Stream Team Staff

Meet the Stream Team staff who behind the scenes organize all the activities and events, and educational outreach, and publish the quarterly newsletter.

Kim BenedictKim Benedict

Kim has worked for the City of Lacey since 2014, prior to that she served as an AmeriCorps Volunteer for two years focusing on watershed education and outreach with the Chehalis Basin Education Consortium and the Coastal Resources Learning Center. Kim and her husband live in Lacey with their dog and cat. Kim’s husband is a service member in the US Army. In their spare time, the Benedicts enjoy gardening, attending Husky Football Games, and exploring the beautiful State of Washington.



Chris MaunChris Maun

Chris has worked for Thurston County since 2006, but prior to that he founded the Nisqually River Education Project in 1990, and fostered this still successful watershed-based environmental science program for teachers and students throughout the entire Nisqually River Watershed. Previously, Chris was fortunate to be an interpretive naturalist at Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument and Mt. Rainier National Park. Chris’ wife is a fifth grade Science teacher who involves her students in water quality monitoring and his teenage son also does watershed studies and water quality monitoring at Timberline High School.


Ann Marie Pearce Ann Marie Pearce

Ann Marie first volunteered for Stream Team in 1998 watering trees at Pioneer Park while working on her Masters of Environmental Studies degree at The Evergreen State College. This led to an internship at the City of Tumwater and later a permanent position. After leaving Stream Team for a few years to work for the Nisqually Tribe on salmon habitat restoration issues, she returned to Stream Team in 2006. She has worked happily at Thurston County ever since then, and is glad to work closer to home now that she has two young sons and a wonderful husband. Her family enjoys planting trees and learning about salmon, marine creatures and most any other family-friendly activity that Stream Team sponsors!


Debbie SmithDebbie Smith

Debbie joined the ranks of Stream Team Coordinators in 2001. As the Water Resources Educator for the City of Tumwater, Debbie educates the public on all things water-related. Debbie is a volunteer herself, and has devoted many years of service to organizations including Girl Scouts, Natural Resources Youth Camp and Northwest Aquatic and Marine Educators. She enjoys spending time with her family and is looking forward to teaching her two new grandsons all about nature.


Michelle Stevie Michelle Stevie

Michelle came to work for the City of Olympia in 2009 after working for over 20 years as a biologist involved with forest, stream and salmon related habitat restoration issues. Michelle is excited to bring additional Citizen Monitoring opportunities to Stream Team.