Our Staff

JCWC Staff, left to right: (upper) Cathy Geiger, Alison Perkins, Noah Jenkins, Sara Volk, Elizabeth Brosig; (lower) Sima Seumalo, Daniel Newberry, Marlee Eckman

We have lots of opportunities, from volunteering to internships to board and staff positions.

Elizabeth Brosig

Restoration Project Manager

Elizabeth Brosig is our Restoration Project Manager, she is providing leadership and guidance to the Council’s restoration programs and managing implementation of specific Council restoration projects. She earned her B.S. in Environmental Resources Engineering from Humboldt State University and has worked as a water resources engineer, specializing in fish passage and urban stormwater design. 
Elizabeth is passionate about native plants and wildlife. She is a certification technician for the Backyard Habitat Certification Program and loves meeting new gardeners and seeing the amazing habitats people create in their yards. Most of her free time is spent in her garden, growing food and habitat. Elizabeth can also be found hiking, birdwatching, cooking, and reading with her husband Sean and their dog Bentley.

Contact Me About: restoration, stormwater management


Marlee Eckman

Volunteer Program Manager

Marlee joined the Council in March, 2022. Since graduating from Pacific University in 2019 with a B.S. in Biology, they have been exploring what the world of natural resources, environmental education, and community engagement has to offer. Before joining the Council, Marlee served as an Americorps member with the City of Gresham and directed environmental education programs with Tualatin Hills Parks and Recreation District.  As an advocate for environmental and social justice Marlee believes in building equitable futures through collaboration with the community. They are very excited to be working with volunteers throughout the Johnson Creek Watershed to further watershed health and community building. 
Most of their free time is spent eating food with friends, cuddling with their cats Worf and Barclay, and taking walks around their neighborhood.

Contact Me About: volunteer stewardship, general outreach


Cathy Geiger

Finance Manager

Cathy joined the Council in 2012. She earned her B.S. in Business Administration from Warner Pacific College. Cathy has worked in a variety of financial capacities and businesses since 1984. Before coming to JCWC she worked at Portland General Electric for 12 years as a Business Analyst.
Cathy is active in the community volunteering or serving on a board, “restoring” her bit of land along Johnson Creek, teaching Qigong, hiking with her dog Kona and creating mischief with her partner Joe.

Contact Me About: general accounting questions, grant billing

503-652-7477 ext 105

Noah Jenkins

Riparian Program Manager

Noah has been with the Council since 2005, beginning with two years of AmeriCorps service before joining the Council’s staff. He holds an M.S. in Environmental Sciences from Portland State University, where he studied wetland vegetation management for his thesis. Prior to that, he served as a member of the Peace Corps in Uzbekistan, where he ate some really questionable stuff.

When not being paid to plant things, Noah spends his time planting things without being paid. He can also often be found trying to keep his cat from destroying important documents, playing the violin with anyone who’ll put up with it, and cooking good food and reading with his amazing wife, Lora.

Contact Me About: streamside property, native plants, invasive species


Daniel Newberry

Executive Director

Daniel joined the Council in 2015. He has worked in watershed management since 1993, including serving as a hydrologist with both the Mt. Hood National Forest and the Hoopa Valley Tribe, as the Executive Director of both the Applegate River Watershed Council and the Siskiyou Field Institute, and as an independent consultant designing/implementing stream restoration projects and strategic planning for many Oregon watershed councils.  He holds a B.A. in Physics from Middlebury College and a Masters of Forest Science from the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies.

When not at the Council, Daniel can be found running way too many miles on trails, photographing and attempting to identify all manner of species.

Contact Me About: media publicity, Board of Directors, partnerships, new project ideas
Photo by Bruce MacGregor Photography


Sima Seumalo

Outreach & Riparian Specialist

Sima Seumalo joined the Council as a Confluence Americorp member in September 2023. She earned her degree from Mount Hood Community College’s Natural Resources program and previously worked as an event coordinator. She has spent the last 12 years volunteering with local, conservation- oriented organizations and is excited to be on board with JCWC as their Outreach and Riparian Specialist. She looks forward to facilitating community stewardship, nurturing relationships with partners and working on restoration projects during her Americorps term. In her free time, she enjoys bikepacking, cooking with her housemates, and (consensually) petting your fur baby.

Contact Me About: community science, volunteer programs


Sara Volk

Community Outreach Coordinator

Sara served the Council as the 2022-23 Confluence AmeriCorps member before filling the role of Community Outreach Coordinator in 2024. With a passion for the environment, Sara earned a B.S. in Environmental Science at Portland State University after a 15 year career in education. Her dedication to her work, coupled with her educational background, equips her with the knowledge to explore critical environmental issues and inspire others to do the same.

Beyond her professional endeavors, Sara remains deeply connected to nature and believes in leading by example. She enjoys spending her free time exploring the great outdoors both on the trail and in the water, volunteering for environmental causes, and nurturing her own connection to the natural world through art, music, and time with family and friends. She also enjoys walks with her partner and their two pups, Stellaluna and Professor Cheese.

Contact Me About: community science, bilingual program, communications


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