Our Team

Fighting everyday for clean water and healthy communities.

Brett VandenHeuvel, Executive Director & Riverkeeper

bv@columbiariverkeeper.org | (503) 348-2436

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Brett VandenHeuvel leads Columbia Riverkeeper’s policy and legal advocacy work. Brett designs and implements creative campaigns, including current work to protect the Pacific Northwest from fracked gas, oil, and coal infrastructure. He is an attorney with expertise in energy facility siting, the Clean Water Act, and land use. Brett received the 2017 Distinguished Graduate Award from Lewis and Clark Law School, one of the nation’s top environmental law programs. Brett also received the 2015 Leadership and Service Award from the Oregon State Bar Environmental and Natural Resource Section. Prior to joining Riverkeeper, Brett conducted research on climate change during field expeditions to Antarctica and New Zealand. Brett holds a B.S. in Geology from Hope College, an M.S. in Quaternary Science and Climate Change from the University of Maine, and a J.D. from Lewis and Clark Law School. His work with Riverkeeper has been featured in numerous publications, including The Daily NewsThe New York TimesFox News, and the Lewis & Clark Chronicle. Brett lives in Hood River, Oregon, with this family.


Acasia Berry, Development Director

acasia@columbiariverkeeper.org | (541) 399-9119

Acasia works to share her passion for clean water and the wildlife that depends on it in the Columbia River Watershed while generating support for the our work. She brings over 25 years of experience working in conservation, community organizing and non-profit management and development. Acasia earned her BA in Anthropology from the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill where she helped found the Student Environmental Action Coalition. While working with the Haw River Assembly in the southeastern United States, she led an environmental education program closely tied to the Hudson Clearwater. Prior to joining the Columbia Riverkeeper team Acasia was the Associate and Interim Director at the Sky Island Alliance in Tucson, AZ working to protect and restore the biodiversity of the southeastern AZ, southwestern NM and northern Sonora. She is very happy to be back to where the rivers have water and in her spare time you can find her exploring the tributaries of the Columbia.


Rob Cochran, Canvass Director

rob@columbiariverkeeper.org | (541) 399-7284

As the Canvass Director, Rob runs the door-to-door canvass program out of our Portland office. Citizen Outreach is an important part of making sure Columbia Riverkeeper has the citizen support it needs to have an impact.  According to Rob, “Our job as canvassers is to identify citizens who are with us on the issues and invite them to be part of the solution.”  Rob has an extensive background as an activist and canvasser on a variety of campaigns ranging from environmental issues to social justice and consumer advocacy. Recently, he was a canvass lead with Oregon United For Marriage, which won the freedom to marry for LGBT couples throughout Oregon. Prior to making Portland his home, he spent several years in Mexico working on a documentary film about world citizenship and international human rights.  When he’s not out knocking on doors for Columbia Riverkeeper, Rob enjoys playing the piano, singing, and teaching Spanish.


Lorri Epstein, Water Quality Director

lorri@columbiariverkeeper.org | (541) 399-0769

lorri (1024x683)Lorri coordinates Riverkeeper’s volunteer Water Quality Monitoring and Adopt-a-River programs. She has a B.A. in Environmental Studies from UNC-Chapel Hill and a M.S. in Biology from the University of Montana. Her graduate research focused on juvenile salmon on a remote river on Russia’s Kamchatka Peninsula. Prior to joining Riverkeeper, Lorri worked on river restoration issues on the Klamath, Yakima, and Umpqua Rivers. She also taught outdoor education in the California Redwoods. Lorri loves being on the river, especially in her whitewater kayak, and hopes to see you on the water.


Lauren Goldberg, Staff Attorney

lauren@columbiariverkeeper.org | (541) 965-0985

laurenLauren focuses on Columbia Riverkeeper’s energy and toxic-free waters campaigns. Lauren’s practice areas focus on protecting salmon habitat and river communities from energy projects, including oil-by-rail, natural gas, and coal export projects. Lauren also works with Riverkeeper members to enforce the Clean Water Act and hold polluters accountable for violating the law. This includes two high-profile cases against the federal government to curb oil pollution from nine of the nation’s largest hydroelectric dams. Lauren also works with diverse coalitions to fight for laws that protect people from toxic pollution. Lauren graduated with honors from Lewis and Clark Law School with a certificate in Environmental Law and holds a B.A. in Conservation Biology and Legal Studies from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. In her spare time, Lauren enjoys playing with her young daughters at Columbia River beaches.


Ubaldo Hernández, Community Organizer

ubaldo@columbiariverkeeper.org | (541) 490-7722

Ubaldo works as a Community Organizer, conducting community outreach on clean water while promoting equity, inclusion, and diversity. Ubaldo has been an active member in the Latino community in the Columbia Gorge, participating in projects that promote awareness on issues that are relevant to Latinos in Oregon and Washington. In the last fifteen years, he has dedicated his free time to launch and participate in multiple projects benefiting the Latino community, including the local community radio station Radio Tierra. In his free time, he enjoys mountain biking, fishing, and hiking in the Columbia Gorge.


Miles Johnson, Clean Water Attorney

miles@columbiariverkeeper.org | (541) 490-0487

milesMiles works to reduce water pollution and toxic contamination by enforcing the Clean Water Act and providing legal counsel for Riverkeeper’s campaign to stop dirty fossil fuel exports. Miles graduated from Lewis and Clark Law School, where he specialized in environmental litigation and natural resources law. Prior to law school, Miles received a B.A. in Biology and Environmental Studies from Whitman College, and worked as a fisheries researcher in Oregon, Washington, and Alaska. Miles grew up in Newport, Oregon, where fishing is a staple of the local economy and a crucial part of the community’s identity. An avid fisherman, Miles is dedicated to promoting and recovering sustainable commercial, sport, and subsistence fisheries throughout the Columbia Basin. As an enthusiastic fish-eater, Miles is personally invested in ensuring that we can eat fish caught in the Columbia without endangering the health of our families.


Caroline Park, Administrative Assistant

give@columbiariverkeeper.org | (541) 387-3030

Caroline supports Riverkeeper’s office operations and assists the development team with membership relations. Prior to Riverkeeper, Caroline’s love and respect for the mighty Columbia River developed while growing up on the north Oregon Coast, near the mouth of the river. After receiving her B.S. in Political Science from Santa Clara University, she returned to Oregon where she worked in marketing at an energy management and sustainability consulting firm. More recently, Caroline became involved in the clean water movement through her work supporting the annual conferences for River Network and Waterkeeper Alliance. In her spare time, you’ll find Caroline adventuring with her partner and her two dogs along the Columbia, volunteering in her community, or enjoying a craft beer at one of the Gorge’s many microbreweries.


Dan Serres, Conservation Director

dan@columbiariverkeeper.org | (503) 890-2441

danDan works to engage diverse communities along the Columbia. In 2005, he started with Columbia Riverkeeper as the lead organizer in our successful campaign to protect the Columbia River Estuary, forests, and farmland from the Bradwood Landing and Oregon LNG Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) proposals and their related pipelines. Since 2009, he has filled the role of Conservation Director where his work has broadened to protecting the Columbia River from a barrage of dirty fossil fuel export proposals including LNG export terminals, coal export terminals, oil-by-rail facilities, and power plants. Dan is also a member of the Hanford Advisory Board, where he speaks up as a public voice demanding faster and more robust cleanup of North America’s most contaminated nuclear site. He is a fourth-generation Oregonian, born and raised outside of Oregon City. Dan’s background is in Earth Systems science, and he received a B.S. and M.S. from Stanford University. When not traveling around the Columbia River watershed in his work for Riverkeeper, Dan can be found on the basketball court or hiking through the desert.


Elizabeth Terhaar, Communications Director

liz@columbiariverkeeper.org | (503) 784-5324

Elizabeth supports Riverkeeper operations by maintaining office systems and communications. Prior to the Riverkeeper, she has worked in various marketing and public relations functions in Austin, Texas. She is passionate about protecting the Columbia River watershed for future generations. Elizabeth holds a B.A. double major in Journalism and Spanish from the University of Oregon. In her spare time, she enjoys kayaking, fishing and hiking in the Columbia Gorge.


Jasmine Zimmer-Stucky, Senior Organizer

jasmine@columbiariverkeeper.org | (503) 929-5950

jasmineJasmine works to support community members all along the Columbia River. Her role is to inform and engage residents in Oregon and Washington on coal export and oil terminals that would transform the scenic Columbia River Gorge into a dirty energy corridor. Jasmine led the public campaigns to stop would-be coal export terminals from polluting Oregon’s air and water and now focuses on doing the same in Southwest Washington. She first worked with Columbia Riverkeeper in 2011 as the Water Quality Monitoring Intern where she collaborated with volunteers to collect water quality data informing state agencies on river and salmon health. Jasmine was raised in Salem and has a B.A. in General Science from the University of Oregon. Swimming, surfing, and whitewater rafting are the source of inspiration for her work at Columbia Riverkeeper.

Meet Riverkeeper’s Citizen Outreach Team

Fighting everyday for clean water and healthy communities.

The Riverkeeper Citizen Outreach Team works to engage the public in Columbia River issues, shows them how to get involved, and helps raise funds.