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Oregon State Parks Foundation welcomes Four New Board Members

The Oregon State Parks Foundation is pleased to welcome four new members to its Board of Directors.

Jennifer Allen (ex officio)

Jennifer is an Associate Professor, Public Administration, Hatfield School of Government, Portland State University.  In the past, Jennifer has served as the Director of PSU’s Institute for Sustainable Solutions, and as the Executive Vice President of Ecotrust, a regional non-profit organization focused on conservation-based development in the Pacific Northwest. Jennifer holds a Ph.D. in Environmental Science and Public Policy from George Mason University, a Masters of Environmental Management from Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, and a BA in American Studies from Yale University.  Jennifer is a member of the Oregon State Parks Commission and serves on the Foundation Board as an ex-officio representative of the Commission.

Mollie Gundersen

Mollie is a Senior Audit Manager at CohnReznick LLP.  She is a certified public accountant (CPA) specializing in providing audit and management advisory services to various types of real estate entities and nonprofit organizations. She specializes in residential real estate and has a national practice servicing clients including developers, investors, for-profit and nonprofit owners and management companies.  In her free time, Mollie and her family are frequent campers in Oregon State Parks.

Stephen Hatfield

Stephen is the Outdoor Programs & Outreach Manager for REI in Oregon.  He manages REI’s outdoor programs and community investment in Oregon. REI’s Outdoor School offers a wide array of educational field classes, outings and experiences to help individuals connect to the outdoors – and to each other. He has more than 20 years of experience designing, developing and managing programs related to outdoor recreation, environmental education, conservation, habitat restoration and volunteer engagement.  Prior to joining REI in 2011, Stephen was Stewardship Director for the Forest Park Conservancy for 6 years.

Jennifer McCormick

Jennifer is the Marketing Manager at Oregon Public Broadcasting.  She is well known to the Park System, having worked in Marketing Communications for almost 6 years before going on to work as Communications Director for Western Rivers Conservancy and then moving to Oregon Public Broadcasting.  She also served two years on the Board of Travel Salem. Jennifer has more than 10 years of experience leveraging integrated marketing – including digital, social and traditional media – and community partnerships to successfully plan and execute marketing strategies for non-profits and governmental agencies.

The Oregon State Parks Foundation is the only statewide non-profit partner of the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department.  The Foundation was formed 21 years ago to enhance the experience of using Oregon’s 255 state parks, which are not funded by Oregon income or property taxes.  (They are funded by Visitor Fees, small portions of RV and ATV user fees and a fixed percentage of the Oregon Lottery proceeds.)

Since 1995, the Foundation has raised more than $9 million for state park programs and preservation efforts, including the restoration of Vista House at Crown Point, the renovation of the Kam Wah Chung & Co. Museum, restoration of seven historic Oregon Coast lighthouses and numerous other projects. The Oregon State Parks Foundation provides funding to support healthy activities such as hiking, cycling and camping; outdoor education; increasing access to the parks by under-served communities; and the restoration of iconic facilities.