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 hails from Virginia, but has called the Rogue Basin home since 2013. She is trained in wildlife science and GIS and has work experience in both field biology and agriculture. She is passionate about problem-solving, community, conservation and restoration of our natural resources. Thera enjoys foraging, gardening, exploring and admiring nature with her ginger-haired mastiff pal, Pierre.
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 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.
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 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 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 has been involved in issues related to the health of the Rogue Basin for over 25 years. After relocating to Ashland in 1990, Kari completed her Master’s Degree in Environmental Education from SOU and soon after, began a 17-year career with the Ashland Parks and Recreation Department. While there, Kari helped develop and then co-manage the North Mountain Park Nature Center along with a variety of partner programs designed to promote local watershed restoration and associated education. After leaving the Department, Kari has worked on a variety of projects and fundraising issues related to the health of our streams, rivers, and oceans. In her spare time, Kari enjoys gardening and spending time with her husband and two labradoodles.
Charles Lane has over 40 years experience as a geologist, as well as 35 years experience in academia. He arrived at Southern Oregon University in the summer of 1994, where he currently serves as Professor of Geology in the Environmental Studies Department. When he first arrived in Oregon he spent time on both the Little Butte (especially the South Fork of the Little Butte) and the Big Butte systems near their headwaters. The New Year’s Flood of 1997 was an important event in framing the breadth of controlling factors and consequences for the Rogue Basin; he’s never stopped thinking about our climate, our hydrologic setting, and how we interact with our physical environment. Charles has a great love for the Rogue Basin and hopes his experiences can help RBP and all who call this basin home.
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.
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 moved to the Rogue River Valley on retiring in Colorado. The lures of a longer growing season for her and new population of caddisflies for her entomologist husband brought her to southwestern Oregon. The Rogue River is a wonderful aquatic resource, at times serene and at others fearsome….and always beguiling. The opportunity to become involved in the protection and restoration of this resource drew Terry to the RBP and its partner organization, the Rogue River Watershed Council.
Jack grew up in west Texas where he developed a passion for natural resource conservation and community building. He moved to Josephine County in the Applegate Valley in 1970 and has been actively involved in local, state and national environmental issues impacting the Rogue Basin ever since. Jack has served on the Governor’s Commission on Youth, Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board, Oregon Board of Forestry, Governor’s Healthy Stream Partnership, Governor’s Coastal Salmon Recovery Planning Team and the Western Governor’s Association “Enlibra” Advisory Council. His interests range from rodeoing, competitive swimming, downhill and cross country skiing, to flying, backpacking and political activism. Jack feels fortunate that three of four adult children live on their family property while the remaining daughter lives in Grants Pass.