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Daniel Newberry
Executive Director

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503-652-7477 ext 103

Daniel joined the Council in February, 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 and volunteering as a member of Portland’s Urban Forestry Commission.

Contact Me About: Media Publicity, Board of Directors, Partnerships, New project ideas

Photos by Bruce MacGregor Photography


Cathy Geiger
Finance and Operations Coordinator

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503-652-7477 ext 105

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, Office Operations or Grant Billing


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Noah Jenkins
Riparian Program Manager

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503-652-7477 ext 106

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


Courtney Beckel
Volunteer Program Manager

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503-652-7477 ext 101

Courtney joined the Johnson Creek Watershed Council in 2016. They manage the volunteer program, serving more than 2,000 volunteer sign-ups annually, workforce development, and the implementation of our Equity Action Plan. Courtney received a B.S. in Botany and Applied Ecology at Oregon State University, and has her Graduate Certificate in Nonprofit and Public Management from PSU. Before joining the council, they worked in agriculture, herbal medicine, and federal, state, and nonprofit jobs working to conserve endangered plants and wetlands. She loves connecting people with nature and place.

​​Contact Me About: Events, Volunteering, Equity, Workforce Development

Photos by Bruce MacGregor Photography


Gwyn Case
Riparian & Outreach AmeriCorps Member

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503-652-7477 ext 102
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Gwyn Case grew up in the Portland area and earned an undergraduate degree in Fisheries and Wildlife Science at Oregon State University. She has worked as a field biologist with birds on both sides of the United States, from Piping Plovers in New York to Bell’s Sparrows in California.

Most recently she has completed a master’s degree studying the foraging ecology of Northern Goshawks in British Columbia. Most of her free time is spent baking or biking; what’s left is devoted to reading, birdwatching, and knitting.

Contact Me About: Service Learning, Events, Volunteering, Digital Learning.


Elizabeth Brosig is our new Restoration Project Manager, she will be 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.


Sara is temporarily covering duties for Riparian Program Manager during Noah’s parental leave through early March.  Having grown up in Portland, Sara has had the pleasure of exploring local watersheds, including picking blackberries as a kid along Johnson Creek (before Noah got ahold of the riparian areas!) Many of these experiences were as a staff member through outdoor science education opportunities like Outdoor School.  These experiences lead Sara to deepen her science background through a Masters in Environmental Management at PSU and to conducting surveys of completed restoration projects in the Johnson Creek Watershed in 2011-12.  Most recently, she has served as Program Director at the Sandy River Watershed Council managing restoration, stormwater, and community engagement programs.  She is very pleased to be coming full circle and to the Johnson Creek community again.