Dov WeinmanExecutive Director
Born and raised in Eugene, Dov Weinman brings a deep connection to the Willamette watershed in his role as Executive Director of the Middle Fork Willamette Watershed Council. He holds a M.S in Environmental Justice from the University of Montana and a graduate certificate in natural resources conflict resolution from the Center for Natural Resources & Environmental Policy. After three years as a Peace Corps Volunteer in the Philippines, Dov worked in the Sierra Nevada coordinating and facilitating natural resource collaboratives with a focus on forest and watershed health and increasing the resilience of disadvantaged rural communities. When he’s not working with the Middle Fork Willamette Watershed community, Dov enjoys creative writing, photography and trail running.
Emma GarnerYouth Education Coordinator
Emma Garner was born and raised in the Willamette Valley. Growing up, they could be found raising tadpoles from a neighborhood stream, monitoring bird nests in their backyard, and creating field journals. Following that passion for exploring the outdoors, Emma attended Oregon State University and graduated with a B.S. in Fisheries and Wildlife. Emma’s early career was spent traveling across the Pacific Northwest monitoring fish populations and freshwater habitats. In 2018, Emma changed career paths and began working in education and outreach. Supporting and creating programs where kids connect with, ask questions about, and explore local plants and animals is what Emma loves most about their work. They are excited to join the council team and continue to connect people through place-based education. Outside of work, Emma enjoys trail running, hiking, gardening, and spending relaxing afternoons with their pets.
Gale DarlingCommunity Engagement Coordinator
Gale joined the Middle Fork Willamette Watershed Council as the Community Engagement Coordinator in October 2017 but served on the Board of Directors since 2016. A graduate of the University of Oregon Certificate in Nonprofit Management, Gale is excited to bring her expertise in community engagement and fundraising to the team. A native of the Northwest, Gale has long been surrounded by water. After living in Bend for several years, she is happy to be back on the wet side of the mountains.
Karen SarnoOperations Manager
After living in New York, Chicago, San Francisco and other Bay Area towns, Karen finally decided to leave the concrete behind and head for green. She and her husband Theo moved to Oregon in 2008 and have never looked back. They enjoy living in downtown Springfield. Karen believes that we need to protect and preserve our natural resources, with water being the most important. To that end, don’t be surprised to find buckets in her shower used to collect the cold water while waiting for the water to warm up! She loves working for the MFWWC and helping to build and educate community about restoration needs and opportunities in the basin. Karen is an active member of Lane County Sheriff’s Ground Search and Rescue. When she is not crunching numbers, Karen enjoys walks in the woods, inhaling the negative ions at the beach, gardening, biking, and traveling.
Ka-Voka JacksonRestoration Projects Manager
Ka-Voka is a Hwal’Bay (Hualapai) Tribal member, originally from Northwest Arizona and currently occupying the traditional lands of the Kalapuya. She holds an M.S. degree in Ecology from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Ka-Voka’s work over the years has focused on ecological restoration, Traditional Ecological Knowledge, and watershed health throughout the West. Ka-Voka is happy to bring her passion for uplifting ecosystem health and healthy human connections to the land to help the stewardship of the Middle Fork Willamette Watershed. During her downtime, you can often find her doing a multitude of sports (mountain biking, climbing, hiking, etc.), botanizing, or up to a new project at home.