Chair - Vacant, pending appointment
Autumn Wilburn, Wallowa Valley Center for Wellness
Autumn brings a diverse background and over 15 years of experience in project management, policy analysis, advocacy, and working for elected officials to her current role working at her County Mental Health Provider. A “west-sider" for over a decade, Autumn and her family jumped at the chance to relocate to Wallowa County in 2015. They spend their free time enjoying all of the outdoor recreation opportunities they're lucky enough to have right in their backyard. She is involved in her local community, working on projects to make it a better place for families, and is currently serving as Chair of her City Planning Commission. She has always been interested in sustainability, even more so now as the mother of three children. Autumn holds a Master's in Public Administration from Idaho State University.
Rex Burkholder, Getting to 2100
Trained as a biologist, Rex Burkholder has worked as a science teacher and in Northwest forests. He is a founder and policy director of the Bicycle Transportation Alliance. Burkholder also co-founded the Coalition for a Livable Future, bringing together over 100 diverse non-profit organizations in the greater Portland region. He was a member of the Metro Council from 2000-2012, where he led efforts to reform regional transportation policy and to integrate climate change into the decisions of all levels of government. As a volunteer, Rex founded the Oregon Outdoor Education Coalition in 2014. Currently he provides strategic advice to non-profit organizations, runs political campaigns and leads volunteer restoration crews in local parks.
Serena Dietrich, Sustainability Business Consultant
A seasoned Sustainability Professional with over 15 years combined experience in the transportation, project management and beverage industries implementing operational efficiency strategies, new product development, strategic business planning, and sustainable organizational road mapping. Currently positioned as the Operations Director for the Oregon Outdoor Alliance, an organization that unifies and inspires the outdoor community with events, resources and advocacy while supporting the vibrant and growing outdoor industry in Oregon. Serves as a board member for several initiatives at industry, state, local, and non-profit levels. Committed to making the world a better place one day at a time, both professionally and personally, and helping organizations do the same in areas that matter most to them.
David Gremmels, Owner, Rogue Creamery
David Gremmels is the President of Rogue Creamery, an artisan cheese making company. He is past Chairman of the American Cheese Society and a leader in promoting and supporting American cheese. Rogue River Blue was the first American blue cheese to win World's Best Blue and Grand Reserve Champion over all cheeses at the 2003 World Cheese Awards in London. He is the recipient of the 2010 Excellence in Marketing award from the Oregon Department of Agriculture. In 2006 he received the United Way of Jackson County’s Community Spirit Award. A benchmark of sustainability was accomplished in 2012 with the installation of a solar system offsetting 48% of the company's energy use. He is now moving towards complete reliance on renewable energy.
Lori Hollingsworth, Owner, Back in Touch Massage
Formerly the mayor of Lincoln city, Lori currently works as a licensed massage therapist.
Rory Schmick, Stillwater Energy
Rory is a sustainability and energy management executive with over fifteen years of experience in leadership positions in private industry, non-profit organizations, and consulting firms. He is currently a Senior Advisor at Stillwater Energy where he supports client operations and advises a team of energy management professionals delivering services to utility clients throughout North America. Previously, Rory was on the executive leadership team at Pacific Foods where he led sustainability, carbon strategy and environmental affairs. He holds a B.A. in Geography from University of Colorado and is a Certified Energy Manager (C.E.M.). Rory lives in Portland and enjoys exploring natural areas with his wife, two sons, and dog, Camo.
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