Citizens Committee Member Highlight: Jerry Rhodes

9/26/2014  By Darcy Batura - YBFWRB
This month we would like to highlight one of our dedicated volunteers: Jerry Rhoads from Benton City, WA. Jerry retired from a 40-year career as a nuclear power plant engineer and safety specialist. He served on numerous national committees advising Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) on nuclear power regulation and safety issues. His experience also includes participating in the United Nations International Atomic Energy Agency working group on nuclear power plant aging and representing US nuclear utilities in NRC funded research.  Jerry is the founder and current CEO of KC HELP, a nonprofit corporation providing durable medical equipment (hospital beds, wheel chairs, etc.) to people without insurance or who are unable to afford to rent the equipment in the greater Tri-Cities and Wenatchee area.  Fortunately for us, Jerry also has extensive experience as a volunteer Board member  serving as a director of the Tri Cities Chaplaincy and Hospice board of Directors and he is passionate about using a collaborative process for species recovery. He is a retired fishing guide and river boat captain with over 20 years’ experience fishing for salmon, steelhead, sturgeon and walleye on the Columbia and its tributaries. His passion for fishing led him to become a charter member of the Columbia River Salmon and Steelhead Recreational Angler Board of the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife.

Jerry has served on our Citizens Committee for two years and has shown incredible dedication to our grant review process, always emphasizing the need to ensure the integrity and accountability of our process. We are very lucky to have Jerry’s participation in our Citizens Committee!

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