• 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. 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 9 years with the Sedona Chamber of Commerce & Tourism Bureau as their Director of Communications. Read more.

  • Isaac Dudley 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. 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. Read more.

  • Melanie Miles
    Melanie Miles Events & Outreach Coordinator

    Melanie was born and raised along the Susquehanna River in Pennsylvania, where she developed a strong love for the environment and wildlife preservation. Read more.

  • 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. Read more.

  • Mark Troksa
    Mark Troksa Business Office Manager

    Mark Troksa is new to Cottonwood, AZ having recently moved with his wife, Sky, from Western, WI. Mark brings 30 years experience working for a variety of organizations in the areas of Finance, Accounting, Business and Office Management. Read more.

  • 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. Read more.


  • Virginia Weiss
    Virginia Weiss Administrative Assistant

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