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.








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 @ McLaneJerilyn Walley – Habitat Restoration Project Manager

Jerilyn joined SPSSEG in 2010 as a part-time field tech and data analyst, while pursuing her Masters in Environmental Studies at The Evergreen State College.  In that roll, she conducted TFW habitat surveys, using mobile mapping technology to collect spatial data for mapping habitat.  In her role as project manager, she works towards restoration of salmonid habitat focusing on Watershed Resource Inventory Area 13 – The Deschutes.  She enjoys the complexity of salmon habitat restoration and appreciates working alongside a team dedicated to preserving an iconic species.

Born and raised in Olympia, Jerilyn has passion for the Pacific Northwest.  When not working, she enjoys a variety of outdoor pursuits including backpacking, climbing, biking and taking in the view.  Jerilyn may be contacted at


download_20160914_125526Claire Williamson – Habitat Restoration Technician & Outreach Coordinator

A Washington native, Claire grew up playing in, and appreciating, the unique ecosystems of Puget Sound. She earned her Bachelors of Science from The Evergreen State College in Ecology and Biology. An outdoors enthusiast, Claire can be found mountain biking Washington trails in the summer, skiing the mountains in the winter and casting a flyrod throughout the year.  At SPSSEG, Claire spends her time working on outdoor environmental education and community outreach and collecting and analyzing data on the many projects SPSSEG is working on. Claire can be contacted at





Brian Zierdt – Project Manager, GIS Specialist, Restoration Biologist

Brian received a Bachelor’s Degree in Biology from the University of California, Santa Cruz, a Graduate Certificate in GIS from Portland State University, and is currently working towards a Masters of Environmental Studies from The Evergreen State College. In addition to supporting SPSEG small yet effective team, Brian offers inter-agency GIS mapping support, database management, field data collection, monitoring, analysis, project development and management on a range of City, State, Tribal and Non-Profit projects. Brian is passionate about solving complex problems and utilizing advanced technology tools, while equally engaging in field work that increases environmental and community health.

Brian can be contacted at