The Team

Chris Gannon, Council Coordinator:

Chris started with the council on January 3, 2011. He had previously worked at Oregon Department of Environmental Quality on a project-specific assignment that concluded in 2010. Prior to working in Portland for the Department, Chris spent three-plus years as the director of the Jefferson County Community Development Department starting in 2004.  


He started his professional career in natural resources with the U.S. Forest Service with the position of Monument Soil Scientist at Mount St. Helen's National Volcanic Monument in southwest Washington in 1988. He located to Central Oregon from Washington for similar employment with the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs (13 years total). Formal education includes a B.S. in Range Science, and a M.S. in Soil Science, both from New Mexico State University.

Garry Sanders: Sr. Project Manager:

Garry is the Senior project manager for the Crooked River Watershed Council   He has been with the CRWC since 2010 and currently oversees all aspects of project planning and implementation for a suite of upland, riparian, and in-stream projects in both the lower and upper Crooked River watersheds.  Garry’s academic background is a unique combination, with a M.S. in aquatic biology from Grand Valley State University in Michigan and a B.A. in geosciences from Williams College in Massachusetts.  When not diving deep into watershed restoration work, Garry is usually fishing, biking, hiking or exploring the outdoors of central and eastern Oregon.

Mark Peterson: Project Manager

Mark started with the Council in the summer of 2018 after working with the USFS as a Range Technician on the Rogue Siskiyou National Forest. Mark has worked with New York State Department of Environmental Conservation as a Fisheries Technician for invasive species and fisheries education; and with the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife as a Fisheries Technician. Mark received his Bachelors degree in Fisheries and Aquaculture from the State University of New York at Cobleskill. Mark is an avid fly fisherman, outdoors-man,  and a former United States Marine.