WIE Board of Directors

Rabia Ahmed is an economist currently working with Maul Foster Alongi in Seattle. She has over 14 years of experience in water and natural resource economics, policy and regulatory economics, economic modeling, litigation support, and international development. She has worked directly with communities in some of the remotest areas of Pakistan and Bangladesh. Rabia is a Board Member of American Water Resources Association-Washington Section. She has an MS degree in Economics from Portland State University.



Marsi Beeson is an environmental scientist and Senior Project Manager at GeoEngineers, Inc. specializing in due diligence, site assessment and cleanup. She is a graduate of Portland State University and serves on the WIE Networking Committee.


Sarah Betz is an environmental specialist and Project Manager at David Evans and Associates, Inc., specializing in environmental permitting, Clean Water Act and Endangered Species Act compliance, and energy facility siting.  Ms. Betz holds a bachelor’s degree in biology from the University of Puget Sound and a master’s degree in Environmental Science and Management from the Bren School at the University of California, Santa Barbara.

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Jessica Brown graduated from Western Washington University with a degree in Environmental Geology and has been working as a project manager and hydrogeologist in Seattle for 9 years. She currently manages the development of complex and controversial permits at Sound Transit, and serves on the WIE mentoring committee.



Michelle Havey is an Associate fisheries biologist at Anchor QEA and she is a graduate of University of Washington School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences (BS and MS). Her experience includes salmon ecology, ecological assessments of former mine sites, functional assessments, ecological baseline studies for mining and gas pipeline projects, and habitat monitoring of restoration and mitigation projects.



Teresa Jacobs is an environmental attorney at Perkins Coie LLP. She focuses her practice on environmental litigation, environmental permitting, and regulatory and compliance matters under state and federal laws. She is a graduate of Emory University (BA), University of Minnesota School of Public Health (MPH), and University of Oregon School of Law (JD).


Danille Jorgensen is an Environmental Data Manager at Landau Associates.  Danille is a graduate of the University of Washington with undergraduate degrees in Chemistry and Environmental Studies.  Danille is serving as WIE Secretary.



Laura Kerr is an attorney at Perkins Coie LLP, with a focus on environmental and natural resources law.  She is a graduate of Lewis & Clark Law School (with a certificate in Environmental and Natural Resources Law) and Macalester College.



Rachel McDermott is Staff Scientist at TIG Environmental. She has her MS in Environmental Science from the University of Cologne and her BS in Environmental Science from the State University of New York at Oneonta. Rachel specializes in technical writing, research, and science communications. She is chair of the WIE communications committee. 

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Christina Merten is a Senior Restoration Engineer with Confluence Environmental Company.  She specializes in the restoration of wetland and riparian environments for both public and private clients.  She is a graduate of Texas A&M University.



Steffran Neff is a chemical engineer and certified Project Management Professional at Brown and Caldwell with technical expertise in business decision support including facilitation and the analysis of life-cycle costs, risk, and triple bottom line considerations. Steff earned a  B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Lehigh University.

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Brooke O’Neill is a senior biologist at Jacobs in Seattle. As a professional wetland scientist, she performs wetland and stream delineations, designs and monitors mitigation projects, botanical surveys, vegetation monitoring, and habitat assessments. Brooke received a BS in urban forestry and restoration ecology from the University of California, Davis.

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Michelle Peterson is an Associate Geologist at AMEC Foster Wheeler. Michelle is a graduate of University of Wisconsin Eu-Clair and Portland State University.  Michelle is serving as WIE Treasurer.


Marie Quasius is an attorney at K&L Gates LLP with an emphasis on the Clean Water Act, the Endangered Species Act (and other wildlife laws), and the National Environmental Policy Act.  She is a graduate of the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor (BA), University of Minnesota School of Public Health (MPH), and University of Minnesota Law School.



Sheila Sahu is a Senior Project Manager at Kennedy/Jenks Consultants, specializing in holistic stormwater management and low-impact development design. She is a graduate of the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign with a BS in Agricultural Engineering.  Sheila is the chair of the Portland Mentoring Committee.



Meg Strong is a vice president and hydrogeologist at Shannon & Wilson, Inc. She specializes in soil and groundwater remediation, and is a graduate of universities in the UK (BS), and Ireland (MS). Meg is serving as WIE President and chair of the Seattle mentoring committee.



Laysan Unger – is an attorney at Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt with a background in environmental and natural resources law. She graduated from Villanova University with a Bachelors in Political Science, and Lewis & Clark Law School with a Certificate in Environmental and Natural Resources Law.


Wendy Watson is an environmental attorney with non-profit, private, and government sector experience. She received a BS from the University of California, Davis (Evolution and Ecology), an MS from Cornell University (Ecology and Evolutionary Biology), and a JD from the University of Michigan Law School.

Grace Weatherford is a Senior Environmental Engineer at Anchor QEA. Grace specializes in site investigations and multimedia source evaluations at contaminated groundwater and sediment sites. Grace is a graduate of Marlboro College (BA American Studies) and Portland State University (MS Civil/ Environmental Engineering). Grace is serving as the WIE Vice President and chair of the Portland Professional Development Committee.



Monica Wright is an air quality expert and environmental consultant in Portland with CH2M. Monica has extensive experience helping clients meet their unique environmental and air quality goals. Her work has included pollutant and odor dispersion modeling and analysis of air and odor control options, scientific field studies, data analysis, and regulatory compliance analysis. Monica received her bachelor’s degree in Chemistry from Wheaton College in MA and her doctorate in Environmental Sciences and Resources: Chemistry from Portland State University in OR. Monica is currently on the Professional Development and Communication Committee.

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WIE thanks former directors, their contributions are many and much valued.