Council Staff

Kris Balliet, Interim Executive Director

Sara Ennis, Project Director

Sara joined the Council in 2016 with a background in watershed education and river restoration.  During early childhood camping trips to Oxbow Park, Sara swam in the Sandy till her lips turned blue and learned her first native plants along its banks.  Since those early days, Sara has worked for organizations like Outdoor School, Monteverde Institute in Costa Rica, Wolftree, USFWS, USFS, and City of Portland Street Tree Program and completed a Masters in Environmental Management at Portland State University.  As a part of the Council, Sara has been grateful for the opportunity to work on exciting projects, with great partners, all in a beautiful setting!

Bill Weiler, Project Director

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.”