Harry Lampros – President
Originally from Illinois, Harry has been floating Arizona’s rivers since arriving at ASU. He joined the fight against Orme Dam at the Verde & Salt confluence and floated the lower Salt in his first week in Arizona. Exploring Arizona backcountry by road, trail, and river introduced Harry and his family to the Verde Valley. A career opportunity made possible a move to Cottonwood where Harry and his family have enjoyed living for two decades.
Over a dozen years with both Verde Search & Rescue and Verde River Days Committee has Harry excited to serve on VRVNO’s board. Harry enjoys the VRVNO people, events and activities, and the opportunity to help the Verde River habitat and all it’s residents, human and wildlife.
Bob Rothrock – Vice President, Founding Member
Bob Rothrock was born 60+ years ago. He has tried to have fun and improve the lives of others. He is happiest when he can do these simultaneously. Some would say he has been moderately successful in these efforts. Others might have a different opinion.
Bob is a retired middle school social studies teacher and former Cottonwood City Council member. He is currently the president of Verde Valley Land Preservation, a group dedicated to preserving and enhancing open space. Bob also organizes river experiences for friends and the public. He enjoys lots of outdoor recreation activities.
David Fox – Treasurer
David Fox is a native of Carbondale, Colo. – where he grew up hunting, fishing and exploring the western part of Colorado. He attended Colorado State University where he obtained a degree in Natural Resource Management. He worked for the United States Forest Service and Colorado Division of Wildlife as a seasonal employee before becoming a Park Ranger for Arizona State Parks. From Parks David went to work for the Arizona Game and Fish Department which brought him to the Verde Valley in 2001. He is now working for the AZ Game and Fish Department as a commissioned law enforcement officer and Fish Hatchery Manager at the Sterling Springs Fish Hatchery in Oak Creek Canyon.
David and his wife have made their home and lived in the Verde Valley for 14+ years and now have two children ages 10 and 8 as well as a Siberian Husky. He and his family enjoy outdoor activities and spending time with their wonderful neighbors and friends who also call the Verde Valley home.
Joe Spangler – Founding Board Member
Joe Spangler, a retired teacher, lives in Cottonwood, Arizona and works closely with the VVBNF (Verde Valley Birding and Nature Festival), one of the annual events produced by VRVNO. His role with the VVBNF is maintain their website and driving a van for the birding field trips. He presently serves on the VRVNO board as secretary and volunteers with the “One for the Verde” organization as a member of their advisory board. He likes hiking and birding with his wife Rea and their two dogs. Originally from Montana, he travels north to his home town with his wife to spend the summer in a cooler climate. They fish, hike, bird and visit family and friends. He sees his volunteer activity with the VVBNF and VRVNO, as time well spent as an active participant in the Verde Valley community.
Susan Culp is the principal of NextWest Consulting, LLC and has over 15 years of experience in natural resource management, research and policy analysis, conservation advocacy, community engagement, collaboration and coalition building, and issue and political campaign management in the Intermountain West. She currently represents American Rivers as their Verde River project coordinator.
Prior to starting NextWest Consulting, LLC, Susan was the project manager for Western Lands and Communities, a joint program between the Sonoran Institute and the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy, where she had oversight over research, analysis and tool development projects pertaining to state trust land management, smart growth and sustainable land use planning and development, and climate resiliency and adaptation planning.
Susan holds a B.A. in marine biology from the University of California at Santa Cruz and a master’s degree in public administration and policy, with a focus on natural resources, from the University of Arizona’s Eller College of Business and Public Administration.
Chris Jensen – Volunteer Coordinator
Chris Jensen is 60+, retired educator and Navy veteran, who has lived in the Verde Valley since 2001. He enjoys kayaking, hiking, camping and bicycling. He is committed to educating people about the ecology of Verde River Basin through participation in Verde River Day, The Verde Valley Birding and Nature Festival and other outdoor events. Besides volunteering at Dead Horse Ranch State Park, he participates in trail maintenance with Friends of the Verde River Greenway. In addition to serving on VRVNO’s board, he is one of the supervisors of the Verde Natural Resource Conservation District and is on the board of the Verde River Basin Partnership.
Jim Whatley; Board Member
Jimmy was born 65+ years ago in Tempe, Arizona. He was raised there on a small farm and had relatives in Camp Verde that he visited in the 50s.
He is a graduate of ASU with a B.S. in areo technology. Jimmy’s boating experience began in the mid 70s on the Salt and lower Verde rivers.
He recently retired from Grand Avenue Garage, where he was the co-owner with his younger brother. He also worked as a commercial pilot for Tuxhorn Aviation.
Today he resides in Camp Verde with his wife, Robin. Jimmy has a passion to keep the Verde River flowing so it can be appreciated by our children and grandchildren..
Barbara Krueger – Board Member
John O’Donell – Board Member
And 17 Year Event Coordinator of the Verde Valley Birding and Nature Festival