Council Staff

Sara Ennis, Interim Executive 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, Education Coordinator

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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.”

Katelyn Hale, Community Engagement Specialist

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Katelyn (she/her) joined the Council in early 2020. Equipped with creative approaches to link ecology, equity, and education, Katelyn strives to connect local communities to the natural world that surrounds us. Over the past 10 years, she has gained unique experiences engaging diverse communities: from developing multi-stakeholder environmental communication plans, to coordinating operations and programming at a youth-led farm. She also holds a Masters degree from Portland State University in Leadership for Sustainability Education. In her free time, Katelyn loves barbecuing for her friends, making zines, and backpacking in wilderness areas.

Anna Stifter, Executive Assistant

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Anna has been with the council since the spring of 2019. Anna breathes new life into the council by elevating many of our processes and systems. From supporting outreach and invasive species removal to grant and office management her passion and skills used to help the watershed seem limitless.