Greg McMillan, Bend, OR - President
Retired market/business development and clinical science director for GlaxoSmithKline pharmaceutical company. Experience in non-profit organizations includes being vice-president of the Board of Directors for Oregon Trout, volunteer staff member for Oregon Trout, president of Anglers Club of Portland for three terms, director of conservation for two terms at Anglers Club of Portland. Also a member of multiple non-profit organizations.
Jonah Sandford, Portland, OR - Vice President
Jonah grew up in Missoula, Montana, and moved to Oregon in 2003 after graduating from the University of Montana. After a few years of adventures, Jonah completed a year of post-baccalaureate studies at Oregon State University, focusing on fish ecology and ecological restoration. He then enrolled at Lewis & Clark Law School, where he graduated in 2015 with an Environmental and Natural Resources Certificate. During law school, Jonah clerked for WaterWatch of Oregon, Earthjustice, and the Center for Biological Diversity, and also worked extensively with the Northwest Environmental Defense Center and the Earthrise Law Center. In his free time, Jonah spends as much time as possible canoeing, floating, and swimming in Pacific Northwest rivers with his wife and brand new son.
W. Rick Trout, Vancouver, WA - Treasurer
Retired Chief Investment Officer, West Coast Trust & Columbia Bank Trust & Investments. BA Rice University, Houston, Texas 1970; JD University of Texas School of Law, 1973. Extensive experience in probate and administration of trusts and estates, as well as the investment of wealth for families, nonprofit organizations and institutions. Married to Leslie E. Trout; three children, Catherine, Elizabeth and Christopher; two grandchildren.
John Hazel, Maupin, OR - Board Secretary
John Hazel lives and works on the Deschutes River in Maupin, Oregon. Together with his wife Amy, he owns and operates Deschutes Angler Fly Shop and their guide service, John Hazel & Company. John, Amy, and the select group of guides they employ, guide the entire 100 miles of the lower Deschutes. Their outfitting service offers fly anglers day trips and overnight camp trips for trout and steelhead. John has been guiding the Deschutes River since 1978 and was joined on the river by his wife Amy in 1999. Together they have been featured on several Spey casting instructional DVDs as well as the acclaimed fly fishing film, Drift. The fly shop and outfitting business keep them busy year-round, but they occasionally find some free time to travel to the tropics in pursuit of Tarpon and Permit. Upland bird hunting is a passion they share with their scruffy Wirehaired Pointing Griffons. When not hunting or fishing, they relax on their ranch with good friends and family.
Rick Hafele, Wilsonville, OR - Executive Committee
Rick Hafele has a Masters degree in aquatic entomology and a minor in fisheries biology. He has worked as a professional aquatic biologist for over 30 years specializing in using aquatic communities as water quality indicators. While working for the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality, Rick was instrumental in developing the State's bioassessment program and writing Oregon's water quality standards for aquatic life. As a writer Rick penned the Entomology column for American Angler magazine for 30 years. He also co-authored An Angler’s Guide to Aquatic Insects and Their Imitations with Scott Roederer (Johnson Books, 1995), and Western Mayfly Hatches and The Complete Book of Western Hatches with Dave Hughes (Amato Pub). Rick's latest book, Nymph Fishing Streams and Rivers, was released by Stackpole Books along with the companion DVD, Nymph Fishing Basics. Other instructional DVD's to Rick's credit include Anatomy of a Trout Stream, the four DVD series Fly Fishing Large Western Rivers, plus Advanced Nymph Fishing, and Advanced Tactics for Emergers & Dries.
Steven P. Pribyl, The Dalles, OR - Executive Committee
A lifelong Oregonian, Steve grew up along the lower Columbia River and misspent his youth sitting in a hogline fishing salmon or hunting ducks on the North Unit of Sauvie Island. He was educated at Oregon State University graduating at the top of his Department of Fisheries and Wildlife class and in the top ten in the School of Agriculture with a BS in Fisheries Science in 1974. He was elected to Phi Kappa Phi, the nation's oldest, largest and most select honor society, his senior year. His 30 year career with the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife included fisheries work in both research and management, focusing primarily on anadromous fishes. He specialized in inventory methodology and data analysis and was one of the state’s experts in natural resource damage assessment and recovery later in his career. Over 23 years of his career were spent working in the lower 100 miles of the Deschutes River as either a researcher or manager. Steve has been recognized at the state and national level for volunteer work with Ducks Unlimited and is the current Oregon Ducks Unlimited Habitat Chair. He has been an active volunteer with ODFW and the Oregon State Police since retirement and continues to work on fisheries projects on a part time basis for one of the region's four treaty tribes. Salmon and steelhead fishing, waterfowl, turkey and big game hunting and indoor pistol shooting fill Steve's retirement days. He and Jacky, his wife of 34 years, live in The Dalles. Their son, Les Kipper, is a Sergeant with the Oregon State Police.
Kim Brannock, Bend, OR - Director
Kim has lived in Oregon for 18 years relocating to Bend, from Portland, in 2013 together with her family to be closer to the outdoors. She is the founder of SY Design, an eight year old apparel design studio focusing on the outdoor and active sport industry. Her passion for fly fishing has allowed her to design apparel and waders for many of the top brands in the fly fishing business and it’s brought her closer to the river, most especially the Deschutes. In October of 2013, she spearheaded a fish rescue effort on the Upper Deschutes when draw down levels left thousands of trout stranded in a side channel. She has prior non-profit experience working with The Breast Cancer Fund, Big City Mountaineers, Woodhaven School in Portland where her daughter attended a Forest Kindergarten and preschool, as well as donating her time to teach kids to fly fish at the same summer camp she attended as a kid. Her passion for the environment runs deep and she’s looking forward to learning more about the Deschutes and working to ensure its long term viability. When she’s not working in the design studio you are most likely to find her playing outside enjoying the wilds of Central Oregon.
Steven Hawley, Hood River, OR – Director
Steve Hawley was born and raised in Oregon. He attended Southern Oregon University and the University of Montana. Steve taught English in Missoula until 2001, after which he wrote for the Missoula Independent. As an environmental journalist, Steve was among the first to write about the historic agreement to tear out Edwards Dam on the Kennebec River, Maine. In 2011, Steve’s book ‘Recovering a Lost River’ was published, providing a critical analysis of dams on the Snake River and their impacts on salmon migration and populations, local economies, and the hydropower industry in the region. His work has appeared in High Country News, Bear Deluxe, National Fisherman, OnEarth, Arizona Quarterly, and The Drake. Steve lives with his family in Hood River, OR, and is an avowed river rat who loves to float, fish, hike and ski.
Amy Hazel, Maupin, OR - Director
Amy Hazel lives and works on the Deschutes River in Maupin, Oregon. Together with her husband John, they own and operate Deschutes Angler Fly Shop and their guide service, John Hazel & Company. Amy and John, and the select group of guides they employ, guide the entire 100 miles of the lower Deschutes. Their outfitting service offers fly anglers day trips and overnight camp trips for trout and steelhead. Amy has been guiding the Deschutes River since 1999. Together they have been featured on several Spey casting instructional DVDs as well as the acclaimed fly fishing film, Drift. The fly shop and outfitting business keep them busy year-round, but they occasionally find some free time to travel to the tropics in pursuit of Tarpon and Permit. Upland bird hunting is a passion they share with their scruffy Wirehaired Pointing Griffons. When not hunting or fishing, they relax on their ranch with good friends and family.
Edward (Larry) Marxer, Portland, OR - Director
Originally from the Mid-west; Spent my 1st year of college studying Forestry at the Michigan Tech University in Houghton Michigan. Moved to Portland, OR in June 1967. Graduated from Oregon State University in 1971 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Wildlife Management. Spent three years living in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada working mostly in the construction trades. Returned to Portland, OR in 1974; married my beautiful wife Susan in May 1977. Worked in the lumber products industry from 1974 to 1988. During the summer of 1989 I worked and a Wildlife Biologist for the US Forest Service doing Spotted Owl research in the Gifford Pinchot National Forest in Washington state. As part of a career change, I returned to Oregon State University in the fall of 1989 to study Fisheries Science. Went to work for the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality in the summer of 1990 and spent 23 years working on water quality projects related to the US Clean Water Act throughout the state of Oregon. I retired from DEQ June 1st, 2013 and am currently plnning a month-long vacation trip to Paris, France with my wife Susan. In addition to spending as much time as possible with my wife, I enjoy fly fishing as often as possible, re-finishing bamboo fly rods, fly tying and other recreational pursuits.
Paul Neibergs, San Francisco, CA - Director
Paul is a graduate of Harvard Law School and a successful business attorney. Although, as he says, “I am an attorney and would rather be fishing.” It is rumored that his wife refers to him as her “free range husband."
John Schwartz, The Dalles, OR - Director
Both of John's parents were trained zoologists. Consequently, his appreciation for the natural world and concern for its well-being was acquired at an early age and has been lifelong. After graduation from Medical School at the University of Missouri-Columbia in 1978, John moved to Oregon to complete his residency in Orthopedic surgery at OHSU. In 1983 he and his wife, Kathy, moved to The Dalles where they raised their two children and where John was able to rejuvenate his soul on a regular basis in, or alongside of, the Deschutes. His hobbies are playing acoustic music and cycling, but his passion is fly fishing. Now that John is mostly retired, he has time to champion worthwhile causes. He is honored to serve on the board of the DRA as it uses its science-based approach to advocate for a healthy Deschutes River.
Brian Silvey, Maupin, OR - Director
Brian Silvey was born and raised in the Sandy/Welches area of Oregon. He learned to fly fish at an early age on the Sandy and Deschutes Rivers. He was a ski racer at Mt. Hood. Brian was a fisheries biology major at Oregon State University and worked briefly for Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, although that career path was abandoned in order to fish and become a fishing guide. Brian is a highly reputed fly designer, and many of his patterns have become standards on his home rivers and waters beyond Oregon. He lives on a ranch near Maupin with his wife and two children.
Cam Groner, Portland, OR - Director (Emeritus)
Retired Chief Legal Officer for Legacy Health, specializing in health care law and laws governing nonprofit corporations and tax-exempt entities. BA Yale University, MAT Harvard University, JD Northwestern School of Law at Lewis & Clark College. Past Chair of the Board of Trustees of Trillium Family Services. Cam grew up in Kansas City, where he was taught to fly cast by his grandfather, but where there were no trout or steelhead. He now lives in Portland and Maupin.