Staff Directory

Dr. John Stark

Director, Washington Stormwater Center

John Stark is the Director of the Washington Stormwater Center in Puyallup, Washington. He is also a full Professor and conducts research in ecotoxicology at WSU Puyallup. Dr. Stark earned a B.S. degree in Biology from Syracuse University (1978), a B.S. degree in Forest Biology from SUNY Syracuse (1978), an M.S. degree in Entomology from Louisiana State University (1981) and a Ph.D. in Toxicology from the University of Hawaii (1987). Dr. Stark's research interests focus on protection of endangered species and ecological risk assessment of pollutants with particular emphasis on salmon and aquatic invertebrates. He teaches courses in toxicology. Dr. Stark has published over 100 peer-reviewed papers in scientific journals, numerous book chapters and a recent book on ecological risk assessment entitled Demographic Toxicity: Methods in Ecological Risk Assessment. He is also a member of the Puget Sound Partnership Science Panel (2007-present).

Lisa Rozmyn

Assistant Director, Business Resources

Lisa Rozmyn is the Business Resource Program Manager for the Washington Stormwater Center. Lisa works with businesses throughout Washington State to assist them with stormwater permitting compliance, education and technical assistance. Through webinars, workshops, videos and facility visits, Lisa helps businesses to properly manage, control and reduce surface water pollution. Lisa earned a B.S. in Environmental Science from the Evergreen State College. Prior to joining the Center, Lisa was with the Department of Ecology for 17 years working in a variety of hazardous waste and water quality capacities. Most recently, Lisa worked for the Port of Tacoma as the Municipal Stormwater Permit Manager. In her spare time, she enjoys being outside with her daughter, gardening, cooking and travel.

Carla Milesi

Coordinator, Emerging Stormwater Technologies (TAPE)

Carla Milesi is the lead scientist for the Center's collaboration with the Washington State Department of Ecology's Technology Assessment Protocol (TAPE) program. In partnership with Ecology, she manages the operation and development of the TAPE program for certifying emerging stormwater treatment technologies. Carla is located at the University of Washington Tacoma at the Center for Urban Waters. Carla earned a B.A. in Environmental Studies with a concentration in Chemistry from the University of Vermont. Prior to joining the Center, Carla spent over 10 years as an environmental consultant implementing stormwater monitoring and BMP assessment projects. In her down time Carla enjoys running as well as skiing, hiking and camping with her husband and two children.

Dr. Anand Jayakaran

Program Lead, Low Impact Development

Anand "Ani" Jayakaran currently serves as an Associate Professor in the College of Agriculture, Human, and Natural Resource Sciences–Washington State University Extension. His role is to meet extension and research needs in a region experiencing the impacts of high urbanization, drought, and a changing climate. The scope of his work extends to the entire state of Washington, and involves disseminating strategies to manage water resources using Low Impact Development, and improving current engineering designs with ecosystems-centric solutions for handling stormwater through applied research. He was previously tenured-faculty at Clemson University's Baruch institute of Coastal Ecology and Forest Science in South Carolina. Ani holds a Bachelor's degree in Civil Engineering from India, and graduate degrees in Civil Engineering (MS) and Agricultural & Biological Engineering (PhD) from Ohio State University. He is a licensed Civil Engineering in the states of Washington and South Carolina. Ani's areas of academic interest are green infrastructure, best management practices (BMP), watershed hydrology and fluvial geomorphology, specifically with respect to improving stormwater infrastructure in watersheds impacted by urbanization.

Carly Thompson

Research Technician, Low Impact Development

She works as a part-time technician for the Low Impact Development (LID) group. Primarily she assists with storm events, calibrating equipment, collecting samples, and performing maintenance tasks in the LID study areas at the WSU research center. Carly has a BS from the University of Washington in Conservation of Wildland Resources. In her free time, she enjoys running, and hiking/camping with her family.

Laurie Larson

Program Manager, Municipal Resources

Laurie has worked at the Washington Stormwater Center (WSU) since April 2011. She has a diverse skill set that includes water quality monitoring, municipal stormwater permittee support, workshop development, education and outreach, master planning including site design, project oversight, restoration and developed award-winning stormwater videos. Laurie is currently developing the wetland watershed programs at the WSC. She worked with the Clarks Creek Initiative Group to create dissolved oxygen and sediment TMDLs for Clarks Creek and was co-author on an article on pathogen removal from urban pond outflows using rock biofilters published in Ecological Engineering Journal. Laurie holds a B.S. from Washington State University.

Heidi Siegelbaum

Stormwater Program Analyst

Heidi is the lead for the Center on the Puget Sound Strategic Stormwater Initiative. As part of her role, she addresses strategic communication and policy issues for the Washington Stormwater Center, using interdisciplinary strategies that integrate human behavior and networks in natural resource protection and recovery. She was previously the Washington State Department of Ecology's Senior Performance Measure Analyst, staff legal counsel at EPA's New Chemicals Program and managed her own consulting business specializing in sustainable tourism. She has a Juris Doctorate from Vermont Law School, graduated from WSU's Watershed Steward Training Program and is a graduate of L'Academie du Cuisine. She loves the outdoors, food, travel and humor.

Dr. Jenifer McIntyre

Aquatic Ecotoxicologist, Ecotoxicology

She is an Assistant Professor for the School of the Environment at the Puyallup at the Puyallup Research and Extension Center for Washington State University. She is passionate about science that brings about change. In 1997, her BS in Environmental Biology at Queen's University led to the ban of a pulp mill effluent used as a road dust suppressant. She continued her education and in 2004, received a Master's from the University of Washington on contaminant bioaccumulation that led the Washington State Department of Health to issue a fish consumption advisory for several fishes in Lake Washington. Her Ph.D. research in 2010 at UW on olfactory neurotoxicity of copper in coho salmon helped pass legislation in Washington and California that phases out copper and other metals in brake pads. Jen's current work focuses on the ecotoxicology of stormwater runoff and the biological effectiveness of green stormwater infrastructure.

Nigel Pickering

Outreach Program Coordinator

Dr. Pickering is a Research Associate Professor, and Water Resources Specialist with more than 25 years of scientific and engineering experience in water resources management. Prior to joining the WRC, he worked in Massachusetts at Horsley Witten Group (HW) and the Charles River Watershed Association (CRWA) as a Senior Water Resources Engineer focusing on water resources planning, water quality modeling, climate resilience to fresh-water flooding, and stormwater assessment and design. Prior to that he worked in Florida at University of Florida (UF) and Soil and Water Engineering Technology (SWET) focusing on modeling crop response to climate change and water quality. Dr. Pickering has a Ph.D. in Agricultural Engineering from Cornell University in Ithaca, New York and he is a Registered Professional Engineer in Florida.

Jill Wetzel

Research Technician, Ecotoxicology

Jill has worked for the Washington Stormwater Center since 2014 as the website manager shortly after earning her BS in Environmental Science from the University of Washington Tacoma. She also assists in managing the mailing list, edits videos (one of which won an honorable mention at the inaugural Puyallup River Film Festival), is the technical lead on webinars, and plays with HTML. However, education and outreach events are one of her favorite things to do. She has since branched out into research, assisting Dr. Jen McIntyre with her work concerning the effects of stormwater on salmon and other organisms. In her free time, she rockhounds, volunteers with local salmon programs, and develops tabletop games.

Jordan Jobe

Project Manager, Farming in the Floodplain

Jordan manages the Farming in the Floodplain Project (FFP). This Floodplains by Design-funded project integrates agricultural needs into habitat restoration and flood risk reduction infrastructure projects. Through coral reef restoration work as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Western Samoa, Jordan found that she most enjoys working with communities towards a common conservation goal. After working on coral reef conservation for The Nature Conservancy, she was excited to take on local, place-based work managing the FFP at PCC Farmland Trust. Jordan now collaborates with Washington Stormwater Center and the Center for Sustaining Agriculture and Natural Resources, working closely with Pierce County, Pierce Conservation District, the South Puget Sound Salmon Enhancement Group, local non-profit organizations, and the agricultural community. Jordan has a Masters in Environmental Management from Yale University, and a B.S. in Zoology and Fisheries from the University of Washington. Outside of work, Jordan enjoys running, knitting, gardening, and crafting elaborate domino structures with her two kids.