Board of Directors

Steve SmithSteve Smith, President

 

 

TremaineArkleyTremaine Arkley, Vice President

Tremaine graduated from the University of Washington with a degree in Philosophy.  He and his wife Gail spent the following decade working in NYC & Chicago in social services and publishing, and living in Paris, North Cornwall and other places throughout Europe. Returning to Oregon he and Gail started restoring the land on their 25 acre 120+ year old farm on the bench of American Bottom in Polk County, bringing it back to its natural state with vernal ponds, wet and dry prairies, and diverse native plantings. It remains a continual work in progress. Tremaine serves on several non profit boards which focus on environmental and land use issues. He is also active in local arts and other organizations.

 

Deborah ClarkDeborah Clark, Ph.D., Past President

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.

Treasurer (TBD)

ken bierlyKen Bierly, Secretary

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.

 

Sarah Greene

Sarah Greene Sarah Greenespent 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.

 

Bob Hansen Bob Hansen

Bob Hansen is passionate about ecological restoration in general and specifically prairie restoration. Bob is expressing his passion by being involved with The Dalles Mountain Prairie restoration at Washington’s  Columbia Hills State Park, near The Dalles, Oregon. At the 188 acres restoration site,  approximately 150 head of cattle are grazed every year for about a month in November-December on a variety of pastures. In addition, Bob is restoring/landscaping his postage stamp sized ( 1/3 acre) backyard in Corvallis to a Willamette Valley floor upland prairie. 
 
Bob has a Bachelor’s Degree in Civil Engineering from Oregon State University, and a Master’s degree in Business Administration from Portland State University. Bob served on the Society of Ecological Restoration-Northwest Chapter Board from 2001 to 2006, including as President in 2004-05. Bob was the Marion County Public Works Director from 1981-2001, including Parks Director during the last part of his tenure. 

 

Laurie Halsey Laurie Halsey

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.

Brandy HumphreysBrandy Humphreys

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.

 

Carol SavonenCarol Savonen

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.

 

Cary StephensCary Stephens

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.

 

IMG_3459Hilary 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.

Previous Board Members

FirstLastRoleTerm
JoanSeeversPresident and Member2011-2015
DavidBledsoeTreasurer2012-2014
JackieShawMember and Treasurer2010-2015
VernHolmMember2010-2014
Dennis IsaacsonMember and Treasurer2006-2010
PatMuirMember and Secretary2000-2009
Bob HansenMember2002-2008
Mike BlouinMember2003-2008
Susan Aldrich-MarkhamMember2003-2005
Keli KuykendallCo-founder of IAE, Board President2000-2004
Randy WentrossMember and Secretary2000-2003
Colleen GabrielMember2000-2002
Heather BoninMember2000-2003