OWEB Executive Director Meta Loftsgaarden
Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board
775 Summer Street NE, Suite 360
Salem, Oregon 97301-1290 firstname.lastname@example.org OWEB Assistant to Executive Director and Board Darika Barnes
(503) 986-0181 email@example.com
Voting Member Profiles
Bob Webber, Port Orford
Fish and Wildlife Commission Representative
Bob grew up in Tigard, attended Linfield College and Willamette University Law School. He and his wife Suzanne live on the Elk River outside of Port Orford. They have three daughters and five grandchildren. Bob is a partner in the law firm of Black, Chapman, Webber and Stevens in Medford and works part-time on the South Coast. An avid hunter and angler, for the past 16 years, he has been a board member and past chairman of the 11,000-member Oregon Hunters Association. He also volunteers as a special prosecutor handling wildlife-related cases for the Curry County District Attorney's Office.
Dan Thorndike, Co-Chair, Ashland
Public at Large
Dan Thorndike previously served on the OWEB Board representing the Water Resources Commission. He now joins the Board representing the public at large. Dan was born and raised in southern Oregon and has an extensive background supporting his local community. He received his law degree from the University of Washington School of Law. He serves as the general counsel and corporate secretary for Medford Fabrication, enjoys many outdoor activities, and lives in Ashland.
Laura Masterson, Portland
Board of Agriculture Representative
Laura Masterson received her B.S. in cellular biology from
Reed College and is now a widely respected organic vegetable farmer. She manages farms in East Multnomah, Clackamas, and Yamhill counties for a community supported agriculture (CSA) operation that feeds over 200 families year-round. She advocates on behalf of sustainable agriculture by serving on a variety of committees and citizen advisory groups, and on the Oregon State Board of Agriculture. Using a variety of innovative and re-discovered farming techniques and implements such as electric tractor, team of horses, rotational grazing, beneficial insect conservation, and cover cropping, Laura is a much-sought-after speaker and local expert. Working directly with others involved in CSA and with the restaurants that buy her produce, Masterson hopes to bridge the urban-rural gap through mutual understanding and appreciation.
Eric Quaempts, Adams
Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation
Eric serves as the Director for the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation's (CTUIR) Department of Natural Resources. The Department of Natural Resources uses the structure of traditional 'first foods' rituals as a paradigm for understanding natural resource distribution and ecology in the area, and a model for conservation and development. Eric earned his Bachelor's of Science in Wildlife Science from Oregon State University, and also completed graduate-level course work at Colorado State University in fire and land management.
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.
Karl Wenner, Klamath Falls
Public at Large
Karl is an orthopedic surgeon in Klamath Falls and has been very active in conservation issues in that basin. Karl was one of the original chairs of the Hatfield Upper Klamath Basin Working Group; a member of the Klamath Basin Water Use Advisory Committee; founder and chairman of the Klamath Basin Ecosystem Foundation; and a member of the Klamath Watershed Partnership. Karl is also owner of a 350 acre cattle ranch in Klamath County.
Gary Marshall, Hines
Public at Large
Gary was born in Grants Pass Oregon, but was raised and currently lives in Eastern Oregon. Throughout the years, Gary has voluntarily served on many local community boards and committees. He currently serves as chair of the High Desert Partnership, a non-profit, community based organization dedicated to improving the ecological, social, and economic health of southeastern Oregon. Having developed a love and respect for nature and a passion for business early in life, he was determined to pursue a career in agriculture, which would keep him close to the land. Gary and his wife Georgia, who have been married for 45 years, raised their family and continue to operate a successful, organically certified cattle ranch on the native meadows and vast high desert of Harney County.
Ed Armstrong, Hebo
Environmental Quality Commission Representative
Ed Armstrong has lived in Oregon for nearly six decades. He grew up in Washington County and served many years in the education field. He received a B.S. degree in biology from Portland State University. He has served as a high school teacher, director of an alternative education program, curriculum director, grant writer, and CEO of a national water treatment company. Armstrong has served on numerous boards and councils, and has been involved with watershed restoration projects with students over the years. His work has been recognized and received awards statewide and nationally.
Randy Labbe, Portland
Public at Large
Randy has numerous business interests on both the east and west sides of Oregon and along the west coast. He is the Chief Executive Officer of Kerr Pacific Corp., one of Oregon’s largest private companies with roots going back to 1892 when his family started exporting Pacific Northwest wheat around Cape Horn to Europe. Randy has an impressive resume of community volunteerism and has served on the boards of a number of organizations, many with a conservation focus, including the Oregon Wildlife Heritage Foundation, The Nature Conservancy, The Freshwater Trust and the Oregon Water Trust.
Will Neuhauser, Yamhill
Public at Large
Will Neuhauser has been a computer software professional, entrepreneur and venture capitalist in Oregon, serving on multiple corporate boards. He has also served or chaired non-profit boards in the healthcare, environment and education sectors. He lives in Yamhill County with his family and is a graduate of Reed College. Will has long-standing interests in creative ways of maintaining and restoring Oregon’s waterways and lands, especially in ways that help local economies and that provide ways for people to see and appreciate them. He was one of the founding members of Yamhill Partners for Land and Water which works to improve the understanding and reach of conservation in Yamhill County, where he lives. The Partners work to identify areas and projects that have the greatest overlap so conservation investments in the county can become more strategic. He has significant conservation experience in Oregon, serving on the boards of The Nature Conservancy and The Freshwater Trust.
Non-voting Member Profiles
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.
Kathy Stangl, Portland
U.S. Bureau of Land Management
With a bachelor’s degree in biology, Kathy applied her
education as a fisheries extension agent in the Central African Republic with
the Peace Corps. She then began her federal service career with the BLM
Cottonwood Field Office in Idaho as a fisheries biologist, preparing biological
assessments and conducting field studies. Over the next decade, Kathy moved
into leadership positions in Burley, Idaho, and Susanville and Arcata,
California. She served as the national Greater Sage-Grouse project manager,
where she led the team effort to complete 15 Environmental Impact Statements
and amend nearly 100 land use plans. Kathy was BLM’s district manager in
Eugene for two years prior to her current appointment as Deputy State Director
for the Division of Resource Planning, Use, and Protection.
Ron Alvarado, Portland
Ron Alvarado, a 21-year veteran of the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), has served as the Oregon State Conservationist since December of 2008. Prior to this current position, he served as the NRCS State Conservationist for New York. Ron began his NRCS career as a student trainee while attending New Mexico State University. During this time, he worked in several NRCS field offices throughout the state and spent a short time in the New Mexico State Office. After graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Horticulture/Agronomy and a minor in Soil Science in 1994, college, he went on to hold various positions with the agency. Ron’s extensive work experience brings Oregon’s communities and landowners a solid background of technical excellence, strategic conservation planning, and innovative leadership. Ron was born and raised on a small farm north of Las Cruces, New Mexico, where he and his family raised pecans, alfalfa, and various vegetables, particularly red and green chilies for the farmers market.
Rosemary Furfey, Portland
National Marine Fisheries Service Representative
Rosemary Furfey is the Salmon Recovery Coordinator for the Interior Columbia Basin Office, National Marine Fisheries Service. She has worked on Oregon Coast coho recovery, and has produced recovery plans for Endangered Species Act listed salmon and steelhead throughout the Pacific Northwest including: Middle Columbia River steelhead, Lake Ozette sockeye and Snake River sockeye salmon. She has a biology degree from Kenyon College and a master's degree in environmental studies from Yale University. She enjoys backpacking, river rafting and cycling with her family.
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).