Executive Director Bob Rees has been a long-time supporter of the Association of NW Steelheaders. Formally a full-time fishing guide of over 20 years, Bob took the reigns of ED in April of 2014. Bob stated, “I’ve known for quite some time that I wanted to be an Executive Director of a non-profit. What I didn’t know was that I would have the good fortune to be able to work for one that has such a “deep bench” of dedicated volunteers that works on issues that I’ve volunteered to work on in my history as a guide.”
A 6th generation Oregonian, Bob brings a good amount of knowledge to important issues that affect the sport fishing fleet and is deeply excited to grow an organization that has over 50 years of history protecting a resource that is second to none. Schooled in fisheries technology, he has a deep understanding of the life history of salmonids and what it takes to keep wild populations of fish healthy. Additionally, Bob understands the role our hatchery system plays in the success of our Northwest fisheries. “Without hatcheries, we don’t have hatchery fish and therefore, anglers, that pursue and pay for this resource. Once the funding base for our natural resource agencies corrode, so do the necessary programs that enhance our fish and wildlife for current and future generations to enjoy; both on a consumptive and non-consumptive level,” Bob says. Contact Bob at executivedirector(at)anws(dot)org.
Operations Manager Maggi MacQuilliam joined the Northwest Steelheaders in August 2017. Maggi has over ten years of experience with environmental non-profit organizations and state natural resource conservation agencies. Prior to setting down roots in the Pacific Northwest, Maggi led community and watershed conservation efforts in two counties with the Piedmont Environmental Council, a land trust and advocacy organization outside of Washington, D.C. Maggi is an avid outdoorsperson, novice angler, and a big fan of sitting around campfires with friends.
Maggi is responsible for providing member and chapter support and working with Association board and staff on implementing successful programs and campaigns. Contact Maggi at opsmgr(at)anws(dot)org.
Education and Outreach Coordinator Allison Dobscha is excited to be serving this year as the Confluence AmeriCorps member with the Northwest Steelheaders and the National Wildlife Federation. Allison grew up exploring Portland’s parks and green space with family and friends, and is happy to be back in her home state after two years of teaching high school English in Houston, Texas. Prior to her teaching career, Allison studied English Literature, Biology, and Hispanic Studies at Macalester College in Minnesota, where she also worked with a number of conservation nonprofits, including the Conservation Corps of Minnesota and Friends of the Boundary Waters Wilderness. Allison is passionate about engaging diverse youth in outdoor experiences, and is looking forward to reaching students this year through ANWS and NWF’s education programs. Specifically, Allison will be working to teach students about wildlife conservation through the Fish Eggs to Fry program, Family Fish Camp, and Garden for Wildlife initiative. She will also support NWF’s Eco-Schools USA and Schoolyard Habitats during her service term. Contact Allison at ORHabitat(at)NWF(dot)org.
Office Manager Leslie Hinea is a long time member of the NW Steelheaders, and a board member of the Sandy River Chapter. Before becoming the office manager for the Association in September 2011, Leslie was Treasurer from November 2009 – August 2011. She has over 20 years experience in project management and office management, and 8 years experience in bookkeeping for small business.
Leslie works at the Association office one day a week on Wednesdays and is responsible for doing all the organization’s bookkeeping, payroll, financial reporting, and permit applications.
When she’s not keeping the books for the Association, Leslie enjoys cooking, gardening, spending time with family and friends, making the occasional wedding cake; and of course, fishing. Contact Leslie at officemanager(at)anws(dot)org.