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, four majors, several jobs and a lot of coffee, she finally finished her B.Sc. of Fisheries and Wildlife Sciences at Oregon State University.

The day after graduating, Shannon began working for the Nez Perce Tribe in Lapwai, Idaho before coming home to Oregon in 2009. She spent the last 11 years of her career in a variety of fisheries research and management roles with the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife before moving into her current position as the Executive Director of the South Santiam Watershed Council.

With more than fifteen years in the public sector, Shannon is particularly drawn to service leadership and collaborative governance. Outside of work, Shannon is a proud partner in a family that consists of 2 adults, 2 young people, 2 dogs, and 3 cats.  She also enjoys cycling, mountain biking, playing in water and running ridiculously long distances.

Marie Heuberger

Marie Heuberger

Marie is a lifelong Oregonian with a deep passion for the Santiam basin. She grew up playing on the banks of the North Santiam, which helped foster in her a deep sense of love and wonder for the environment. She recently graduated from Oregon State University with a degree in Fisheries, Wildlife, and Conservation Sciences and a specialization in Fish Health. Her love for the environment extends beyond just fish; her other interests include plant ecology and taxonomy, invasive species ecology, and herpetology. When she’s not working, she enjoys sewing, gardening, spending time with her cats, and finding small bodies of water to look for critters in. Marie interned with the North Santiam Watershed Council in 2021 helping with post-fire recovery efforts, and is thrilled to now work with both the South and North Santiam Watershed Councils as the Wildfire Adapted Communities Specialist.

Alex Shoulders

Alex was born and raised in Lebanon, Oregon. If he wasn’t digging for clams and catching crabs on the Oregon Coast with his grandma, he was swimming in the South Santiam River in the summers with his family. Growing up in Oregon allowed him to experience a range of environments that all sparked and nurtured his love and respect for the natural world. After high school, he attended Oregon State University, where he recently graduated with a B.Sc. in Fisheries, Wildlife, and Conservation Sciences. Some of his previous work includes blueberry picking, lifeguarding, and meticulously weighing dried Pacific Cod samples. 

He interned for the Calapooia Watershed Council in the spring of 2023 as an urban ecology educator. This internship proved to be a fantastic experience where he learned the importance of helping students build their relationships with the outdoors. That same year, he worked for the South Santiam Watershed Council as their outdoor school associate, where he finally got to experience the wonder of Oregon’s outdoor school. He is now excited to step into the Watershed Education Program Coordinator role, where he hopes to continue engaging students with the outdoors. When he is not on a field trip, he can usually be found reading, gardening, cooking, and spending time outside with his dogs. 

Tyrell Styhl

Ty grew up amidst the rugged high deserts of Southeast Idaho, forging a connection with the land through time spent with family on their ranching operations, on river trips, and climbing around in the mountains. After serving in the United States Navy, Ty owned and operated a residential construction company in Boise while raising his two daughters. 

In his late twenties, he returned to school and earned an Associates of Science in Biology from the College of Western Idaho and a Bachelor of Science in Ecology and Conservation Biology from the University of Idaho. During his academic journey, he conducted a variety of research projects, such as entrainment of snails in a canal, American kestrel conservation projects, land-use ecology of osprey, and diets of greater sage-grouse. 

As the Ecological Projects Coordinator at SSWC, Ty applies his ecological and project management skills to assist the community and partners in implementing meaningful restoration projects on the lands and waters in the South Santiam watershed. He is excited to promote stewardship and restoration within the watershed with a positive attitude and a multiple-land-use understanding. Outside of work, Ty enjoys foraging, gardening, hunting, carpentry, and as of recently, crabbing on the Oregon coast.

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