John Cooke Jr.- John is a 30 + year USFWS employee. John is a Tribal member of the Makah Nation, before joining the Service John worked with Makah Fisheries and was a commercial fisherman. As a life time local resident John has considerable historic perspective of the area and environmental and biological changes that have occurred. One of his passions is supporting the local High School athletic program with their perennial state championship participation.
James LaChester – Jim is a former TERO employee at the hatchery, is a member of the Makah Nation, and 7 years ago became a Service employee at the hatchery. Jim has been involved with several professions before joining the Service with most time spent as a commercial fisherman. He still commercially fishes when time permits. Jim was one of the original hires when the station opened and after a period worked in other areas before returning to the hatchery.
Mitchell “Butch” McGee – Butch is a 30+ year employee and is a charter member of the staff. He initially worked for the construction company as the station was built and then became a founding employee. He has several months’ senior service to John as an employee. Butch is a member of the Makah Nation and has prior experience in the logging industry and as a commercial fisherman.
Marsha McGee – Marsha is a 25+ year Service employee and is also a member of the Makah Nation. Marsha has a unique position with the Service as she performs all of the administrative functions for 3 National Fish Hatcheries (time, travel, purchase, Inventories, and much more) that keep the facilities operating. She is also the gate keeper with timing events and counting the fish in the spawning room. Marsha is the most worldly of us as she was able to travel the world as an “Air Force Brat” which brings a broader perspective of diversity and acceptance.
Jarrett “the Kid” Page – Jarrett is the Service newbie with 3 years as a Service employee. He is not new to fish culture as he was previously employed (14 years) with multiple positions at numerous locations with Idaho Fish and Game. His nickname is an affectionate recognition that he is the station youngster in age only, his fish production knowledge is highly valued and we appreciate the outstanding training he received with IDFG.
Roger Sorensen – Roger feels fortunate of having an encore career with the Service (5 years) after working with Arizona Game and Fish for 30 years. After years in the Arizona desert, he was assigned to the Oregon desert at Warm Springs NFH. In October of 2012 he joined the staff at Makah and is learning the difference between liquid sunshine (120” annually) and dry sunshine.
Vern Toliver – Vern has been with the Service for over 20 years and is a near life time local resident. In addition to working with the logging industry he has always been a bit of a “gear head” with a passion for motors, mechanics, fixing stuff, and most importantly seeing a need and making something new. Whenever a specialized need occurs on our fish farm, his solutions are exactly what are required.
Jeff Hottowe – Jeff is a member of the Makah Nation and has been a TERO employee at the station for several seasons. Jeff brings a multitude of experience as he has been a professional diver, commercial fisherman, worked with Makah Fisheries and is on call with the local “Oil Spill Response Team”.