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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

Photo 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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[email protected]
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

Photo 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.


Board of Directors

Andrew Brown (2016) Jurisdictional Representative; Conservation Program Supervisor, East Multnomah Soil & Water Conservation District

Andrew joined EMSWCD as the Conservation Program Supervisor in August 2015. He oversees EMSWCD’s Land Legacy Program, Grants Program and Headwaters Farm Incubator Program, and serves as the District-wide planner. Andrew’s planning and conservation experience is mainly in South Africa, where he worked in the public, non-profit and private sectors. He worked as a program manager in the Park Planning and Development Department of South African National Parks where he coordinated a regional landscape conservation initiative, and has managed various conservation planning, land conservation, stewardship and restoration projects.


Marianne Colgrove (2017) Deputry IT Director, Reed College; Founder, Friends of Tideman Johnson; Committees: Facilities, Fundraising

I’ve been involved with JCWC since 2007 when I helped found the Friends of Tideman Johnson and the Council sponsored our first Community Watershed Stewardship Grant.


Tim Crawley (2015) – Vice Chair; Attorney at Law, Preg, O’Donnell & Gillett; Committees: Executive, Facilities

Timothy Crawley has been a volunteer with Johnson Creek since 2013 and joined its Board in 2015. He currently serves on the Executive Committee and as the Board Secretary. He is an advocate for the environment and is passionate about habitat restoration for our local species, particularly the salmon that populate our rivers and creeks.


Peregrine Edison-Lahm (2019) Environmental Scientist, Self-employed. Committees: Outreach, Fundraising

Peregrine Edison-Lahm has been involved with JCWC since 2010, when, as a professional intern, she did the detective work to map all the environmental projects that had been performed in the watershed. She was also our interim volunteer and outreach coordinator in the summer of 2015. Her other environmental work includes watershed planning in Hawai’i, and mapping projects across the country with Defenders of Wildlife. She is an alumna of Oregon Graduate Institute and Claremont McKenna College. Currently, when she is not learning web development or working as a personal organizer, she can be found cycling around town, salsa dancing, or tango dancing.


David Gruen (2019) – Contract Researcher, USEPA; Committees: Outreach, Land Use

David Gruen works as an Oak Ridge Institute for Science & Education (ORISE) Research Participant for the Environmental Protection Agency’s Region 10 Office of Water and Watersheds where he works to protect and restore water quality. David joined the Board in January 2019 and is a member of the Land Use Planning and Outreach Committees. In his spare time, he enjoys eating and drinking his way through Portland’s incredible food scene, hiking and camping, and watching baseball. David holds a master’s degree from the Bren School of Environmental Science & Management at the University of California, Santa Barbara and a Bachelors of Arts from the University of Michigan.


Svetlana Hedin (2020) – Jurisdictional Representative, City of Portland

Svetlana Hedin is an Environmental Technician II at Bureau of Environmental Services on the Community Engagement Team where she focuses or managing the Green Street Stewards program, supervising an AmeriCorps member and stakeholder engagement.


Katie Holzer (2015) – Jurisdictional Representative, City of Gresham; Committees: Interjurisdictional

Katie is a Watershed Scientist for the City of Gresham. She has a PhD in ecology and spends her time studying the interactions between the stormwater, soils, streams, and wildlife. She has volunteered with the Council since 2008, has been serving on the Board since 2015, and is the Chair of the Johnson Creek Inter-Jurisdictional Committee.


Roy Iwai (2007) – Jurisdictional Representative, Multnomah County; Committees: Community Inclusion, Interjurisdictional

I manage the Water Quality Program for Multnomah County’s Transportation Division as the Water Resources Specialist. I have a keen interest in fish of all kinds and so I approach watershed management from a fish’s point of view. I am an idealist and optimist, and I believe we will learn how to live with nature


Melanie Klym (2013) – Chair; Water Resources Engineer, GeoEngineers; Committees: Executive, Land Use

Melanie Klym has been volunteering with the watershed council since 2009 when she co-founded the annual Creek Clean-Up through Green Lents. She has been serving on the Board since 2013 and is currently the Chair and participates in the Executive and Land Use committees. Outside of the Council, she works as a water resources engineer at GeoEngineers to restore and enhance fish passage, floodplain connectivity, and in-stream complexity throughout the Pacific Northwest. Melanie enjoys watching the birds in her backyard wildlife habitat with her cats from the safety of the catio.


Denise López (2021)

Denise López is an environmental and social justice advocate passionate about serving and motivating communities to protect their local environments. She has worked with communities of color on a variety of projects like equitable access to green spaces in Portland, Chicago, and Hanoi. 

Growing up in Gresham, Oregon, Denise loved showing her family from Los Ángeles and Mexico the gorgeous landscapes of the Pacific Northwest. Prior to joining Friends of the Columbia Gorge in 2021, Denise worked for the Portland Bureau of Planning & Sustainability, the Environmental Law & Policy Center in Chicago, and the Nature Conservancy in Markham, Illinois. She’s driven to be a part of change in her community by encouraging others to join, dream, and accomplish more together. Denise holds a bachelor’s in environmental sociology and public health from Northwestern University. In her her free time she enjoys baking, paddling, chasing after her well-loved cats.


John Nagy (1995) – Jurisdictional Representative, Clackamas County; Committees: Governance, Interjurisdictional

John is a Technical Services Specialist for Water Environment Services, Clackamas County. With over thirty years’ experience in the water quality field, he brings a focus on storm water and riparian issues that can impact the watershed. His first involvement with Johnson Creek started over 25 years ago with the Johnson Creek Corridor Committee (which later became the JCWC) and has continued ever since. For much of that time, he has also been a member of the Johnson Creek Inter-jurisdictional Committee. In addition, he has served on the North Clackamas Urban Watersheds Council and the Clackamas River Basin Council. In his off time he can usually be found working on restoring and operating vintage trolleys for a local non-profit museum.


Bruce Newton (2014) – Treasurer; Former Director, West National Technology Support Center, Natural Resources Conservation Service (retired); Committees: Executive, Governance, Interjurisdictional;

Bruce Newton is a retired Federal scientist.  He previously held positions with the US Environmental Protection Agency and the US Department of Agriculture.  Upon retiring in 2013 Bruce began volunteering at the Council and in 2014 joined the Board.


Mary Ann Schmidt (2015) – Portland State University faculty, retired, Environmental Science and Management Department; Chair, Crystal Springs Partnership; Committees: Fundraising

I am the liaison between the Crystal Springs Partnership and the Johnson Creek Watershed Council board.


Advisory Circle

The Johnson Creek Watershed Council Advisory Circle is a group of regional community leaders with diverse experience, expertise, and affiliations, which they use to advance the Council’s mission, goals, and values.

  • Bill Bakke, President, Native Fish Society
  • Earl Blumenauer, U.S. House of Representatives
  • Diane Boly, Partner, Boly Welch
  • Robert Gootee, President and CEO, MODA Health
  • Mike Houck, Executive Director, Urban Greenspaces Institute
  • Teresa Huntsinger, Engineer, OTAK
  • Steve Johnson, Professor, Portland State University
  • Gary Klein, Wells Fargo (retired)
  • Walt Mintkeski, Environmental and Energy Efficiency Engineer
  • Jonathan Nicholas, Vice President, MODA Health
  • Gary Rydout, Education Consultant
  • John Wrenn, Senior Vice-President, UBS

The Johnson Creek Watershed Council actively works with community groups, local and federal governments, schools, businesses, other nonprofits and various individuals throughout the year who help us serve our mission.

Jurisdictional Partners

What is a jurisdictional partner?

The Johnson Creek Watershed includes parts of two counties (Clackamas and Multnomah) and five cities (Damascus, Gresham, Happy Valley, Milwaukie, and Portland). Jurisdictional representatives are jurisdictional staff members voluntarily assigned by their respective jurisdictions to the JCWC board of directors in an ex-officio (non voting) capacity. The intent of having jurisdictional representatives serve on the JCWC board is to ensure successful communication and close coordination between the Watershed Council and the watershed jurisdictions with whom we work closely and cooperatively. Though non-voting board members, jurisdictional representatives advise and make recommendations to the board.