Wilbert (Wil) Warren, a native of Portland Oregon, 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.
Wil is a graduate of Grant High School class of 1973. He graduated from the Western Oregon University in 1988 with a BA in Social Science and Secondary Education. He attended Warner Pacific College where he earned a master’s degree in Religion in 2002, specializing in Pastoral Care Counseling.
Wil has been employed with the Oregon Department Human Services for 30 years. He utilizes his education, background, experience and mostly his passion in supporting individuals to achieve their goals. Additionally, he has served bi-vocationally in ministry as Pastor at Mt. Zion Baptist Church in the NE Portland area. Warren’s philosophy was working to build relationships, partnerships, education and understanding in communities through biblical faith-based approaches
Donna Leslie graduated from Grant High School in 1984. She went on to receive a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism from the University of Oregon in 1988. graduated from Grant High School in 1984. Donna has been employed with Portland Parks & Recreation since October of 2000.
I am passionate about serving youth, families, and communities in the Portland Metro, and surrounding areas by volunteering my time at I'm Hooked events that enhance positive youth development and outdoor experiences. I want to be involved because I truly believe 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. I have participated in the Hagg Lake free fish day event for about 16 or 17 years. I am absolutely committed to keeping this annual event, as well as other I'm Hooked events continuing into the future.
I just love to be outdoors. Whether its biking, hiking, sailing, or just exploring, I am always game for a new adventure.
Bachelor of Science Univ. of Oregon
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In this day and age of working parents and day care providers for the very young to working parents and latch key youngsters with unlimited screen time, now more than ever it is important to get outside see the what wonders are provided to us by God. My fondest memories from my childhood was roaming the woods that surrounded my neighborhood, wading in creeks and building forts in trees. My father was an angler until the golf bug bit him, but he took me from a bamboo pole to a casting reel, from trout to Chinooks. These experiences should not be missed by families today. Live in the real world not the virtual!