Sarah DyrdahlExecutive Director
Sarah became the executive director of the Middle Fork Willamette Watershed Council in August 2015. Sarah has been working on rivers in Alaska and Oregon since 2004, including significant experience building and managing restoration programs for four additional watershed councils in Oregon – Coos, Calapooia, South Santiam, and North Santiam. Before migrating upstream to freshwater ecosystems, Sarah studied nearshore marine ecological communities along the Oregon Coast with the Partnership for Interdisciplinary Studies of Coastal Oceans. Sarah grew up in the country, on the banks of the Applegate River in southern Oregon – an experience that she weaves into her dream job of conserving and restoring rivers and landscapes through community building. When not working in the Middle Fork Willamette, Sarah can be found out exploring and enjoying the many beautiful watersheds of Oregon – on foot or by boat.
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 where she has rekindled her love of crew on Dexter Reservoir.
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.
Molly SheaYouth Education Coordinator
Molly grew up with a love of nature in northern Colorado and later learned the science behind it all through her Wildlife degree at Humboldt State University. She’s passionate about educating youth in the outdoors which has led her to positions at Portland Audubon Society, National Wildlife Federation, and other organizations in the Pacific Northwest. In her free time, Molly enjoys getting to know the local Deaf community through her knowledge of American Sign Language, as well as backpacking, kayaking, birding, and crafting with all sorts of resuable materials.