About Us


Tom Becker Sr.
U.S. Coast Guard veteran, civic leader and businessman Tom Becker served as president of the Oregon Coast Association. With the assistance of Senator Andrew Naterline of Newport, he successfully campaigned for the iconic Astoria Bridge. He was instrumental in obtaining property for the OSU Marine Science Center and co-founded the Undersea Gardens in Newport.

He founded the highly successful Oregon Oyster Company and made significant contributions to the development of the Oregon Coast Aquarium. He also is a founding principle of Oregon Aqua Foods.

Tom was in the first Radio Engineering Class at Massachusetts Institute of Technology for Long Range Navigation. As chief engineer, he established Loran stations at Cape Canaveral, Vandenberg Air Force Base and Luzon, Philippines. After military service in WWII, Tom founded and operated Radio Station KNPT in Newport for many years.

Tom’s work with marine water filtration and UV systems at Undersea Gardens and collaboration with Dr. Jonas Salk led to work with The Army Corps of Engineers at Bonneville Dam to prevent disease in salmon smolts. This pioneering work led to projects at aquariums and hatcheries across North America.

He is a past president of the Oregon Association of Broadcasters and served on the Oregon State University Foundation and Beaver Club for many years.

William J. McNeil Ph.D  (Dec. 13th, 1930 - April 16th, 2013)
Please see Obituary

Dick Severson
Dick Severson served with Oregon Aqua Foods for nearly 20 year years as Project Manager, Operations Manager, General Manager and President. His work in fisheries development spans the globe with marine consulting in Iceland, Chile, Norway and Japan.

He earned a degree in Fisheries Technology from Oregon State University in 1968 and served as a researcher at the Oregon Game Commission. Dick developed a fisheries technology program at Mt. Hood Community College and worked as a pioneering instructor in the new program.

With co-creator Tom Becker, he holds a patent on a trailblazing salmon egg incubation system.
He is co-author with W.J. McNeil and R. Gowan of the influential whitepaper, Offshore Release of Salmon Smolts published by the American Fisheries Society Symposium (10: 548-553, 1991).

Dick’s professional service includes Agri-Tech of Oregon in Albany.  He served as President of the Oregon Agri-Business Council and currently raises nursery stock and cattle in the Springfield Oregon area.

John Brenneman
John received a B.S. from Pacific University in 1964 and an O.D. from College of Optometry, Pacific University in 1965.  He was the President of Eye Care Center, Newport, Oregon from 1967 to 1995.  John was appointed to the Newport Planning Commission from 1968 through 1970. From 1971 through 1974 and again from 1979 through 1980 he served on the Newport City Council.  John was elected Mayor of Newport from 1975 through 1978 and then again from 1981 through 1984.  Following his servie in Newport City government, John was elected to the Oregon State Senate from 1985 through 1992.  

From 1992 to 2012 John has served as a Government Relations Counsel in Salem.  John has received professional honors in his career including a Distinguished Service Award, Newport, 1972.  Outstanding Freshman Legislator, Willamette Week, 1985.  Outstanding Business Legislator, Oregon Business Magazine, 1990.  John was a founding member of Yaquina Bay Bank and a founding director of Yaquina Bay Economic Foundation.  He has also served as President of the Newport Jaycees, and President of the Newport Chamber of Commerce.

Cam Parry
Cam Parry is a former Coos County Commissioner and owner of Parry & Associates, a natural resources consulting firm dealing in bio remediation etc.  His knowledge of Salmon issues is unsurpassed and has been named a NOAA Environmental Hero for his work on the Russian River in Northern California.

Michael McNeil
Michael is the son of Dr. William McNeil and takes Dr. Bill McNeils place on the Salmon For Oregon Board as Dr. Bill is now deceased.   An educator with Bachelor's Degrees in Communications and Education and a Masters in Education.  Michael also served as Dr. Bill McNeil's research assistant during Bill's years of consulting, especially during his work for the Governor of Alaska in redesiging the Alaska hatchery system.

Although tongue in cheek, it could almost be said that Michael emerged from the gravel under three feet of water and began a life long work with Salmon.  He was spawning Salmon at Whiskey Creek Hatchery in Netarts, Oregon at the age of 7 with his Dad. He has the pictures to prove it.

David Landkamer Ed.D.
David is currently doing independent consulting and was previously Oregon Sea Grant Aqua Culture Specialist in Newport.