BREN BOARD MEMBERS

BOISE RIVER ENHANCEMENT NETWORK

The Board of Directors leads the Boise River Enhancement Network in achieving its mission to serve as a network of watershed stakeholders and promote the ecological enhancement of the Boise River through public education and by providing coordination, planning, and scientific resources.

2021 BREN Board members: Tamsen Binggeli, Sean Finn, Darryl Kuhrt, Rob Richardson, Christy Meyer and Eric Grace

Tamsen Binggeli

Tamsen serves as Treasurer on the Board of Directors and has been involved with BREN since its inception. She helped research and author the Boise River Enhancement Plan, and has worked to guide planning efforts, facilitate collaboration, perform outreach and identify opportunities for enhancement along the Boise River.

Tamsen works as an Environmental Planner for T-O Engineers in Meridian. She has a master’s degree in Environmental Science from the University of Idaho and has experience working in a variety of ecological systems, with a focus on riverine‐riparian and wetland ecology.

Sean Finn

Sean is a Founding Member of BREN and serves as Secretary on the Board. He works for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service as Science Coordinator of the Region 6 Science Applications program. Sean’s background is in wildlife biology and landscape ecology; he primarily works to understand disturbance regime effects on at-risk wildlife populations and ecosystem function and to develop adaptive management strategies. Sean loves the Boise River and all it’s components, including Treasure Valley residents who use and cherish the River. The Boise River corridor is a designated Important Bird Area and the perfect place to bring together two passions, bird watching and native plant propagation and restoration. Sean co-leads the Treasure Valley Native Plant Network whose goal is to engage the community in growing and caring for native plants for strategic, durable restoration of ecological function along the river and throughout the valley.

Eric Grace

Eric is the executive director of the Land Trust of the Treasure Valley, a local non-profit that works with willing landowners to protect important open spaces. Eric has been a land trust executive director since 1997. Eric’s passion is protecting the land that defines a community. While in college, he and his
family worked with a land trust to permanently protect farmland that had been in his family for generations. Eric is honored to serve as a BREN board member.  He also loves to spend time on the water swimming, sailing, paddling, or just cooling off during Boise’s hot months. He appreciates the tremendous value the Boise River provides, and is honored to help BREN work on preserving the River’s water quality and recreation opportunities.

Darryl Kuhrt – President

Darryl is a man of few words.

Christy Meyer

Christy has been involved with BREN since 2015, first as a Coordinating Team Member, and now as a Board Member. She recently contributed to the development of BREN’s Strategic Plan, conducting stakeholder outreach and collaborating with BREN Board and Coordinating Team Members to develop the primary themes for the Plan.  Christy’s favorite thing about BREN – collaborating on projects with the wonderful network of BREN supporters.

Christy’s professional background includes developing and managing aquatic and riparian habitat enhancement projects in the Pacific Northwest and managing economic development projects in Africa and Southeast Asia. Christy currently works as an Ecologist and Project Manager for Tetra Tech in Boise.  Her work focuses on river restoration planning and design, project prioritization, and watershed assessments.

Rob Richardson, PG, PMP

Rob has lived all over the western US studying, working and playing in water. When he was 16 he got his first job in a youth program with the Forest Service. He continued as a hydro tech with the Forest Service for 6 seasons. He studied Environmental Sciences and Math at Oregon State University then took additional geology coursework at the University of Montana in Dillon. Rob went back to school a couple of years later to receive his master’s degree in Quaternary Science with an emphasis in Geomorphology from Northern Arizona University. Out of school, Rob moved to Seattle where he worked for several years as a geomorphologist for a consulting firm before transferring to Boise in 2006. He later joined the US Bureau of Reclamation’s River Systems Analysis group. At Reclamation Rob managed geomorphic assessments and large-scale river restoration projects for endangered salmon and
steelhead in Idaho, Oregon and Washington. In 2016 Rob started Rio Applied Science and Engineering (Rio ASE), which focuses on complex stream and habitat restoration, water resources engineering, and geomorphic analyses. Rob was a founding member of BREN and a contributing author to the Boise River Enhancement Plan. When he’s not working on a river, Rob can usually be found fishing or boating on one…or playing with his young daughter.