Board of Directors
Freddy Otte is the City Biologist for San Luis Obispo, which is very progressive in resource protection and enhancement. This position is unique in that there are very few municipalities that employ a biologist. As the City Biologist, he interacts closely with planners and engineers during project design. He is dedicated to ensuring the protection of steelhead whose survival is threatened by urban development, water pollution, and other factors.
Freddy is the coordinator of the Stormwater Management Program that is mandated by the State Water Quality Control Board and overseen by the City’s Natural Resources Program. Freddy is involved with the Tri-County FISH Team which consists of organizations from San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara and Ventura Counties.
Don Allan is the Director of the Natural Resources Services Division of the Redwood Community Action Agency in Eureka. He has worked with non-profit organizations for 24 years working and spent 11 years working in private business. Don brings invaluable personnel, financial, and non-profit management skills to his role on the SRF Board. Don was the SRF Board President for six years and is now mentoring the new Board President.
Karen brings to the SRF board ten years of experience in the nonprofit sector. She currently serves as Development Manager for Food For Thought, where she oversees all fundraising and communications for a Sonoma County-based social service agency. Prior to this role, she managed a variety of environmental education programs at Daily Acts, the Tuolumne River Trust, the Ruth Bancroft Garden, and Chabot Elementary School. Karen got her start in the restoration field through the AmeriCorps Watershed Stewards Project in 2006, and remains passionate about restoring salmonid populations throughout the state. Karen earned a B.A. in Political Science from Humboldt State University, and is working to complete her M.P.A. in Nonprofit Agency Management from Sonoma State University. She currently lives in Santa Rosa.
Natalie Arroyo is a Senior Planner with the Natural Resources Services division of Redwood Community Action Agency in Eureka, CA. She has been with RCAA since November 2007. She is also a Board Member with the Trails Council of Humboldt, and an active member of the Northcoast Stormwater Coalition. She is a Marine Science Technician in the U.S. Coast Guard Reserve. She has worked to monitor and restore CA North Coast watersheds for over seven years, and is interested in all aspects of fisheries-related research and enhancement.
Steve Allen is a licensed engineer working out of GHD's Eureka office. He combines his years of heavy construction experience and engineering background to work on restoration, fish passage, stormwater, and other watershed related projects in many sensitive environments in California, Oregon, Nevada, and the Commonwealth of the Northern Marianas Islands. He often helps clients from project inception through completion, assisting with writing grants and obtaining project funding, design, permitting, construction, post project monitoring and long term maintenance. He has volunteered on different Boards, including SRF, and has presented various aspects of different projects at various workshops and conferences over the years.
Don Baldwin works with the California Department of Fish and Wildlife’s Water Branch’s Instream Flow Program division in Sacramento to set flow recommendations for anadromous fish. Don has worked on the Coastal Monitoring Plan for Southern Steelhead on the Ventura River, Topanga Creek, and other Southern California Steelhead streams.
Katherine Brown has worked in both the private and public sectors in the field of Landscape Architecture since 1985. She is both a licensed Landscape Architect and a Certified Professional in Erosion and Sediment Control (CPESC) and currently enjoys her position with the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans), District 5 in San Luis Obispo, since 2000. Katherine is passionate about stream restoration and fish passage projects and enjoys the complexity, collaboration and gratification that come from contributing to the protection and the enhancement of threatened fish habitat.
Anna Halligan is the North Coast Coho Project Coordinator for Trout Unlimited. She previously worked with the California Conservation Corps as a Fisheries Habitat Specialist, on implementation, planning, and monitoring of restoration efforts. She was also employed with the California Department of Fish and Wildlife and the Pacific States Marine Fisheries Commission to work with the Coastal Restoration Monitoring and Evaluation Program. She recently was the Watershed Conservation Coordinator with the Morro Bay National Estuary Program (NEP).
Jennifer Hemmert is an Environmental Scientist for the Reservoir Inland Fisheries Program for the California Department of Fish and Wildlife located out of Winchester and works with sport fish in Southern California. Although she is regionally based out of the Inland Deserts Region, she takes directive from Fisheries Branch and works on sport fish related management and assessments in impoundments throughout the entire State. She has worked with nonprofit organizations for 8 years while working on fisheries and water quality issues related to anadromous fish in California. She has worked previously for the Department of Water Resources, UC Davis - Environmental Sciences and Policy Department, and South Yuba River Citizens League (AmeriCorps program through Sierra Nevada Alliance). She brings her volunteerism background to the SRF Board and has been on the Board since 2011.
Zoltan Matica works for the California Department of Water Resources in the Ecological Studies Branch as an Environmental Scientist. His work has focused on fish passage issues and habitat restoration efforts on the Yolo Bypass floodplain, ecological fish studies on the Yolo Bypass and on the Feather River, and on the restoration of salmonid runs on the San Joaquin River.
Zoltan studied fisheries biology at Humboldt State University, served with the Fiji Peace Corps as a fisheries extension and aquaculture advisor, worked for ten years at the National Marine Fisheries Service in the Marine Mammal Protection Branch, has been working for 13 years with DWR, and has assisted with the production of the annual AFS Environmental Scientist Workshops.
Lindsey Creek Watershed Coordinator
Margo Moorhouse has over 25 years of experience in fisheries and watershed research, and restoration project implementation. She serves as a Fieldbrook, CA volunteer fire fighter and the Lindsay Creek Watershed Coordinator. She works with agricultural, timberland, and rural landowners in the Humboldt and Trinity County areas focusing on restoration efforts on their lands, how they can continue to achieve their land management objectives, and acting as a liaison between landowners and agency personnel.
Larry Notheis is the Center Director of the California Conservation Corps (CCC) Fortuna Campus in Humboldt County. Larry has been involved in salmon restoration and natural resource conservation work since 1988. He has vast expertise with design and implementation of in-stream structures as well as multiple bioengineering applications. He was the Operations Chief for Task Force Louisiana which took 140 corps members on a month long mutual aid assignment to help clean-up southwest Louisiana after hurricanes Katrina and Rita. He then immediately went to Pakistan as a logistics consultant to help with mass food distribution, medical aid, and emergency shelter deployment after the devastating earthquake that displaced over three million people.
Katrina Nystrom hails from the South Fork of the Eel River. During Katrina’s time at Humboldt State University she got an introduction to Environmental work with an internship with the Royal Society for the Conservation of Nature while studying abroad in Jordan. After graduating from HSU with Bachelors in International Studies and Geography, she joined the Americorp Watershed Stewards Project where she learned about salmonid restoration and monitoring. Currently, Katrina is working at Sanctuary Forest doing water and forest conservation and stewardship.
Fisheries Habitat Consultant and General Contractor
Will Pier is a General Contractor who does riparian restoration consulting. He worked for the Sonoma Ecology Center for seven years. He ran for 1st District Supervisor in 2008 and received 48.3% of the vote. Will is a tireless advocate for watershed issues.
Amber Villalobos is an Environmental Scientist and Project Manager for Water Quality Certification Program in the Division of Water Rights at the State Water Resources Control Board (State Water Board). As a State Water Board staff, she crafts and manages Federal Energy Regulatory Energy Commision (FERC) Hydroelectric Project and Water Rights related Section 401 water quality certifications and California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) documents in various regions of California. Her involvement with SRF extends back to 2009. Currently, she also serves on the Bureau of Reclamation’s Interagency Fish Passage Steering Committee Steering Committee. Amber is a California native dedicated to preserving, enhancing and restoring the quality of California’s resources for the benefit of present and future generations.
After reading Freeman House's Totem Salmon, Amber Shows moved from her native Alaska to Northern California to participate in salmonid habitat restoration. A Wastershed Stewards alumna, she has worked with several governmental agencies on the Scott River, Humboldt Bay and the Eel River Delta monitoring populations and coordinating habitat restoration projects over the past 10 years. Currently, Amber works as a GIS Analyst at GHD in Santa Rosa and volunteers on the boards of SRF and the Yager/Van Duzen Environmental Stewards.