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Confluence Staff

Colin Fogarty, Executive Director show/hide bio

Colin Fogarty has always been drawn to the notion that we are surrounded by history. So many of the most compelling stories we tell connect the present with the past. As a student at Miami University in Ohio, that interest led to a radio documentary on the history of the Miami Tribe, relocated from Indiana to Oklahoma. At Miami, he fell in love with radio and with Stephanie Wiant. The two moved to Portland, got married and Colin become a radio reporter for Oregon Public Broadcasting. His stories were frequently heard on NPR and won regional and national awards. Along the way, Colin kept returning to the theme of history and it’s role in our everyday lives. He produced stories on Columbia River rock art, Lewis and Clark, and the silencing of Celilo Falls.

In September 2008, he became regional editor of public radio's Northwest News Network. He led a talented team of correspondents who serve 12 public radio stations in Oregon, Washington, and Idaho. It’s a small organization that plays a big role in bringing compelling regional coverage to public radio audiences throughout the Northwest. So it was a perfect training ground for becoming Executive Director of the Confluence Project in January, 2014. In this role, Colin continues to help tell compelling stories about history - not on the radio but in the landscape, through community outreach, and in the digital realm. Colin and Stephanie now have three children, three chickens, and still live in Portland.

Courtney Yilk, Program Manager show/hide bio

Courtney's background is in non-profit program development and outreach education. Her experience includes working as the Program Director for the Cathlapotle Plankhouse and as the New Programs Coordinator for the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry’s Outreach Department. She has a B.S. in Anthropology from the University of Colorado and M.A. in Museum Studies from the University of Nebraska.

Erika Rench, Education Coordinator show/hide bio

Erika Rench’s route to becoming Program Coordinator for Confluence Project’s Confluence In the Classroom is more like a winding path through the woods than a paved road. With a BS in Secondary Education and a love of writing she volunteered to teach at The Cabin, A Literary Center writing camp for kids and spent the next 10 years as a freelance writer and creative writing teaching artist with Arts in Education programs. In her travels to the rural communities of Central Oregon and the Columbia Gorge, Erika experienced how story connects children to place and brings deeper meaning to where we are from. As a fourth generation artist, a rural Idaho native and a teacher and student at heart, coming to work for Confluence was less about the job and more about its mission: to connect people to place through art and education. With Confluence In the Classroom Erika supports creativity, challenges ways of thinking and develops new approaches to how we consider place, history and culture as we tell the story of the Columbia River. Erika lives in Hood River with her husband and daughter and is actively engaged in community through her work with Columbia Gorge Peace Village and the ongoing efforts to protect, preserve, celebrate and honor the place she calls home.

Deanna Ouchida, Business Manager

Lily Hart, Program Coordinator show/hide bio

Lily Hart is the Program Coordinator for Confluence in the Classroom and for programming for partner events. She has B.A. in History from Portland State University.