donni.biopic.500x500I learned to swim at the age of four in the Sandy, a river that flows into the mighty Columbia just east of Portland, Oregon.  My love of flowing water began then and has only increased over the last five decades.  During my 30’s, 40’s and 50’s, the time of my commitment to my family and to my career as a family law specialist in a San Jose law firm, I also boated 28 rivers throughout the West and the world, on over 80 river trips, and introduced close to a hundred people to the joys of whitewater.

After the election in November and as I was moving into part-time work, I looked for a cause I could dedicate myself to with my whole heart, wanting to join others in speaking out for the environment, the rivers and the natural places that have saved me time and time again.   I was thrilled and humbled by acceptance into RATS. I hope to use the advocacy skills honed after years in the courtroom to speak out, to educate, and to rise up with others to protect and defend our Western rivers.