About Us

Bagby Conservation Collective, a little about us.

We are a local, grassroots 501(c)3 non-profit organization, officially incorporated in Oregon. Bagby Conservation Collective was formed by people who have been volunteering at the Springs and in the Clackamas River Ranger District for decades.

Our Board of Directors

Deidre Brown Board Chair, Treasurer, Secretary

Deidre is an avid outdoor enthusiast, and has been an Oregon resident and volunteer at the springs for over 20 years with both the Friends of Bagby Hot Springs and the Northwest Forest Conservancy. She is a veteran, holds a degree in Computer Programming, is a certified Project Manager, certified Database Administrator, and a certified Business Intelligence Expert.

Deidre is now retired from having built her own software development firm, where she led, managed, and/or contributed to large scale projects for Fortune 500 companies across the globe, most of which were valued at over 250 million dollars. Deidre’s specialty is data and project management.

She has 11 years of experience in the Non-Profit arena. Deidre has served on multiple Board of Directors and has held positions ranging from President, CEO, Marketing, Communications, and Technology, to Treasurer and Secretary. She has run not only non-profit corporation but for-profit and not-for-profit corporations and LLCs as well.

It is her mission to protect and preserve our beautiful natural
resources, such as Bagby Hot Springs, so that all citizens of current
and future generations may access and enjoy these treasures. It is
also her mission to lead this non-profit to be the best volunteer
partner it can be to the public, the land, and organizations both
public and private; providing much needed connection and community
building between all the entities which benefit from or contribute to
the Greater Bagby Hot Springs area. Deidre is dedicated to making
Bagby Hot Springs, and all of nature, a safe and welcoming space for

Ron Northway
President and Development Director

Ron is grant writer and consultant to nonprofit organizations. For
more than a decade before entering the non-profit field he worked as
an engineering technician in the Silicon Forest. He has served in
volunteer or staff development and leadership roles at a number of
organizations: Trailkeepers of Oregon, Clean Forest Project, Chitari
Foundation, Northwest Forest Conservancy, Columbia Cascades Trail
Skills College, Cascade Volunteers, Scorpions Trail Crew, Gilroy Hot
Springs Conservancy, Friends of the Breitenbush Cascades and Friends of the Hot Springs. To date Ron has raised nearly two million dollars for his non-profit clients, primarily for projects on public lands. For recreation he travels the back roads of our National Forests, hikes, soaks in primitive hot springs, and visits the spectacular Oregon Coast.

Bob Willis, PE, PLS
Board Member

Bob is a professional Civil Engineer and Surveyor licensed in Californian, Oregon, and Washington. Bob has over 50 years of experience working in the drinking water industry and now works as a drinking water expert for as large NW consulting firm. Bob’s experience includes over 32 years working for the public including serving as the Water Quality Supervisor, Planning Supervisor and Chief Engineer for the Portland Water Bureau. Bob’s experience with the Portland Water Bureau included the primary responsibility for coordination of work with the USFS in the City’s large Bull Run Watershed.

Bob also has extensive experience in fund raising for and managing a 501 (c)3 non-profit organization. Bob served as President of the 50,000+ member American Water Works Association (AWWA), which is an international organization with an annual budget of approximately $30,000,000 and 150 employees. Bob is currently managing for AWWA a $1,700,000 endowed scholarship fund that was at $190,000 in 2001 when Bob took control of it and the fund raising and investment strategy for it. The fund is now producing over $60,000 a year in scholarships.

Bob has hiked and camped much of the trail system in Oregon and nearly all of the Pacific Crest Trail in the state. He has been to many of the designated hot springs in Oregon including several times at Bagby. His board participation goal is to enhance the public use and preservation of Bagby Hot Springs and the interconnected trail system.