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Board of Director nominees

Willem Stoeller, Treasurer

Willem has been working with non-profit organizations for over 25 years starting with the Coast Guard Auxiliary, followed by naturalist with Bay Net in Monterey, volunteer at the visitor center and naturalist at the Elkhorn Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve, skipper for Sea Scouts of America and since January last year volunteer at our visitor center. He also spent 7 years on boards of different non-profit organizations. Recently Willem joined the Friends board as treasurer and immediately dived into the secrets of 503(c) (3) accounting, especially the fascinating reading of FASB #116.


Irene Vlach, Secretary

Irene has been involved with non-profits her whole life, starting with the University of Waterloo PERG board (Ontario, Canada). For 25 years she was an active member of the Oregon Chapter Sierra Club High Desert Committee. She served on the Columbia Group executive committee and earned several awards from the Club.

Irene was the grassroots organizer of the newly formed Oregon Conservation Network in 1995, and from 1995 to 2009 was program assistant for The Lazar Foundation. After moving temporarily back to her native Switzerland she returned to Portland to work for 2 years for The Intertwine Alliance as office manager.

Upon retirement in 2014, she started volunteering for the Friends of Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge. Her primary contribution to the Friends has been staffing the Visitor Center. She took the Naturalists’ training, spent a season doing an early morning kestrel nesting survey and helped collect and prepare for preservation plant specimens under the guidance of Ginny at the Wapato unit. In the spring of 2018 she joined the Membership Strategy Committee.

Dawn Carovano, Membership Coordinator

 Michael Dunlap, Board

Michael has 20 plus years of accounting experience and has worked in software, service, public, and manufacturing industries. His current position is as controller for the Oregon State Bar. He holds both a BA in Philosophy, BS in accounting, and an MBA. He loves to boat, fish, and hike." I have always believed the beauty of nature brought to us through parks, waterways, hiking trails, is a wonderful gift to be cared for and respected. I have shared it with my sons and hopefully they will share it with their families which is why I am excited with this opportunity."




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