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.
John Schwartz, The Dalles, OR - Vice President
John, now a recently retired orthopedic surgeon, moved to The Dalles in 1983 where he and his wife, Kathy, raised their two children and where John was able to regularly rejuvenate his soul in, or alongside of the Deschutes River. His hobbies are playing acoustic music and working in his wood shop, but his passion is fly fishing. John is honored to serve on the board of the DRA as it uses its science-based approach to advocate for a healthy Deschutes River.
Amy Hazel, Maupin, OR - Treasurer
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.
John Hazel, Maupin, OR - Executive Committee
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 has a Master’s degree in aquatic entomology and a minor in fisheries biology. He has worked as a professional aquatic biologist for 40 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. He is also author or co-author of seven books and eight instruction DVDs on fly fishing for trout. Rick is a noted aquatic entomologist in the Pacific Northwest and a recognized expert throughout the western United States.
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
Steven Hawley is a writer and documentary film maker from Hood River, Oregon. His latest film, Dammed to Extinction, released in June of 2019, chronicles the decline of salmon-dependent killer whales in the Salish Sea. He is also the author of Recovering a Lost River, (Beacon Press, 2011). Patagonia will publish Steven’s second book on river conservation in early 2020.
Edward (Larry) Marxer, Portland, OR - Director
Larry is a retired water quality expert, having spent 23 years working on water quality projects related to the US Clean Water Act throughout the state of Oregon. Larry and his wife Susan are active volunteers with their Northeast Portland neighborhood association.
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."
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.