Board of Directors

 

Robert Anderson 
Chair
Investor & Rancher
 
Corrales, NM
A native of southeastern New Mexico, Robert Anderson graduated from Cornell University and served in the Peace Corps before studying business at the University of New Mexico and joining his family’s company. There, he took up duties as manager and director of subsidiaries and affiliated enterprises engaged in farming, ranching, oil and gas exploration, manufacturing, banking, real estate development and restaurants. Robert has served as director of a number of charitable and civic organizations, among them The Nature Conservancy, the American Farmland Trust and the University of New Mexico’s Robert O. Anderson School of Management Foundation.
Tim Wood
Vice Chair
Retired - Director of Oregon Parks and Recreation Department
Lake Oswego, OR
Tim Wood served as Director of Oregon Parks and Recreation Department from 2004 to 2014 and as Assistant Director prior to that. As head of OPRD, he championed Western Rivers Conservancy’s efforts to create Cottonwood Canyon State Park. During his time at OPRD, Tim was responsible for the day-to-day operations of the park system, planning, engineering, natural resources and recreation programs, property management and identification and acquisition of new park properties. In 1996, Tim completed 24 years of active duty service with the U.S. Army, achieving the rank of colonel. Tim holds an undergraduate degree in Parks Administration from Ohio State University and a master’s in System Management from the University of Southern California.
Bill Brown
Treasurer
Retired - President - Green Diamond Resource Company

Seattle, WA
Bill Brown is a longtime supporter of river conservation and for two decades has been a friend and supporter of WRC. Bill served as President of Green Diamond Resource Company for seven years and as CFO of Plum Creek Timber Company prior to that. He brings invaluable business experience and industry knowledge to WRC. Under Bill’s leadership, Green Diamond’s California operations were certified by the Forest Stewardship Council, and Bill has extensive knowledge of working with conservation organizations to devise creative ways of protecting sensitive natural areas in forested landscapes.
Eric Adema
Principal - Vx Capital Partners
San Francisco, CA
Eric Adema has been a lifelong fly fisherman, outdoorsman and conservationist. He currently resides in San Francisco, where he is a Principal at Vx Capital Partners. Eric oversees transaction origination for the firm, and is responsible for Vx’s efforts to acquire aircraft and make investments in aviation-related assets. Previously, Eric was Finance Director at Ocean Power Corporation, an alternative energy company that was based in NY and CA. His earlier experience included roles with Citigroup’s Corporate & Investment Bank in London, Paris and Norway, though his favorite job was serving as an Orvis-endorsed fly fishing guide in Jackson Hole, Idaho and New Mexico. He is currently a board member of the Henry’s Fork Foundation, an Ambassador for California Trout, a member of The Guardsmen, an amateur backcountry pilot, and Co-Founder of Lost Coast Outfitters fly shop in San Francisco.  Eric holds a B.A. from St. Lawrence University, and an M.B.A. from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.
Sue Doroff
President - Western Rivers Conservancy 
Portland, OR
Sue Doroff co-founded Western Rivers Conservancy and serves as President. Sue has more than 25 years of experience in conservation real estate, and her commitment to protecting our great western streams is guided by a lifelong passion for rivers and the outdoors. During her career Sue has purchased and protected tens of thousands of acres along dozens of rivers throughout the West, including the Klamath, John Day, Yampa, Hoh, Gunnison, Madison, Bear, Skagit and Salmon Rivers. Sue received her Bachelor of Science from the University of Maryland and conducted her graduate work in Urban and Regional Planning at George Washington University.
Ken Grossman 
President - Sierra Nevada Brewing Company 
Chico, CA
Ken Grossman is the founder, president and CEO of Sierra Nevada Brewing Company. Ken has a long history of community service and a strong interest in the environment. As owner of a large property on Big Chico Creek that includes the principal holding pool for chinook salmon, Ken is dedicated to the stewardship of river ecosystems. He is a Trustee of Sacramento River Partners and a strong supporter of numerous environmental groups. Ken studied chemistry and physics at Butte Community College and California State University at Chico.
Betsy Jewett
Conservationist
Spokane, WA

For over three decades, Betsy has worked as a staff member, Board member, and volunteer for many conservation groups including staff of The Nature Conservancy and American Farmland Trust in Washington, DC, and Board member of World Wildlife Fund, U.S. and Northern Lights Institute (Missoula, MT). Betsy was a co-founder of Inland Northwest Land Trust, based in Spokane, WA, where she served as a Board member and Chaired the Land Protection Committee for 15 years. Betsy also serves as a Director of the George F. Jewett Foundation. She lives outside Spokane, WA on the Spokane River and is an avid kayaker and landscape oil painter. Betsy has a Masters in Environmental Studies from Yale School of Forestry, a Masters in Public and Private Management from Yale School of Management and AB from Dartmouth in Biology/Creative Writing.

Lynn Loacker
Philanthropist
Portland, OR
Lynn Loacker is a philanthropist, conservationist and longtime friend of Western Rivers Conservancy. She is an avid outdoorswoman, has a deep love of nature and is an ardent supporter of the arts and animal causes. She serves on the boards of numerous organizations in Portland, Oregon and beyond. Lynn and her husband, Jack, have a passion for growing grapes, have several vineyards of their own and are partners and owners of Adelsheim Vineyard in Newberg, Oregon.

Carter MacNichol
Managing Director - Shiels Obletz Johnsen, Inc.
Portland, OR
Carter MacNichol is a long-time conservationist with deep ties to both Oregon and Idaho’s Stanley Basin. He has over 35 years of experience in real estate and development and currently serves as the Managing Director at Shiels Obletz Johnsen, Inc., where he has led the development of many of the company’s high-profile transportation, mixed-use, nonprofit and office headquarters projects. Carter is active in the nonprofit community and sits on several community boards. He was previously on the boards of Portland Community Land Trust, Children’s Museum, Oregon Zoo Foundation and the I Have a Dream Foundation. Carter earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Education from Lewis & Clark College and a Master’s Degree in Management from Willamette University. He enjoys traveling with his wife and two grown sons, with recent trips to Africa and New Zealand. When in Oregon, he can think of nothing better than a day of fly fishing on the Deschutes River.
Nan McKay 
Consultant

Seattle, WA
Nan McKay provides consulting services to nonprofit organizations and foundations. She worked for six years for The Russell Family Foundation, guiding the design, implementation and evaluation of the foundation's environmental sustainability program. Prior to that, Nan worked for three Washington governors, serving as Chair of the Puget Sound Water Quality Action Team for seven years and Executive Director and Deputy Director of the Puget Sound Water Quality Authority for 10 years. She has served on non-profit boards and task forces focused on environmental protection, research and education, youth, libraries, sustainable development, community development, energy conservation, mental health and international relations.
Peter Moyle
Associate Director - Center for Watershed Science, U.C. Davis
Davis, CA
Peter Moyle is Associate Director of the Center for Watershed Science at the University of California, Davis as well as Professor in the Department of Wildlife, Fish and Conservation Biology. Peter is a nationally-renowned expert in fisheries science and the impacts of climate change on riparian ecosystems. He is the author or co-author of over 200 peer-reviewed publications and a member of American Fisheries Society and numerous professional organizations. Peter holds a BA and a PhD in zoology from the University of Minnesota and an MS in Conservation from Cornell University.

Jon Roush

Retired - Environmental Consultant

Portland, OR
Jon began his conservation career in the 1970s with The Nature Conservancy (TNC), first as a field representative and then as Executive Vice President. He left TNC in 1977 to start a small ranching business in western Montana. Over the next decade, he developed a successful model system of ranch management, using ecological principles and humane animal care. While in Montana, Jon formed Canyon Consulting and advised environmental groups, from British Columbia to Puerto Rico, on organizational strategy. In 1993, he became the President of The Wilderness Society (TWS). He left TWS in 1996 to return to an independent consulting practice with his wife, Joyce Chinn. Jon has served on numerous boards, including the Board of Governors of The Nature Conservancy, where he was Chairman for two terms.


Jim Smith

Dedicated Conservationist
Denver, CO
A resident of Colorado, Jim Smith is a long-time conservationist with deep ties to the Pacific Northwest. He is a past chair of Great Outdoors Colorado, current chair of Colorado's chapter of The Nature Conservancy and has served on the boards of Point Serve, The Colorado National Bank, Critical Path, Stellar One, The Children’s Hospital and the Public Education Network. Jim has 28 years’ experience in the telecommunications and directory publishing industries. A river-lover through and through, Jim spent summers when he was growing up on Oregon’s Deschutes River, where his Grandfather ran the Warm Springs hatchery. He also has strong connection to the history of the North Umpqua, where his great grandparents homesteaded and operated the river’s first fish hatchery. Jim is an avid outdoorsman with a passion for fly fishing, sailing, skiing, golfing and biking.

Liam Thornton
Executive Vice President-Development - Live Nation
Hermosa Beach, CA
Liam Thornton brings a rich knowledge of commercial and recreational real estate to Western Rivers Conservancy. Prior to current role at Live Nation, Liam was a Principal at Trinity 3 Investment, Playa Associates and Thinkwell Development, and was a senior real estate investment and development executive at House of Blues Entertainment, Universal Studios, and Disney Development Company. Liam holds a Bachelor of Science from Santa Clara University’s School of Civil Engineering and a Master of Science from Massachusetts Institute of Technology School of Architecture and Planning (Center for Real Estate). An avid outdoorsman, Liam loves skiing, mountain biking and spending time on rivers enjoying his new-found love of fly fishing.

Directors Emeriti

Henry Little 
Partner - Applied Conservation

San Francisco, CA
Cleve Pinnix 
Retired - Washington State Parks & Recreation Commission

Olympia, WA
Darcy Saiget
Fisheries Biologist - U.S. Forest Service
Cordova, AK
Phillip Wallin 
Retired - Cofounder / President - Western Rivers Conservancy

Portland, OR
Jack Williams 
Chief Scientist - Trout Unlimited 
Medford, OR