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Board of Trustees

Bruce BarnesBruce S. Barnes, Chair

Occupation: Plant Identification Software Producer; Retired Licensed Clinical Social Worker. Professional & Community Affiliations: Episcopal Relief and Development (National Council of Advice; Multistate Regional Coordinator); Oregon Native Plant Society; Diplomat in Clinical Social Work. Past Affiliations: National Association of Social Workers; Oregon East Symphony (Founding President; Treasurer; Board); Oregon County Mental Health Directors Association (Chair). Foundation Offices Held: Chair (January 2013 to present), Secretary. Favorite State Park: Emigrant Springs.

Peter MohrPeter D. Mohr, Vice Chair

Occupation: Attorney, Jordan Ramis PC. An environmental and natural resources lawyer, Peter specializes in water law including issues related to wetlands and wildlife as well as wind power. Professional & Community Affiliations: American Bar Association (Environmental, Energy & Natural Resources Section); Oregon State Bar (Environmental & Natural Resources Section); Colorado Bar Association; Oregon Business Association (Environmental & Economic Development Committee); METRO Natural Areas Program Performance Oversight Committee (Appointed Member).

B. Bennett Burns, Past Chair

Occupation: Landscape Architect. Professional & Community Affiliations: Advisory Committee for the Columbia Gorge National Scenic Area; American Society of Landscape Architects; Stormwater Committee, City of Portland; Waterfront Park Committee, City of Mosier; Cascadia; Accredited Professional, Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED). Foundation Offices Held: Chair (2010-2011). Favorite State Parks: Tryon Creek, Oswald West and the state parks in the Columbia Gorge.

Walter H. Grebe, Treasurer

Occupation: Attorney & Shareholder, Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt. Professional & Community Affiliations: Innovation Partnership (Chair); Leadership Roundtable (Chair). Past Affiliations: Multnomah Bar Association (President); SOLVE (Director; 2005 Chair of Development); Oregon Health Science University Foundation (Trustee; Treasurer); Arlington Club (Director & Vice President); Northwest Business for Cultural and the Arts (President); Waverly Country Club (Director & Vice President), Boy Scouts of America, Cascade Council (Director); Portland Business Alliance (Chair, “Leadership Portland”); Association for Portland Progress (Chair, Cultural District Committee).

Laurence CottonLaurence F. Cotton, Secretary

Occupation: Naturalist, Writer, Interpretative Specialist & Producer of Historical Documentaries. Bio: A former nonprofit executive, Laurence Cotton also serves as strategic planner to a diversity of nonprofit organizations, including those in the conservation, arts & culture, and heritage arenas. He has also served on numerous civic advisory groups for the planning of parks, trails and green spaces. He is an avid outdoorsman. Past Affiliations: Executive Director of the World Affairs Council of Oregon.


Ryan BledsoeRyan Bledsoe

Occupation: Senior Associate, Tonkon Torp LLP. Bio: A former financial analyst for the Federal Reserve Board of Governors, Ryan works in both federal and state courts on a range of issues including securities, environmental, intellectual property, trusts and contract law. Current Professional & Community Affiliations: Oregon State Bar (Executive Committee Chair, Antitrust & Trade Regulation Section); Forest Park Conservancy (Executive Committee Secretary, Board of Trustees).

lea-ann-eastonLea Ann Easton

Occupation: Attorney and Partner, Dorsay & Easton LLP. Bio: A former executive director for the Native American Program at Legal Aid Services of Oregon, Lea Ann specializes in federal Indian law and focuses on representation of tribal governments and tribal entities. Current Professional & Community Affiliations: Northwestern School of Law of Lewis & Clark College (Adjunct Professor); Oregon State Bar (Executive Committee, Juvenile Law Section and Indian Law Section); SOLVE (Board of Directors).

James C. Gorter

Occupation: Retired School Administrator and Outdoor Educator. Bio: James is an Oregon native and lifelong Oregon State Parks user. He holds a master’s degree in zoology and education credentials in secondary education and school administration. His interests include hiking and camping, birding, travel and learning Swedish. Past Affiliations: City Club of Portland Study and Advisory Committees, most recently focusing on preparing young people for civic engagement and on Portland’s Forest Park.

Brian P. Harney

Occupation: Smart Energy Program Manager, NW Natural. Bio: Brian is the former director of marketing and communications for the Washington County Visitors Association and Cycle Oregon Ride Director/Senior Events Manager for Peter Jacobsen Productions. Professional & Community Affiliations: American Lung Association Reach the Beach (founder); American Marketing Association.

Chuck SamsCharles F. “Chuck” Sams III

Occupation: Communications Director, Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation; CEO/President, Indian Country Conservancy. Professional & Community Affiliations: USS Ranger Museum Foundation (Board Member, Vice President of Marketing); Center for Diversity and the Environment (Board Member); River Network (Board of Trustees); IDRS, Inc. (Board Chair); Northwest Indian Veterans Association (Member). Foundation Offices Held: Secretary (2009-2011). Favorite State Parks: Jesse M. Honeyman and Wallowa Lake.


Kristen Stram Pempel (on leave)

Occupation: Development Professional. Professional & Community Affiliations: Music Together (Volunteer); William Smith College (Volunteer). Past Affiliations: New York City Audubon Society (Board). Foundation Offices Held: Chair (2011-2012),Vice Chair (2009-2011); Secretary (2009). Favorite State Park: Hug Point.


Jon StrideJon P. Stride

Occupation: Attorney, Tonkon Torp LLP (Partner, former Managing Board, Chair). Professional & Community Affiliations: City Club of Portland (Member; former Board member and Research Board chair), Oregon State Bar; American Bar Association; Washington State Bar; Oregon Association of Defense Counsel (Board member); Oregon State Bar Disciplinary Panel Counsel; Southeast Legal Clinic. Past Affiliations: Multnomah Bar Association (CLE Committee); Portland Youth Soccer Association (Board).  Foundation Offices Held: Treasurer (2010-2013). Favorite State Park: Collier Memorial.

Bridgitte-SutherlandBrigitte Sutherland

Occupation: Accountant and Shareholder, Perkins & Co. Bio: With more than 15 years of public and private accounting experience, Brigitte specializes in tax planning, research and compliance for pass-through entities: S-corporations, partnerships and limited liability companies. She was formerly a senior manager for Reznick Group in Bethesda, Md., where she had client responsibility for tax and assurance services. Brigitte also has experience in private industry as an assistant controller.

Tim Wood 

Occupation: Former Director, Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (retired in January 2014). Professional & Community Affiliations: National Association of State Park Directors (Board Member); SOLVE (Board Member); Tillamook Forest Heritage Center (Board of Trustees); Ocean Policy Advisory Council. Past Affiliation: US Army (Colonel), Army Corps of Engineers (Portland District).


Former Trustees

Rhonda R. Bishop (Portland)
Terry B. Armentrout (The Dalles)
Nicole R. Palmateer Armstrong (Salem)
Lucille S. “Lu” Beck (Lake Oswego) 1
Carol A. Beckley (Elkton)
John L. Blackwell (Portland)
Laurie Munro Bloch (Portland)
Mary V. Bishop (Portland)
Brian G. Booth (Portland) 1, 2
Michael “Mike” Carrier (Salem)
Marjorie C. Chandler (Bend & Portland)
David R. Davis (Reedsport)
John Edmundson (Heppner)
David F. Evans  (Lake Oswego)
Orcilia Zúñiga Forbes (Portland)
Cynthia J. Ford  (Portland) 1
Ronald B. “Ron” Gould (Portland)
Mary Jane Guyer (Baker City)
Theodore G. “Ted” Herzog (Portland)
Robert A. “Rob” Hinnen  (Portland)
Paul J. Holman (Florence)
Gerald R. “Jerry” Hulsman (West Linn)
Lee J. Jimerson (Portland)
David P. Kottkamp (Bend)
Sandra “Sandy” Lazinka (Pilot Rock)
Elizabeth “Betsy” McCool (Bend)
Nancie S. McGraw (Portland)
Richard K. “Dick” McLaughlin (Medford)
Robert A. “Bob” Meinen (Salem) 1
Lisa D. Fisher Miller (Milwaukie)
William S. “Bill” Naito (Portland) 1, 2
Rebecca A. Owen (Portland)
James D. “Jim” Parr (Portland)
Rudolf “Rudy” Rada (Pendleton)
Daniel H. Skerritt  (Portland)
David G. Talbot (Black Butte) 1
Laurie A. Warner (Salem)

Founding Trustee