Dr. Stephen Brandt, Corvallis
Representative of OSU Extension Administration
Steve is a tenured Professor in the Department of Fisheries and Wildlife at Oregon State University. He holds Masters and Doctoral Degrees in ‘Limnology and Oceanography’ from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. He specializes in fish ecology and management of marine and freshwater ecosystems and has produced over 100 scientific publications and given 250 scientific presentations on systems ranging from small lakes, to the Great Lakes, to estuaries to the open ocean. As part of the Federal Senior Executive Service he directed the NOAA Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory for 12 years and earned the Presidents Meritorious Rank Award. Previously he has held tenured faculty positions in Maryland at the Chesapeake Biological Laboratory and in New York (Buffalo, Syracuse) and spent 5 years in Australia working on Deep-Sea Biology. More recently he has directed the Oregon Sea Grant Program and served as a member of the Oregon’s Ocean Policy Advisory Council (OPAC) where he chaired the Scientific and Technical Advisory Committee (STAC).
U.S.D.I. Bureau of Land Management Representative
Mike Haske is the Deputy State Director for Resources for the Bureau of Land Management in Oregon and Washington, a position he has held since April of 2009. Mike is a 32 year veteran with the BLM. He started his career in Medford, Oregon where he worked as both a forester and environmental analyst. He moved from Medford to BLM's Roseburg District, where he worked as an environmental planner and supervisory natural resource specialist. Mike went from Roseburg to BLM's national office, where he worked in Congressional Affairs, spent a year on the hill working for Senator Harry Reid of Nevada and worked on BLM's forestry, fisheries and wildlife programs at the national level. He returned to Oregon in 2004 as the state office Branch Chief for the forestry, threatened and endangered species, fisheries and wildlife programs. Mike has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Forestry from the University of Illinois. He has been married to his wife, Marilyn, for 30 years and has 2 children. He loves to read and is always happy to share stories about his upbringing in Chicago and the current exploits of his family. One of Mike's current passions is working with his 3 year old German Shepherd, Cuddy, who he hopes to get state certified as a search and rescue dog this summer.
Alan Henning, Eugene
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Representative
Alan is assigned to the Office of Ecosystems, Tribal and Public Affairs for Region 10, US Environmental Protection Agency. He is co-located with the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality in Eugene, Oregon. Alan has a B.S. Degree in Environmental Health from Ferris State University, Big Rapids, Michigan. He began his career as a Sanitarian with the Mid-Michigan District Health Department, St. Johns, Michigan. In 1980 he received a commission in the US Public Health Service and worked on environmental health issues in Colorado, American Samoa and Washington. In 1988 he was assigned to Region 10 EPA and worked in the drinking water program and the TMDL program until 2000 when he was transferred to his current position in Eugene. Alan is married and has two teenage sons. He is an outdoors enthusiast who loves hunting, fishing and skiing.
Debbie Hollen, Portland
U.S. Forest Service Representative
Debbie is the current Assistant Director for Natural Resources (Watershed, Fish, Wildlife, Range, Soils & Botany) Pacific Northwest Region, US Forest Service. She grew up in Anchorage, Alaska and attended Humboldt State University in Northern California where she earned a bachelor’s degree in freshwater fisheries management. She has worked for three different Federal Agencies (Forest Service, Bonneville Power Administration and Bureau of Land Management) over the course of her 22 year career. Her broad multi-agency work history gives her expertise in Federal land management planning and policy development.
Kim Kratz, Portland
National Marine Fisheries Service Representative
Kim serves as the Director of the Oregon State Habitat Office, Habitat Conservation Division, National Marine Fisheries Service. He graduated from the University of Montana, Missoula and received a PhD in Ecology, Evolution and Marine Biology from the University of California, Santa Barbara. He enjoys backpacking and skiing with his family.
John Roberts, Jacksonville
Water Resources Commission
John retired in January 2008 as Senior Vice-President after 33 years with Harry and David. He currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Britt Music Festival, and serves as a committee member on Oregon State University's College of Agriculture Dean's Capital Campaign Committee. John received a Bachelor's degree in Food Science from Oregon State University.
Bill White, Portland
USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service
Bill is the Partnership Liaison with the Natural Resources Conservation Service in Oregon. He has worked in different capacities with the NRCS for nearly thirty years. After graduating Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, North Carolina he received a PhD in Agricultural and Natural Resources Economics from Oregon State University.