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.

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.

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

Taylor Graham – Water and Environmental Journalist

Taylor Graham received his B.S. in Emerging Media from Ithaca College. He is a National Geographic Explorer and spent a year in India as a Fulbright-Nehru Scholar, where he researched and documented critical water issues. Taylor works to further the organization’s advocacy work as a multimedia storyteller. Growing up in the Southwest, he developed a deep connection to Utah’s rivers and wild places.

Email Taylor@utahrivers.org 

Claire Andrues – Grassroots Organizer

Claire is a Utah native who grew up hiking, camping, and skiing in the Wasatch Front and Canyonlands National Park. She recently graduated from Colorado State University receiving her B.A. in Liberal Arts focusing in environmental sustainability. Claire spent her time at CSU as a volunteer coordinator and advocate for water conservation and national park protection. Since returning to Utah, Claire has spent her time skiing and volunteering with the URC. She enjoys working with the URC community and engaging with locals to advocate for the protection of our rivers.

Email Claire@utahrivers.org 

Stephanie McGinnis - Water & Tax Advocate

Stephanie’s professional interests are focused on the conservation of aquatic ecosystems through research and education.  She earned her M.S. in Biological Sciences from Montana State University and a B.A. in both Biology and Environmental Studies from the University of Colorado. Stephanie spends her days analyzing and compiling credible data to advocate for smart management of Utah’s aquatic ecosystems and water supply.  When not at the office, Stephanie likes to snowboard, snowshoe, mountain bike, hike, camp, scuba dive - or do just about anything else outside.

Email Stephanie@utahrivers.org