Mark Clemens, Executive Director
Mark Clemens is a seasoned executive director with a strong non-profit background, a profound love for science, and a diverse professional journey. In New York, he worked for Scientific American (10 years), Popular Science, Audubon and Discover where he has honed his expertise in scientific communication, project management and innovation. He has spent 20 years overseeing non-profits, specializing in key elements such as promotion, fundraising and community advocacy. Previously, Mark worked as the executive director of the Downtown Issaquah Association. As a key member he spearheaded community development initiatives that fostered economic growth. Combining his passion for science, community engagement, and the environment, Mark describes his superpower as one of resilience that combines strategic vision with hands on implementation.
Mary Lou Pauly, Secretary
Recently elected Mayor of Issaquah Mary Lou Pauly has served as a FISH Board Member since 2013. She currently serves as the Board Secretary and is a member of the Public Relations Committee. Mary Lou is a semi-retired civil engineer who worked for local governments as well as environmental consulting firms and has been an Issaquah City Council member since 2014. She is a Civil Engineering graduate from the University of Waterloo in Canada and has lived in Issaquah since 1993.
Larry Franks recently retired from The Boeing Company, has served as a FISH Master Docent since 2010, and on the FISH Board of Directors since 2013. He has had the opportunity to apply his Fisheries degree from the UW to the many opportunities to share and educate about salmon and the watershed. Larry serves on the PR and Volunteer Committees. He has spearheaded the FISH Talks, and conducts many presentations per year out in the community and greater King County area. Larry looks forward to the opportunity to continue to serve FISH in whatever capacity he can.
Steve Holland is delighted to serve on the FISH board and feels that it is all our responsibility to pay it forward for the next generation (especially his daughters who love to fish) to keep the salmon coming home. He has been volunteering in multiple roles at the hatchery for the last two years and feels more can be done to educate and build towards the future – together as a community.
Steve learned how to fish in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan with his Dad, uncles, and cousins for Muskie, Northern Pike, Coho, and Steelhead. Since then, he has fished around the world from New Zealand to Russia, but Chinook remains his favorite. Steve launches out of both Edmonds and Point Roberts Marina with his Grady-White.
Steve is quasi-retired and is a recovering Chief Information Officer for multiple Fortune 100 companies. Since he still loves technology, he has found himself helping startup companies in Bellevue and San Francisco get launched and provides enterprise “Crisis CIO” help when needed.
Heidi Dunbar, Interim President
Heidi has lived in the NW her entire life and has been fishing with her father since she could hold a rod. She has had the privilege of fishing many amazing places with her favorite being Campbell river and the Tyee fish club. After spending 20 years in the healthcare field, it was time to take a leisurely step back. In October of 2021 she started a position with REI as their Campus manager which led her back to the Issaquah Salmon Hatchery where she brought her children on School field trips. She had been looking for a place she was passionate about where she could give back to the community and to future generations and FISH was a wonderful fit. She is excited for what they are doing today and for what the future holds for our FISH community.
Peter Gowell, Treasurer
Peter is honored to serve on the FISH Board. He brings the shared commitment and purpose of promoting conservation, education, environmental sustainability and supporting the overall mission of FISH.
A native Seattleite growing up on the Eastside, he was introduced to the significance of the Issaquah Salmon Hatchery in grade school (as well as the magic of Boehm’s Candies chocolates). Trips into the Issaquah Alps along with experiences with both Boy Scouts and Mountaineers heightened his awareness and the need to secure healthy fish habitats to support the runs of chinook, coho, sockeye, kokanee, trout and steelhead found in Issaquah Creek.
A CPA by training, he has 20+ years of finance & accounting leadership experience with a large professional services firm, experience beneficial to continuing the strong stewardship of FISH.
Madeline Fish is passionate about community engagement and the opportunity to educate Eastside residents regarding the Issaquah Fish Hatchery. An Issaquah resident since 1992, she loves living and hiking on Squak Mountain and working in Issaquah for another locally-based non-profit organization. She’s a VOICE mentor in the Issaquah School District and volunteers with other local organizations. She’s an avid reader and sourdough aficionado. She and her husband, Chris, love boating in South Puget Sound. Madeline joined the FISH Board in 2019.
“Spicer,” a local and regional graphic designer with extensive marketing success, has lived, worked and volunteered in the Issaquah community since 1984. Her portfolio includes branding, packaging and promotions for real estate, tourism, sports, tech, finance, food/beverage and manufacturing companies, as well as small business, community non-profit organizations and festivals. (Spicer was the designer of the Issaquah Salmon Days Festival theme and logos from 1995 to 2019 and original FISH logo in 1992.)
With a continuous passion for design, community, salmon and the environment, Spicer relishes her free time swimming, reading, writing and celebrating all things – ideally along rivers, lakes, mountains or in our local haunts – with family, friends and partner Rob.
Jake has spent his whole life in various parts of the Seattle area, even attending UW as a computer science major. As a PNW native, Jake went on a tour conducted by FISH in grade school and still remembers the exciting experience of nearly getting hit by a salmon jumping out of the enclosure. Nowadays, he’s working as an Engineering Lead at Redfin where he’s been for over 6 years.
Jake is passionate about reconciling environmental sustainability with responsible city growth and using technology to improve the world we live in. As the newest member of FISH’s board, he is excited to bring his technological expertise and younger generation’s perspective to FISH’s board.