Utah Rivers Council

Working to Protect Your Rivers

Board & Staff

For 20 years, the Utah Rivers Council has been working hard to protect your rivers and is working at the vanguard of water sustainability in Utah.

Meet our Board of Directors

Utah Rivers Council is guided by a volunteer board of directors, full of passion and expertise for protecting our rivers.

Rob Bero is an executive in the Great Salt Lake commercial brine shrimping industry and owner of Red Rock River Company.  He’s been an active conservationist for more than thirty years in Utah and seeks to raise awareness and funds to help protect the Great Salt Lake and all the rivers of Utah.

Janelle Eurick-Bauer is a practicing attorney at the Salt Lake City law firm of Ray Quinney & Nebeker, PC with 16 years of experience in litigation, water and environmental law. She has served on several Utah nonprofit boards and enjoys volunteering for local grassroots organizations. In her spare time, Ms. Bauer is an active long distance runner and loves spending time with her family in Utah’s wilderness.

Celeste Kelty is a pediatric RN at Primary Children’s Hospital and has served as Head Nurse at two children’s surgical centers in the Salt Lake Valley. A former Ute gymnast and co-captain she helped capture 4 NCAA titles in the 1980s for the University of Utah. She is an avid hiker camper and water lover. As a long time volunteer at the URC she envisions clean, plentiful and still wild waters for Utah’s future generations.

Dave Mock is an experienced venture capitalist who also owns the very popular Boulder Mountain Lodge.  Dave has rejoined the Board of Directors after a 5 year break working in New York and other parts of the country.  Dave is also the founder of a small philanthropic foundation.

Chris Peterson is a native Utahn with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from BYU and two master’s degrees from the University of Utah – in Public Administration and Environmental Humanities.  Chris has led and directed programs for a variety of nonprofit advocacy, education and philanthropic organizations, ranging from water policy reform to charter school start-up to rural development in Asia and Africa.

Osman Sanyer is a native of Wisconsin who has made Utah his home since 1986. A family physician, currently teaching and practicing at the University of Utah in the Department of Family and Preventive Medicine, he initially moved to Salt Lake City to join the effort that started the Community Health Center system here in the Salt Lake Valley and is an avid outdoorsman.

Andy Wallace is an avid whitewater rafter who cherishes our free flowing rivers. He studied mechanical engineering at Utah State University and Geology at the University of Utah, worked in central Idaho as a geo technical hard rock gold miner and owned the Great Basin Tile Company.  Andy became a pilot at 18 and after receiving his commercial pilot license and now owns Gator Air, a commercial flight service company.

Andy Yorkin has over 15 years of experience building brands and developing strategic marketing plans for a wide array of businesses. He works for BrandHive, a Salt Lake marketing and communications agency, which specializes in the healthy lifestyle and natural product industries. Andy is working on his MBA at Westminster College and earned his BA in Marketing from the University of Connecticut. Shortly after graduating, he moved from Connecticut to Utah to be closer to the Greatest Snow on Earth.

Jennifer Malherbe recently returned to her native Utah after living 15 years on Long Island Sound in New York where she fulfilled various community leadership roles in the areas of education, the arts, and the Sound Shore environment. Jennifer presided over the PTA leadership council of the largest, non-city public school district in Westchester County, co-founded the local STEM Alliance, and served on the Executive Board of the Schools Foundation. Jennifer was a Utah State Delegate in the 2016 state and presidential elections and currently serves on the Board of Directors of Ballet West and as President of Ballet West Guild

Meet the Faces of the Utah Rivers Council

The Utah Rivers Council staff work together on issues that affect Utah’s river ecosystems. Our staff is dedicated to running an effective nonprofit organization that provides the community with up to date information on water issues in Utah and leadership for the network of stewards who seek to ensure our rivers flow into the next generation.  We are an advocacy organization committed to engaging the Utah public in the decisions being made about our aquatic ecosystems and our water supply.

Zachary Frankel – Executive Director

Zach Frankel received his B.S. in Biology at the University of Utah and is the founder and Executive Director of the Utah Rivers Council, which he helped start in 1995.  Zach has led many exciting campaigns to protect Utah’s rivers and is an expert on water policy in Utah. Zach lives with his family and their horses in the Salt Lake Valley and enjoys all manner of outdoor sports and writing and making short films.  Email Zach@utahrivers.org

Darin Mann – Outreach Director

Darin Mann studied English Literature at the University of Utah. He garnered a love for politics and the environment reading theorists and poets like Guy Debord and Robert Frost. His commitment to changing Utah’s politics is only matched by his passion for the forests, rivers and lakes of Utah. When he is not at the office, you can find Darin in the ring getting bruised up by his boxing students or sitting under the shade of his favorite tree reading a book. Email Darin@utahrivers.org

Nick Schou – Conservation Director

Nick Schou has a M.S. in Environmental Humanities from the University of Utah, a B.A. in History from Westminster College and spent 5 years working for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in remote river canyons to restore endangered native fish species of the Colorado River.  Nick leads the organization’s water conservation initiatives and is an avid outdoorsman who drags his family on all manner of outdoor excursions throughout the West.  Email Nick@utahrivers.org

Weston Wood – Conservation Associate

Weston Wood graduated with his H.B.S. in Communication Studies and Political Science at the University of Utah, and is passionate about the intersection of power and ecology in both study and practice. Weston interned with the organization in Fall of 2015 and is thrilled to continue to work on a variety of conservation, research and outreach initiatives at the URC. He grew up getting to know the wonder of Utah’s wild watersheds and is dedicated to their defense. When not in the office or buried in books, Weston is likely escaping into our conifer forests or desert shores. Email Weston@utahrivers.org

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