Stream Team

2018 Board of Directors

Tulalip Tribes Environmental Liaison and Vice President of Qualco Energy 

Shoreline Fire Department Paramedic & President of Sno/King Watershed Council

Board Member
Director of Operations, ATCO Communications

Vice President
Northwest Stream Center Landscape Designer

Board Member


Snohomish County PUD Natural Resource Manager

Our Board of Directors encompasses a strong representation of racial, ethnic and professional backgrounds. Our members include business representatives, community leaders, scientists, and resource managers.

AASF is expanding its presence in environmental education and stream restoration. We are also developing the NW Stream Center. The Board of Directors is actively recruiting new members to help with expansion efforts. Please contact our Executive Director for more information by calling 425-316-8592 and fill out an application form.


Tom Murdoch
Executive Director
Tom has 35+ years of experience as a stream ecologist and environmental educator.  He has directed over 200 small-scale fish and wildlife habitat rehabilitation projects, and was the co-author of the Streamkeeper’s Field Guide and the editor of Adopting A Stream: A Northwest Handbook and Adopting A Wetland: A Northwest Guide.  Tom was also the principle scriptwriter for the Streamkeeper video featuring Bill Nye “the Science Guy.” He has trained educators and community leaders from throughout the western States and BC Canada how to become Streamkeepers and established Streamkeeper Academy at the Northwest Stream Center.  Prior to establishing the Adopt-A-Stream Foundation in 1985, Tom was the Water Resource Supervisor for Snohomish County’s Public Works and Planning Departments. He was the principal author of Snohomish County’s first Drainage Ordinance and Storm Water Utility Rate Ordinance; organized Snohomish County’s first Aquatic Resource Protection Program and directed the production of the County’s Stream and Wetland Atlas. He has conducted surveys of the majority of the streams in western Snohomish County.   Tom is a certified diver (PADI) and, when not using an electro-shocker, he occasionally frees seines from logs and boulders in the middle of rivers during fish exclusion activities.  He earned an M.A. in Human Relations from Pacific Lutheran University and an M.P.A. in Natural Resources from the University of Washington’s Institute for Marine Studies; and, in the past, served as an adjunct professor of Stream and Wetland Ecology for Western Washington University. He is also a licensed pilot (FAA Certification #3322997) and accomplished in aerial photography focusing on stream and wetland ecology. Tom received the 2007 Cascade Land Conservancy Land Stewardship Award

And as a head professor of Streamkeeper Academy, Tom often morphs into being Sammy the Salmon in front of elementary school kids.


Walter Rung
Fish and Wildlife Manager
Walter has an Associate of Science in Fishery Technology degree from Bellingham Technical College and earned his BS in Aquatic and Fisheries Science from the University of Washington. Before joining the Adopt A Stream team initially as a student intern, Walter performed a wide spectrum of volunteer work that provided him training and experience in the following: spawning surveys, spawning adult salmon, and fish collection. Walter’s survey experience includes juvenile Dungeness Crab surveys, beach creosote log inventory, and multiple techniques in sampling salmon carcasses. He is skilled at conducting scientific research collecting and identifying fish and experienced at collecting tissue samples for DNA analysis. During his twelve years with the Adopt A Steam Foundation, Walter has become adept with on-the-ground restoration techniques required for bank stabilization projects, riparian restoration, fish barrier removal, and in-stream fish habitat construction. Walter also has great mechanical skills…he is our “MacGyver” who seems to be able to fix everything that gets broken.

Kyle Koch
Ecologist I
Kyle has a BS in Ecology from Unity College for the Environment in Maine.  From Maine, he traveled to South Carolina working as a specialist in invasive plant management, to New Hampshire where he interned with the U.S. Forest Service constructing in-stream log fish habitat and conducting fish surveys.  Next, Kyle served as a team member with Cape Cod AmeriCorps as an environmental educator for schools and community groups.  Then  he worked with Skagit Fisheries Enhancement Group for 10 years last serving as a Habitat Restoration Coordinator. Kyle joined our Stream Team in 2018 bringing to us extensive experience in: fresh water ecology (water quality monitoring, amphibian surveys), fisheries management (snorkel surveys, salmon and trout spawning surveys, electrofishing, forage fish surveys, beach and estuary surveys), and stream restoration (fish barrier removal, in-stream fish habitat construction, invasive plant removal/native plant installation).   In his spare time, he can be found exploring the great outdoors, hiking in the Cascades and taking professional photographs along the way.

Jasmine Palmer
Ecologist I
Jasmine has a MS in Biology from California State University East Bay and her BS in Biology from University of Washington. Many of her undergraduate endeavors focused on avian ecology, such as studying tidal effects on seabird species abundance in the San Juan Channel and working for environmental nonprofits such as the Audubon Society. In these roles, she gained valuable skills for restoration work, such as coordinating with landowners and volunteers. During graduate school, Jasmine became interested in wetland science and spent a summer monitoring wetland mitigation sites with WSDOT. While finishing her graduate studies, she went on to obtain a Wetland Science and Management Certificate from University of Washington and started working in consulting as a wetland biologist. In her consulting role she managed projects, conducted fieldwork, and was involved in project permitting from project beginning to completion. Jasmine enjoys restoration projects and hopes her background will help guide future stream and wetland restoration efforts during her time at AASF.

John Ucciferri
Senior Fish and Wildlife Technician
John arguably has done more door-to-door stream-side education and outreach than anyone on AASF’s team. He is excellent at interacting with landowners. He can put a homeowner at ease and turns complex ecological concepts into accessible concrete examples. John has 30-years of restoration and forestry experience. John is a key “on-the-ground” stream restoration team member. He has a Class B commercial drivers license, extensive experience working with all types of hand and power tools (including gas, air, and hydraulic based tools), and experience working with heavy equipment, helicopters, and explosives. In addition, John is a USFS certified Class-C chainsaw operator. John has expertise in stream survey including the WDFW fish Barrier Assessment Protocol and in-stream and on slope structure placement; and extensive experience using traps, seines and electro-shockers to conduct fish surveys.

Nick Chen
Fish and Wildlife Technician
Nick earned a BA degree in Environmental Studies from the University of Washington Bothell in 2016. In 2017, Nick joined The Adopt-A-Stream Foundation as a part time employee and Docent Naturalist who took care of the Nature Store, membership services, Gate House, entry trail, and Streamkeeper Academy Programs on the weekends. During the weekdays he worked for Washington Conservation Corps AmeriCorps as a crewman. He did restoration planting, invasive species removal, and fencing projects. He also got to go to USVI, St. Croix for 30 days as part of disaster response to help with the aftermath of Hurricane Maria where he made assessments of damaged houses, saw and debris removal, along with muk and gutting. Nick joined our Stream Team on a full time basis in 2018 as a technician.

Kelly Singleterry
Administrative Services Manager
After earning a 2016 BA degree in Urban Design and Planning from the University of Washington, Kelly worked as a Projects Assistant with Snohomish County’s Parks, Recreation and Tourism Department where she created a video to promote the Northwest Stream Center as a place to learn about stream ecology before embarking on the new Sky to Sound Water Trail. In 2017, Kelly, who is also a Docent Naturalist at the Northwest Stream Center, joined the Adopt A Stream Foundation with a focus on providing membership services; website support; Streamkeeper Academy, stream restoration, and Nature Store event promotions; general administration support; and on occasion helps out with stream restoration projects. Kelly is also an Apprentice with the Washington State Beekeepers Association’s Master Beekeeper Program and can share information with you about pollinators of all kinds that reside here in the Pacific Northwest.

Margo Bornemann
Primary Accountant
Margo has an MBA from Webster University and is a CPA. She has 30 years experience serving as an accountant with large and small businesses. Margo developed an affinity with nature while volunteering with the Missouri Wildlife Rehabilitation Center before settling in the Pacific Northwest and joining the Adopt A Stream Foundation in 2018. In addition to keeping the foundations financial records, Margo has become a key member of Streamkeeper Academy.

Lori Powlas
Lori has dual Bachelor of Science degrees in Accounting and Business Administration from the University of Kansas and completed three years of Streamkeeper Academy classes. She has 26 years of project and managerial accounting experience. Lori utilizes a variety of software tools including desktop publishing, database and spreadsheet management. In addition, Lori has evolved into an excellent naturalist and assists with teaching a variety of Streamkeeper Academy classes during the last nine years.

Contract Associates

Doug Beyerlein
P.E., Hydrologist
Doug is a certified professional hydrologist and civil engineer with over 37 years of experience in hydrologic modeling, stormwater management, and basin planning and is co-owner of Clear Creek Solutions, Inc., a hydrologic modeling consulting firm. He has a BSCE and MSCE from the University of Washington. Doug has held positions in the public and private sector and helped develop the surface water management program for Snohomish County. His responsibilities have included watershed planning, streamflow and water quality monitoring, lake management, public education, flood control planning, development of county drainage code, and compliance with state and federal water quality laws. He has provided consulting services to U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, U.S. Geological Survey, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Federal Emergency Management Administration, U.S. Bureau of Reclamation, U.S. Natural Resources Conservation Service, Washington State Department of Ecology, and numerous county and city agencies.

Jay Kidder
As the owner of Chinook Engineering, Jay provides civil, mechanical, structural and environmental engineering services to state and federal agencies, private non-profit groups, Indian tribes, and private developers in the Pacific Northwest and Alaska. He has a B.S. in Civil Engineering and a B.S. in Fisheries Biology from the University of Washington. Jay's skills include project planning, design, and construction management for salmonid hatcheries, fish passage and screening facilities, and spawning channels. He is also experienced in preparing fisheries studies and conducting biological analyses for fisheries enhancement programs. During the last 28 years Jay’s work includes design, survey, and construction management for the following: restoration of degraded stream habitat, off channel rearing habitat, culvert removal/replacement, bridge design, large woody debris placement, and rock/boulder cascade fish ladders and general fish barrier removal.