Sue inspecting Upper Truckee River Restoration Project

Sue Norman, Source To Sea Project Director: Sue is a long time river enthusiast, starting at the tender age of 2.5 on family canoe trips in the Ozarks.  In addition to a lifetime of recreational pursuits on rivers, she was also a member of several US whitewater kayaking and rafting teams, competing on rivers all over the world. Her accomplishments include winning the National Whitewater Kayak Slalom Championships in 1982, and several world championships as a member of the US Women’s Whitewater Rafting Team.  In 2016, Sue retired from a 27 year career as a hydrologist with the US Forest Service, Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit.  During her career, she and her staff completed numerous watershed, stream channel, and meadow restoration projects throughout the Tahoe Basin (including the Upper and Middle Truckee River)  in collaboration with a wide variety of state and local partners.  She currently lives in Truckee, CA with her partner Lisa and her seven year old son Seth.  

 

Matt Palmariello, Project Manager:  While pursuing a Recreation Management degree at the University of New Hampshire, Matt was introduced to paddling and it heavily impacted his life.  For the next few years he guided sea kayaking trips in the summer, and worked on skiing events in the winter, eventually transitioning to Utah to work with the non-profit US Ski & Snowboard Team.  Each summer he migrated to California where his paddling interests evolved from sea kayaking to open canoeing to standup paddling.  Today he lives in Rome, Maine.