Staff

 

Kim Ryals, Executive Director

 

Valeen Madden, Private Lands Project Coordinator

Valeen grew up in Grant County and brings a wealth of local knowledge to the council. She started her journey with the North Fork John Day Watershed Council in June 2009 as Business Manager and was promoted to Private Lands Project Coordinator in January 2015. She has a drive for being a team player and is always willing to answer a call for help. Valeen’s hobbies are spending time with her two children, being a volunteer CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate for Children), spending time outdoors and reading when she can find the time.

Justin Rowell, Public Lands Project Coordinator

Justin grew up in Grant County, where he has been extensively involved with local activities such as Boy Scouts and 4-H, learning ecological systems, forest-craft, and experiencing the diverse uses of our public lands. He recently received a Bachelors Degree in Mathematics and Computer Science from Eastern Oregon University, completed primarily in the past three years via distance education. Each month Justin also serves as a helicopter mechanic in the Oregon National Guard. He has enjoyed work in every field from Computer/Network Technician to Ranch Hand, including 5 years with the Malheur National Forest as a Timber Marker/Cruiser. He has chosen to make Grant County his home and is excited to work in Watershed Restoration with such an enthusiastic team. He is coordinating projects on public lands, working with partners like the Forest Service and the BLM. He lives in Prairie City, where he has two great children.

Kristen Walz, Project Coordinator

Kristen was born and raised in Iowa. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in Biology at Portland State University. Kristen moved to Monument in 2016 after working at sea in Alaska as a fisheries biologist for 2 years. She has a passion for conservation and is excited to explore the beautiful, rugged Eastern Oregon landscape. In her free time, Kristen enjoys spending time outdoors with her boyfriend and their dog.

Katherine Rose, Youth Coordinator

 

Shelley Reich, Monitoring Coordinator

Shelley grew up on a hobby farm in the foothills of Mt. Rainier, where her family raised horses, cows, dogs, and poultry. Here, she lives on a small ranch outside Monument with her husband and their black retriever. Shelley feels at home in this beautiful, rural landscape. In her free time, she enjoys exploring the surrounding area and hiking in the mountains. Shelley holds Bachelors and Masters’ degrees in Biology and enjoys putting her education to use for the good of the local community. She works as a project coordinator at the Watershed Council and is enjoying learning more about the John Day Basin and meeting the people who live here.


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