ADRA LOBDELL, TCWC VOLUNTEER COORDINATOR
Adra Lobdell started as our Volunteer Coordinator in 2014 as an AmeriCorps Member through the Confluence Environmental Center. In August of 2015, she was hired to continue coordinating our volunteer program and splits her time as the Volunteer Coordinator for the Oswego Lake Watershed Council. She is passionate about restoration and loves working with volunteers to improve the urban riparian habitat in SW Portland and Lake Oswego. Before joining TCWC, Adra spent nine years working seasonally in trail building, organic farming, and environmental education. She holds a BA in English and environmental studies and a MS in environmental education. In her free time, you can typically find her trail running in Forest Park, rock climbing at Smith Rock, or skiing on Mt. Hood.
TORREY LINDBO, PRESIDENT
Torrey Lindbo has been the President of the TCWC board since 2014. He holds a master’s degree in environmental science and engineering and has been working as an environmental professional in the Portland area for the past 18 years. He currently works as the Water Sciences Program Manager for the City of Gresham, where he commutes to on bike most days from his home along Tryon Creek. He originally got involved with the council as a streamside property owner working to replace invasive plants with natives and working diligently to create a better riparian area for fish and wildlife. Torrey’s favorite hobbies are running and flyfishing – while one of those activities isn’t possible in the watershed, being able to run the trails of Marshall and Tryon Creek State Park are what attracted him to his home in SW Portland.
DUSTY DAY, VICE PRESIDENT
Dusty Day has a bachelor’s degree in biology, a master’s degree in environmental management, and has worked in the environmental field for over 15 years. He resides within the Tryon Creek watershed and enjoys the opportunity to improve our watershed through restoration efforts. When not working, you can typically find Dusty pulling ivy, planting natives, gardening at home, or exploring the wonderful parks and open space of the Tryon Creek watershed with his family.
SHARON KEAST, SECRETARY
Sharon Keast holds degrees in management information systems and science. After a career in business information technology, Sharon moved into the Tryon Creek watershed where she and her two children played and discovered it’s natural wonders. Sharon volunteers for local nonprofit organizations that support diverse and thriving communities and advocates for strategic use of technology for good. She joins the council in caring for Mother Earth’s life-giving land, air and water and envisions children forever discovering salamanders in the Tryon Creek watershed.
KRISTIE FOCHT, TREASURER
Kristie’s bio and picture are coming soon!
TERRI PREEG RIGGSBY, MEMBER AT LARGE and INTERIM COUNCIL COORDINATOR
Terri Preeg Riggsby previously served as the TCWC Chair for 12 years. She has a bachelor’s degree in journalism, a master’s degree in public administration and natural resource policy, graduate certification in watershed management, and has worked in government and non-profit organizations for close to 15 years. Terri is also the Chair and Zone 5 Director on the West Multnomah Soil and Water Conservation District Board, where she advocates for effective environmental programs and projects throughout West Multnomah County. Terri lives near Multnomah Village and regularly helps out at restoration and education events. She shares her love of the Pacific Northwest rivers and woods with her husband, son, and hound dog.
CARL AXELSEN, MEMBER AT LARGE
Carl Axelsen is a Watershed resident with a Master Watershed Stewards Certification from OSU Extension. After retiring from a career in business management, he formed and managed a Watershed Stewardship non-profit in Sherwood then was the Coordinator of the Tryon Creek Watershed Council for two years. Carl was then President of the Watershed Council Board for 2 years and served 3 years on the board of the Friends of Tryon Creek. Carl cares for 3/4 acre home site in the Arnold Creek neighborhood, has too large a garden, volunteers in the State Park as well as on Watershed Council projects, and dotes on 4 grandchildren and a yellow lab.
MARLEY BENNETT, STUDENT MEMBER
Marley Bennett is a senior at Wilson High School. She is the President of her school’s Key Club and volunteers regularly for SOLVE and other organizations. As a board member, she has participated at ivy pulls, helped paint the tool shed in Gabriel Park, and recorded bacteria counts from water sources within the watershed. Marley was an Outdoor School Student leader sophomore year, and loves hiking, playing tennis, and generally being outside and helping however she can to protect the environment.