Council Staff

Steve Wise, Executive Director
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Steve brings nearly two decades of experience to the Council. Steve returned to Oregon from the acclaimed Center for Neighborhood Technology (CNT) in Chicago, where he has served as Natural Resources Director since 2006. At CNT, he led green infrastructure work that helped the organization earn a MacArthur Foundation Innovative and Effective Organization award in 2009.

Before taking the job at CNT, Steve lived in Oregon and served in several leadership roles at the Opal Creek Ancient Forest Center. In addition to working with a number of other river and conservation organizations, he also taught a grant writing class at Mount Hood Community College and a class on “salmonomics” for the University of Oregon’s Environmental Studies program.

Bill Weiler, Restoration Project Coordinator
Bill is almost a “Sandy River Native” having lived in Sandy, Oregon and worked as the City of Sandy Parks and Recreation Director, Sandy Community School Director and Oxbow Park Supervisor.  Bill’s background is as a fish and wildlife biologist and environmental educator.

Bill is the co-founder of the environmental education non-profit, the Columbia Gorge Ecology Institute, and he has authored several books, including “Don’t Run from Bears.”

Sara Ennis, Community Stewardship Coordinator

Sara has a background in watershed education and restoration, and has spent a lot of time in the Sandy River Basin. She completed a master’s degree in Environmental Management with a focus on river restoration at Portland State University. She has worked for the US Fish and Wildlife Service and US Forest Service conducting stream surveys throughout the state, contracted with the Johnson Creek Watershed Council, and most recently worked for the City of Portland’s Street Tree Program.  Sara enjoys getting out into the woods, making good food, and attempting to play fiddle and guitar.

Katherine Cory, Fiscal & Office Administrator
Katherine is a Sandy River watershed resident and farm owner with a passion for the outdoors. She has been participating in watershed restoration efforts for 15 years across Oregon, engaging in salmon counts, water sampling, and trail building. Experienced in finance and accounting, she also has an educational background in forestry and wildlife management. Katherine is also a resident member of the Beaver Creek Conservation Partnership, and is working towards reviving the Friends of Beaver Creek.

Jesse Holt, AmeriCorps Community Involvement SpecialistJesse Holt photo
Growing up in Troutdale, Oregon, Jesse has grown to love the outdoors.  As a youth he spent much of his time on Beaver Creek and the Sandy River, and from there his passion for the environment grew. While attending Mt. Hood Community College in Gresham he studied sustainability, and transferred to Portland State University to obtain his Bachelor’s in environmental science.

His connection to the local community and interest in watershed health has lead Jesse to the Council with the position of Community Involvement Specialist. His goal here is to engage members of the community who might otherwise not know the significance this watershed holds.


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