Staff

Meet the team protecting and preserving the waters of Puget Sound.

Chris Wilke

Puget Soundkeeper & Executive Director

Chris is a Puget Sound native, an avid sailor and fly fisherman, and Soundkeeper’s fearless leader.

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Julie Angell

Operations Director

Julie is the glue that holds the office together. Outside of work, she is often training for her next personal challenge, be that riding the STP, her next triathlon or a future summit of Rainier.

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Amelia Apfel

Communications Manager

Amelia has a background in science and journalism. She handles Soundkeeper’s communications and spends as much time on the water as possible.

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Alyssa Barton

Policy Analyst and Executive Coordinator

Alyssa Barton is an attorney, environmentalist, and outdoors explorer with seven years of legal experience and a history of environmental activism. She handles policy analysis and advocacy for Soundkeeper.

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Kathryn Davis

Stewardship Manager

Kathryn grew up with the Puget Sound as her backyard. She organizes Soundkeeper’s network of volunteers, coordinating hundreds of cleanups and fieldwork events each year.

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Paul Fredrickson

Boat Skipper & Patrol Coordinator

Paul is a Coast Guard veteran and the coordinator for all our on-water patrols. He started volunteering with the organization in 1998, and was asked to come on as staff years later after dedicating countless hours in support of Soundkeeper’s work.

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Andy Gregory

Pollution Prevention Director

Andy brings over 15 years of experience in the marine industry and academic training as a social scientist and policy analyst to his role at Soundkeeper. In his free time Andy can be found sailing on the Puget Sound, surfing Washington’s outer coast, and hiking and skiing the peaks of the North Cascades.

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Sue Joerger

Field Director

Sue is in the field every week, detecting, documenting and reporting illegal pollution. She has worked to protect Puget Sound for many years as a volunteer, contractor and as the Puget Soundkeeper from 1999-2009.

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Alena Kelleher

Administrative Assistant

Alena has undergraduate experience studying biology and working on sustainable development projects in Panama. When not trying to save the world, Alena can be found hiking, dancing, or in continuous pursuit of Seattle’s best tacos.

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Katelyn Kinn

Staff Attorney

The daughter of a Great Lakes fisherman, working to keep waterways fishable is in Katelyn’s blood. As a Clean Water Attorney, she manages Soundkeeper’s Enforcement Program and litigation docket, and feels strongly that everyone has a right to safely swim and fish their local waters.

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Teresa Nelson

Development Director

Teresa grew up in Fort Dodge, Iowa, just up the hill from the Des Moines River. With over 19 years of fundraising experience, Teresa brings to Puget Soundkeeper a commitment to engaging supporters and working collaboratively to raise funds for a shared passion—protecting the environment.

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Sophia Ressler

Assistant Staff Attorney

Sophia grew up on Vashon Island and was fishing, kayaking, beachcombing and swimming in the Puget Sound from a very early age. After representing Hudson Riverkeeper during law school, she moved back to the Pacific Northwest to help protect her home waterway.

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Hillary Sanders

AmeriCorps Service Member

Hillary grew up beachcombing on the Sound, hiking through the Cascades, and exploring the old growth forests of Washington State. Her love for all things outdoors brought her to Puget Soundkeeper, where she coordinates volunteer activities including kayak and boat patrols and water quality monitoring projects throughout the region.

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Erica Underwood

Development Coordinator

A Wisconsin native, Erica began her career with Soundkeeper as a volunteer. She enjoys travel, snorkeling, is a certified SCUBA diver, loves camping and hiking and spending time with her wonderful family and friends.

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