Our People


Shannon Richardson

Shannon has been shaped by Oregon’s waters. From exploring Willamette River sloughs in her backyard as a child to hiking up steep creek canyons on Steens Mountain to survey fish and their habitats, she has lived, worked and played across the state and beyond. After a protracted college career that spanned ten years, five schools,…

Mike Vernon

Mike Vernon

Mike recently graduated from Humboldt State University with an M.S. in Natural Resources. His thesis research investigated the influence of fuel reduction treatments on tree growth during the recent drought in northern California. Prior to graduate school, Mike spent several years working as a field botanist with researchers at Oregon State University and the U.S….

Jean-Paul Zagarola

Jean-Paul Zagarola

Jean-Paul Zagarola is an ecologist with Bonneville Environmental Foundation (BEF) and has been managing projects for Willamette watershed councils and conservation groups since 2013. He earned a BS at Portland State University where he first became interested in community-based watershed management and restoration and later earned his MS as a Fulbright Scholar studying adaptive ecosystem management…


Technical Advisor

Lance Gatchell – United States Forest Service liaison

Board of Directors

SSWC Board of Directors and Staff December 2017

December 2017

From left to right:
Lee Peterman – Board of Directors
Angela Clegg (former education coordinator)
Tyler Petersen (former project manager)
Katie Kohl – Board of Directors
Scott Marlega – Board of Directors
Nancy Gilmore, Treasurer
Norm Kaldahl – Board of Directors
Diane Kaldahl – Board of Directors
Nancy MacHugh – Board of Directors
Ken Crouse – Board of Directors
Richard Bates – Board of Directors
Eric Andersen – Executive Director

Board members not pictured:
Dan Nelson
Sandy Nelson