People of the North Santiam Watershed Council

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.

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Brent Steven­son
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 Caru­so
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.

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Suzette Boudreaux
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
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.

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Woody Jack­son
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

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Kathy Bridges
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. 

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Board Tech­ni­cal Advi­sors

Tim Ern­ster
Tim is the Oper­a­tions and Main­te­nance Man­ag­er for the North Willamette Val­ley Projects, US Army Corps of Engi­neers

Brandin Hibrandt
Brandin is the Water­shed Pro­gram Coor­di­na­tor — Drink­ing Water for the City of Salem

Deb­o­rah Paul
Deb­o­rah Paul is the Dis­trict Admin­is­tra­tor for Linn Soil and Water Con­ser­va­tion Dis­trict

Lawrence Schwabe
Lawrence is the Hydrosys­tem Com­pli­ance Spe­cial­ist for the Con­fed­er­at­ed Tribes of Grand Ronde