BBRSDA board president Fritz Johnson announced today that Sue Aspelund is resigning her position as the association’s executive director effective May 15, 2015. Aspelund will continue as BBRSDA’s fiscal officer through the end of July in order to ensure a smooth transition as a new executive director is brought on board.

The board has formed a recruitment and hiring committee to begin the process of selecting an interim or permanent executive director.

“I’ve discovered after a year in this position that I’m just not as young as I used to be, darn it,” Aspelund said, “and I no longer have the stamina to work the hours that I believe the organization and the membership deserve. I’ve realized over the past several months that I really want time to enjoy my peaceful Lummi Island home, dig in the dirt and grow food, and get out in my old setnet skiff to harvest some delicious sidestripe shrimp and Dungeness crab in the Salish Sea.”

During her time as executive director, Aspelund has strengthened the association’s policy foundation, budgeting and financial control processes, and facilitated board training and strategic planning for Quality and Marketing.

“The BBRSDA is in very good shape for someone else to take the helm,” Johnson said. “We anticipate a smooth transition as Sue assumes the fiscal officer role next month. On behalf of the board and members, we wish Sue bumper crops, calm seas and full pots on her retirement.”

Information about the recruitment process will appear in a future edition of Bristol Bay Waypoints. In the meantime, please contact with any questions about the position.