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RMS Team

Executive Director

Risa Shimoda
Risa Shimoda supports the RMS program staff and board with a background in design engineering, consumer products marketing and non-profit leadership.   She received a BS in Engineering / Product Design from Stanford University and trained as a consumer products marketer at Procter & Gamble, M&M/Mars and Coca-Cola USA before directing marketing, sales and product development for kayaks and paddlesports accessories at Perception, the world’s largest kayak manufacturer. As Executive Director of American Whitewater (AW), she and her team represented river users in the relicensing of hydropower projects and pursued the right of public access on precedent-setting cases. She pioneered corporate support for AW and developed its first event-based business model for the largest river-based annual fundraising event in the United States. An avid whitewater paddler, Risa co-founded the Outdoor Alliance and has served on the boards of the Conservation Alliance, North American Paddlesports Association, American Whitewater and Nantahala Outdoor Center
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Training Coordinator

Angie FuhrmannAngie Fuhrmann brings a diverse background includes working as a river guide for a number of years and developing and teaching 26 undergraduate anthropology courses entirely remotely using a variety of digital platforms. She has conducted graduate research along the headwaters of the Amazon River in Peru, coordinated ecological knowledge workshops in Guatemala and guided kayak trips in Baja California, Mexico. In addition to guiding raft trips on the Rogue River, she was the assistant Latin American Operations Manager and White Water Rafting Guide for ROW Adventures for five years. Most recently, Angie was the Youth Education Programs Coordinator for the Siskiyou Field Institute. Angie holds a bachelor’s degree from Northern Arizona University and a Master’s Degree from Colorado State University in Collaborative Conservation and Anthropology.
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National Rivers Project Coordinator

James Major

James Major is leading the development of RMS' National River Recreation Database, a blossoming compilation of geospatial information for rivers across the U.S.  He's also managing how the data supports the way viewers can begin planning a river trip on our National Rivers Project website by searching for a river by state, river name, put in or managing agency. James holds a Bachelor of Science in Geography from the University of Oregon as well as a Master of Science in Environmental Science and Policy from Northern Arizona University. He is one of 25 students who have completed the RMS River Studies and Leadership Certificate (RSLC) since 2014 and has already experienced working with RMS through this program. His technical experience includes geographic information systems (GIS), Structure from Motion modeling and geospatial coding, and he is well-versed in Wild and Scenic Rivers history and policies. 
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Communication Coordinator

Bekah Price

Bekah Price holds a BA in Communication from East Tennessee State University and is experienced in public relations, membership development, copyediting and writing. She has developed the public relations program for a city school system in Eastern Tennessee, applying strategic branding to audience analysis, website development, traditional and social media and event planning. Bekah has also worked and led teams as a raft guide for ten years on Tennessee’s Nolichucky River. As such, her discipline, responsibility and grit needed to engage the coordination of many people and projects complement her experience offering responsive customer service necessary to help us support and serve volunteers and partners.
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 RMS Journal Editor

Caroline Kurz

Caroline Kurz joined the river community in 1985 when she began working as a paddle raft guide during her college years at UC Berkeley. From there, she attended the University of Idaho for graduate school (1989-1991), fulfilling a BLM internship and developing a master's project with outfitters and guides on the Lower Salmon River. Incredible adventures with wonderful people on the Bio Bio, Colorado, Copper and Tatshenshini are highlights from her river days. "While I sometimes wonder what a government career might have been like (especially the "retirement" part!), I don't regret working more than 20 years in the nonprofit sector for River Management Society (Program Director 1993-2010; Journal Editor 1993-present) and Garden City Ballet (2012-present). My husband Mike and I are raising three daughters in Missoula, Montana, where rivers play a huge role in our community."
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Volunteer Coordinators

Judy Culver
Professional Purchase, RMS Store Coordinator
Judy Culver received a BS in Environmental Studies with a Minor in Archaeology from University of Alaska-Fairbanks. She began her river career as a Maine River Guide in 1988 on the Kennebec, Penobscot and Dead Rivers. She was one of two boatmen in 1988 to receive their Class V Cribwork certification breaking the age barrier at the tender age of 18. In 1989, she obtained a New York River Guides license and guided also on the Moose and Hudson rivers. After completing two combat tours as a Medic in Desert Storm and again in Kuwait, she returned to guiding in 1994 in Alaska.
She began her career in river management as a seasonal river ranger for Dinosaur National Monument returning a few years later to manage the river office. She partnered with commercial companies to aid in disseminating emergency information to river users, and introduced to fire management practices within river corridors from a boaters’ perspective. She moved on to co-managing the Coyote Buttes Permit system with a focus on balancing the needs of the public with the management principles of Wilderness. This included completing invasive species projects in the Paria Canyon and Buckskin Gulch trail system with Arizona Strip fire crews. She now manages recreation for the BLM in Taos, NM.
Judy has boated in Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, New Hampshire, and Utah. She loves the challenges of whitewater and the spiritual connection that occurs when floating rivers and creeks, offering moments of reflection. She has served on the board of the Fairbanks Convention and Visitor Bureau and has served as the Marketing Chair for the 2018 and 2020/21 symposiums.
 
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Wild and Scenic Rivers Projects
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