Fighting everyday for clean water and healthy communities.
Brett VandenHeuvel, Executive Director & Riverkeeper
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Brett approaches Columbia Riverkeeper’s work through the eyes of a scientist, educator, lawyer, and avid river user. Prior to joining Riverkeeper, he conducted research on climate change during field expeditions to Antarctica and Alaska. For four years, Brett worked for the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry as a naturalist and educator at field stations outside of Fossil and Bend, Oregon. He also started a solo law practice representing environmental groups in Oregon and Washington and then served as Columbia Riverkeeper’s staff attorney from 2006 to 2008. Brett has litigated and won cases challenging illegal pollution discharge, LNG terminal land use approvals, failure to disclose public information under the Freedom of Information Act, and destruction of salmon habitat. While leading nearly a dozen kayaking trips on the Hanford Reach, Brett has swum next to mothballed nuclear reactors more times than anyone he knows. He holds a B.S. in Geology from Hope College, an M.S. in Quaternary Science and Climate Change from University of Maine, and graduated with Honors from Lewis and Clark Law School. Brett lives in the Columbia River Gorge where he also enjoys swimming and boating on the Columbia, fruit from the Hood River Valley, salmon, cross-country skiing, and wildflowers. His work with Riverkeeper has been featured in numerous publications, including The Daily News, On Earth, and the Lewis & Clark Chronicle.
Dan Serres, Conservation Director
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Dan 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 Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) proposal and its 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.
Lauren Goldberg, Staff Attorney
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Lauren focuses on Columbia Riverkeeper’s energy campaigns and toxics reduction work. This includes working with a diverse coalition of Columbia River tribes, farmers, and business owners to improve water quality and reduce toxics in Columbia River fish. Lauren’s practice areas focus on nuclear cleanup at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation and protecting salmon habitat and river communities from energy projects, including liquefied natural gas, oil-by-rail, and coal export projects. She also works with Riverkeeper members to enforce the Clean Water Act and hold polluters accountable for violating the law. 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, she enjoys heading outside to hike in the Columbia Gorge and eastern Oregon.
Miles Johnson, Clean Water Attorney
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Miles 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.
Lorri Epstein, Water Quality Director
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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.
Jasmine Zimmer-Stucky, Senior Organizer
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Jasmine 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.
Acasia Berry, Development Director
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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.
Abigail Cermak, Hanford Coordinator
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Abigail encourages the public to speak out for a clean and safe Columbia River, working to provide transparency surrounding the complex and contentious cleanup efforts of the Hanford Nuclear site in Washington. She believes that citizens should be at the forefront of decisions affecting the health and sustainability of their community. Abigail decided to pursue her Masters in Urban and Regional Planning from Portland State University after she was involved in transforming an old gas station into a non-profit coffee house and community center in her neighborhood. For the past three years she has worked for the City of Portland’s Brownfield Program helping people redevelop neglected and often contaminated properties into neighborhood assets. Her passion for environmental planning and environmental justice has fueled her commitment to helping others realize their individual power in influencing planning efforts to improve the environment where they live. When she is not working, you will most likely find her in the garden, on a tractor or searching for the perfect Northwest swimming hole.
Rob Cochran, Canvass Director
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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.
Olivia Smith, Membership Assistant
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Olivia assists Columbia Riverkeeper and the Development Director with donation processing and donor relations, helping to build and retain membership for the organization. Ensuring that donors feel appreciated for their generosity and support is important and rewarding to her. Prior to moving to the Mid-Columbia in 2011, she lived in Kansas, where she attended Wichita State University for design and photography. Nearly every weekend, she and her husband can be found exploring the beautiful Columbia River Gorge and other parts of the great Northwest. Some of her other hobbies/interests include: spending time with family, music and singing, photography, traveling, and all things related to space, animals, and the environment.
Mary Ann Warner, Clean Water Community Organizer
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Mary Ann’s focus is to meet community members in Multnomah County impacted by toxic pollution. She’s identifying communities that fish for resident fish (carp, bass and catfish) in the county’s most polluted waterways and building relationships with them to drive the clean up of these areas. In partnership with local fishers and organizations, Mary Ann will move the conversation on toxic fish beyond posting fish advisories and towards real action to clean up the rivers and sloughs of Multnomah County. Mary Ann has a long history of community organizing and has been part of organizations like Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG); American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU); Basic Rights Oregon; and Fund for the Public Interest. She is also a Union Steward and Community Chair for Communication Workers of America (CWA) Local 7901. Mary Ann’s passion for the environment and social justice issues stems from a need to leave this planet better for future generations. When Mary Ann is not working you can find her playing pool, bowling, going to music venues, fishing or hanging out on sailboats.
Elizabeth Terhaar, Communications Director
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Elizabeth supports the 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.