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.
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.
Elizabeth Chiaravalli, LNG Organizer
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Elizabeth is an environmental educator and organizer. For the last eight years she has worked on fresh water issues, most often defending them from extractive infrastructure. She supports communities defending themselves from unconventional resource extraction by teaching organizing skills and facilitating workshops. In her role with Riverkeeper, Elizabeth is a Portland based organizer. She fosters meaningful solidarity between Portland’s urban population and Oregon’s rural communities to stand together against the threat of liquefied natural gas terminals and infrastructure. Previously she worked with ShellNo training “Kayaktivists” to prevent Shell’s arctic drilling plans, Michigan Coalition Against Tar Sands organizing with oil spill survivors and pipeline residents to end the transportation and processing of Tar Sands in the Great Lakes Basin, and Tar Sands Blockade stopping the Keystone XL Pipeline in East Texas. Elizabeth has a B.A. in philosophy from Kalamazoo College where she focused on social and ecological philosophy. Being from Michigan she finds inspiration in the Great Lakes and sees access to fresh water as one of her generation’s major issues.
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.
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.
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.
Kate Samson, Water Quality Assistant
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Kate assists with coordinating Riverkeeper’s volunteer Water Quality Monitoring and Adopt-a-River programs. She is thrilled to be surrounded by the dedicated team at Columbia Riverkeeper who share her passion for connecting people to the environment and raising awareness. She has a B.A. in Environmental Studies from the University of Oregon and is currently working on an M.S. in Natural Resources and Environmental Science. Her certificates in Sustainable Building and Design and Permaculture led her to working as a LEED associate on public building projects in Chicago, and she continues to pursue her interest in sustainable design wherever she can. She also enjoys traveling, art and music (particularly stained glass art), gardening, long distance hiking, reading, biking and a host of other outdoor activities like lounging all day long on the Klickitat.
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.
Liv Smith, Membership Assistant
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Liv assists in the area of Development, processing contributions and ensuring that donors are thanked in a sincere and timely manner. She is constantly inspired by the support and generosity of Riverkeeper’s fantastic members, as well as the hard work and drive of her Riverkeeper colleagues. Liv majored in graphic design and photography at Wichita State University in her home state of Kansas. She is a hobbyist photographer and enjoys contributing her photos to the organization. She also enjoys traveling, studying, spending time in the great outdoors (especially in the beautiful Columbia River Gorge and Pacific Northwest), music and singing, and all things related to animals, the environment, and science (especially astronomy).
Elizabeth Terhaar, Communications Director
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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
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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.