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Board Members

OWEB is led by an18-member citizen board drawn from the public at large, tribes, and federal and state natural resource agency boards and commissions. The Board meets 4 times a year to act on applications for funds to accomplish watershed restoration activities, and is responsible for establishing Oregon’s long-term strategy for achieving sustainable watershed health.

Board Meetings

Public at Large, Voting Members

City
Hines
Member Since
2015
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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 47 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.
City
Sandy
Member Since
2018
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Jan Lee has enjoyed a career in water resources and renewable energy after obtaining a Masters in Public Administration from Lewis and Clark College. She is a board member of the Clackamas Soil and Water Conservation District where she has served for 7 years, currently as the chair of the Working Lands Committee. Previously she served as a board member and officer on the Clackamas River Basin Council and on the Upper Deschutes Watershed Council, reflecting her knowledge of regional issues both west and east of the Cascades. As a prior manager of an irrigation district in Bend, she oversaw construction of a 5-mile pipeline and small hydropower facility, conserving water to dedicate instream in return for grants, including OWEB funds. Jan is also board member of the Oregon Association of Conservation Districts (OACD) and previously served in the House of the Oregon Legislature.
City
Enterprise
Member Since
2018
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Liza Jane McAlister is the owner of the 6 Ranch, a Wallowa County Century Ranch established in 1884 by her great-grandparents. Currently the business includes a registered herd of Corriente cattle, custom/retail grass-fed beef, Farm Stand retail outlet and guided fly-fishing. Liza Jane works with her two adult children; her son is fishing and hunting guide, and her daughter is a professional chef and cowboy. Liza Jane worked with her community to build a domestic violence shelter and program, serving as its director for 14 years. She was honored with a National Peace Award for her work in this field. She brought the Start Making a Reader Today (SMART) program to schools in Wallowa County and became the East Region Manager for SMART, expanding their program to 13 Eastern Oregon counties. This was followed by five years as Land Steward for The Nature Conservancy Zumwalt Prairie and Clear Lake Ridge Preserves. Liza Jane is passionate about her family, taking care of the land, and preserving Western heritage and traditions.
City
Portland
Member Since
2014
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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.
City
Yamhill
Member Since
2010
Profile
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.

Natural Resource Board/Commission Representatives, Voting Members

City
Astoria
Representing
Fish and Wildlife Commission
Member Since
2018
Profile
Bruce Buckmaster is the retired owner and CEO of Bio-Oregon, Inc. Bio-Oregon introduced low phosphorus (less polluting) hatchery feeds to ensure compliance with clean water statutes and initiated fish-based nutrient supplementation to aid wild salmon recovery in Oregon rivers and streams. Bio-Oregon was one of Oregon’s largest secondary recyclers reclaiming value from 35-40 million pounds of on-shore fish processing waste annually. Now active as a community advocate and avid fly fisher, Bruce spends much of his time working on issues of stewardship and equitable use of natural resources.
City
Roseburg
Representing
Cow Creek Band of Umpqua Tribe of Indians Representative
Member Since
2017
Profile
Jason Robison serves in Roseburg as the Natural Resources Director at the Cow Creek Band of Umpqua Tribe of Indians and as a managing partner of an environmental consulting firm, Northwest Resource Solutions, LLC. Jason received his B.S. and M.S. degrees in Fisheries and Wildlife Management from Oregon State University and has been involved in tribal environmental programs for many years. His natural resource experience includes fisheries, wildlife, environmental, cultural resource, and forest management, east and west of the Cascade Mountains. He is familiar with land acquisition processes and has participated in multiple basin-wide collaborative aquatic restoration processes in the Coquille, Umpqua, and Rogue River Basins. Jason has extensive policy knowledge and experience, including third party certification of tribal lands and federal policy such as the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and the Endangered Species Act (ESA). He has developed intergovernmental agreements among tribes; local, state, and federal agencies; and private organizations. His work, vision, and dedication to tribal forestry resulted in his being awarded the 2012 Intertribal Timber Council’s National Earle Wilcox Memorial Individual Achievement Award for the Northwest. Jason’s free time is spent hunting, fishing, camping, and mountain biking with his family.
City
Portland
Representing
Board of Agriculture
Member Since
2016
Profile
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.
City
Corvallis
Representing
Water Resources Commission
Member Since
2018
Profile
Meg Reeves retired in 2015 as General Counsel after 13 years at Oregon State University. Before beginning her work in higher education, Meg served 3 years as Deputy Director for the Water Resources Department and 10 years as an Assistant Attorney General in the Natural Resources Section of the Oregon Department of Justice. Meg is delighted to return to natural resources policy through service on the Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board and the Oregon Water Resources Commission.
City
Corvallis
Representing
Environmental Quality Commission
Member Since
2018
Profile
Molly Kile is an Associate Professor at Oregon State University in Corvallis. Her main research interests are environmental, molecular epidemiological, and global health. Her research includes study of how environmental factors link to health risks, including how chemical exposures may influence maternal health and alter epigenetic mechanisms in utero that could contribute to chronic diseases later in life. She is the director of the community engagement core of OSU's Superfund Research Center. In this role, she works with Native American Tribes in the Pacific Northwest to investigate their concerns about environmental pollution. Kile received her doctorate from Harvard School of Public Health in Environmental Health and continued postdoctoral training at Harvard in molecular epidemiology.
City
Representing
Board of Forestry
Member Since
Profile
This position is currently vacant.

Advisory, Non-Voting Members

City
Eugene
Member Since
2010
Profile
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 sons. He is an outdoors enthusiast who loves hunting, fishing and skiing.
City
Portland
Member Since
2010
Profile
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.
City
Portland
Member Since
2016
Profile
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.​
City
Portland
Member Since
2018
Profile
Paul Henson is the State Supervisor for the USFWS Oregon Fish & Wildlife Office in Portland, Oregon. Paul has a B.A. in Environmental Studies from the University of California, Santa Cruz, and a Ph.D. in Wildlife Biology from the University of Minnesota. He started his career with U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service as a field biologist in Oregon in 1992 where he worked on timber, water, and private land issues. He left Oregon in 1992 to supervise operations in Hawaii and the Pacific Islands. In 2004, he moved with his wife and two sons to Sacramento, CA, where he was Assistant Regional Director supervising all Endangered Species field offices in CA, NV, and the Klamath Basin in Oregon. He returned to Oregon in 2008 as State Supervisor to help manage issues such as greater sage grouse, wolves, bull trout, spotted owls, and many other conservation challenges.
City
Portland
Member Since
2014
Profile
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.
City
Portland
Member Since
2015
Profile
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.
City
Corvallis
Member Since
2013
Profile
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).
 

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