Tillamook Estuaries Partnership

A National Estuary Project


Lisa Phipps Executive Director


Lisa received a B.S. in fisheries from Michigan State University. Originally from Michigan, she migrated west in 1992, landing in Idaho for almost 8 years. She worked with the Idaho Department of Fish and Game for five of those years. She went back to school and earned a Masters of Studies in Environmental Law from the Vermont Law School. Shortly after, she began working for Tillamook County as the coastal resource planner and then planning manager. She found herself in the middle of many interesting land use cases that highlighted the land-water interface. Lisa was also the Mayor of Rockaway Beach, which she loved, for 5 years before retiring in January of 2009. She said it figured that the one job she could retire from before she was 40 was the one that didn't pay. Lisa was on the Board of Directors for the TEP for over 8 years. She is thrilled to be on board with the TEP and looks forward to the next phase of the organization as it moves forward.

Claudine Rehn Deputy Director


Claudine Rehn is the Deputy Director for the Tillamook Estuaries Partnership. She received a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from California Polytechnic State University at San Luis Obispo. Originally from California, Claudine has been fortunate to work for several successful non-profit organizations both managing and writing grants. She has two grown children – three if you include her husband – 3 cats and a dog that provide her constant amusement and chagrin.  In her free time, Claudine is on the beach volunteering for the Haystack Rock Awareness program as a tide pool interpreter (and in search of the ever elusive alabaster nudibranch.)

Scott Bailey Project Manager


Scott is a Project Manager with TEP. He manages habitat restoration and enhancement projects and monitors their effectiveness. Scott received a B.S. in Biology from Idaho State University in 1988 and a M.S. in Wildlife and Fisheries Sciences from the University of Arizona in 1992. Born and raised in Idaho, Scott has lived and worked in several western states and has been employed by private environmental firms; state, federal and tribal resource management agencies; and non-profit organizations. Scott is married with two wonderful daughters. When not at work, he enjoys creating art, food and drinks and spending time in the great outdoors.

York Johnson Monitoring Program Coordinator


York Johnson is the Monitoring Program Coordinator for the Tillamook Estuaries Partnership. He received a Bachelor of Science degree in Fisheries and Wildlife from Michigan State University. Originally from Michigan, he moved to Oregon in 1996 and worked for the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality completing Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) analysis for the Willamette River and other smaller watersheds throughout the State. Water quality is York's specialty and when not working on water quality issues he is out enjoying it whether surfing along the coast or kayaking the many estuaries.

Don Reynolds Volunteer Water Quality Monitoring Coordinator


Don is a retired Federal Employee who oversees the Tillamook Estuaries Partnership's Water Quality Monitoring program. Don has been with the program since July of 1996 and has been involved with just about every aspect of the program. Between 1999 & 2001, he spearheaded the Tidegate Program and still keeps active in this area by looking at opportunities to increase habitat in the lowland areas. Don is married, the father of three and the grandfather of 10.

David Harris Habitat Restoration Project Manager


David Harris is a Habitat Restoration Project Manager with the Tillamook Estuaries Partnership. He received a bachelor’s degree in environmental studies from the University of California Santa Barbara in 2004. Following the completion of his formal education David worked for ten years implementing restoration in a variety of habitat types on the Central Coast of California near Santa Barbara. David’s family originally from Oregon, lured him back to the state landing him on the North Coast. David is thrilled to be a part of the TEP team and the tight-knit community that surrounds Tillamook Bay.  He is delighted to work closely with the community to improve the natural environment we all enjoy. David is an avid outdoor enthusiast whose hobbies include fishing, hiking, botany, birding, and mushrooming just to name a few.

Kristi Foster Education Program Coordinator


Kristi Foster received her B.S. degree in chemical engineering from Purdue University and spent 13 years working in the petrochemical industry.  She became an avid scuba diver, which changed her life.  Kristi returned to graduate school and received her PhD in Oceanography from Nova Southeastern University.  She has experience as an outdoor educator, scuba and CPR/first aid instructor, citizen science team leader, research scientist, and adjunct professor.  Kristi moved from the remote Caribbean island of Little Cayman to join the Tillamook Estuaries Partnership in 2016 and is thrilled to share her passion for the natural world with students of all ages.  Kristi loves traveling the world with her husband and has visited 50 countries and counting.

Maysa Miller NW OR Restoration Partnership (NORP) Coordinator


Maysa Miller is the NW OR Restoration Partnership (NORP) coordinator with the Tillamook Estuaries Partnership.  Her work entails managing a 50,000+ native plant nursery and distributing over 75,000 plants to restoration projects all over NW Oregon.  Originally form Southern Maryland, she moved to Portland, Oregon in 2008 and graduated from Portland State University with a B.S. in environmental science and Honor’s organismal biology in 2014.  She lived and worked as a science instructor at Opal Creek Ancient Forest Center until spring 2016.  Her love of botany landed her a seasonal internship with the Tillamook BLM as a native seed collector.  Little did she know she would find a home and purpose here with TEP.  When not working with vascular plants, Maysa studies lichen and moss.  In the years to come, she hopes to participate in all the hunting, fishing, surfing, kayaking, and scuba diving the rugged Oregon coast has to offer.

Our Mission

The Tillamook Estuaries Partnership, a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization, is dedicated to the conservation and restoration of Tillamook County's estuaries and watersheds in their entirety.