Amanda Gilbert (she/her) – 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.

Reilly Newman (she/her) – Projects Manager

Riley NewmanReilly 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 (she/her) – Administrative Specialist

Angela has lived many places throughout the U.S. but she has been calling Oregon home for the past 13 years. Prior to her work at the CFWWC she worked as an independent contractor and volunteered her time with several nonprofit organizations. She joined the CFWWC in July 2021 to help streamline organization and operations. She has a special place in her heart for animals and strives to inspire a love for wildlife in others. Her interests outside of work include: pop culture, creating art of all kinds, and spending time with her family.

Michelle Carrigan (she/her) – 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 (she/her) – 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.

Elsa Weybright (they/them) – Watershed Restoration Intern

Elsa has been working for the Coast Fork Watershed Council for the past 3 years as a watershed restoration intern. They are currently attending the University of Oregon where they’re majoring in biology. Elsa is very passionate about restoration work and they plan on continuing it as a career in the future. Outside of work they spend most of their time playing Ultimate Frisbee and backpacking.

Alex Van Grunsven (she/her) – AmeriCorps RARE, Working Lands Program Development Assistant

Alex grew up in America’s dairy capital, Wisconsin, surrounded by two of her favorite things: kind hearted people and an abundance of livestock. She traveled out to the PNW to pursue a degree in Environmental Science and Food Studies at the University of Oregon. After graduating in spring of 2021, she served her first year in the AmeriCorps program at the Hood Canal Salmon Enhancement Group (HCSEG) in rural Washington supporting their certified organic farm and educational programs. Serving a second year in AmeriCorps, her current position at the Coast Fork Watershed Council works in partnership with the Resource Assistance and Rural Environment (RARE) Program at the University of Oregon to support rural Oregon farmers, ranchers, landowners and community members. You can typically find Alex riding her bike around town, getting lost in the woods or working in her garden when not at the office. She is excited to be a part of the Coast Fork team and looks forward to meeting new friendly faces in the area.

Sydney Nilan (she/her) – 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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