responsible for the day-to-day management of NOAA’s national and international operations for oceanic and atmospheric services, research, and coastal and marine stewardship. Mike has worked across several mission areas, from commanding research vessels, oil spill response and restoration, and salmon habitat restoration. He currently works as a consultant with The Oceans 360 Group, providing executive level operational and strategic perspectives and capability in the marine science and leadership realms to private and public sector engagements. He is an acknowledged leader and subject matter expert who supports a range of clients focusing on marine operations, geospatial, hydrology, resource conservation and management, and ocean related scientific and technical domains.

Mike has a bachelor's degree from the University of Washington in biology, a master's degree from the University of South Florida in environmental health, and a master’s degree from City University in project management. He is a former NOAA diver, and holds a United States Coast Guard Master 1,600/3000 gross-ton, Oceans license. Admiral Devany retired from NOAA in April 2016 and splits his time between his cattle ranch in the Methow Valley and Seattle with his wife Tracy. He is the proud father of three boys, Brendan, Kieran, and Colin.

 

Michael Devany - President

Joined CCFEG in 2018

 Chris Danforth resides in Leavenworth and has worked in the outdoor sports industry for 23 years. He has a Bachelor’s degree in Communications from Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colorado. Chris spends most of his free time outdoors fly fishing, snowboarding & splitboarding, hiking, mountain biking, and kayaking with his wife Maura and yellow lab Della.

Chris Danforth resides in Leavenworth and has worked in the outdoor sports industry for 23 years. He has a Bachelor’s degree in Communications from Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colorado. Chris spends most of his free time outdoors fly fishing, snowboarding & splitboarding, hiking, mountain biking, and kayaking with his wife Maura and yellow lab Della.

 

Chris danforth - vice president

Joined CCFEG in 2016

 Greg is currently working for the Methow Salmon Recovery Foundation in Twisp, WA. He has 27 years of forested ecosystem management and restoration experience with the US Forest Service including 7 years of experience managing irrigation ditch special use permits associated with streams containing three ESA listed species. More recently, Greg has 6 years of experience working for the Bureau of Reclamation as the Methow Subbasin Liaison. In this capacity, he managed the ESA listed species habitat restoration program for Reclamation in the Methow Subbasin.

Greg is currently working for the Methow Salmon Recovery Foundation in Twisp, WA. He has 27 years of forested ecosystem management and restoration experience with the US Forest Service including 7 years of experience managing irrigation ditch special use permits associated with streams containing three ESA listed species. More recently, Greg has 6 years of experience working for the Bureau of Reclamation as the Methow Subbasin Liaison. In this capacity, he managed the ESA listed species habitat restoration program for Reclamation in the Methow Subbasin.

 

Greg Knott - Secretary

Joined CCFEG in 2009

 Mark Kacmarcik is a registered professional engineer living in Wenatchee. Mark has worked for more than 12 years as a geotechnical engineer involved in design and construction of a wide variety of civil works projects. Mark's primary area of specialization is in geotechnical design of river related projects, including modifications to dams and levees, stream restoration, fish passage and mine reclamation. Mark earned his Bachelor's and degree in Civil Engineering from Virginia Tech in 2005. In his spare time, Mark enjoys whitewater kayaking, wilderness canoe tripping, backcountry skiing, trail running and mountain biking.

Mark Kacmarcik is a registered professional engineer living in Wenatchee. Mark has worked for more than 12 years as a geotechnical engineer involved in design and construction of a wide variety of civil works projects. Mark's primary area of specialization is in geotechnical design of river related projects, including modifications to dams and levees, stream restoration, fish passage and mine reclamation. Mark earned his Bachelor's and degree in Civil Engineering from Virginia Tech in 2005. In his spare time, Mark enjoys whitewater kayaking, wilderness canoe tripping, backcountry skiing, trail running and mountain biking.

 

Mark Kacmarcik - Treasurer

Joined CCFEG in 2016

 Phil Archibald most recently worked as a Fisheries Biologist for the Entiat and Chelan Ranger Districts in the Wenatchee National Forest, and held this position from 1992 through 2010. He is an aquatic and riparian specialist for watershed analyses, and is a charter member of the Entiat Watershed Planning Group Technical Assistance Committee. Phil performed biological assessments for ESA-listed species like bull trout, steelhead, and spring run Chinook, and has provided interpretive education for local elementary and high school students.

Phil Archibald most recently worked as a Fisheries Biologist for the Entiat and Chelan Ranger Districts in the Wenatchee National Forest, and held this position from 1992 through 2010. He is an aquatic and riparian specialist for watershed analyses, and is a charter member of the Entiat Watershed Planning Group Technical Assistance Committee. Phil performed biological assessments for ESA-listed species like bull trout, steelhead, and spring run Chinook, and has provided interpretive education for local elementary and high school students.

 

Phil Archibald

Joined CCFEG in 2011

 Dick has a long history working for the federal government (NOAA and US Navy) in the marine environment. His experience ranges from developing and testing underwater vehicles and sonar equipment to researching tuna distribution patterns and the effects of the ocean environment on their movements. Dick is an avid angler and brings years of experience as a Board member with the Hood Canal Salmon Enhancement Group.

Dick has a long history working for the federal government (NOAA and US Navy) in the marine environment. His experience ranges from developing and testing underwater vehicles and sonar equipment to researching tuna distribution patterns and the effects of the ocean environment on their movements. Dick is an avid angler and brings years of experience as a Board member with the Hood Canal Salmon Enhancement Group.

 

Dick Evans

Joined CCFEG in 2010

 Gary was raised and educated in Michigan, where he graduated with a Bachelor’s of Science in Biology and Chemistry. In Washington, he first lived on Bainbridge Island and then moved to Palisades, where he has lived now for 5 years. He has been interested in nature and natural history for his whole life and is concerned with man’s interaction with the natural world.

Gary was raised and educated in Michigan, where he graduated with a Bachelor’s of Science in Biology and Chemistry. In Washington, he first lived on Bainbridge Island and then moved to Palisades, where he has lived now for 5 years. He has been interested in nature and natural history for his whole life and is concerned with man’s interaction with the natural world.

 

Gary Neumann

 Keith Kistler is an Anadromous Fisheries Biologist for the Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation (CTCR). He was educated at the University of Wisconsin with a degree in Zoology. He has been a biologist in Washington State for over 20 years. He was a Fish and Wildlife Biologist for the U.S. Forest Service and focused on habitat restoration and small and large mammal ecology. Currently, Keith manages the Okanogan Subbasin Habitat Improvement Project for the CTCR, which designs and implements habitat rehabilitation projects for the benefit of anadromous salmonids.

Keith Kistler is an Anadromous Fisheries Biologist for the Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation (CTCR). He was educated at the University of Wisconsin with a degree in Zoology. He has been a biologist in Washington State for over 20 years. He was a Fish and Wildlife Biologist for the U.S. Forest Service and focused on habitat restoration and small and large mammal ecology. Currently, Keith manages the Okanogan Subbasin Habitat Improvement Project for the CTCR, which designs and implements habitat rehabilitation projects for the benefit of anadromous salmonids.

 

Keith Kistler

Joined CCFEG in 2015

 Photo and Bio coming soon!

Photo and Bio coming soon!

 

Amy martin

Joined CCFEG in 2018

 Natalie Kuehler is an attorney in Winthrop, WA, with a law practice that focuses heavily on water rights and land use issues. Prior to moving to Winthrop, Natalie worked as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Southern District of New York, where she represented the federal government in matters big and small. As an AUSA, she received a Director’s Award, one of the Department of Justice’s highest commendations, a Gold Medal from the Environmental Protection Agency, and awards from Civil Rights and Environment and Natural Resources Divisions. Prior to becoming an AUSA, Natalie worked for a wall street law firm for some time and clerked for a U.S. District Court judge in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Natalie grew up in Germany, but moved to the U.S. to attend Wellesley College, where she received a bachelor’s degree. She went on to study law at Harvard Law School. Natalie took up fly fishing as she headed West from New York City, and is excited to be bridging her professional and personal interests as a board member of CCFEG.

Natalie Kuehler is an attorney in Winthrop, WA, with a law practice that focuses heavily on water rights and land use issues. Prior to moving to Winthrop, Natalie worked as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Southern District of New York, where she represented the federal government in matters big and small. As an AUSA, she received a Director’s Award, one of the Department of Justice’s highest commendations, a Gold Medal from the Environmental Protection Agency, and awards from Civil Rights and Environment and Natural Resources Divisions. Prior to becoming an AUSA, Natalie worked for a wall street law firm for some time and clerked for a U.S. District Court judge in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Natalie grew up in Germany, but moved to the U.S. to attend Wellesley College, where she received a bachelor’s degree. She went on to study law at Harvard Law School. Natalie took up fly fishing as she headed West from New York City, and is excited to be bridging her professional and personal interests as a board member of CCFEG.

 

Natalie Kuehler

Joined CCFEG in 2018

 Ken currently works for Washington Department of Natural Resources as the Statewide Forest Landowner Assistance Fish and Wildlife Biologist. He has worked in natural resources since 1981, and earned his M.S. in Biology at Central Washington University, and his B.S. in Forestry and Wildlife from Virgina Tech. Lifelong naturalist, fisherman, and hunter. He is known throughout the Columbia Basin for his odd sense of humor and gravely singing voice, both of which are routinely on display at local salmon festivals and celebrations.

Ken currently works for Washington Department of Natural Resources as the Statewide Forest Landowner Assistance Fish and Wildlife Biologist. He has worked in natural resources since 1981, and earned his M.S. in Biology at Central Washington University, and his B.S. in Forestry and Wildlife from Virgina Tech. Lifelong naturalist, fisherman, and hunter. He is known throughout the Columbia Basin for his odd sense of humor and gravely singing voice, both of which are routinely on display at local salmon festivals and celebrations.

 

Ken Bevis

Joined CCFEG in 2009