TCA Officers and Board of Directors
TCA Scientific Advisors
Rob Kirschner, Director, Portland, OR
Rob Kirschner is General Counsel to The Freshwater Trust, an Oregon nonprofit that works to increase the pace and scale of freshwater ecosystem restoration. A Pacific Northwest native, Rob attended Washington State University where he fell in love with wild steelhead and the Clearwater, Snake, Salmon, and Grande Ronde Rivers. Rob went on to graduate from Lewis & Clark Law School with a Certificate in Environmental & Natural Resources Law. Today, Rob uses his water law knowledge to negotiate in-stream water right transfers and advocate for common sense water policies that benefit endangered salmon and steelhead. Outside of work, Rob enjoys fly-fishing for steelhead and traveling with his wife.
Karl Konecney, Glide, OR
Karl Konecney is an electrical engineer by profession and a dedicated conservationist by passion. When not solving complex electric motor issues, Karl can be found trying to unlock the mysteries of fish and rivers from Kamchatka through British Columbia to the southern Cascades. Karl delights in the the beauty and intimacy of finding cutthroat trout in tiny streams to lure of finding empty reaches of big water for the challenges of luring steelhead and salmon. Karl is deeply involved with several conservation organizations including The North Umpqua Foundation, The Steamboaters, and several federal forest collaboratives.
David A. Moskowitz, Secretary to the Board (non-voting), Portland, OR
David is the Executive Director of The Conservation Angler. Conservationist, environmental lawyer, lobbyist, educator. Executive Director with the Northwest Steelheaders, 1991-1993, on conservation staff with Oregon Trout, 1993-1995 Native Fish Society, 1995-1996, Wild Salmon Center, 2000-2006. Worked for NOAA Fisheries on ESA issues, 1996-1998, Salmon Recovery Advisor to the Metro Regional Services Executive Officer in Portland, OR, 1998-2000. Co-founder and Executive Director for the Deschutes River Alliance, 2013-2015.
Tom Pero, Vice President, Mill Creek, WA
Thomas R. Pero was just 18 when he started the Southeastern Massachusetts Chapter of Trout Unlimited, the youngest chapter president ever. In 1977, at age 23, he was named editor of Trout magazine. During his 16-year tenure, Trout was twice named Conservation Magazine of the Year by the Natural Resources Council of America. In 1992, with his Seattle-area neighbor and friend, Peter W. Soverel, Pero co-founded the Wild Salmon Center. In recent years his company, Wild River Press, has published such modern anadromous classic books as A Passion for Steelhead by Dec Hogan, Atlantic Salmon Magic by Topher Browne and Wild Steelhead by Sean Gallagher. Many of these titles have won international awards for excellence, including multiple gold and silver Benjamin Franklin Awards from the world’s largest association of independent publishers. In 2010 Pero himself was awarded the prestigious Starker Leopold Wild Trout Metal at the Wild Trout Symposium in Yellowstone for a lifetime of influential writing about coldwater fisheries conservation.
Robert Sheley, Director, Portland, OR
Robert is a physician who practices and lives in Northwest Portland. He attended college and medical school in Oregon and feels fortunate to call it home. Robert enjoys spending time with his son Parker as they explore the odd corners of the Northwest and beyond, pursuing photography, fly fishing for steelhead, and exploring the many rivers that are the lifeblood of the Pacific Northwest. A desire to communicate his passion for rivers and respect for the wild fish that inhabit them has led him to serve as a volunteer for many organizations. He is a past President of the Flyfisher’s Club of Oregon and also serves as a Director for Pacific Rivers Council.
Peter Soverel, Founder and President, Edmonds, WA
Over the past 30+ years, Pete Soverel, has been deeply involved in salmon and steelhead conservation as Founder and President of The Conservation Angler; Chair, Steelhead Committee of the International Federation of Fly Fishers; Founder and President of the Wild Salmon Center; Founding Director, Save Our Wild Salmon; Director, Steelhead Society of British Columbia; Director, Habitat Restoration Corporation, Founder, Wild Fishes and Bio-diversity Foundation (Russia); member of U.S. Delegation on the North Pacific Anadromous Fish Commission; Advisor to Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife.
Pete has a long record to significant conservation achievements including founding the Kamchatka Steelhead Project: a ground-breaking joint Russian-American study of steelhead that pioneered the development of angling eco-tourism in Kamchatka and that led to protected area designations including the Zhupanova Buffer zone that links Nalychevo National Park and the Kronotsky Biological Reserve (a contiguous protected zone three times the size of Yellowstone National Park). Pete was lead litigant in several important cases including at the US Supreme Court where water quantity became a component of water quality under the Clean Water Act, removal of Elwha and Condit Dams, termination of proposed WDFW Grandy Creek steelhead hatchery (Skagit basin) and termination of Snider Creek wild brood stock steelhead hatchery program. Pete has been publisher and editorial board member for The Osprey: International Journal of Salmon and Steelhead Conservation which is the standard publication relating to wild steelhead management and conservation. Pete has received numerous national and regional conservation awards including IFFF Conservationist of the Year, Washington Chapter, FFF Conservationist of the year and Steelhead Society of British Columbia Cal Woods Award (Conservationist of the year).
Jim Van Loan, Director, Glide, OR
In 1975, Jim and Sharon Van Loan purchased the Steamboat Inn from Frank and Jeannie Moore, after working at the Inn the previous two summer seasons. Although Jim Van Loan originally worked as a textbook representative for a major publisher before purchasing Steamboat, his visits to country inns in Japan during his years in military service had given him strong ideas about a new image for the Steamboat Inn. Jim and his wife Sharon were careful to carry on the Inn's traditions, such as the skilled guide service he provided for guests. As the country inn movement gained strength, Steamboat Inn and a number of other Northwest inns established a network now known as Unique Inns. At the same time, internationally famous anglers, such as Ernie Schwiebert, Billy Pate, Dave Whitlock, and former President Jimmy Carter and his wife Roselyn visited the Steamboat Inn while they fished some of the most challenging summer steelhead fly-fishing in North America. Jim followed another tradition at the Inn, and capped his many conservation activities by gaining an appointment to the Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission. Jim has been a long-term supporter and advisor to many conservation organizations including Oregon Trout, The Flyfisher’s Club of Oregon, Pacific Rivers Council, The North Umpqua Foundation and The Steamboaters.