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.
Anna has been working and volunteering for environmental organizations in Clark County since 2016. Originally from Manitoba, Canada, she has a Masters in Public Administration from Portland State University, specializing in Natural Resources Management, and a degree in English from the University of Manitoba.
She is dedicated to the health of people, places, and the organizations that support them, and she is excited to support the great work of the Watershed Alliance. She enjoys playing piano and hammered dulcimer and exploring Clark County with her two daughters.
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.
Shane is a Clark County local and started work with the Watershed Alliance in fall of 2021. He is an Evergreen HS, Clark College and Western Washington University alumni with a BA in Geography via the Huxley College of the Environment. He has worked previously with the City of Vancouver’s Water Resources Education Center and Solid Waste programs, and Clark Public Utilities’ Stream Team. Shane is passionate about environmental restoration and education, especially educating about native amphibians and invertebrates. In his free time he is a competitive disc golfer, terrarium and aquarium hobbyist, and a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu purple belt. He is excited to bring his passion and creativity to the Watershed Alliance and the community members it serves.
Josie is a high school senior attending Fort Vancouver High School. She is currently enrolled in medical classes and hopes to one day work in the medical field. She loves plants, especially succulents and enjoys being outdoors in her free time. She has volunteered at the tree plantings along Burnt Bridge Creek since elementary school and continues to volunteer. Josie started as our High School Summer Intern in July 2021 managing the social media pages as well as translating the material into Spanish and she is now a member of our staff.
Josie es una estudiante de último año de secundaria que va a Fort Vancouver High School. Actualmente está inscrita en clases de medicina y espera algún día trabajar en el campo de la medicina. Le encantan las plantas, especialmente las suculentas y le gusta disfrutar estar al aire libre en su tiempo libre. Se ha ofrecido como voluntaria en las plantaciones de árboles a lo largo de Burnt Bridge Creek desde la escuela primaria y continúa siendo voluntaria. Josie comenzó como nuestra pasante de verano en julio de 2021 administrando las páginas de las redes sociales y traduciendo el material en español y ahora es miembra de nuestro personal.
Jean Avery brings her research and writing skills to the Watershed Alliance as a grant-writing volunteer, combining her background in communications with her passion for the environment. As an active volunteer in Vancouver, Jean works to promote environmental causes as part of the Northwest’s “thin green line.” And, whenever possible, she is outdoors: hiking, birdwatching, and, of course, tree planting!
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.
Charlene, who joined the Watershed Alliance board in 2021, moved to Vancouver in 1996 to become a faculty member at Clark College, where she taught geology and environmental science courses until her retirement in 2016. She earned her bachelor’s degree from the University of California, Los Angeles, and her Ph.D. in Physical Volcanology from the University of Oregon. She is passionate about environmental education and social justice and loves birding, photography, travel, outdoor recreation, and gardening (her garden is undergoing Backyard Habitat certification). She lives in Brush Prairie with her wife of 25 years and their two dogs.
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.
Devan has worked for the Washington State Department of Ecology as a Water Quality Specialist since May 2018. In this strategic planning and implementation role, she works with governments and watershed groups to develop new plans, programs, and projects to achieve clean water across nine counties in Southwest Washington. Currently, Devan is a member of the Lower Columbia Fish Recovery Board’s Technical Advisory Committee, City of Vancouver’s Parks and Recreation Commission, the Women in Environment Mentoring Program, and the Watershed Alliance of Southwest Washington’s Board of Directors. Devan is also closely involved with Clark Conservation District’s new Poop Smart Clark program, which is implementing septic system and agricultural resources in Clark County, Washington. Previously, Devan worked as an Environmental Planner for the Southeast Michigan Council of Governments in Detroit, Michigan. In this role, she facilitated regional water resource planning for 170 units of government across seven counties in Southeast Michigan. Devan earned an M.S. in Natural Resources and Environment from the University of Michigan; and a B.S. in Biology from Chaminade University of Honolulu. Outside of work, Devan enjoys camping in her vintage trailer, kayaking, travelling, singing karaoke, and hosting backyard barbecues.
Sharif is a VP, Commercial Relationship Manager, at Lewis & Clark Bank. Prior to 2020, he was a VP at Riverview Community Bank for almost ten years. Having worked for two banks with nationwide footprints, he found his passion for local community banking in the early 2000s after moving to the Pacific Northwest from his home state of Kansas. Sharif currently serves as a director on multiple boards, as well as others in the past. For most of these, he has served at least one term as board chair, including Partners in Careers, the Clark College Veterans Advisory Board, Leadership Clark County, the Hazel Dell Salmon Creek Business Association, Cascadia Technical Academy Foundation, the New Day Community Dental Clinic, the Fourth Plain Business Coalition, and the Salvation Army Advisory Board. Sharif was also one of the founders of the original International Festival on Fourth Plain, and currently serves on the WSU Diversity Advisory Board, and is a director for the Clark College Foundation and the Friends of the Elder Justice Center. An active member of the Greater Vancouver Chamber of Commerce, Sharif has also served the City of Vancouver on both the Fire Service Delivery Committee and the Police Department Community Task Force, and currently serves on the annual evaluation committees for the City’s CDBG, HOME and Affordable Housing Fund grant programs. A graduate of the University of Kansas and Pacific Coast Banking School, Sharif enjoys skiing, hiking, reading, and especially spending time with his son Alex, currently a senior at Oregon State University.
Gregg Herrington, our newest Board member, was raised in Vancouver not far from Leverich Park, where in the 1950s his family picnicked, and he participated in fishing derbies and captured crawdads in Burnt Bridge Creek. About the same time, he launched a neighborhood bi-weekly newspaper, cranked out on an inky mimeograph machine while a student at Arnada Elementary School, now the site of the southbound I-5 interchange at Fourth Plain Boulevard. Gregg attended Clark College and the University of Washington. He was editor of the UW Daily and graduated in journalism. His professional journey included reporting jobs at The Oregonian and The Associated Press in Washington, D.C., where a highlight of his career was covering George McGovern’s presidential campaign in 1972 against President Richard Nixon. In 1973 he moved back to Washington state as assistant AP bureau chief in Seattle. He was lured back to his hometown in 1975 by The Columbian where he was an editor, political reporter, and columnist for 33 years. He rounded out his career with five years as public information officer for Battle Ground Public Schools. Gregg still does occasional free-lance stories for Northwest travel magazines and has acquired an interest in Northwest geology, especially the ice-age Missoula Floods, which rearranged the landscapes of Eastern Washington, The Columbia River Gorge, and the Vancouver-Portland area.
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.
With a last name like Waters, it was only natural that Emily ended up at the Watershed 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 and has a Masters in Natural, Environmental, and Energy 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. Outside of work, and volunteering, Emily loves to hike, garden, read, and bake.
Christine has volunteered with the Watershed Alliance for over 8 years and possesses a strong commitment to community vitality and environmental stewardship. In 2023, she will graduate from the University of Washington’s Executive Masters in Health Administration program and previously obtained her undergraduate degree from Pacific Lutheran University, studying Communication, Conflict Management & Civic Engagement. She lives and works in East Vancouver, as a Pharmacy Informatics Analyst for Oregon Health & Sciences University and previously served on the board of directors for the Oregon Society of Health-Systems Pharmacists (2015-2019). With her free time, she enjoys spending time with friends, adventuring the Pacific Northwest with her dog and husband, and travelling.