Our Board

Committing to help restore a clean and healthy Columbia we can all enjoy.

Board of Directors

  • Linda McLain, President
  • Colleen Coleman, Vice President
  • Ted Wolf, Treasurer
  • Rudy Salakory, Secretary 
  • Paloma Ayala
  • Carter Case
  • Laura Guimond
  • George Kimbrell
  • Karen Trusty

Advisory Board

  • Laurence Cotton
  • Gary Goodman
  • Rebecca Hawk
  • Tom Kelly
  • John Platt


Columbia Riverkeeper Board of Directors 2017:

Linda McLain (President) is a certified public accountant and co-owner of Currie & McLain, P.S. in Vancouver. A leader in civic and environmental causes in Southwest Washington, Linda believes Columbia River ports have better options than the export of fossil fuels. She and her husband Dale enjoy living in the beautiful Northwest, close to their son and his family. It’s a special treat when they get to travel to Prague to visit their daughter, husband and other grandson.

Colleen Coleman (Vice President) is communication strategist with Plas Newydd Farm in Ridgefield, Washington. She has 26 years’ experience in business development for arts education, science, and design services. For the last decade, Colleen has worked with river restoration and conservation groups to restore natural stream processes and habitats for Endangered Species Act-listed fish. A resident of Hood River, Oregon, she enjoys kayaking in the Columbia River and nearby mountain lakes.

Ted Wolf (Secretary/Treasurer) is a writer whose books include Salmon Nation (Ecotrust, 2003) and Klamath Heartlands (Ecotrust, 2005). Ted’s work centers on regional natural history and natural hazards such as earthquakes and tsunamis. He and his wife Karen live in Northeast Portland. Ted’s favorite river places include Astoria, Skamokawa, and hiking the bluffs above Catherine Creek.

Paloma Ayala Vela is a graphic designer and photographer. She works for PeaceVoice and serves on the Board of Directors of the Oregon Peace Institute. Paloma earned a Masters Degree in Conflict Resolution and has a long history of nonviolence work in her home country of Mexico. She lives with her husband Patrick and son Oliver in Hood River, Oregon and spends as much time outdoors as she can.

Capt. Peter Wilcox (immediate past President) is completing his 11th year on this board of directors. He consults in green economics, energy efficiency, and community design, and is a leading voice for petroleum-free recreational and commercial vessels. Peter kayaks and sails the Columbia River and northern Inside Passage waters, where he helps fishermen and ports thrive by becoming more sustainable. He and his wife Bridget live in an efficient solar houseboat on the Columbia in Portland.

Carter Case (past President) is an architect and principal of the Case Design Group in Portland, Oregon. A specialist in restaurant and hotel design, Carter has set the tone for some of Portland’s leading dining spaces including the landmark Heathman Hotel, Chef Vitaly Paley’s Imperial, Nonna, and Riverside in Hood River.

Laura Guimond is the international public relations lead for Travel Portland in Portland, Oregon. A communications professional with stints at the Eurasia Foundation, Mercy Corps, and the World Affairs Council of Oregon, Laura’s career in international relations began with a year in São Paulo in high school. A resident of North Portland, she counts the river cities of Astoria, Sevilla and Paris among her favorite places to unwind.

George Kimbrell is senior attorney for the Center for Food Safety, a nationwide nonprofit working to empower people, support farmers, and protect the earth from the harmful impacts of industrial agriculture. George’s policy and litigation docket includes food safety, agricultural water pollution, pesticides, organic integrity, factory farm pollution, food labeling, aquaculture, pollinator protection, and genetically engineered crops and animals.  When not at home with his family in Clark County, Washington, George is happiest fly-fishing the majestic and sacred rivers of Montana, Washington, and Oregon.

Rudy Salakory is the Aquatic Habitat Program Manager for the Cowlitz Indian Tribe. Since 2008 he has worked to restore wetland, floodplain, and riparian habitat throughout the lower Columbia River and its tributaries. A lifelong resident of the Pacific Northwest, Rudy went to school at Washington State University, played (outside, rain or shine), and raised a family (Jacob and Carmen) within ten miles of the Columbia River. He currently resides in Portland, Oregon with his darling, Geraldene.

Don Sampson is the CEO of Warm Springs Ventures, the economic development arm of the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs. An enrolled member of the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation, Don has served the tribes in leadership roles, and was previously the executive director of the Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission. His many advisory and elected board positions have included the Spirit of the Salmon Fund, Oregon Chapter of the American Leadership Forum, and the Columbia Basin Fish and Wildlife Authority.

Karen Haberman Trusty is an activist and community organizer whose experiences provide the subject of the documentary film “In Rarified Air.” In the early sixties, Karen worked throughout the south with the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC), and was attacked at a Klu Klux Klan rally in 1964. She continues to speak about her experiences in the civil rights movement and their relevance to racial issues today, and works for racial justice with organizations including Women Of All Colors and Don’t Shoot Portland. A lifelong sailor, Karen was the owner of The Sailing Life, selling sailboats for 25 years on the Columbia River. She makes her home in Southeast Portland.