MFWWC Staff

Sarah Dyrdahl

Sarah Dyrdahl

Executive Director

Pronouns: She/Her

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.

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Gale Darling

Gale Darling

Community Engagement Coordinator

Pronouns: She/Her

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.

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Karen Sarno

Karen Sarno

Operations Manager

Pronouns: She/Her

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.

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Cora Bordley

Cora Bordley

Youth Education Coordinator

Pronouns: She/Her

Cora studied geography at the University of Oregon and found a passion for equity and inclusion in the outdoor recreation industry while working for the outdoor program in her junior and senior years. She is especially passionate about disability accessibility in the outdoors, which led her to volunteer for Atlas Assistance Dogs, a service dog program. You can find her in her free time hiking camping or cross country skiing with her own dog, a 75-pound Standard Poodle named Goose.

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Ka-Voka Jackson

Ka-Voka Jackson

Restoration Projects Manager

Ka-Voka recently joined the Middle Fork Willamette Watershed Council in October 2020 as the new Restoration Projects Manager. Originally from the Hualapai Tribe in Arizona and most recently coming from the Mojave Desert in Las Vegas, Ka-Voka’s work over the years has focused on ecological restoration, Traditional Ecological Knowledge, and anthropogenic impacts in watersheds throughout the West. During her downtime, you can often find her adventuring outside or up to a new project at home. Now relocated in Eugene, Ka-Voka is bright-eyed and bushy-tailed, ready to explore her new home and help improve and steward the lush landscape of the Middle Fork Willamette Watershed!

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