Our Staff

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Kristina Ribellia, Executive Director

kristina-ribellia@columbiabasincd.org

 

After working to address water supply challenges from the Okanogan to the Walla Walla and beyond since 2014, Kristina returned to GCCD in 2020 to support our emerging role in the Odessa Groundwater Replacement Program.  Since February 2022, Kristina has been serving as GCCD's executive director, helping to lead and further build GCCD's growing programs and team.  She brings nearly 20 years in the field, working with and for diverse stakeholders across Eastern Washington.  Kristina holds a M.S. in Natural Resource Management from Central Washington University and is the founder of Western Water Market.

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Elliott DeLong, Operations Manager, Resource Technician & Education Coordinator

elliott-delong@columbiabasincd.org

 

Born and raised in Moses Lake, Elliott joined GCCD in 2018 as our education and outreach coordinator.  In addition to education, outreach, and technical support, Elliott also now serves as GCCD's operations manager.  Elliott received a Bachelors in Science from Central Washington University in Ellensburg before spending several years working for Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife. Elliott plans to continue the outreach programs at GCCD and expand to include others such as Monarch in the Classroom in the coming years. When not at work, Elliott enjoys spending time with his family as well as hunting and fishing in eastern Washington.

Harold Crose, Resource Conservationist
harold-crose@columbiabasincd.org

 

As a retired Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS) employee of 41 years, Harold is an invaluable asset to the GCCD and the greater Columbia Basin.  Today, Harold mainly assists the GCCD as an adviser and technical specialist. He has recently taken on the role as VSP Coordinator.  He is most interested in helping expand the technical capacity of the GCCD and has a passion for soil health and all aspects of agricultural energy conservation.  In his four decades of service with NRCS, he worked in water quality and quantity in irrigated agriculture, dry-land farming, forestry, and served on numerous committees including the national team that developed the technical guidance on wind erosion.  Harold continues to be on the cutting edge, identifying and implementing progressive conservation practices that benefit our natural resources and stakeholders alike.

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Deanna Elliott, Conservation Planner

deanna-elliott@columbiabasincd.org

A native to California’s San Joaquin Valley, Deanna joined the GCCD team in July of 2019. Deanna is a Conservationist for the Voluntary Stewardship Program (VSP). It is her mission to assist farmers in achieving their long term goals toward efficiency and sustainability. She has a background in small scale family farming and native plant cultivation/restoration. She was an outdoor/environmental educator for Montessori Children’s House in Redmond Washington and a farm educator for Cloudview Farm in Ephrata Washington. In her down time Deanna can be found fishing the sun lakes with her two boys.  

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Doug Allen, Resource Planning Specialist

doug-allen@columbiabasincd.org

Doug is a native of the Columbia Basin area, being raised on an irrigated Farm near Winchester Washington and graduating from both Ephrata High School and Big Bend community College locally. He continued his education through Oregon State University in Agricultural Mechanization. Doug has worked at many locations around Central Washington area including Waterville, Wenatchee, Ephrata, Othello, and Spokane. He recently retired from the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) after 35 years of service. Doug has extensive knowledge and experience with irrigated cropland use, irrigation systems and water management. Other experience includes dry cropland land use addressing water quality through permanent grass and shrub establishment, terracing and sediment basins. Doug completed his last 7 years with NRCS in the Eastern portion of Washington State assisting staff and partners with watershed scale planning and implementation through multiple NRCS programs.

In retirement, Doug plans to continue working part time for the Grant County Conservation District assisting private landowners with planning, alternatives and solutions to address landowner objectives and improving natural resources.

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Dinah Rouleau, Conservation Planner/NRCS Task Order Planner

dinah-rouleau@columbiabasincd.org

Dinah spent most of her life in both Grant and Adams county, this is home. She was Valedictorian at Lind-Ritzville High School and graduated with honors with a plant-based Biology degree and an Environmental minor from Whitworth University. Though college she managed the University Greenhouse, was an Agronomy Intern at Simplot for two summers, did research on our local sage grouse populations and research in Costa Rica. Shortly after graduating in 2020 she started working for the GCCD as a partner with NRCS. Currently she is living near Lind with her Fiancé, 3 horses, 3 dogs and several reptiles. She considers her hobbies to be anything with plants and horses.


Growing up in the area and from working harvests she has gotten to know many local farmers and understands the dryland community well. In High School, Dinah competed at nationals for Agronomy, Land Evaluation (soil judging) and Marketing. She learned that she loved agriculture in the FFA, Whitworth then gave her a passion for sustainability and conservation. One of her main goals is to teach growers/ranchers new ways to be more sustainable while also having a basic understanding and background of what is reasonable for a grower/rancher to do. 

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Ronald Scerbicke, Watershed Planner

ronald-scerbicke@columbiabasincd.org

Ron grew up in Illinois and came out to Washington in 2018. The west grabbed him form his previous times out in Yellowstone National Park and he finally had the opportunity to get out here. He achieved a Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Science at the University of Wisconsin- Whitewater and a Master’s degree in Biology at Eastern Washington University.

 

His interest in water related topics came from his time at the Southeastern Wisconsin Regional Planning Commission as an environmental planning technician working on various lake and watershed projects. His work at EWU and his previous work as a laboratory technician has further emphasized his interest in lakes and water quality topics. Ron plans on working on the various watersheds of grant county and Moses Lake itself. Ron’s interest outside of work ranges from various activities from hiking, backpacking, hunting, camping, and a love of traveling.

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Britton Baker, Conservation Planner

britton-baker@columbiabasincd.org

Britton was born in western Washington, where he developed a love for the outdoors at a young age.  He moved to Almira when he was 10, and began to learn about the diverse terrain and wildlife Grant County had to offer.  Britton received his Bachelors of Science in Geography as well as his GIS certificate from Central Washington University, and also holds a FAA Commercial Drone License.  Britton joined GCCD in 2022 as a Conservation Planner for the Voluntary Stewardship Program (VSP) and will be working with farmers in Grant and Adams counties.  As a Conservation Planner, Britton will help educate farmers on the benefits and methods of protecting critical areas on their lands while maintaining agricultural viability.  He has a professional background in resource management and sales, and enjoys sharing the outdoors with his family through hiking, fishing, camping and other outdoor activities.

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Ron Sawyer, Moses Lake Community Engagement Coordinator
ronnie-sawyer@columbiabasincd.org

Ron Sawyer has lived in Moses Lake since 1980. He moved to the area after meeting his wife Rebecca( daughter of longtime residents James and Harriett Clark) at Eastern Washington University. Ron received a B.A. in secondary education in 1979. Together, the Sawyers started Cascade Marina, which they still operate. They have three girls who grew up on the lake, and four grandsons following in their footsteps.  Best known as the “Boat Guy” at Cascade Marina for 43 years, Ron is now going to use the skills he gained as the co-chair of the Central Washington Fish Advisory Committee ( CWFAC ) to help search for solutions for the blue green algae problem in Moses Lake.  His previous projects on Moses Lake while with CWFAC include building net pens to raise trout, constructing carp barriers, underwater habitat boxes, directing the Moses Lake Walleye tournament for 23 years, obtaining funding for the Meseberg warmwater fish Hatchery at Ringold, and many hours volunteering with WDFW in electrofishing boats during studies of the fisheries resources of Moses Lake. Ron has served on the Grant County Tourism Commission, Moses Lake Tourism Commission, Board of Directors for Moses Lake Chamber of Commerce, and was selected to be on the WDFW Fisheries Management Division Policy Task Force starting in 1993. Ron and Rebecca are also likely to be found playing in an orchestra, performing with theater groups in Wenatchee, Quincy and Moses Lake.

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Yazmin Mejia, Education & Outreach Specialist

yazmin-mejia@columbiabasincd.org

Yazmin grew up in a small town in Mexico.  Since she was little, she noticed the importance of conserving water.  She is very passionate about taking care of the planet and believes that childhood is the best stage to help develop awareness of our natural resources.  As GCCD’s education and outreach specialist, Yazmin is helping reach and engage all members of our community.  Yazmin has been living in Moses Lake since 2018.  She has a B.A. in Business Administration, a strong background in early childhood education, and is bilingual (Spanish-English).  Exploring nature with her husband is what she enjoys the most.