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Board of Trustees

Peter MohrPeter D. Mohr, 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).

Bridgitte-SutherlandBrigitte Sutherland, Treasurer

Occupation: Accountant and Shareholder, Perkins & Co. 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.

Brian Harney 096748 (1)Brian P. Harney, Secretary

Occupation: Smart Energy Program Manager, NW Natural. Brian also served as 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.

Bruce BarnesBruce S. Barnes, Immediate Past 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 January 2015), Secretary. Favorite State Park: Emigrant Springs.

Ryan BledsoeRyan Bledsoe

Occupation: Senior Associate, Tonkon Torp LLP. 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. Professional & Community Affiliations: Oregon State Bar (Executive Committee Chair, Antitrust & Trade Regulation Section); Forest Park Conservancy (Executive Committee Secretary, Board of Trustees).

Laurence CottonLaurence F. Cotton

Occupation: Naturalist, Writer, Interpretative Specialist & Producer of Historical Documentaries. 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.

lea-ann-eastonLea Ann Easton

Occupation: Attorney and Partner, Dorsay & Easton LLP. 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. 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).

Seth Miller - Photo for WebsiteSeth L. Miller (ex officio)

Occupation: Executive Director, Oregon State Parks Foundation; President, Best From The Cascades. Seth brings strategic management, financial and process improvement expertise to growing consumer product and service companies. With an MBA from the Harvard Business School and more than 30 years of hands-on leadership experience, Seth has a demonstrated talent for developing a fact-based understanding of key success   factors that result in higher revenue and improved profitability.

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.


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Tom Simpson

Occupation: Director of Government & Regulatory Affairs at The Standard. Professional & Community Affiliations: College Application Week (Steering Committee Member); American Leadership Forum of Oregon (Board Member); Portland YouthBuilders (Board Member).


Lisa Van Laanen

Lisa Sumption (ex officio)

Occupation: Director, Oregon Parks and Recreation Department.


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

B. Bennett Burns (Portland)

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)

James Gorter (Portland)

Walter Grebe (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

Lynn W. Newbry (Portland) 1

Rebecca A. Owen (Portland)

James D. “Jim” Parr (Portland)

Rudolf “Rudy” Rada (Pendleton)

Nancy N. Russell (Portland) 1, 2

Charles F. “Chuck” Sams III (Pendleton)

Daniel H. Skerritt (Portland)

L.L. “Stub” Stewart (Portland) 1, 2

Jon P. Stride (Portland)

A. William Sweet (Portland) 1

David G. Talbot (Black Butte) 1

Laurie A. Warner (Salem)

Founding Trustee Deceased