We are Feather River Center.

In 2017, four cooperating recreation groups banded together, tentatively at first, in an attempt to unify outdoor education and recreational activities at the Forebay Aquatic Center. The Butte Sailing Club, Table Mountain Rowing Club, Chico State Rowing Club, and Outdoor Education for All! became the Feather River Center (FRC), a new voice for education, recreation, competitive water sports, boating and water safety, and tourism for Oroville.

A nonprofit public benefit corporation organized under the California Nonprofit Public Benefit Corporations Law.


Our Board


Rich Briggs

Rich Briggs received his MA degree from Stanford University School of Medicine, and subsequently practiced as a physical therapist for 35 years, pioneering the practice in hospice and palliative care. As an athlete he competed in an Ironman distance triathlon, USA Cycling Olympic trials, and USRowing Masters National Championships. His passion for excellence and team building has brought him to leadership of the Feather River Center Board.


Gail Coensegen

Vice President

Gail Coensegen is an avid outdoor sports enthusiast who has been paddling the waters in and around Oroville for the past 30 years.  She has a BA in Geography and Planning and an extensive background in the retail business of selling outdoor sports equipment, including bicycles, kayaks and canoes.  Helping to get people outside and enjoying the great areas around the North State is her passion. Gail is the Manager at North Rim Adventure Sports in Chico.


Thomas Smith


Thomas Smith is the Vice President for Loan Products at Tri Counties Bank headquartered in Chico, California.  Thomas's professional career has been centered around enriching the customer experience for community banks.  His spare time is split between sailing, including volunteering to coach the sailing programs on the Forebay, and horses.  In addition to his volunteer work for the Feather River Center, he also is active as a volunteer Disaster Services Worker with the North Valley Animal Disaster Group


Dede Ferris


Dede Ferris, Children’s Program Specialist for Butte-Glenn Community College -retired, Founding Board Member of Table Mountain Rowing Club, Past member of several philanthropic organizations that raised money for high school scholarships and women and children of Butte County, Board Member of CHIVAA- Chico Visual Arts Alliance, Artist, Outdoor recreation fan including hiking, biking, and


Brad Cooke

Executive Director

California, Chico State University degree in Recreation Administration. Since 1999 has been associate faculty at Butte Community College in outdoor education and has worked for 25 years in Butte County supporting natural history, native ways, bird watching and environmental education with an appreciation and knowledge for the hidden gems in Northern California.  He has been a consultant for a variety of National Wildlife Refuges and education programs through out Northern California.  He has served as an experiential educator for thousands of students and teachers through out Northern California. Brad Cooke is a tour guide with a huge variety of the secrets to our amazing North State. 


Colleen Milligan


Colleen Milligan is a professor at Chico State and serves are the Co-Director of Chico State’s Human Identification Laboratory, specializing in forensic anthropology. Colleen has been a collegiate rowing coach for 16 years working with Marquette University’s club rowing team, Michigan State University NCAA Division I women’s rowing team, and starting the club rowing team at Chico State.


Nathan Sandoval


Nathan Sandoval, CSUC Rowing Club alum, is a rowing coach and water sport enthusiast. He has a MA in English rhetoric and composition from CSU, Chico and is a senior editor for the literary magazine, Weatherbeaten. Nate works with Northwestern Mutual as a financial representative, and enjoys helping others find success in all aspects of life.


Stacie Shatkin


Stacie Shatkin received a degree in forestry from UC Berkeley, growing up with an interest in science and the outdoors.  After teaching for 18 years, she is now an elementary school principal in Oroville, CA.  Her students have benefited from environmental education at the ForeBay Aquatic Center, part of the FRC, for many years, learning about local plants, animals, water safety, and conservation during field trips. Stacie blends her knowledge and passion for the outdoors with her expertise in education and administrative experience to create more opportunities and programs for local youth and the community.


Jeff Mott


Jeff Mott retired from CSU Chico as the Director of Ecological Reserves.  Jeff currently works part time as a consultant on biological projects.  He was co-founder of Outdoor Education For All, a community organization working to expand outdoor learning opportunities for youth.  Jeff also works on restoring ecological habitats in the Chico area.

Our Flagship Projects

BISC/Aquatic & Community Sailing Center

Construction of a new state-of-the-art BISC/Aquatic Center and Community Sailing Center. Construction of BISC will be modeled after successfully completed projects in Eureka (Humboldt Bay Aquatic Center) and Sacramento (Sacramento State University Aquatic Center). 

8-lane Olympic-style 2K rowing course

Removal of a peninsula from the north side of the North Forebay to create space for a 8-lane Olympic-style 2K rowing course.

Our Mission

The Feather River Center’s mission is to promote education, recreation, aquatic safety, competitive water sports, and tourism throughout and beyond the Feather River watershed.

Our Goals

The Feather River Center’s goals include:

  • Increased aquatic and land based activities to meet the recreational and competitive interests of the community
  • Improving educational opportunities for youth and adult community members
  • Establishing a center for community events in an outdoor environment.

Our Core Values

The core values of the Feather River Center communicate a working model for collaboration among Principal Partners and the community, and reflect a shared interest and commitment in the success of our mission and goals.

We, as Principal Partners:

  • Are advocates for the Feather River Center’s mission and goals, with the Feather River watershed as the inspiration and catalyst for programming.
  • Support collaboration and shared investment for collective, results oriented action.
  • Recognize and applaud each partner’s unique skills, expertise, and experiences, and leverage these to promote innovation and best practices in moving the Feather River Center forward.
  • Thrive best and accomplish more in an open, solution seeking collaborative, focused on what is realistic and achievable.
  • Embrace respect, compassion, trust, inclusiveness, and innovation as integral to our work together.
  • Celebrate accomplishments as the Feather River Center, recognizing the contributions of each partner to our success.