Olympia Fish Health Center
Pacific Region


Dr. Joy Evered:  Veterinary Medical Officer
Joy received a B.S. in Microbiology from the University of Washington and a B.S. in Animal Science from Washington State University.  She received her DVM from Washington State University.  She began her federal career working with fish in 1991 at the Northwest Science Center, NOAA-Fisheries and transferred to the Olympia Fish Health Center (OFHC) in 1994 as the first Veterinary Medical Officer to be employed by USFWS Fish Health Centers. 

In addition to her diagnostic and fish health services, Joy is the Region One, Aquatic Animal Drug Coordinator and works closely with hatcheries and the USFWS Aquatic Animal Drug Approval Partnership to comply with reporting requirements for Investigational New Animal Drug permits.  She is a federally accredited and state licensed veterinarian, a member of American Veterinary Medical Association, Washington Veterinary Medical Association, and is a Certified Inspector of the American Fisheries Society – Fish Health Section.

Dr. Sonia Mumford: Veterinary Medical Officer
Sonia received her B.S. in Biology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and her DVM at N. C. State University.  She completed internships in small animal medicine and surgery at Michigan State University and aquatic animal medicine at the New England Aquarium in Boston, MA.  She worked as collection veterinarian at the New England Aquarium for an additional three years. 

Sonia has been employed with OFHC as a veterinary medical officer since 2001.  Her duties include diagnostics, inspections, and the National Wild Fish Health Survey.  Sonia is the current lead staff in histology services at OFHC and coordinates, instructs, and cooperates with the National Conservation Training Center (NCTC) on the “Introduction to Fish Histology and Histopathology” course.  She is also the current chair of the National Fish Health Center Database development committee.  In addition to the Fish Health section of the AFS, Sonia is a federally accredited and state licensed veterinarian, a member of the European Association of Fish Pathologists (EAFP), the International Association of Aquatic Animal Medicine (IAAAM), and the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA).

John "Chris" Patterson: Laboratory Manager/Biologist
Chris Patterson received his B.S. in Zoology with emphasis on molecular biology from the University of Washington.

Chris is currently the Laboratory Manager and is in charge of performing and making sure that all microbiology and laboratory tests are completed in support of the OFHC mission.  During his tenure, he assisted in the implementation of Enzyme-linked Immunosorbant Assay (ELISA) testing procedures and was responsible for implementing current Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) and Quantitative Polymerase Chain Reaction (QPCR) capabilities for the lab.  He has works with various database applications and created the OFHC laboratory database that is used at our facility.


Sharon Lutz: Fish Biologist/Microbiologist/Field Diagnostician
Sharon received her B.S. in Biology from California State University at Humboldt and later completed the USFWS "Identification and Control of Fish Diseases" long course.

Sharon was hired in April 2009 with over 15 years of prior experience in fish disease diagnostics in the Pacific Northwest, most at the Northwest Indian Fisheries Commission. Sharon's duties combine field diagnostics, tissue collections, and laboratory testing. Her skills and experience make her a valuable "cross over" member of the staff enabling a much needed extra capacity to our station.

Suzie Slauson:  Fisheries Program Assistant
Suzie received her B.A. in Fine Arts from Lewis and Clark College in Portland, OR. Suzie has several years of experience in administrative support and office management in the private sector and started her federal career at the OFHC in July 2011.  Her duties include budget analysis work and a variety of technical duties in the areas of finance, purchasing, personnel, space management, computers, property, general services, travel, files, records, mail, payroll and other administrative areas.  Suzie is essential to the smooth functioning and operation of the station which allows the other station employees to concentrate on biological and managerial assignments.

Last updated: April 16, 2012
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