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 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 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.
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 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.
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.
Kyan Bartel is a project manager and safety director for a construction firm specializing in general and specialty commercial construction. Growing up on the Molalla River as an outdoor enthusiast, Kyan immersed himself in nature through skiing, hiking, biking, rafting, and fly fishing. He continues to love the outdoors and combines that with a goal to preserve the wild as much as possible for future generations, especially his daughter. He received his bachelors of science degree in Business Administration from Oregon State University in 2010. Kyan enjoys spending time with his family, cooking, fly fishing, and drifting the rivers of the Pacific Northwest.
Michael is an advertising executive with 20 years of marketing and branding experience. He spent 12 years at Wieden+Kennedy building strategies and integrated campaigns for some of the most iconic and beloved brands in the world, including Nike, Coca-Cola and Old Spice. He is currently the Director of Client Services at Opinionated, a start-up advertising agency in Portland. Michael is an avid outdoorsman and loves to share his passion for fly fishing with anyone who will listen. He enjoys exposing new people to fishing and feels there is an inherent and authentic connection you make with people when out on the river.
Kirsten is a Gastroenterologist in practice with The Oregon Clinic in Portland where she has lived for more than 25 years.She grew up in Michigan and attended University of Michigan then Wayne State University Medical School in Detroit. She started fly fishing with her family about 10 years ago and after catching her first steelhead on a swung fly on the John Day a few years later, has become somewhat obsessed with anadromous fish. She and her son, an accomplished angler and tyer, have spent countless days fishing in the Pacific Northwest and occasionally connecting with these amazing creatures. Kirsten looks forward to being involved in the preservation of wild fish and wild places for future generations.