Leska Fore joined the Puget Sound Partnership Science and Evaluation Team three years ago. Leska is the lead on evaluating the effectiveness of restoration actions and issues related to freshwater assessment. Before joining the Partnership, she worked as an independent statistical consultant for 15 years designing state and federal monitoring programs. Her family vacations are spent backpacking in Washington.
Howard earned a Bachelor's degree in Sociology in 1980 and began working with the Center for Whale Research in 1981. Since 1995, he has conducted a campaign to return an orca (Lolita) captured in 1970 to her home waters in Puget Sound. He and his wife, Susan Berta, founded Orca Network in 2001. Howard gives presentations on orca natural history, conservation and captivity issues in Washington and beyond for students and community organizations.
Erika Harris is a Planner with Puget Sound Regional Council, the regional planning agency for King, Kitsap, Pierce and Snohomish counties. She has 17 years of experience in environmental, urban, and regional planning. Ms. Harris holds Masters' degrees in urban planning and public policy and governance (University of Washington) and a Bachelor's degree in economics (Pacific Lutheran University).
Julia K. Parrish is a Lowell A. and Frankie L. Wakefield Professor of Ocean Fishery Sciences at the University of Washington. For more than 25 years, Julia has conducted field research on seabirds, focused on the natural and human-caused factors causing population decline. Julia is also the Executive Director of the Coastal Observation and Seabird Survey Team (COASST), a citizen science program involving over 800 participants collecting data on the identity and abundance of beach-cast birds.
Morgan Ruff is the Snohomish Basin Capital Program Coordinator with the Tulalip Tribes working with the restoration community to identify opportunities and help solve issues around major restoration projects that are part of the Snohomish River Salmon Conservation Plan. She has been working on Puget Sound conservation issues for the past 10 years. Prior to this, she was a naturalist and guide for small boat and kayak tours in the San Juan Islands and SE Alaska.
Debby Sargeant is the Coordinator for the BEACH program, a statewide marine swimming beach monitoring system. She has a Bachelor's degree (Evergreen State College) and has worked in the environmental monitoring and assessment field for 26 years. Her expertise includes tracking bacteria sources including microbial source tracking.