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Board of Directors

President Ken Crocker

President Ken Crocker works with families and organizations as a mediator, organizational consultant, trainer and facilitator. Along with his passion for helping people prepare for and reduce climate change, Ken also volunteers as a mediator through Mediation Works and is passionate about supporting youth through mentoring with Boys to Men of Southern Oregon. He previously worked for Intel Corp. in strategic planning, marketing, competitive analysis, performance modeling, and product definition. He holds 5 patents in the area of computer systems architecture.

Vice President Linda Schaeff

Linda Schaeff helps environmental and conservation groups with organizational change and leadership development. She was the founder and CEO of Wolf Creek Partners, an educational, consulting and training group, focused on the transformation of health care systems. Linda has worked closely with Larry Wilson to develop the Playing to Win organizational change model for Pecos River Learning Centers where she was senior faculty, consultant and Executive VP. Linda was the former Dean of Counseling at the Punahou School in Hawaii. While working in the military, Linda developed a prevention- based mental health center that was adopted at military bases around the world.

Treasurer Stephen Sendar

Treasurer Stephen Sendar is an entrepreneur responsible for the initiation and development of a number of successful business ventures. He currently owns and operates a publishing house and leads the board in meeting its fiduciary responsibilities.

Secretary JoAnne Eggers

Secretary JoAnne Eggers served as an elected City of Ashland Parks Commissioner for 16 years. She was a member of the Ashland Forest Lands Commission and is a founding member of the Ashland Watershed Partnership and the Ashland Watershed Stewardship Alliance. She has worked as a teacher, a community organizer on healthcare and homelessness issues, and as a potter and baker. Education: B.A. in English, U.C., Berkeley, graduate work in education, U.C., Davis.

Bill Bradbury

Bill Bradbury, originally from Chicago, was first elected as Oregon State Representative for Curry/Coos County in 1980.  Starting in 1985, he served in the State Senate, where he was chosen as Majority Leader and President.  As a legislator, Bill helped develop the Salmon and Trout Enhancement Program and Oregon Watershed Health Program.  From 1995 to 1999, Bill directed the non-profit group, For the Sake of the Salmon, working to find common ground for salmon restoration in Oregon, Washington, and California.  Starting in November 1999, he served as Secretary of State for nine years.  Bill joined Al Gore’s Climate Change presentation team in 2006 and has given talks to over 250 groups in Oregon.  Recently Bill has become a nationally recognized leader in the fight against global climate change, serving on the Oregon Sustainability Board (chair) and the Oregon Global Warming Advisory Commission. 

Scott Denning, Ph.D.

Scott Denning is Monfort Professor of Atmospheric Science at Colorado State University. He has written about 100 publications in the peer-reviewed climate literature, is a former editor of the Journal of Climate, and served for five years as founding Science Chair of the North American Carbon Program. He takes special delight in engaging hostile audiences on the subject of climate change and has twice been a featured speaker at the Heartland Institute’s annual conference.

Jim Furnish

Jim Furnish is a consulting forester in Washington D.C., following a 34-year career with the USDA Forest Service. He worked in the Rockies, as Supervisor of Oregon’s Siuslaw National Forest (8 years), and as Deputy Chief (2.5 years) assisting Chief Dombeck in Roadless Area rulemaking. He dramatically shifted the Siuslaw NF to young-stand management and enhancement of late-successional habitat for wildlife and fish. He serves as an advisor to the Western Environmental Law Center. Jim graduated from Iowa State University.

Jim Ince

Jim Ince  As a multilingual world traveler based in Bavaria during the 1970s, Jim spent most of this period in India, Afghanistan and Nepal, where he founded and operated a charitable medical clinic serving Tibetan Refugees. He settled in Oregon in 1983 on a forested ranch in the Umpqua National Forest. Very active in conservation and wildlife policy in the Pacific Northwest for over 20 years, Jim maintains important liaisons with many non-profits in our region, serving on several boards in Oregon.  He is the owner of two small businesses, and has two children, both of whom attend Southern Oregon University.

Ken Margolis

Ken Margolis started his conservation work at The Nature Conservancy where he served for fifteen years as Northwest Regional Director and Director of Program Development for the International Program. Ken later helped found Conservation International and Ecotrust. In 1991 Ken moved to Kitamaat Village in British Columbia where he worked with the leadership of the Haisla Nation to create the Nanakila Institute and helped protect 960,000 acres of old growth temperate rainforest in the heart of Haisla territory. Ken was later adopted as a member of the Haisla Nation Eagle Clan. After returning from Canada, Ken became President of River Network, where he served for seven years. Since then Ken has worked as a consultant for many conservation and Indian Rights organizations, and several tribal governments.

Catherine Mater

Catherine Mater is a prominent expert in sustainable forestry and conservation issues. She is president of Mater Engineering in Corvallis and a senior fellow of the Pinchot Institute for Conservation. Catherine has a Master's Degree in Civil Engineering from Oregon State University. Catherine serves on the Oregon Global Warming Commission and has been instrumental in our Tongass project.

Ellen Siem, Ph.D.

Ellen Siem is a scientist and educator involved in climate change outreach and alternative energy solutions, and she has travelled internationally and extensively to discuss the changing climate system and emerging alternative energies. She was supported by a National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate Fellowship from the DoD to pursue her Doctorate from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and by a Chateaubriand Fellowship to work at a CNRS laboratory in Marseille. Since 2006, she has served as an instructor of Physics, Engineering, and Undergraduate Studies courses at Southern Oregon University.

Lindsay Swanson

Lindsay Swanson is a sophomore in the Honors College at Southern Oregon University. She is majoring in Environmental Science, with an emphasis in Watershed Studies. She currently serves as the Environmental Affairs Senator in SOU’s student government, as well the Project Manager for the Environmental Affairs Committee, the Student Coordinator for the Civic Engagement Program at SOU. Lindsay works to foster the relationship between Geos Institute and students on the SOU campus passionate about making change in the community.