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.

Ron Penner is a CPA licensed in Utah since 2000 and has been a member of the Utah Rivers Council since 1996. He is an avid back country skier, river runner and canyon country explorer. His interest in conservation stems from a desire to protect the environment for future generations, especially riparian ecosystems.

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.

Deeda Seed has worked with a wide variety of non-profit and government organizations for the last 27 years including organizations working to alleviate poverty, promote social justice, and protect the environment.  She is a former Salt Lake City Council member, and served as Chief of Staff, and Communications Director for Salt Lake City Mayor Rocky Anderson and is the Grassroots Outreach Director for the Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance.

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.

Roy Webb is a veteran river runner and Utah historian who has authored five books on river running history in the American West.  Roy is frequently a consultant for video documentary projects and television series, is a frequent speaker for training seminars, and a charter member of the Colorado Plateau River Guides Association.  Roy is the archivist for Special Collections at the Willard Marriott Library at the University of Utah.

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.

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

Taylor Timmerman – Wateroots Director

Taylor received her B.A. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where she studied Political Science and Environmental Studies and is currently pursuing a Master of Public Administration at the University of Utah. Previously, she acted as the Equestrian Program Manager for the Kostopulos Dream Foundation and has also worked with the Sierra Club and Utah State University Botanical Center as a campaign manager and sustainability educator. Taylor joined the URC in the summer of 2016 as the Wateroots Director. As an avid equestrian, Taylor enjoys competing in three-day eventing throughout the region and finds some spare time for climbing, hiking, and enjoying Utah’s expansive outdoors.  Email Taylor@utahrivers.org

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