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Board of Directors

Chair: Linda Langston

Linda Langston has been involved in disaster preparedness and resilience for many years. She previously served as an elected official on the Linn County Iowa Board of Supervisors from 2003-2016 while also serviing as Chair of the Metropolitan Planning Organization, the East Central Iowa Council of Governments, the statewide Mental Health Developmental Disability Commission and the Linn County Board of Health.

Langston is a former president of the National Association of Counties (2013-2014). Her presidential initiative was Resilient Counties, which focused on building communities’ capacity to be ready, resilient, agile and adaptive in the face of natural, manmade and economic disasters. Her home county was devastated by flooding in 2008. As a NACo member, she served as chair of the Health Steering Committee, the Resilient Counties Advisory Board, and the Arts and Culture Commission. Her outstanding leadership in arts and culture earned her the 2009 Americans for the Arts’ Public Official of the Year Award. She was also named Iowa Public Health Official of the Year and to the Hall of Fame for International Women in Emergency Management. Langston also served on the staff of the National Association of Counties as the Director of Strategic Relations.

Langston is chair of the Resilient America Roundtable for the National Academy of Sciences and serves on the National Advisory Council for the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). Langston is a frequent speaker on the issue of resilience, disaster preparedness and the perspective and engagement of elected officials. She continues her efforts at the national level to be an advocate on issues of mental health.

Born in Chicago and raised in Chicago and Iowa, Langston graduated from Knox College in Galesburg, Illinois with a degree in history. A 2007 graduate of Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government for State and Local Officials and the County Leadership Institute, NYU, 2004, she also spent 11 years in private practice as a psychotherapist. Langston resides in Cedar Rapids Iowa with her husband Dave and together they have 2 grown sons and 1 grandchild.

Vice Chair: Ken Crocker

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.

Treasurer: Stephen Sendar

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: Matthew McKinnon

Matthew McKinnon is a retired high school teacher who was once honored as Oregon High School Social Studies Teacher of the Year. Before his teaching career he was in the restaurant business in Portland. He is also a lawyer who has been a member of the Oregon State Bar Association since 1980. A resident of Oregon since 1975, Matthew serves as Board Secretary and the Chairperson of the Governance Committee for Geos Institute.

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.

Micah Hahn, PhD, MPH

Dr. Micah Hahn is an Associate Professor of Environmental Health in the Institute for Circumpolar Health Studies at the University of Alaska-Anchorage. She received her joint PhD in Epidemiology / Environment and Resources from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and her MPH in Global Environmental Health from Emory University. Subsequently, she was a postdoctoral fellow for the CDC Climate and Health Program, and in this position worked collaboratively with the CDC Division of Vector-borne Diseases and the National Center for Atmospheric Research. Her research focuses on understanding the health impacts of climate change and working with communities to develop locally-relevant adaptation and resilience-building strategies. Dr. Hahn is also actively engaged with the Municipality of Anchorage and other Alaskan communities at the intersection of science, policy, and community-based projects. She contributes to initiatives that directly support community resilience, by improving food security and facilitating community conversations around climate mitigation and adaptation, and she convenes a regional network of municipal climate leaders who are working to collaborate and scale their approaches to adapt to and mitigate climate change.

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.

Andrea Webster

Andrea Webster is the Resilience Policy Advisor for the North Carolina Office of Recovery and Resiliency. She works across state agencies and with local governments to increase the state’s resilience to the impacts of climate change. Previously, Andrea worked at Indiana University’s Environmental Resilience Institute, where she supported Indiana mayors, county officials, and their staff guiding local climate action. From 2013 to 2017, Andrea worked for Louisville Metro Government’s Office of Sustainability, where she implemented carbon reduction projects in the City’s sustainability plan. Across all of these positions, Andrea has focused on reducing greenhouse gases in the public and private sectors, helping communities access and understand climate projection data, and breaking down barriers to climate action. She earned her undergraduate degree from Indiana University Bloomington, her a Master of Public Administration from the Maxwell School at Syracuse University and her Master of Science in Environmental Studies at the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry.