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Steve Homes - Founder, Executive Director and driving force behind the organization. He's a San Jose resident of 25 years and an avid fisherman who envisions a vibrant environment for Steelhead trout and Chinook salmon in our local streams. His work experience found him running a Fortune 100 Sales and Service Organization, managing teams exceeding 100, private business ownership and real estate investments. Married 28 years, father of two college students.
 
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Chuck Hammerstad - Board Member and Biology Team Member  Chuck grew up in Oregon and attended Oregon State University with a B.S. degree from the College of Forestry.  After serving as an officer in the Army and then working in Oregon for 12 years, in 1976 he moved to the Bay Area.  Soon he became interested in fly fishing and joined Flycasters, Inc. of San Jose to learn more about fly fishing.  Chuck has been an active member who has led club fishing trips and participated in many of the activities of the club including the fisheries conservation efforts.  In 2010, Chuck became the Flycasters Conservation Committee Chairman and formed a committee of about 10 members.  Although the Flycasters is mainly a fly fishing club, the Flycasters Conservation Committee has continued the club’s long tradition of taking an active role in restoration activities in the streams of Santa Clara County especially the Uvas Creek/Pajaro River watershed in South SC County.  The Conservation Committee’s fundraisers have been an important part of Flycasters effort to support our conservation work locally.  Chuck has attended many scientific conferences to expand his knowledge of fisheries biology, management and fisheries restoration. 
 
Chuck joined the Friends of Los Gatos Creek early in 2013 and soon after joined the Biology Team with the goal of restoring habitat for steelhead and other wildlife.  To accomplish the goal, the first step is the reclamation of the Guadalupe River watershed with creek clean-ups which has been the main focus of the South Bay Clean Creeks Coalition. Chuck has supported the Biology Team’s effort to explore further options for restoring the anadromous fish habitat and other wildlfe in our local creeks.
 
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Rick Koury - Board Member and Biology Team Manager Rick manages our Biology Team which is focused on revitalization projects along Los Gatos Creek and Guadalupe River.  He is a long-time resident of the Los Gatos area and has seen the evolution of the Silicon Valley.  He believes that with technology and the involvement of the community, our valley streams can function much the way they did 100 years ago.  Rick’s original background was in finance and construction technology specializing in commercial real estate and project management.  For the last 15 years he has been in high tech sales and marketing with some of the largest technology companies in the valley.
  
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Brian Allee - Lead Fisheries Biologist  Dr. Brian Allee grew up in Oakland, California and attended the University of California Berkeley majoring in zoology. Dr. Allee received his Ph.D. from the University of Washington in fisheries. Selected highlights of his professional career include:
  • Director of Alaska Sea Grant at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. Fairbanks, Alaska.
  • Director of the Fisheries Rehabilitation, Enhancement, Development Division of the Alaska Department of Fish and Game in Juneau, Alaska. Responsibilities included supervision and management of fish hatcheries, fisheries biologists, genetic and pathology laboratories and fisheries engineering.
  • Executive Director of the Columbia Basin Fish and Wildlife Authority. Portland, OR.
  • President of the Prince William Sound Aquaculture Corporation. Cordova, Alaska.  
Dr. Allee has worked extensively with salmonid fish specializing in salmon research and restoration and enhancement in freshwater, estuarine, and marine ecosystems in Alaska, Washington and Oregon. He has broad management experience at the policy and technical level; supervising large and small organizations in the university, public (state, federal and tribal) private, and private non-profit sectors over the last 44 years.
 
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Brian Schmidt - Board Member
Formerly an environmental lawyer at Earthjustice, Brian does legal and environmental policy consulting. Brian was elected to the Santa Clara Valley Water District Board from 2010-2014 and is especially concerned with water and climate change issues related to open space protection.
 
Brian previously served on staff for 9 years at the local environmental non-profit, Committee For Green Foothills, and currently serves on its Board of Directors.