Board of Directors
Meet our Board of Directors
Bill Boggess is professor and Executive Associate Dean the College of Agricultural Sciences at Oregon State University. He served as Interim Dean of the College from July 2008 to August 2009 and as President of the OSU Faculty Senate in 2006. Before moving to the Dean’s Office, he served 11 years as Head of the Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics at Oregon State University. Prior to joining Oregon State University, Bill spent 16 years on the faculty at the University of Florida where he was involved in greater Everglades research. His research interests include interactions between agriculture and the environment and economic dimensions and indicators of ecosystem health.
Bill currently serves on the National Research Council’s Committee on Independent Scientific Review of Everglades Restoration Progress and was an inaugural Food System Leadership Institute Fellow. He previously served on the Oregon Governor’s Council of Economic Advisers, the State of Oregon Environment Report Science Panel, and was active in the design of the Oregon Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program. Bill has a Ph.D. in Economics from Iowa State University. An avid biker, Bill makes his home in Corvallis.
In early 2011 Bill Bradbury was appointed by Governor Kulongoski to the NW Power and Conservation Council, a four-state compact to oversee regional energy and Columbia River salmon. Prior to this position, Bill served as Oregon’s Secretary of State and appointed chair of the Oregon Sustainability Board. Bill also served as Executive Director for For The Sake Of The Salmon, a 3-state coalition dedicated to finding common ground for salmon restoration. Bill was one of the first 50 participants in Vice President Al Gore’s Climate Change training sessions and has given more than 200 Climate Change in Oregon presentations.
Born in Chicago, Bill has lived in Oregon since 1971, first settling in Bandon where he owned and operated a small business. He then served 14 years in Oregon’s Legislature as a State Representative from 1981 to 1985 and as a State Senator from 1985 to 1995. He was Senate Majority Leader from 1986 to 1993 and Senate President from 1993 to 1995. Bill lives in Salem with his wife, Katy.
Aja DeCoteau is an enrolled member of the Yakama Nation, and has 15 years experience working on natural resource management and policy issues in Indian Country. Since 2010, she has served as the Watershed Department Manager for the Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission (CRITFC) providing technical assistance and coordination for the Nez Perce, Umatilla, Warm Springs, and Yakama tribes. In her work, Aja is a key member in a variety of regional processes that directly support the work of salmon restoration at the watershed and basin level, relying on principles outlined in the Tribal Salmon Restoration Plan called Wy-Kan-Ush-Mi Wa-Kish-Wit (Spirit of the Salmon). Aja received her Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Studies and Native American Studies from Dartmouth College, and holds a Master of Environmental Management from the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies.
Sue Densmore founded Sue Densmore Communication Strategies, a full service marketing and public relations consulting firm, in 1994. Previously, she was General Manager of Rogue Waste Systems, Dry Creek Landfill and Rogue Disposal and Recycling. Sue specializes in community, business and organizational development with an emphasis on strategic planning, resource development, public relations and marketing. She received her Bachelor’s Degree from Oregon State University and completed the Marketing Management Program at Stanford University. Sue is a member of the President’s Board of Advisors for Oregon State University and a member of the Oregon Progress Board. She is a founding member of the Urban Renewal Agency for the City of Medford. Sue is a Senior Fellow of the American Leadership Forum of Oregon and a member of Medford Rogue Rotary. Sue lives in Medford and spends as much time as possible on her family ranch in Lakeview.
Mary Driver has a degree in law from University of Michigan Law School (1985). Following a professional career in legal research, grant writing, and nonprofit communications, she relocated to southern Oregon in 2006. She is currently the Treasurer and Finance Committee Chair of the Institute for Conservation Leadership and serves on the Climate Change Fund Advisory Committee of the Laird Norton Family Foundation. She also serves the Steering and Program Committees for the Oregon Nonprofit Leaders Conference, and the board of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. She lives in the Rogue Valley with her husband Clint Driver.
Bill Edmonds is the Director of Environmental Policy & Sustainability at NW Natural. Bill’s work in the field of energy and environmental policy has included work as a consultant at ICF Incorporated, a staffer at the California Public Utility Commission and a policy director at both gas and electric utilities. He has served as the President of WEST Associates, a group of electric utilities throughout the West engaged in environmental issues, and is the former chair of The Climate Trust, a nonprofit with the mission of implementing projects to reduce greenhouse gases. Bill also is a fellow in the Portland chapter of the American Leadership Forum. Bill has a B.A. in Political Science from Williams College and a M.P.P. from the University of California at Berkeley. He makes his home in NE Portland.
Rick Gustafson is Vice President of Shiels Obletz Johnsen, a project management firm with offices in Portland and Seattle. He joined the firm in 1987 and serves as a principal in the company. He holds a Bachelors Degree in Economics from Yale University and a Masters Degree in Urban Economics from Wayne State University. Rick was elected to the Oregon House of Representatives in 1975 and served on the Ways and Means Committee for two terms. In 1978, he served as Metro’s first elected Executive Officer, a post he held until 1986. He lives in northeast Portland.
Marc Heisterkamp is the Director of Strategic Accounts for the commercial real estate, financial services and healthcare sectors at the U.S. Green Building Council. His work in obtaining high profile portfolio level commitments from major companies has brought over 1 billion square feet of LEED registrations to the green building movement. Marc has been with USGBC since 2003, minus a two year stint as a Vice President and Sustainability Manager at Bank of America. In that role he was responsible for green leasing and LEED programs on a 120 million square foot real estate portfolio.
Marc has a Bachelors of Science in Biology & Natural Resources and a Masters in Business Administration. He is a proud Pacific Northwest native and resides in Portland, OR with his wife Heather.
Alison Hopcroft is an Associate Manager at Fluid Market Strategies, where she manages energy efficiency programs and leads their Sustainability Consulting Services group. Alison grew up near Portland, Maine, and after a first career teaching 7th grade science, she attended the Monterey Institute of International Studies, graduating with an MA in International Environmental Policy and a focus in Sustainable Business Management. Alison sees leveraging the innovation inherent in the business world as a key component in addressing the world’s most pressing social and environmental issues. Alison currently serves on the Technical Committee of the Carbon Reduction Challenge, a program launched by OEC that helps wineries in the Northwest to reduce carbon emissions.
Alison also serves as the chair of OEC's Emerging Leaders Board.
Joel Nigg is a Professor in the Departments of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neuroscience at OHSU. A native of Northeast Iowa, along the Mississippi river, he traveled East to obtained a BA in the Comparative Study of Religion at Harvard, a Masters Degree in Social Work at the University of Michigan, and then ventured West to obtain a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology at the University of California at Berkeley in 1996. He joined the faculty in Psychology at Michigan State in 1996 and remained there until moving to OHSU in 2008. He directs the ADHD Program at OHSU, a large federally-funded program to investigate the causes of child attention, learning, and impulse control problems. He also has an interest in environmental contributors to child mental illness, including the potential role of dietary factors and neurotoxicant pollutants. He has over 140 peer reviewed publications and a book entitled What Causes ADHD (Guilford, 2006) and sits on several editorial boards and advisory bodies related to child mental illness.
A licensed clinician, he also runs a neuropsychological assessment clinic for children one day per week at Doernbecher Children’s Hospital. He brings to OEC's Board scientific expertise in children’s health and development, and a passion for combining his scholarship with community involvement to address environmental challenges to children’s well being.
Cindi O'Neil is Vice President and Co-Owner of SolAire Homebuilders, a custom home builder specializing in green homes and sustainable building practices. Prior to joining SolAire, Cindi dedicated twenty-five years of her life to natural resource conservation and protection. Her Master's Degree in Plant Ecology from the University of Montana led her to protecting natural habitats for rare species for the Nature Conservancy and then later working for sustainable forest practices with the US Forest Service here in Oregon. Public relations, marketing, financial management, fundraising, field research, deep ecology, and leadership of interdisciplinary natural resource teams are all part of her past experience. Cindi makes her home in Bend.
Alejandro Queral is Director of Systems Planning and Performance at United Way of the Columbia-Willamette. Prior to joining United Way, Alejandro was a program officer at Northwest Health Foundation where he worked with community partners to improve population health. He has also worked for Multnomah County Health Department on the intersection of public health and urban planning, and for the American Heart Association as the State Director of Government Relations.
In 2010, Alejandro was appointed by Governor Kitzhaber to the state’s Public Health Advisory Board. Prior to moving to Portland, Alejandro lived in Washington, D.C. where he worked for the Sierra Club and other national environmental organizations.
A native of Mexico, Alejandro has a law degree from George Washington University Law School, an MS in Biological Sciences from Northern Illinois University and a BA in Environmental Sciences from the University of Virginia.
Jack Roberts grew up in Eugene, where he graduated from Sheldon High School, the University of Oregon School of Journalism and the University of Oregon Law School. After ten years as an attorney in private practice, Jack was first appointed and then twice elected to the Lane County Board of Commissioners. In 1994, he was elected state labor commissioner, an office to which he was reelected in 1998. Most recently, Jack served as the Executive Director for Lane Metro Partnership. In this role, Jack provided the leadership necessary for economic development efforts throughout Lane County. Jack and his wife, Tammy, still live in Eugene with their three sons, John, Joe and Jake.
Lane Shetterly is a partner in the law firm Shetterly Irick and Ozias in Dallas, Oregon, where he began his law practice in 1981. From 2004 through August, 2007, Mr. Shetterly was the director of the Oregon Department of Land Conservation and Development. Prior to that, Mr. Shetterly served seven years in the Oregon Legislature. He served as Speaker pro tem of the House from 2001 until he resigned to become director. Since 1998, he has been chair of the Oregon Law Commission, and was appointed by the Governor in 2005 to serve as a representative from Oregon on the National Conference of Commissioners on Uniform State Laws. In 2010 he received the Henry and Helen Graven Award for his contributions to community, church and society from Wartburg College, Iowa.
Mr. Shetterly was born in Dallas, Oregon. He graduated with honors from Western Oregon University (OCE) in 1977 with a BS in Education, and with honors from Northwestern School of Law, Lewis and Clark College, in 1981. He is married to Francine, and they have two children, Joel and Lauren.
Dan Thorndike serves as General Counsel and Corporate Secretary at Medford Fabrication, in addition to maintaining a small private law practice. Born in Oregon, Dan earned a BA from Colorado College and a law degree from University of Washington School of Law (J.D.). Dan is deeply engaged in serving his community; he has held advisory and leadership positions for organizations including Britt Music Festivals, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Oregon Business Council, Associated Oregon Industries, Oregon Water Resources Commission, Oregon Watershed Enforcement Board, Ashland School Board, United Way of Jackson County, and Healthy Kids Now. Dan was awarded Rogue Valley Transit District's “Transportation Hero” award in 2001, and Ashland Chamber of Commerce “Citizen of the Year” in 2010.
When Dan is not busy coaching the Ashland High School Nordic Ski Team, he may be found serving as a part-time sea kayak guide in Chiloé, Chile. Dan and his wife Joan have two daughters.
Sophia Tzeng is an executive and entrepreneur specializing in startup and transitional social enterprises. Formerly an attorney with Cleary Gottlieb and founder of a successful PR-events company in Manhattan, since 2007, Sophia has directed and advised organizations committed to scalable social impact. Focus areas have included the environment, education, economic empowerment, and most recently, health care.
A graduate of Harvard College and Columbia Law School, Sophia is a Board Member of DePaul Industries, Partner with Social Venture Partners Portland and the proud mother of three growing, gabbing girls.
Mark Waller is the founder of BridgeWorks Capital, a Lake Oswego merchant bank that focuses on raising early stage and late stage capital, and providing corporate advisory services to client companies. Recent clients have included companies active in solar energy, green energy, medical technology, software, mining and natural resources. Mark was a founder of GE/PrimeStar Solar, a manufacturer of high performance thin film photovoltaic modules, which is now GE’s sole platform company in solar module manufacturing, and was elected chairman of the board in Fall 2009.
Mark spends about a third of his time working with non-profits. He is an active member of the Board of Self Enhancement, Inc. which helps at-risk kids reach their fullest potential and become productive citizens. He is also a director of Friends of the Columbia Gorge, Friends of Timberline, Maitripa Institute and Habitat for Humanity in Portland. And he founded, along with another Rotarian, Kiddazzle Dental Network, which has already provided pro bono dental care to hundreds of underserved kids in Portland.
Mark was born in New York City and came west to attend Reed College in 1968.