Jonah sandford - Executive Director/Staff Attorney
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.
Krista isaksen - Development Director
Krista began advocating for the environment at a young age. Her love of wild spaces eventually led her to the Redwood coast, where she earned her Bachelors in Writing from Humboldt State University. She then worked in marketing and program support in both the nonprofit and for-profit sector while living in and exploring Northern New Mexico. Krista is happy to now call the Pacific Northwest home. She takes every opportunity to get outdoors and looks forward to many days spent swimming in rivers.
Wesley Noone - Water Quality Technician
Wesley’s interest in streams began at the age of 16 when his grandpa purchased his first Sage fly fishing rod. Since that moment forward he has spent countless hours around Central Oregon trying to hook fish in every pool, undercut, and riffle that the Deschutes River has to offer. During his time in Central Oregon Wes has worked with community groups including 350 Deschutes, the Oregon League of Conservation Voters, the Central Oregon Community College Garden Club, and the OSU Cascades Natural Sciences Club. Having earned a Bachelor’s of Science in Biology from OSU Cascades in 2018, Wes is excited to contribute his knowledge of living organisms and their connections to the physical world.
During college Wesley worked as a field technician in the John Day Watershed with Eco Logical Research Inc. conducting habitat and population studies on Steelhead and Chinook Salmon. The data was used to support a study that was published in Nature, “Ecosystem experiment reveals benefits of natural and simulated beaver dams to a threatened population of steelhead (Oncorhynchus mykiss)”. Wesley also participated in the OSU Grand Team Challenge and his team was awarded funds to implement a beaver dam analog installation on the South Fork Crooked River (https://youtu.be/-CIoClhKHPc). Furthermore, working as a research assistant, Wes became coauthor to a presentation at the SER/SWS Restoration 2018 conference. After graduating from OSU, Wesley was chosen as an Oregon Sea Grant Summer Scholar and received a summer internship with NOAA Fisheries in Portland, OR. During his time with NOAA Wes learned technical information regarding NEPA and salmonid hatcheries, researched climate change issues relevant to salmonids, and attended meetings with partner agencies and co-managers.