Bob Jones – Chair
Bob is a licensed geologist/certified engineering geologist that has worked in the water and watersheds arena for about 30 years, 24 of which he has been working at the Medford Water Commission to protect and improve water quality for both sources of supply. He holds two bachelor degrees in Geology and Interdisciplinary Geography/Geology from Southern Oregon University. He is a certified water rights examiner. He recently implemented the Forest Management Plan for the Commission’s 3500 acres of forest land to create a Healthy Forest which helps to provide high quality source water. He has provided proactive leadership and technical expertise in regional water issues/policies/direction and was instrumental in developing a partnership to improve water management on a regional level – The WISE Project (Water for Irrigation, Streams and Economy). He has been appointed to and served on numerous State Level Advisory committees to develop programs and rules to implement programs that manage and protect water resources specifically related to Drinking water. He has provided leadership, guidance and technical expertise to Natural Resource Conservation Non-profit organizations at the local, regional and national levels. He believes that the word BALANCE is the most important word when it comes to managing natural resources. Bob’s favorite part of his job is mentoring college students and beginning professionals. He loves hiking and enjoying the outdoors and most of all – Football. He is a Navy veteran that served in Panama and Antarctica (winter-over 73-74).
Ray Tharp – Secretary
Ray was born in South San Francisco, California in 1937. He attended Whitman College, San Jose State, Coalinga College, Fresno State University and University of California at Berkeley in route to a BS degree in Business Administration from FSU in 1962.
Ray started post graduate work as a Field Process Accountant for Standard Oil and then became a Personnel Analyst trainee for the California State Personnel Board in Sacramento, California. Over the next 23 years, Ray worked in various human resources and labor relations activities, including negotiations as both an employee and employer representative and also as a neutral mediator, fact finder and arbitrator. The final portion of his career was spent as a California Deputy Labor Commissioner in Bakersfield, California. After retiring, he continued as a contract consultant on labor law with a large agricultural/multi-business firm based in southern California.
Ray moved to Central Point, Oregon in late 1996. He joined the Stream Restoration Alliance in 2012 and became a Board member of SRA the following year. He served as Secretary to the SRA Board in 2014.
Terry L. Ruiter – Vice Chair
BS Fisheries Biology/Zoology Colorado State University
JD Law University of Denver College of Law
Ms. Ruiter has 35 years of experience in environmental consulting and 5 years of experience as a transportation planner for Denver Department of Public Works. Her experience has primarily involved the determination of regulatory compliance. She has worked on projects in transportation, water and energy supply, mineral development, and hazardous waste remediation. She has evaluated compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA); Clean Water Act (CWA); Clean Air Act (CAA); Endangered Species Act (ESA); Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act (SMCRA); Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act (CERCLA); Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA); and Federal Facilities Compliance Act for a variety of clients. Her roles on projects ranged from program and project manager to compliance or technical specialist.
Bela Toledo – Treasurer
Bela is a CPA Partner in a small firm in Grants Pass. He grew up in Lincoln City on the Oregon Coast before moving inland to attend the University of Oregon in Eugene and Southern Oregon University in Ashland. He holds a BA in English and a Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Accounting from SOU. It was in Eugene that Bela first became interested and active in watershed issues. In fact, he met his wife Julie in Eugene while they were both canvassing for a non-profit organization in 1991.
In his free time Bela enjoys running, golf, camping, hiking, and various volunteer activities including coaching Cross Country at Fleming Middle School in Grants Pass. He has two sons, one in high school and the other attending the University of Oregon.
Dave graduated from the University of Oregon in 1972 with a B.S. in Physics. He was a middle and high school teacher at Glendale for 30 years, where he started a watersheds and fish science class. He worked for the forest service for 13 years as a contractor doing stream surveys in the summer on the upper South Umpqua and several of its tributaries. He has also done habitat surveys for ODFW.
During his time with SRA, where he was a board member for 7 years, Dave helped with several in-stream habitat projects, including design and placement of log structures. He has helped organize the annual fish carcass toss for the SRA on Taylor Creek and helped get volunteers from his fly fishing club to do riparian planting for the last 8 years. He is currently president of the Southern Oregon Fly Fishers in Grants Pass, on the board of the Umpqua Fisherman’s Association and the Partnership for the Umpqua Rivers and a member of the Middle Rogue Steelheaders.
He is married with three grown children and two (soon to be three) grandchildren.
Tom grew up in the Rogue Valley, and attended Eagle Point Schools for 12 years. He earned a B.S. in Civil Engineering at Oregon State University, with an emphasis on water resources. He worked summers on the swing shift in a local plywood mill. Tom served for ten years in the United States Air Force as a Civil Engineering Officer, where he was involved in design, installation and project planning, major construction management, and deployment readiness. He was Chief of the Environmental Management Office at Travis AFB, and Deputy Base Civil Engineer at Soto Cano AB in Honduras.
Tom earned an M.S. degree in Environmental Engineering at Oregon State University. He worked as a senior engineer at the City of Lebanon. Upon its formation, Tom was a member of the South Santiam Watershed Council until moving back to southern Oregon. He is currently cattle rancher on Little Butte Creek between Brownsboro and Lake Creek, using both flood and sprinkler irrigation. He was a member (and President) of Little Butte Creek Watershed Council until its dissolution and is a volunteer firefighter with the Lake Creek Rural Fire Protection District.
Tom’s interests include: hiking, hunting, rock hounding, gardening, golf, music, mushrooms, woodworking, water sports and SSSSPtS.
Paul was a member of the Upper Rogue Watershed Association since 2010 and served on the board since 2013. He has a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Alaska Anchorage. He worked for 25 years for the State of Alaska, mostly in the Department of Labor and Workforce Development. He has worked for Rogue Community College since 2008.
Chuck Huntington lives in Shady Cove and is a mostly-retired aquatic biologist with 35 years of experience on a variety of studies of salmon, trout, and their habitats, including 31 years of work done as the owner of a small biological consulting business centered in Oregon. He has conducted environmental effects analyses, been involved in science-based conservation planning, designed and implemented aquatic monitoring projects, and has contributed to the stream restoration efforts of several Oregon watershed councils. He served on the ONCC Coho Technical Recovery Team, the science panel that assisted recovery planning efforts for ESA-listed salmon in coastal Oregon. The Western Division of the American Fisheries Society awarded him the 2008 Robert Borovicka Conservation Achievement Award, for scientific contributions to fishery conservation.
Pete first explored watersheds and ecosystems in the Santa Cruz Mountains. Working as a mechanic, carpenter and wholesale nursery manager, he moved on to the Sierra Nevada and North Coast Ranges while studying horticulture and forestry. Exploration continued into the Cascade and Siskiyou Mountains as Pete earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Entomology from OSU and went into business providing international organic farm inspections, integrated pest management services for southern Oregon fruit growers and full orchard management. From 1997 to 2005, Pete served as program manager and executive director of Oregon Tilth, a research and education non-profit organization focused on ecological agriculture. Following three years assisting USDA native plant research and development in Corvallis, he returned to the Rogue Basin and now lives along the South Fork of Little Butte Creek outside of Eagle Point.
Paula Trudeau is a retired U.S. Forest Service forester (Silviculturist). She received her Bachelor of Science in Forest Resource Management from Humboldt State University in 1978 and immediately began her career. She spent 33 years (1978-2010) working in Idaho and Oregon in the management of national forest lands. Throughout her career she has worked as a forest resource manager, project manager, team leader, personnel supervisor, contract administrator, and environmental documentation writer.
Paula continues to work intermittently, on call, as a Planner with a national incident management team (all risk assignments involving fire, hurricanes, and recovery efforts following catastrophic events) and has worked with incident management teams since 1985.
A resident of Shady Cove since 1989, Paula currently serves on the City of Shady Cove Planning Commission and the Parks & Recreation Committee. Paula also serves on the Board for the Jackson County Fire District #4 Support Group, assisting the fire department in having a positive presence in the community and fundraising. Paula is a community volunteer for the library in Shady Cove and is a member of the Friends of the Library in Shady Cove.
Paula participated with the Upper Rogue Watershed Association (watershed council) 1995-2014 with portions of that time on the Board as Chair or Secretary.
Rachel Werling is the Land Steward Coordinator for OSU Extension. This 11 week training program introduces new and experienced landowners to best practices for natural resource management from riparian areas to forests. Rachel is the interim Master Gardener Coordinator for 2016. From 2011-2015 Rachel ran a water quality community outreach program that served school children (~1200/year “StreamWise”) and community members in Southern Oregon for OSU Extension. She developed volunteer monitoring programs with high school and adult volunteers through the StreamWise and SWAT programs. She has partnered with many organizations and leaders in watershed restoration and education in the Bear Creek Watershed and beyond. Rachel has a B.S. in Environmental Biology with a minor in Botany from Humboldt State University and a M. S. in Plant Biology from Arizona State University, where she was part of a “riparian lab.” Rachel has also worked as a contracting botanist for agencies and industry in the Pacific Northwest since 2006 conducting surveys for plants, mammals and birds (Nothern Goshawk, as well as “firemon protocol” monitoring. In New Mexico she surveyed for Mexican Spotted Owls and performed instream habitat surveys for the USFS. Rachel is fluent in Spanish. She served in the Peace Corps in Ecuador and lived in Oaxaca Mexico for twelve years running an eco-tourism company.
Stan Dean – JSWCD Liason
Stan is a civil engineer specializing in many facets of the water environment. His Bachelor of Science was earned at Lafayette College, and his Master of Science was awarded at the University of California Davis. He is registered as a civil engineer in both Oregon and California. During his career, emphasis was placed on municipal wastewater treatment, municipal water supply, water resources, water quality, and environmental regulations. His last position, prior to retirement in 2013, was District Engineer (a.k.a. General Manager) for the Sacramento Regional County Sanitation District and Sacramento Area Sewer District. Stan considers his second (unpaid) career to be promoting and facilitating good land stewardship. He is now serving on the Advisory Council for the Southern Oregon Research and Extension Service Land Steward Program and is an Associate Director with the Jackson Soil and Water Conservation District.