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Meet our Tualatin Riverkeepers Staff

As a staff, we are steadfast in our commitment to protect and restore the Tualatin River watershed alongside our members and supporters. We use our expertise as staff to build watershed stewardship through engagement, advocacy, restoration, access, and education. We are all Riverkeepers.


Jan Wilson (she/her)
Executive Director
Bio

Jan Wilson (she/her)

Executive Director

Jan has been connected to nature and water since her earliest memories, growing up in Michigan, where she would poke around in the creeks and ponds, looking for tadpoles and turtles, on her walk to school. She learned to canoe at summer camp when she was eight, spent summers boating with her family, and swimming in and skating on the many lakes "up north." She spent much of her teens and early adulthood riding horses, running, and cross-country skiing through "the woods," and then finally found her way to the Pacific Northwest, where she felt immediately at home among the big old trees and cold clear water of the temperate rainforests.

As a young environmental lawyer, Jan inherently grasped the connection between land uses and practices and the health of the watershed. For two decades, she helped Oregon communities and neighborhoods protect the urban and rural landscapes that their lives (and the lives of many non-human inhabitants) literally depend on. Then she spent the next decade helping conservation nonprofits make connections to people at their workplaces. Jan is as passionate about strategic planning and effective leadership as she is about the natural world.

Jan lives in Southwest Portland, near Fanno Creek, with her partner Paul, who shares her love of the natural world, and their dog Cami, who is often along for the adventure.

Mark Fitzsimons (he/him)
River Experiences Program Coordinator
Bio

Mark Fitzsimons (he/him)

River Experiences Program Coordinator

Mark grew up paddling Minnesota’s 10,000 lakes and rivers and has been a teacher, guide, and educational program developer/coordinator since then. He has most recently been dividing his time between coordinating the Audubon Society of Portland’s annual Birdathon fundraiser, guiding hiking and paddling trips for NW Discoveries, and teaching classes for the Backyard Bird Shop.

Mark also volunteers for the Johnson Creek Watershed Council and is a North Clackamas Urban Watershed Council board member. His other interests include nordic skiing, traditional archery, and paleo-archaeology.

Brittany Leffel (she/her)
Stewardship Program Coordinator
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Brittany Leffel (she/her)

Stewardship Program Coordinator

Brittany grew up along the Rocky Mountain foothills in Colorado. It wasn’t until after high school that she made the leap from hiker to activist. Her spark for advocacy began in 2017 when she moved to Bend, Oregon. From there, she became inspired to educate, encourage, and empower people to speak up for public lands. Brittany would go on to intern for organizations like the Oregon Natural Desert Association and Association of Northwest Steelheaders while earning her B.S in Urban and Public Affairs with a minor in Sustainability from Portland State University. Now, she looks forward to empowering Riverkeepers to find a sense of place right here in the watershed.

Brittany lives in Washington County with her partner, Patrick, and their two dogs, Cherokee and Kenobi. You'll often find them hiking through the Oregon Coast, the Cascade Mountains, or local public lands like the Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge.

Maya Hurst-Mayr (she/her)
Watershed Resilience Program Coordinator
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Maya Hurst-Mayr (she/her)

Watershed Resilience Program Coordinator

Originally from the Seattle area, Maya grew up surrounded by mountains, forests, and water and has been deeply connected to the natural environment from a young age. After studying plastic waste as an undergraduate, she became passionate about advocating for the health of aquatic ecosystems in Oregon. Since then she worked as an environmental consultant through the Oregon Applied Sustainability Experience internship program to reduce waste and utility consumption at Grand Central Bakery, and as an Office Assistant at a plant nursery where she has worked to increase awareness around relevant environmental issues. At the same time, she earned her Masters degree in Environmental Science and Management at Portland State University. Now, she's excited to collaborate with diverse stakeholders across the watershed and create a healthy, resilient ecosystem.

Maya and her partner live in SE Portland with their young dog, Nala. They can often be found taking Nala for long walks or runs around their neighborhood and parks.

Victoria Frankeny (she/her)
Riverkeeper & Staff Attorney
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Victoria Frankeny (she/her)

Riverkeeper & Staff Attorney

Victoria grew up in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, a city perfectly placed at the confluence of three major rivers. She spent her childhood constantly in the water boating, floating, and fishing. Her undergraduate career took her on a path of environmental policy, addressing the impacts of combined sewage overflow on water bodies and low-income communities.

Victoria moved to Portland to pursue environmental law at Lewis & Clark Law School. She graduated with an Environmental and Natural Resource Law Certificate and as a recipient of the Environmental Leadership Award. Her volunteer and clinic experiences have greatly influenced her work as an environmental advocate, focused on Clean Water Act, Endangered Species Act, and National Environmental Policy Act. Her interests include whitewater rafting and kayaking, camping, and spending quality time with her dog and two bunnies.

Schuyler Berry (she/her)
River Rentals Manager
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Schuyler Berry (she/her)

River Rentals Manager

Schuyler was born and raised in Portland, Oregon, and she is now playing basketball at Seattle Pacific University. Growing up in the Pacific Northwest with nature all around her, Schuyler could be found camping, rafting, and hiking with her family and friends, giving her a deep appreciation for the great outdoors. Rafting trips on the John Day river were a foundational element of her youth, where she first learned to fish and paddle a boat.

Now as a college student, Schuyler spends as much time as possible exploring the many hiking paths around Seattle. As a river rentals staff member with TRK last year, Schuyler adored spending time on the water and she's excited to spend her second summer with the Tualatin Riverkeepers.

Jessica Parsons (she/her)
Administrative & Membership Assistant
Bio

Jessica Parsons (she/her)

Administrative & Membership Assistant

Jessica is a second-generation Oregonian who grew up camping mostly on Mt. Hood. She’s fished a few times, a crabbed a few times, caught a lot of frogs... and somewhere along the line, it shaped her soul.

Following a BS in education from Western Oregon University, and long career in the field, Jessica is now a homeschooling mom of 2 young children who also have a deep love of the outdoors. As a co-admin at Wild Recess, a local nature-based adventure and education co-op, she has the opportunity to instill an appreciation for the outdoors in people of all ages.

Volunteerism has driven her all over this world, from supporting the nurses in a failure to thrive clinic in Romania through Global Volunteers to helping rebuild the brackish coastline of the Louisiana bayou with In Good Company and, of course, our own "backyard" here in the PNW. Before joining the team, Jessica was a volunteer with our Stewardship program, where she helped maintain Dirksen Nature Park’s oak savanna habitat. You’ll often find Jessica, her husband, and two children camping, backpacking, bicycling, or kayaking all across Oregon and Washington. Her favorite place to kayak on the Tualatin River is simply upstream of the 99W launch and she can’t wait to share this excitement with the Riverkeepers community!

2022 Summer Interns & Fellows

  • Shelby Vaver, Lewis & Clark Law School
  • Jack Staunton, University of Oregon School of Law
  • Lisa Millstein, University of Oregon School of Law
  • Kathryn Loden, University of Oregon School of Law
  • Margaret Murray, Willamette University College of Law

2022 Summer River Rentals Staff

  • Gage Boyer
  • Alex Giesemann
  • Brendan Finnerty
  • Alex Trinchero
  • Cameron Smith
  • Sam Vrooman
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