Who We Are

Our Mission

The Association of Northwest Steelheaders (ANWS) was founded in 1960 and is one of the oldest and most cherished conservation and sport fishing advocacy organizations in the Pacific Northwest. We are anglers dedicated to enhancing and protecting fisheries and their habitats for today and tomorrow. Our programs include youth conservation education, angler education, protecting public access to waterways, and advocating for fish.

Northwest Steelheaders represent PNW residents who value strong runs of salmon and steelhead, healthy waterways, and sport fishing. Join Us!

ANWS is the Oregon affiliate of the National Wildlife Federation (NWF), who we collaborate with for our education programs.

Chapters & Presidents

  • Columbia River Chapter - Don Hyde
  • Deschutes Basin Chapter - Yancy Lind
  • Emerald Empire Chapter - Ken Johnson
  • McLoughlin Chapter - Kyle Smith
  • Mid-Valley Chapter - Jim Sallee
  • Newberg Chapter - Doug Stewart
  • North Coast Chapter -
  • Salem Chapter - Matt Tucker
  • Sandy River Chapter - Greg Reed & Jeff Stoeger
  • Tom McCall Chapter - Tim Wilson
  • Tualatin Valley Chapter - Mark Hutchinson

Monthly Meeting Locations

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Chris Hager
Executive Director


Chris fell in love with fishing and the outdoors while growing up in New Hampshire. After graduating with a degree in biology, Chris started his career in the private sustainable fisheries sector and has since worked for conservation companies and nonprofits. He was appointed to the Oregon Governor's Task Force for the Outdoors and is a member of the Backcountry Hunters and Anglers State Board. Outside of work, Chris can be found fishing or hunting various game species.

Alix Soliman
Operations Manager


Alix comes to us with a B.A. in environmental studies concentrated in international law and policy from Lewis & Clark College, as well as 6 years of experience in journalism. Growing up kayaking and canoeing in Illinois, her determination to work in conservation originated from her concern for the declining water quality she observed in the Fox, Du Page, Des Plaines, and Kankakee Rivers. She is passionate about fisheries conservation and community engagement, and helps the Steelheaders with digital media management, marketing strategy, event planning, volunteer coordination, and donor relations.

Allena Vestal
Confluence AmeriCorps Education and Outreach Coordinator


Living and growing up in Hawai'i allowed Allena to appreciate the outdoors. She pursued a degree in education to share her passion for conservation with young people, and worked with many organizations on O'ahu during summer breaks through KUPU. Having recently completed the Masters of Arts in Teaching program at Pacific University, she is ready to make connections and expand her knowledge in Oregon. Allena handles Fish Eggs to Fry activities (rearing salmon and trout in the classroom), Garden for Wildlife outreach, planning for Family Fish Camp, Eco-Schools USA engagement.

Leslie Hinea
Office Manager


Leslie is a long time member of the NW Steelheaders, and a board member of the Sandy River Chapter. She was Treasurer from November 2009 – August 2011, has over 20 years experience in project management and office management, and 8 years experience in bookkeeping for small business. Leslie is responsible for the Association's bookkeeping, payroll, financial reporting, and permit applications. Outside of work, she enjoys cooking, gardening, spending time with family and friends, making the occasional wedding cake, and of course, fishing.