Internship Program


Chris Hager
Executive Director

(503) 746-9609

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.

Tamsin Fleming
Operations Coordinator

Growing up in Portland, the forests and rivers surrounding the city were a defining aspect of Tamsin’s childhood and she has seen how important it is to actively conserve and restore these environments for future generations. Graduating with a degree in General Science and a double minor in biology and chemistry, she quickly focused on conservation biology after learning about the crisis facing Pacific Northwest salmon. Tamsin is excited to continue working to preserve waterways, recover native fish populations, and create sustainable infrastructure with the Steelheaders. In her free time, Tamsin is most likely to be found hiking, camping with friends, or cooking new recipes.

Leslie Hinea
Office Manager

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.

Gray Sorensen
Confluence AmeriCorps member

Born and raised in Portland, Oregon, Gray spent much of her childhood on and around the rivers, lakes, and streams of the Pacific Northwest. Family camping, fishing and hiking trips fueled Gray’s love of the outdoors. Fishing with her Dad inspired her commitment to conservation. Gray spent five years in Tacoma, Washington and received a BA in African American Studies and Spanish and an MA in education both from the University of Puget Sound. Through her education, Gray discovered a passion for environmental equity work and early education. As the Education and Outreach Coordinator serving both the Steelheaders and National Wildlife Federation through Confluence Environmental Center’s AmeriCorps program, Gray engages students, educators and community members through Fish Eggs to Fry, family fishing events, and the Garden for Wildlife program while promoting environmental justice and increasing access to nature.

Previous AmeriCorps members include Molly Orr (2015-2017), Allison Dobscha (2017-2018), Molly Shea (2018-2019), Allena Vestal (2019-2020), and Kristina Peterson (2020-2021). Their contributions have built our education programs to what they are today.