Staff & Board

TRK is proud to have been born out of activism which represented the first application of the Clean Water Act in the country in 1986, when local citizens came together to demand the government clean up a polluted river that had long since exceeded maximum daily pollution load limits, with 13,800 plant violations cited. Today the Tualatin River is much cleaner, but development challenges remain and we seek to inspire new generations of river ambassadors who will bring the message of clean water and its link to the economy, human health, and ecology to the forefront.

 

 

  • 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 […]

    email:kris@tualatinriverkeepers.org

  • Ruby Buchholtz, Advocacy Manager & Riverkeeper

    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 […]

    Email:ruby@tualatinriverkeepers.org

  • Charissa V. Jones, Environmental Educator

    Charissa is an educator with a love for creating dynamic hands-on educational experiences for youth of all ages. Equipped with a passion for cultural and stakeholder engagement, Charissa is a talented community liaison capable of bringing together diverse perspectives on how we relate to our environment. Charissa has designed and implemented lesson plans grounded in […]

    EMAIL: CHARISSA@TUALATINRIVERKEEPERS.ORG

  • Sandra Amolo, Community Organizer

    Sandra Amolo is a community organizer with a passion for social and environmental justice and a keen interest in creating a multi-cultural environmental movement that is welcoming and inclusive to all ideas and backgrounds. She has worked both internationally and in the Pacific Northwest.  In Seattle she helped create a racial justice campaign within the […]

    Email: sandra@tualatinriverkeepers.org

  • 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 […]

    Email: margot@tualatinriverkeepers.org

  • 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 […]

  • Lynn Carver, Board President

    Lynn Carver lives along the banks of the Tualatin River, and has spent years removing invasive species from her riverside property.  She graduated from Portland State University and currently holds the position Director of Technology & Business Intelligence for Xerox where she has worked since 1993.  She serves on TRK’s Marketing and Membership Committee and […]

  • Ed Casuga, Board Vice President

    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.

  • 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 […]

  • 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 […]