Staff and Board of Directors


Scott Salmon

Executive Director
Scott Salmon Executive Director

Since November of 2021, Scott Salmon has been the Executive Director of Friends of the White River. Scott began volunteering with Friends in 2008 as a raft guide through the River School program, and has worked several downtown cleanups and many float trips since moving to Indianapolis in 2012.

He holds a M.P.A. from the O’Neill School of Public and Environmental Affairs and a B.S. from Indiana State University. He spent nearly five years with the Indiana Division of Fish and Wildlife, managing pollution-caused fish kill response and riparian restoration, conducting environmental risk assessments, and planning aquatic habitat projects such as low-head dam removals and streambank restoration.

Scott has held teaching, logistics, and leadership positions with numerous outdoor education organizations over his career, and maintains Wilderness First Responder and PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor certifications. He currently serves as a volunteer board member with the Indiana Chapter of Backcountry Hunters and Anglers and on the Indiana Conservation Alliance Steering Committee.

Eddie Gill IV

Development Manager
Eddie Gill IV Development Manager

Born in Ogden, Utah, Eddie now resides in Carmel, Indiana where he has lived for the past 19 years. Eddie, 23, recently graduated from Grace College in Warsaw, Indiana where he received a bachelor’s degree in Environmental Science and master’s degree in Non-Profit Management.  During his time at Grace he also played basketball, going to the Sweet Sixteen and Elite Eight in his final two years.  He is a lifelong fisherman, adventurer and outdoor enthusiast.  Since the time he could walk, all Eddie has ever wanted to do was be outside exploring all of the wonders nature has to offer.

Several years ago, Eddie vowed to make a difference.  He wanted to create a more inclusive and diverse space in the outdoor world.  With this in mind, he came up with Journey for a Cause.  Journey for a Cause was an initiative to raise awareness in diverse communities of the opportunities and benefits experienced with fishing and boating. Inspired by Eddie’s dream to promote diversity and inclusion within the boating, fishing and outdoor adventure community, he took a ten-day journey by boat that began in Evansville, Ind. on June 1, 2021.  His journey included visits at nine marinas and waterside venues, ending with a final stop at Navarre Beach, Fla. on June 10. During the voyage, Eddie promoted the mental health and physical health benefits of fishing and boating, and drove awareness of the accessibility of fishing and boating, and demonstrated that the outdoor community is welcoming to all, including those from minority and underserved communities.


River Dog

Porter is a mix of 20+ different dog breeds, including German Shepherd, Australian Cattle Dog, American Terrier, Beagle, and Basset Hound. He relocated to Indianapolis from his birthplace in Kokomo, IN in 2021.

Board of Directors

Tom McCain , President

Longtime volunteer for River School, cleanups, social media, and technology. Director since 2017. Lives on the river near Broad Ripple Park.

Keith Cruz , Vice President

Current Board Vice President.  Civil engineering site designer. Bicycle, canoe, and fishing enthusiast.  Volunteer with River School and passionate about cleanups/invasive plant removal along waterways.

Cathy Hurt , Treasurer

Treasurer since 2015, Certified Public Accountant.  Has lived on the White River for 35 years.  Assistant Office Manager for the Indianapolis Public Library Foundation.  Former auditor for the State Board of Accounts; past Clerk/Treasurer for the town of Rocky Ripple.

John Hazlett , Secretary

Director since 2016, heads Marion County Soil and Water Conservation District, environmental planner, former director of the Office of Sustainability for City of Indianapolis, active volunteer for river tours and cleanups.

Adam Barnes , Governance Committee

Director since 2013. Executive Director of the Holliday Park Foundation and former park manager there, long-time partner with River School, active in tours, cleanups and programs.

Heather Barnes

Board Member since 2023, Heather loves conservation, clean water and comedy. She has worked as a director at both the John G. Shedd Aquarium and at the Museum of Science and Industry to transform communication, culture, and methods of engaging audiences.  She currently teaches executive presentation skills at the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University, and is the founder of Improv @ Work, LLC.

Jason DeArman

Director, Owner of DeArman Property Group powered by Compass, Owner/Guide at Two Forks Guide Service, and GACC Board Member. Husband to Kara and Father to Avery and Charlie DeArman. Lover of all things White River, especially the Smallmouth Bass.

Lisa Milton

Lisa Milton has been Manager of Natural Resources for Newfields since May 2022. Prior, she served as the Assistant Operations and Property Manager for White River State Park, where she gained experience controlling invasive plants in a riparian setting on the Urban Wilderness Trail. Lisa has a Masters of Science in Environmental Science with concentrations in Applied Ecology and Water Resources from the Indiana University School of Public and Environmental Affairs.

Claire Perrott

Environmental justice researcher and holds a PhD in History. Serves on Indiana Phenology board, and is passionate about educating Hoosiers about environmental issues.

Sue Reed , Governance Committee Chair

Director since 2017, retired attorney and resident of Edgewater neighborhood on White River, training in Hoosier Riverwatch and masters degree in biology.

Deborah Stoll

Director since 2014, retired from IBM, past deputy director, Midtown Indianapolis, Inc. and member of the Indianapolis Rowing Center. She is Involved with numerous community groups as an advocate for neighborhood partnership projects.

Dan Valleskey

Past president of the Board of Directors, member and volunteer for many Friends education programs, including River School and tours/ cleanups.  Past president of Hoosier Canoe Club, formerly served on Indiana Trails Advisory Board.