Staff and Board Members

Meet our staff

Sunrise O'Mahoney
Executive Director

Sunrise O’Mahoney began working for Vancouver Watersheds Alliance 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 Vancouver Watersheds Alliance. One of her best 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 Vancouver Watersheds 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, which gave her the educational foundation for this work. Since then she has had a variety of work experience from being a park ranger at a lighthouse to educating homeowners about sustainable stormwater management and habitat restoration. Most recently she was the Director of Operations for the Wilderness International Youth Conservation Corps, a workforce readiness program for in Clackamas County, Oregon. She is excited to be using her skills and experiences together in this position at VWA.

Tom Dwyer
Program Coordinator

Tom has lived in Vancouver and Camas since 1994 and began working for the Vancouver Watersheds Alliance 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 Vancouver Watersheds Alliance do environmental restoration projects along Vancouver’s creeks and waterbodies.

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Board of Directors

TED GATHE
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

JEANNE KOJIS
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 MULLIKIN
Treasurer

Kari has worked for the City of Vancouver since 1992. In 2007 Kari took her love for the outdoors and made it her job. Kari is a certified ISA arborist and has a passion for propagating plants. In her free time Kari likes to scrapbook, travel and garden.

BOB PATTERSON
Secretary

Bob holds a degree in Environmental Health Management and has been working in resource protection for 25 years with experience in water quality, wastewater, waste reduction and recycling, solid and hazardous waste management, education and outreach, and currently as a source control specialist for stormwater protection as an Environmental Outreach Specialist, Senior with Clark County’s Environmental Services Department.

Nathan Dasler
Board Member

Nathan grew up in the Portland and SW Washington area. He attended the University of Portland where he received his BS in Civil Engineering. He currently works as a Civil and Water Resources Engineer with AKS Engineering and Forestry where his focus is stormwater projects, stream restoration, water rights, and fish passage. Nathan is excited to bring his engineering skillset to the Watershed Alliance. In his spare time, he enjoys fishing and boating with his wife and three young daughters.

Elizabeth Gotelli
Board Member

Elizabeth is currently the Chief Financial and Administrative Officer for the Port of Vancouver. Prior to that, she held positions with Clark County, the City of Vancouver, and the City of Lacey. Elizabeth holds a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science and Masters’ degrees in Urban and Regional Planning and Public Affairs. She has worked in both volunteer and paid capacities for a number of non-profit organizations, including the SW Washington Humane Society. Elizabeth brings financial, budgeting, contracting, and human resources skills to the board, as well as a love for the rivers and waterways of the Northwest.