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.
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 and past 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.
Allen Damon joined Western Rivers Conservancy’s board of directors in 2021 after serving as an active volunteer on the organization’s Bay Area Advisory Committee for several years. Allen has pursued a career in investment management and has held senior wealth management positions with UBS and Goldman Sachs for the last 26 years. Originally from Honolulu, Hawaii, Allen grew up on the islands before heading east to school where he received a BA in History and Economics from Yale University and an MBA from Harvard Business School. Allen has a deep interest in the natural environment and has served on numerous not-for-profit boards including the San Francisco Asian Art Museum (where he chaired the investment committee), the San Francisco Boys & Girls Club, One Purpose School, and JustGive.org. He speaks French, travels extensively, plays tennis and golf, enjoys hiking and, whenever possible, spends time on the river with a fly rod in hand.
Eric Adema has been a lifelong fly fisherman, outdoorsman and conservationist. He currently resides in San Francisco, where he is a Principal and founding partner at Elevate Capital Partners, an investment and asset management firm focused on the commercial aviation industry. Prior to co-founding Elevate Capital Partners, Eric spent nearly 15 years with Vx Capital Partners, where he was a Principal and Executive Vice President. His earlier experience included roles with Ocean Power Corporation, 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 co-founded Western Rivers Conservancy and serves as President. Sue has more than 30 years of experience in conservation real estate and is a leading expert in conservation finance. Her commitment to protecting our great western streams is guided by a lifelong passion for rivers and the great outdoors. During her career Sue has purchased and protected more than 100,000 acres along dozens of rivers throughout the West, including the Klamath, John Day, Yampa, Hoh, Gunnison, Madison, Bear, Skagit and Salmon. A native of Washington D.C., Sue calls the Pacific NW home where she lives with her wife, Holly, daughter, Zoe, son, Sam and their beloved Bernese mountain dog, Bentley. She received her Bachelor of Science from the University of Maryland and conducted her graduate work in Urban and Regional Planning at George Washington University. Sue is an avid hiker and skier, and enjoys (more than just about anything) floating the great rivers of the West.
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.
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 BA from Dartmouth in Biology/Creative Writing.
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. Passionate about viticulture, Lynn and her late husband, Jack, were co-owners and partners of Adelsheim Vineyard in Newberg, Oregon for nearly two decades before becoming full owners in 2017. When she’s not tending to her Chehalem Mountain vineyards, Lynn likes to hike and hunt with “The Girls” (Elli, Oakley and Solo), her three golden retrievers.
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 recently stepped down after 24 years as President and Managing Director of Shiels Obletz Johnsen, Inc., a Portland based project management and development consulting firm. Carter is active in the nonprofit community and currently serves on the boards for Western Rivers Conservancy, Oregon for Climate Action (Treasurer), Oregon Business for Climate (President) and Transition Projects. He was previously on the boards of The Nature Conservancy, 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 children, with recent trips to Africa, Argentina and Chile. When in Oregon, he can think of nothing better than a day of fly fishing on the Deschutes River.
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.
Darcy is a fisheries biologist and now lives in Cordova Alaska, where she and her husband, Dave, own and run a commercial fishing boat. She also serves on the board of the L.P. Brown Foundation, a family foundation in Colorado, where Darcy was born and raised. As a federal fisheries biologist, she is actively involved in conservation and habitat restoration for Columbia River threatened, endangered, and sensitive fish species. As a board member of the L.P. Brown Foundation, she is an active proponent of environmental causes, child education and sustainable living. Darcy received a BA in Environmental Studies from the University of Vermont and is a member of the Oregon Chapter of the American Fisheries Society.
Liam Thornton brings a rich knowledge of commercial and recreational real estate to Western Rivers Conservancy. Prior to his 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's 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.
Bruce has more than 40 years of experience in banking and investment counseling. He received a Bachelor’s degree from Vanderbilt University and was awarded the Chartered Financial Analyst designation in 1991. Bruce recently retired from the Board of Trustees of the Arizona Chapter of the Nature Conservancy, which he served for 20 years. He served as Chairman from 2000 to 2003. An active member of St. Barnabas on the Desert Episcopal Church, Bruce has served on the Vestry and Finance Committee and is a past chairman of the Stewardship Committee. Finally, Bruce is a passionate fly fisher and casting instructor. He has Master Casting Instructor and Two-Handed Casting Instructor certifications, and currently serves as Chair of the Flyfishers International Casting Board of Governors. Bruce and his wife, Stephania, met at Vanderbilt, and they have been married for 44 years. They have two sons and two granddaughters.
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.