Brian Barr – Executive Director
Brian Barr is a Chicago native that came to the Rogue Valley in 2001 after stops in Oxford, Ohio, Blacksburg, Virginia, Boise, Idaho, and Portland, Oregon. He has lived along the Rogue near Gold Hill since March of 2002.
Brian is a fisheries biologist and has worked on river restoration and stream and springs research over the past 20 years. All but one of these years has included a substantial amount of work on the Rogue. He accepted the Executive Director’s position at the Rogue River Watershed Council before the Rogue River Watershed Council was officially an organization.
When not studying fish or restoring their habitat, Brian can be found fishing for summer steelhead, looking for rare birds (between winter and summer steelhead fishing), mending fences on his property, shuttling his daughter to horseback riding shows, or presiding over a Jefferson Fish Society meeting. Brian’s favorite Rogue Basin landmark is the falls on Red Blanket Creek near Prospect despite the fact that his favorite view of the basin is from the top of Lower Table Rock (looking southeast).
Anna Johnson – Administrative Assistant
Anna brings a background of small business administration and an education in Environmental Biology to her position at the Rogue River Watershed Council. She has been a small business owner in the agricultural building construction field and most recently worked at the Bureau of Land Management in permit administration for the Wild and Scenic stretch of the Rogue River.
Anna started life “on the water” growing up in a sailing family in the tiny state of Rhode Island. Her family moved to Colorado in 1979 where she was captain of her high school color guard team, traveled to the Orange Bowl twice with the University of Colorado Buffaloes marching band, and served as an animal control officer relocating bears and porcupines among other wildlife from the downtown streets of Boulder, Colorado.
Anna transplanted to Grants Pass, Oregon in 2004 where she settled down to raise her two boys on a small horse farm. She is pleased to now be a part of the dedicated team at the Rogue River Watershed Council and looks forward to making a contribution to a healthy watershed for the next generation to come. In addition to a lifelong interest in the natural world Anna enjoys hiking, floating the river, searching for interesting birds in her back yard and competing in combined driving carriage events with her Shetland pony, Jet.
Donna Chickering – Program Manager
Raised on a diversified Iowa farm, Donna’s most comfortable in rural settings—wild or cultivated! She has spent all of her professional tenure working in the world of academia or non-profits, primarily focusing on the human dimension side of natural resource management and rural community development: attitudinal survey research, environmental education, grant writing, volunteer management, and leadership development training.
Coming to work for the Rogue River Watershed Council is a return to home, of sorts, for Donna, as she was the first coordinator of the Middle Rogue Watershed Council from 2000 to 2004.
When “off the clock,” Donna enjoys spending time trekking area trails with the Royal Family—Princess Frosty (her beautiful Palomino Quarter Horse) and Prince Porter (her handsome Chesapeake Bay Retriever). She also spends a considerable amount of time (but never enough it seems!) pulling weeds on her property near Grants Pass.
Sarah Sauter – Program Manager
Sarah joined the Rogue River Watershed Council in September 2015. As a program manager, she spearheads our work on water quality improvement. Spending the last ten years in the arid southwest gave her an appreciation for the importance and value of clean and flowing rivers.
While working towards Masters Degrees in Environmental Science and Public Affairs at Indiana University, Sarah discovered her passion for working with communities to solve watershed issues. She has worked with a number of citizen science programs to collect both air and water quality data. Sarah is also an experienced watershed coordinator, most recently serving as the Executive Director for a small nonprofit in western Colorado. In her free time, Sarah can be found paddling the river, hiking in the mountains, or watching the Indianapolis Colts.
Alexis Brickner – Project Manager
After growing up in the Connecticut woods and the Kansas River valley, I found myself in love with Oregon after an internship at an organic farm in Cottage Grove in 2006. I completed my B.S. in Environmental Studies from the University of Kansas in 2007 and began the journey west to Gunnison, CO for a riparian restoration internship. I fell in love with working outside and soon moved to Oregon to work for the Institute for Applied Ecology. I spent two seasons with IAE before starting my Master’s program at Oregon State, studying rare plant conservation. From there I moved to Coos Bay to work for the Coos Watershed Association as the Riparian and Invasive Species Project Manager.
I’m excited to bring my watershed experience from the coast to the Rogue Valley and I intend to take advantage of all the wonderful outdoor opportunities the region provides. I enjoy exploring, cooking, all things plant related, and hanging out with my two orange cats, Finley and Cheddar.