Lance WineckaExecutive Director

Lance Winecka was born and raised near the Puget Sound.  Lance has worked for SPSSEG since 2001 and has overseen over 100 on-the-ground restoration projects.  In 2007, Lance became the Executive Director for the Group and continues to build upon his experience to build better projects and to be more effective in salmon restoration.  Lance lives in Olympia, WA with his wife and two kids.



 Christine GarstAccounts Manager, Sound Nonprofit Accounting

Christine Garst owns Sound Nonprofit Accounting. She has been with SPSSEG since August 2004. Christine brings with her several years of accounting experience in both the for-profit and not-for-profit sectors. She and her husband Sam have become active in environmental and progressive causes in South Puget Sound, and recently completed building the “greenest house in Thurston County.” Christine may be contacted at

Kristin Williamson- Salmon Habitat Restoration Biologist

A born and bred Minnesotan, Kristin grew up with warm-water fishes like bass, walleye, and northern pike, only to flee the Land of 10,000 Lakes bound for bigger salmon-infested waters of Western Washington. Kristin migrated to Washington in 1998 to attend the University of Puget Sound, where she earned a B.S. in Biology. Following school, she worked as a Creel Surveyor for WDFW for a season and as a fisheries biologist for the Puyallup Tribe for three years. She joined the SPSSEG family in 2005 and is proud to continue her passion of salmon research and restoration alongside her coworkers. Kristin may be contacted at

Brian CombsSalmon Habitat Restoration Biologist

Brian is an avid outdoorsman and has been exploring his passion for natural history in the Pacific Northwest since 1995.  Brian earned a Bachelor’s of Science degree from the Evergreen State College in 2003 with emphasis in botany and ecology.  He has since been working as a biologist in both the government and private sectors.  His professional experience includes wetland biology, habitat restoration, botany, and wildlife studies.  His spare time is spent mushroom hunting and fishing.  Brian is glad to be a part of a non-profit organization and hopes to grow personally and professionally while being a steward of our region’s great resources.  Brian may be contacted at

Jerilyn WalleySalmon Habitat Restoration Biologist

Born and raised in Olympia, Jerilyn has passion for the Pacific Northwest.  She is an avid outdoors person, enjoying hiking, fishing, camping and climbing.  Jerilyn is a recent graduate of The Evergreen State College Masters in Environmental Studies program. She works on various projects, conducting TFW habitat surveys, utilizing mobile mapping technology to collect spatial data and create maps, maintains this website, creates outreach materials, attends community festivals and local education events. Jerilyn may be contacted at

1935648_1264025637861_67313_nPhoebe Tyson – Education and Outreach Intern

Phoebe is SPSSEG’s Individual Placement (IP) from the Washington State Conservation Corps (WCC). Growing up on family farm in Central California, she began to appreciate the intricacies of nature at a young age. Phoebe moved to Washington to attend WWU where in 2012 she received her BS in Biology. Since then she has worked on a variety of projects from revegetating the Elwha to coordinating volunteers for another RFEG, the Nooksack Salmon Enhancement Association.  At SPSSEG, Phoebe primarily spends her time doing Environmental Education and Outreach in the outdoors, local schools, and festivals and can be contacted at