Staff & Board

Behind the movement is a team of passionate and dedicated people


Anna Huttel

Certification Manager

Anna Huttel, RA, is Salmon-Safe Certification Manager. As an architect with extensive LEED experience and a volunteer ambassador of the Living Building Challenge, Ms. Huttel has broad experience across the leading certification programs. Working throughout Cascadia, Huttel guides Salmon-Safe program delivery through our Partner Network of collaborating organizations on the West Coast. Prior to joining Salmon-Safe, Huttel led design teams in developing strategies for LEED certification with a focus on engineering-related tactics. In 2010, she was awarded the Alpha Rho Chi Medal by IIT’s College of Architecture for her leadership and service to the profession. Huttel earned an M.Arch. from the Illinois Institute of Technology, a B.A. in Economics and Art History from St. Mary’s College of Maryland, and brings a broad knowledge base to implementing conservation strategies.

Dan Kent

Co-founder and Executive Director

Dan Kent is Salmon-Safe’s co-founder and executive director. Dan has been a leader at the nexus between market-based conservation and watershed protection for the past two decades. He co-founded Salmon-Safe as a project of river and native fish conservation organization Pacific Rivers in 1996 and served as that organization’s communications director for five years. A native of the Pacific Northwest, Dan was raised on a small farm in the Palouse Hills of eastern Washington. He earned an undergraduate degree in management from Washington State University and an MBA from University of Oregon. Prior to his nonprofit career, Dan was a corporate marketing manager with one of the nation’s largest financial institutions. He is vice president of Wild Farm Alliance, a California-based conservation organization working nationally to integrate biodiversity conservation on agricultural lands.

Kevin Scribner

Interior Columbia Basin Ag Outreach/Special Projects

Kevin Scribner leads Salmon-Safe agricultural outreach in the mid-Columbia Basin and advises Salmon-Safe on special projects. Colocated in Walla Walla and Portland, Kevin has helped inform and shape Salmon-Safe almost since our founding at Pacific Rivers Council. Kevin has extensive experience in natural resource planning and management, community cultural development, alternative food systems, ecological restoration and commercial fishing. Kevin served on the Board of  Walla Walla Basin Watershed Council and served as the Basin Advocate for the bi-state Walla Walla Watershed Alliance. Kevin also consults with Vinea Sustainable Trust, a vineyard & winery organization in the Walla Walla Appellation, and a key Salmon-Safe implementation partner in the interior Columbia Basin.

Ellen Southard

Salmon-Safe Puget Sound Manager

Ellen Southard leads Salmon-Safe’s urban outreach around Puget Sound. After serving as a Salmon-Safe volunteer for three years, Ellen joined Salmon-Safe Puget Sound to guide community outreach and develop programs focusing on municipalities. With 20 years of experience working with engineers, architects, and planners, Southard has been involved with a large number of community-based initiatives that support farmland preservation, historic resources, and cultural corridor formation.

Board of Directors

Amy Winkelman


Amy Winkelman is Director of Product Development & TeleHealth at Providence Health & Services Oregon. Prior to this position, Amy worked in the technology industry in product management and marketing, as well as an independent consultant providing a variety of business services to hi-tech and manufacturing clients. Amy has been volunteering in the Portland-area nonprofit environmental community since 1994, serving as chair of the Tualatin Riverkeepers public outreach committee, chair of the marketing and technology committees for Earth Share of Oregon and also vice president of the Earth Share of Oregon board.

Dwight Holton

Vice President

Dwight Holton is the chief executive officer of the nonprofit agency Lines for Life. Prior to his nonprofit career, Dwight served as United States Attorney for Oregon, where he managed the U.S. Department of Justice offices throughout Oregon. Dwight prosecuted dozens of environmental crimes cases over the past 10 years and built the Environmental Crimes program at the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Oregon as a national leader. Dwight also worked as a lawyer for the firm Lane Powell.

Rich Shawen


Rich Shawen is Director of Finance for Xplane Corporation in Portland, Oregon which specializes in visual communication and consulting. Prior to this position, he was Chief Financial Officer & Vice President of Finance for Widmer Brothers Brewing Company in Portland. Green initiatives have been a part of his internal and external company objectives. Also, he has always had an interest in the environmental sciences through volunteer activities and previous educational endeavors.

Diane Barton, PhD

Dianne Barton is the chair of National Tribal Toxics Council, an EPA advisory group advocating for tribal interests in policy decisions on toxics. She is also the Water Quality Coordinator for the Columbia River Intertribal Fish Commission where she provides technical expertise related to water quality, environmental toxins, regulatory processes, and fate and transport of contaminants. Dianne earned her Ph.D. in geochemistry from the University of Arizona at Tucson and was formerly a Distinguished Member of Technical Staff at Sandia National Laboratories.

Matt Emlen

Matt Emlen is an account manager for Trane U.S. Inc. He helps customers undertake a broad range of sustainability initiatives including energy efficiency and renewable energy projects and sustainability planning and education. Matt was previously a program coordinator with the Portland Office of Sustainable Development where his responsibilities included serving as lead staff to the Portland-Multnomah Sustainable Development Commission and Food Policy Council. His professional background also includes design and analysis of marketing research and volunteer management.

Christian Ettinger

Christian Ettinger is brewmaster and owner of Hopworks Urban Brewery (HUB). Utilizing sustainable practices in both the construction and operations of HUB, Ettinger strives to implement thoughtful environmental alternatives throughout the company. Prior to opening Hopworks, Ettinger was the brewmaster at Laurelwood Pub and Brewery, where he was awarded the World Beer Cup Champion Brewmaster Award in 2004. Christian began his brewing career in his parents’ kitchen and fell in love with beer while living in Cologne, Germany as an exchange student in 1993. After graduating from University of Oregon School of Business, which included a brewing internship at Oregon Fields Brewery, Christian attended the American Brewers Guild and worked at Eugene City Brewery, Bridgeport Brewery, Old World Pub and Brewery and finally Laurelwood.

Lee Jimerson

President Emeritus

As CollinsWood product manager for Collins, Jimerson has three decades of experience in the domestic and international forest products industry, promoting sustainable forest management and developing the market for products certified by Forest Stewardship Council (FSC).

Brook Muller

Brook Muller is Professor of Architecture and Environmental Studies at the University of Oregon. He also directs UO’s Portland Architecture Program and Graduate Certificate in Ecological Design. Brook’s research and teaching address ecologically responsive design, with an emphasis on synergies between sustainable architectures and climate adaptive urban landscapes. From 1993-1996, Brook worked with Behnisch Architects in Stuttgart, Germany, serving as the co-project leader of the IBN Institute for Nature Research, a European Union pilot project for human and environmentally friendly building. Brook is the author of Ecology and the Architectural Imagination (Routledge 2014). He also served as Interim Dean of University of Oregon’s School of Architecture and Allied Arts from 2014-2016.

Peter Paquet, PhD

Founding President

Peter Paquet is a faculty member at Portland State University where he serves as a member of the Watershed Management Professional Program Advisory Board and teaches courses in that program. Dr. Paquet also was a senior biologist and wildlife director of the Northwest Power and Conservation Council, where he is responsible for programs to mitigate for fish and wildlife damage caused by construction of the federal hydropower system.

Krystyna Wolniakowski

Krystyna Wolniakowski is the executive director of the Columbia River Gorge Commission. She was the Director for the Western Partnership Office of National Fish & Wildlife Foundation from 2000-2014 developing and managing conservation grantmaking programs in 7 western states. Prior to NFWF, Krystyna worked for 10 years as a fisheries biologist and program manager in the Water Quality Division of the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality. From 1990-2000, she worked overseas with the German Marshall Fund. Krystyna earned her B.S. degree in biology and chemistry from the University of Wisconsin-EauClaire, and M.S. in oceanographic sciences from Oregon State University.