Team

Team

Karla Gallina, BS, PWS, CERP

Owner/Principal Biologist

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Mrs. Gallina has a BS degree in environmental science with a concentration in natural resources from Paul Smith’s College in New York. She is a PWS (#2340) certified through the SWS PCP and CERP (#0161) certified through the SER CERP program. Mrs. Gallina has experience managing and coordinating projects, conducting biological critical area assessments, identifying and delineating wetlands, performing wildlife surveys, preparing technical reports, mitigation design, and generating figures and maps using AutoCAD. She has been working as a wetland professional with ATSI since January 2008. Her prior experience includes work as a forest surveyor, environmental/pathology laboratory technician, and fisheries biology technician.  Mrs. Gallina also has a passion for interior and exterior design and enjoys all wetland animals except snakes.  

  • 2010-Present: Whatcom County North Rotary Club Career Choices Presenter
  • 2013-2015: Whatcom County Amphibian Monitoring Program
  • SWS PNW chapter treasurer and co-secretary
  • SWS PCP certification committee
  • 2019: SWS, Baltimore, MD
  • 2018: SWS PNW SER NW, Spokane, WA
  • 2018: SWS, Denver, CO
  • 2015: SWS PNW, Olympia, WA
    • Organizing committee and special events committee chair
  • 2015: CMER WA State Forest Practices Adaptive Management Program Research Conference, Olympia, WA
  • 2015: State of the Bay, Bellingham, WA
  • 2014: SWS JASM, Portland, OR
    • Exhibitor, organizing committee and social, 5k run, & mentor
  • 2013: SWS, Duluth, MN
  • 2012: SWS PNW East or West Water Defines Us All, Boise, ID
    • Organizing committee and registration
  • 2010: SWS PNW Isolated Wetlands…Discovering Connections, Bellingham, WA
    • Organizing committee, audio/visual and technical support, publicity, social & talent show, & volunteer coordination
  • 2008: SWS Wetlands & Global Climate Change, Portland, OR
  • 2007 & 2006: Nooksack Recovery Team Salmon Summit, Bellingham, WA
  • 2015-Present: Wetland Study Group/Club, Bellingham, WA
    • Topics include contractors, drones, beavers, hydrology, soils, vegetation, wetland rating system, & mitigation.
  • 2008-Present: Wetland Professional Group, Bellingham, WA

Tony Gallina, BA

Operations Manager

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Mr. Gallina has a BA degree in psychology with a minor in sociology from Western Washington University.  His prior experience includes work in direct sales, property services, retail management, and commercial management. Mr. Gallina joined the ATSI team in July 2020 as the Operations Manager.

Olin Anderson, MLA

Senior Biologist

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Mr. Anderson received a Master’s in landscape architecture from the University of Illinois, a BS in geography from Northern Illinois University, and a Certificate in wetland delineation from Skagit Valley College. His career has emphasized design, habitat restoration, landscape ecology, wetlands, water quality, salmonid fisheries, and planning. Joining ATSI in December 2019 as a Biologist, he is proud to be a part of an ambitious, growing firm with a strong presence in the Pacific Northwest. Olin brings an array of skills such as GIS, CAD, technical writing, client relations, public speaking, grants, and working with Native Tribes. Restoring natural landscapes and expanding ecological function in our built environment drive his passion.

  • 2019-2020: Whatcom Land Trust, wetland assessment for project site
  • 2018-Present: City of Bellingham, Lake Whatcom Watershed Advisory Committee
  • 2017-2019: Sustainable Connections, Spring Eco-Home and Landscape Tour
  • 2014 & 2015: River Restoration Northwest, Skamania, WA
  • 2013: Resilient Landscapes: Planning for Flood, Drought and Fire. Soil and Water Conservation Society, Reno, NV (Poster presentation)
  • 2013: National Congress of American Indians, Mid-Year Conference, Reno, NV (Joint presentation on climate change adaptation)
  • 2012: USEPA Region 9 Tribal Conference, San Francisco, CA
  • 2011: USEPA Tribal Water Quality Conference, Santa Fe, NM
  • 2009: San Francisco Flower and Garden Show, San Mateo, CA (Demonstration garden of an ecological landscape)
  • 2020: Wetland Study Group/Club, Bellingham, WA

Steven Walker, BS

Associate Biologist

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Mr. Walker received a Bachelor of Applied Science in environmental conservation, Certificate in wetland delineation, and Certificate in environmental conservation studies from Skagit Valley College. He has experience performing native and non-native plant identification and monitoring, soil analysis, biostatistical analysis, writing monitoring reports, scientific papers, and grants, and mapping using GIS. He loves learning new languages, reading, and gardening, as well as growing his own food and trying out new recipes.  Mr. Walker joined the ATSI team in March 2020 as an Associate Biologist.  His favorite wetland animal is the belted kingfisher.  

  • 2017-Present: Skagit Land Trust
  • 2017: Fidalgo Shoreline Academy, Anacortes, WA
  • 2020: Wetland Study Group/Club, Bellingham, WA

Molly Harding, BS

Associate Biologist

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Ms. Harding graduated from Huxley College of the Environment at WWU with a BS in Environmental Science with an emphasis in Environmental Toxicology. For two years on Orcas Island as Program Coordinator with Kwiaht: The Historical Ecology of the Salish Sea, she was lead steward of Indian Island National Monument and led citizen scientist teams conducting field work and community outreach and education. In Bristol Bay and Southeast Alaska, Ms. Harding worked two summers as a Deck Hand on a fishing tender in the salmon fisheries. Now, as Associate Biologist with ATSI, Ms. Harding proudly advocates for wetlands and assists with responsible development and growth in this beautiful corner of the Pacific Northwest.  She snowboards at Mt. Baker and mountain bikes at Galbraith and the Chuckanuts.  She also plays tennis and pastel paints.  Her favorite wetland animal is the beaver because they create wetlands and their teeth never stop growing.

  • Whatcom Marine Resource Committee: sat alongside stakeholders and supported with decision making and provided recommendations to city leaders.
  • Skagit Salmon Enhancement Group: vegetation monitoring at restoration sites

William Bethel

Restoration Scientist

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Mr. Bethel has a BS degree in Environmental Science with a minor in Geographic Information Systems. He is currently pursuing a MS in Geography, with a focus on Digital Soil Mapping and Predictive Ecosystem Mapping. He brings a range of skills and knowledge to the team including soil science, report writing, plant identification, restoration implementation, advanced GIS analysis, and environmental education. He enjoys hiking, reading science fiction/fantasy novels, and expanding his knowledge of the Pacific Northwest Ecosystem. He joined ATSI in June 2021 as a Restoration Scientist. His favorite wetland animal is the Great Blue Heron.

2021- present Whatcom County Climate Impact Advisory Committee

2015- present Cascade Scout Reservation Staff Alumni Association, Scholarship Chair

October 2017 – September 2018 Americorps, Washington Conservation Corps, including assisting in disaster response in the US Virgin Islands

2019 Canadian Society of Soil Science

2020 Canadian Society of Soil Science

2021 Wetland Study Group/Club, Bellingham, WA

Audrey Mark

Office Manager

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Ms. Mark is currently a junior at Whatcom Community College working on her associate degree in education.  She will be transferring to Western to complete her education in becoming an elementary school teacher.  Ms. Mark is the one keeping the office running, so she’s a bit of a jack of all trades.  She is also skilled in charcoal art, working with animals, roller skating, and trap shooting.   She did 4-H all throughout elementary and middle school and participated in FFA in High School.  Her favorite wetland animal is the dragonfly.

Veteran of Foreign Wars

Olivia Housen, BS

Biology Technician

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Ms. Housen received her BS in geology from Western Washington University and started working with ATSI in March 2021.  As a Biology and Equipment Intern, she gets to utilize her GIS, surveying, and drone piloting skills.  Ms. Housen also enjoys drawing, crafting, gardening, and dabbling in 3D printing.  Her favorite wetland animal is the pacific tree frog because of their chorus in the evenings.

  • 2014-2015: WeSnip, collecting donations to sell and raise funds to neuter stray cats and cats whose owners cannot afford to go to the vet

Leo Spencer

Business/Marketing Intern

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Mr. Spencer is pursuing a Bachelors’ Degree in geology at Western Washington University.  He joined ATSI in March 2021 to help with designing the website, trademarking and animating the logo, and other design aspects.   Mr. Spencer enjoys using his photography and Adobe Suite skills to assist ATSI, as well as helping with manual labor.  He loves making and selling stickers and never turns down a good burrito.  Mr. Spencer’s favorite wetland animal is the swamp rat.

  • 2021: Picking up trash in a park near his apartment
  • 2016-2017: CHOICE High School, taking pictures at school events
  • 2020-2021: Geological Society of America

ATSI encourages and supports each of its team members to continuously grow their knowledge in the environmental, ecological, and biological fields beyond their formal education. Each year, ATSI team members participate in classes, training, workshops, webinars, and meetups to expand their expertise and better serve their clients.

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