Staff Profiles

Dwayne Shaw, Executive Director

dwayne-headshotDwayne Shaw is Executive Director of the Downeast Salmon Federation, where he has led the development of the Federation’s fisheries and land conservation programs since 1989, beginning with the removal of the Pleasant River dam and the renovation of the facility as a hatchery and fisheries research center in Columbia Falls.  In 2000 he led the removal of the East Machias River dam and received the National Coastal America Partnership Award from President George W. Bush. The East Machias site is now home to DSF’s Peter Gray Hatchery for the restoration of Atlantic salmon.

Dwayne holds a B.S. in Environmental Studies / Fisheries Concentration from University of Maine, Machias (1984). Dwayne has conducted research at UM Darling Marine Center and was employed as a Manager and Research Director at the Beals Island Regional Shellfish Hatchery for ten years. Dwayne also served as a fisheries biologist in the U.S. Peace Corps in Nepal. Dwayne has served on numerous fisheries boards and advisory committees including the ME Sea Grant Public Advisory Committee and the Federal Recovery Team for Endangered Atlantic Salmon.  Dwayne has held certifications as a US Coast Guard Licensed Captain and ME Licensed Master Guide.
(M) 207-598-8474

Russell Heath, Associate Director

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Before he arrived at the Downeast Salmon Federation, Russell Heath was executive director of the Alaska Environmental Lobby where he derailed a number of really bad bills, including a plan to auction off huge chunks of Alaska state forests to logging companies. He also led the Southeast Alaska Conservation Council protecting the majestic old-growth coastal forests. He has worked as a systems analyst and has a Masters in English—so he brings both an analytical rigor and a touch of storytelling to his grant writing. Home is a drafty wood-heated cabin on the Maine coast.
(Office) 207-483-4336     (M) 907-209-1523

Heather Andrews, Membership and Development Coordinator

DSF StaffHeather brings over a decade of nonprofit experience and a broad range of skills including development, stewardship, volunteer coordinating, and educational outreach. Among other positions, Heather has worked as a Field Manager with New York Public Interest Research Group, Program Coordinator with Downeast Coastal Conservancy, Creative Marketing Designer with the Portland Conservatory of Music, and Development Coordinator with the Brunswick-Topsham Land Trust. She enjoys connecting with Downeast Salmon Federation’s strong membership base to work toward solutions that benefit both the environment and quality of life for local communities. When she’s not in the office, Heather enjoys hiking, spending time on the water, and working on her fly cast.
(M) 207-747-2942

Kyle Winslow, Project Manager

kyle_staff photoKyle graduated from the University of Maine, Machias spring of 2007 with a Bachelor of Science.  Kyle began his career working for the Department of Marine Resources Sea run Fish and Habitat Bureau directly out of school as a conservation aide.  The work was focused on Atlantic salmon monitoring and population and habitat restoration.  Following four terms with the Department, Kyle began with the Downeast Salmon Federation in 2012 as a hatchery technician, and in the spring of 2014 was promoted to hatchery manager.  Other work includes two years of part time work with Project SHARE working on their large wood addition project restoring Atlantic salmon habitat, Environmental Education and 4-H adventure group leading.
(H/M) 207-263-7072

Brett Ciccotelli, Fisheries Biologist

Brett PhotoBrett grew up not far from the muddy banks of a small tidal river.  Brett attended the College of the Atlantic in Bar Harbor and found himself drawn to the watersheds of Eastern Maine. Between the banks of these rivers he became a whitewater kayaker and learned about the culture and ecology of the region. After graduating with a degree in Human Ecology in 2009 he traveled to river communities in Northern Canada, Italy, Bangladesh, Cambodia, and Costa Rica. In these places he saw how deeply tied people are to their rivers and fisheries. He returned to Maine after a few more meanders and has spent the last several years co-managing an organic farm on Mount Desert Island and teaching part time at the Bay School in Blue Hill.  He is thrilled to be a part of DSF and to be serving as the organization’s ambassador for such an ecologically and culturally important fish — the alewife.

Zach Sheller, Hatchery Manager

Zach Sheller joined the DSF team in May of 2014. Zach earned his Bachelor of Science in Marine Biology from The University of Maine, Machias in 2006. Since that time he has done a variety of jobs including Atlantic salmon restoration work, work as a fisheries technician at sea, endangered species observing, and sea turtle conservation work. These various jobs have taken him all along the east coast from Downeast Maine to the Key of Biscayne in Florida.
(H/M) 717-422-6847


 Rachel Gorich, Assistant Hatchery Manager

r photoRachel is a senior at the University of Maine at Machias pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Fisheries and Wildlife Biology, graduating in May. She joined the DSF team as a volunteer in February 2013, later on becoming a Hatchery Technician for DSF. During the past three smolt seasons she has been working for the Department of Marine Resources Division of Sea Run Fisheries and Habitat as a seasonal Fisheries Technician, monitoring the Atlantic salmon population and its habitat in Downeast Maine. Aside from her work with Atlantic salmon she has worked closely with the Downeast Rivers Land Trust as a Land Trust Associate, and also with the Downeast Fisheries Partnership as a Fisheries Associate with a primary focus on the restoration of river herring runs throughout Eastern Maine. Rachel is also in the process of completing her Senior Thesis in Biological Research, focusing on Rainbow smelt.

Meagan Peterson, Hatchery Tech

Meagan is currently working on her degree in Environmental Studies from the University of Maine at Machias. In the fall of 2013, she started volunteering at Downeast Salmon Federation’s Atlantic salmon hatchery in East Machias during fin clipping, was excited about helping to restore the Atlantic salmon population, and continued to volunteer until she was hired over the summer to help care for the fish.

Tracy Shaw, Office Manager

Tracy and her family reside happily in Cherryfield. Tracy joined the DSF team part-time in 2002 as the Membership Coordinator having over fifteen years of experience with the State of Maine and Town of Falmouth, Massachusetts retirement systems. Tracy’s responsibilities with DSF have grown and she currently serves the organization as the full-time Office Manager. Tracy’s original interests were based with the land trust aspects of the organization, however her employment and learning experiences have led to a deep appreciation of wild Atlantic Salmon and the downeast fisheries.
(H/M) 207-479-4424

Michelle Wright, Bookkeeper

Michelle Wright joined DSF in January as our new bookkeeper.  She has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration from the University of Maine at Machias and over 20 years of bookkeeping experience.  She resides in Addison and enjoys camping and boating with her family.

Amanda Manship, Office Assistant

Amanda graduated from the University of Maine, Machias in 2006 with a Bachelor of Science in Marine Biology. She began her environmental career working for Bangor International Airport as an Environmental Coordinator, and worked with the Maine Conservation Corps as an Environmental Outreach Coordinator.  Since then her work has involved being a Librarian and a Pet Clinic Office Manager. Amanda has been working with the Downeast Salmon Federation team since 2015.



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