Executive Director

executivedirector@river-management.orgRisa Shimoda supports the RMS program staff and board with a background in design engineering, consumer products marketing and non-profit leadership.   She received a BS in Engineering / Product Design from Stanford University and trained as a consumer products marketer at Procter & Gamble, M&M/Mars and Coca-Cola USA before directing marketing, sales and product development for kayaks and paddlesports accessories at Perception, the world’s largest kayak manufacturer. As Executive Director of American Whitewater (AW), she and her team represented river users in the relicensing of hydropower projects and pursued the right of public access on precedent-setting cases. She pioneered corporate support for AW and developed its first event-based business model for the largest river-based annual fundraising event in the United States. An avid whitewater paddler, Risa co-founded the Outdoor Alliance and has served on the boards of the Conservation Alliance,North American Paddlesports Association, American Whitewater and Nantahala Outdoor Centerexecutivedirector[at]river-management.org

Training Coordinator

john@river-management.orgJohn Gangemi has joined our staff to establish a river management training program, a bold new initiative that represents years of discussion and planning by our board, staff and volunteers. John's broad expertise spectrum includes fisheries, river ecology, water quality; regulatory processes and permitting; stakeholder engagement and facilitation; and river recreation and management planning. He was most recently the Director of Hydro Power Licensing for a private environmental consulting firm. Early in his career, John worked for the U.S. Forest Service and the Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks, and also also conducted river ecological research. Among his accomplishments at American Whitewater, where he worked as the National Conservation Director, John authored their River Stewardship Toolkit to help volunteers participate in the management of their local rivers. john[at]river-management.org

GIS and Project Assistant

jack@river-management.orgJack Henderson is leading the development of RMS' National River Recreation Database, a blossoming compilation of geospatial information for rivers across the U.S.  He's also managing how the data supports the way viewers can begin planning a river trip on our National Rivers Project website by searching for a river by state, river name, put in or managing agency.   A GIS specialist with experience developing cartographic information for land trusts and coordinating watershed stewardship programs, Jack works with partners to integrate authoritative geospatial data and sharing www.nationalriversproject.com as an easy-to-use, public resource..jack[at]river-management.org

RMS Journal Editor

caroline@river-management.orgCaroline Kurz
My introduction to the river community came in 1985 when I began working as a paddle raft guide during my college years at UC Berkeley. From there, I attended the University of Idaho for graduate school (1989-1991), fulfilling a BLM internship and developing a master's project with outfitters and guides on the Lower Salmon River. Incredible adventures with wonderful people on the Bio Bio, Colorado, Copper and Tatshenshini are highlights from my river days. While I sometimes wonder what a government career might have been like (especially the "retirement" part!), I don't regret working more than 20 years in the nonprofit sector for River Management Society (Program Director 1993-2010; Journal Editor 1993-present) and Garden City Ballet (2012-present). My husband Mike and I are raising three daughters in Missoula, Montana, where rivers play a huge role in our community. caroline{at}river-management.org

Volunteer Coordinators

Professional Purchase Co-Coordinators

Judy Culver
received a BS in Environmental Studies with a Minor in Archeology from University of Alaska-Fairbanks. She began her river career as a Maine River Guide in 1988 on the Kennebec, Penobscot and Dead Rivers. She was one of two boatmen in 1988 to receive their Class V Cribwork certification breaking the age barrier at the tender age of 18. In 1989, she obtained a New York River Guides license and guided also on the Moose and Hudson rivers. After completing two combat tours as a Medic in Desert Storm and again in Kuwait, she returned to guiding in 1994 in Alaska.

She began her career in river management as a seasonal river ranger for Dinosaur National Monument returning a few years later to manage the river office. She partnered with commercial companies to aid in disseminating emergency information to river users, and introduced to fire management practices within river corridors from a boaters’ perspective. She moved on to co-managing the Coyote Buttes Permit system with a focus on balancing the needs of the public with the management principles of Wilderness. This included completing invasive species projects in the Paria Canyon and Buckskin Gulch trail system with Arizona Strip fire crews. She now manages the Clearwater River along with the land owners and partners, focusing on tying youth to the river flowing through their backyards and the challenges of connecting users to their resources.

Judy has also boated in Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, New Hampshire, and Utah. She loves the challenges of whitewater and the spiritual connection that occurs when floating rivers and creeks that allow for moments of reflection. She has served on the board of the Fairbanks Convention and Visitor Bureau and is the river manager for the Clearwater Management Council. 

Anja Wadman
Anja is a geologist for the Price BLM Office located in Price, Utah.  She became a RMS member in 2005 and love it so much to become a lifetime member in 2011.   She has always had a passion for fluvial, riparian areas and restoration. Last year, teaming up with the Wildlife Biologist, they built a series of beaver dams along the San Rafael River and worked with the water rights owners to keep the spring run-off river flowing year round.  Hopefully the efforts will promote beavers to come back into their habitat and restoring the fluvial floodplains. When not working, she loves whitewater, canyoneering, and the outdoors.   If you can't reach her, she probably is in the Grand Canyon rafting.


Chet Crowser
Chet lives and works in Missoula, Montana as a Regional Park Manager for Montana State Parks. Originally from Rapid City, SD, he got his first real introduction to rivers and RMS in 2002 from a great crew of BLM folks on the Lower Salmon River while enrolled in graduate school at the University of Idaho. Over the years, Chet has worked in a variety of recreation programs at city, state and federal levels in South Dakota, Minnesota, Idaho and Montana.  He has spent the last 12 years working for Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks in both the State Park and River Recreation/Fishing Access Site Programs where he has been actively involved in projects such as river recreation and park management planning efforts, cooperative management agreements with partner agencies, large-scale land acquisition and day-to-day operations.  His current role as Regional Park Manager includes oversight of the 10 state parks and staff in west-central Montana which cover a diverse range from National Historic Landmark and heritage sites to popular lake-based campgrounds and day use recreation areas, and even a redeveloped superfund site encompassing the restored confluence of the Blackfoot and Clark Fork Rivers! When not at work, he can often be found at one of the local breweries, at the hockey rink, or messing around in a boat somewhere with his wife and three kids. ccrowser[at]mt.gov


Linda Jalbert

Wild and Scenic Rivers Projects

Dan Haas