Jessica is a second-generation Oregonian who grew up camping mostly on Mt. Hood. She’s fished a few times, a crabbed a few times, caught a lot of frogs... and somewhere along the line, it shaped her soul.
Following a BS in education from Western Oregon University, and long career in the field, Jessica is now a homeschooling mom of 2 young children who also have a deep love of the outdoors. As a co-admin at Wild Recess, a local nature-based adventure and education co-op, she has the opportunity to instill an appreciation for the outdoors in people of all ages.
Volunteerism has driven her all over this world, from supporting the nurses in a failure to thrive clinic in Romania through Global Volunteers to helping rebuild the brackish coastline of the Louisiana bayou with In Good Company and, of course, our own "backyard" here in the PNW. Before joining the team, Jessica was a volunteer with our Stewardship program, where she helped maintain Dirksen Nature Park’s oak savanna habitat. You’ll often find Jessica, her husband, and two children camping, backpacking, bicycling, or kayaking all across Oregon and Washington. Her favorite place to kayak on the Tualatin River is simply upstream of the 99W launch and she can’t wait to share this excitement with the Riverkeepers community!