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

chager@anws.org

Growing up in New Hampshire, Chris fell in love with fishing and the outdoors. After graduating with a degree in Biology with an emphasis in ecological conservation, Chris moved west and started a career in the private sustainable fisheries sector. He switched careers 3 years later to work for a handful of conservation companies and nonprofits. He holds seats on both the Governor's Task Force for the Outdoors and Backcountry Hunters and Anglers Volunteer State Board. Outside of work, Chris can be found fly fishing or hunting various game species.

Alix Soliman
Operations Manager

asoliman@anws.org

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

ORhabitat@nwf.org

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

officemanager@anws.org

Leslie Hinea 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 doing the associations' bookkeeping, payroll, financial reporting, and permit applications. When she’s not keeping the books for the Association, she enjoys cooking, gardening, spending time with family and friends, making the occasional wedding cake, and of course, fishing.