Ken Bierly, President
Ken is fascinated with ecological processes of all kinds. He has a background in Botany with degrees from Oregon State University and Colorado State University. His interest in wetlands and wetland management led to a position with the Department of State Lands. In his time with the state of Oregon he served as Wetlands Program Manager for the Department of State Lands and was awarded the 1992 National Wetlands Award from the Environmental Law Institute. He has served on the Board of the Association of State Wetland Managers.
Ken was the Governor’s Watershed Enhancement Board Program Manager and Watershed Advisor from 1996 until 1999 when the Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board (OWEB) was created by the Oregon Legislature. Ken became Deputy Director of OWEB upon its creation in 1999. Ken oversaw the production of the Oregon Watershed Assessment Manual and worked with local watershed councils throughout the state to complete watershed assessments for all lands using a common format. Ken received a “Hammer” Award from the Clinton administration for his role in developing the Oregon Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program. The program remains a model for linking incentives to ecological needs in a creative manner.
Retired from state service, Ken and his wife, Linda spend time with their granddaughter as much as possible.
Cary Stephens grew up in Reno Nevada and moved to Oregon in 1987 to attend University of Oregon for undergrad. Upon graduation in 1991 (B.A. in Political Science) he married Lori Stephens, a native Oregonian. Lori is the owner and principal of Broadleaf Architecture PC. Cary began his law practice in 1995 after graduating from the University of Oregon, School of Law, moving to Corvallis soon thereafter to join Fenner Barnhisel Willis & Barlow, PC as an associate. He is currently a shareholder in the same firm, now named Barnhisel Willis Barlow & Stephens, PC. His practice emphasizes environmental law, land use, construction law, real property disputes, business law and general civil litigation in state and federal court. Cary served on the Downtown Corvallis Association Board from 2003 to 2010 (President from 2005 to 2006). He served as a member of Citizens Open Space Advisory Committee from 1999 to 2006 (Chair from 2000-2005). Cary was a board member of the Greenbelt Land Trust from 1998 to 2003 and again from 2005 to 2010 (Vice President from 1999 to 2001 and 2005 to 2007, President from 2002 to 2003 and 2008 to 2010). He is the race director of the Greenbelt's Run for the Hills which began in 2007 and continues annually to raise funds for local trail building efforts. Cary is an avid trail runner, nature lover, sea kayaker, and cyclist.
Deborah Clark, PhD, Secretary
Deborah is passionate about conserving the diversity of the natural environment. She is convinced that connections to the natural world are essential to the well-being of people. Her priority is to leave a legacy of biodiversity to her grandchildren (Lilliana, Wren, and Vivian) and to their future grandchildren. To that end she has been and will continue to be a committed and enthusiastic supporter of the Institute for Applied Ecology. After receiving a PhD in plant ecology from Oregon State University in 1996, she worked at OSU teaching biology and conducting research, resulting in numerous reports and publications on the seed regeneration ecology of native prairie plants and on the management practices for the restoration of native prairies of the Willamette Valley.
Steve Smith, Treasurer
Steve Smith comes to IAE after an illustrious career with Oregon department of Fish and Wildlife and most recently the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Steve worked with local landowners for many years with the USFWS Partners for Fish and Wildlife Program, promoting private lands stewardship across the Willamette Valley, particularly in oak and prairie habitats.
Brandy was born and raised in Eastern Oregon before moving to the wetter side of the state to attend Pacific University in Forest Grove, where she received her B.S. Degree in Biology. Post-college, she took opportunities to study breeding birds in the cotton fields of Georgia and roam the grasslands and Coastal foothills of California’s San Joaquin Valley before returning to Oregon. Brandy has been working for the Confederated Tribes of the Grand Ronde Community of Oregon since 2001 and is now their Environmental Resource Specialist. Brandy’s extracurricular activities are as diverse as Oregon’s ecoregions.
Sarah Greene spent 30 years as a forest ecologist with the US Forest Service. Sarah administered the Pacific Northwest Interagency Research Natural Area (RNA) program and managed Experimental Forests in Washington and Oregon (Wind River and Cascade Head). She has interests in long-term research and forest history.
Laurie Halsey is a passionate advocate for nature and education. As private landowners, she and her husband Warren, have spent over thirty years in active management of projects involving conservation and restoration of natural resources and environmental education.
Laurie served as a public school administrator and teacher from 1961-1992 and holds a B.S. in Education from Oregon State University and an M.A. from St. Mary’s College in Moraga, California. She holds California Life Credentials for Administration, Teaching, and Special Education, as well as Early Childhood and Resource Specialist Certifications. She has served on Boards of both educational and natural resources organizations.
Since 1998 the Halsey’s Raindance Ranch has been a site of active wetland and oak savanna restoration, institutional research and education for local and international groups of all ages.
Carol Savonen is a naturalist and writer. She studied biology at Lewis and Clark College, grad work in aquatic biology at OSU. She completed an MS in botany and University of Vermont. Working as a field biologist and environmental educator in Oregon, Washington and Alaska for more than a decade, she became interested in science writing. After a completing a fellowship in science communications with AAAS and a stint as a science journalist at the Oregonian, she joined the faculty at OSU, where she was a science and garden writer for 20 years. She writes a weekly gardening column for the Salem Statesman Journal. Now retired (emeritus) from OSU, she enjoys gardening with her husband at her home on the Marys River, as well as cooking, hiking and mushroom hunting, exploring, art and conservation work.
Hilary Hunt, Student Board Member
Hilary is a current Masters student at the University of Oregon studying Nonprofit Management with a concentration in Environmental Conservation. Before attending the UO, she graduated from the University of Michigan with a degree in Spanish, Environmental Science, and Community Action and Social Change. Currently, she works at the McKenzie River Trust in Eugene and at the University of Oregon Graduate School on a diverse set of tasks that include outreach and development. Past work experience includes curriculum design on diversity, equity and inclusion, teaching at a bilingual elementary school, propagating endangered butterflies, and working as a community organizer in the greater New York City area. In her free time, Hilary enjoys hiking the natural areas of her new home state and knitting in the rainy season.
Debbie has experience in forest inventory, analysis of forest inventory data with growth and yield models, GIS spatial analysis, forest and meadow restoration (recovery of spotted owl habitat, control of invasive plants, recovery of cultural food plants, restoration of dry forest ecosystems), and forest planning (development of ecologically-based forest plans). Debbie is currently the owner of Applegate Forestry, and was previously the Habitat Restoration Program Director for IAE (2009-2010). Prior to that, Debbie was the Forest information manager of OSU College Forests.
Previous Board Members
|Tremaine||Arkley||Member and Vice President||2013-2016|
|Joan||Seevers||President and Member||2011-2015|
|Jackie||Shaw||Member and Treasurer||2010-2015|
|Dennis||Isaacson||Member and Treasurer||2006-2010|
|Pat||Muir||Member and Secretary||2000-2009|
|Keli||Kuykendall||Co-founder of IAE, Board President||2000-2004|
|Randy||Wentross||Member and Secretary||2000-2003|