Board of Directors
Tom Stuart, President, Board of Directors
Idaho Rivers United Representative
Tom Stuart and is a lifelong fisherman, a retired USAF aviator, HR specialist, and central Idaho business owner. His commitment to NW salmon recovery led him to Idaho Rivers United, where he has served for years as a board member and representative to SOS. Educated in Physics, History, Teacher Education and Business, he has been personally involved in salmon and steelhead restoration efforts in state, regional, and national venues and decision processes since 1990.
He says, “Serving the Save our wild Salmon (SOS) Coalition, with its diverse membership, strong leaders and committed staff representing 6 million people nationwide, is a huge honor and responsibility. If we work together, I know we can succeed in bringing back wild salmon to many NW watersheds.”
Tom and wife Anne Pasley-Stuart live in Boise and Stanley, Idaho. Their daughter Lisa and family live in nearby Eagle.
Sara Patton, Board of Directors Secretary
NW Energy Coalition's Executive Director
Sara Patton has worked on energy efficiency for over twenty-five years and has led the NW Energy Coalition as its executive director since November 1993. The 100+ member Coalition is an influential regional alliance of conservation, low-income, and consumer advocate organizations, utilities, businesses, and citizen activists. The Coalition works for a clean and affordable energy future through energy efficiency, consumer protection, clean renewable energy resources and restoration of fish and wildlife. Sara earned her law degree from Antioch School of Law and has been on the Save Our Wild Salmon Board since 1994.
Steve Mashuda, Board of Directors Treasurer
Earthjustice's Save Our Wild Salmon Project Attorney
Steve Mashuda joined the Board of Save Our Wild Salmon in 2002 and has been helping with litigation for the campaign as Earthjustice's Save Our Wild Salmon Project Attorney since 2000. Steve graduated from Vermont Law School where he also earned a Master of Studies in Environmental Law in 1997. Prior to joining the Northwest Office of Earthjustice, Steve spent two years as an associate attorney in Earthjustice's Northern Rockies Office in Bozeman, Montana. In his spare time, Steve (mostly unsuccessfully) chases after salmon and steelhead with his fly rod and (more successfully) photographs his friends with their catches. He looks forward to a day when wild salmon and steelhead are recovered and a bundant in the Columbia River basin so his kids won't have to travel to Alaska to have a shot at catching their first wild steelhead.
Michael Garrity, Board of Directors Secretary
American Rivers' Washington State Director of Conservation
In 2000 Michael began working for American Rivers' national office in Washington, DC on its Snake River campaign. Now based out of American Rivers' Northwest Regional Office in Seattle, Michael continues to work to recover wild Snake River salmon and other salmon populations in the Columbia River Basin, and serves on Save Our Wild Salmon's Board of Directors and Steering Committee. Founded in 1973, American Rivers is dedicated to protecting and restoring healthy natural rivers and the variety of life they sustain for the benefit of people, fish and wildlife. After graduating cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Washington, Michael earned his J.D. at the University of California at Berkeley School of Law (Boalt Hall). When he's not saving salmon, Michael likes to hike, paddle, ski, and write songs on his guitar.
Bill Arthur, Board of Directors
Sierra Club's Deputy National Field Director
Bill Arthur is Sierra Club's Deputy National Field Director and the Club's past Northwest and Alaska Regional Director. Bill has worked with Sierra Club to conserve fish, wildlife and wilderness for 31 years: 21 years as a staff person and 10 years as a volunteer with the Northern Rockies Chapter. Arthur has been a leader of Sierra Club's wild salmon restoration campaign for the past 10 years. Bill also taught economics at Spokane Falls Community College for several years while doing economic work on energy and other natural resource issues in the Northwest. Bill grew up in rural Northwest Montana and in Eastern Washington. He is an avid flyfisher, with a passion for trout and steelhead, and likes to combine his angling with wildland backpacking and rafting trips whenever possible.
Bob Rees, Board of Directors
Northwest Guides and Anglers Association's President and Founder
Bob Rees is the founder and president of the NW Guides and Anglers Association (NWGAA). A licensed charter boat operator and fishing guide, Bob formerly worked for the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife and the National Marine Fisheries Service conducting seasonal positions between Oregon and Alaska. A native Oregonian, Bob grew up fishing NW Oregon in pursuit of salmon, steelhead and sturgeon and his business and industry rely heavily on the health of Columbia River fisheries. He has been involved in countless conservation measures and stands by the Association's mission to protect, enhance and promote healthy sportfisheries and the ecosystems they depend on in the Pacific Northwest. Bob's great grandfather once owned an island upstream of what is now The Dalles Dam. The island submerged, Bob now advocates for the recovery of listed Snake River fish so they don't meet the same fate of what would have been his heritage.
Glen Spain, Board of Directors
Pacific Coast Federation of Fishermen's Associations' Northwest Regional Director
Since 1992, Glen Spain has served as the Northwest Regional Director and Salmon Protection Program Director for Pacific Coast Federation of Fishermen's Associations (PCFFA), the west coast's largest trade association for commercial fishing families, and is the founder and Program Director for the Institute for Fisheries Resources (IFR), which directs PCFFA's Salmon Protection Program. For nearly 30 years he has been a vocal advocate for salmon watershed restoration on both private and public lands, has served on numerous advisory committees and Boards in both California and Oregon, and currently serves on several advisory committees dealing with water pollution and salmon protection standards. Glen received his law degree from New College School of Law in San Francisco, CA and practiced law for 18 years prior to joining PCFFA as full-time staff.
Joel Kawahara, Board of Directors
Washington Trollers Association
Joel Kawahara is a commercial fisherman in Washington and Alaska. He is an active member of the Coastal Trollers Association and has sat on the board of Save Our Wild Salmon for many years.
Bobby McEnaney, Board of Directors
Public Lands Expert, National Resources Defense Council
Bobby is a public lands expert who concentrates on issues surrounding energy development on the nation's public lands. He is primarily focused on promoting sustainable practices on Bureau of Land Management lands while also taking a critical approach to less desirable energy processes such as oil shale extraction in the West. Before joining NRDC, Bobby worked extensively on initiatives to protect ecologically important lands within the Rocky Mountain region where he was born and raised. He is an alumnus of the College of Idaho.
Norm Ritchie, Board of Directors
Association of NW Steelheaders' Government Affairs Director
Norm has been fishing ever since he moved to Oregon in the early 1950s. Since then he has increased his involvement to include volunteering for stream surveys, serving on the boards of the Association of Northwest Steelheaders (ANWS) chapters and holding president and co-president titles in the association. ANWS is a member based organization of sports anglers dedicated to restoring and enhancing salmon, trout and steelhead populations and their habitats for present and future generations. Norm has written many "how to" articles and was appointed by the governor to the Salmon Trout Advisory Committee late last year. Norm is the newest member of the board, appointed in 2004.