Meet Our Tualatin Riverkeepers 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.

Interested in joining our Board of Directors? Learn more here.


Brett Laney
Board President
Bio

Brett Laney

Board President

Brett Laney grew up locally and has lived in Tualatin for the last 10 years. He studied at Clackamas Community College and Colorado State University. Brett’s career began in 2002 as an operator at Clean Water Services’ Durham Water Resource Recovery Facility (where he often worked with TRK’s co-founder Rob Baur). He is currently an Operations Analyst II assigned to the phosphorus recovery facilities at the Durham and Rock Creek treatment plants, and has graciously led many tours of the plants for Tualatin Riverkeepers. He’s been an active volunteer for several tree plantings events in the watershed. Brett spends much of his free time volunteering for TRK as a paddle trip leader, guiding paddlers while educating them about the current state of the river.

Rob Gray
Board Vice President
Bio

Rob Gray

Board Vice President

Rob Gray lives in Gaston with his wife and two sons, both eagle scouts and TRK volunteers. He has over 35 years of management and engineering experience in the manufacturing industry. An avid outdoors enthusiast who enjoys hiking, boating and cycling activities though out the Pacific Northwest, Rob has been an active TRK member for 25 years. He is currently a member of the Trips and Tours Committee and the Safety Boat Coordinator for Discovery Day. Rob's other volunteer passions include the Boy Scouts as the Eagle Mentor and High Adventure Coordinator for his home troop in Hillsboro as well as a weekly volunteer at the Forest Grove Library. Rob’s long-time passion for the river will play a vital role as he continues his extended volunteer history as a board member, assisting the Riverkeepers to grow in new and exciting directions.

Rod Fragiao
Board Treasurer
Bio

Rod Fragiao

Board 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.

Val Brenneis
Board Secretary
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Val Brenneis

Board Secretary

Val Brenneis teaches environmental studies and biology at Portland Community College Rock Creek. She is committed to getting her students outside, doing science in the natural areas of the Tualatin River watershed. Val is originally from Southern California and graduated from UC Berkeley with a biology degree. She moved to the East Coast to teach middle school science in the Bronx and later high school science in Washington, DC, where she also earned a M.Ed. in Science Education from the George Washington University. After five years of teaching secondary science, Val moved back to the West Coast to complete a Ph.D. in aquatic ecology from UC Davis. Val has lived in Oregon since 2006, doing research, working on policy, and teaching at the college level. She loves getting outside with her family, especially anywhere near water.

Dave Waffle
Board Member
Bio

Dave Waffle

Board Member

Dave Waffle has represented the cities of Washington County on the Clean Water Advisory Commission and formerly on the Tualatin Watershed Council for more than a decade. He is a long-time city manager in Oregon and Wisconsin. Managing in smaller cities brought many opportunities for involvement in water, wastewater, open space, public finance and community development issues. Presently he serves as chair of the Cornelius Planning Commission. He and his wife live along Council Creek and enjoy birding. Waffle has a bachelor’s degree in Urban Community Policy Problems from Michigan State University and an MPA from the University of Oregon in Public Affairs.

Taj Tinsley
Board Member
Bio

Taj Tinsley

Board Member

Taj Tinsley is an Oregon native, having lived and worked in the Portland and broader Oregon area for many years. He currently works as a Product & Marketing Analytics Manager for Providence Health, and recently served in similar capacities in marketing, sales, and product for A-dec, Mercy Corps, and Symantec. Taj has led and learned through many different industries, building strengths in marketing strategy and operations, analytics, demand generation, sales and banking operations, and leadership development along the way. Taj has been a passionate advocate and proponent for the outdoors and, even more specifically, diversity, equity, and inclusion in our beautiful Oregon outdoors spaces for his entire life. Taj currently lives in SE Portland with his wife and daughter, and earned his bachelor's degree in Business Administration and Marketing from the University of Oregon.

Katie Underhill
Board Member
Bio

Katie Underhill

Board Member

Katie grew up in the PNW, hiking its forests and paddling its many waterways. This passion for the outdoors turned into an interest in environmental advocacy. She has volunteered for Friends of Trees and the Tryon Creek Watershed Council, removing invasive species and planting/fertilizing native ones. She works with the Tualatin Riverkeepers at their Cook Park rentals, providing paddlers with the resources to have a safe and fun trip on the Tualatin River.

Katie is a freshman at Oregon State University and in her free time enjoys woodturning and playing bass.