Our Board Members

Wilbert Warren

President & Chief Executive Officer
Wilbert (Wil) Warren, is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of I’m Hooked Inc. Wil’s passion for fishing and the appreciation of the great outdoors began during his childhood years of fishing with his father. He has a strong passion for teaching, coaching and developing individuals to believe in themselves so they can reach their full potential.
Education
Wil is a graduate of Grant High School class of 1973. He graduated from the Western Oregon University with a BA in Social Science and Secondary Education. He attended Warner Pacific College where he earned a master’s degree in Religion, specializing in Pastoral Care Counseling.
Employment
Wil has been employed in the Social Services industry for 30 years. He utilizes his education, background, experience and mostly his passion for supporting individuals to achieve their goals. Warren's philosophy is working to build relationships, partnerships, education, and understanding within all communities by meeting people where they are through love, compassion, dignity and respect.

Donna Leslie

Vice President - Community Outreach
Donna Leslie, a resident of NE Portland, Oregon, is the Vice-President of I’m Hooked, Inc. She graduated from US Grant High School and received a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism from the University of Oregon in 1988. Donna has worked for Portland Parks & Recreation since October of 2000. She first became involved with I’m Hooked, Inc. by bringing volunteers to the Hagg Lake event in a 15-passenger van. She has participated in the Henry Hagg Lake free fish day event for about 20 years. She is committed to keeping this annual event, as well as other annual I'm Hooked, Inc. events continuing well into the future. Donna is passionate about serving youth, families, and communities in the Portland Metro, and surrounding areas by volunteering her time at I'm Hooked events that enhance positive youth development and outdoor experiences. Donna truly believes in actively participating in outdoor educational events that create fun, life-long memories and opportunities that may not otherwise be available to youth living in large cities. She just loves to be outdoors. Whether it's biking, hiking, sailing, or just exploring, she is always game for a new adventure. Below is a picture of her exploring the outdoors: This is taken at the top of Independence Pass in Colorado.
Cherrell G Edwards El Portland

Cherrell G Edwards El

Vice President - Public Relations
Cherrell is a Portland native who earned her Bachelors degree in Business Administration from Warner Pacific College. She has 15+ years of experience as a Professional public health consultant. In 2004 she founded Collective Care Services a non-profit that provided education and empowerment services to women and children at risk for and living with chronic health conditions. Which lead to the establishment of LiveWell With Cherrell a consulting firm that promotes wellness as and a lifestyle when put into action. She enjoys hosting workshops and events that build individual and community skills to Live Well by preventing and managing chronic health conditions. Cherrell joined I’m Hooked because she was amazed at the wonderful outdoor activities provided to youth and their families. She was impressed by the number of immigrant families who had access to I’m hooked and valued the inclusive and diverse approach of the program. Cherrell had a desire to see urban youth get better exposure to fishing, hunting, wildlife, and outdoor activities. As a single parent Cherrell wanted greater exposure to the outdoors for herself and her children so she began to volunteer and help to introduce more children and families to I’m Hooked events.
Jane Conner Portland

Jane Conner

Director Financial Services - Secretary
Ms. Conner has been a key contributor to the success of many companies over her 40-year career. For the past 25 years, she has focused on strategic planning and new product development. She has been an active participant, providing hands-on guidance to early-stage companies developing innovative products and managing growth, ultimately leading to successful exits, including IPO, mergers and acquisitions. Ms. Conner has held CFO positions since 1995 and directed the accounting, finance, human resources and administrative functions of companies in which she was also a founder. She began her career as an accountant with Deloitte. She holds an MBA from the University of Portland and a B.S. In Business Administration from Humboldt State University. She is a Certified Public Accountant in the state of Oregon.
Michelle Eggers Portland

Michelle Eggers

Treasurer
Background Born and raised in the Pacific Northwest, Michelle Eggers is no stranger to the natural beauty that thrives within this region. Throughout her childhood she enjoyed numerous camping adventures with her family that created in her a deep appreciation and respect for the great outdoors. As a parent of four children and PTA volunteer she understands the importance of helping individuals connect with nature at an early age and the lifelong benefits that come from developing familiarity with and a love for the natural world.

Education Michelle graduated from Lincoln High School in Portland, Oregon in 2002. She went on to achieve a bachelor’s degree in Accounting through WGU and currently works in the tech industry as a Project Manager focused on post-merger integration. She is a passionate advocate for learning and continues to pursue additional education through certificate programs and industry recognized career designations.


Employment Both the owner of Dalles City Bookkeeping LLC and full-time employee with Blue Mountain Networks, Michelle works primarily within the fields of accounting, project management, and IT related services.

Eileen Reynolds, Portland

Eileen Reynolds

Director of Volunteer Services
Eileen has a love for volunteer activities. As her now, 2 adult children grew up, she was an ever-present “parent” at the school helping foster amazing opportunities for growing teens. She has a love for the great outdoors and especially for anything around water. Volunteering for I’m Hooked allows her to participate in exposing youth to new adventures that they might not otherwise get to do. Asking other adults to help in these exciting adventures is what her role on the Board is focused on! Eileen has lived all over the west coast, originally from California, before leaving to attend Arizona State University where she got her Bachelor of Science in Nursing. She went on to complete her Masters in Healthcare Administration providing over 40 years of caring for others.
William Nate Moreland

William Nate Moreland

Director of Fitness and Wellness
Nate is the founder and business owner of LIFTS (Life Improvement Training and Speed) LLC. LIFTS’ mission is to help both individuals and Oregon communities develop and improve fitness & health programs awareness which will be used by all ages to improve their health awareness, overall fitness and injury prevention. Nate was born and raised in Portland, Oregon, and attended Jackson High School where he played football and ran track. In 1979, he was named all-state in football. He attended the University of Oregon on a track scholarship and in 1980 and 1981 qualified for the PAC-10 championships in the 100 meters, 200 meters, the 4 X 100-meter relay, and the mile relay. In 1984 Nate qualified for the Olympic trials in the 100 meters and 400 meters events. He holds SPARQ, APEX, ACE, and USATF Leve1 & Level 2 certifications. Nate graduated with a B.S. degree from the University of Oregon in 1981. Nate provides professional training for members of the NBA, WNBA, NFL, MLB, TRACK & FIELD, SOCCER AND LACROOSE, as well as Football State Champions, Track and Field State Champions and AAU National Champions. Nate states that - Parents, teachers, and coaches told me "I could do whatever I want to do, if I wanted to do it bad enough." They inspired me to give my very best every play in every meet or game. Hard work, discipline with focused effort will take you very far in sports and life. Glory to God for great parents, family, teachers, and coaches!

Albert "Al" Weathersby

Director Outdoor Education
Al has over 20 years of military service in the United States Army. Although he trained as a Vertical Construction Engineer, he served most of his years as an Elite Army Ranger. As an Army Ranger, Al helped to mold young men into Rangers as a Ranger Instructor and later as First Sergeant of the Ranger Training Brigade and interim Sergeant Major of the RTB at Fort Benning. While in the military Al served as mentor, trainer, and educator for the Fort Benning Fishing Chapter of the Bass Pro-am Circuit. Working closely with the local Boy Scout Troops to teach and educate young scouts about fishing and environmental stewardship. Al is currently a Construction Manager and Building Superintendent where his certifications in welding, FEMA mitigation and electrical wire assembly all come in handy. In his spare time Al enjoys fishing, spending time with family and friends and working on his own small business.

Chris Foster

Director Angler Education
Our children and young adults are the future of our state and country. It is vitally important to mentor young people through outdoor experiences and teach them outdoor skills. These I'm Hooked outdoor experiences and learned skills will provide them a lifetime of opportunity to safely enjoy the waterways, forests, meadows, and mountains. In addition, they can mentor and teach others these same skills. I believe that by mastering these outdoor skills, each participant will gain confidence not only in these skills, but in their daily lives." I have a wide array of education and experiences to encourage this goal and objective. They include but are not limited to; Oregon Military Academy and Oregon State University Graduate-Business (Marketing)/Science Minor, Former- Captain- Oregon Army National Guard- Combat Engineer, Leadership Graduate, President- Slabtown Kiwanis (Northwest Portland), Volunteer Angler Education Instructor- 35 years Volunteer Angler Education Instructor -ODFW, Former Baseball Coach- T-Ball, through High School and American Legion, Former Wrestling Club Coach- Youth and High School.

Kim Conner

Fish Processing Coordinator
Born and raised in Oregon, Kimberly Conner mostly grew up on her family farm where she became an equestrian. She isn’t shy when it comes to getting her hands dirty OR the value of hard work. Kim would practice some of her equestrian events out in Molalla, Oregon and compete in Boring, Oregon. Being raised on a farm, Kim was no stranger to doing a lot of chores and helping take care of the horses and other farm animals. Kim always loved helping her father, so you could find her gutting fish with him whenever he came home with fish (which was often). She moved back to Portland once she was an adult and has remained ever since. Education Kimberly graduated from Estacada high school in 2005. She went on to Mount Hood Community college in hopes of becoming a teacher or nurse. She then went to Concorde where she graduated and became a massage therapist. She is currently enrolled at Portland Community College finally pursuing her dream of becoming a nurse. Employment Kimberly is currently a well reputed nanny in the west hills and surrounding area. Kim has been working for herself for over 7 years and working with families for over 17 years.
Kirk Wimmer, Portland

Kirk Wimmer

Equipment Manager
Kirk Wimmer got hooked on I’m Hooked, Inc by his wife, Donna Leslie. Like his wife, he is also a long-time resident of NE Portland. Kirk was born in Denver Colorado, and earned his Master’s degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Colorado in Boulder. He moved to Portland right after college, was recruited to work at Tektronix in Beaverton, and has now retired after 44 years at that company. Kirk found his niche at I’m Hooked by untangling and repairing rods and reels. He is now responsible for preparing and distributing the fishing equipment at our events. It is ironic to have this responsibility because he had never actually caught a fish before an I’m Hooked event in 2021. Thanks to the mentoring from one of the angling instructors from the ODFW, he pulled in three trout from a well-stocked pond. Kirk takes great joy in seeing the smiles and excitement on the faces of kids as they catch a fish, which is probably the first time for many who have not had the opportunity before. This picture was taken while sitting across the table from Donna at a café in Estes Park, Colorado.

Steve Bacon

Facilities Manger