Utah Rivers Council has an active volunteer board of directors that provides passion and expertise for protecting Utah’s rivers and independent oversight and monitoring of our staff and financial resources.

Meet our Board of Directors

Rob Bero is an executive in the Great Salt Lake commercial brine shrimping industry and owner of Red Rock River Company. An active conservationist for more than thirty years in Utah, Rob 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’s served on several Utah nonprofit boards and enjoys volunteering for local grassroots organizations. 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 and owner of the very popular Boulder Mountain Lodge. Dave is serving his second term on our Board of Directors after a 5-year break working in New York and other parts of the country. Dave is the founder of a small philanthropic foundation.

Rhianna Riggs has twelve years of marketing experience in the architecture/construction/engineering industry and is currently working for a local planning/civil engineering firm. She is a Utah native and graduated from the University of Utah. Ms. Riggs enjoys spending time with her family and pets and is always looking for any opportunity to get out and explore Utah’s wild places.

Gordon Rowe is a law student currently finishing his J.D. at the S.J. Quinney College of Law, focusing his studies on natural resource and environmental law. Prior to attending law school, Gordon served as the Research Director of the Utah Rivers Council for nearly four years. Gordon is a native of New Mexico and moved to Utah to follow his passion for outdoor recreation and the state's wild landscapes.

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. He is also an avid outdoorsman.

Matt Shaw is the Controller at locally owned business Cactus & Tropicals and has been with the company since 1999.  He has a Bachelor of Science degree in Philosophy from the University of Utah.  Matt is a native Utahn and loves the many varied outdoor environments the state has to offer. His passions include environmental justice, human rights, film, music and animals.

The Utah Rivers Council staff work together on issues that affect Utah’s river ecosystems. Our staff are advocates for Utah’s rivers and water conservation. We provide a range of skills and experience to achieve the Utah Rivers Council’s mission and we’re passionate about engaging the Utah public in the decisions being made about our aquatic ecosystems and our water supply.


Meet our Staff

Zachary Frankel – Executive Director

Zach Frankel received his B.S. in Biology at the University of Utah and is the Executive Director of the Utah Rivers Council, which he founded in 1994.  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 writing, making short films and all manner of outdoor sports. 

Email Zach@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. Nick 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 including our RainHarvest program. A native Utahn, Nick loves to drag his family on outdoor excursions throughout the West.   

Email Nick@utahrivers.org