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THE TEAM

People have been living, working and fishing in and around the waters of Downeast Maine for centuries.  Today we are proud to help caretake that legacy.

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Executive Director

DWAYNE SHAW

Dwayne Shaw is Executive Director of the Downeast Salmon Federation, where he has led the development of the Federation’s fisheries and land conservation programs since 1989, beginning with the removal of the Pleasant River dam and the renovation of the facility as a hatchery and fisheries research center in Columbia Falls.

 

In 2000 he led the removal of the East Machias River dam and received the National Coastal America Partnership Award from President George W. Bush. The East Machias site is now home to DSF’s Peter Gray Hatchery for the restoration of Atlantic salmon.

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Director for Habitat Restoration and Land Trust Programs

TANYA RUCOSKY

Tanya comes to Downeast Salmon Federation after running a multi-state citizen science program in Australia focused on water quality, riparian revegetation, invasive fish management, and iconic (platypus) monitoring.

 

There, she was instrumental in creating the Upper Murrumbidgee Demonstration Reach — a cooperative working group which included two states, three shires, a major industry and a half dozen NGOs that has made major habitat improvements on 90 miles of the Upper Murray-Darling River System. 

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Hatchery Manager

ZACH SHELLER

Zach Sheller joined the DSF team in May of 2014. Zach earned his Bachelor of Science in Marine Biology from The University of Maine, Machias in 2006. Since that time he has worked in Atlantic salmon restoration, as a fisheries technician at sea, as an endangered species observer, and in sea turtle conservation and management.

 

His work with the Peter Gray Parr Project has been instrumental to the raising of salmon stock and to the rivers restoration program.

 

He has oversight of the Peter Gray Parr Project staff, day to day operations of DSF's conservation hatcheries, field assessment for Atlantic salmon, and hatchery outreach.

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Peter Gray Parr Project Technician

MITCH MONINI

Mitch earned his Bachelor of Technology in Fisheries and Aquaculture from the State University of New York at Cobleskill in 2017. During his time at SUNY Cobleskill, he learned the techniques required to rear various trout species.

 

In the winter of 2016, he got to work with the fish and wildlife found in the Peruvian Amazon. After graduating Mitch worked for the Idaho Department of Fish and Game, rearing Chinook salmon for 2 years.

 

During his time with the IDFG, he helped stock over 3 million Chinook salmon into the South Fork of the Salmon River.

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Fisheries Biologist and Regional Organizer

SARAH MADRONAL

Sarah joined the DSF team in May of 2017. Sarah earned her Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Studies with a concentration in Policy from Colby College in 2014, which is where her love and fascination with sea-run fish began.

 

Since that time, she has worked as a Law Clerk for the Environmental Law Division of a general practice law firm in the Hudson Valley of New York and most recently as the Fisheries Associate at Maine Center for Coastal Fisheries, formerly Penobscot East Resource Center, and Downeast Fisheries Partnership.

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Habitat Restoration Project Manager

CHARLIE FOSTER

Charlie is a graduate of the University of North Carolina Wilmington, where he graduated with a degree in marine biology. While a student there, he studied the diets of early juvenile red drum in the New River estuary.

After college, he earned a master’s degree in marine science from the University of Texas at Austin.

He has over a decade of professional experience in environmental science and project management. During his career, he has worked on the Atlantic, Pacific, and Gulf coasts as an ecologist and environmental educator.

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Office Manager

TRACY SHAW

Tracy and her family reside happily in Cherryfield. Tracy joined DSF team

in 2002 after fifteen years with the State of Maine and the Town of Falmouth, Massachusetts retirement systems.

 

Tracy’s original interests were based with the land trust aspects of the organization, however, her employment and learning experiences have led to a deep appreciation of wild Atlantic Salmon and the Downeast fisheries.

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Restoration and Engagement Coordinator

BRETT CICCOTELLI

Brett is passionate about rivers and those who live along, in, and with them.  He has helped count fishes, clean nets, restore streams, and bait hooks in the rivers of Eastern Maine, across the USA, in the Canadian arctic, along the Northern Italian coast, and in the fishy rivers of Southeast Asia. 

 

He knows how deeply tied people are to their rivers and fisheries and is proud to help protect and restore that legacy.  

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Associate Director

GREG LOUNDER

Greg’s hometown is Ellsworth, Maine and he is a fourth generation native of Hancock County. 

 

He has over 30 years of experience as a land use/natural resource planner and non-profit executive administrator with municipalities and businesses throughout central, eastern, northern and Downeast Maine. 


Since childhood, Greg has spent a great deal of his free time enjoying the fish, wildlife and natural resource attributes that our major Downeast rivers, and their watershed ecosystems, have to offer.  He looks forward to applying his life and work experiences to advance the critical DSF mission and vision for the benefit of current and future generations. 

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Bookkeeper

MICHELLE WRIGHT

Michelle joined the DSF team in January 2016 and has over 25 years of bookkeeping experience.

 

She has a B.S. in Business Administration with concentrations in Accounting & Management from the University of Maine at Machias. 

 

She resides in Addison along the Pleasant River.

michelle@mainesalmonrivers.org

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Hatchery Technicial

ALEX FRANK

Alex earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Fisheries and Wildlife with a concentration in fisheries from Paul Smiths College in 2019. Alex worked with Project Share during the 2019 field season right here in Downeast Maine.

 

There he assisted in salmon habitat rehabilitation along the Narraguagus River, to increasing spawning habitat for Atlantic salmon. He also assisted Ernie Atkinson, Marine Scientist II at the DMR Jonesboro office with electrofishing assessments of an egg planting habitat quality project. 

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Communications & Development Coordinator

MARTHA SIANO

Martha has an extensive background in marketing and business development, after more than 20 years in corporate work.

She is also a passionate community advocate and has been the Executive Director of a youth development nonprofit, the American Youth Council.

Her work with DSF is in the upgrade of the website, communications and membership systems with a focus on highlighting the history and achievements of the organization.

She lives in Machias Maine with her husband Michael.

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ADDRESS

Downeast Salmon Federation
187 Main Street
Columbia Falls, ME 04623
 

PHONE

EMAIL

207-483-4336

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