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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 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.

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 Matthew McKinnon

Secretary Matthew McKinnon is a retired high school teacher and leads the Governance Committee

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 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.

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.

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.

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