- President - Caitlin Alcott
- Vice President of Operations (VPO) - Caitlin Alcott
- Vice President of Programs - Roslyn Gray
- Treasurer - Morgan Clay
- Secretary - Glen Leverich
Board of Directors
- Caitlin Alcott, Oregon
- Reid Camp, Idaho
- Morgan Clay, Washington
- Roslyn Gray, Oregon
- Katie Jagt, Colorado
- Glen Leverich, Oregon
- Ellen McClure, Oregon
- Jared Mckee, Oregon
- Erin McGowan, Montana
- Judi Radloff, Washington
- Tad Schwager, Washington
- Mark Wilcox, Oregon
|Annika Sullivan, PE, CFM||Waterways Consulting||Portland, OR||Ecological restoration – planning, design, and implementation; hydrologic and hydraulic analysis; floodplain management|
|Judi Radloff, LG||King County River and Floodplain Management||Seattle, WA||Fluvial geomorphology and engineering geology as applied to multi-benefit floodplain management and flood risk reduction projects|
|Mark Wilcox||Multnomah County Drainage District||Portland, OR||Water resources, floodplain management, project management|
|Reid Camp||Cramer Fish Sciences||Moscow, ID||Fluvial geomorphology, watershed planning, river restoration design and implementation, restoration effectiveness monitoring|
New Board Member Bios
I am a Registered Professional Engineer in Oregon, Washington, and California and Certified Floodplain Manager. I have over eight years of experience supporting, leading, and managing water resource engineering projects ranging from river and wetland restoration design to hydrologic and hydraulic analysis for floodplain management, stormwater management, and ecological restoration planning efforts. I enjoy working on interdisciplinary teams to design projects that maximize ecological uplift using natural bed and bank treatments and maximize flood reduction potential.
My path to river restoration has not been linear, but my diverse background in science and engineering and passion for understanding ecological processes has led me to my career as a restoration engineer. A Portland native, I was first introduced to river restoration as a seasonal fish habitat surveyor for the Forest Service and Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife while in college. I attended Oberlin College, just 10 miles from Lake Erie, where as a biochemistry major, I became fascinated with water quality issues and started a volunteer-based organization to improve local stormwater management. It was through my work founding this organization and designing stormwater basins, I realized I wanted to be an engineer. I attended Oregon State University and received my second bachelor’s degree in civil engineering. I have had the opportunity to intern locally with Clean Water Services and Cardno as part of the Civil Engineering Cooperative Program and launched my career as an engineer focusing on river restoration at Environmental Science Associates in San Francisco, CA. Since, I have moved back to Portland and enjoy working on complex projects that challenge me to continue learning. In my spare time, you can find me exploring the outdoors or practicing yoga.
Statement of Interest
RRNW provides an amazing opportunity for networking and skill sharing not only locally, but internationally. I have enjoyed meeting professionals from across our industry at past symposia and attending RRNW sponsored events, including film screenings and professional workshops. I am particularly grateful for RRNW’s free programming throughout the year made possible by sponsorship including the “Practicing Biocultural Restoration” forum. It is these types of programs that are much needed in our field as we seek to respect the environments in which we work and integrate local knowledge. As an engineer with diverse background and interests, I hope to continue RRNW legacy of advancing the field of river restoration. I hope to serve on the board as facilities coordinator and draw on my experience as an environmental events coordinator while in college.
In my current role I specialize in fluvial geomorphology and engineering geology as applied to multi-benefit floodplain management and flood risk reduction projects that serve residents of King County, Washington. My work includes evaluation and mitigation of geologic hazards including landslide, channel migration, and coastal erosion hazards, and at times, groundwater hydrogeology and environmental contamination. I characterize and interpret geology and geologic settings that form the basis of our project work and contribute to regional efforts to increase the understanding of geology, awareness of geologic hazards, and the importance of river restoration.
I grew up in the Washington, DC area and moved west when I was 19, attracted by the mountains and dynamic beauty of the tectonically active Western North American terrane and its landforms. I got bachelor’s degrees in English Literature and Earth Science at the University of California, Santa Cruz and a Master’s in geology at the University of British Columbia. I have done field work in California, Alaska, and BC and when I landed in Washington to pursue a career in environmental geology and geomorphology, my field sites expanded into Washington, Oregon, and a little bit of Idaho. My “aha moment” came when I was hiking in Mt. Rainier National Park with my friend and mentor Mary Ann Reinhart who drew me into fluvial geomorphology and the study of channel migration. I think that I will forever be enthralled by the mysteries of how the interaction of water, sediment and vegetation form vibrant river channels and floodplains that support so much life. Environmental restoration is my vocation, whether working to remove VOCs and DNAPL from groundwater, reclaiming a landfill, setting back levees and restoring floodplains, mapping hazards that encourage people not to live in floodplains, or volunteering in my neighborhood park doing urban forest restoration.
Statement of Interest
I am a student of the earth with broad interests in geology and geomorphology at the intersection of the natural and human built environments. I am a big-picture thinker with a long-term (geologic time-scale) outlook, a lumper not a splitter, and a connector who seeks to bring together the right people needed to solve big problems.
I feel inspired by and connected to the RRNW work and community. I feel privileged to have attended seven symposia and would attend every one if I could. I first began to volunteer with RRNW when I saw an opportunity to participate in the development of the Stories of Our Watersheds film event, participating several years in film selection and working to bring the film event to live showings in Seattle. I worked with Dave Cline to initiate the Seattle Speaker Series and we were later joined by board members Danielle Devier and Tad Schwager (as well as Elizabeth Bartolomeo) and hosted a number of successful events and a field trip to the Elwha River before pausing for the Covid pandemic.
I am excited to see that RRNW is requesting candidates show a commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion. My employer, King County, has a strong commitment to equity and social justice (ESJ) and implements an ESJ Strategic Plan (2016-2022) through employee trainings, improved hiring and contracting practices, and work program alignment to ESJ goals. In 2020, I participated in URGE, Unlearning Racism in the Geosciences, a national learning and policy building program led by graduate students in geology that educated us about the history of racism and colonialism in geology, ongoing challenges that face people of color who work in the geosciences, and challenged participants to overhaul policies and practices in their organizations to advance justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion (JEDI). In my daily work, I participate on committees, use King County Determinants of Equity to design and develop projects and programs, implement ESJ in contracting and hiring, and actively work to develop anti-racist actions and practices. In my opinion, river restoration that leads to habitat protection and salmon recovery is one of the most direct ESJ actions we can take in our work. It begins to fulfill our long-neglected Tribal treaty obligations with the first people of North America, builds toward resilient communities with clean water and sustainable indigenous food sources, and is morally the right thing to do.
My team and I prepare presentations and work sessions with boards, technical advisory committees, and the public/stakeholders. I am interested in using my organizational and facilitation skills to help
organize sessions and sessions. In talking to existing board members about the demands of the conference, I asked if a project management approach had been employed to manage all the
constituent parts of the conference and thought this could be helpful as well. I’m an avid photographer and I’ve had web development experience in the past. I have enjoyed
organizing film screenings in the past and would be interested in helping with the Stories from our Watersheds event.
Mark serves as the lead liaison and project manager with the US Army Corps of Engineers on the Portland Metro Levee System Study while also managing a variety of technical projects for Levee Ready Columbia and the Columbia Corridor Drainage Districts. He works closely with members of the technical advisory and administrative subcommittees to conduct research and analysis, deliver information, and help facilitate decision-making associated with the capital and governance related improvements under consideration.
Mark Wilcox brings a wealth of military, federal and municipal project, and emergency management experience to MCDD, Mark earned his B.S. in Marine & Environmental Sciences at the US Coast Guard Academy and spent two years navigating the Coast Guard Cutter Mariposa in the waters of Puget Sound and the Straits of Juan de Fuca, before moving to Portland to manage spill responses, pollution investigations and contingency planning as well as port operations and security for the Captain of the Port. After receiving his M.S. in Environmental Engineering (Water Resources) at Portland State University, he left active service and began his municipal career as an engineering plan reviewer in Oregon at Clean Water Services.
He moved to the Washington, DC, metro area and managed the planning, design and construction of interagency watershed restoration projects (stream restoration, stormwater management and green streets infrastructure) for the Montgomery County, MD, Department of Environmental Protection for ten years. After a series of federal and active military positions for the US Coast Guard managing its
NRDA (wildlife) restoration program, its seasonal operations in the Arctic, and, most recently, the Alaska civil engineering program for the US Coast Guard during an active duty assignment in Juneau, Alaska, he returned to Portland and retired at the rank of Commander with 22-years of active duty and reserve service. He’s excited in his role managing levee and multi-benefit projects and the USACE Feasibility Study for the Levee Ready Columbia program during an exciting time for the Districts. Mark spends his free time on the water and in the mountains: hiking, biking, skiing, rock climbing, whitewater kayaking, and fly fishing with my camera at the ready.
Statement of Interest
This year [this Symposium] felt like a homecoming for me. I attended RRNW 2004-2006 and 2008; those years were formative for the stream restoration community and I was energized by my experiences at RRNW. After moving East, I still attended RRNW for a number of years, sharing the information and practices in the Chesapeake Bay watershed. I felt something was missing and helped establish the Maryland Stream Restoration Association in 2014, formalizing a more informal gathering of stream professionals. We initially met monthly to share current practices and projects, but later expanded our activities to represent the community on regional and national policy development initiatives (e.g. National River Restoration Science Synthesis with Margaret Palmer).
After a hiatus, I returned to Portland and RRNW in 2018. It truly felt like a homecoming and I’ve attended every year. RRNW is an amazing community of practitioners with an inspiring history, as illustrated by Janine Castro during this year’s keynote address. I offer my name to assist in whatever capacity RRNW needs from me; I hope to give back to this organization that has exposed me to great stories, teachable lessons, and inspirational leaders who have evolved this community.
I have devoted my life and career to advocating for healthy and properly functioning fluvial ecosystems. In practice, I have applied holistic frameworks for evaluating the status and condition of rivers and determining appropriate strategies for restoring, rehabilitating, and protecting watersheds at multiple scales. I interpret the results from technical tools such as remote sensing, GIS analysis, hydraulic modeling, rapid field assessments, and regional public datasets to create inclusive reach classifications, condition assessments, conceptual designs, and implementation plans. I also specialize in creating process-based restoration designs including low-tech approaches and developing mobile apps to facilitate data collection in the field.
I grew up in the Pacific Northwest spending most of my free time exploring and fishing in the Cascade Mountains and coastal rivers of Washington. Year after year, I was captivated by the resiliency and dynamism of rivers as they changed and evolved with each flood event. Seeking more adventure, I moved to Idaho to attend the University of Idaho where I received a B.S. in Fishery Resources. After college I worked for several years as a consultant on the Asotin Creek Intensively Monitored Watershed, assisting with the development of low-tech process-based restoration strategies. I attended Utah State University where I received an M.S. in Watershed Sciences, with an emphasis in Fluvial Geomorphology. My thesis evaluated the geomorphic effectiveness of rapid, high-density wood loading in Asotin Creek as a low-tech restoration action. Since then, I have remained in consulting and continue to develop and apply innovative solutions to the standard stream restoration paradigm. In my personal time you can usually find me fishing, rafting, or exploring mountains by foot, skis, or mountain bike.
Statement of Interest
I had the privilege of attending the RRNW Symposium for the first time in 2020 and I was impressed with the quality of speakers, effectiveness of the program, and the apparent comradery of river scientists. RRNW as an organization provides a space for innovation, collaboration, and critique in the field of river restoration. Given the overwhelming scale of stream degradation and associated negative impacts across the country, it is imperative that the river restoration community embrace creativity and emerging technologies to do more with less. Otherwise, we will never be able apply treatments at a scale relevant to sensitive fish populations or ecosystem health. The mission and goals of RRNW echo this sentiment, making it the ideal organization to lead the charge into the future of river restoration. I would be honored to serve on the board in any capacity to help RRNW and its members achieve these goals, but I am most interested in assisting with program development for the symposium and short courses. Additionally, I would strive to increase representation of projects and practitioners in the inland northwest states, including Idaho, Montana, and Wyoming.