– WHO WE ARE –

WELCOME TO WILD RIVERS COAST ALLIANCE

Wild Rivers Coast Alliance is a philanthropic organization associated with the Bandon Dunes Golf Resort. Our grant funding comes from the net proceeds from Bandon Preserve, a 13-hole par-3 golf course at Bandon Dunes Golf Resort.

Our focus is to fund community projects on the South Coast of Oregon that are committed to triple-bottom-line results (conservation, community, and economy) and prioritize approaches that blend innovative ecological initiatives while driving economic opportunity.

Our priorities include supporting and promoting healthy fish and species habitats, working landscapes and seascapes, sustainable tourism and local entrepreneurs.

To help us achieve this vision, we have laid out a series of regional objectives to help guide our work. These objectives include:

  • Strengthen economic stability, community assets, and the environment by supporting working landscapes and seascapes
  • Support economic development and ecological enhancement by fostering local, sustainable businesses and nonprofit organizations
  • Forge partnerships, strengthen capacity, and assist in securing greater resources for local organizations better accomplish their goals
MEET OUR STEERING COMMITTEE

Wild Rivers Coast Alliance is composed of an Executive Committee, Steering Committee, ad-hoc working groups to address time-sensitive strategic issues, and place-based and project-based teams. The Steering Committee is comprised of farmers, ranchers, fishermen, outdoor recreationists, conservationists and local community members who have joined together around a shared commitment to promote a region where healthy ecosystems drive a vibrant economy. Steering Committee members meet regularly to discuss lessons learned, new scientific research, and suggestions from the community that can help guide our work. Both the Executive Committee and Steering Committee provide guidance with respect to the development, implementation, and refinement of the WRCA’s goals, strategic plan, and grantmaking.

COMMITTEE MEMBERS
JENA CARTER
JENA CARTERMarine and Coastal Conservation Director, The Nature Conservancy
Jena joined The Nature Conservancy in 2007 and currently serves as the Oregon chapter’s Marine and Coastal Conservation Director. Read More →
STEVE DENNEY
STEVE DENNEYSouth Coast Conservation Director, The Nature Conservancy
South Coast project lead for The Nature Conservancy, Steve Denney is assisting in coordinating pivotal working landscapes projects on the Coquille River. Read More →
MELISSA D. FREEMAN
MELISSA D. FREEMANDirector of Strategic Projects, The Oregon Community Foundation
Melissa serves as the Director of Strategic Projects for The Oregon Community Foundation. Read More →
RICK GOCHE
RICK GOCHEPort of Bandon Commissioner & more!
Rick is a native Oregonian and longtime resident of Coos County. He has been involved in the seafood industry from research to retail for more than 50 years. Read More →
MARK GRENBEMER
MARK GRENBEMERSouthwest Oregon Program Representative, Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board
Mark Grenbemer is the Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board’s Regional Program Representative (OWEB) for Southwest Oregon. Read More →
HARRY HOOGESTEGER
HARRY HOOGESTEGERRetired Watershed Coordinator & more!
As a retired Director of the South Coast Watersheds Council, Harry Hoogesteger oversaw over 1200 restoration projects over the past 15 years. He holds an Honorary Executive & Steering Committee Ex-Officio Member position on Wild Rivers Coast Alliance’s board.
AL JOHNSON
AL JOHNSONRetired Land Use Attorney
Al has represented a wide range of public and private-sector clients throughout Oregon. Read More →
WAYNE KRIEGER
WAYNE KRIEGERTree Farm & Cattle Ranch Owner & Former State Representative
Wayne was with the Oregon State Police for over 27 years, in the game enforcement division, enforcing fish and wildlife and environmental laws, and retired in 1991.. Read More →
ANNE KUBISCH
ANNE KUBISCHPresident, The Ford Family Foundation
Anne Kubisch joined The Ford Family Foundation in 2013 as its second president. Read More →
CAM PARRY
CAM PARRYOwner, River Docs LLC & Chairman of the Oregon Hatchery Research Commission
Bio coming soon. Read More →
TONY ROSZKOWSKI
TONY ROSZKOWSKIOwner, Tony's Crab Shack & Port O' Call
Tony has been a small business entrepreneur in Old Town Bandon since 1990. Read More →
MATT SWANSON
MATT SWANSONSouth Coast Watershed Council Interim Coordinator, Senior Project Manager, Curry Watersheds Partnership
Matt currently contracts with the Curry Watershed Partnership to provide project management and coordination for the South Coast Watershed Council. Read More →
MARY WAHL
MARY WAHLCo- Owner, Wahl Ranches & Co. & Board Member, Wild Rivers Land Trust
Mary and her siblings are 4th generation ranch owners on Oregon’s south coast. Read More →
JOE WHITWORTH
JOE WHITWORTHPresident, The Freshwater Trust
Joe has been responsible for strategic direction of The Freshwater Trust for more than a decade, growing the organization’s budget tenfold during that time. Read More →

WRCA FOUNDER
Mr. Michael L. Keiser is the owner of Bandon Dunes Golf Resort, located on Oregon’s Pacific coast. Bandon Dunes is a top-ranked golf destination with five courses designed in the tradition of Scotland’s ancient links to blend with the natural environment.

In 2010 Mr. Keiser, with the help of Arabella Financial Advisors, determined the best way to support his passion for conservation and his desire to bring economically viable opportunities to Oregon’s South Coast was to found the Wild Rivers Coast Alliance.

Bandon Preserve, the fifth course at Bandon Dunes which opened May 1, 2012, will distribute all net proceeds to Wild Rivers Coast Alliance. This will provide the stable seed funding needed to achieve the organization’s goals of blending conservation, community and economy on Oregon’s South Coast.

Mr. Keiser is active on the boards of numerous civic and charitable organizations focused on health care, education and conservation.  He is the former Board Chair and Vice Chair of the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago. In the education arena, he serves on the boards of Academy for Urban School Leadership and Teach for America, Chicago. He is a member of the board of trustees for The Field Museum and a member of the board of directors on the Chick Evans Scholarship Foundation.  He also serves as President of Bandon Biota L.L.C., acquiring properties with a view toward future conservation.

In support of numerous southern Oregon organizations and nonprofits, a donor-advised fund, the Mr. and Mrs. Michael L Keiser Fund, was established through the Oregon Community Foundation.

WRCA PROFESSIONAL STAFF


Professional Staff at WRCA work to preserve the natural resources of the South Coast through community-based projects that drive economic development. We are honored and privileged serve and collaborate with the communities within the 10 watersheds from the Coquille to Winchuck Rivers.

JIM SEELEY
JIM SEELEYExecutive Director
Prior to joining WRCA, Jim serve for over 17 years as the Executive Vice President of Operations for KemperSports, a golf management company headquartered in Northbrook, Illinois. While at KemperSports… Read More →
MARIE SIMONDS
MARIE SIMONDSProgram Manager
Marie has worked with Wild Rivers Coast Alliance since March of 2012. Prior, Marie worked for Southwestern Oregon Community College as the Foundation Director and Head Men’s and Women’s golf coach. Marie and her family have lived on the South Coast for 11 years and enjoy spending time exploring the area.
TIMOTHY SCAHILL
TIMOTHY SCAHILLDigital Marketing Specialist
Coming to Oregon in 2013, Tim brought his digital expertise (web/print design, photography and DSLR video skills) and love for nature half way across the country to Bandon, Oregon to work for Bandon Dunes Golf Resort and WRCA.
Christy Day
Christy DayAdministrative Assistant
As the newest member of the Wild Coast Alliance family, Christy brings a wealth of administrative experience to the team. Although Christy is a lifelong Oregonian, she has lived on the South Coast with her family since 2013.

FRIENDS OF WRCA
Individuals or organizations that are Friends of Wild Rivers Coast Alliance share our South Coast vision.
BECOME A FRIEND
Anyone can become a Friend of Wild Rivers Coast Alliance. Whether you are interested in WRCA, want to donate, or would like to get involved, you can become a Friend of Wild Rivers Coast Alliance by filling out the form on the Email Sign-up page.
BECOME A FRIEND
BENEFITS TO OUR FRIENDS
As a friend of WRCA, you are encouraged to contribute your time and talents towards conservation, community and economy. Whether that is through your own organization, WRCA, or one of our members, you can volunteer to be a part of our South Coast vision:

  • Implement related projects, see on-the-ground projects in action and spread the word
  • Receive periodic communication and the Annual Report
  • Eligible to participate in WRCA strategy teams

Thanks to those who are already friends of Wild Rivers Coast Alliance!