Board of Directors
Bruce Abernethy moved to Bend in the Spring of 1992 and has been active in a wide range of organizations and causes including serving on the Board of the Bend-La Pine School District, the Bend Park and Recreation District and the Bend City Council (where he served as Mayor of Bend for two years in 2007-08 and signed the Mayor’s Climate Agreement during his tenure). He presently serves on the Board of Central Oregon Community College.
He has been a strong champion for affordable housing and the homeless during his time both inside and outside of government. He is a former Chair of the local Homeless Leadership Council, he helped start the Meth Action Coalition in 2004, and in 2010, he drafted the regional 10 Year Plan to End Homelessness. In 2006, he was appointed by Gov. Kulongoski to serve on the Oregon Health Services Commission and he currently serves on the Central Oregon Health Council – Community Advisory Council. He is active in Rotary Club of Greater Bend and currently serves as their President.
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.
Kathryn “Kat” Brigham is a member of the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation. She has worked through collaborative partnerships to protect, restore and enhance the natural resources for the next 7 generations and beyond in areas of the Columbia River Basin since 1976 at several different policy levels. Kat was on the Confederate Tribe of the Umatilla Indian Reservation governing body the Board of Trustees from December 1997 until December 2015. She was also the Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission.
Trained as a biologist, Rex Burkholder worked as a science teacher and in the Northwestern forests. He started the bicycling revolution in Portland, Oregon as a founder and policy director of the Bicycle Transportation Alliance. An early leader in sustainability and equity, Burkholder also co-founded the Coalition for a Livable Future, bringing together over 100 diverse NGOs in the greater Portland region. He was elected to the Metro Council in 2000, where he led efforts to reform regional transportation policy and to integrate climate change into the decisions of all levels of government in Oregon. He has served on key task forces as well as national boards including Rail~volution and the Association of Metropolitan Planning Organizations. Recipient of numerous local awards, his work has been recognized internationally as well, being invited to speak in countries throughout Latin America on sustainable transportation and climate change. He was honored in 2010 as a Global Ambassador for Ciclovia, an international movement to reclaim cities from the automobile.
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.
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.
Corinne grew up near the redwoods and oak woodlands of Northern California and quickly became a lover of the great outdoors. With a passion for communicating environmental science to public audiences, she completed a Master’s degree in Environmental Science and Management at Portland State University. She now works as the Portland-based Outreach Coordinator for the Oregon Natural Desert Association, where she cultivates support for conservation of Oregon’s high desert. On most weekends you can find Corinne camping in Oregon’s wilderness areas, working in her garden, or kayaking local wild and scenic rivers.
Corinne is co-chair of OEC’s Emerging Leaders Board.
Chis spent every summer camping outdoors between age the ages of 15 and 25. Before moving to Oregon in 1992, Chris attended the University of California San Diego, the University of California’s Hastings College of Law, clerked for a federal judge in Denver, and worked as a litigation attorney for two large southern California law firms.
A proponent of environmental causes and public service, Chris served on Ashland City Council, Ashland Planning Commission, Ashland Forest Lands Commission, and co-founded the Ashland Woodlands & Trails Association. Chris was the first southern Oregon attorney to chair the Oregon State Bar’s Real Estate and Land Use Section in 2012; and currently serves on the Bear Creek Greenway Foundation Board.
Chris is an attorney-shareholder at the Ashland law firm of Davis, Hearn, Anderson & Turner, PC. He enjoys rafting the Lower Rogue River’s Wild & Scenic section annually with his family, and commuting to the office on his crowd-funded Sondors e-bike.
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.
Kristin Luck is a serial entrepreneur and a globetrotting internationally recognized keynote speaker on marketing measurement. She’s a futurist and growth strategy consultant, specializing in nontraditional marketing and branding strategies, and regularly contributes to both the commercial (Fast Company, Forbes) and academic press (Research World, Journal of Brand Strategy) where she explores emerging marketing and research methods. Kristin is consistently ranked as one of the top 100 sales and marketing experts to follow on social media. She most recently served as a partner and President/CMO of Decipher until its acquisition in 2014 and currently works as a growth strategy consultant for early and mid-stage companies preparing for funding or acquisition.
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.
Nawzad Othman is the founder of The Othman Group, an international consulting firm, and has more than 30 years’ experience as a CEO, community leader an successful entrepreneur. Nawzad was born in Erbil, Iraq, emigrated to the United States in 1957, and has been a United States citizen for more than 50 years. Nawzad created The Othman Group in 2012 to assist clients in the Pacific Northwest and the Middle East with business strategies, investment opportunities and sustainable practices. The firm’s associates work from offices in Portland, Oregon, Erbil, Iraq, and Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates (UAE). Nawzad was also the co-founder of Otak, Inc., one of Oregon’s largest and most respected architecture and engineering firms, and served as CEO of the company for 30 years until his retirement in 2012. Under Nawzad’s leadership, the firm developed a reputation for excellence in smart growth planning, sustainable design and development, and innovative transportation solutions. Nawzad has held numerous leadership positions in professional, non-profit and educational organizations and is currently chair of the World Affairs Council of Oregon. His record of business and community leadership has earned recognition in Oregon and SW Washington in the areas of urban development, and sustainability.
Idaho native Doris Penwell began her career during the tumultuous 60’s learning the ins-and-outs of politics through work with two political icons: Senator Frank Church in Washington D.C. and later Oregon Governor Tom McCall. Her political education was rounded out by moving to the Oregon legislature to work for Speaker Phil Lang.
Doris has worked for State agencies including Workers’ Compensation and Oregon Economic & Community Development (now Business Oregon). She retired in 1999 but continued to represent economic development issues at the legislature. In 2004, she began work as a policy analyst with the Association of Oregon Counties. There she helped develop resource tools for infrastructure financing and business incentives for attracting quality jobs to communities. Additionally she worked on building capacity in communities, rural counties in particular and became fully immersed in the state’s policy work for energy conservation and development. The 2007 legislation that established the Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS) for Oregon required a whole new area of law. These policy changes called for the development of tools and special resources that would attract new business and help utilities to comply with Oregon’s RPS, especially fruitful for rural Oregon.
Doris is a long-standing member of the board of Rural Development Initiatives, Inc., and is current President of her PEO Chapter DM (a national women’s philanthropic and service organization) in Salem.
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.
Jean Wilson is highly committed to the renewable energy business, with over 20 years of executive level experience with solar and wind project development. Most recently Jean served as Senior Vice President for the Utility and Commercial Americas business unit of SunPower Corp. In this role she built SunPower’s large scale solar power plant business in the U.S., Chile and Mexico, developing some of the largest solar photovoltaic power plants in the world. Prior to joining SunPower, she served as Senior Vice President of renewable energy at PPM Energy (now Iberdrola Renewables), where she led a team of more than 130 professionals in the acquisition and development of over 2,400MW of wind power projects, and grew a wind and solar power project pipeline in excess of 18,000MW. Jean moved to Oregon in 1993 to help open the Northwest office of Kenetech Windpower. She was a member of the Boards of the Renewable Energy Policy Project, and of Oregon BEST. Jean holds a Bachelor of Science in finance from the University of Southern California and a Master of Business Administration from Stanford University. She resides in Northeast Portland with her husband and three daughters.