• Nancy Steele Executive Director

    Nancy is an executive manager with over twenty-five years of environmental management and research experience, using the tools of science and policy to catalyze change towards a more sustainable future. Read more.

  • Tracy Stephens Habitat Restoration Manager

    Tracy brings a wealth of experience and knowledge from her years with Wyoming Game and Fish and Arizona Game and Fish. She holds an M.S. in Natural Resources, with a Fisheries emphasis and a B.S. with a double major in Biology. (307)-690-8084  read more.

  • Kegn Moorcroft
    Kegn Moorcroft Stewardship & Development Manager

    Kegn Moorcroft is a Sedona, AZ native and comes to the Friends of the River after 8-years with the Sedona Chamber of Commerce & Tourism Bureau as their Director of Communications. Moorcroft brings experience in event planning, social media management, content curation, media and film assistance, brand development, tourism management, and website maintenance. Read More

  • Maxwell C. Wilson Sustaining Flows Manager

    Max grew up loving the Verde River. He and his wife have two young sons, Jack and Henry, who spend every waking moment outside exploring with their Mom and Dad. Max is an avid fly fisher and hiker. (602) 620-1117. Read more

  • Maya Rappaport
    Maya Rappaport Communications Coordinator

    Maya Rappaport joins Friends after working as a riparian bird biologist in Maine, New Hampshire, Utah, Colorado, and Montana. She studied ecology and wildlife biology as an undergraduate at College of the Atlantic in Maine. She is currently a master’s student at NAU, studying science communication and sustainable communities.

  • Isaac Dudley Business Development Coordinator

    A Verde Valley local, with a degree in Spanish and Journalism from Northern Arizona University, Isaac is an avid lover of the outdoors. (928)821-2002. Read more

  • Matt Gilbert Financial Services Administrator

    Matt came to Friends from the private sector, where he supported administrative operations in a variety of capacities. Read more.

    (928) 641-6013

  • Laura Jones Coordinator, Community Engagement

    Laura Jones joined us with 20+ years of experience in the fields of non-profit, human resources and volunteer management. Read more.

    (928) 451-6860

  • Jacob Phelps
    Jacob Phelps Habitat Restoration Field Supervisor

    Jacob supervises field work done by volunteers and crews along the Verde River and its tributaries. Prior to working for Friends of the Verde River, Jacob worked for  Arizona Conservation Corps on a saw crew that treated invasive species along the Verde River. He currently works on a hotshot crew during the summer season for the Coconino National Forest. Jacob is a native to Camp Verde who enjoys trail running, kayaking, hiking, rock climbing, and loving the Verde River. 


  • Elaine Nichols Habitat Restoration Program Coordinator

    Elaine is the Habitat Restoration Program Coordinator. She coordinates VWRC restoration projects; working with public and private landowners, crews, and volunteers.

    (919) 817-7514
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  • Virginia Weiss
    Virginia Weiss Administrative Assistant

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