Board of Directors

Paul Fortino

Chair

Paul received his B.B.A. in Business Administration from the University of Michigan in 1967 and his J.D. from the University of Notre Dame School of Law in 1975. Paul served in the U.S. Navy from 1967-1980. In 1983 Paul opened the Perkins Coie law office in Portland, where he worked for 30 years until his retirement in 2013. Paul served as a Director at Oregon Trout and continues to serve on the Board of Directors for the Freshwater Trust. He joins the NFS Board of Directors looking forward to the opportunity to get closer to wild fish and wild fish issues.

Doug DeRoy

Vice Chair

Doug is a public interest environmental lawyer currently working as the Wild Fish Advocate for Advocates for the West, in Portland, Oregon. Before joining Advocates, Doug completed a two-year legal fellowship at Earthrise Law Center, also in Portland. Doug received a B.S. in Conservation & Resource Studies from the University of California, Berkeley in 2008 and a J.D. from Lewis & Clark Law School in 2016. In law school, Doug earned a Certificate in Environmental & Natural Resources Law and focused on salmon and steelhead issues. In his free time, he enjoys fly fishing, fly tying, and cooking.

Melissa Brown

Secretary

Melissa is the Sr. fisheries biologist for the City of Portland’s Science, Fish and Wildlife Program. Growing up swimming in beautiful northern Idaho, she recognized nature in peril upon relocating to urban Western Washington to attend university in Bellingham. There, she spent 20 years studying fish between Puget Sound and the Bering Sea, and dedicated her career to habitat restoration for the recovery of wild salmon and trout. Today, she spends her time assessing native fish populations and their habitats, as well as politically defending their protection, in Portland, OR. On her days off, she enjoys discovering Willamette Valley goods with her friends and family, and relishes sunny days at a clean beach.

Russell Loeb

Treasurer

Russ works as a Certified Financial Planner providing financial consultation, analysis and investment management for families and businesses throughout the Northwest, Arizona and Texas. He's a native of Oregon and graduate of Oregon State University. A lifelong outdoor enthusiast, he's inspired by nature's complexity and resilience and humbled by the many hearts and hands needed to protect and preserve it.

Spencer Miles

Spencer is a software entrepreneur and is currently co-founder and CTO at Dropcountr, a company providing software solutions to water conservation. Spencer is an avid angler and is incredibly fond of wild fish, wild rivers, and wild places. Spencer was born and raised in Tillamook, Oregon and currently lives in Portland.

Rob Elam

Rob is an executive and entrepreneur who founded and is CEO of Propel Fuels, a low-carbon fuel retailer, which became the west coast’s largest alt-fuel station network. His work is focused on projects that embody ideals of sustainability, high quality of life, and healthy communities. Specific areas of interest include climate change and carbon economics, clean air, water & healthy ecosystems, data & applied technologies, organizational optimization, fairness, equity, utility, incrementalism and simplicity. He has several patents in the areas of carbon accounting and GIS/data applications. Rob has written and photographed for Fly Fish Journal and The Drake. Rob believes that the most effective way to achieve sustainable populations of wild fish is through grassroots actions like the NFS River Steward program.

Justin Cetas

Justin Cetas is a board certified Neurosurgeon practicing at Oregon Health & Science University and the Portland VA Health Care System with an academic interest in brain tumors and stroke. He grew up in the Southwest fishing remote mountain streams for native cutthroat and rainbow trout. Since moving to the Northwest fourteen years ago he has developed a love for wild, native fish. He is passionate about helping to preserve wilderness and robust and resilient ecosystems.

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