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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
Member Since
2021
Profile
City
Astoria
Member Since
2018
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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
Hines
Member Since
2015
Profile
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
Terrebonne
Member Since
2019
Profile
Jamie McLeod-Skinner’s rural upbringing instilled in her a great love for nature. She is committed to helping maintain the natural resources that support our health, economy, and identity as Oregonians. Jamie has served on numerous boards and in elected office. She began her public service career designing water and sanitation systems in post-war Bosnia and Kosovo. She has managed regulatory review processes, developed stewardship plans, mediated disputes, and provided capacity building for nonprofit organizations. Jamie has degrees in civil engineering from Rensselaer, regional planning from Cornell, and law from the University of Oregon with a focus in natural resources. She clerked for the US Army Corps of Engineers, assisted on the Klamath Basin Adjudication, and served as co-Director for UO’s Native American Law Student Association. She is a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners and the Oregon State Bar. She graduated high school in southern Oregon, lives in central Oregon, and her wife’s family has ranched in eastern Oregon for generations. While in school, Jamie helped make ends meet by mucking horse stalls and bucking hay.
City
Enterprise
Member Since
2018
Profile
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
Profile
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.

Natural Resource Board/Commission Representatives, Voting Members

City
McMinnville
Representing
Board of Agriculture
Member Since
2019
Profile
Barbara Boyer is chair of Oregon's Soil and Water Conservation Commission and thus a member of the State Board of Agriculture. Her interests and experiences go far beyond conservation issues. She's involved in a small business, community-supported agriculture, nutrition issues, and the local farmers' market. She is an organic producer but has grown conventionally, and is a passionate supporter of farmland preservation through land use efforts. Born and raised on the east coast, Boyer graduated from the University of Connecticut with a degree in plant science. She was a scholarship athlete as part of the women's gymnastics team. After graduation, Boyer set her sights on Oregon's nursery industry. Barbara and her husband Tom took over the family farm's operations in 1999 and created 2 businesses from their farm: a company called Gourmet Hay and a small community-supported agriculture operation.
City
Corvallis
Representing
Department of Forestry
Member Since
2019
Profile
Brenda McComb retired as Vice Provost for Academic Affairs at Oregon State University in 2016 and is Professor Emerita in the Department of Forest Ecosystems and Society at OSU. She has previously served on the faculty at the University of Kentucky, University of Massachusetts Amherst, and OSU. She also has served as a Chief of the Watershed Ecology Branch in Corvallis for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. She holds a BS and MS from the University of Connecticut, and a PhD in Forestry from Louisiana State University. She continues to advise graduate students working on forest habitat selection studies, teaches graduate and professional education courses, and is a consultant on forest management issues.
City
Sisters
Representing
Fish and Wildlife Commission
Member Since
2019
Profile
Mark Labhart served as Tillamook County Commissioner for 12 years. Prior to that he worked for the Oregon Department of Forestry for 34 years, including 20 years managing a large portion of the Tillamook State Forest. He was an Incident Commander on an Oregon Fire Team for 11 years. He has served terms on the Fish Restoration & Enhancement Board, the STEP Advisory Committee, the Oregon Hatchery Research Center, and Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife's External Budget Advisory Committee. He chaired a Legislative Task force to find alternate funding sources for ODFW. Mark sits on the OSU Sea Grant Advisory Committee as well as the OSU Extension Statewide Advisory Committee. He was a founding member of the Salmon Super Highway Project, the goal of which was to restore salmon access to tributaries in Tillamook County. He has enjoyed the distinction of being named Tillamook County’s Citizen of the Year and Volunteer of the Year, and Society of American Foresters' Oregon Forester of the Year. Mark's passion is fly fishing in the central Oregon lakes and deer and elk hunting. He and his wife moved to Sisters to be closer to children and grandchildren.
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.

Advisory, Non-Voting Members

City
Portland
Member Since
Profile
City
Portland
Member Since
2021
Profile
Cory Owens is a 21 year veteran of the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) and has served as the Oregon Assistant State Conservationist for Partnerships since June of 2021. Prior to this current position, she served as the NRCS Oregon State Soil Scientist. She began her career as a soil scientist student trainee while attending Oregon State University. During this time she worked on several soil surveys in western Oregon. After graduating with a Honors Bachelor of Science in Crop and Soil Science in 2001 she began her career mapping soils for NRCS in Tillamook. She went on to earn her Masters of Science in Soil Science from the University of California, Davis in 2007 and since then has held various positions within the agency all around Oregon. Cory utilizes her extensive experience supporting the implementation of NRCS programs and in-depth knowledge of soil ecosystem function to work on the interface between NRCS’s conservation mission and the mission and goals of all NRCS partners as they work together for the shared vision of conservation success on-the-ground.
City
Portland
Member Since
2021
Profile
Dan Brown is the Forest Sector Lead for the Environmental Protection Agency’s Pacific Northwest Region which includes Oregon, Alaska, Idaho and Washington. In this role he works with tribes, federal and state agencies, and other stakeholders to encourage the establishment of forest practices that protect water quality and restore impaired waters to meeting water quality standards. Dan has been with the EPA since 1992 working on regulatory and non-regulatory programs in both Regional and National Offices. He holds an MS in Environmental Science and Engineering from the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill, and a BS in Civil Engineering from the University of Massachusetts in Amherst.
City
Portland
Member Since
2021
Profile
Dan has served as the Pacific Northwest Region Director of Natural Resources since February 2020 with USDA Forest Service. As Director, he oversees management of several programs including: soils, forest products, forest ecology, biometrics, silviculture, native plants, fisheries, wildlife, botany, threatened and endangered species, watershed management, water rights and uses, air quality, and range management. Previously, Dan served as the National Fisheries Program Leader for the USDA Forest Service in Washington, D.C. After growing up in the Willamette Valley, Oregon, Dan completed his Fisheries Science and Watershed Studies degree from Oregon State University in 1989. A year later, he started his USDA Forest Service career on the Mt. Hood National Forest (Pacific Northwest Region) surveying streams, planning timber sales, and implementing stream and watershed restoration projects. Dan moved on to the Gifford Pinchot National Forest from 1996 to 2000, then came back to the Mt. Hood National Forest for another 10 years as the Forest Fisheries Program Manager. In his spare time, Dan enjoys being outdoors while fishing and hiking. He also enjoys practicing yoga, cooking, reading, doing community service projects, and spending time with friends and family. Dan and his wife, Rachel, have five children – all whom are out of the nest, ages 26 to 32, and pursuing their own careers and graduate studies.
City
Portland
Member Since
2019
Profile
Eric is the Endangered Species Act Section 7 Coordinator for the Oregon-Washington Coastal Area Office of the West Coast Region of NOAA’s National Marine Fisheries Service. He has been with the agency since 2001. He currently oversees the area office’s Section 7 program, reviewing biological opinions, providing ESA training, and serving as a policy advisor to the Assistant Regional Administrator. In previous positions, Eric served as the project lead for the 2011 salmon and steelhead five-year review, the listing of rockfish in Puget Sound, and the listing of eulachon. Prior to his work with NOAA, Eric worked for the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation. Eric graduated with B.S. degree in Environmental and Forest Biology from the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry and holds a master’s degree from the Great Lakes Research Center at Buffalo State College.
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
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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