Staff & Board



  • Kris Balliet, Executive Director / Riverkeeper

    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 […]

  • Ruby Buchholtz, Communications and Grants Coordinator

    Ruby Buchholtz is a home grown resident of the Pacific Northwest, having been raised in Eugene and currently residing in Portland. With a life-long passion for the rivers and green spaces in Oregon, Ruby is thrilled to be working at TRK to build a close knit community movement for clean water. Ruby enjoys engaging a […]

  • Margot Fervia-Neamtzu, Office and Membership 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 […]


  • Mark Fitzsimons, Outreach 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. […]

  • Piedad Mayagoitia, Community Engagement Coordinator

    Piedad Mayagoitia is originally from Tampico, a small city located in the Gulf of Mexico. She came to the US 11 years ago to grad school at New Mexico State University.  Piedad holds a master’s in Wildlife Management and one in Rangeland Sciences.  She moved to Oregon 3 years ago with her family and lives […]


  • Ashley Short, Advocacy and Public Policy Coordinator

    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 […]


  • Qabas Qutaiba Hameed, Website Manager

    Qabas Quitaba Hameed is TRK’s Website and Technology Manager, ensuring TRK’s website remains an up to date and efficient means of communication with all members of the public. Qabas has a background in IT, software development, and programming as well as passion for graphic design. He first came to TRK as a student of our Urban […]


  • 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 […]

  • 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. […]

  • 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 […]