As a facilitator and mediator, Greg has worked to develop and implement cross-sector collaborative processes for 20 years. His work has included projects on multiple levels, including processes at the local, regional, statewide, and international levels. He is excited to contribute skills, knowledge, and enthusiasm to help advance the Partnership’s mission. Greg is an avid cyclist, hiker and cross-country skier.
Sarah is a watershed planner with fifteen years’ experience coordinating and developing community-based conservation projects. She has worked on issues ranging from energy development and public lands protection to harmful algal booms and public access to rivers. Whether working with agencies, industry,
agriculture, or conservation organizations, Sarah strives to promote best management practices that enhance the ecological integrity of our watersheds and the communities that depend upon them. Sarah enjoys trail running, cycling, paddling, and mystery novels.
Denis serves as The Freshwater Trust’s (TFT’s) Landowner Relations Manager. Denis is responsible for representing TFT with the agricultural and landowner community, especially where local partners are needed to host water quality trading projects. Since arriving in Oregon in January of 2013 a focus for this role has been the Inland Rogue basin where TFT presently have the bulk of their river restoration programs. He works closely with TFT’s Rogue Basin project managers Eugene Wier and Trevor Griffiths. Denis hails from Australia where water concerns are not far from the public consciousness. He completed his Bachelors in Chemical Engineering at the University of Sydney before working for a number of years around the globe in municipal and industrial water treatment. He then completed a Master of Science at Iowa State University in Sustainable Agriculture and Economics with a focus on U.S. agricultural conservation policy. Before moving to Oregon, he was a Water Resources Specialist for Colorado State University, working in the Upper Colorado River Basin. In that role he led watershed planning, outreach and applied research programs targeted at long term sustainability for water resources management. A highlight was hosting water policy leaders from Afghanistan and Pakistan and then being invited to co-lead an irrigation water management workshop in Kabul for Afghanistan’s irrigation and agricultural professionals.
Kari Gies was born and raised in Downers Grove, Illinois. Kari graduated from Grinnell College in Iowa with a Bachelor’s degree in biology and a secondary teaching endorsement. After several years of teaching math and science in Albuquerque, New Mexico, she moved with her family to Ashland, Oregon. There, Kari completed a Master’s Degree in Environmental Education from Southern Oregon University and then began a 17-year career with the Ashland Parks and Recreation Department. In this position, Kari co-founded and directed the North Mountain Park Nature Center, overseeing a variety of programs related to environmental education, interpretation, and restoration. Kari has also served on the Ashland Conservation Commission, has authored a guidebook to the Klamath Basin, and co-founded the Southern Oregon Regional Environmental Education Leaders (SOREEL) networking association. Kari is currently serving as president of the Schwemm Family Foundation, is on the board of the Jackson County Master Gardeners Association, and is doing interpretive contract work with the US Fish and Wildlife Service.
MS in Watershed Science from Colorado State University and a BS in Environmental Science from the University of Connecticut. Greg has worked for the Colorado Division of Wildlife, as an Environmental Consultant in Denver Colorado prior to moving to Oregon in 2000. After a short stint working for a local watershed council, Greg started working at RVCOG and has been there for 16 years working his way up to be the current program manager.
Greg has lived in the Rogue Valley for 17 years and has enjoyed working to protect and restore resources in the Rogue basin. He has also enjoyed the collaborative nature of the region and working with local communities (Cities and Counties), agencies, watershed groups, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), education groups, schools, and the public. Greg has served on the board as secretary since near RBP’s inception. He aspires to be the type of person his dog thinks he is.
A native of New Zealand, who grew up in the Sierra Nevada Mountains around Tahoe, Eugene choose the Rogue to be his home nearly 20 years ago after falling in love with fly-fishing the Rogue and exploring in the Siskiyou mountains. Each day since that decision he has sought to apply himself to actions that protect and build resilience in the natural systems of the State of Jefferson with the goal of leaving the next seven generations of people and wildlife with an ecological base that can sustain them. Eugene has worked for the US BLM, Forest Service, USGS, UC Davis, Rogue Valley Council of Governments, and as a private contractor performing biological studies and managing fish and wildlife resources. Eugene is currently a Restoration Project Manager for The Freshwater Trust’s work here in Southern Oregon. On his free time, Eugene can be found on the river or up in the mountains with his wife and two sons enjoying all the natural beauty Southern Oregon has to offer.
Kelly Coates is the Water and Environmental Resources Program Manager for the Cow Creek Band of Umpqua Tribe of Indians. Kelly works on natural resources issues including stream and riparian restoration, monitoring, project management, implementation and tracking, grant writing and consultation within the Tribe’s Ancestral Territory. Kelly has a Bachelor of Science in Aquatic Wildlife Biology and a Master of Science in Organismal Biology and Ecology from the University of Montana, Missoula. Kelly has worked for the Cow Creek Tribe since November of 2011. Previously, she worked for the non-profit river conservation organization, The Pacific Rivers Council for 2 years as the Umpqua Legacy River Coordinator. Kelly has been working in the field of natural resources for 10+ years and has experience working in river and fisheries ecology, air quality/chemistry, and with superfund sites. Kelly has been working with the RBP for three years, and was actively involved in the RBCC to RBP transition, and the Rogue Basin Restoration Plan.
A native of Colorado, Jake was drawn west to the Rogue Valley after finishing his M.A. in Political Science from Colorado State University, where he studied environmental and public policy. Jake is currently the Southern Regional Manager for the non-profit Native Fish Society, where he works with place-based volunteers to protect and recover native fish populations from southern Oregon to Northern California. He has been with NFS for the last 5 years in various roles, including the Illinois River Steward, Southern Regional Manager, and River Steward Program Director, where he has collaborated with state and federal agencies, tribes, and NGOs along the West Coast from California to British Columbia. Jake lives with his wife in Ashland, and enjoys spending time fishing, rafting, backpacking and cross-country skiing his way throughout the Rogue basin.
Shane has worked in conservation since 1990 when, as a university student, he joined over 7,000 students from around the world in Champaign, Illinois, at the largest ever gathering of youth seeking environmental and social justice. The Catalyst Conference was the 2nd conference of the Student Environmental Action Coalition. Since that time, he has worked to protect habitat and endangered species at the Center for Biological Diversity, Siskiyou Project, the Klamath Siskiyou Wildlands Center (KS Wild), and the Student Environmental Action Coalition (SEAC).
Shane is now program director at Lomakatsi Restoration Project, where he serves in coordination with Lomakatsi’s team of directors and managers to develop and implement programs and services, including communications and fundraising.
In his free time, Shane enjoys woodworking, camping, hiking and whitewater rafting.
Charles Lane has over 35 years’ experience as a geologist, practicing primarily in Oregon, California, Texas, Oklahoma, and Kansas, although his work has been international in scope. He has background in industry, small business, and continuing consulting experience in environmental geology and hydrogeology, as well as 30 years’ experience in academia. He currently serves as Professor of Geology in the Environmental Studies Department at Southern Oregon University.
His academic experience spans over 30 years, beginning with an appointment at California Lutheran University while completing his PhD studies at UCLA. Upon completion of the PhD he received an appointment at Hardin Simmons University (Texas) where he became a department chair and Director of the HSU Natural Resources Institute. He arrived at Southern Oregon University in the Summer of 1994, where he currently serves. His professional interests/activities have been in hydrogeology, hydrology, and water resources. He currently is working on issues associated with dam removal activities in the Rogue River basin; his most recent publication was a sediment accumulation analysis on the (now removed) Gold Ray Dam. His academic administrative experience includes service at the Chair, Director, Dean, and Provost level. He is a Fellow of the American Council on Education (ACE). An evaluator since 1998 for the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities, he also serves the state of Oregon as a member of the OUS Inter-institutional Faculty Senate (IFS).
He has been an active member of numerous boards and councils over his career, from the local to the national level. He is a member of several boards/councils at this time, including the Science and Engineering Education Council for the Universities Space Research Association (USRA), a STEM organization.
Blair is a Certified Forester, Presidential Field Forester, and Fellow of the Society of American Foresters. He retired after 38 years practicing Forestry for both private industry and government land management agencies in the forests of Northern Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico, and Southern Oregon. Blair brings to the board career knowledge on the forest products industry, the economics of logging systems, biomass utilization, and agency stewardship contracting.
Blair has served in leadership positions on numerous local non-profit community and regional professional boards including Southern Oregon Forest Restoration Collaborative, Southern Oregon University Foundation, Advisory Council SOU ES Program, United Way of Jackson County, Big Brothers of Flagstaff, Mt. Ashland Association, Society of American Foresters, Northern Arizona University Advisory Council for the College of Forestry, Southern Oregon Timber Industries Association, and the Oregon Logging Conference.
With the Rogue River across the street from her home, Paige happily talks about how much she loves the smell of the river air, the wildlife who live here, and her favorite summer swimming hole. Paige holds a BS in Environmental Studies, a Master of Public Administration, and a passion for sustainability that extends beyond her daily lifestyle to a 20-year career of engaging citizens in actions that protect and preserve our environment. Since 2002, she has been self-employed as a consultant for regional nonprofits and governments to build community awareness, promote innovative ideas, develop volunteer programs, and coordinate projects ranging from clean energy to waste prevention, and green business development to public transit. Paige spends her free time exploring nature with her dog Chinook, gardening, learning the flute and volunteering. She especially likes to roll her up sleeves for river cleanups and restoration projects on the Rogue.
BS Fisheries Biology, Zoology, Colorado State University. JD Law, University of Denver College of Law.
Terry worked in environmental consulting over 35 years. Her primary work involved evaluating compliance with environmental, transportation, hazardous waste, and energy laws and regulations. She spent the last 4 years of her career as a planner for the City and County of Denver Department of Public Works. She, her husband and their cats retired to southwestern Oregon 5 Years ago to enjoy a longer growing season, milder winter and different insects. The Rogue River was a draw to the area and the health of the watershed is an utmost concern of hers. She has been part of the Rogue River Watershed Council Board of Directors since its inception in 2015 and sees the need for all partners in the basin to be connected. All of the members of the partnership should understand what each is focused on in order to maximize the effectiveness of their individual programs.
Jack has a BS in Agriculture Science from Texas Technological College in Lubbock, Texas and a MS in Resource Planning from the University of Oregon in Eugene, Oregon.
Jack worked as a Resource Planner for the US Forest Service; Resource Planner for the City of Helsinki, Finland; Park and Recreation Director and Public Works Field Service Director for the City of Grants Pass; Volunteer Medical Aid Coordinator for Rotary International in Mexico; Volunteer in Mateguas with Architects and Planners in Support of Nicaragua.
Jack is founder and general partner of Troika Investment’s; founder and member of Green Leaf Industries; founder and member of the Applegate Partnership and Watershed Council; founder and member of the North Applegate Watershed Protection Association; founder of the Rogue Basin Coordinating Council; founder of Sustainable Northwest; founder of the Greater Applegate Community Development Corporation; founder and member of the southwest Oregon Prescribed Fire Council; past member of the Southern Oregon Forest Restoration Collaborative; past member of the Oregon Board of Forestry; past member of the Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board; past member of Headwaters; past member of the Agriculture Advisory Committee of the Oregon Environmental Council.
Jack’s accomplishments: Josephine County Tree Farmer of the year in 2000; Oregon’s Sasquicentennial 2000 edition of the Portland Oregonian listed Jack as one of 150 Luminaries in Oregon’s history; 2005 awarded the first National Community Leadership Award by the US Forest Service in Washington DC; Governor Ted Kulongoski’s Commission on Youth; Governor John Kitzhaber’s Healthy Streams Partnership; Governor John Kitzhaber’s Coastal Salmon Recovery Plan Team; Western Governors’ Association “Enlibra” Advisory Council