OWEB Board Members
Left to Right: Alan Henning, Lisa Phipps, Eric Quaempts, Ron Alvarado, Doug Krahmer, Kim Kratz, John Roberts, Will Neuhauser, Karl Wenner,
Dan Thorndike, Stephen Brandt, Bob Webber, Randy Labbe, Meta Loftsgaarden (Executive Director)
Not pictured: Morgan Rider, Cindy Deacon Williams, Mike Haske, Debbie Hollen
|Voting Member Locations|
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Board of Agriculture member
Environmental Quality Commission member
Public member, Co-Chair
Fish and Wildlife Commission member
Cindy Deacon Williams
Board of Forestry member
Water Resources Commission
Public at Large
(See short profiles below.)
Dr. Stephen Brandt
Representative of OSU Extension Administration
Representative of U.S. Bureau of Land Management
Representative of U.S. Forest Service
Representative of U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Representative of NOAA Fisheries (NMFS)
Representative of Natural Resources Conservation Service
|OWEB Executive Director |
Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board
775 Summer Street NE, Suite 360
Salem, Oregon 97301-1290
OWEB Assistant to Executive Director and Board
|Voting Member Profiles|
Doug Krahmer, St. Paul
Board of Agriculture Representative
Doug was raised in Cornelius, Oregon, on a Century Farm that has been in the family since 1877. He lives in St. Paul, Oregon with his wife of 31 years. They have three children, two of whom work with him on their 600-acre berry farm. Doug currently serves as chair of the Marion Soil and Water Conservation District and chair to the Oregon Soil and Water Conservation Commission (SWCC). He serves on the Oregon Board of Agriculture representing the SWCC, and is Treasurer and Executive committee member of the U.S. Highbush Blueberry Council.
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.
Lisa Phipps, Tillamook
Public at Large
Lisa is the Executive Director of the Tillamook Estuaries Partnership, a National Estuary Project. She received a B.S. in fisheries from Michigan State University and a Master’s in Studies of Environmental Law from Vermont Law School. Lisa has extensive experience in land use planning, primarily focused on coastal resources. Lisa served as the Mayor of Rockaway Beach for 5 years and is currently the City’s Municipal Court Judge. She sits on several local and state boards, including the Oregon Department of Geology and Mineral Industries Governing Board. Lisa is thrilled to be on the board of OWEB and part of an organization whose mission parallels her own passion for the natural resources of this beautiful state.
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.
Morgan Rider, Portland
Environmental Quality Commission Representative
Rider specializes in strategic corporate sustainability planning, environmental management system development and environmental health and safety compliance. She has managed and performed environmental compliance projects and audits for large commercial clients with national and international assets. Rider has worked extensively with companies in the semiconductor, apparel, aerospace, automotive, forest products, food processing, renewable energy and mining industries, helping them conduct sustainability and life-cycle assessments, and assisting them in reducing resources and minimizing waste. Since 2009, Rider has served as sustainability chair for the Pacific Northwest Cleantech Open. Cleantech Open is a national nonprofit dedicated to promoting new ideas into viable clean tech businesses. Rider has worked as environmental compliance manager for LSI Logic and Nike. She holds a B.S. in civil and environmental engineering from Cornell University and is a professional engineer in the state of Oregon.
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.
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.
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.
Cindy Deacon Williams, Medford
Board of Forestry Representative
Cindy is a consulting fisheries biologist, with 30 years of service in state and federal government and in the non-profit world. Cindy has worked in the California Legislature as chief of staff to Assemblyman Robert J. Campbell; and for the USDA Forest Service as Assistant Fisheries Program Leader and co-leader of the Interior Columbia Basin EIS Team. She has served as Director of Aquatic Science and Conservation Education Programs for the National Center for Conservation Science and Policy. She currently works in private practice as a natural resources consultant. She is a Nevada native and holds a bachelor’s degree from Oregon State University and a master’s degree from California State University in Sacramento, both in biological sciences.
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.
Randy Labbe, Portland
Public at Large 2014-present 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.
|Non-voting Member Profiles|
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.
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.