STAFF

Mark Sherwood

Mark Sherwood

Executive Director
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The Native Fish Society is the foremost organization advocating for the protection and conservation of the Northwest's native fish and the habitats that sustain them.

For more than six years Mark has helped River Stewards channel their passion for their homewaters and wild fish into meaningful conservation. This includes conservation campaigns to reform hatchery practices on Oregon's Sandy River and establish Wild Steelhead Gene Banks in Washington, promote successful catch and release through our Crush the Barb and Keep 'Em Wet campaigns, and protect thousands of rivers miles of critical salmon habitat in Oregon and California from the threat of mining.

Mark Sherwood joined the NFS staff in 2010 and has served the organization in a number of roles including Administrative and Development Assistant (2010), River Steward Program Director (2011-2014), Southern Regional Manager from (2014-2016) before his current position as Native Fish Society’s Executive Director.

Mark earned a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy and English Literature from Westmont College in 2007. During his summers he worked the Arkansas River Valley in Colorado as a rafting, backpacking, climbing and fly fishing guide. After graduation, Mark struck out on a childhood quest to live and fish in Argentina, which strangely also led him north to Bristol Bay, Alaska where he worked for two seasons as a commercial fisherman. Fascinated with the intersection between wild salmon and western culture, Mark moved to Portland, OR in 2008 to be at the center of wild fish conservation. Since 2014, Mark has lived on Oregon's Wild Rivers Coast in Brookings, OR.

Tom Derry

Tom Derry

Director of Wild Steelhead Funding
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Tom Derry joined the Native Fish Society staff in October 2005 as the Director of Wild Steelhead Funding. Tom and his wife Connie relocated to the Molalla River after years of living and working in central Oregon.

An ardent steelhead and trout angler and committed conservationist, Tom owned and operated the Kokanee Café for 11 years on the banks of the Metolius River in Camp Sherman. During his time on the Metolius, Tom was very active in fish conservation on both the Metolius and Deschutes rivers and was very involved in stopping the stocking of trout in the Metolius and returning it to a river managed for wild fish.

Through his years as a restaurant owner and fishing addict who frequents the great haunts of the Pacific Northwest, Tom has met many people from wide walks of life who share his concerns for native fish. Tom’s many connections assist the Native Fish Society in growing its membership and financial base.

Born in Portland, Tom’s recent return to the Willamette Valley finds him heavily involved in working to improve the Molalla River and its habitat for fish. In addition to his development duties, Tom serves as a NFS Molalla River Steward and is on the board of Molalla RiverWatch and the Molalla River Alliance.

Jake Crawford

Jake Crawford

River Steward Program Director
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Jake Crawford serves as the River Steward Program Director after joining NFS in 2012 as a River Steward for Oregon’s Illinois River and working as Southern Regional Director since 2013. As River Steward Program Director, Jake works directly with River Stewards along the Oregon coast, southern Oregon, and northern California and assists them with their watershed-based conservation campaigns. Additionally, he coordinates River Steward Program content for annual River Stewards Gatherings and writes grants for the program.

A native of Colorado, Jake completed his undergraduate degree in political science at Colorado State University in Fort Collins, and has a M.A. from C.S.U. where he studied environmental and public policy. He brings to NFS a policy background with experience in the Colorado General Assembly, training in natural resource management, with GIS and website management skills.

Jake is an angler, fly tier, and all-around outdoorsman. Before moving to Oregon he spent most of his time outdoors, whether rafting and canoeing throughout the Rocky Mountains, or skiing and backpacking the numerous 14,000 ft peaks in Colorado. After finishing his degree in 2011, he moved to the northwest in pursuit of steelhead and to explore the beautiful waters that they inhabit.

Jake and his wife live in Ashland, Oregon where he enjoys spending his time outdoors floating and fishing with his black lab Arrow.

Conrad Gowell

Conrad Gowell

Fellowship Program Director
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In 2018 Conrad became the Native Fish Society's Fellowship Program Director after serving as our River Steward Program Director (2016-17), North Oregon Coast Regional Coordinator (2013-2016) and Siletz River Steward since 2010. In his current role, Conrad recruits and manages a team of skills-based volunteers and contractors (NFS Fellows). These Fellows assist River Stewards with their watershed-specific conservation campaigns and help develop the advocacy tools NFS needs to increase the impact of our work.

Conrad completed his undergraduate degree in Natural Science from the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, Washington and has since worked with non-profit organizations, academic institutions, indigenous cultures, and fisheries consultants, aiming to advance the sustainable management and restoration of watersheds.

Conrad brings to NFS a policy, research and habitat restoration background with experience throughout the Northwest and Alaska. He is a lifelong advocate for wild fish whose consistent dedication has inspired community action.

Conrad lives in McMinnville, OR.

Tracy Buckner

Tracy Buckner

Office Manager, Auction & Events, W4WF
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Tracy Buckner joined NFS in 2012 and quickly filled the role as Administrative and Development Coordinator, later becoming our Office Manager as well as Auction Co-Chair. Tracy is one of the co-founders of the new Women for Wild Fish initiative, which encourages and promotes women as leaders of science-based education, conservation, and wild fish advocacy.

A native Oregonian, Tracy has spent most of her life exploring the Pacific Northwest. As a kid, she would spend endless summer days with her grandfather fishing the Deschutes and area lakes. Family trips to all corners of the Northwest were a way of life. Tracy was fortunate enough to live abroad for 5 years and traveled extensively throughout Japan and the Far East. She has also spent time living in Arizona, Tennessee and Connecticut, always searching for the road less traveled.

Tracy continues to foster her need for all things wild and free and gets out in the world at every opportunity. When they aren’t rooting for their favorite soccer club, Tracy and her partner in crime, an avid fisherman, hunter, and flytyer, love to pack up their little teardrop and hit the road searching for adventure…and wild, native fish!

Jennifer Fairbrother

Jennifer Fairbrother

Campaign & Columbia Regional Director
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Jennifer joined NFS in 2018 in the role of Campaign & Columbia Regional Director. Jennifer’s previous experience includes nonprofit environmental advocacy relating to federal public lands, assessing program outcomes for the EPA Office of Research & Development, and serving as a graduate intern to U.S. Congressman Peter DeFazio. Jennifer received her M.A. in Public Policy from The George Washington University in 2009.

A childhood spent in rural Oregon inspired Jennifer’s passion for the outdoors and the meaningful relationships that can develop between people and the places they inhabit. Jennifer maintains her connections to place and the Pacific Northwest through backpacking, hunting, fishing, skiing, and gardening. When not out adventuring, she and her husband work to restore their 120-year-old farmhouse outside of Canby, Oregon.

J Michelle Swope

J Michelle Swope

Washington Regional Coordinator
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J. Michelle was raised on the north end of the Hood Canal in Washington State. She grew up fly fishing and exploring the gorgeous rivers of the Olympic Peninsula. In 2016, seeing a great need for more active cold-water conservationists, she started Oly Women on the Fly, a group that focuses on teaching women fly fishing and fly tying, as well as conservation and stewardship.

When not sharing her knowledge of the fly with the people, you can find her guiding for trout, salmon and steelhead, teaching rowing, or fishing for that magical unicorn of the water on her favorite North Olympic Rivers.

J. Michelle has her Masters from Bastyr University in Applied Behavioral Science, specializing in organizational development and leadership training. She joined NFS in September of 2018 as the Washington Regional Coordinator. J. Michelle lives in Olympia, Washington, with the best fishing dog in the world, Duncan.

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