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.
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.
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 a mask and snorkel to get face-to-face with the underwater world.
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After graduating from Central Washington University with a BSc in Biology, Jen has worked as a crew leader and biological fisheries technician for Utah Division of Wildlife Resources, Grand Canyon National Park, and US Fish and Wildlife Service monitoring and recovering endangered fish throughout the Upper Colorado River Basin. When she's not talking about or working with native fishes, she can be found wading in streams trying to outsmart them.