Watershed Council Board of Directors (As of 8-13-2020)
All of the members of the North Santiam Watershed Council are local volunteers who share an interest in improving the health of the watershed in partnership with interested landowners. We facilitate projects based on scientific analysis that improve water health by developing partnerships and resources to plan, fund and implement projects.
Jan Irene Miller
Jan Irene Miller and her husband are landowners on the North Santiam near Stayton. She has her own business as a leadership and management coach. Jan Irene is an avid outdoorswoman who loves archery, swimming, hiking, camping and fly-fishing. She hails from a large family in Minnesota and she and her husband Jim Bayuk have three adult children. Jan Irene serves on the Council as the Lower North Santiam Sub-basin Representative and is currently serving as the Board President.
Brent Stevenson is District Manager of the Santiam Water Control District. The District encompasses 31,000 acres and delivers North Santiam River irrigation water to 17,000 acres. The District is diverse in its operations including flood and erosion control, hydropower, industrial, domestic, fish, fire, aesthetic and recreational deliveries. Brent serves on the Council as a Representative for the Irrigation District and is currently serving as Board Vice President.
John is retired from the Cascades District Bureau of Land Management. He serves the North Santiam Watershed Council as the Marion County Representative. John has served in many of the Council’s leadership roles and currently serves as Board Treasurer.
Suzette lives on the banks of the North Fork (Little North Santiam River) and makes her living as a Realtor with Berkshire Hathaway, Stayton Branch. She serves on the North Santiam Watershed Council as the Little North Fork Sub-basin Representative and is serving as Board Secretary.
Brad Nanke is currently an elected volunteer Councilor for Ward 3 on the Salem City Council. Brad is extremely attentive to details and has strong project management and leadership skills. Brad serves on the council as a Representative for the City of Salem and is currently serving as Board Recent Past President.
Woody Jackson lives on the North Santiam downriver from Big Cliff Dam, and has a recreational cabin in the Breitenbush Hot Springs area. Woody has been involved with conservation and recreational activities for thirty years in the Breitenbush watershed, and is active in the cabin owners association and serves as Secretary/Treasurer to the Friends of the Breitenbush Cascades. As a lifelong hot springs enthusiast Woody is a member of the Balneological Association of North America. Woody Jackson serves on the Council as a Breitenbush Subbasin Representative
Kathy Bridges owns Santiam Valley Ranch in Turner, Oregon. The farm includes 100 acres being restored to wetland prairie through the NRCS Wetland Reserve Program. Other farm products include aquaculture and sheep. Kathy brings to the Council expertise in land-use planning and management of non-profit organizations. Kathy serves on the Council as an At-Large Representative.
Bill Sanderson — Honorary Board Member
Bill Sanderson is a North Santiam River Guide. He served on the North Santiam Watershed Council for over 25 years. He was recognized as a honorary member in August of 2019.
Board Technical Advisors
Tim is the Operations and Maintenance Manager for the North Willamette Valley Projects, US Army Corps of Engineers
Brandin is the Watershed Program Coordinator — Drinking Water for the City of Salem
Deborah Paul is the District Administrator for Linn Soil and Water Conservation District
Lawrence is the Hydrosystem Compliance Specialist for the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde