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The Okanogan Basin Monitoring And Evaluation Project
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At OBMEP, we have a passionate and expert staff committed to the important work we do to benefit the natural habitat of the Okanogan River Basin. You can meet and contact our team using the information included below.

Colville Tribes Fish & Wildlife Department
25 B Mission Road
Omak, WA 98841

Front Desk: 509-422-7529

 
Biologist Staff
John Arterburn
Anadromous Fish
Biologist IV

509-422-7424 (office)
509-422-7443 (fax)
john.arterburn{at}colvilletribes{dot}com

John joined the Fish and Wildlife department in 2001 and has managed the OBMEP program since 2004. He maintains the BPA contracts, assists with some field data collection, and produces reports.

 
Brian Miller
Anadromous Fish
Biologist III

509-422-7739 (office)
509-422-7443 (fax)
brian.miller{at}colvilletribes{dot}com

Brian joined the Fish and Wildlife Department in the fall of 2008. He oversees each component of the OBMEP and directly manages the steelhead spawning surveys and snorkel surveys.

 
Jennifer Miller (formerly Jennifer Panther)
Anadromous Fish
Biologist III

509-422-7733 (office)
509-422-7443 (fax)
jennifer.miller{at}colvilletribes{dot}com

Jennifer joined the Fish and Wildlife Department in 2009. She manages the OBMEP database, the OBMEP website, and assists all other projects as needed.

 
Dennis Papa
Anadromous Fish
Biologist I

509-422-7498 (office)
509-422-7443 (fax)
dennis.papa{at}colvilletribes{dot}com

Dennis joined the Fish and Wildlife Department in the summer of 2009. He is responsible for collecting habitat data, sampling water quality, and collecting macroinvertebrate samples.

 
Darin Hathaway
Anadromous Fish
Biologist II

509-422-7454 (office)
509-422-7443 (fax)
darin.hathaway{at}colvilletribes{dot}com

Darin came to the Fish and Wildlife Department in the spring of 2010. He runs the screw trapping operations and manages the basin-wide PIT tag array, a joint-project with WDFW.

 
Sonya Schaller
Anadromous Fish
Biologist II

509-422-7453 (office)
509-422-7443 (fax)
sonya.schaller{at}colvilletribes{dot}com

Sonya came to the OBMEP team in 2011, with a variety of experience in habitat data collection, GIS, and restoration work.  She currently oversees the video program, conducts rapid habitat assessments, and GIS analyses.

 
Technician Staff
Edward Berrigan
Fisheries Technician II

509-422-7432 (office)
509-422-7443 (fax)
edward.berrigan{at}colvilletribes{dot}com

Edward has been with the Fish and Wildlife Department since 2006. He assists with video review and maintenance of the video system, screw trapping operations, and helps maintain the basin-wide PIT tag array system.

 
Oly Zacherle
Fisheries Technician II

509-422-7432 (office)
509-422-7443 (fax)
oly.zacherle{at}colvilletribes{dot}com

Oly began working for the Fish and Wildlife Department in 2007. He helps run the screw trap, collects habitat data, operates an adult steelhead weir, and spends some of his time working at the acclimation ponds tending juvenile Chinook salmon.

 
Vertis Campbell
Fisheries Technician I

509-422-7432 (office)
509-422-7443 (fax)

Vertis joined the Fish and Wildlife Department in the 2008. He works on the screw trapping project and assists with habitat data collection, as well as maintaining the video systems.

 
Jack Roy
Fisheries Technician I

509-422-7432 (office)
509-422-7443 (fax)
jackie.roy{at}colvilletribes{dot}com

Jack recently joined the Fish and Wildlife Department in the fall of 2010. He is responsible for the video program in video review, maintenance, deployment, and troubleshooting.

 
Byron Sam
Fisheries Technician I

509-422-7432 (office)
509-422-7443 (fax)
byron.sam{at}colvilletribes{dot}com

Byron joined the Fish and Wildlife Department in 2011. He assists with operating an adult steelhead weir and rotary screw trap on Omak Creek and the adult ladder trap at Wells Dam to collect and tag sockeye. He also assists with habitat surveys.

 
Mike Miller
Fisheries Technician I

509-422-7432 (office)
509-422-7443 (fax)
michael.miller{at}colvilletribes{dot}com

Mike joined the OBMEP team in 2011. He helps maintain the basin-wide PIT tag arrays and also assists with electrofishing juvenile steelhead and conducting adult steelhead redd surveys.

 
Administrative Staff
Loni Seymour
Associate Accountant

 

509-422-7430 (office)
509-422-7443 (fax)
loni.seymour{at}colvilletribes{dot}com

Loni has worked in Fish and Wildlife for 6 years. She is responsible for administering contracts, supporting Fish and Wildlife staff, and managing the workload of the office assistants.

 
Mickie Allen
Purchasing Agent

509-422-7426 (office)
509-422-7443 (fax)
mickie.allen{at}colvilletribes{dot}com

Mickie has been with the Fish and Wildlife Department for 4 years. She does all of the purchasing for the anadromous division.

 
  Vanessa Sanchez
Office Assistant and Receptionist

509-422-7429 (office)
509-422-7443 (fax)
vanessa.sanchez{at}colvilletribes{dot}com

Vanessa joined the Fish and Wildlife Department in the summer of 2014. Among many things, her duties include issuing hunting and fishing licenses for tribal and non-tribal members on the reservation.