Jared Bottcher - Executive Director
Before joining KBRT in 2011, Jared worked for more than two years as a fishery biologist with the U.S. Geological Survey. Jared has helped identify limitations to juvenile sucker recruitment in Upper Klamath Lake and has extensive experience with native fishes in the Upper Colorado River Basin. Jared received an MS in Watershed Sciences from Utah State University and a BS in Environmental Sciences from Drake University.
Chrysten Lambert - Director of Water Transactions
Chrysten served as the first Executive Director of KBRT and contributed to the early successes of the organization. After resigning in 2005 Chrysten joined the Board of Directors, but has now rejoined the staff to develop KBRT's Water Transactions Program. Chrysten holds a M.Sc. in Geology from the University of Washington, and degrees in Geology and Environmental Sciences from Duke University.
Nell Kolden – Restoration Director
Nell joined KBRT in spring of 2013 after completing a Master’s degree in river engineering at Colorado State University, where her graduate research focused on assessing the effects of whitewater kayak parks on fish habitat in Colorado. Before moving to Colorado, she worked in watershed management and restoration at the City of Portland, the BLM (Salem District), and Three Rivers Land Conservancy (Lake Oswego, OR). Nell is excited to be back in the Pacific Northwest and apply her skills and expertise to the Klamath Basin.
Christie Adelsberger – Restoration Specialist
Christie’s graduate and professional experience includes researching migration and survival of a variety of fish species in places such as the Colorado River, the Columbia River Basin, Puerto Rico, and the Klamath Basin. In 2012, Christie pursued a career change from research to habitat restoration for the benefit of imperiled species. At KBRT, Christie implements the CREP program, which provides financial incentives for landowners to improve riparian habitat. She also manages restoration projects and serves as a River Steward on the Sprague and Lost Rivers for the Native Fish Society. Christie received a M.Sc. in Fisheries and Aquaculture from the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff, and a B.Sc. in Fish and Wildlife Science from Oregon State University.
Julie Jespersen- Financial Manager
Julie earned a B.Sc. in Business from Chico State, and founded her business, “Smart Business Consulting” in 2006. Julie and her husband have two children, and as ranch owners themselves, are familiar with the issues facing our basin ranchers. Smart Business Consulting specializes in providing full-service bookkeeping and accounting services, payroll services, meeting facilitation, strategic planning, notary services, cash flow management and tracking, problem solving, and grant writing assistance. For Julie, and Smart Business Consulting, no job is too small.