TIMOTHY BALLEW, SR.
I, Timothy Ballew Sr. am lhaq’temish an enrolled member of the Lummi Nation through the federal policy of the United States Government. I have resided in our home territory all my life. I am from the Swan clan as well as the Eagle Clan. I am married and have been so for 40+ years to Laural Ann Ballew, whom is a member of the Swinomish Tribe. We have two very magnificent children, Timothy and Raymond. Both are enrolled Lummi members. Two grandsons have entered our lives through the elder son’s. It is our duty to train both grand boys of whom they are and where they come through our family history. Both practice the fishing lifestyle today.
I have been a lifelong Harvester of the water. Over 50+ years have been spent time in the fresh water as well as the Salish Sea. The early years were spent with our grandfather, as a young person he helped me understand what both waters were for and the meaning or the power that they carry. I was able to practice our right to fish 12 months out of the year in my early teen years. As we moved to the Salish Sea we travel with the salmon during their migration route to the rivers and lakes. Later in my life bottom seafood was harvested to provide a lifestyle that most people do not get to understand. If it wasn’t for the elders in our family, this way of life would have been so much different.
I spent numbers of years in the regulatory positions. Mostly in the Law Enforcement; I was charged to monitor and protect Natural Resource from the US/Canadian border to the environs of Seattle WA. I monitored both Tribal/State commercial fishers. In the years to come I was employed in the Class 111 gaming Casino’s as a tribal gaming Agent. For a brief time, I was employed with the court systems as a lead probation officer.
I did serve on the Lummi Indian Business Council for 4 terms, both as a council member as well as the Chairperson. This public service was very rewarding not only for myself but for my family. The political issue will always play a major part of who we are as members of our community. Today I am a part-time faculty member for the Northwest Indian College, which I find very rewarding.
Ms. Gobin has over 25 years of Community Development experience with the Tulalip Tribes. Presently, Ms. Gobin is with the Natural Resource Treaty Rights office working with state, local and federal agencies regarding those issues that impact the life ways of the Tulalip Tribes. In addition to her years of experience, Ms. Gobin is a member of the Tulalip Tribes and is well versed in the culture and history of her people. Her personal goal is to invest in the future of the Coast Salish community, helping to affect a sustainable future for the next generations to come.
RAY HARRIS (Shulqwilum)
Ray Harris is a member of the Chemainus First Nation on Vancouver Island. He has a broad range of cultural, political and on the ground experience in First Nations issues. He previously served for 15 years as the elected chief of the Chemainus First Nation which provided him a breadth of experience in finding solutions to issues effecting his community.
Mr. Harris is an active commercial fisherman who travels yearly up and down the BC coast. He has been instrumental in organizing the Coast Salish Gatherings and the formation of the Coast Salish Council which focuses on environmental and resource health in the Coast Salish Sea and region. Ray is the father of 11 children and has many grandchildren and great grandchildren. All of these experiences are guided by Ray’s deep connection and participation in the cultural traditions of the Coast Salish.
Mr. Harris was elected in 2008, 2010, 2013 and again in June 2016 as co-chair, the 2 member administrative executive of the First Nations Summit. As co-chair, he deals with the administrative issues of the FNS and works with the First Nations Summit Task Group (FNS political executive) who are authorized by the Summit to carry out specifically-mandated tasks on issues related to treaty negotiations in BC. The Summit represents the majority of First Nations in BC on treaty related issues and other issues of common concern to First Nations.
Ken Johnsen grew up on Three Tree Point, west of SeaTac. He went to Highline High School. He graduated from Western Washington University with a degree in Urban and Regional Planning.
His first 11 years out of college were with the Port of Portland. For 3 of those years, he was Manager of the Port’s Planning and Research department. His last 3 years, he was the Director of Development.
In 1986, Ken became Owner and Principal of Shiels Obletz Johnsen, Inc. (SOJ). SOJ is a Project Management firm that specializes in complex urban development projects. SOJ has offices in Portland and Seattle. Ken worked in Portland for 10 years.
Ken came back to Seattle in 1996 to serve as the Executive Director of the Public Facilities District formed to build Safeco Field, home of the Seattle Mariners. He managed all aspects of that project from start to finish.
Since Safeco Field, Ken has managed several major civic development projects including:
- Seattle City Hall
- Seattle Justice Center
- ShoWare Event Center in Kent
- Pike Place Market Renovation
- Pike Place Market Front
- King Street Station Renovation
Ken also played an important role in the transformation of South Lake Union, first in helping develop the Mayor’s South Lake Union Action Agenda and then managing the South Lake Union Streetcar project.
For the past several years, Ken has been heavily involved with the Seattle’s Central Waterfront Project – Waterfront Seattle. The project extends 2 miles along the shores of Elliott Bay. The removal of the Alaska Way Viaduct and replacement of the Elliott Bay Seawall project is a tremendous opportunity to reconnect Seattle’s Waterfront to the rest of the City. A concept design and funding program for the project were approved by the Seattle City Council in 2014. Ken led the design and engineering team that prepared the Waterfront plan. He then managed the $400 million City Seawall Replacement project, completed in 2017.
Ken is currently serving as the project manager for the Seattle Aquarium’s $113 million Ocean Pavilion project. He is also serving as Project Manager for the Seattle Opera’s $60million “Opera at the Center” project.
Terrie Klinger is Barer Professor of Sustainability Science and Director of the School of Marine and Environmental Affairs at the University of Washington, and is Co-Director of the Washington Ocean Acidification Center. Her research focuses on the ecology of nearshore benthic systems, the impacts of multiple stressors on marine ecosystem function, and the development of management strategies to address the challenges of ocean change. She is a member of the Ecosystem Advisory Sub-Panel of the Pacific Fisheries Management Council and serves on other advisory bodies. She obtained a Ph.D. from the Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego after earning a Master’s degree in Botany from the University of British Columbia and a Bachelor’s degree in Biology from UC Berkeley.
Martha Kongsgaard was born and raised in Napa, California, to a family of jurists, grape growers and cattle ranchers. She married Peter Goldman, an environmental public interest lawyer, and collaborated with him to found the Kongsgaard-Goldman Foundation in 1988, focusing on environmental and social justice issues. Martha is the immediate past Chair of the Leadership Council of the Puget Sound Partnership, the agency she has been dedicated to since its inception in 2007. She is also co-Chair of the Puget Sound Institute, a member of the advisory boards of the UW College of the Environment and UW Center for Human Rights. Martha is the immediate past chair of the Washington Women’s Foundation.
She currently sits on the boards of the Bullitt Foundation, the Nature Conservancy of Washington, Friends of the Seattle Waterfront and the Resources Legacy Fund. She has recently committed to chair the Seattle Aquarium’s ambitious campaign to build the Ocean Pavilion at the heart of Seattle’s new waterfront. She has won numerous awards such as the Outstanding Family Foundation Award, Woman of the Year Award from Seattle University School of Law, and the Environmental Hero Award from the Washington Environmental Council. Martha is a graduate of UC Berkeley, and holds a law degree from the University of Puget Sound/Seattle University Law School.
David Marshall, a professional engineer, has been Executive Director of the Fraser Basin Council since its foundation in May 1997 and of the predecessor Fraser Basin Management Board from 1993 to 1997. He was the Canadian Co-Chair of the 2014 Salish Sea Ecosystem Conference.
From 1989 to 1992, David was the Vice-Chairman of GLOBE ’90 and GLOBE ’92, two international conferences and trade fairs focusing on practical solutions to environmental challenges and the business opportunities and responsibilities they represent. From 1980 to 1990, he was the Regional Director, Pacific, Western and Northern Region, of the Federal Environmental Assessment Review Office (FEARO), the predecessor organization to the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency. David’s main responsibility was administration of the Canadian Environmental Assessment and Review Process in British Columbia, Alberta, Yukon and the Northwest Territories.
Included in these responsibilities was management of the largest public inquiry into offshore oil and gas development ever to take place in North America. During this period, he received two separate Merit Awards for his exceptional and distinguished contribution to the effectiveness and efficiency of the Canadian Public Service.
David has participated in coastal zone management, watershed management, environmental assessment and sustainable tourism development initiatives in the Caribbean, Indonesia, The Philippines, Russia, Thailand, China, Iraq and South Korea. He is an adjunct professor at Simon Fraser University and, in this capacity, has taught a Masters course on Environmental and Social Impact Assessment. In May 1998 he received the National River Conservation Award of Merit from the Canadian Heritage Rivers Board.
His professional services have included membership on the Board of Directors of the International Association of Impact Assessment, the Canadian Water Network and the International Centre for Sustainable Cities. In 2001, he chaired the BC Government’s Drinking Water Legislation Review Panel, and from 2006-2010 he chaired the 2010 Vancouver Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games Board Advisory Committee on Sustainability Performance.
Nan grew up in the midwest and moved to the Northwest in 1971. Early in her career Nan worked for associations of local governments in the Pacific Northwest on issues including growth management, energy policy and elections law. From 1985 to 2002, she served three Washington governors as deputy director and executive director of the Puget Sound Water Quality Authority and later chair of the Puget Sound Action Team. Nan developed and led the environmental sustainability program for The Russell Family Foundation, managing hundreds of grants to nonprofit organizations. She has also worked as Service Corps Director at 501 Commons and now serves as a senior advisor to the program.
Nan has served on a variety of public and nonprofit boards. She was a founding member of the Association of National Estuary Programs and is past president of the Environmental Education Association of Washington. She currently chairs the Northwest Straits Marine Resources Commission and the board of the Sustainable Path Foundation and serves on the boards of the North Cascades Institute and Western Rivers Conservancy and on advisory groups for Washington Maritime BLUE, Curriculum for the Bioregion and the Center for Sustainable Infrastructure.
Dennis McLerran returned to the practice of law and dispute resolution, becoming Of Counsel at Cascadia Law Group PLLC after serving seven years as the Regional Administrator for EPA Region 10 and as Executive Director of the Puget Sound Clean Air Agency. Dennis focuses his practice on environmental, climate change, land use, treaty rights and regional regulatory issues.
President Barack Obama appointed Dennis in 2010 to the post of EPA Region 10 Administrator for the states of Washington, Oregon, Idaho, and Alaska, where he served until the end of the Obama Administration in January 2017. That role put Dennis at the forefront of a wide range of environmental policy issues in the Pacific Northwest and Alaska, including development of cleanup plans for the Seattle and Portland harbors.
At the Puget Sound Clean Air Agency Dennis served as Executive Director, appointed by the elected officials of King, Pierce, Snohomish, and Kitsap counties, as well as the Mayors of the cities of Seattle, Tacoma, Everett, and Bremerton. Dennis led our region to attain national air quality standards, developed state climate legislation, and created several innovative, collaborative approaches to solving air quality issues. These included founding the award-winning international Northwest Ports Clean Air Strategy and the regional Diesel Solutions program. Before that, Dennis focused his law practice on land use, real estate and environmental law, serving as the City Attorney of Port Townsend, in the Land Use Division of the Seattle City Attorney’s Office, and in private practice.
Governor Jay Inslee recently appointed Dennis to the Leadership Council of the Puget Sound Partnership. He also serves as a Board Member of the US arm of the Stockholm Environment Institute. Dennis has previously served as President and longtime Board Member of the National Association of Clean Air Agencies, as a member of US EPA’s Clean Air Act Advisory Committee, and on several additional federal advisory committees to EPA. Throughout his term at EPA Dennis regularly hosted and led US Delegations to China and other Asia Pacific nations to work collaboratively on addressing air pollution issues, with a particular focus on ports and marine goods movement. Dennis also has been extensively involved in climate change stakeholder processes and issues in Washington State and along the West Coast. He is a past Chair of the Land Use and Environmental Law Section of the Washington State Bar.
After growing up in Eastern Washington Dennis attended the University of Washington, receiving a BA in Urban Planning. Dennis earned his law degree at Seattle University School of Law, where he was a leader of the public interest law foundation.
Erin Meyer was born in the Pacific Northwest, and after traveling around the country and the world, found her way back home in 2018, becoming the Seattle Aquarium’s Director of Conservation Programs and Partnerships. Erin brings over a decade of experience in conservation and management to the aquarium where she directs the on-the-ground conservation programming across three focal areas: science, policy, and sustainability. She is also working to help define and promote an emerging ocean ethic in the Pacific Northwest and beyond.
Erin has weathered many storms in the pursuit of knowledge, partnerships, science-informed policy and lasting results. She has led large, collaborative teams across a variety of disciplines, bringing together indigenous peoples, fishermen, farmers, scientists, NGOs and government agencies in pursuit of healthy, productive ecosystems. Erin’s professional career in marine policy, conservation, and education began in Washington. She worked as a restoration technician and educator for Sound Salmon Solutions–a non-profit focused on advancing science-based salmon management policies and restoration activities–and as an educator for the Marine Science Afloat Program run by Pacific Marine Research.
Erin earned her Ph.D. in integrative biology from the University of California Berkeley. Her doctoral research focused on ecology, conservation, and management of coastal fisheries in the wider Caribbean. She has also conducted research on kelp forest ecosystems at the University of Alaska Southeast, coral and seagrass ecosystems at the Bermuda Institute for Ocean Sciences, and bivalve biodiversity and ecology at Burapha University in Thailand. A passionate educator and mentor, Erin has taught, and developed curriculum for, lab- and field-based courses in Conservation Biology, Invertebrate Zoology, Marine Biology, and Oceanography.
Prior to starting her current position at the Seattle Aquarium, Erin served as a senior scientist and senior program manager at the California Ocean Science Trust, where she managed the marine protected area (MPA) program and directed an interdisciplinary team focused on monitoring and evaluating ocean health. She also holds two Bachelor of Science degrees from Rutgers University, in biological oceanography and conservation ecology. Erin serves on the steering committee for the Aquarium Conservation Partnership (ACP), ACP Policy Committee, and Orca-Salmon Alliance.
EMMA S. NORMAN
Dr. Emma S. Norman is Department Chair and Faculty in the Native Environmental Science Program at Northwest Indian College on Lummi Nation. Her research interests are in transboundary water governance, environmental politics, social and environmental justice, and Indigenous activism. She teaches courses in political ecology, environmental governance, and environmental policy. She is the author of three books and more than 40 journal articles and chapters. Her most recent monograph, Governing Transboundary Waters: Canada, the United States and Indigenous Communities, was awarded the Julian Minghi Award for best book in Political Geography in 2015. Prior to working at Northwest Indian College, she served in the U.S. Peace Corps in Malawi as an Environmental Educator with the Department of Parks and Wildlife. She is the mother of two boys, Parker (11) and Luke (8), and married to Chad Norman, who is also an educator in the STEM field. In her free time, she enjoys exploring the beaches of the Salish Sea with her family, trail running and gardening.
Dr. Brian E. Riddell is President & CEO of the Pacific Salmon Foundation in Vancouver, BC. Dr. Riddell is an internationally recognized fishery scientist with extensive experience in Pacific salmon research, assessment of Pacific salmon, fisheries management, and environmental policy development.
Prior to joining the Pacific Salmon Foundation, Dr. Riddell worked for 30 years in scientific research and management positions in Science Branch, Department of Fisheries and Oceans, where he co-authored Canada’s Policy for Conservation of Wild Pacific Salmon (2005), contributed to the scientific basis to establish the Pacific Salmon Treaty with the United States, and represented Canada at the North Pacific Anadromous Fish Commission.
Since joining the Pacific Salmon Foundation (PSF) in February 2009, Dr. Riddell has worked to establish the Salish Sea Marine Survival Project and the research network necessary to undertake this international project (www.marinesurvivalproject.com). He remains active in this research and administration of the PSF.
Dr. Riddell served as a member of the Royal Society of Canada’s Expert Panel on Ocean Climate Change and Marine Biodiversity; he is currently a Canadian Commissioner to the Pacific Salmon Commission (the organization responsible for implementation of the Pacific Salmon Treaty between the United States and Canada); and a member of the Province of BC’s Minister of Agriculture’s Advisory Council on Finfish Aquaculture (2016-2018).
In February 2015, Brian was recognized nationally as one of “50 Notable Canadians” in celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the Canadian flag. Brian holds a BSc from University of Guelph and a PhD in Zoology from McGill University.
STEPHANIE M. SOLIEN
Stephanie Solien has worked in politics, government, and the nonprofit arena for more than 25 years in Washington, D.C., and Washington State. Her passion is working with diverse communities and the political process to solve problems and create positive change. She served as national director of the bi-partisan Women’s Campaign Fund and worked as staff in the US House of Representatives, and the US Senate. She also ran the DC office for WA Governor Booth Gardner.
She served as national political director for the Clinton presidential campaign in 1992 and as a lead strategist of President Clinton’s successful 1993 Pacific Northwest Forest Summit in Portland, Oregon while at the U.S. Department of Interior. She is a member of Social Venture Partners and has served on their environmental advocacy committee. She has also served on the boards of Farming the Environment, the Washington Environmental Council, Washington Conservation Voters, Climate Solutions and Town Hall Seattle. She currently serves as Vice Chair of the leadership council of the Puget Sound Partnership.
Bert is professor emeritus at Western Washington University. His particular interest is in the understanding and the management of large estuarine ecosystems. Bert was part of the NOAA Mesa study that started in the late 1970’s to evaluate the threat of oil transport to marine resources of the Strait of Georgia and the Strait of Juan de Fuca and Puget Sound. This study, mostly through the work of Curtis Ebbesmeyer, described an estuarine ecosystem that included much of the Puget Sound, the Strait of Georgia and the Strait of Juan de Fuca. This work and the tendency of the State of Washington to creep the boundary of Puget Sound northward convinced Bert that an umbrella name that focused on the now Salish Sea estuarine ecosystem was warranted.
In 2002 Bert and his wife used the M/V Snow Goose to start a marine education program for middle school students that introduced the issues of water quality in Bellingham Bay. This ongoing program has provided an experiential introduction to Bellingham Bay estuarine science for almost 30,000 school kids.
Bert’s current interest in the Salish Sea Institute is to support the transboundary efforts to restore and protect the natural values of the Salish Sea and in particular the consider the role of a Stewardship Council.
PhD, University of British Columbia 1966
Post Doctoral Fellow, Hopkins Marine Station, Stanford University 1966-1968
Professor, Wake Forest University 1968 to 1970
Professor Huxley College of the Environment 1970 to present
Christianne has been the Executive Director of the Georgia Strait Alliance (GSA) since 2010 after spending 6 years as the organization’s Clean Air and Water Program Coordinator. She is an Ontario transplant who came to BC in 1995 to pursue a MSc in ecology at UBC and, like so many, stayed on after graduation. Past experience includes time as a lab technician and freelance science writer. Christianne leads Georgia Strait Alliance’s government and media relations efforts, along with supporting GSA’s strategic campaigns and programs. She has a deep passion for social change and connecting with people across sectors to build a better future for our communities. In her time off, she enjoys cycling and yoga – all prerequisites to being a Vancouverite – along with cooking/baking, kayaking, gardening and sailing with her husband. Christianne is the former President of the PuSh International Performing Arts Festival Board of Directors and a Founding Board Director and Vice-President of The Elbow Theatre Society. She is a 2018 nominee for the YWCA Women of Distinction – Metro Vancouver (Environmental Sustainability). She is an aunt to 7 amazing kids and godmother to 3 more.