About Us

Our board and staff are an eclectic bunch, but we all share a big place in our hearts for the communities, critters and wild of the Rogue River Basin.

Sam Whitridge
RBP Staff: Managing Director

One of Sam’s most formative childhood experiences was rafting the Wild and Scenic Rogue as a 12-year-old on a family vacation from California. This trip spawned a deep admiration for the Rogue and all of its wonders. Sam settled in Ashland over a decade ago and has spent the subsequent years exploring every nook and cranny of the Basin, mostly through hiking and trail-running. Sam is now thrilled to be sharing the natural wonders of the Rogue with his son (and aspiring naturalist) Oliver.

Thera Lombardi
RBP Staff: Program Manager

Thera hails from Virginia, but has called the Rogue Basin home since 2013. She is trained in wildlife science and has work experience in both field biology and agriculture. She is passionate about community, conservation and restoration of our natural resources. Thera enjoys foraging, gardening, exploring and admiring nature.

Kelly Coates
RBP Board Chair

Kelly has deep roots in Southern Oregon and has been involved with RBP since its inception. Kelly is a Cow Creek Umpqua Tribal member and a fisheries biologist by training.

Her motivation for conserving natural resources comes from values instilled in her by her parents. At a young age she was hiking, hunting and using a Snoopy fishing pole to catch her first trout. Her motivation these days comes from her daughter. Kelly wants to ensure that her daughter and future generations have the ability to enjoy the natural wonders of the Rogue Basin as much as she has.

Denis Reich
RBP Board Vice Chair

Denis comes from the land of the long, tough drought, Australia. Having grown up around freshwater scarcity and the ecological side-effects of scrounging for extra moisture, he has learnt that seeking a balance between responsible human use of natural resources and a healthy environment isn’t easy, but very rewarding work.

In pursuit of such an elusive ideal, Denis has found himself and also a job, here in the Rogue managing The Freshwater Trust’s local programs with a lot of help (you know it) from three other staff, including fellow board member Eugene Wier. Prior to Oregon he attempted careers as an engineer in drinking and waste-water technology and as an applied scientist on agricultural water conservation.

Most of all he loves seeing what smart, passionate people can do given the time, money, and patience to steward their own little corner of the planet into uncertain future. When not preoccupied with such lofty goals, Denis likes to trail run, mountain bike ride, bake pies, and sing cowboy songs around a campfire.

Eugene Wier
RBP Secretary

A native of New Zealand, who grew up in the Sierra Nevada mountains around Tahoe, Eugene choose the Rogue to be his home nearly 20 years ago. Each day since that decision he has sought to apply himself to actions that protect and build resilience in the natural systems of the State of Jefferson with the goal of leaving the next seven generations of people and wildlife with an ecological base that can sustain them.

Greg Stabach
RBP Treasurer

Greg migrated westward for graduate school starting in 1998 and has never looked back much to the chagrin of his family. Originally from Connecticut, he arrived in Southern Oregon in 2000 and found a place to call home. When not at work, you can find Greg out and about enjoying the beauty of the region on foot, bike, or floating on it his kayak with his intrepid chocolate lab, Ruby.

Jake Crawford
RBP Board Member

Jake currently works as the Southern Regional Manager for Native Fish Society (NFS), where he oversees the organization’s grassroots River Stewards from the Umpqua River in southern Oregon to the Russian River in northern California. Jake lives in Ashland with his wife, and enjoys backpacking in the Kalmiopsis Wilderness, fishing the upper Rogue River, and cross-country skiing.

Kari Gies
RBP Board Member
Charles Lane
RBP Board Member
Gail Grogan Perrotti
RBP Board Member

 Gail Grogan Perrotti moved to the Rogue Basin in 1995, but her relationship with the basin began at age 5 on a family vacation that captured her heart and imagination through camping and exploring the wonders of its natural beauty and wildlife. After many years of annual visits to the area she and her husband jumped at the opportunity to move here to raise their family. Gail is passionate about the importance of fostering an appreciation, respect and stewardship of the Rogue in our young people.

Paige Prewett
RBP Board Member

With the Rogue River just yards from her home, Paige happily talks about how much she loves the smell of the river air, the wildlife who live here, and her favorite summer swimming hole. She moved to the Rogue Valley in 1998 to enjoy abundant access to public lands and to participate in a community that cares about its natural resources. Paige¹s passion for sustainability extends beyond her daily lifestyle to a 20-year career of engaging citizens in actions that protect and preserve our environment. She likes to spend her free time hiking, mountain biking and camping with her dog Chinook by her side.

Terry Ruiter
RBP Board Member
Jack Shipley
RBP Board Member

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