Staff & Board

Amanda Ford – Interim Executive Director

Amanda has twenty years of experience designing and implementing social and environmental justice program initiatives, customized trainings, organizational development programs and engaging and advising diverse leaders and projects around the globe. She uses the Environmental Peacebuilding Framework to combine sustainable and tangible change for watersheds with the Human Right to Water. She has her Master’s Degree in Sustainable International Development from Brandeis University. She is a United Nations-trained conflict mediator and a UNESCO Living Values trainer and mentor. Her portfolio includes results-driven impact and project management deliverables spanning four continents, serving a variety of vulnerable and Indigenous communities in over twenty countries. Amanda’s responsibilities at Klamath Riverkeeper include policy advocacy, public education, coalition building, stakeholder capacity building, and development.

Ashia Grae Wolf Wilson – Program Intern (Upper Basin)

Ashia is currently a sophomore at Chiloquin High School, a Klamath Tribal member, and a co- founder and first elected chairperson of the Klamath tribal youth leadership council. Ashia has organized numerous successful events including powwows and a youth summit. Ashia has conducted research at the University of Oregon Special Collections and the National Archives in Seattle, Washington. With the work and research Ashia has conducted, she has created genealogical genograms. As an intern for Klamath Riverkeeper, Ashia is developing an upper-Klamath Basin educational tour, a curriculum for youth advocates, and helping co-organize public events.

Dale Ann Sherman – Community Organizer (Lower Basin)

Dale Ann, a Yurok Tribe member, was raised on the Klamath River by her Yurok father and Tolowa mother. She has served as NAGPRA Coordinator for the Yurok Tribe, was Native American curator at the Clarke Historical Museum, has lectured in Native American Studies, and has served on the Yurok Tribal Council. Dale Ann studied Museum Studies and Native American Studies, has worked with the Denver Museum of Natural History, the Denver Art Museum and the Smithsonian Institution, and consulted as principal designer of United Indian Health Services’ culturally appropriate medical facility. Dale Ann holds an M.A. from the University of Denver in Liberal Arts, with an emphasis in native American Studies and a B.A. from the University of Santa Cruz.

Myra Villella – Operations Director

Myra has over a decade of non-profit management, development, accounting, event planning, and advocacy experience with organizations in California and Oregon. Originally from Southern Indiana, she moved to Oregon in 2004 to begin working with an environmental education nonprofit in the Opal Creek Wilderness Area. This move marked the beginning of a collaborative career assisting executive directors, as well as finance and development teams with various nonprofit management responsibilities. Myra holds a BS from Southern Oregon University in Business Administration/Accounting, is an Enrolled Agent with the IRS, and Licensed Tax Consultant in Oregon.

Board of Directors

  • President: Leaf Hillman: Director, Karuk Tribe Department of Natural Resources
  • Vice‐President: Frankie Joe Myers: Klamath Justice Coalition and Yurok Tribal Member
  • Secretary: Craig Tucker, Ph.D.: Klamath Campaign Coordinator, Karuk Tribe
  • Treasurer: Peter Brucker: President, Salmon River Restoration Council
  • At-Large Member: Dania Rose Colegrove: Got Water? Organization, Hoopa Tribal Member
  • At-Large Member: Taylor David: Tribal Council Member, Klamath Tribes of Oregon
  • At-Large Member: Nathaniel Pennington: Salmon River Restoration Council
  • At-Large Member: Marc Valens: Upper Klamath Basin Ranch Owner, Retired Attorney