Board of Directors
Jim Pearson, President – Jefferson County
Jim 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.
Jean Erreca, Vice President
Jean 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.
Anita’s family has lived in the Chimacum/Port Townsend area for generations – she graduated from Port Townsend High School just like her dad and granddad before her. Anita has over 18 years’ experience in banking. She feels that there is nothing better than putting a smile on a customer’s face. Anita makes sure her customers’ financial lives are secure, and stays one step ahead to help them plan for financial success.
Growing up on Aldelma Beach on Discovery Bay, Anita spent her entire youth outdoors, camping, playing on the beach, digging clams, swimming, and fishing for the all elusive salmon. As a child the most important things were sky, sand, flowers, bonfires and watching the tide go in and out. Nature fascinated her. As a young adult, her passion was mountain climbing, backpacking and trout fishing. Today, Anita and her husband Andy are also proud parents to dozens of foster children. They have been a licensed foster home for nearly 20 years. She hopes to instill and pass on to them her passion for nature and the great outdoors. Anita has been involved with NOSC for years participating in their Salmon Release program at Piddlin Creek.
Terrence J. Sweeney, Secretary
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.
Andy Brastad – Clallam County
Andy 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 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 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.
Katherine was raised in Big Timber Montana on the Northwest corner of Yellowstone National Park. That left a big imprint in her sense of place and fascination with complex natural resource policy. In the late 1970s, after earning an MBA and a law degree, Katherine headed up to Alaska and traveled extensively throughout the state, working with local communities to set up 21 local Native village school systems. Afterward, she worked for HEW Office for Civil Rights drafting the regulations for Title IX and the American Disabilities Act.
In the early 1980s Katherine returned to her love of natural resource policy and served as one of the three facilitators for the State’s Timber Fish and Wildlife Agreement. She used her experience in Alaska to work on the citizen committee that wrote and developed the original enabling legislation for the Salmon Enhancement groups and she developed the TFW sections on adaptive management and interdisciplinary teams. Katherine also developed the first watershed plans with the Puget Sound Water Quality and has worked on a number of citizen advisory groups including the President’s (White House) Council for Sustainable Development, the National Science Institute’s committee on nuclear waste and the Governor’s Advisory Board on Ethics in Government.
In l987 Katherine became the Director of the local WSU Extension Office. She led the WSU program for twenty-five years and developed a number of new regional programs including WSU Water Watchers, Water Stewards, and Cultivating Success, an economic development program that led to the Landworks Collaborative and a focus on new food and farm businesses in the region. Katherine led the local initiative to attract and keep young entrepreneurial starts ups in the community and was on the founding board of the Community Foundation and LION. She later served as Director of the local EDC and headed up an initiative that resulted in high speed broadband and a focus on building a strong local economy.
Katherine currently serves on the Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce Board and on the board of the Port Townsend School of Arts. Katherine has been a great supporter of NOSC and served on the original founding Board. She admires the professional management of the organization and recognizes the real leadership that NOSC has provided in bringing diverse interests together for our salmon. In her retirement she is interested in returning to NOSC not only for its successful track record but also to once again work on an issue that brings us all together for the critical role salmon play in our local quality of life.
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.