Bob Pagliuco is a Habitat Restoration Specialist who has been a contractor for the NOAA Restoration Center in Arcata, CA since 2009. Bob is a father of 2 awesome children and is an avid fisherman for salmon, steelhead, halibut and tuna. He enjoys gardening, bicycling and hiking through the redwood forests of Northern CA. Bob is the NMFS representative to the CA Fish Passage Forum and has been coordinating efforts to remove fish passage barriers in Coastal CA including the Grenada Irrigation District's flashboard dam on the Shasta River, removing the Hostler Creek dam in the Hoopa Valley and helps coordinate fish passage barrier monitoring efforts in Northern CA. Bob is the NMFS representative and the vice chair of the CA Fish Passage Forum.
Candice Meneghin, Santa Clara River Steelhead Coalition Chair & Conservation Projects Manager
Candice is a conservationist bringing a multidisciplinary and international perspective to environmental management and conservation, with several years’ experience managing natural resources, including listed species and species of special concern, integrated watershed management, environmental law compliance, and protected area management in her native South Africa. Candice is a member to both the IUCN: Commission on Ecosystem Management: North America and the Caribbean; and, IUCN Mediterranean Type Ecosystem Thematic Group; and has worked on steelhead restoration and monitoring projects in association with the Resource Conservation District of the Santa Monica Mountains; where she was awarded with the "volunteer of the year" recognition in 2012 by the California Association of Resource Conservation Districts for her contribution to steelhead conservation and restoration. She has coordinated coalitions and has engaged in stewardship extension to ensure landscape scale conservation initiatives such as the City of Cape Town’s Biodiversity Network, Cape Action for People and the Environment Protected Area Expansion Strategy and CapeNature’s Stewardship Program; including the Kuilsriver and Grootwinterhoek Freshwater Corridors. Since joining CalTrout in 2012, Candice has overseen the Zuma Creek County Beach Arizona Crossing Replacement Design Alternatives Assessment and aside from securing implementation funds, will also be coordinating the implementation of Harvey Diversion Fish Passage Restoration Project and 12th Street Infiltration Gallery Fish Passage Projects further downstream. Candice has also guided the Santa Clara River Steelhead Coalition in prioritizing fish passage barrier remediation projects in a three year work plan.
Tom Schroyer is a Senior Environmental Scientist for the California Department of Fish and Wildlife specializing in Fish Screens and Fish Passage. He has worked for the Department for the past 29 years with most of his time spent on anadromous fishes. Tom is also the Statewide Coordinator for all fish rescues related to drought conditions. He has a B.S. Degree in Biological Conservation from Sacramento State University. He is an avid outdoorsman and spends nearly all his free time hunting and fishing throughout all of California and most mid-Western States including Alaska. Tom is the DFW representative for the Fish Passage Form and has is a member of the Science and Data Committee. He is the grant manager of the Passage Assessment Database, which provides valuable information on fish passage projects statewide.
Marc Commandatore has spent his 22 years as a state scientist solving challenges to terrestrial and aquatic species in California. The better part of the 2000’s he worked with commercial shellfish operations in Morro Bay, Point Reyes, Tomales Bay, Santa Barbara, Humboldt Bay, and Agua Hedionda Lagoon. His dad taught him to fly fish at age 9. Now he runs the California Department of Water Resources Fish Passage Improvement Program. For the past three years he has been leading that program with his high performing team of scientists and engineers working on fish passage at high dams, in the flood system, and small tributaries to the Central Valley. He continues to bring his passion for creating thriving partnerships and building diverse collations through the collaborative leadership in the Fish Passage Forum.
Stan Allen is a Senior Program Manager for Pacific States Marine Fisheries Commission. He began with PSMFC in 1992 after nearly 10 years with Idaho Department of Fish and Game. Stan currently represents Fisheries Commissions as a member of the National Fish Habitat Board; co-chairs the NFHP Partnership Committee and serves as the PSMFC representative for a number of steering committees.
Melinda Molnar is a Senior Biologist with the California Department of Transportation. Over the years she has worked with a multitude of partners in order to plan, permit and construct large bridge projects, first in Humboldt, Del Norte and Mendocino Counties and eventually throughout the state. Melinda is Caltrans' biology subject matter expert for all issues related to fish and aquatic species and is a graduate of Humboldt State University.
Steve Brumbaugh is a Senior Environmental Scientist (Specialist) with the Department of Water Resources. He grew up camping, hiking, hunting, and fishing with his family, and during his undergraduate work at California State University, Hayward (now CSU East Bay) he participated in an internship with East Bay Regional Parks that introduced him to fisheries science. After obtaining his B.A. in Environmental Studies with a concentration in Ecology, he began working for DWR in 2004 as a scientific aid on the Feather River Program. In 2007 he moved to Sacramento to take a full time position as an Environmental Scientist in the Division of Environmental Services’ Habitat Restoration Section. In 2014 he took his current position, as a Senior ES (Specialist) in the Riverine Ecosystems Section and the lead fish biologist for the section. Steve completed his M.S. in Biology, with a concentration in Ecology, Evolution, and Conservation at Sacramento State in 2015. He has worked extensively with Central Valley anadromous fish. He began working with Fish Passage Forum in 2016 and is now co-chair of the Science and Data Committee.