CBWN Board of Directors
Many thanks to our amazing team of volunteers!
Maggie Romuld, President
Tara Lynne Clapp, Vice President
Alan Thomson, Treasurer
Richard Johnson (Slocan Solutions and SWAMP), Secretary
Thea Rodgers (Lake Windermere Ambassadors), Director at Large
Kat Hartwig (Living Lakes Canada), Director at Large
CBWN Senior Manager Kristin Aasen
Kat has been working on environmental advocacy issues in BC since 1983 and joined Wildsight in 1991. With a degree in Commerce Kat has applied her business experience throughout her environmental work. She has worked internationally to promote awareness of endangered species such as the Mountain Caribou and the impacts of unsustainable, industrial tourism practices. Kat has attended SRI forums throughout in North American and Europe and participated in workshops that helped to define criteria for Corporate Environmental Responsibility (CER) from a non-governmental perspective. She has worked to develop shareholder resolutions that encourage environmental policies for public and private companies. Kat’s most recent portfolio includes her provincial, national and international work to develop corporate and NGO partnerships which support Wildsight’s conservation, water stewardship and climate change initiatives.
Richard H. Johnson is a geological engineer who worked in the petroleum industry prior to moving to the Slocan Valley. He and his wife Susan continue to run their consulting company which, among other things, teaches water analysis interpretation. After arriving in the W. Kootenay in 2007, Richard started the Slocan Lake Research Center to encourage and pursue research into the natural sciences and was one of the founders of the Slocan Wetland Assessment and Monitoring Project (SWAMP). He belongs to several volunteer organizations and was previously on the CBWN Steering Committee. He does hydrogeological studies, aquifer mapping, satellite image interpretation and is interested in building local capacity, not only in science, but all aspects of community life.
Thea Rodgers recently transitioned from Program Coordinator with Lake Windermere Ambassadors and headed to the West Coast. Thea has also worked with Wildsafe BC and the City of Cranbrook WaterSmart program. With the Lake Windermere Ambassadors, she managed program operations, including water quality sampling and analysis, environmental stewardship education, public outreach, and communications, as well as the overall organization. Thea earned a BSc in Applied Biology (Honours) from the University of British Columbia. While there, she worked as a research assistant with UBC Faculty of Land and Food Systems as well as the Environmental Mechanics Research Group in the Faculty of Engineering. Thea will be departing from the Board at our Spring AGM.
Maggie Romuld is a freelance professional biologist currently working as a science writer and communicator at Flatland Environmental. Maggie’s volunteer hours are dedicated to water resources and in addition to CBWN she volunteers with CaNOE: Canadian Network for Ocean Education and the Canadian Water Resources Association. She has also served as the Executive Director of SEAWA: South East Alberta Watershed Alliance and instructed university-level geography and biology courses for over 20 years. Known as “rivrchik” on Twitter, she studied riparian habitats and wetland ecology for most of her academic career and is now thrilled to live a stone’s throw from the Columbia Wetlands. She is out on the water as much as possible!
Experienced Senior Consultant with a demonstrated history of working in the environmental planning, aquatic biology and water resource engineering sectors.
Tara Lynne Clapp
Tara Lynne Clapp has served the Columbia Basin Watershed Network since 2015. As Senior Manager to 2018, she helped transition the program into a new Society. She works as a consultant in strategic planning and land use. She currently serves on the Board of the Kaslo and District Community Forest. Tara has roots in the East and West Kootenays, although she lived ‘away’ for 15 years. While away, she earned a Masters in Environmental Design at University of Calgary, and a PhD in Environmental Planning at the University of Southern California. Prior to returning to the Basin, Tara taught and researched in water and environmental planning, sustainable communities, and planning theory at Iowa State University. While at ISU, she worked with the Iowa Environmental Council, a statewide environmental network that focuses on water and energy/climate policy. Before joining CBWN, she also worked with rural water groups with the Environmental Finance Centre at the University of Louisville in Kentucky.
Senior Manager Kristin Aasen
Kristin joined the CBWN in the fall of 2018. She brings experience in project and program management, having served as a local government planner for a decade with the City of Castlegar, Regional District of Central Kootenay and Salt Spring Islands Trust. She served nonprofit communities as a fundraiser and program developer for oversees projects and on local Boards. Kristin has a Bachelor of Science in Physics, Astronomy and Math, Project Management Certificate in International Development and a Masters in Environmental Studies in Planning.
Past Board Directors
Tanya Tran (2016-2018)
Tanya Tran served as a founding director of the CBWN Society. She is a graduate of McGill and of the Selkirk Integrated Environmental Program. While in the Basin, she worked with the Salmo Watershed Streamkeepers with a range of technical assignments as well as with communications. She is currently doing a Masters program at the University of Victoria.
Natasha Overduin (2017-2018)
Natasha works jointly for the Centre for Indigenous Environmental Resources and the POLIS Project on Ecological Governance. She is passionate about improving water outcomes through reshaping watershed governance. When not at her desk, Natasha likes to spend every spare moment outside. She has lived in Golden for close to 5 years and is thrilled about making her home in the beautiful Columbia Headwaters.
Bonnie Harvey served on the Steering Committee of the Columbia Basin Watershed Network program, and then was a founding Board member of the Columbia Basin Watershed Network Society. Bonnie was our first First Nations Liaison. Bonnie is a member of the Ktunaxa Nation. Bonnie has worked for and with the Ktunaxa Nation Council in many capacities, and takes great pride in furthering her Nation’s goals and vision of strong, healthy citizens, economy, language, lands and resources. Bonnie has provided insight and recommendations to many projects in the Territory including the Cherry Creek Falls proposed Quarry, the Qat’muk stewardship plan (in the heart of the Jumbo Valley), the proposed Teck Coal Mine Expansions, and many more. Bonnie has also worked within her community to get citizen support for Aqam to develop its own land code on their reserve. Learning and sharing the Ktunaxa Language is a passion that Bonnie carries deep within her heart. We say thanks Bonnie, hu suʔkni.