Staff


The NRF team works to implement projects of the Nisqually River Council, build partnerships, and support watershed-based learning in our communities. These projects cover topics such as salmon recovery, adult and youth education, sustainable forestry and climate change.

Contact our office at 360-438-8715.

Justin Hall (left) explores options for developing a floatable trail along the Nisqually River.

Justin Hall, Executive Director

Justin has over 15 years of experience working in the Nisqually Watershed.  Prior to coming to work for the Foundation, Justin worked as a natural resources extension agent for Michigan State University (MSU) where he managed a program to link MSU Extension to the state wildlife agency, providing efficiency in both organizations to meet their common goals. Prior to that, Justin worked as a forester for the University of Washington at Pack Forest, located in the Nisqually Watershed. Justin Hall’s educational background includes Bachelors of Science in both Fisheries Biology and Wildlife Science and a Master of Science in Silviculture and Forest Planning, all from the University of Washington. He is a member of Class 40 of the AgForestry Leadership Program, developing a network of leaders in agriculture, forestry, and natural resources for Washington State.

Sheila Wilson instructs students on proper planting techniques during a habitat restoration field experience

Sheila Wilson, Nisqually River Education Project Program Director

Sheila Wilson, program director for Nisqually River Education Project, has experience in SCUBA diving, scientific research, community organizing, classroom teaching (preschool through college), and environmental education. As Program Director she has successfully written and implemented grants for water quality monitoring, riparian habitat restoration, salmon carcass tossing/nutrient enhancement and the Eye on Nature program, a field investigation that teaches students how to record wildlife observations as part of a larger citizen science project using eBird at the Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge. She is a mother of 3 amazing children and loves running, hiking, biking, horses and camping.

Emily McCartan, Nisqually River Council Program Coordinator

Emily McCartan is the Program Coordinator for the Nisqually River Council. She manages NRC and Citizens Advisory Committee meetings, the Nisqually Stream Stewards program, and the Nisqually Watershed Stewardship Plan, as well as supporting grantwriting, outreach, and other initiatives through the Foundation. A lifelong South Puget Sounder, Emily has ten years of public policy, outreach and program management experience with government, cultural, arts, and conservation organizations around the country. She received her bachelor’s degree from Lewis & Clark College in Portland, OR, and her master’s in public humanities from Brown University in Providence, RI.

Brandon Bywater, Water Quality Program Coordinator

After serving with AmeriCorps at the Nisqually River Education Project for the 2017-2018 school year, Brandon Bywater joined the NREP full-time as the Water Quality Program Coordinator. He works with teachers, students, and partners throughout the watershed to promote water quality education and conservation. Brandon graduated in 2015 with a degree in Environmental Studies from Northeastern Illinois University and has held positions as an environmental educator and naturalist in Chicago and the Midwest. He’s enjoying the beauty and diverse topography of the Nisqually Watershed as he plants new roots in the Pacific Northwest.

Maya NabipoorWashington Service Corps Volunteer

Maya Nabipoor is NREP’s Washington Service Corps volunteer for the 2019-20 school year. Maya graduated from The Evergreen State College in 2019 with a Bachelor of Science in population biology and genetics, with experience in ecology, field research, and science communication. She grew up in Portland involved in outdoor education programs that continue to inform her work and enthusiasm for environmental education as a way to help young people foster an interest in the natural world and pursuing positive change.