Board Of Directors
Where Passion Makes A Big Difference
The People Behind Forever Our Rivers
We founded this foundation because we are passionate about rivers and preservation. Forever Our Rivers provides us with an opportunity to combine those passions to make a positive difference in the world.
Board President and Secretary
Tim is an environmental engineer with more than 40 years of experience. His career spans the range of restoration including soil, ground and surface waters, and riparian lands throughout the West. His work has focused on developing reasonable and rational solutions to environmental problems that were considered intransigent by many. Recently retired, he spent the previous 20 years working or consulting with nonprofits serving as president, executive director, research director, and consultant. This included founding the Tamarisk Coalition (now known as RiversEdge West) and consulting to the Walton Family Foundation. Typical activities provided to these nonprofits was guidance to numerous watershed partnerships in the Colorado River Basin to improve riparian habitat and river health, as well as researching and crafting innovative sustainable funding mechanisms for river conservation. These experiences led to the formation of Forever Our Rivers Foundation to address the complex issue of sustainable funding that focused on an innovative approach that wasn’t tied to traditional funding approaches.
Board Vice President
Chip has worked over 35 years, most of that time as a corporate officer, for a family-owned construction and construction management company specializing in development and management of water and wastewater treatment projects. Chip retired at age 55 and since 2005 began his second career as a full-time community volunteer, with an emphasis on river conservation. He is a founder of the Friends of the Verde River Greenway, a nonprofit watershed organization that has created successful collaboration between public land managers and private landowners working to restore riparian habitat. Within the Verde River watershed, he continues his work on all aspects of river conservation, including the development of collaborative partnerships, sustainable funding for conservation NGOs, riparian restoration, flow restoration, sustainable river recreation and tourism, groundwater pumping mitigation and sustainable land management. When not volunteering, Chip can be found rafting the Grand Canyon or other great rivers in the West.
Steve has spent 24 years in sales and marketing before returning to college and receiving a B. S. in Strategic Communications and Professional Writing in 2004. That same year he began a new career in journalism as a reporter for the Verde Independent and Camp Verde Bugle newspapers. During his eight-years as a journalist, he wrote extensively on the Verde River, environmental issues, local agriculture and Verde Valley history. He received over 40 statewide and regional journalism awards including seven from the Arizona Newspaper Association and the Arizona Farm Bureau Print Journalist of the Year in 2010. In 2013 he made yet another career change taking over as the Economic Development Director for the Town of Camp Verde. Over the last two years, he has been instrumental in developing a model that blends traditional economic development programs with asset-based, place-making initiatives and environmental conservation. He is a master home brewer who provides both marketing and craft beer expertise to the Board.
Illene has more than three decades’ experience as a nonprofit executive director, fundraiser, board member, volunteer and consultant. This experience is coupled with an MBA, a BA in journalism and recognition as a Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE). Her life’s work lies in helping build organizations of excellence, particularly among grassroots nonprofits.
As an active volunteer, Illene served two years as President for the Colorado Nonprofit Association, one year as President for the Grand Junction Lions Club, and in recent years has help to found four Giving Club and Guys’ Giving Club organizations in both Grand Junction and Montrose, Colorado. She likes to run and cook/bake – a fortunate combination – and has rafted Cataract Canyon on the Colorado River at 96,000 cfs. Her current challenge is learning to play the ukulele.
Stacy Beaugh, President of Strategic By Nature, Inc., has been a leader in natural resource and outdoor recreation initiatives for 15 years, most recently as Executive Director of RiversEdge West (formerly Tamarisk Coalition). Her educational portfolio includes a Master’s in Public Administration from University of Colorado Denver and a Bachelors of Art in art and environmental studies from Illinois Wesleyan University. She is also an alum of the Center for Creative Leadership Nonprofit Executive Leadership Program. Her current career focus/expertise is in the areas of strategic planning, meeting/process facilitation, executive coaching, board/leadership development, and marketing and fundraising, which have positioned her to play a role in supporting the start-up activities of Forever Our Rivers Foundation. Her volunteer experience includes a leadership role on the Colorado Riverfront Commission and Treasurer of Many Rivers Brewing Public Benefit Corporation. She is currently based in Durango, CO.
“Don’t tell fish stories where people know you; but particularly, don’t tell them where they know the fish.”
- Mark Twain
“A river seems a magic thing. A magic, moving, living part of the very earth itself.”
- Laura Gilpin
“We have an unknown distance yet to run, an unknown river to explore.”
- John Wesley Powell
“I love any discourse of rivers, fish and fishing.”
- Izaak Walton
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