Staff and Board Members

Meet our staff

Sunrise O'Mahoney
Executive Director

Sunrise O’Mahoney began working for Vancouver Watersheds Alliance in 2010 and has been the Executive Director since 2012. She has a BA in Public Affairs from WSU Vancouver. She is passionate about the environment and bringing people together to build awareness around the benefits of having a healthy natural environment. Sunrise brings her dedication and commitment of increasing community involvement and the environment to Vancouver Watersheds Alliance. One of her best moments is when she sees people of all ages outdoors working together in the community with people they did not know prior – planting trees, removing Ivy, painting environmental storm drain murals and more.

Bethany Wray
Program Coordinator

Bethany has lived in the Portland/Vancouver area since 2010 and began working for Vancouver Watersheds Alliance in the fall of 2016. She enjoys connecting people to their natural world through stewardship activities like invasive species removal, tree planting, and environmental education. She graduated from Oregon State University with a B.S. Natural Resources and B.S. Education, which gave her the educational foundation for this work. Since then she has had a variety of work experience from being a park ranger at a lighthouse to educating homeowners about sustainable stormwater management and habitat restoration. Most recently she was the Director of Operations for the Wilderness International Youth Conservation Corps, a workforce readiness program for in Clackamas County, Oregon. She is excited to be using her skills and experiences together in this position at VWA.

Tom Dwyer
Program Coordinator

Tom has lived in Vancouver and Camas since 1994 and began working for the Vancouver Watersheds Alliance in 2016.  He has worked in the conservation field in the northwest for over 20 years.  Most recently he managed the Northwest Field Office for Ducks Unlimited, Inc.  He has extensive experience with migratory birds, endangered species and habitat restoration on public  and private lands.  Tom is excited about applying his experience and knowledge to helping the Vancouver Watersheds Alliance do environmental restoration projects along Vancouver’s creeks and waterbodies.

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Board of Directors

ROBERT BACON
Board Chair

Robert Bacon has been married almost twenty years and is the father of 4 children. He is a recent graduate of Portland State University who majored in environmental engineering and minored in environmental studies. Rob learned community service early in life as an Eagle Scout and a US Marine. He is an active volunteer with many organizations such as the Washington State University Master Gardeners, Friends of Trees, Vice Chair of the Vancouver Watersheds Alliance and also coaches two youth soccer teams.

TED GATHE
Vice Chair

Ted served as Chief Assistant and City Attorney for the City of Vancouver for 25 years. Prior to that, he was in private practice in Seattle and Portland specializing in the areas of real estate and land use. He currently serves, or has served, on a number of non-profit boards in the Vancouver community including the Hough Foundation where he was chair from 2010-12, the Clark County Historical Society and the Council of Stewards for the Columbia Land Trust

KRIS OLINGER
Secretary

Kris Olinger is a licensed civil engineer for the City of Vancouver Surface Water Management Department. She has been with Vancouver since 1993 and has experience in stormwater management, sanitary system planning and design, wastewater treatment, industrial pretreatment and engineering administration. She currently designs stormwater retrofit projects; reviews land use developments for stormwater compliance; and provides supervisory support the water quality monitoring and assessment component of Vancouver’s stormwater management program.

NANCY HEDRICK
Treasurer

Nancy joined the Vancouver Watersheds Alliance to work towards enhancing and preserving the natural environment. She was drawn to VWA because it engages the local community through tree plantings and a variety of projects that emphasize environmental awareness. With over 25 years as an accountant with Currie & McLain, a local CPA firm, Nancy brings the financial experience needed to any non-profit organization. Outside her career, she participates in the development of a website for health science education. She also enjoys mystery novels, nature hikes, and working out at the gym.

KARI MULLIKIN

Kari has worked for the City of Vancouver since 1992. In 2007 Kari took her love for the outdoors and made it her job. Kari is a certified ISA arborist and has a passion for propagating plants. In her free time Kari likes to scrapbook, travel and garden.

JEANNE KOJIS

Jeanne has been the Executive Director of Nonprofit Network Southwest Washington since 2008.Jeanne has a degree in nonprofit management and communications, with a certificate in public relations. Jeanne first served on a board of directors when she was 16, for a group she helped found that included a drug hotline and youth drop-in center. In years since, she has served on boards supporting arts, education, the environment and human services organizations.

BOB PATTERSON

Bob holds a degree in Environmental Health Management and has been working in resource protection for 25 years with experience in water quality, wastewater, waste reduction and recycling, solid and hazardous waste management, education and outreach, and currently as a source control specialist for stormwater protection as an Environmental Outreach Specialist, Senior with Clark County’s Environmental Services Department.