Board of Directors
Co-Founder | Executive Director
Cleve is a retired fisheries scientist who served in a variety of leadership positions over the course of his career, including supervisory fisheries biologist for the National Marine Fisheries Service; owner, chief scientist, and senior executive for various consulting firms; and Board member and officer for several non-profit organizations. Cleve co-founded the Sustainable Fisheries Foundation in 1995 and Ecologists Without Borders in 2011. He is EcoWB’s past President (2017-2020) and a former President of the Washington Section of the American Water Resources Association (2007-2008) and the Western Division of the American Fisheries Society (2015-2016). Cleve co-chaired the 2011 AFS Meeting in Seattle, which set and still holds the record (4,300 delegates) for the number of people attending an AFS meeting. Driven by a strong social conscience and an unwavering commitment to environmental conservation, science, and his fellow scientists, Cleve currently serves as Executive Director of EcoWB and oversees projects in Kenya and Mexico.
President, Board of Directors
Danielle Reich is a Certified Fisheries Professional with 14+ years of experience in environmental consulting. She earned her B.S. degree in Biology & Society from Cornell University and her M.S. degree in Marine Fisheries from the University of Rhode Island, where her graduate education focused on fish population dynamics and stock assessment. As the owner of Shoal’s Edge Consulting, Danielle has supported a wide variety of complex projects in both marine and terrestrial environments. She specializes in oil spill risk/impact assessment, oil spill trajectory modeling, protected species issues, environmental permitting and impact assessment for energy infrastructure developments, and the construction of numerical models for environmental sensitivity assessment. Danielle has a strong interest in fisheries capacity building and sustainable development in low-income countries, and has worked in the field in a variety of rural and remote international settings. She currently serves as EcoWB’s President and oversees EcoWB’s water hyacinth intervention program.
Vice President, Board of Directors
Jennifer Schlegel has 12+ years of experience in project management and environmental consulting. She earned her B.S. degree in Environmental Studies from the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry and her M.S. degree in Resource Conservation from the University of Montana, where her graduate studies focused on the intersection of HIV/AIDS and protected area management in Southern Africa. Jennifer developed strategies for protected areas to address HIV/AIDS challenges and recommendations to help identify additional resources. Following graduate school, Jennifer began working in environmental consulting, specializing in environmental compliance in large-scale utility projects. She moved into project management and now works as a project manager for a large electric utility. She currently manages multi-million dollar projects and has extensive expertise in moving projects from conceptual phases through engineering into construction and to closeout. Jennifer continues to have a strong interest in protected area management capacity building and sustainable development in low-income countries.
Secretary, Board of Directors
Bill Lehman is the Executive Director of the Klamath Watershed Partnership, a non-profit conservation organization based in southern Oregon. He has 15+ years of experience in management and research roles, in the fields of engineering and biological sciences. Bill received a BS in Wildlife Ecology at Oklahoma State University and started his career as a field biologist in 1995. Working throughout the northern Rockies and the desert southwest, he became interested in water conservation issues while working along the Lower Colorado River. This led to work in the Klamath Basin of Oregon, where he has been involved with watershed issues, including fisheries, water quality, and engineering research, since 2006. As the Executive Director of the Klamath Watershed Partnership, Bill coordinates collaborative efforts across the region, including restoration planning and the development of watershed health projects. He has spearheaded new regional irrigation efficiency programs, promotes renewable energy solutions for rural landowners, and leads local watershed management outreach efforts. Since organizing his own college internship in Poland in 1994, Bill has dedicated time to international conservation problems around the world. Contract work and volunteer assistance have provided Bill with opportunities to assist in a variety of wildlife conservation projects in parts of Asia and Europe as well as Central and South America.
Treasurer, Board of Directors
Wayne Carino is a Master of Public Administration Candidate at the NYU Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service, specializing in International Policy and Management as well as a certification track in Quantitative Methods and Evaluation. Wayne is an alumnus of Western Carolina University, where he studied marketing, finance, and economics. Wayne’s academic and professional interests within the environmental field include environmental governance, sustainable development, and the field’s intersection with poverty. Wayne’s experience lies primarily in market research, marketing analytics, and management. At NYU Wagner, Wayne is exploring and utilizing how marketing can inform public policy, especially by using qualitative and quantitative methods.
Dr. Hans Julian Hartmann
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Formerly tenured as Associate Professor of Marine Biology at the Université de La Rochelle in France, Hans has recently retired and has been granted Emeritus status at the Université. He is internationally known for his research and expertise in marine ecology, with emphasis on plankton/microbial ecology, mangroves/wetlands, tropical and neo-tropical small-scale fisheries, and socio-economic factors in coastal conservation and resource management. He is currently conducting research and assisting managers in Indonesia and Costa Rica, where he received the Medal of Merit for Distinguished Collaborators from the University of Costa Rica in 2015. Hans enjoys hiking, travelling, and scuba diving. He joined the EcoWB Board in 2017 and served as elected Vice-President from 2018-2020.
Dr. Shubha Pandit
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Shabha Pandit is originally from the Himalayan country of Nepal. Professionally, he is a research scientist who has worked for over 20 years in many countries such as Canada, USA, Nepal, Jamaica, Namibia, Netherlands, and Norway in the fields of biology and ecology. He possesses two MS degrees, one in Zoology (majoring in ecology) and the other in Environmental System Analysis and Management from the Netherlands. Dr. Pandit received his Doctorate in Biology, majoring in Ecology and Bio-statistics, from McMasters University, Canada. He has a strong background in data analysis, modeling, life cycle models, effects of dams on fish survival/movements, and habitat assessment and monitoring, and was the recipient of a prestigious Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada post-doctoral visiting researcher fellowship. Dr. Pandit has a wide range of experience, from environmental monitoring at a hydroelectric project, to post-doctoral fellowships studying fish population dynamics in Lake Erie and assessing the impact of climate change on biodiversity, to designing, planning and implementing an Arctic Grayling scientific research program for the Northern Territories. He possesses extensive skills in biostatistics, GIS, several programming languages (e.g., R and MATLAB), and is experienced in developing statistically sound study designs and analyzing large and noisy datasets. His research has been widely published in respected journals, he is an invited reviewer for multiple professional journals, and he has served on several scientific review groups, incuding the multi-disciplinary team of professionals that developed an effective methodological and sampling framework to detect the effects of climate change on biodiversity. Juding from his, long outstanding experience in the conservation of aquatic resources, Dr. Pandit is passionate about helping to enhance ecosystem integrity as well as improving the quality of human life through sustainable development and improving the human-nature relationship.
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Pat Livingston is a marine fishery scientist with 38 years of experience working to advance an ecosystem approach to fishery management. She graduated from Michigan State University with a B.S. in fisheries and went on to earn her M.S. in quantitative fishery management and a M.P.A. in natural resource policy from University of Washington. Pat’s main research focus has been to implement various ecosystem and upper-trophic level models of the North Pacific. Her research has centered on understanding groundfish trophic interactions relative to marine birds and mammals, particularly in the eastern Bering Sea. She authored more than 50 publications, many of which relate to groundfish predation and population models incorporating predation, with particular emphasis on cannibalism by walleye pollock in the eastern Bering Sea. In addition to model development, she also created a long-term sampling collection program for fish food habits data to support models. She has been involved in and led numerous research planning and science plan development workshops for cooperative ecosystem research, particularly in the eastern Bering Sea. Pat worked to integrate ecosystem research into the fishery management arena and developed ecosystem indicator and status reports for North Pacific ecosystems. Over the years, she has served in scientific advisory and leadership roles in the American Fisheries Society, PICES, North Pacific Fishery Management Council, and NOAA. Most recently, she served as the Director of the Resource Ecology and Fisheries Management Division of the Alaska Fisheries Science Center until her retirement from government service in 2015.
Dr. Sylvia Rivera Valle
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Sylvia Rivera, a Costa Rican and French citizen, obtained her PhD in Management Sciences in 2017 from La Rochelle University in France. Her doctoral research focused on public policy as it relates to sustainable resource use by fishers from poor coastal areas in Mexico. Previously, Sylvia had earned her Master’s degree in Business Administration at the University of Costa Rica, where she also achieved a certificate in International Trade. Sylvia is an expert in socio-economics and sustainable development as they pertain to rural communities in developing countries. Sylvia has served on the board of directors of several Costa Rican businesses and community organizations, and, in 2013, was appointed Director of International Programs for the Sustainable Fisheries Foundation. She has served as an advisor, consultant, and volunteer for Ecologists Without Borders since its formation in 2011 and was elected to the board in 2017.
Churchill Grimes, Ph.D
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Dr. Churchill B. Grimes, a native of Washington, NC, earned his BS and MS degrees in Biology from East Carolina University and Ph. D in Marine Science from the University of North Carolina. He has 40 years of experience in academic, state, and federal agency settings of marine fishery research and research management. He has expertise and an extensive publication record (>130) on the life history, population dynamics, habitat, behavior, and fishery oceanography of coastal pelagic and reef fishes of the South Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico and ground-fish and salmon of the northeastern Pacific. His extensive at-sea research experience includes use of manned submersibles, remotely operated vehicles, and acoustic and optical seafloor imaging technology. He has served on numerous regional, national and international scientific committees, working groups, and advisory panels. He established cooperative research and education programs with Florida State University and the University of California at Santa Cruz, and developed and directed strong fishery and protected resource research programs at two major National Marine Fisheries Service laboratories (Panama City, FL and Santa Cruz, CA). He was the founding director of the Southwest Fishery Science Center Laboratory in Santa Cruz, CA. Currently he is a member of the South Atlantic Fishery Management Council and the Caribbean Fishery Management Council’s Scientific and Statistical Committees.
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Hal graduated from the University of California, Davis with a B.Sc. in Zoology in 1972 and from the University of Washington with an M.Sc. in fisheries in 1975. Following graduation, he began working with the Washington Department of Game on a steelhead research project and remained with Washington’s fish and wildlife agencies for 34 years working in research, front-line management of salmon, all of the permitting associated with hatcheries, and species restoration. Over time, and with the accumulation of data, he became primarily interested in the ecological value of spawning salmon and their relationship with the ecosystem as a whole. Following retirement, he has worked on a few focused projects, such as migration barrier replacement, which led Hal into aspects of project management. For recreation he has been a (reasonably) competitive distance runner for more than 50 years, hunts and fishes as time allows, and does a lot of traveling to view and photograph nature.
Board MemberTony Machacha was raised on a farm in western Kenya and immigrated to the United States in 2001 after obtaining a BS in Agricultural Engineering. His endless curiosity led him to obtain a dual MS in Sustainable Agriculture and Rural Sociology from Iowa State University where he helped start the Center for Sustainable Rural Livelihoods as a Research assistant. He went on to start his career in US agriculture supporting the establishment of a new generation of farmers and ranchers from immigrant communities across the 48 states with support from the USDA, the WK Kellogg Foundation, and Heifer International. Tony’s curiosity about economic sustainability led him back to business school at Oregon State University, and with an MBA in hand, he joined the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation in 2010 as a financial planner and analyst for the rapidly growing Agricultural Development division, where he engaged in dozens of training and technical assistance efforts with small-holder farmer projects in Sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia. He now works in Public Health-Seattle & King County primarily as a Business Officer, currently on assignment as Project Manager for the County’s Covid19 Response focusing on Food Security Assistance. In his down time, Tony enjoys cooking food from new online recipes, gardening, mountain biking, shopping for hand tools and tinkering with machines in his garage, and most recently exploring the beautiful waterways of the Pacific Northwest by motorboats that he buys for next to nothing and spends long nights repairing.
Barbara A. Knuth
Board MemberBarbara Knuth is a Professor of Natural Resource Policy and Associate Director of the Center for Conservation Social Sciences at Cornell University, where she also served as a Senior Vice Provost and as Dean of the Graduate School for more than ten years. She holds a Ph.D. in fisheries and wildlife sciences from Virginia Tech, and master and bachelor’s degrees from Miami University, in environmental sciences and interdisciplinary studies. Throughout her education and academic career, seeking and cultivating connections across disciplines has been a driving force for her work. Barb served on National Academy of Sciences and Institute of Medicine committees, including those focused on improving the collection, management, and use of marine fisheries data and recreational fisheries survey methods, assessing ecosystem services impacts in the Gulf of Mexico associated with the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, and on dioxins in the food supply. Barb also served on the Ocean Studies Board of the National Research Council and on numerous scientific panels and advisory boards, including the international Board of Technical Experts of the Great Lakes Fishery Commission, and the Great Lakes Science Advisory Board of the International Joint Commission. She is a Past-President of the American Fisheries Society, and served as Vice President of the Executive Board of the World Council of Fisheries Societies. Barb is a former Chair of the Board of Directors of the Council of Graduate Schools and served on the Executive Committee of the Association of Graduate Schools.
PAST BOARD MEMBERS
Dr. David Fornander
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David Fornander’s initial engagement with EcoWB started with an invitation to be an Advisory Member. He is experienced with the physical, biological and social components specific to ecosystem function, with work spanning the disciplines of political ecology, conservation and biogeography. Most of his work incorporates a large-scale ecosystem management theoretic, assessing impact to the watershed in its entirety (a whitewater to blue water approach). This includes analysis of the spatial and temporal effects of various forms of land use on ecosystem processes, species of concern and associative environmental policy. Dr. Fornander has worked across a wide variety of ecosystems throughout the Americas, South Pacific, and Caribbean, with specific focus on fisheries, coral reefs, mangrove communities, coastal flats, estuaries, rivers, and riparian corridors. He has worked at all levels of governance and is experienced in conducting biological inventories, habitat/watershed assessments, field surveys, technical writing, environmental compliance, mitigation, and restoration. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Arizona and holds a M.A. and B.S. from Boise State University and Washington State University, respectively. Dr. Forander’s adventurous spirit, genuine concern for global environmental issues, and wherewithal and knowledge to do something about those issues are great examples of the heart that drives EcoWB.
Co-Founder and Board Ambassador
Lawrence Dominguez is an EcoWB co-founder and a consulting fish and aquatic ecologist with over 25 years of professional experience in salmon and trout conservation, landscape planning, and environmental regulation. He holds a Masters degree from the Evergreen State College Graduate School of the Environment, where he has since served as faculty adjunct. He is former president of the Washington-British Columbia Chapter of the American Fisheries Society and was the General Chair for the American Fisheries Society’s 2011 Annual Meeting in Seattle, WA. Mr. Dominguez is a former employee of the Washington Department of Natural Resources, USFWS, and the National Marine Fisheries Service and he served in Liberia, West Africa as a Peace Corps volunteer in the late 1980s. His consulting experience includes the Endangered Species Act, large-scale energy projects, and freshwater, marine, fish, and aquatic resources assessments. Mr. Dominguez has traveled to many parts of the world, including desperately impoverished urban and rural regions – experiences that nourished his passion for raising people’s welfare and spirit and aiding their recovery from chronic or disaster-related environmental conditions. The role of providing volunteer technical assistance and securing financial support for solving environmental problems seemed timely and much needed. Mr. Dominguez contributes to program, project, and partnership development across various committee areas.
Dr. Eric Knudsen
Co-Founder and Board Emeritus
Eric Knudsen, an EcoWB Co-Founder, has concentrated on marine, estuarine, and freshwater fisheries science throughout his academic and professional career. He earned his B.S. degree in Fisheries Science from the University of Massachusetts and an M.S. degree in Fisheries Science, as well as a Ph.D. in Wildlife and Fisheries Science from Louisiana State University. He has 42 years of post-baccalaureate experience in fisheries and wildlife science and management. His work has ranged from research on estuarine-dependent Gulf of Mexico fisheries to many years focused on Pacific salmonids in Alaska and the Pacific Northwest. During his career with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the U.S. Geological Survey, and later as an independent consultant, Eric has been involved with salmonid population ecology, population status and trends, habitat interactions, and discerning the strengths and weaknesses of salmon monitoring and assessment techniques. He is a past president of the Washington–British Columbia Chapter and the Western Division, American Fisheries Society, and has served on the Board of Directors of the Prince William Sound Science Center. His EcoWB areas of interests lie in developing the EcoWB organization, fundraising, and the transfer of technology and knowledge to fisheries and aquaculture programs in the developing world.
Dr. Norma Jean Sands
Norma Jean Sands has studied oceanic and fishery ecosystems throughout her professional career. She earned her B.S. degree in biological oceanography and her M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in quantitative science in fisheries, all from the University of Washington. Between degrees she worked in Norway at the universities of Bergen and Tromsø on zooplankton dynamics and community analysis. After her Ph.D. she worked for the Alaska Department of Fish and Game for 13 years on salmon fisheries management and the status and conservation of the salmon stocks. She was active in joint work between the U.S. and Canada under the Pacific Salmon Treaty between the two nations. She is now retired from the NOAA National Marine Fisheries Service, having worked on Pacific Salmon conservation, especially salmon recovery efforts in the Puget Sound. She has been an active member of the American Fisheries Society for many years, most recently serving as the Budget and Financial chair for the American Fisheries Society’s phenomenally successful 2011 Annual General Meeting in Seattle. Dr.
Dr. Roger Palm
Past Board Member
Roger Palm is a fisheries scientist with over 37 years of experience in the public sector, academia, and the private sector since graduating from the University of Michigan with a B.S. in natural resources. He also earned an M.S. degree in fisheries from Auburn University with emphases in water quality and aquaculture, as well as a Ph.D. in fisheries from the University of Washington which focused on fish immunology. Dr. Palm has served as a Peace Corps fisheries volunteer in Zaire and Rwanda, an experience which solidified his interest in fisheries, wildlife conservation, languages, and development work. Since that time, he has served as the head of Peace Corps’ fisheries programming and training efforts based in Washington D.C., as assistant professor at the University of South Carolina, and as a research scientist at Alpharma, Inc. in Bellevue, Washington. In 1999, he co-founded ProFishent, Inc. with two colleagues, and has served as President and CEO ever since. ProFishent is committed to fish health research and consulting, as well as utilizing appropriate technology to solve fisheries problems worldwide. Dr. Palm has published articles in multiple professional journals and has worked and/or traveled in 77 countries. In the last several years, he has continued his commitment to international fisheries development efforts with consulting assignments in Tajikistan, Sri Lanka, and Bangladesh. Recently, he gave a talk at the Ecologists Without Borders session at the World Fisheries Congress in Edinburgh, Scotland on the importance of farmer selection and experiential training in the promotion of small-scale aquaculture. Dr. Palm sees EcoWB as a desperately needed entity for providing timely ecological expertise to critical development efforts and is determined to help ensure that the organization successfully fulfills that obligation.