Board of Directors



George Greene, Chair

George Greene has worked since the early 1970s on conservation and sustainable development issues at the interface between resource industries, NGOs, governments, and Indigenous nations and groups. George specializes in environmental governance, and in the design and implementation of collaborative initiatives to address environmental and social issues in the natural resources sectors. He is active as a volunteer in the nature conservation community in the Elk Valley, in Canada, and internationally. George’s passions include being on the snow in winter, and biking and being on the water in the summer. He is a member of the volunteer ski patrol at the Fernie Alpine Resort.



Ashlee Jollymore, Vice Chair

Ashlee has expertise in hydrology and water quality, with a PhD in Resource Management Studies (Ecohydrology), a Masters of Science (biophysical chemistry) and a BSc. (Honours Chemistry). She currently works as a hydrologist for the provincial government in the River Forecast Centre, and previously has worked on projects spanning forestry and land management, sustainable development, and citizen science. She also loves all of the outdoors opportunities that Fernie has to offer, and is delighted to be a part of the ERA team. One of the many things Ashlee loves about the Elk River is how many people gather along its shores on a sunny day in any season.


Danielle Wiess, Treasurer

Danielle is new to the Elk Valley, having arrived only four years ago. Danielle has a B.Sc in Earth Sciences from the University of Calgary has more than 15 years of combined experience in environmental, risk and project management, community engagement and communications. She has 12 years of experience within the mining sector and specific practice with water quality management and regulatory compliance. Danielle loves the adventure the Elk River holds.





Lee-Anne Walker, Founder & Director

Lee-Anne is the founder of the Elk River Alliance in 2010 and was the Executive Director until her retirement in 2018. She is excited to be back with other dedicated community water champions on the ERA Board. Lee-Anne has a Masters in Environment and Management from Royal Roads University (2009) and a BA in Heritage Interpretation from the University of Alberta (1985). Lee-Anne lives in Fernie and can be seen canoeing, rafting, stand up paddleboarding on the Elk River with her husband Gary and daughter Chalice. “The Elk River is one of the most spectacular recreation experiences in the region. As a community we have a rare opportunity to care for this amazing watershed”.  Water is a unifying element bringing together community resident’s, industry, agencies, and visitors who want to collaborate ensuring healthy water is a legacy worthy of inheritance. Whether paddling, fishing, swimming or drinking from my well water, the Elk is part of my life-blood. I want to channel my professional and local knowledge into a water decision-making process that is informed, active, and thoughtful. 

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Stella Swanson, Director 

Stella has a Ph.D. Limnology, BSc. Honours Biology and is a Registered Professional Biologist.  She is a Member of Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry, Canadian Association of Water Quality, Society for Mining, Metallurgy and Exploration.  She has been the chair of the Elk Valley Selenium Management Task Force and Elk Valley Cumulative Effects Management Framework. 



Ayla Bennett, Director

Ayla Bennett lives with her family in Fernie, BC. She is passionate about conserving and exploring our beautiful mountains, free-flowing rivers and wild spaces. Ayla has worked with environmental non-profit organizations for nearly a decade. For 8 years, she was a Program Manager with the Elk River Alliance, and led community-based water monitoring (CBWM) and education programs.  Ayla strives to empower her fellow community members to care for their watersheds and feels CBWM projects and citizens have an important role to play in guiding decision-making. She holds a BSc of Earth Science from the University of Calgary. 


Jason Gravelle, Director

I have lived in Grasmere and have worked in the Elk Valley for most of my life. I was formerly an environmental technician for Nupqu Resources and have about eight years of experience in water quality and data management, as well as many years of working with fish and wildlife. I am currently enrolled at the University of Saskatchewan where I plans on getting his in renewable resources to further my current career at Yaq̓it ʔa·knuqⱡi’it (Tobacco Plains Indian Band) in the Lands and Resources Department. I like spending my time outdoors with my family, whether it’s in the beautiful mountains in the Elk Valley or at the clear lakes in the South Country.


Kevin Atherton, Director

Kevin moved to Elkford in 2001 with his wife and three sons. The sons have since adulted and moved away; he and his wife are currently enjoying retirement. He is a mining engineer by education. During the latter five years of his employment with Teck, he was working on addressing water quality issues, specifically with respect to management of calcite downstream of the mining operations. Kevin likes to be on a bike; his idea of a good time is to pack everything onto a bike and take off for a couple of weeks, biking and camping on remote roads and trails.


Nic Milligan, Director