Governing Board Stakeholder Groups

The PRWC is governed by a fifteen member Governing Board. The PRWC will strive to include stakeholder groups representing a broad cross section of geographic area and the demographic composition of the watershed. Interests within the watershed will be represented by a board that includes the following stakeholder representatives.

Anna Rankin

Anna Rankin

Executive Director

Anna began working for the PRWC in 2014. Her extended family has lived in the watershed for over sixty years. She has both technical skills from her years working as a genetics research technician and leadership skills from her years teaching wellness. Her favorite locations to show visitors in the watershed are Wilhoit Springs Park and the Mount Angel Abbey. She loves her role as the director of the Council because she believes in the value of local, voluntary, collective citizen action. Her vision for the Pudding River Watershed is a combination of healthy streams, productive farms, and strong communities.

Steve Starner

Steve Starner

Chairman

Steve is the Water Quality Supervisor for the City of Silverton, so he is constantly engaged with our watershed. He has been in charge of the Water Quality Division for the past 18 years. That means Steve is very in tune with Silverton’s water usage. He keeps a careful eye on our drinking water sources – Abiqua Creek and Silver Creek. As the climate changes, Steve is well-aware of the potential for more serious droughts and the accompanying challenges to the water system (Source of bio: Our Town, 2016).

Ray Eder

Ray Eder

Vice-Chair, K J Farms, Mt. Angel

Ray grew up in the Mt. Angel area and has been a full-time farmer since 1978. Additionally, Ray volunteers at local schools and has served on the Mt. Angel City Council for twelve years. In 2015, Ray Eder received the Distinguished Service Award (from the Mt. Angel Chamber of Commerce) for his extensive volunteer work. On the PRWC Board, Ray is happy to be involved in restoration efforts and is particularly concerned with streambanks eroding. He is currently fostering trees that will help reforest the watershed to provide habitat for wildlife and keep soil in place. When Ray is not lending a hand in the community, he can be found spending time with his children and grandchildren on the farm. Everyday, Ray connects with nature through farming activities and views nature as a gift handed to us to be maintained or even improved.

Karen Garst

Karen Garst

Treasurer

Karen feels that it is vitally important for us to improve riparian zones and restore fish habitats at a local level. Our treasurer has years of management experience and has been the Executive Director of the Oregon Bar and the Oregon Community College Association. For fun, Karen gardens, goes for walks, and connects with the community. She emphasizes that every action we take affects our waterways and wants to help people realize that what we do in our cities will have impacts on local habitats.

Scott Jorgensen

Scott Jorgensen

Secretary, Municipalities Rep., Aurora

A new member to the board, Scott brings a holistic view of our watersheds. He is the City Recorder for Aurora and is helping the PRWC cooperate with the city to build more parks. Scott has previous work experience in public policy through serving on the Oregon Legislature and organizations like the Oregon League of Minority Voters. Scott has seen the benefits of consensus-based decision-making and likes to be part of team efforts at the local level. As as advocate of stakeholder participation, Scott wants to help foster a collective vision of ways to improve our waterways. In his free time, he plays disks golf and walks with his 10-year old son in our neighborhood parks.

Beverlee Koutny

Beverlee Koutny

Education Representative

Beverlee has been a wife, mother, educator, community leader, and activist for her entire adult life. A nature enthusiast, Beverlee’s passion for protecting rivers and wildlife brought her to join the PRWC. In order to build strong community relationships, Beverlee feels that it is important to foster a shared understanding of what is needed for healthy watersheds. Today, she feels very proud to be part of the PRWC and concrete actions taken to improve the Pudding River. Beverlee hopes that the beautiful natural environments of Oregon can be preserved for future generations.

Bob Qualey

Bob Qualey

Citizens-at-large Representative

For several decades, Bob has been practicing sustainable logging, planting about 100 Douglas fir trees for every one that he cuts. Bob realizes that to keep our planet healthy, there needs to be an abundance of young trees that are producing clean oxygen. Bob has been on the board for three years. Long before his involvement at the PRWC, his work focused on reforestation and the betterment of streams. Bob believes in improving stream ecosystems by keeping pesticides and pollutants out of the water. As an outdoorsman, Bob relaxes by fishing and spending time in the woods. He is fond of working with the other board members and talking to the community at large.

Ron Garst

Ron Garst

Natural Resources

Ron obtained a Fisheries Degree from OSU and went on to be a biologist with U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service. Then, Ron started volunteering for Tualatin River Keepers, and realized how much he likes working with local watershed groups. Now he has been on the PRWC Board for three years and enjoys continuously advocating for wildlife. In his free time, Ron likes to hike, camp, and bow hunt. Water issues are at the heart of his environmental concerns. He feels people need to make personal connections with their local rivers and realize how they truly can make a positive impact on the system. Ron has always felt that watersheds are the basic way that humans connect with nature.

Rudy Frazzini

Rudy Frazzini

Forestry Representative

Rudy works with Weyerhaesuser (a large timber company) and helps to manage over 130,000 acres of land surrounding tributaries of the Pudding River. He strives to leave the land better than it was when he started. It is important for Rudy to accomplish his silviculture responsibilities (planting and establishing young trees after timber harvest) in a way that ensures renewable, sustainable resource use. Rudy loves being a steward of the wilderness and is passionate about connecting with nature everyday through his work.

Jeff Butsch

Jeff Butsch

Agriculture, 4B Farms, Mt. Angel

Coming from a family that has farmed for many generations, Jeff Butsch believes in water conservation and respecting nature. Jeff’s family grows hazelnuts, hops, grasses, and other seed crops. He hopes that his grandchildren will be able to benefit from a healthy watershed and continue farming. This mindset inspires Jeff to brainstorm and initiate projects; one aspect of the Watershed Council’s work that is particularly important to Jeff is monitoring pollution. Our chairman, Jeff, enjoys hunting and fly fishing in his spare time and also loves interacting with fellow board members at the Pudding River Watershed Council.