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Bob Oleson
Co-President and Policy Advocate

Bob currently serves as Co-President and Policy Advocate at the state capitol. He is a sixth generation Oregonian who spent his early years on a family farm near Scholls, bird hunting and fishing for bass and trout In the Tualatin River. He received a degree in political science from Lewis & Clark College in Portland, OR, and went on to spend most of his career in professional trade association management and public affairs. Now semi-retired, Bob is a self-proclaimed “advanced beginner” of salmon and steelhead fishing, going near and far to pursue the sport. Aside from fishing, his hobbies include biking, pickleball, and detective novels. He lives in Newberg with his wife, Patti, and their cats.

Norm Ritchie
Co-President

Norm has been a passionate angler for over 60 years, a conservation activist for over 45 years and member of Northwest Steelheaders Board of Directors for over 20 years. He represents the Association as a board member of the Save Our Wild Salmon Coalition and National Wildlife Federation. Recognized for conservation leadership, Norm was appointed to the ODFW Salmon Trout Advisory Committee (STAC) by two governors. Now retired after a 36-year career as a Professional Licensed Engineer at Daimler Trucks, Norm resides on the Oregon Coast for part of the year and travels extensively. He enjoys fishing for all the species the northwest has to offer, from Snake River steelhead to halibut and tuna 25 miles offshore.

Bob Rees
Vice President of Conservation

Curt Ward
Treasurer

Curt attended his first Northwest Steelheaders meeting in 2005 and was drawn in by the passion for fishing, community, and conservation that was exhibited by the membership. He supports the Association’s efforts to enhance fish runs that include both wild and broodstock hatchery fish so that fishing can be enjoyed by anglers for generations to come. When Curt is not attending to the Association’s finances, he is a principal engineer for Intel Corporation. He lives in Forest Grove with his wife, two daughters, and numerous animals.

Mark Hutchinson
Secretary

Mark became a member of the Northwest Steelheaders in the late 1990s to become a better angler and immerse himself in a community of adventurous anglers. He is now the President of the Tualatin Valley Chapter, the Board Secretary, and volunteers on the Campaigns and Programs Committee to help protect the Astoria and Willamette river fisheries. Mark was a civil engineer for 30 years at the City of Portland Bureau of Environmental Services. He managed construction projects to clean up the Willamette River and is now working as a consultant on pipes, tunnels, treatment facilities, and stream restoration projects to protect northwest waterways. Mark grew up with an interest in fishing, and remembers being envious of kids whose dads fished for salmon. Later, he learned how to catch trout, salmon, steelhead, sturgeon, halibut, tuna, bottom fish, walleye, bass, catfish...and anything else he could hook. He fishes out of his Willie drift boat and sled. Aside from fishing, he is active in his church, as well as his children and grandchildren's lives. Mark is also a cyclist, gardener, and a hunter of deer and elk.

Tom VanderPlaat
Immediate Past President

tvanderplaat@anws.org

Tom joined Northwest Steelheaders in 1993 and is committed to ensure that this community of passionate, committed anglers always has a place to fish and fish to catch. He served as Tualatin Valley Chapter President in the early 2000s and again 2014-17. He enjoys volunteering his time on river cleanups, broodstock collection, fin-clipping, advocacy initiatives, Fish Eggs to Fry, Hooked on Family Fishing, and veterans fishing events. Recently, Tom has focused on initiatives that increase membership diversity and provide education to new anglers and their families. He encourages all anglers to join him in learning more about fish and fishing through the Association of Northwest Steelheaders.

Bill Kremers
At Large Director and Past President

Bill is a charter lifetime member of the Association. Since joining the Steelheaders, he has served in a variety of positions at both the chapter and Association level, including four years as the Association president. He developed a passion for fishing in his early childhood in Michigan. That passion has never wavered, and his goal is to instill that same passion and love of the outdoors in his grandson, William. He moved to Oregon with his wife during the summer of 1977 after graduating from Chico State University. His first boss at the Oregon State Health Lab was a member of Northwest Steelheaders and invited him to a meeting in Beaverton. The guest speaker that evening was Buzz Ramsey, and by the next meeting, he was a member. A few months later, he accepted a lab position at Oregon State University in Corvallis and worked there until his retirement. Through his membership and participation in Northwest Steelheaders, Bill forged long term friendships, fishing partners and unforgettable memories, and has witnessed first-hand how fishing and stewardship of our waters, air and land go hand in hand.

Michael Myrick
At Large Director

Mike grew up in Washington and Oregon and developed a love of fishing from his father at a young age. At Northwest Steelheaders, Mike served as the Sandy River Chapter treasurer for 13 years, as Education Director on the Board of Directors, and is now an At Large Board Member. Mike enjoys teaching kids to fish at Family Fish Camp and in classrooms through the Fish Eggs to Fry program. He also volunteers at the Association’s booth at the Portland Sportsman’s Show and at the Association's annual fundraiser. He served 3.5 years in the U.S. Army, two of which he was stationed in Europe where he learned to drive big rigs, leading to a 42 year career in truck driving. In 1988, Mike won the Oregon Truck Driving Championships. When Mike isn’t fishing or volunteering, he enjoys woodworking and world travel.

Tamsin Fleming
At Large Director
Donald Hyde
Columbia River Chapter Representative and Chapter President

Donny was born and raised in Washington and has been fishing since he could walk, pursuing any and all species wherever he went. He joined the U.S. Air Force at age 18 and is currently still serving. He moved back home to Washington in 2009 and got serious about salmon and steelhead fishing and conservation activism. In 2011, he and his father, Keith, created the Columbia River Chapter of the Northwest Steelheaders, which is currently the only chapter in Washington. He served as the Vice President of the chapter from 2011-2014, and became Chapter President in 2015. He harbors a deep love for the community, his connection to local fisheries, and the volunteer projects he works to organize for the common good.

Ken Johnson
Emerald Empire Chapter Representative and Chapter President

Ken is an Oregonian and serves as Emerald Empire Chapter Representative and Chapter President. After being drafted and serving 2 years in the U.S. Army in the mid-1960s, Ken worked at the Bell System Telephone Company until his retirement. He then became a full-time RVer and now enjoys life in a small town. Through the Emerald Empire Chapter, he manages the Letz Creek Hatchery, which is a ODFW STEP hatchery where Northwest Steelheaders volunteers raise and release about 15,000 winter steelhead into the Siuslaw River system each year. The highlight of Ken’s many years of fishing was the 18 years he spent living in Newport, OR saltwater fishing. He enjoys all kinds of fishing and all species. Ken is a self-proclaimed “catch and fillet kind of guy” and has a “healthy appetite for all seafood.”

Robert Burke
McLoughlin Chapter Representative
Jim Sallee
Mid-Valley Chapter Representative and Chapter President

Jim serves as the Mid-Valley Chapter President and Board Representative. He grew up in Lebanon, OR, and served in the U.S. Army for 5 years after graduating high school. Jim was a fishing guide for a couple of years with Denny Hanna in southern Oregon and then worked in metal manufacturing at Teledyne and Wah Chang for 6 years. He earned an associate’s degree at Linn Benton Community College and then returned to the U.S. Army Training NCO until an accident cut his career short. He then finished his bachelor’s degree at Western Baptist College before starting a CNC company prototyping parts and pursuing real estate ventures until his retirement. Jim loves all types of fishing for all kinds of fish and is passionate about archery hunting. Outside of his activities with the Mid-Valley Chapter of Northwest Steelheaders, Jim is a Range Safety Officer for Albany Rifle Pistol Club, a certified ODFW angler education instructor and hunter education instructor, a certified shotgun coach, a large/small game workshop instructor, and S3DA archery coach for ODFW.

Robert Morton
Salem Chapter Representative
Jeff Stoeger
Sandy River Chapter Representative

Jeff grew up in the small town of Bend learning how to fish for trout at a young age. The passion continues to this day, only the fish have gotten bigger. Jeff lives in NW Portland with his wife Leslie and experiences the joy of teaching others to fish, almost as much as he enjoys catching a fish himself. He and his wife recently purchased their first fishing boat and have been enjoying fishing for trout, kokanee and salmon. Jeff joined the steelheaders back in 2007 when he was just learning to steelhead fish and has enjoyed the friendships he has made and the knowledge he has gained. Now he is passionate about sharing the information he has learned with others.

Jeff Hernandez
Tualatin Valley Chapter Representative

Jeff grew up in the small town of Bend learning how to fish for trout at a young age. The passion continues to this day, only the fish have gotten bigger. Jeff lives in NW Portland with his wife Leslie and experiences the joy of teaching others to fish, almost as much as he enjoys catching a fish himself. He and his wife recently purchased their first fishing boat and have been enjoying fishing for trout, kokanee and salmon. Jeff joined the steelheaders back in 2007 when he was just learning to steelhead fish and has enjoyed the friendships he has made and the knowledge he has gained. Now he is passionate about sharing the information he has learned with others.

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Jack Fleming
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