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 has been with the Rogue River Watershed Council since 2016. She has a background in small business administration and an education in Environmental Biology. She has been a small business owner in the agricultural building construction field and 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 Buffaloe’s 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 enjoys her role in administration and finance at the Rogue River Watershed Council and doing her part to contribute to a healthy watershed for the next generation to come. In addition to a lifelong interest in the natural world, Anna enjoys hiking, canoeing, searching for interesting birds in her backyard and competing in combined driving carriage events with her Shetland pony, Jet.
Donna Chickering – Program Manager
Coming to work for the Rogue River Watershed Council in 2015 was a return to home, of sorts, for Donna, as she was the first coordinator of the Middle Rogue Watershed Council from 2000 to 2004.
As RRWC’s outreach program manager, Donna is in charge of most of our written communication projects (e.g., newsletter, friends’ update) and the go-to person for representing RRWC at various education and outreach events across our region.
Donna has spent all of her professional tenure working in the world of academia or non-profits, primarily focused on the human dimension side of natural resource management, rural community development, and organizational development.
Sarah Sauter – Program Manager
Sarah leads the Rogue River Watershed Council’s Water Quality Improvement Program, focusing on building partnerships and developing projects that help landowners improve the health of our waterways. She has Master’s Degrees in Environmental Science and Public Affairs from Indiana University and over 15 years’ experience in community-based watershed management. Prior to moving to the Rogue Valley in 2015, Sarah lived in western Colorado where she served on the Town Council, secretary for the Chamber of Commerce, and Executive Director of the county’s oldest environmental nonprofit. In her free time, Sarah can be found trail running or paddling on the Rogue.
Alexis Brickner – Project Manager
Alexis joined the watershed council in February 2017 after working in salmon habitat restoration on the southern Oregon coast for the Coos Watershed Association for 3.5 years. She holds a B.S. in Environmental Science from the University of Kansas and an M.S. in Ecology from Oregon State University. Alexis brings 9 years of plant ecology and invasive species experience and 4 years of habitat restoration experience to the Rogue River Watershed Council. She loves restoring riparian areas and fish passage and loves having a career that gets her outside. She has worked for the Student Conservation Association, the Institute for Applied Ecology, and the Oregon Department of Agriculture and is excited to bring her watershed experience from the coast to the Rogue Valley. Alexis has been a resident of Oregon for almost 10 years and loves everything this state has to offer from the coast to the mountains to the desert. When not working, you can find Alexis exploring the valley, drinking wine or coffee on her porch with a good book, or finding a new recipe to try.
Alexis focuses mainly on fish passage improvement in the Rogue Valley through small dam removal but she also manages some floodplain connection and streamside forest restoration projects.