Staff

Amanda Gilbert, Executive Director

Amanda joined the Coast Fork Willamette Watershed Council as Executive Director in November 2015. Amanda has worked with watershed councils for nearly two decades in a variety of capacities. She began her watershed council career in 2005 with the McKenzie Watershed Council and worked with the Long Tom Watershed Council as the Fiscal Manager for eight years. Cottage Grove holds a special place in her heart as she lives, works, and raises her family in the community. 

Riley Newman

Reilly Newman, Projects Manager

Reilly is a 5th generation Oregonian and grew up in Cottage Grove. She began working with the CFWWC in 2013. She holds a bachelor’s degree (BS) in Fisheries and Wildlife Sciences w/ a specialization in Wildlife Ecology from the Oregon State University. She has 11 years of field experience working in federal, state, and nonprofit organizations as well as 2 years working in conservation genetics research labs at OSU. In her free time, Reilly enjoys spending time with her family, reading, and exploring the local forests and rivers. 

Angela McIntosh, Administrative Specialist

Angela’s family is initially from the south, however she has spent most of her life in Oregon and Northern California. She joined the CFWWC in July 2021 to help streamline organization and operations. Prior to her work with CFWWC she worked as an independent contractor while volunteering on the side. She enjoys spending time with her family, creating art, horticulture, and mycology. She’s most passionate about animals and nature. Angela’s interest in the watershed council derive from a desire to do better, to conserve and educate on the lands she loves so much. 

Michelle Carrigan, Watershed Specialist

Michelle was born and raised in Eugene, Oregon. Her love for the outdoors led her to earn a bachelor’s degree (BS) in Fisheries and Wildlife Science from the Oregon State University. Formerly a Lab Technician at Thermo Fisher Scientific, Michelle joined the CFWWC team in February 2022. In her free time, she enjoys houseplants, rockhounding, listening to podcasts, and hanging with her dog. 

Penny Feltner, Working Lands Project Manager

Penny grew up in the Ohio River Valley, finding adventure in the hills and forests just outside of Cincinnati. She earned her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Environmental Science, with an emphasis on agroecology and community-based projects. With over 10 years of experience working in community-based programming and environmental initiatives, Penny’s donned a variety of hats, including Laboratory Manager, Farm Camp Counselor, and Agroforestry Advisor. She began working with the CFWWC in 2022 to help empower farmers, foresters, and ranchers to adapt to emerging challenges in agriculture. In her free time, Penny’s an enthusiastic illustrator, a novice baker, a passionate bookworm, a Very Serious Gardener, and an all-around daydreamer.

Sydney Nilan, Upper Willamette Stewardship Coordinator

Sydney came on board in July of 2019 as the Coordinator for the Upper Willamette Stewardship Network. Sydney’s position brings together the Coast Fork & Middle Fork Willamette, Long Tom, and McKenzie Watershed Councils, the McKenzie River Trust, and the Friends of Buford Park & Mt. Pisgah, helping them to leverage each organization’s unique strengths to create new opportunities and landscape scale impact throughout the Upper Willamette basin. Sydney has a BA from the University of Oregon and her master’s from the University of Florida’s Tropical Conservation and Development program and has spent the last decade working at the intersection of community based natural resource management, conservation, and sustainable development in Latin America. Having spent the past 6 years living and working with indigenous communities in the Amazon rainforest, Sydney is glad to be back home in Oregon enjoying the seasons and the great pacific northwest with friends and family. 



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