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2014 Plenary Presenters

Hervé Piégay | Research Director, National Center for Scientific Research

Herve Piegay

He recently coordinated an international team on the redynamisation of the Rhine downstream from Kembs. He is leading a research program focused on feedbacks from monitoring programs conducted for assessing river restoration. Since 2010, he is the research leader of the scientific team working on the Rhône valley, being in charge of the Rhône Observatory of Human and Environment Interactions (33 full-time researchers involved, 1.2 millions of Euros budget per year; strong partnership with most of the stakeholders involved on the river). He has coordinated several edited books such as Tools in Fluvial Geomorphology with M.G. Kondolf (2003), Gravel-bed rivers 6 : From process understanding to river restoration with H. Habersack and M. Rinaldi (2007) or fluvial remote sensing for science and management with P. Carbonneau (2012).

Emma Marris | Environmental Writer

Emma Marris

John Horvick | Vice President and Director of Research, DHM Research

John Horvick

Dr. Heath Kelsey | Program Director/Associate Research Scientist, University of Maryland Center for Environmental Sciences (UMCES)

Heath Kelsey

The development process involves facilitating discussions with stakeholders from academic, management, and user communities to communicate results to broad audiences. Ongoing projects include assessments for coastal India with the Ministry of Environment and Forests, the Mississippi River with The Nature Conservancy, the South Atlantic region of the US with the South Atlantic Landscape Conservation Cooperative, and NOAA's Coral Reef Monitoring Program. Dr. Kelsey earned his MSPH and PhD in Environmental Health Sciences at the Arnold School of Public Health at the University of South Carolina, in 2000 and 2006 respectively.

Rose Wallick | Hydrologist, US Geological Survey

Rose Wallick

Rose received her B.S. from Colorado State University in Watershed Science and a dual M.S. degree from Oregon State University in Geology and Bioresources Engineering. Prior to joining the USGS she worked as a hydraulic engineer for DHI, Inc.

Roy Haggerty | Professor of Environmental Geology, Oregon State University

Roy Haggerty

Steve Kucas | Environmental Compliance Manager, Portland Water Bureau

Steve Kucas

James White | Operations and Program Integration Manager, Upper Columbia Salmon Recovery Board

2014 Featured Speakers

Libby Barg | Vice President, Barney & Worth, Inc.

Libby Barg


Dan Bell | Willamette Basin Conservation Director, The Nature Conservancy

Dan Bell


Troy Brandt | Principal Biologist, River Design Group, Inc.

Troy Brandt

Jennifer Browning | Executive Director, Bluestem Communications

Jennifer Browning

In addition to the traditional executive director duties, she works directly on several communication campaigns and on projects supporting networks and coalitions, including, the Mississippi River Network, the Texas Land Trust Council and the Willamette River Initiative in Portland, Oregon. Jennifer Browning has spent the last five months exploring the opportunities for a collaborative effort in support of the Willamette River. She has interviewed more than two dozen Willamette River environmental organizations and stakeholders on behalf of the Meyer Memorial Trust to determine if a Network is warranted and feasible Jennifer holds a BS in Biology from the University of Illinois. She resides in Chicago with her husband, three children and three dogs and spends time hiking, gardening and bird watching.


Dan Calvert, Ph.D. candidate | Oregon State University

Dan Calvert

Cassie Cohen | Executive Director, Groundwork Portland

Cassie Cohen

Holly Crosson | Executive Director, Benton Soil and Water Conservation District

Holly Crosson

She was a liaison to Vermont's Congressional delegation for the state's Water Quality Division. In 2002 she began working at the University of California, Davis, in several capacities: in the Department of Environmental Science and Policy, with UC Sea Grant Extension, and at the UC Davis Arboretum and Public Garden.
While at UC Davis she initiated and led various programs and collaborative partnerships, from drafting the State Aquatic Invasive Species Management Plan, to designing educational exhibits and implementing watershed protection training programs for master gardeners, irrigation districts, natural resource professionals, and others. Prior to joining the BSWCD, Holly spent five years farming organically on 145 acres in the Applegate Valley of southern Oregon.

Crystal Durbecq | Willamette Mainstem Coordinator, Benton Soil and Water Conservation District

Crystal Durbecq

Crystal is an avid outdoor enthusiast who spends most of her time enjoying the unique beauty of the northwest and cultivating a deep appreciation for the bounty of natural resources here and how they enhance our quality of life.

Sarah Dyrdahl | Project Manager, Calapooia, South Santiam, and North Santiam Watershed Councils

Sarah Dyrdahl






Stan Gregory | Distinguished Professor of Fisheries, Oregon State University

Stan Gregory

Pete Gruendike | Fisheries Biologist, River Design Group, Inc.

Pete Gruendike

He has also assisted watershed councils and land trusts in the Willamette Valley with project identification, developing stage-discharge relationships to assess existing and potential floodplain connectivity, and participating in habitat restoration implementation projects. Pete has been involved with projects throughout the mainstem Willamette River between Albany and Eugene, and has participated in numerous projects on Willamette River tributaries.

Kathleen Guillozet | Project Manager, WSIP Collaborative Planning Process Third Stream

Todd Heidgerken | Manager of Community and Intergovernmental Relations, Tualatin Valley Water District

Todd Heidgerken

In addition, Mr. Heidgerken is active in the Special Districts Association of Oregon where he serves as the Legislative Committee Chair. Mr. Heidgerken has over 23 years of experience in water resource issues and has represented both agricultural and municipal interests during his career. His educational background includes a Bachelor of Science degree in Agricultural and Resource Economics from Oregon State University.

Allison Hensey | Program Director, Agriculture & Watersheds, Oregon Environmental Council

Allison Hensey

Allison received her B.A. from Claremont McKenna College and her J.D. from the University of Oregon. Before joining the Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board, she practiced land use law in Portland. Allison serves as an Associate Director on the Board of the East Multnomah Soil and Water Conservation District.

Rose High Bear | Executive Producer, Wisdom of the Elders

Rose High Bear

Programs and projects include Discovering Our Story (which provides culturally tailored multimedia health and wellness curriculum to Native communities), the Northwest Indian Storytellers Association (formed in 2004 to to encourage, preserve and strengthen traditional storytelling among tribes in OR, WA and ID, and to share tribal oral cultural arts with Portland and our entire region), and Discovering Yidong Xinag, the Native youth leadership initiative that includes Summer Field Science Camps for Native youth and families using Wisdom's curriculum that integrates Western science with TEK and includes indigenous multimedia.

Lauri Holts | Natural Resources Enhancement Coordinator, City of Eugene

Lauri Holts

Michael Hibbard | Professor Emeritus, University of Oregon Department of Planning, Public Policy and Management

Michael Hibbard

He has published and consulted widely on those issues. He has been a visiting scholar at Adelaide University and the University of Queensland (Australia), Kyoto University (Japan), Seoul National University (South Korea), and the University of the South Pacific (Fiji). Before entering academia full-time he worked for more than ten years in rural community and regional development.

Wendy Hudson | Willamette Partnership Coordinator, Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board

Wendy Hudson

Wendy has a Master's degree in European diplomatic history from George Washington University, which she says provides no utility to her professional life, but makes her a fascinating individual to converse with.

David Hulse | Philip H. Knight Professor, Department of Landscape Architecture, University of Oregon

David Hulse

Hulse is a graduate of Harvard University's Graduate School of Design, a Fulbright Scholar, and a recipient of the US Chapter of the International Association for Landscape Ecology's Distinguished Landscape Practitioner Award.

Cheryl Hummon | Riparian Specialist, Oregon Department of Agriculture

Cheryl Hummon

Her background includes biodiversity, ecosystem services and functions, sustainability, climate change, water resources, incentives for conservation on private lands, green business recognition programs, environmental education, and geology.

Robin Jenkinson | Restoration Coordinator, Johnson Creek Watershed Council

Robin Jenkinson



Marci Krass | Restoration Coordinator, Willamette Riverkeeper

Marci Krass

As a restoration coordinator Marci is working in partnership with diverse stakeholder groups to help restore gallery cottonwood forest, oak woodlands, and riparian habitat in multiple reaches of the mainstem Willamette River. What she enjoys most about her work is connecting community members and students of all ages with local natural areas along the Willamette River through paddle trips that combine an element of restoration.

Kristen Larson | Council Coordinator, Luckiamute Watershed Council

Kristen Larson

Willie Levenson | Ringleader, Human Access Project

Willie Levenson

Meta Loftsgaarden | Director, Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board

Meta Loftsgaarden

And, she promoted rural economic and natural resource policies as deputy communications director for Montana's Governor and communications coordinator for the Montana Stockgrowers Association. Meta has a Master's in Public Administration from Portland State University and a Bachelor's in Agriculture Extension from Montana State University. She and her husband are avid hikers and kayakers and have fully embraced Oregon's passion for great local foods.

Jim Meierotto | Water Supply Program Communications, Tualatin Valley Water District

Jim Meierotto

He was also responsible for monitoring and managing high bill calls from residential customers as well responding to customer's questions and concerns. Jim's communications career began with electric utilities in Idaho and Oregon. Jim has a B.S. in Natural Resource Management from the University of Idaho.



Mike Mertens | Director of Spatial Analysis, Ecotrust

Mike Mertens

Mike has developed and advised on how to use GIS and spatially explicit, on-line tools for stakeholder driven decision processes for a wide array of applications and has led a variety of technical workshops teaching nonprofit organizations from around the world how to use GIS for conservation purposes. Mike received his B.S. in Natural Resource Planning from Humboldt State University and his Ph.D. in Urban Studies: Regional Science at Portland State University.


Tom Miewald | Landscape Ecologist & Conservation Data Coordinator, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Pacific Region

Tom Miewald

Joe Moll | Executive Director, McKenzie River Trust

Jeremy Monroe | Director, Freshwaters Illustrated

Jeremy Monroe

It is that deeper connection that he hopes can inspire more sympathy for aquatic life and that might contribute to a more inclusive movement to conserve freshwater ecosystems.

Karl Morgenstern | Environmental Management Supervisor, Eugene Water & Electric Board

Karl Morgenstern

Ibrahim Mubarak | Co-Founder, Portland's Right 2 Dream Too

Ibrahim Mubarak

Kristen Pleyte Acock | Water Resources Engineer, City of Portland

Kristen Acock

Michael Pope | Executive Director, Greenbelt Land Trust

Michael Pope

George Pugh | Calapooia River watershed

Todd Reeve | CEO, BEF

Todd Reeve

Under Mr. Reeve's direction, BEF developed the first 10-year Model Watershed approach to support community-based efforts to restore watershed ecosystems. He earned an MS degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a BA from the University of Oregon. He has worked in various capacities for community-based organizations, agencies, and universities, and has been with BEF since 2000.

Mike Rosen | Watershed Division Manager, City of Portland

Mike Rosen

When he's not at work he spends time with his family, advocates for public education, continues to work on PDX 2 Gulf Coast and reads comics (and other stuff too).


Kirk Schroeder | Research Biologist, Oregon Deptartment of Fish & Wildlife

Kirk Schroeder

Luke Schultz | Project Leader, OSU Fish Research Cooperative Unit

Luke Schultz

Lauren Senkyr | Habitat Restoration Specialist/Contractor, NOAA Restoration Center/ERT

Lauren Senkyr

Kyle Smith | Communications and Development Director, Calapooia Watershed Council

Kyle Smith

Kyle serves as president of the Blueback Chapter of Trout Unlimited and is the Oregon State Representative for Trout Unlimited's National Leadership Council. Kyle also serves as a wild fish advocate on the Oregon Hatchery Research Center Advisory Board. His constant companion and hunting partner is an 11 month old Pudelpointer named Sawyer.

Travis Williams | Executive Director, Willamette Riverkeeper

Travis Williams

Jeri Williams | Diversity and Civic Leadership Coordinator, City of Portland

Brad Winthrow-Robinson | Associate Professor Extension Forestry and Natural Resources Program, Oregon State University

View our 2012 speaker line-up here.