Elaine Placido, DPA
Elaine joined the Estuary Partnership in the summer of 2020. She comes to the Partnership with twenty-plus years of local government and non-profit experience, Elaine is also a veteran of the US Coast Guard. Her family has a farm in Columbia County where they specialize in Boer goats. In her free time, she likes to travel and spend time outside. She is also a dedicated volunteer and leads a 4H livestock club, serves on her local school board and on her local planning commission. Elaine has a BA in Criminal Justice from Park University, a Master of Public Administration degree from the University of Nebraska-Omaha, and a Doctor of Public Administration degree from Valdosta State University.
Finance and Operations Manager
Tom manages the day-to-day finances of the Estuary Partnership. He coordinates contracting, grants management and reporting, and human resources. He has significantly streamlined Estuary Partnership accounting, improving accountability resulting in high marks during annual audits. Tom joined the Estuary Partnership in 2009. He previously managed the business side of an outpatient psychiatric practice at Oregon Health & Science University and coordinated operations within the Refugee Program at Lutheran Community Services Northwest. Before moving to Portland, he lived in Washington, D.C., where he worked on international refugee protection issues. He holds an M.A. and B.A. in Geography from the University of Colorado at Boulder.
Communications and Outreach Manager
Erinne joined the Estuary Partnership in 2014. She leads organizational communications, event planning, and relationship-building with individuals and corporate partners. Erinne focuses on expanding understanding and recognition of the Estuary Partnership, its programs, and diverse partners along the lower river to a range of partners. Erinne has 16 years of experience in nonprofit development and communications, and previously worked at Sisters Of The Road and NAYA Family Center. Erinne has a B.S in Liberal Studies with a focus on Peace and Social Justice from Oregon State University.
Accounting & Operations Assistant
Connor began working for the Estuary Partnership in 2018. He assists the Finance & Operations Manager with bookkeeping, accounting reporting, and annual audit. He comes to the Estuary Partnership, after 30 years as the Accounting Manager for LOI Environmental & Demolition Services and 24 years of teaching acting at the Portland Actors Conservatory. In his free time, he writes novels and plays and runs his own non-profit, a theatre company called Quintessence: Language & Imagination Theatre. He has a Master's of Fine Arts in Theatre-Directing from the University of Portland, Bachelors of Arts in English and Theatre, and an Associates Degree in Business from Carroll College.
Madeline joined the Estuary Partnership in 2021 to help with administrative functions and coordination between teams. Prior to her time at the Estuary Partnership, she has worked as a patent prosecution paralegal, a museum guard, and a tour guide, in addition to volunteer roles in museums and education. Outside of work, she enjoys board games and partner dance. Madeline holds a B.A. in English from Amherst College with a focus in poetry.
Communications and Outreach Associate
Jasmine joined the Estuary Partnership in 2021. She works to collaboratively to implement strategies for development, communications, and events that support the Estuary Partnership's programs and the Comprehensive Conservation Management Plan. Jasmine focuses on developing public support for and increasing awareness of Estuary Partnership programming, as well as amplifying the work of partners. Jasmine has a decade of nonprofit experience in Oregon and has previously worked at 1000 Friends of Oregon and Columbia Riverkeeper. Jasmine is an elected board member at the East Multnomah Soil and Water Conservation District and a volunteer firefighter/EMT with the Corbett Fire District. Jasmine has a B.A. in General Science from the University of Oregon and a Graduate Certificate in Nonprofit Management from Portland State University.
Catherine joined the Estuary Partnership in 2008. She leads the Science Team and manages the habitat restoration, data management, and monitoring programs. She led the Estuary Partnership to develop a strategic prioritization that improves regional investment in restoration and established an effectiveness monitoring program to evaluate project success. She facilitates the Science Work Group and coordinates monitoring and restoration activities with numerous partners in the lower Columbia River. She served as the Senior Scientist for the Charlotte Harbor NEP where she developed resource-based water quality targets and managed an interagency monitoring network. Prior to that Catherine was a wildlife biologist in a national park in Morocco's Middle Atlas Mountains. She has published multiple manuscripts on seagrass in southwest Florida. In 2018, Catherine received an Honorable Mention in the 2018 Climate Adaptation Leadership Awards for Natural Resources, presented by the Association of Fish & Wildlife Agencies. Catherine holds an M.A. in International Development and Natural Resource Management from Clark University, Massachusetts and a B.S. in Zoology and a Physical Geography Minor from Miami University.
Restoration Program Lead
Joining the Estuary Partnership in 2009, Chris identifies, designs, and implements habitat restoration projects. Chris has taken the lead on extensive floodplain restoration projects at Horsetail Creek and Steigerwald Lake National Wildlife Refuge. Both projects involve coordination with multiple partners. He is a fisheries biologist with 18 years of professional experience in the Rocky Mountains and Pacific Northwest, including managing restoration projects in the Columbia River Gorge. He has extensive experience managing all phases of natural resource projects ranging from stream restoration to stormwater management. Prior to joining the Estuary Partnership, Chris was a Project Manager for Parametrix. Chris holds an M.S. in Water Resources from Duke University and a B.S. in Biology from the Citadel, Charleston, South Carolina.
Jenny joined the Estuary Partnership in 2016. She works with partners and private landowners across the region to identify, develop and implement habitat restoration projects to assist in the recovery of Pacific Salmon. Her work takes her from floodplains in the Columbia Gorge floodplains to tidal wetlands along Columbia River tributaries and to upper watershed creeks and habitats. She is leading implementation of several projects that will restore historic floodplains and wetlands, revegetate native riparian forests, and place large wood habitat structures. Prior to joining the Estuary Partnership, Jenny was Project Manager at the Clackamas River Basin Council. She also worked for the U.S. Bureau of Land Management and was an AmeriCorps member at The Nature Conservancy.She holds a B.A. in Environmental Science and Geography from the University of South Florida.
Ian joined the Estuary Partnership in 2021 for seasonal field work with the monitoring team as a Field Monitoring Technician, and later that year moved into the role of Research Scientist. His role with the partnership involves field work, lab work, biomass sampling, and general data collection throughout the lower Columbia River. Ian’s past experiences include a geohydrology-based modeling investigation into how the salmon populations of the Nooksack River Basin will react to forecasted climate change. He also has experience in multiple methods of geologic data collection. Ian recently acquired his Geologist in Training license and graduated from Western Washington University with a Bachelor of Science in Geology and a minor in Computer Science.
Principal Restoration Ecologist
Curtis joined the Estuary Partnership in 2019. He works with the Science Team on implementing wetland, floodplain, and stream restoration projects; his primary focus is on the Steigerwald Floodplain Restoration Project. He has extensive experience working on all aspects of ecological restoration, from design through permitting and including construction management. With a background in forestry, he has managed invasive plant species eradication, habitat restoration and replanting, and site maintenance projects. Prior to joining the Estuary Partnership, he worked as a Senior Project Manager at Amy S. Greene Environmental Consultants, Inc. in Flemington, New Jersey and for Philadelphia Parks & Recreation, Ecosystem Management team. Curtis holds a M.S. from Rutgers University in Forestry/Ecological Restoration and a B.S from Cook College in Forestry.
Sarah Kidd, PhD
Sarah joined the Estuary Partnership in 2017. Sarah manages and implements wetland and food web habitat research through the Ecosystem Monitoring Program and the Action Effectiveness Monitoring Programs. She also assists with the Estuary Partnership's ongoing research efforts examining the role of wetland conservation and restoration in estuarine food web dynamics and salmon recovery. Sarah has conducted wetland ecological and restoration effectiveness research in the Columbia River Estuary since 2008 and has earned both a M.S. and Ph.D. from Portland State University. Sarah's masters and dissertation research focused on restoration and management of tidal wetland native plant communities, wetland soil conditions, and invasive species in the Estuary. As a National Science Foundation GK12 and IGERT fellow she has also worked on several national and international projects focused on ecosystem service valuation and management in urbanizing estuaries. She earned her B.S. in Environmental Science from Oregon State University.
Principal Restoration Ecologist
Paul joined the Estuary Partnership in 2010. He provides advanced technical support to the habitat restoration and monitoring programs. Paul provides modeling expertise to a range of projects and partners. He is leading restoration projects on the East Fork Lewis River in Washington. Paul was a senior scientist with HDR Engineering where he helped lead restoration efforts in the Pacific Northwest. Prior to that, he was the director of the Dayton Valley Conservation District. Paul also worked with Rivers Unlimited, Inc. to restore watersheds in Pennsylvania and New York. At the University of Oregon and at the University of Colorado, Paul worked with first-generation low-income students to improve academics. Paul received an M.S. in Watershed Science from Colorado State University, an M.Ed. from the University of Colorado, and a B.A. in History from Colorado College.
Doug joined the Estuary Partnership in 2019. He works with the Science Team on implementing wetland, floodplain, and stream habitat restoration projects. He works primarily on the Steigerwald Floodplain Restoration Project. He brings a range of skills and experience to the team in native revegetation, invasive species management, ecological monitoring, prescribed fire and volunteer engagement. Prior to joining the Estuary Partnership, Doug was a Restoration Project Manager at The Nature Conservancy where he designed, managed and implemented riparian and tidal wetland habitat enhancement projects in northwest Oregon. He holds a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Wisconsin - Madison.
GIS & Data Management Specialist
Keith joined the Estuary Partnership in 2008. Currently, he manages and constructs GIS databases that support Estuary Partnership monitoring, restoration, and education programs. Keith’s projects address data gaps including the acquisition of recent land cover and bathymetric data, and an analysis of habitat changes that have occurred in the lower Columbia River throughout the past century. He also maintains an inventory of over 250 regional restoration projects. Previously he worked as a microwave electronics engineer. Keith earned an M.S. in Marine Environmental Sciences at the State University of New York at Stony Brook. He holds a graduate certificate in GIS from Portland State University and a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Vermont.
Sneha joined the Estuary Partnership in the summer of 2019 as a short-term field technician and then became our Research Scientist. She previously worked as an Environmental Consultant in Dubai, with a major focus on environmental permitting and marine projects. Sneha is interested in studying the ecosystem functions of the Columbia River Estuary. Her other endeavors include studying the effect of topography on blue carbon stores in seagrass beds of Zanzibar and building artificial reefs to aid the improvement of reef fish in UAE. Sneha holds an M.S. in marine science from Bangor University, UK.
Technical Contracts Specialist
Josie joined the Estuary Partnership in 2022, and assists the Science Team with grant contract management, subcontracting, project budget tracking and grant proposal writing along with field monitoring efforts. Josie has experience in both grant project management and fisheries management including a strong background in salmonid habitat and passage requirements. Prior to joining the Estuary Partnership, Josie worked for NOAA Fisheries in Portland where she conducted consultations with federal agencies on actions that affected ESA listed salmon and steelhead. She has also worked for the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife as an Assistant District Fish Biologist, supporting restoration work in the Lower Willamette and Lower Columbia watersheds, and as their Restoration and Enhancement Grant Program Coordinator. Josie holds an M.S. in Marine Resources Management and Fisheries Science from Oregon State University, and a B.S. in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology from the University of Arizona (Tucson).
Sophie joined the Monitoring Team as a Research Technician for summer 2022. Sophie has contributed to research in the fields of structural geology—studying the temporal and spatial cycles of subduction zone earthquakes in Northern Chile—as well as mathematics—investigating which functions are realizable as sequential dynamical systems. Her interests include learning more about fluid flow, groundwater, and how humans can adapt to hydrologic and climate change both by understanding and planning for the effects of these changes, and by creating more sustainable, harmonious ways of living. Sophie received a Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics from Smith College and is currently working on a Graduate Certificate in Hydrology at Portland State University. She enjoys spending time outdoors, quality time with family and friends, and dancing.
Andrea Anderson Hurzeler
Andrea (Andi) is originally from Vancouver, Washington where she grew up swimming and boating on the Columbia River. She holds a MS of Environmental Science Management and a Graduate Certificate of Hydrology from Portland State University. She has also earned a Wetland Delineation Certificate through the Environmental Professionals Program (PSU) as well as GIS and UAS Certificates from Portland Community College. While working on her Hydrology Certificate, Andi became intrigued by wetlands and their role in groundwater recharge and the carbon sequestration. This interest led her to pursue a career in river and wetland restoration. Andi has experience in riparian vegetation/shade monitoring in Washington County and wetland delineation. She has also participated in mapping projects for river restoration and water allocation projects in the John Day and Klamath Basins.
Derek joined the Estuary Partnership Monitoring Team as a Research Technician during summer 2022. Derek’s past academic work includes the development of shoreline management guidelines for private property owners in Burlington, Vermont. Originally from Salem, Massachusetts, he attended the University of Vermont and received a degree in Natural Resources Ecology with a minor in Physical Geography. Since moving to Portland in March, Derek is excited to experience the various activities of the city, as well as explore the natural areas of the Pacific Northwest.
Kayden joined the Estuary Partnership in 2022 after serving in the US Navy as an Interior Communications Electrician. As a VetsWork Intern, he assists the team with a variety of field work including data collection and habitat restoration. Kayden grew up in Flint, Michigan and spent much of his childhood outdoors. Now residing in Portland, he continues to love outdoor activities like bass fishing, hiking, swimming, and roaming around in nature. Kayden is studying to earn his B.S. in Environmental Science at Southern New Hampshire University and is anticipated to graduate in August 2022.
Community Programs Team
Community Programs Director
Chris joined the Estuary Partnership in 1998 and now serves as Community Programs Director. Chris manages our community programs, including classroom and field programs with students, community volunteer plantings, and the Lower Columbia River Water Trail stewardship and advocacy. He also manages and implements stormwater and land use projects, including work with schools and communities who are retrofitting large expanses of impervious surface area. He plays a major role building and maintaining partnerships to ensure we are including and working with multiple sectors throughout our study area. Chris was instrumental in establishing the Lower Columbia River Water Trail and the Estuary Partnership Schoolyard Stormwater projects. He also represented the organization on the West Hayden Island Advisory Committee and serves on the Oregon Watershed Enhancement North Coast Review Team. He is active in grants development and project management in both the technical and education programs. Chris holds an M.S. in Water Resources Management from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a B.S. in Political Science and a B.A. in English from the University of Oregon.
Education & Community Programs Manager
Valerie joined the Estuary Partnership in 2022 as our Education & Community Program Manager. She brings extensive background in group facilitation, outdoor education, river and land-based expedition programming, risk management, classroom teaching, fundraising, coaching and team development.
Prior to joining the Estuary Partnership, Valerie spent a decade as a classroom teacher and created and led a cross-curriculum expedition outdoor and service-learning program for the Portland Waldorf School. From 2017-2022, Valerie was the Program Director and Executive Director for a non-profit Life Expanding Adventure Programs (LEAP), where she led, visioned, and facilitated river-based programs on the Salmon River in Idaho for many communities with limited access to outdoor experiences, specifically individuals who have experienced trauma. Valerie has led over 250 weeks of outdoor programming for youth and adults; and has enjoyed many personal outdoor endeavors, including rowing thousands of river miles and navigating big whitewater all over the US, cycling 850 miles of the Pacific Coast, and running an ultramarathon in the Utah desert. She is currently learning how to paint landscapes and enthusiastic to explore and help protect the Lower Columbia watershed. Valerie continues to be humbled and honored to teach and lead in the natural world with amazing and resilient people.
Andy Bauer joined the Estuary Partnership in 2013. He engages students in a wide range of classroom and field programs and volunteer tree plantings. Andy has introduced videography to our education programs, capturing our students in action so we can share their stories better. He has added drone piloting and 360 degree videography to his tool kit and is always exploring ways to increase interactive opportunities for students and teachers. Prior to joining the Estuary Partnership, Andy was a high school science teacher in Brooklyn, New York for over two years. For many years, Andy has served as a volunteer at OMSI and the Oregon Zoo and worked at Outside In, providing homeless youth with career and college guidance. Andy has a M.A. in Teaching from S.U.N.Y. Empire State College and a B.S. in Biology from the University of Oregon.
Samantha joined the Estuary Partnership in 2010 as an environmental educator and now coordinates volunteer programs. She works with project partners and land managers to plan and lead fun and educational events for volunteers. Samantha organizes multiple volunteers weekend plantings, including an annual National Service Day and works with students throughout the region engaging them in a wide range of classroom and field programs. She taught outdoor education to at-risk students at an alternative high school in Tigard, Oregon and she served in AmeriCorps. She is a Certified Interpretive Guide. Samantha earned an M.A. in teaching from Concordia University and is a licensed teacher in Oregon. She holds a B.S. in Communication Studies from the University of Texas at Austin.
Stormwater Project Manager
Aaron joined the Lower Columbia Estuary Partnership in 2022. He works with partners and lower Columbia River communities to identify, develop, and manage stormwater projects that detain stormwater and improve water quality. Prior to joining the Estuary Partnership, he worked for the East Multnomah Soil and Water Conservation District. He has 15 years of experience in natural resource conservation, designing and implementing projects to protect water quality by managing agricultural runoff and controlling soil erosion. Aaron also served in the Peace Corps in Honduras, where he aided in the construction of potable water systems. Aaron holds a BSE in Civil Engineering with Environmental Emphasis from the University of Iowa and is a Certified Professional in Erosion and Sediment Control. In his free time, he enjoys camping, gardening, cycling, and spending time with his family. Speaks Spanish, habla español.
Marci joined the Estuary Partnership in 2021. She works with the partners on planning and managing riparian restoration projects to provide hands on opportunities for diverse groups of students and community members to engage in land stewardship. Marci brings a range of skills and experience to the team in restoration project management, native revegetation, ecological monitoring, fostering partnerships, and volunteer engagement. Prior to joining the Estuary Partnership, she was a Restoration Program Manager for Willamette Riverkeeper where she designed and implemented landscape-scale restoration projects on public and conserved lands adjacent to the Willamette River to assist in the recovery of native fish species. She also worked for Project YESS at Mt Hood Community College leading youth conservation crews. She holds a M.S. in Educational Leadership and Policy with a focus on Sustainability Education from Portland State University and a B.A. in Latin American Studies from the Colorado College.
Environmental Education Coordinator
Tonya McLean joined the Estuary Partnership in 2012. She delivers classroom education, on-river programs, applied learning field programs, service learning projects, and weekend volunteer tree plantings. As a freshwater biologist, Tonya helped expand our curricula in this area and shows students another career related to environmental education. She manages the database that helps us track volunteers, students, and teachers who participate in our programs, and allows us to stay in communication with them. Tonya brings to the team extensive experience in the environmental field including biological research, public outreach, and communication for programs that seek to balance human needs with environmental health. Tonya earned an M.S. in Conservation Biology from the University of Maryland and has a B.S. in Environmental Science from Portland State University.
Environmental Education Coordinator
McKenzie joined the Estuary Partnership in 2006. She delivers classroom education, on-river programs, applied learning field programs, service learning projects, and weekend volunteer tree plantings. McKenzie leads the Estuary Partnership’s Summer Canoe Program and expanded community paddles significantly over the last nine years. She also manages our student on-river program; often the on-river trip we provide is the first for many of our students. Prior to joining the Estuary Partnership, McKenzie worked for West-Linn/Wilsonville School District’s Center for Research in Environmental Sciences and Technology as a Watershed and Garden Education Coordinator. She has also worked as an educator for the Oregon Zoo, the Glacier Park Institute, and the New Canaan Nature Center. McKenzie holds a B.A. in Environmental Studies from Lewis and Clark College in Portland, Oregon.
Alex Rhodes joined the Estuary Partnership in 2021. He delivers classroom education, on-river programs, service-learning projects, and volunteer plantings. As an environmental sociologist, he believes in Environmental Justice, bringing a culturally responsive lens to curriculum and place-based learning. In the past, he's facilitated programs for BIPOC and low-income youth to become inspired by nature and realize their potential to close the opportunity gap in the environmental sector. Furthermore, he has experience in the Reuse and Waste Management Sector and a passion for equitable housing. Alex has liberal arts education from Eckerd College with a B.A. in Environmental Studies and Coastal Management.
Alvey Seeyouma was formerly a Crew Leader and Program Coordinator at Wisdom of the Elders's Wisdom Workforce. He is Hopi-Tewa (Tobacco Clan/Sand Clan), a veteran, a painter, a drawer, and a maker of jewelry. We have much to learn from Alvey and are lucky he has agreed to work with us. Alvey has extensive experience leading plantings, in addition to his other talents, and leads Estuary Partnership volunteer plantings and performs fieldwork at various sites.
James Sterrett joined the Estuary Partnership in 2012. He delivers classroom education, on-river programs, applied learning field programs, service learning projects, and weekend volunteer tree plantings. James led the 2013 summer camp with the National Park Service at Ft. Clatsop. Each year, a few dozen students get this unique outdoor experience, honing their nature survival skills. He has been teaching experiential, place-based programs for the past 20 years. James previously worked at Earlham College for the Wilderness Program. He earned an M.A. in Teaching from Lewis and Clark College and is a licensed elementary teacher in Oregon. He holds a B.A. from Earlham College in Geology.
Alexander Apelis joined the Estuary Partnership in April 2022 as a Field Technician under the VetsWork AmeriCorp program. Alex aids restoration and conservation projects at various sites along the lower Columbia River. He drove across the country from Bronx, New York to Portland, Oregon to join the Estuary Partnership team. Alex served in the U.S. Marine Corps as an Ammunition Technician. He grew up in New Jersey and rural Northern Pennsylvania, and spent much of his youth playing ice hockey, participating in Latvian Boy Scout programs, and loving nature and animals. Alex went to school at Mansfield University, studying Biology with a concentration on animal behavior. His hobbies include hiking, fishing, camping, hunting, BBQ, and watching NHL games.
Summer Recreation Leader
Jo'Sean Joseph is returning as a 2022 summer recreation leader at the Estuary Partnership, after also serving in that role in 2021. As a rec leader, Jo'Sean helps to lead Big Canoe paddles and other summer activities, while he gets hands on experience as an environmental educator. "Growing up I wasn't into the environment until my brother Joshua chose the nature path and I followed in his footsteps," said Jo'Sean. "As he got more into it, so did I and it made me fall in love with the beauty of nature. I get to spend all my work time outdoors learning every second and teaching what I learn to youth. Nature provides the most for us and I'm glad that I get all the opportunities to be outdoors." In addition to his recreation leader role at the Estuary Partnership, Jo'Sean also works at the community based environmental education nonprofit, Camp ELSO.
Susan Holveck, PhD
LCEP Board Chair, Portland Public Schools
Susan is the Program Administrator of K-12 Science Education with the Office of Teaching and Learning at the Portland Public School District. Susan received the 2018 Duane Marshall Special Service to Science Education Award and the Lower Columbia River Estuary Partnership Steward of the Year in 2009. She works with a team from the Oregon Department of Education, 12 other lead states, and the Council of State Science Supervisors on a project called Advancing Coherent and Equitable Systems of Science Education (ACESSE). This projects uses educational research and practice to improve equity in science education. Susan served for three years as the Oregon Science Teachers Association President and is currently their secretary. She actively supports science teachers in the Portland Public School District and loves getting students outside to learn. Susan has a B.S. in Genetics from Ohio State, an M.S. in Genetics and Cellular Biology from Washington State University, and a doctorate in Education from the University of Oregon.
LCEP Board Secretary/Treasurer
Jane was formerly the Watershed Services Group Manager for the City of Portland's Bureau of Environmental Services. In that position, she was responsible for overseeing planning, restoration, and monitoring activities in Portland’s watersheds to manage stormwater, protect water quality, and enhance habitats for fish and wildlife. Jane has 20 years of experience in natural resources management, including four years as a Policy Advisor on Willamette River and watershed issues for Oregon Governor Ted Kulongoski. She has also held positions with the Oregon Department of Land Conservation and Development, Oregon Department of State Lands, Portland State University, and the National Park Service. She holds a Master's of Environmental Management from the Nicholas School of the Environment at Duke University and a B.S. in Biology from the University of Vermont.
Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board
Lisa Charpilloz Hanson first signed up for government service in 1996 because she wanted to help people and protect Oregon’s natural resources for future generations. Lisa was born and raised in rural Marion County. She lived and worked on the family farm, learning how to be a good steward of the land. She later graduated from Oregon State University with a bachelor’s degree in Agriculture and Resource Economics.
Lisa’s state service began at the Oregon Department of Agriculture (ODA) as a Commodity Commission program manager. Prior to working for the State of Oregon, Lisa spent seven years working in the food processing industry as an agricultural field representative. Lisa’s hard work, experience, leadership, ability to build coalitions earned her several promotions at ODA. In 2005 she accepted the position as Deputy Director of the agency.
Lisa has provided leadership in highly controversial natural resource issues and regulation, participated in agricultural trade policy development and international trade missions, worked to develop strong productive relationships with federal and state agencies, as well as implementing adaptive change management to improve and modernize the agency’s service delivery to meet the diverse needs of Oregon.
Lisa is recognized nationally for accomplishments and leadership both professionally and personally. She has received the James Graham Award for Outstanding Service to Agriculture from the National Association of Departments of Agriculture, the Oregon Farm Bureau Service to Agriculture Award, the 2011 Linn Benton Community College Distinguished Alumni Recognition, the United States Department of Agriculture Group Honor Award of Excellence for work on nationwide practices for the USDA, helping establish inspection programs at the national level as well as serving as director for the American Hampshire Sheep Association.
Lisa is married and has two daughters in college and continues to live in rural Clackamas County.
Washington Department of Ecology
Rich Doenges (pronounced Den-jis) works as Ecology's Southwest Region Director, coordinating the activities and services for the agency in the twelve county region. Rich has worked in Ecology since 2014 and was previously managing water quality activities in the southwest region. He also represents Ecology at the Forest Practices Board and the Washington Coastal Marine Advisory Council. Rich has a diverse work experience. Prior to working for Ecology he was the manager for Washington Department of Natural Resources' Aquatic Resources Division. Rich has worked in county government in the fields of water resources and farmland preservation, directing farmland preservation programs in Washington’s Skagit County and in Lancaster County in Pennsylvania. He remains proud of his seven years working in East Africa in Kenya and Ethiopia on rural development and natural resource projects. Rich holds a B.S. in Natural Resources and a M.F.S. in Forest Ecology. Originally from Connecticut, he lives in Olympia exploring the outdoors on foot, bicycle and kayak, rooting for New England sports teams, and watching with pride as his two sons encounter adulthood.
Matthew A. Jones, Ph.D.
Matthew has been engaged in public and non-profit sector management consulting for over 15 years. He has extensive experience in organizational assessments, leadership development programming/training, executive coaching, emotional intelligence, strategic planning, and meeting facilitation.
He holds a Ph.D. in Public Administration and Policy, with an emphasis in organizational development and applied research methods. He formerly held academic appointments as an Assistant Professor of Public Administration at the State University of New York- Brockport and Assistant Professor of Practice at Portland State University's College of Urban and Public Affairs. His community service includes serving as a Commissioner for the Clark County, WA Clean Water Commission, where he chairs the outreach subgroup.
Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife
Kessina Lee joined WDFW in 2018. As the Director's representative and policy lead in Southwest Washington, Kessina works in close coordination with each program, as well as federal, Tribal, and local partners on implementing the WDFW mission of protecting native fish and wildlife, and providing sustainable fishing, hunting, and wildlife viewing opportunities for Washingtonians. Prior to coming to WDFW, Kessina worked as an aquaculture specialist for the Washington Department of Ecology. Before arriving at Ecology, Kessina was a Sea Grant policy fellow engaged in ocean and coastal issues with the Oregon Legislature’s Coastal Caucus and for the office of Oregon Governor Kate Brown. She also spent nearly a decade studying marine mammal strandings in the Pacific Northwest, as well as interactions between fish and sea lions on the Columbia and Willamette Rivers. Kessina holds a master’s degree in biology from Portland State University and has lived in the Pacific Northwest since 1989, when she migrated from the deserts of Arizona to the temperate rainforest, and raised her three sons on a small hobby farm in the foothills of the Columbia River.
Magruder Farms, Local Watershed Councils, Columbia County Board of Commissioners
Margaret is the managing partner of Magruder Farms, producing sheep in Clatskanie, Oregon and the managing partner of Oregon Shepherd, LLC, a manufacturer of all-natural wool building insulation in Rainier, Oregon. She serves on several national, regional, and local agriculture, environmental, and policy groups. Margaret's career in production agriculture provides her a foundation in conservation and environmental issues and fosters a deep appreciation for the Lower Columbia River region. Margaret also serves as a Columbia County Commissioner. She is a graduate of Willamette University and obtained a Master’s degree from Syracuse University.
Watershed Health & Green Infrastructure
Dean served as Director of Environmental Services for the City of Portland from 1994 to 2015, leading the effort to clean up the Willamette River in Portland. The City completed construction in 2011 of a $1.4 billion water quality improvement program that benefits Portland residents as well as everyone downstream, including the lower Columbia River. Discharges from the City's collection system caused by rain events have been cut by 94%. Dean led the City in becoming a leader in implementing the use of green streets, green roofs, and other sustainable stormwater management methods to improve water quality. Prior to moving to Portland, Dean was the Commissioner of Environmental Protection for the State of Maine for seven years. Dean received his J.D. from Florida State University and a B.S. in Political Science from University of Delaware.
Port of Kalama
Tabitha has worked with lower Columbia River public and private ports for 18 years. She has been the Environmental Manager at the Port of Kalama for the past 8 years. Tabitha has extensive experience in managing environmental resources on the lower river. At the Port she aims to increase economic development and create jobs in an environmentally responsible manner and enhance recreational opportunities for all members of the public.
She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology, a Bachelor of Science in Biology, and a Master of Environmental Science and Regional Planning. Her previous employment was as a Senior Scientist at an engineering, planning, and natural resources firm in Clark County, WA, and prior to that she worked as a water resources science technician at the Clark County Clean Water Program. She served as a Board Member at Columbia Springs, an environmental education center in Vancouver, WA for 8 years. She served on the City of Vancouver Sustainability Task Force, as well as numerous technical advisory committees for local updates to critical areas ordinances, shoreline management programs, and comprehensive plan updates. In 2005 she received the Vancouver Business Journal's "Accomplished & Under 40" award. She is a 2005 graduate of Leadership Clark County. Tabitha has a passion for the outdoors and protecting the environment.
Washington Department of Ecology
Rian Sallee leads the Vancouver Field Office for the Washington State Department of Ecology. Rian is responsible for managing the field office, with a focus on environmental justice and diversity, equity and inclusion efforts at the agency. Rian represents the Department of Ecology as a member of Governor's Interagency Council on Health Disparities. She also serves as Board representative for the Lower Columbia Estuary Partnership's Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Steering Team. Rian holds a Master of Environmental Science degree from Miami University.
Oregon Department of Environmental Quality
Richard was appointed the Director of Oregon’s Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) in February 2017, after serving as DEQ’s Acting Director since October of 2016. Prior to this role, Richard worked in the Governor’s Natural Resources Office as policy director from 2011 to 2016. There he coordinated the work of the state’s environmental protection and natural resources agencies. From 2008 to 2011, Richard served as the Director of Oregon’s Department of Land Conservation and Development, and before that was head of the Natural Resources Section under State Attorney General Hardy Meyers. .
Ex Officio Board Members
James "Dar" Crammond
US Geological Survey
Dar is the Director of the U.S. Geological Survey Oregon Water Science Center in Portland, Oregon. As a Supervisory Hydrologist, he coordinates and facilitates the work of hydrologists and hydrologic technicians who generate quality water data and unbiased public science with tribal, federal and state partners in Oregon. Dar has been involved with water resources and water rights in the Department of the Interior for two decades, working for the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and the USGS. Dar holds a B.S. in Hydrology and a J.D from the University of Arizona and is admitted to practice in Oregon and Arizona. He is an avid skier and cyclist and has an abiding love of Oregon's landscape.
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Irma is a Senior Policy Advisor with the West Coast Region of NOAA Fisheries. In this position, she provides strategic advice and support to salmon recovery through partnerships and innovative incentive approaches. Irma has over 28 years in the field of natural resource management and policy with a particular emphasis on the Endangered Species Act. She has worked with diverse coalitions including, federal and state agencies, Indian tribes, industry and conservation groups as well as private land owners to achieve mutual goals, and spent more than 13 years overseeing conservation programs in the Klamath Basin for NOAA Fisheries. She received her B.S. in Marine Biology from the University of California at Berkeley and an M.S. in Marine Environmental Science from the State University of New York at Stony Brook.
US Fish and Wildlife Service
John Netto has over 20 years of experience working with a diverse set of partners to conserve and restore fish populations and habitat throughout the United States. He currently serves as the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's Program Coordination Supervisor for the Pacific Northwest and Pacific Islands. In this role, he oversees the Fish Passage, Habitat Partnership, Aquatic Invasive Species, and Data Management programs for the Region. His 20-year career in the Service includes stock assessment and harvest management in the Great Lakes, river restoration and monitoring in California's Central Valley, and habitat restoration in the Pacific Northwest. Prior to joining the Service, he worked as a fish biologist for the Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission and a data analyst at the Quantitative Fisheries Center at Michigan State University. He holds a Bachelor of Science from the University of Idaho and Master of Science from Michigan State University in fisheries management.
Mary Lou Soscia
US Environmental Protection Agency
Mary Lou has worked for state, federal, and tribal government for over 35 years, specializing in watershed and river protection and restoration efforts. Mary Lou was on the team that created EPA's National Estuary Program and worked to get Congressional authorization for the program in the 1987 Clean Water Act amendments. Mary Lou worked with the Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission on loan from EPA and helped to create the Tribal watershed program, which is the basis for salmon restoration work efforts in the Columbia River Basin. Since 1997, Mary Lou has served as the Columbia River Coordinator for the US Environmental Protection Agency, Region 10. She leads the Columbia River Toxics Reduction Strategy, the Columbia River Toxics Reduction Working Group, and the implementation of the 2010 Columbia River Basin Toxics Reduction Action Plan. Mary Lou led the collaboration for the Oregon Water Quality Standards human health criteria, which led to the most protective state human health Clean Water Act criteria in the US and is currently leading the collaboration and Tribal fish consumption surveys with Idaho Tribal Governments to address Idaho human health criteria revisions to more adequately protect high fish consumers in Idaho. Mary Lou also provides senior EPA representation on Columbia River Treaty work efforts. Mary Lou has a B.A. in Geography from Virginia Tech and an M.A. degree in Geography from University of Maryland.
US Environmental Protection Agency
Yvonne is an Aquatic Ecologist with the U.S. EPA. For the last 20 years, she has worked in EPA's Oregon Operations Office in Portland as the Oregon Wetland and Watershed Coordinator and the Lower Columbia River Estuary Program Manager for EPA Region 10. She previously worked with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Her work with EPA is focused on the technical and policy aspects of the Clean Water Act (CWA), including Section 404. Her practicable experience includes work in wetland delineation and assessment, 404(f) exemptions, enforcement, mitigation, CWA jurisdiction, 404 program assumption, and wetland restoration, as well development of wetland research projects and the management of wetland development grants for states, tribes, and local governments. Yvonne is a licensed wetlands biologist. She earned a B.S. in Wildlife Biology from Louisiana Tech University and an M.S. in Marine Ecology from Texas A&M.
Honorary Board Members
Bill Hutchison, Esq.
Corporate & Environmental Law
Bill has long been involved in environmental and natural resource issues. He participated in development of Portland’s downtown plan and was a leader of environmental organizations. He chaired the Environmental Quality Commission and served as a co-chair of the Pacific Northwest Hazardous Waste Advisory Council. During his EQC tenure, he advocated for the nomination of the Columbia as a national estuary and he was involved with the Lower Columbia River Bi-State Water Quality Program. Bill led the Commission in the formulation of Tualatin River TMDLs and in issuing the stipulated order that triggered Portland’s sewer system and big pipe projects. He co-chaired Portland’s Willamette River Stakeholders Task Force. He has served on the Board of Forestry. Bill was active in the formation of the Lower Columbia Estuary Partnership. He is a member of the Oregon State Bar, and his practice emphasizes cooperative, corporate, real property, and environmental law. He currently chairs Oregon Community Foundation’s Oregon Parks Foundation Advisory Committee. He received his J.D. from Willamette University and his B.S. from the University of Oregon.
Debrah served as Executive Director of the Lower Columbia Estuary Partnership from its inception in 1995 until July 2020. She led development and implementation of the first comprehensive plan for the lower 146 river miles of the Columbia River, employing a comparative risk process and extensive public collaboration to define the actions. She grew the organization to a highly skilled staff of 22 who restore habitat, provide restoration expertise, collect and analyze data, monitor ecosystem conditions, provide applied learning to students, engage volunteers in riparian plantings, and involve the community members in sustaining the work. Debrah worked with members of Congress and regional partners to develop and secure federal legislation that is now funding actions to reduce toxic contamination in the Columbia Basin. In 2017, she initiated a Diversity, Equity and Inclusion process to address the continued exclusion of people of color and women in environmental practices and positions of power and the environmental injustices inflicted on communities of color and low-income communities. Prior to moving to Oregon, she was Deputy Commissioner and then Acting Commissioner of the Maine Department of Environmental Protection. She was Planning and Community Development Director for the City of Lewiston (Maine) and Development Director for Greater Portland (Maine) Landmarks. Debrah holds a M.A. in Geography from the University of Oregon, a B.A. in Geography from the University of Maine, and certificates from the Confluence Center for Mediation and Training, (Portland, Oregon) and the M.I.T. - Harvard Program in Dispute Resolution and is member of the American Institute of Certified Planners.