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.
Outreach Coordinator Joyce Sherman has set type, edited, and designed printed materials since high school. For over 20 years she worked for Frank Amato, publisher of Salmon Trout Steelheader; she and Frank started Flyfishing the West (now Fly Tying and Fishing Journal) in 1978. Joyce has been involved with the Northwest Steelheaders since she began working for Frank in 1974; she set type and designed The Reporter for the Steelheaders in the late 70s and early 80s. She’s served on the board as Communications Director and has prepared The Northwest Steelheader since 1994.
After leaving Amato’s, Joyce started her own business, River Graphics, which she has served the sportfishing industry with graphic design, printing, and marketing since 1996. Joyce and her husband, Marty, split their time between Portland and Roads End on the central coast. They were able to fish and photograph Alaska and northern BC while they both worked for Frank Amato; today their home river is the Nestucca, with the Clackamas a close second. Their drift boat is filled with lots of rods, camera gear, and a couple of dogs.
Joyce is responsible for the Association’s communications including the quarterly magazine, monthly e-newsletter and communications with the membership and chapters. Joyce also assists the executive director with events, campaigns and membership drives. Joyce works in the office one day a week, typically Wednesday.
Contact Joyce at outreachcoordinator(at)anws(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.