Dave is originally from Oregon and grew up fishing our streams and lakes, one of the reasons which led him to return last year from Montana where he had been a Professor of Geography at the University of Montana since 2004. He taught courses there in Community & Environmental Planning, coordinated that program, chaired the department for four years, worked with the Clark Fork Task Force and the Clark Fork and Kootenai River Basins Council, and conducted research on water resources management in Montana and the Columbia River basin. Prior to that he taught at Central Michigan University where he also taught planning and participated in the Saginaw Bay Watershed Initiative Network. His undergraduate degree is from Eastern Oregon University and his masters and PhD are from Oregon State University. He lives in Tillamook with his wife Gretchen and is excited to work with the council’s partners and stakeholders in enhancing these outstanding watersheds of south Tillamook County!
Sarah is the Monitoring and Outreach Coordinator for Nestucca, Neskowin, and Sand Lake Watersheds Council. In 2019, she graduated with her B.S. in Environmental Science with a concentration in Geospatial Technologies. Later, she attended the University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo and graduated with her Master of Science in Environmental Science and Conservation Biology in 2021. Since her home was on the Oregon Coast, she centered her graduate project around an internship with Tillamook Estuaries Partnership which included work on collecting water quality data from Sitka Sedge State Natural Area and organizing data on the current state of the estuarine systems and surrounding watersheds in Tillamook County to better identify future restoration, conservation, and management needs. Her hope as the Monitoring and Outreach Coordinator is to continue addressing the needs of the community and working together to carry on the work of improving the health of the watersheds for the benefit of everyone.