Meet the staff

Mike Tobin – District Manager


Mike has been with the NYCD since 1989 when he started as a resource technician and became the District Manager in 1995.  He grew up in the Ahtanum Valley and attended West Valley High School.   After High School, Mike went to Yakima Valley C.C. and finally to Washington State University.  He continues to attend every WAZZU home football game no matter what the record – GO COUGS!   As the District Manager, Mike is responsible for all aspects of the District’s Annual and 5-Year Plans.  He works closely with all local, State and Federal District Partners and the landowners the District serves to ensure that the District Plans are being implemented to protect, preserve and enhance NYCD’s natural resources.


Phone:  509-454-5743  Ext 8555



 Brian Schmidt – Natural Resource Specialist


Brian started as a part time employee with the District in 1995. He grew up in the Yakima Valley and earned a B.S. degree in Biology at Washington State University. At the District he works on the implementation grant, contracts and/or memorandums of agreement of assigned programs relating to the District’s annual and long range plans. Further, his responsibilities include working with private landowners, local, state, and federal entities to identify, implement, and monitor best management practices that protect, enhance, and promote the wise use of natural resources.


Phone: 509-454-5743  Ext. 8557


Justin Bader – Yakima Tributary Access and Habitat Program Coordinator

Justin Bader

Justin was born in Alaska and grew up in the Kittitas Valley. He attended Central Washington University, earning an undergraduate degree in Physical Geography and later a M.S. in Natural Resource Management. He started with the district in 2008 and coordinates the Yakima Tributary Access and Habitat Program (YTAHP) for the District. He works with landowners on fish screening and fish passage barrier concerns, as well as habitat improvements in high priority salmon and steelhead bearing streams.


Phone:  509-454-5743  Ext. 8551


Liz Scully – Environmental Educator


Liz received her B.S. in Environmental Geography and a GIS Certification from Central Washington University and has spent the last 3 years as an Environmental Educator for the Conservation District. As an Environmental Educator she spends the majority of her time traveling throughout Kittitas, Yakima and Klickitat Counties delivering FREE hands-on environmental science and conservation lessons to elementary-aged students. If you are interested in having lessons in your classroom or know someone who might be, please get in touch!


Phone: 509-454-5743 Ext. 8564


Elizabeth Church – Environmental Educator


Elizabeth is a Yakima native who studied environmental science at The Evergreen State College in Olympia. A mother, back yard farmer, and life long learner – she spends the majority of the school year traveling Yakima and Klickitat Counties delivering FREE, NGSS aligned, hands-on environmental science and conservation lessons to kindergarten thru sixth graders. Elizabeth would love to teach your students!

Please email to schedule your classroom’s exciting environmental education exploration!

Phone: 509-454-5743 Ext. 8564


Bill Eller – WSCC Staff

Bill Eller

Bill Eller joined the State Conservation Commission in 2007. He became the Voluntary Stewardship Program coordinator in 2015 after previously serving as Technical Coordinator of the Columbia River Basin Water Management Program and Central Washington Regional Manager. Bill is also the Commission Elections Officer. Bill was born in North Dakota, but grew up in Alaska. He attended the University of Alaska, Fairbanks, where he graduated with a B.A. in Political Science in 1990. In 1997, he graduated from the Gonzaga University School of Law with a Juris Doctorate degree and practiced both criminal and civil law while at the Yakima County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office for nine years. In 2010, he graduated from the Naval Postgraduate School’s Center for Homeland Defense and Security with a M.A. in Security Studies.

c/o NYCD
1606 Perry Street, Suite C
Yakima, WA 98902-5769
Cell:  509-385-7512

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