Board

Columbia Riverkeeper’s volunteer Board of Directors oversees our conservation goals and policies, finances, and public relations. 

Columbia Riverkeeper Board of Directors:

Emily Washines

Emily Washines (Board President), MPA, scholar, enrolled Yakama Nation tribal member, and Columbia Riverkeeper board member since 2018. Emily is the founder and CEO of Native Friends, a Native lifestyle empowerment business focused on language, history, and culture. Formerly a public relations professional with Yakama Nation Fisheries, Emily is a graduate—and a former Trustee—of Central Washington University in Ellensburg, and earned an MPA from The Evergreen State College. Emily also serves on the boards of the CWU’s Museum of Culture and Environment and Washington State Coalition Against Domestic Violence. A life-long resident of the mid-Columbia devoted to women’s rights, traditional language, and historical research, Emily lives in Toppenish with her husband Jon and three children. Of her bond to the Columbia River, she says simply: “Nch’i-wana is close to my heart.”

Marta Yera

Marta Yera Cronin, is the President of the Columbia Gorge Community College (CGCC). She lives in The Dalles, Oregon, and oversees the CGCC Hood River and The Dalles campuses. Marta is the President of the advisory board for Comunidades, a Columbia Gorge-based group fiscally sponsored by Columbia Riverkeeper. She is Oregon's first Latina community college president. Marta is volunteering for Columbia Riverkeeper’s board in her personal capacity.

Linda McClain

Linda McLain is a certified public accountant and co-owner of Currie & McLain, P.S. in Vancouver. A leader in civic and environmental causes in Southwest Washington, Linda believes Columbia River ports have better options than exporting fossil fuels. She and her husband, Dale, enjoy living in the beautiful Northwest, close to their son and his family. It’s a special treat when they get to travel to Prague to visit their daughter, husband, and other grandson.

Alanna Nanegos

Alanna Nanegos is the Tribal Business Development Director for Cayuse Native Solutions. She lives outside of Pendleton, Oregon, and is an enrolled member of Confederated Tribes of Umatilla Indian Reservation. She has served on a number of local water quality boards and is volunteering on Columbia Riverkeeper’s board in her personal capacity.

Rudy Salakory

Rudy Salakory (Board Vice President) is the Conservation Director at Friends of the Columbia Gorge. Since 2008, he has worked to restore wetland, floodplain, and riparian habitat throughout the lower Columbia River and its tributaries. A lifelong resident of the Pacific Northwest, Rudy went to school at Washington State University, played (outside, rain or shine), and raised a family (Jacob and Carmen) within ten miles of the Columbia River. He currently resides in Portland, Oregon, with his darling, Geraldene.

David Spurr

David Spurr is a financial advisor and shares a private wealth management practice with his wife Amy in Portland, Oregon. A graduate of Dartmouth College and the University of Virginia School of Law, David practiced law and investment banking in New York before moving to Oregon with his family in 2015. He was drawn to Columbia Riverkeeper by its strategic use of the legal system, policy work, and community action to protect and restore the environment. David is an avid cyclist and runner who devotes his free time to exploring the Pacific Northwest with Amy and his children, Penelope and Max.   

Ted Wolf

Ted Wolf is a writer whose books include Salmon Nation (Ecotrust, 2003) and Klamath Heartlands (Ecotrust, 2005). Ted’s work centers on regional natural history and natural hazards such as earthquakes and tsunamis. He and his wife, Karen, live in Bellingham, Washington above the Salish Sea. Ted’s favorite river places include Astoria, Skamokawa, and the bluffs above Catherine Creek.

Brett VandenHeuvel

Brett VandenHeuvel (Board Secretary)  is the former Executive Director of Columbia Riverkeeper. He recently started his own company, VandenHeuvel Strategies, that provides in-depth policy and legal solutions for foundations, Tribal Nations, and non-profit organizations. He is based in Hood River, Oregon.

Sue Vosburg

Sue Vosburg (Board Treasurer) is a longtime Columbia Riverkeeper member who lives on a farm in Gales Creek, Oregon. She became an active volunteer and activist throughout Columbia Riverkeeper’s efforts to protect communities and our climate from two proposals to build liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminals in the Columbia River Estuary and associated fracked-gas pipelines. Sue recently retired after a lengthy career as a tax preparer.

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