Robyn Janssen, Rogue Riverkeeper
Robyn was born and raised in Southern Oregon and has spent most of her life working on the water. As a teenager, Robyn discovered her love of the water as a professional river guide and has been introducing people to the rivers of southern Oregon, northern California and beyond ever since. Robyn feels most at home on the river and has an intimate relationship with the Rogue and its watershed. Robyn graduated from Southern Oregon University with a BS in Art. Through her experiences as a river guide, Robyn has been an inspiring river steward, educating people about the uniqueness of river environments and demonstrating how people can protect these special places that we love.
Stacey Detwiler, Conservation Director
Prior to joining Rogue Riverkeeper, Stacey completed her M.S. in Water Resources Policy and Management at Oregon State University and served on the board of the Marys River Watershed Council. Before moving west, she spent five years working on clean water issues for American Rivers in Washington, DC. Stacey received her B.A. in Environmental Studies from Connecticut College and grew up in Pennsylvania where she first got interested in rivers and water management. Rogue Riverkeeper is excited to have her on board working on behalf of clean water in the Rogue basin.
Sara Mosser, Outreach Coordinator
Sara grew up in San Diego, but knew she belonged among jade rivers and evergreen trees when she first visited Humboldt County, CA. After earning a B.S. in Biology from Humboldt State University, she continued north into the lush Pacific Northwest. In Bellingham, Sara worked for the Washington Conservation Corps restoring riparian zones for salmon habitat enhancement, collected spawner survey data, and assisted in water quality sampling and analysis on many of Whatcom County’s waterways. Seeing how a well-planned built environment could support and preserve the natural environment, she then journeyed to Madison, Wisconsin for a M.S. degree in Urban and Regional Planning. Sara and her family have recently relocated to southern Oregon; she is very excited to support Rogue Riverkeeper’s outreach and event planning efforts, and be part of the local environmental community
Willy, the Office Dog
Willy belongs to Robyn and vice versa. Willy is originally from Northern California but moved to the Rogue Basin when he was 6 weeks old. Willy spends his days keeping an eye on things around the office and making sure that the ladies get lots of dog time. Willy's favorite activities are hiking, treats, time in the snow, ear rubs, and swimming in local rivers and lakes. Willy has been down the Wild & Scenic Rogue River 6 times and loves to jump off the boat when told to "Go Swimming!".
Bob Hunter — Bob is a founding board member of WaterWatch Oregon and Oregon Water Trust serving as senior staff attorney for WaterWatch for 13 years. He has extensive knowledge on the workings of Oregon water law and co-drafted Oregon’s landmark instream water rights bill. He played a major role in the removal of Savage Rapids and Gold Ray Dams on the Rogue. Bob is an avid flyfisher and birdwatcher.
Lesley Adams — Lesley Adams founded Rogue Riverkeeper as a program of KS Wild in 2009 seeing the need for aquatic advocacy in the Rogue Basin. She served as the Rogue Riverkeeper for 4 years before moving on to work for the Waterkeeper Alliance as the Senior Organizer for the Western US. Lesley lives in Ashland with her son and loves fly fishing and floating the Rogue and other rivers.
Frances Oyung — Frances has had a love for rivers from an early age and began whitewater boating as a teenager on the Stanislaus River in the central Sierra Nevada. The Stanislaus inspired her river conservation activities when the New Melones dam was constructed and the reservoir filled in the late 1970’s. Frances has worked in natural resources in various capacities, often related to protecting water quality and native fish habitat. Frances enjoys working on collaborative projects, communications, an environmental education. Frances lives in Medford, OR with her family and many pets.
Charles Gehr — Charles works as a destination manager for Fly Water Travel, booking trips to the world's great fly fishing destinations including the Rogue. Charles time on the Rogue is spent fishing for steelhead or kayaking. Charles most loves the Rogue for its' runs of anadromous fish, available every month of the year. Charles got involved with Rogue Riverkeeper because of his concerns around suction dredge mining in the Rogue Basin and has been a key member of the coalition to reform in stream mining practices to protect the Rogue.
Pete Wallstrom — Pete is the owner of Momentum Rafting Expeditions and lets us use his stuff for events and river trips! Pete has been an outfitter and guide on the Rogue and around the world for more than 20 years and has a deep passion for rivers and their wildlands. He is an avid supporter of our work and a valuable business voice for the importance of clean, healthy rivers for local economies.