About Us

Did you know the Tualatin River is 79.3 miles long? Or that the headwaters of the river is located in the east slope of the northwestern portion of the Coast Range of Oregon? Ever wonder why the water looks brownish-green? Check out our fact sheet for all your Tualatin River questions!

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Careers


Legal Intern

We have legal internships available full-time or part-time year round. A legal internship with us will provide a wide spectrum of experience that will transfer to future environmental-related work opportunities. Legal interns work under the close direction and supervision of our In House Counsel & Advocacy Director. Work will include legal research and writing, advocacy and policy work, field investigations, and stakeholder meetings. Experience and/or course work in environmental law, water resources, the Clean Water Act, and land use is recommended. This is an unpaid internship. Benefits include flexible schedule and option for working remotely.

Interested applicants should email a resume, cover letter, and writing sample to Ashley Short at ashley@tualatinriverkeepers.org. Please include “Legal Internship Application” in the title of the email.



We are always looking for volunteers! If you are interested in volunteering your time and energy with Tualatin Riverkeepers please contact us at (503) 218-2580, info@tualatinriverkeepers.org, or by filling out this form.

Our Staff

Our staff is made up of people dedicated to the Tualatin River watershed. Put together we have a variety of backgrounds, experiences, education, and perspectives that make us the strong team of Tualatin Riverkeepers.

Kris Balliet
Executive Director
Bio

Kris Balliet

Executive Director

Kris Balliet has over two decades of freshwater and marine conservation experience in the Pacific Northwest and Alaska. Her experience includes grassroots organizing for wild salmon in the Columbia River Basin and leading the operations of the Ocean Conservancy’s Alaska Regional Office as its director for almost a decade.

Kris was born and raised in Charleston, South Carolina, but “expatriated” herself to the West Coast in the late 1980s to open a new chapter in her life. She attended Lewis and Clark Law School, where she focused her studies on environmental and natural resources law and policy. While in law school, she interned at the Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission and Pacific Rivers, experiences which forever shaped the direction she would follow in her work.

When not working, Kris likes spending time with her dog Widgi, walking and hiking along rivers throughout the state. She has a son, aptly named River, who is a recent graduate of Whitman College in Walla Walla, Washington.

Margot Fervia-Neamtzu
Office Manager
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Margot Fervia-Neamtzu

Office Manager

Margot solidified her desire to protect our last remaining natural places while living near majestic coastal redwoods. A graduate of Humboldt State University in Arcata, California, she discovered that combining her organizational skills with a love of nature could set her on a career path she could wholly embrace. After graduating, she headed north to start a career and a family.

Margot started working for Tualatin Riverkeepers in 2001, and feels fortunate to be engaged with the mission of the organization and honored to be part of an environmental movement that connects people to nature. While exploring the river with volunteer paddle trip leaders, connecting with members, or strategizing with outreach committees on key projects, she is reminded that she definitely traveled down the right career path. Margot holds a BA Political Science, Environmental Ethics minor, Humboldt State University

​Mark Fitzsimons
Outreach & Education Coordinator
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​Mark Fitzsimons

Outreach & Education Coordinator

Mark grew up paddling Minnesota’s 10,000 lakes and rivers and has been a teacher, guide, and educational program developer/coordinator since then. He has most recently been dividing his time between coordinating the Audubon Society of Portland’s annual Birdathon fundraiser, guiding hiking and paddling trips for NW Discoveries, and teaching classes for the Backyard Bird Shop.

Mark also volunteers for the Johnson Creek Watershed Council and is a North Clackamas Urban Watershed Council board member. His other interests include nordic skiing, traditional archery, and paleo-archaeology.

Ashley Short
In House Counsel & Advocacy Director
Bio

Ashley Short

In House Counsel & Advocacy Director

Ashley Short grew up in a small town in Kentucky where she formed a deep love of the environment exploring the woods on her grandparents’ overgrown 52-acre farm. Ashley took that love of the environment and pursued how to protect it in her studies. She received a B.S. in Environmental Policy and Planning from Virginia Tech in 2011 and a J.D. from The Elisabeth Haub School of Law at Pace University with a Certificate in Environmental Law in 2014.

During the course of her career, Ashley has worked with several environmental nonprofits across the country doing work such as reaching out to legislators encouraging them to support or oppose certain legislation, helping citizens get involved in environmental permitting processes, and generally working to protect important environmental resources.

In her spare time, she enjoys hiking, kayaking, reading, and spending quality time with her husband and large rescue dogs.

Widgi
Office Hospitality
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Widgi

Office Hospitality

Widgi was discovered on the inter-webs by her adoring momma on April 23, 2016, a rescue from a puppy mill. She now claims TRK staff as her pack and, besides playing with her boyfriends Ponderosa and Osier (staffs' dogs), she spends her days greeting guests at the office and showering all who are near with an abundance of affection and a cloud of fur. She is here to welcome all and share her calming energy with us as we labor and toil over the daily grind.

Our Board

Our board of directors consists of a group of volunteers that want to ensure the protection and restoration of the Tualatin River watershed for generations to come. The board guides and supports the work of the Tualatin Riverkeepers staff.

Molly Whitney
Board President
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Molly Whitney

Board President

A second generation Riverkeeper, Molly has a lifelong relationship with the river and brings real enthusiasm for its protection and restoration to the TRK board. She has taken an interest in the health of watersheds for “as long as I can remember. The Tualatin River became the foundation of my passion for water, and the catalyst to pursue watershed and ecosystem health further. The river has been an integral part of my life.”

Molly graduated from Linfield College where she studied environmental science with a water focus. Her past professional experience includes working for nine years at the National Fish & Wildlife Foundation on watershed issues. As of 2013 she as been with WaterWatch of Oregon and serves as their Development Director. Molly has a proven track record managing programs and leading development efforts as both a volunteer and an employee. Molly currently serves on TRK’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion team, is a Volunteer Trip Leader, and brings her coordinating skills to the Auction Committee.

In her free time, Molly can be found canoeing, running through local parks or exploring the many trails of the watershed with her dog, rain or shine. “While I never thought that picking up golf balls from the side of the Tualatin River from our canoe as a child would eventually spur my career, I’m so happy that it did!”

Cathy Filgas
Board Vice President
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Cathy Filgas

Board Vice President

Cathy Filgas grew up in Eureka, CA, in the heart of Humboldt County and the redwoods, which primed her passion for nature and conservation. Cathy and her husband founded Anthro Corporation in 1984, and after selling the company in 2015, they co-founded the Tareen Filgas Foundation, whose mission is to save birds and their environments.

They live in Portland along Vermont Creek and have restored their six acre parcel to its native habitat. She graduated from Humboldt State University with a degree in marketing, and serves on TRK’s Marketing and Membership Committee.

Rod Fragiao
Treasurer
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Rod Fragiao

Treasurer

Rod Fragiao is a graduate of the University of Washington where he earned a degree in Business Administration. He has been a commercial banker for almost 20 years and joined Premier Community Bank in 2013 as Vice President Commercial Loan Officer in the Durham branch. Rod is a long-time volunteer for Tualatin youth sports having coached in various sports over the past 12 years.

He and his family live on 4.5 acres in Tualatin which includes a large pond that is home to otters, beavers and numerous species of waterfowl. This location has given him a curiosity for nature and a passion for river protection.

Sharon Selvaggio
Board Secretary
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Sharon Selvaggio

Board Secretary

Sharon Selvaggio is the Water & Wildlife Program Director for the NW Center for Alternatives to Pesticides. Previously she worked 27 years with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and U.S. Forest Service. Her experience as a Refuge manager, conservation planner, and wildlife biologist included work in pesticide use and evaluation, oversight of farming programs, water quality monitoring, wetland, prairie, and forest habitat management and restoration, endangered species management, environmental education, and biological surveys.

A mother of two teenagers, she believes in the power of nature, partnerships and community involvement. She frequently runs along the Willamette River near her home, observing great blue herons and California sea lions, and contemplating Pacific salmon and the health of the river. She holds an M.S. in Energy and Resources, and a B.A. in Biology, both from the University of California at Berkeley.

Ed Casuga
Board Member
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Ed Casuga

Board Member

Ed was a Human Resources Manager for ARRIS, a telecommunications company that sells products, software and services primarily to major cable companies to deliver Video on Demand to the household users. He earned a BS Degree in Business Administration – Accounting Concentration from San Jose State University. Ed chairs TRK’s Fundraising and Events Committee.

Alfred Dinsdale
Board Member
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Alfred Dinsdale

Board Member

Alfred Dinsdale has lived just outside Sherwood with his wife Julie and three boys for the past sixteen years. He owns and operates McKay Creek Farm, Dinsdale Landscape Contractors Inc, and Dinsdale Nursery. He has been a landscape contractor for over twenty-five years and specializes in private gardens with an emphasis on native and woodland plants as well as installing rain gardens on residential properties under the city of Portland rain garden program. He also operates Dinsdale Nursery which supplies a wide range of plant material to retailers, landscape contractors and designers, as well as regional bio swale and wetland mitigation projects.

In addition Alfred owns and operates a 70 acre blueberry farm and was awarded the Tualatin Soil and Water Conservation District 2014 Conservation Farmer of the Year. As someone who makes his living from the land, he is acutely aware of the importance of water quality and availability going into the future. He is very excited to be participating in the activities of TRK and hopes to add value to their ongoing mission.

Brett Laney
Board Member
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Brett Laney

Board Member

Brett’s path to TRK began as he was mentored by one of our founding members, Rob Bauer. Brett attributes his passion and commitment to the Tualatin River from his time working alongside Rob at Clean Water Services. He is an avid paddler, naturalist and deeply committed member of the Tualatin watershed community, living and working in the basin.

His volunteer commitment to TRK has grown over the years, as a trip leader, safety boat captain, and event helper. We feel honored to now extend Brett’s place with us to include our board. Please join me in welcoming him aboard!

Volunteer With Us

Our organization wouldn’t be successful without the wonderful volunteers that help out. From hauling boats to joining committees and task forces to help guide our future work. If you are interested in joining us please fill out our volunteer interest form and join a passionate team of folks dedicated to protecting the Tualatin River watershed.

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