Board of Directors

Jean Erreca, President

Jean ErrecaJean is an Irrigation Contractor and sport fisherman.  His favorite things are beaches, rivers, plants and fish and when he discovered NOSC he found a new home.  Jean began volunteering for NOSC in the spring of 2006 after graduating from the WSU Water Watchers class and was elected to board of directors that fall.  He served as Secretary of the board for part of his three term tenure. Since the beginning he has taken an active part in making NOSC a more efficient organization and a better place to work for staff.  He very much wants to continue helping NOSC grow and develop projects that serve both fish and people.  Jean is excited that NOSC is expanding to include more of the west side, where the greatest number of salmon and steelhead have traditionally originated, a place where we can, with the help of our partners in restoration, make a lasting difference.

 

Jim Pearson, Vice President – Jefferson County

Jim PearsonJim came to the Olympic Peninsula in the early 1970s and quickly fell in love with the wild beauty, richness, and diversity of its mountains, forests, and rivers. He’s lived here ever since. Jim’s a long time NOSC volunteer, participating in beach seining, restoration planting, restoration monitoring, and coho salmon surveys. His favorite volunteer activity has been conducting chum salmon surveys on Chimacum Creek which allows him to share his love and knowledge of his home creek with other NOSC volunteers.

Jim has a Masters in Public Administration and had a career in Jefferson County government. He administered the County’s Shoreline Management Program, authored the County’s Surface Water Management Plan, and was involved in wetlands protection, stormwater management, and non-motorized transportation. He’s been impressed by the quality and commitment of NOSC’s Board, staff, and volunteers and by NOSC’s capacity to plan, finance, and conduct landscape scale projects like the Discovery Bay and Morse Creek restorations. He looks forward to applying his skills and experiences to NOSC’s Board.

 

Andy McGregor, Treasurer Alaska Department of Fish and Game, retired

A native of eastern Washington, Andy graduated from the University of Washington with a Bachelor of Science degree in fisheries. He earned his Master of Science degree in fisheries from the University of Alaska. Andy enjoyed a diverse twenty-five year career with the Alaska Department of Fish and Game starting in salmon research, then becoming a manager of commercial salmon, herring and shellfish fisheries, and finally supervising activities of the Commercial Fisheries Division in Southeast Alaska. Following retirement, Andy, his wife Sue and daughter Melissa migrated south to the warmer, drier climate of Port Townsend in 2007. Andy began volunteering with NOSC soon after. He has been incredibly impressed with the skills and enthusiasm of NOSC staff and volunteers and the work the organization is doing. Andy was elected to the NOSC Board of Directors in 2009. He has served in each of  the board’s officer positions, including two terms as Board President, and currently serves as Treasurer. Additionally, he has served  as Secretary of the Regional Fisheries Coalition for the last four years. When not involved with NOSC activities Andy may often be found training his Belgian Sheepdogs or competing in agility trials with them throughout the Pacific Northwest.

 

Andy Brastad, Secretary – Clallam County

Andy BrastadAndy and his wife Colleen have lived in Port Angeles since 1979.  Between 1980 and 1985
Andy was employed for various agencies performing work such as: participating in the NOAA fisheries “Foreign Observer” program, deploying on Japanese and Korean fishing vessels in the Bearing Sea, being a crew member for the US Canadian joint Pacific Halibut Commission engaged in halibut population studies off the coast of Alaska, involved in numerous studies of salmon on the Olympic Peninsula’s Elwha and west-end rivers.  Andy has a BA in Zoology and has been working for Clallam County for the past 29 years in Environmental Health and Natural Resources programs.  He is currently the Clallam County Environmental Health Director. Hiking, bicycling and almost any activity the gets him outdoors are his favorite pastimes.

Some of his best memories center around his fisheries experiences such as wrestling 600 pound halibut on a 70 foot long liner, planting radio transmitters into live steelhead and coho with Dick Goin (1984) and walking almost all the west-end rivers within Olympic National Park.  Salmon are extraordinary creatures, and Andy is very excited to join NOSC in preserving and enhancing the habitats that support them.

 

Scott Chitwood – Director of Natural Resources, Jamestown S’Klallam Tribe

Scott’s interest in serving on the North Olympic Salmon Coalition Board is tied to his interest in protecting and restoring salmon populations on the Olympic Peninsula and throughout the region.  He is a trained fisheries biologist and has many years of experience to fall back on in helping do the work of habitat restoration and population recovery.

He is employed as the Director of Natural Resources by the Jamestown S’Klallam Tribe.  He has worked for the Tribe for 13 years and worked on the Olympic Peninsula for 37 years.  In the 1970’s he attended the University of Washington and earned a B.S. degree in Fisheries Science.  He was a stock assessment biologist for the early portion of his career and later gravitated towards harvest management.  He now administers a program that he considers to be among the top tribal resource management agencies in the state.

He feels his experience and knowledge about regional fisheries resources and their habitat is of value to the NOSC Board and helps further the efforts that NOSC is making in the field of salmon habitat restoration.  He is a believer in the Regional Fisheries Enhancement Group program and welcomes the opportunity to be involved with NOSC.

 

Brian Roe- Jefferson County

Brian RoeBrian moved from Minnesota in 2007 to enjoy his retirement in the beautiful surroundings and milder climate of the great Pacific Northwest. Not quite ready for the rocking chair, Brian became very active in the Port Townsend community. He is an avid fisherman, an enthusiastic gardener, a masterful brewer, and an occasional hiker. He is a member of Point Wilson Sail and Power Squadron and the East Jefferson Puget Sound Anglers.

In the fall of 2014 Brian became a NOSC volunteer counting salmon on Chimacum Creek and assisting with the tree planting program. He says: “I believe in what NOSC is doing and the direction the organization is taking and I want to join in the work.”

 

Richard Wojt- Jefferson County

Richard WojtRichard has served NOSC board for six years. He served a term as Treasurer.  He was on the Board of the Washington Wildlife and Recreation Coalition for ten years. Richard is currently retired, while during the last 12 years of his working life he served as Jefferson County Commissioner for the Third District.  Before that he taught science in the Chimacum School System for 24 years. Richard wishes to join the NOSC Board of Directors again to support the organization’s in its effort to improve habitat for salmon. He is on the citizen’s advisory board as representative for Jefferson County to the Hood Canal
Coordinating Council funding process.

 

 

 Terrence J. Sweeney

Terry grew up in SW Ohio near the Mad River, the only cold water trout stream in the state.  He spent many youthful hours fishing and canoeing the river, and with some friends in high school, he conducted the first macro biotic index survey of the entire watershed.  This background led him to pursue a BS degree in Environmental Health from Wright State University and begin his career in regulatory affairs as an aquatic biologist for the Environmental Protection Agency. He then held the position of Radiological Health and Medical Device Specialist with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Upon leaving the FDA, he directed medical device regulatory affairs departments for Johnson and Johnson, Advanced Technology Laboratories, and Philips Healthcare in Bothell, where he was a Sr. Vice President.

Terry serves on the Advisory Board of the University of Washington College of Medical Sciences, where he teaches a Master’s degree program in regulatory affairs.  He also chaired the STEM Advisory Board at the University of Washington Bothell.  He has been a committee member of the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation for the last 30 years and is a field volunteer with The Nature Conservancy, focused on habitat enhancement and tree planting efforts. He is now enjoying retirement on the Olympic Peninsula and fishing at his cabin at Lake Cushman. He hopes his experience working with Federal and State government officials and his environmental background can further assist NOSC with fulfilling its mission.

 

Daniel Witczak

Growing up in Anacortes, WA gave Daniel the ultimate playground: the San Juan Islands. He acquired his first boat at age 12 – a sailboat – and he was hooked. He has owned a boat ever since. Daniel spent his summers exploring the islands, camping out in secluded bays, fishing, snorkeling and diving.  He went to work in the summers in the fish processors and canneries, grading Salmon by species and butchering each type of fish several different ways. He also worked part time in a tug boat, and deck handed on several gillnetters and a commercial crab boat. He got his chance to captain on an old wood gillnetter crabber in 1980. Daniel ran the boat for a full salmon and Dungeness crab season. He learned that he could not make a living commercial fishing in Puget Sound anymore so had to find another job working with the salmon.  In 1983 Daniel started work for the Washington State Department of Fisheries in the Hatchery division where he stayed for 30 years, retiring in 2015. He did a complete life cycle of salmon, spawning, incubating, release, and return at 7 different hatcheries, the Samish, Nooksack, Lewis River, Humptulips, Nehma, Dungeness, and his last 22 years were at the Hurd Creek Hatchery. Daniel continues to be an avid salmon fishermen, getting out to fish whenever he can.

 

If you would like to attend a NOSC board meeting please contact the NOSC office at 360-379-8051 to confirm date, time, and location of the meeting.