Speaker Bios for May 17 What’s Brewing | The Frog & the River

Craig Horrell is the district general manager of Central Oregon Irrigation District. His diverse and in-depth background in development and project management is a culmination of over two decades of experience that includes street and utility design for municipalities, destination resort planning and lead design consultant for Bend’s Old Mill District. Horrell serves as a board member for the Oregon Water Resources Commission and the Deschutes River Conservancy, where he is chair of the Deschutes Basin Board of Control Study Work Group.

Gail Snyder is the co-founder of the Coalition for the Deschutes. She grew up in arid Australia and is a dual citizen. Snyder was drawn into the nonprofit world while doing research on Pikes Peak, Colorado. She has founded and served as executive director of nonprofits, and has also worked in the Oregon political arena. She recently left her staff position with Central Oregon LandWatch in order to co-found the Coalition for the Deschutes.

Matt Lisignoli owns and operates Central Farms in Terrebonne. He manages 750 acres of farmland in Deschutes and Jefferson Counties. The primary crops grown include carrot, onion and bluegrass seeds; wheat; hay and pumpkins. During October, Lisignoli and his wife, Kendra, open their front gates for the public to enjoy the fall season at Smith Rock Ranch, with family friendly activities including a pumpkin patch, corn maze, petting zoo and market displaying fall décor grown in Central Oregon.

Amy Stuart is the former Deschutes Basin manager. She retired from the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife in 2013, after 30 years of public service. Most of her work was as a fish biologist. Her experiences range from ocean salmon management on the coast, to fish habitat biologist in the John Day and Crooked River basins, to hydro project biologist east of the Cascades, and most recently as the Deschutes Basin manager.

Ryan Houston is the executive director of the Upper Deschutes Watershed Council, a nonprofit dedicated to collaborative watershed management in Central Oregon. He has more than 15 years of experience working on water issues, restoration and collaborative resource management across the region, and has been a frequent speaker at City Club on topics relating to water, rivers, dams and restoration. Houston’s educational background includes undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University of California Berkeley and the University of Arizona.

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