Guiding the Transition

Meet the people who have guided the transition from the Willamette River Initiative to the new Willamette River Network.

Beginning in November of 2017, a dedicated, passionate group of Willamette community members worked together over a year and a half to reflect on a decade of experience through Meyer Memorial Trust's Willamette River Initiative—and on larger needs in the Willamette Basin. They built on years of feedback from WRI grantees and hundreds of attendees of the Within our Reach conference about what would be of most value collectively. 

Together, they envisioned the future. They created a blueprint for a Willamette River Network, reflecting feedback during their process. They then served as advisors to recruit the first board and staff for the network. Their dedication has made this transition a true team effort. 

 

Blueprint Advisory Group

MARCELO BONTA, The Raben Group (now with J.E.D.I. Heart) 

JOEL CARY, Tualatin Valley Water District 

BOBBY COCHRAN, Willamette Partnership 

CASSIE COHEN, Portland Harbor Community Coalition 

HOLLY CROSSON, Benton Soil and Water Conservation District 

SARAH DYRDAHL, Middle Fork Willamette Watershed Council 

KATHLEEN “KAS” GUILLOZET, Bonneville Environmental Foundation 

DAVE HULSE, University of Oregon 

KRISTEN LARSON, Luckiamute Watershed Council 

JOE MOLL, McKenzie River Trust 

MARY ROSE NAVARRO, Metro (now with Meyer Memorial Trust)

MICHAEL POPE, Greenbelt Land Trust 

TODD REEVE, Bonneville Environmental Foundation 

SUSIE SMITH, Oregon Association of Clean Water Agencies

RYAN SPARKS, Oregon Parks and Recreation 

KELLY WARREN, Confederated Tribes of the Warm Springs (now with Ducks Unlimited) 

MIKE WILSON, Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde 

ERIC WOLD, The Nature Conservancy Oregon (now an independent consultant)

ALLISON HENSEY, Willamette River Initiative, Meyer Memorial Trust

 

Board Recruitment Team

GLADYS RUIZ, Gladys Ruiz Consulting

ERIC WOLD, The Nature Conservancy Oregon (now an independent consultant) 

CASSIE COHEN, Portland Harbor Community Coalition 

BOBBY COCHRAN, Willamette Partnership

ALLISON HENSEY, Willamette River Initiative, Meyer Memorial Trust

 

Co-Director Search Team

GABE SHEOSHIPS, Friends of Tryon Creek 

JESSICA MCDONALD, Greenbelt Land Trust 

GREG WOLLEY, Oregon Fish & Wildlife Commission & Creating Tomorrow’s Workforce

ALLISON HENSEY, Willamette River Initiative, Meyer Memorial Trust

JUAN CARLOS GONZALEZ, Centro Cultural & Metro Council (Search 2)