McKenzie River Trust Staff, January 2017. Back row: Christer, Joe L, Jodi, Daniel, Joe M. Front row: Liz, Julia, Amy, Holly, Brandi, Alayna.

Staff

Joe Moll – Executive Director

Joe came to the Trust in January 2005 after working mostly with grizzly bears and landowners in Montana and Hokkaido, northern Japan. Outside of his work with Trust, he likes to spend as much time as he can running trails and exploring new places outdoors with his wife and three boys.

Daniel Dietz – Associate Director for Conservation

Daniel joined the trust in May of 2016. Daniel first fell in love with land trusts in New England where he served as the Stewardship Manager for the Vermont chapter of The Nature Conservancy between 2003 and 2006. Just before coming to lush western Oregon, Daniel spent 7 years working as Stewardship Director for the Texas Land Conservancy. He holds an B.A. in Geography from the University of Texas at Austin. Daniel is always looking forward to the next hike with his family, and hearing another bad pun.

Alayna DuPont – Land Protection Manager

Alayna moved to Eugene and joined the Trust in January 2015. Alayna holds a B.A. in Environmental Policy from Western Washington University and an M.S. in Resource Conservation from the University of Montana. Alayna formed an appreciation for the land trust community after spending time with Skagit Land Trust through the AmeriCorps program. She completed her Master’s researching landowner perspectives of conservation easements. Before joining MRT, Alayna spent nearly 4 years working for the US Forest Service out of Missoula, Montana. While there, she was fortunate enough to be able to work on the Montana Legacy Project, a landscape level partnership project with The Nature Conservancy. Alayna and Bear (who is shown in the photo and found frequently asleep in the office) enjoy spending their time running steep trails and adventuring outdoors as often as possible.

Brandi Crawford Ferguson – Donor Relations Manager

Brandi has worked for the Trust since 2009 and is proud to be a native of the McKenzie watershed. With such deep roots she feels very fortunate to have the opportunity to help preserve the natural lands she grew up in and connect our community to these amazing places. In 2008 Brandi adopted Awbrey Park, a city park in her neighborhood where she hosts a monthly volunteer work party focused on stewarding the natural area of the park. This led her to MRT. Previously Brandi worked in community relations and conducted market research for the airline industry. She enjoys kayaking, backpacking, yoga, photography, cycling and pretends to fly fish – “Fly fishing offers me a great excuse to stand in the middle of the river and look like I belong”.

Christer LaBrecque – Restoration Projects Manager

Christer received a B.S. in Environmental Studies from the University of Oregon in 2002. He grew up on the beaches of Rhode Island, the forests of the Berkshires, and has lived in almost all of the New England states. Christer worked for the Long Tom and McKenzie Watershed Councils most recently, focused on helping manage riparian/floodplain, oak habitat, and upland and wet prairie habitat restoration projects. Prior to that, he worked for The City of Eugene’s Natural Resource Section working on both upland habitat restoration projects and on trails planning, design, construction, and maintenance of the Ridgeline Trail and other trails in and around Eugene. Christer enjoys hiking, gardening, arboriculture, reading, kayaking, sports (go Red Sox!), and spending time with his family.

Liz Lawrence – Associate Director for Finance and Development

After joining MRT in 2010 and serving in many different roles, Liz now leads finance, communications, and development. Liz holds a Graduate Certificate in Nonprofit Management from the University of Oregon and a B.A. in Studio Art from St. Mary’s College of Maryland. She served for four years as a Board member of MECCA: The Materials Exchange Center for Community Arts. Liz grew up in Maryland, right on the border of Washington DC. She appreciates Oregon’s incredible natural areas and abundant bike paths. Her favorite dinner is one she grew herself.

Jodi Lemmer – Stewardship Manager

Jodi has a B.S. in Environmental Science, Fisheries and Wildlife from Oregon State University. She worked previously for the Umpqua Soil and Water Conservation District as the Watershed Technical Specialist, implementing the USDA, NRCS Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program. She also worked for the East Lane Soil and Water Conservation District. She is a certified Oregon Conservation Planner.

Joe Lovenshimer – Stewardship Associate

Joe relocated to Eugene and joined MRT in July 2016. He holds a B.S. in Biology from Brevard College and an M.S. in Ecology from Appalachian State University — each located in the heart of the Southern Appalachian mountains. Prior to joining MRT, Joe was a part of several environmental non-profits including working as a Stewardship Associate at the Southern Appalachian Highlands Conservancy in Asheville, NC. He also worked multiple years as a builder and staff trainer for zip line and high ropes courses across the southeast. Joe enjoys just about any activity that will get him outside and has a particular passion for climbing rocks and mountains.

Holly McRae – Events Coordinator

Holly McRae joined the McKenzie River Trust in January 2017. She has a B.S. in Natural Resource Management from Colorado State University, with a minor in Wildlife Biology. She worked for the National Park Service in Yellowstone and the Everglades as a Ranger-Naturalist, and served as the Environmental Education Coordinator for WREN in the West Eugene Wetlands. She has spent the last eight years volunteering on MRT’s Development Committee, and assisting with community events, while working for The Village School. In her free time, she enjoys canoeing and rock-hounding with her husband and daughter.

Julia Sherwood – Membership Coordinator

Julia joined the Trust as Membership Coordinator in the fall of 2016. As a Eugene native, she spent most of her life exploring the watersheds of the Pacific Northwest from mountain peaks to ocean beaches. She holds a B.S. in Environmental Science from the University of Oregon. After graduating, she studied the towering redwoods of Northern California, and followed Chinook salmon migrating up coastal rivers. Julia is continually inspired by the collaborative atmosphere of land trusts and their ability to make conservation progress on the ground. In her free time she can be found wandering curiously through temperate rain forests or competing nationally with her Ultimate Frisbee team.

Amy Wolfsen – Administrative Manager

Amy has been with MRT since April 2015. Amy is a Eugene native who is proud to still call Oregon home. She graduated from the University of Oregon in 1985 and loves exploring nature, gardening and dancing of any kind (even in her living room!). Amy has an extensive background in administration, accounting and customer service all with locally owned businesses and is thrilled to bring that experience to MRT.