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 […]

  • 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 […]

  • 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 […]


  • Lori Stepper, Outreach Coordinator

    Lori started with Tualatin Riverkeepers as an AmeriCorps member in 2008 when she served as the Education Coordinator.  She soon joined the staff as a full-time employee, building the Environmental Education program until she left in 2013.  Returning this season as the new Outreach Coordinator,  Lori is looking forward to working with TRK’s devoted volunteers […]

  • 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 […]

  • 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 […]

  • Lynn Carver, Board Member

    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 […]