Staff and Board Members

Meet our staff

Sunrise O'Mahoney
Executive Director

Sunrise O’Mahoney began working for Watershed Alliance of SW WA in 2010 and has been the Executive Director since 2012. She has a BA in Public Affairs from WSU Vancouver. She is passionate about the environment and bringing people together to build awareness around the benefits of having a healthy natural environment. Sunrise brings her dedication and commitment of increasing community involvement and the environment to the Watershed Alliance. One of her favorite moments is when she sees people of all ages outdoors working together in the community with people they did not know prior – planting trees, removing Ivy, painting environmental storm drain murals and more.

Bethany Wray
Program Coordinator

Bethany has lived in the Portland/Vancouver area since 2010 and began working for the Watershed Alliance in the fall of 2016. She enjoys connecting people to their natural world through stewardship activities like invasive species removal, tree planting, and environmental education. She graduated from Oregon State University with a B.S. Natural Resources and B.S. Education. Since then she has had a variety of work experience from educating homeowners about sustainable stormwater management and habitat restoration to leading a Youth Conservation Corps workforce readiness program for youth in Clackamas County, Oregon. She is excited to be using her skills and experiences together in this position.

Tom Dwyer
Program Coordinator

Tom has lived in Vancouver and Camas since 1994 and began working for the the Watershed Alliance of SW WA in 2016.  He has worked in the conservation field in the northwest for over 20 years.  Most recently he managed the Northwest Field Office for Ducks Unlimited, Inc.  He has extensive experience with migratory birds, endangered species and habitat restoration on public  and private lands. Tom is excited about applying his experience and knowledge to helping the the Watershed Alliance do environmental restoration projects along Vancouver’s creeks and waterbodies.

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Celina Stilphen
Program Coordinator

Celina has lived in Portland, Oregon 2015 and began working for the Watershed Alliance in the spring of 2018. She has a BA in Environmental Studies and a graduate certificate in Sustainability Leadership from the University of Oregon. Prior to the Watershed Alliance, Celina has worked on several different sustainability projects, including creating green infrastructure designs in Costa Rica, enhancing watershed health in Hawaii, and developing an ecological restoration plan on the McKenzie River in Oregon. She is passionate about connecting people to their local landscape and waterbodies to help foster a sense of place and increase environmental stewardship. In her spare time, Celina enjoys surfing, hiking, and creating art with macrame and ceramics.

Board of Directors

Board Chair

Ted served as Chief Assistant and City Attorney for the City of Vancouver for 25 years. Prior to that, he was in private practice in Seattle and Portland specializing in the areas of real estate and land use. He currently serves, or has served, on a number of non-profit boards in the Vancouver community including the Hough Foundation where he was chair from 2010-12, the Clark County Historical Society and the Council of Stewards for the Columbia Land Trust

Vice Chair

Jeanne has been the Executive Director of Nonprofit Network Southwest Washington since 2008.Jeanne has a degree in nonprofit management and communications, with a certificate in public relations. Jeanne first served on a board of directors when she was 16, for a group she helped found that included a drug hotline and youth drop-in center. In years since, she has served on boards supporting arts, education, the environment and human services organizations.


Kari has worked for the City of Vancouver since 1992. After years working inside Kari decided to make a change and joined the City’s new Greenway Sensitive Lands team in 2007. She spent the next 8 years maintaining and restoring the trails and wetlands along Burnt Bridge Creek. Kari has vast, hands on, experience and knowledge of vegetation, water quality, functional wetland creation and stream bank restoration. Currently you can find Kari at the Water Resource Education Center where she maintains the grounds, exhibits and shares her knowledge of nature and improving watershed health.

Board Member

Cathy is an enthusiastic advocate for environmental education, restoration, preservation, and outdoor recreation. Cathy attended Eastern Washington University where she received her BS in Environmental Biology. Shortly afterward, Cathy and her growing family moved to Clark County from Spokane. She has experience as an Environmental Scientist, specifically stormwater permitting and wetland restoration. She also has experience as an Urban Planner in the public and private sector. Cathy volunteers throughout the community and hopes to bring the Watershed Alliance to a broad audience. “Clean water is important to everyone.” She enjoys backpacking with friends and fishing with her husband and two college-age sons.


Mark is a native of the Northwest and enjoys its scenic beauty. He has worked for Well Fargo for over 23 years and has been involved with the Watershed Alliance for the last eight as a volunteer. He serves on several boards in Clark County and enjoys investing in the community through his volunteer efforts. He is a resident of Camas. When he is not at work or volunteering the community he is spending time with his wife Jen and their two children Taylor and Jake.


Lindsey is a strong advocate for ensuring all people have equitable access to these beautiful lands we call the Pacific Northwest. She values the education, restoration, and preservation of our local scenery. From the rivers and lakes, to the mountains and hills as she currently resides on the homelands of Chinookan and Taidnapam Peoples as well as the Cowlitz Indian Tribe. Along with serving on other non-profit boards both locally and nationally, Lindsey is currently a first-generation student at Washington State University and will be recieving her bachelors degree in Social Sciences in fall of 2023.


With a last name like Waters, it was only natural that Emily ended up at the Watersheds Alliance! Growing up near the East Fork Lewis River instilled Emily with a love and respect for watershed protection. She earned her BS in Geography from Portland State University in 2014, and is currently a candidate for her Master’s in Environmental Law from Lewis and Clark Law School. Emily has worked in the water resources field since 2015. Currently she works as a hydropower relicensing coordinator. In addition to serving on the Watersheds Alliance Board, Emily has served as a member of the Executive Committee of the Loo Wit Group of the Sierra Club since 2015. Outside of work, school, and volunteering, Emily loves to hike, garden, read, and bake.