Our Team

Fighting everyday for clean water and healthy communities.

Brett VandenHeuvel, Executive Director & Riverkeeper

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

brett (1024x683)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

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

danDan works to engage diverse communities along the Columbia. Dan was the lead organizer in our successful campaign to protect forests and farmland from Bradwood Landing Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) pipelines. Dan is an expert on the impact of energy projects on water quality and communities, including LNG, coal export terminals, and power plants. He is also a member of the Hanford Advisory Board, where he speaks up as a public voice demanding faster and more robust cleanup. Dan is a fifth-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

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

laurenLauren 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

miles@columbiariverkeeper.org | (541) 272-0027

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.

 

 

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.

 

 

Christina Skirvin, Program Administrator

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

christina (1024x683)Christina works to ensure all Riverkeeper communications and outreach is strategic, efficient, and comprehensive. She is also the behind-the-scenes organizer of Riverkeeper events making sure everything runs smoothly. Christina holds a B.S. in Business Management from University of Oregon and a Master’s degree in Environmental Law and Policy from Vermont Law School. She brings to this position a strong and diverse background in communications and marketing after working at several advertising and public relations firms in Portland. Before joining Riverkeeper, Christina worked for Defenders of Wildlife where, among other responsibilities, she spent a considerable amount of time evaluating the environmental, political, legal, and economic implications the Klamath Basin Restoration Agreement and Klamath Hydroelectric Settlement Agreement would have on the Klamath River and the fish, wildlife, and human communities dependent on it. A native Oregonian, Christina has spent time living in many different areas of the state enjoying all the natural riches the state has to offer. A fond appreciation for the Pacific Northwest, and all its natural beauty, is what inspires Christina every day to work hard to protect and conserve the rivers, forests, wildlife, and diverse ecosystems in our backyard.

 

 

Theresa Labriola, Hanford Coordinator

theresa@columbiariverkeeper.org | (541) 490-2411

theresa (1024x683)Theresa brings to Columbia Riverkeeper a strong advocacy background, pursuing legal and grassroots solutions to environmental pollution and the over-exploitation of our natural resources. Most recently, she worked with the Pew Environment Group, building successful campaigns to restore our oceans by protecting forage fish like menhaden and anchovy. As an environmental litigator, she prosecuted lawsuits against some of the most egregious polluters of our air and water, including those who illegally released millions of pounds of pollutants from oil refineries into our air, discharged excess metals from coal plants into our water, and failed to properly treat municipal stormwater and sewage. Theresa received her law degree from Vermont Law School. While there, she edited the Vermont Journal of Environmental Law, published several editorials on genetically modified salmon and toxics in fish, and contributed to several law review articles on environmental justice. She also holds a B.S. in Education and Ecology from Cornell University.

 

 

Robin Engle, Development Director

robin@columbiariverkeeper.org | (503) 896-9967

robin (1024x683)Robin spends her time making sure Columbia Riverkeeper has the financial support from citizens, grants and businesses that it takes to run great campaigns, as well as promoting Riverkeeper’s work to the public. A native Northwesterner, Robin grew up in Seattle and has lived in Oregon for the three years after a brief stint in Los Angeles. Prior to working with Riverkeeper, Robin ran citizen outreach offices to educate the public and build political support for progressive causes, ran field offices in swing states to elect environmentally friendly candidates in 2008, and worked as the development associate for a local environmental group. Growing up on the Puget Sound instilled her with a passion for Northwest waterways, and she’s happy to have been a key part of successful campaigns to reduce ocean plastic and ban offshore oil drilling on the Oregon Coast. Robin got her B.A. in Political Science from the University of Washington, and currently lives in Portland. She was inspired to work on environmental issues by her grandmother, a longtime environmental advocate, organizer, and general muckraker. In her free time, Robin loves talking about protecting our planet and community activism, preferably at a local brewery.

 

 

Jasmine Zimmer-Stucky, Community Organizer

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

jasmineJasmine works in Portland to inform and engage residents about dirty coal export proposals that would transform the scenic Columbia River Gorge into a coal chute for energy export. 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. She brings a dedication to environmental justice a strong background in creative campaigning to Columbia Riverkeeper. On weekends Jasmine can be found whitewater rafting, tandem bicycling, or crafting the perfect cocktail drink to represent dirty coal.

 

 

Marissa Garcia, Membership Assistant

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

Marissa GarciaMarissa assists the Development Director with donor communications. Riverkeeper has a wonderful group of member donors and she finds it an honor to interact with them. Marissa was inspired to work on environmental issues after growing up next door to refineries, including Tesoro and Phillips 66. She experienced first-hand the hazards and health effects of living near large polluters, including explosions and high rates of asthma in the neighborhood. Marissa graduated from University of Oregon’s School of Law. There she focused on environmental justice through her thesis on climate responsibility and China, which examined how China’s right to develop and raise its population out of poverty conflicts with an international need to curb greenhouse gas emissions. Prior to law school Marissa received a B.A. in Peace Studies from Chapman University. In her free time, Marissa enjoys exploring the beautiful Columbia Gorge with her trusty canine sidekick.

 

 

Emily Long, Water Quality Assistant

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

Emily LongEmily assists the Water Quality Director with the volunteer programs. She has a B.A. in English with Environmental Studies from James Madison University. She aims to receive a master’s in Environmental Studies and Policy. Prior to working for Riverkeeper, Emily spent time in the National Park Service as a Hydrogeologist, focusing on wetland mitigation, stream restoration, and studying karst. She also ran water quality programs with local high school students. Emily enjoys exploring everything the Pacific Northwest has to offer and looks forward to meeting great people during each adventure.