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Meet our Tualatin Riverkeepers Staff

As a staff, we are steadfast in our commitment to protect and restore the Tualatin River watershed alongside our members and supporters. We use our expertise as staff to build watershed stewardship through engagement, advocacy, restoration, access, and education. We are all Riverkeepers.


Glenn Fee (he/him)
Executive Director
Bio

Glenn Fee (he/him)

Executive Director

Growing up in southern Ohio, Glenn and his brother spent long days exploring the creek near their family's home, following it to the Little Miami River near the confluence of the Ohio River. Glenn's love of the outdoors eventually led him to Colorado, where he spent a number of years leading community-based and international immersion programs at the University of Denver before serving as Executive Director of Bluff Lake Nature Center, an urban wildlife refuge and education center in Denver.

Glenn has a passion for advancing opportunities for underserved communities, work that has been at the core of his career. In his free time, he spends considerable time with his partner and family exploring the Northwest by bike, foot, and paddle. A passionate music fan, Glenn volunteers with the Pickathon Music Festival and consistently seeks out new artists. Glenn lives with his family in Northeast Portland.

Mark Fitzsimons (he/him)
River Experiences Program Coordinator
Bio

Mark Fitzsimons (he/him)

River Experiences Program 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.

Mark also volunteers for the Johnson Creek Watershed Council and is a North Clackamas Urban Watershed Council board member. His other interests include nordic skiing, traditional archery, and paleo-archaeology.

Brittany Leffel (she/her)
Stewardship Program Coordinator
Bio

Brittany Leffel (she/her)

Stewardship Program Coordinator

Brittany grew up along the Rocky Mountain foothills in Colorado. It wasn’t until after high school that she made the leap from hiker to activist. Her spark for advocacy began in 2017 when she moved to Bend, Oregon. From there, she became inspired to educate, encourage, and empower people to speak up for public lands. Brittany would go on to intern for organizations like the Oregon Natural Desert Association and Association of Northwest Steelheaders while earning her B.S in Urban and Public Affairs with a minor in Sustainability from Portland State University. Now, she looks forward to empowering Riverkeepers to find a sense of place right here in the watershed.

Brittany lives in Washington County with her partner, Patrick, and their two dogs, Cherokee and Kenobi. You'll often find them hiking through the Oregon Coast, the Cascade Mountains, or local public lands like the Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge.

Maya Hurst-Mayr (she/her)
Watershed Resilience Program Coordinator
Bio

Maya Hurst-Mayr (she/her)

Watershed Resilience Program Coordinator

Originally from the Seattle area, Maya grew up surrounded by mountains, forests, and water and has been deeply connected to the natural environment from a young age. After studying plastic waste as an undergraduate, she became passionate about advocating for the health of aquatic ecosystems in Oregon. Since then she worked as an environmental consultant through the Oregon Applied Sustainability Experience internship program to reduce waste and utility consumption at Grand Central Bakery, and as an Office Assistant at a plant nursery where she has worked to increase awareness around relevant environmental issues. At the same time, she earned her Masters degree in Environmental Science and Management at Portland State University. Now, she's excited to collaborate with diverse stakeholders across the watershed and create a healthy, resilient ecosystem.

Maya and her partner live in SE Portland with their young dog, Nala. They can often be found taking Nala for long walks or runs around their neighborhood and parks.

Victoria Frankeny (she/her)
Riverkeeper & Staff Attorney
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Victoria Frankeny (she/her)

Riverkeeper & Staff Attorney

Victoria grew up in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, a city perfectly placed at the confluence of three major rivers. She spent her childhood constantly in the water boating, floating, and fishing. Her undergraduate career took her on a path of environmental policy, addressing the impacts of combined sewage overflow on water bodies and low-income communities.

Victoria moved to Portland to pursue environmental law at Lewis & Clark Law School. She graduated with an Environmental and Natural Resource Law Certificate and as a recipient of the Environmental Leadership Award. Her volunteer and clinic experiences have greatly influenced her work as an environmental advocate, focused on Clean Water Act, Endangered Species Act, and National Environmental Policy Act. Her interests include whitewater rafting and kayaking, camping, and spending quality time with her dog and two bunnies.

Jessica Parsons (she/her)
Administrative & Membership Assistant
Bio

Jessica Parsons (she/her)

Administrative & Membership Assistant

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!

2022 Summer Interns & Fellows

  • Shelby Vaver, Lewis & Clark Law School
  • Jack Staunton, University of Oregon School of Law
  • Lisa Millstein, University of Oregon School of Law
  • Kathryn Loden, University of Oregon School of Law
  • Margaret Murray, Willamette University College of Law

2022 Summer River Rentals Staff

  • Gage Boyer
  • Alex Giesemann
  • Brendan Finnerty
  • Alex Trinchero
  • Cameron Smith
  • Sam Vrooman
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