The 32nd National Pesticide Forum
Advancing Sustainable Communities: People, pollinators and practices
April 11-12, 2014
Speakers in alphabetical order. List is preliminary only -please check back as we continue to update this list.
Rella Abernathy, PhD, is the Integrated Pest Management Coordinator for the City of Boulder,
Colorado. Boulder was one of the first cities to adopt an IPM policy
and neighbor notification ordinance for pesticide applications. Boulder
has nearly 100 urban parks and over 47,000 acres of open space land.
The city has reduced pesticide use substantially since the adoption of
its first IPM policy in 1993 with the goal of reduction and elimination
of pesticide use whenever possible. Rella became the IPM Coordinator
for the City of Boulder in 2009. Her background is in entomology and
she worked at the EPA's pesticide program on sustainable agriculture and
pesticide reduction policy.
Lisa Arkin has served as the Executive Director
of Beyond Toxics since 2006. Prior to coming to Beyond Toxics,
she had a
thirteen year career in higher education at Stanford University
University of Oregon. She has accomplished a number of
actions in that role, including introducing the bill to require
pesticide reduction and integrated pest management at all K-12
schools and all state properties, the first ban on
neonicotinoids in the
City of Eugene and Oregon’s first Environmental Justice Bus
Under her leadership, Beyond Toxics published the first in-depth
of herbicide use in Oregon’s industrial forestry practices. Lisa
brings extensive skills in grassroots organizing and leadership
to Beyond Toxics.
Rosemary Bilchak, along with her husband, Gordon MacAlpine, set legal precedent that pesticide drift is trespass in and of itself. Prior to this decision, trespass required proof of damages. The judgment was handed down in Colorado (Delta District Court) in July 2012. Their neighbor contaminated their organic farm with the organophosphate insecticide, malathion, and would not stop his weekly spraying. They filed charges alleging that pesticide drift was a violation of their property rights. The permanent injunction that they won after an arduous 2½-year battle prohibits the neighbor from spraying within 150’ of their property and when weather conditions would cause the chemical to drift onto their farm.
Nelson Carrasquillo- Since 1992, Nelson Carrasquillo has been the executive
director of El Comité de Apoyo a los Trabajadores (CATA-The
Committee), working with migrant farmworkers located in New Jersey,
Pennsylvania, the Delmarva Peninsula, and Puerto Rico as they
better living and working conditions, adequate housing,
dignity, and respect. In 2009, he was named an Executive Board Member of the Latino
Leadership Alliance of New Jersey and became chair of the Immigration
Committee. In 2010, Mr. Carrasquillo was named a Heninburg Civic Fellow
through Rutgers-Newark in order to address the most important legal
issues faced by immigrants in New Jersey. He also serves on the Board of Directors at Beyond Pesticides.
Aimee Code is the Pesticide Program Coordinator at The Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation. Previously employed with the Northwest Center for Alternatives to Pesticides she has more than fifteen years of experience working to protect people and the environment from pesticides. During her career her efforts have protected low-income families from exposure to pesticides through her promotion of integrated pest management. She was also an integral part of securing federal protections to reduce pesticide contamination in salmon-supporting waters from Southern California to Northern Washington. Most recently, she was part of the coalition that passed legislation in Oregon that guarantees pollinator protection training for pesticide applicators, and established a task force to examine issues relevant to pollinator health. Aimee received her Masters of Science in Environmental Health with a minor in Toxicology from Oregon State University.
Caroline Cox is research director at the Center
for Environmental Health in Oakland, CA. Previously she
served as staff
scientist at the Northwest Coalition for Alternatives to
Pesticides. Prior to working at NCAP, she had nearly ten years
as a senior research assistant at Oregon State University where
research on the biological control of agricultural weeds.
serves as a public interest representative to the U.S. EPA's
Program Dialogue Committee. She also serves on the Board of
of Beyond Pesticides. She writes and speaks regularly as a
on the toxicity of and alternatives to pesticides
Paula Dinerstein is senior counsel for Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER) and an attorney with over 18 years of experience. Prior to
joining PEER, she clerked for a federal district court judge in
Washington DC and then practiced with small public-interest oriented law
firms. Her work included representation of States and advocacy groups
in energy and environmental matters, including recovery for overcharges
by oil companies for use in state energy conservation programs,
challenges to EPA pesticide registrations, challenges to hydroelectric
licenses, and litigation concerning regulations which weakened the
federal organic food standards. She serves on the Board of Directors of
Megan Dunn is the People and Communities Program Director for the Northwest Center for Alternatives to Pesticides. She brings a work history in environmental
advocacy and social justice and volunteer experience as a community leader. Her graduate environmental policy research
work included creating an index of human wellbeing, as part of an Integrated Ecosystem Assessment (IEA) with National Oceanographic and Atmospheric
Administration (NOAA). Megan is a
certified Postpartum Doula (DONA) and ran a small business as a trained support
person for new families. This education
and policy experience offers a unique understanding for her role as the People
and Communities Program Director. Megan will continue to live and work in Everett, WA,
expanding the mission of NCAP to field work in Washington.
Jay Feldman, executive director of Beyond Pesticides,
is a co-founder of the organization and has served as its director
since 1981. Jay dedicated himself to finding solutions to pesticide
problems after working with farmworkers and small farmers through an EPA
grant in 1978 to the organization Rural America (1977-1981). Since that
time, Jay has helped to build Beyond Pesticides' capacity to assist
local groups and impact national pesticide policy. He has tracked
specific chemical effects, regulatory actions, and pesticide law. In
September 2009, U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack
appointed Jay to the National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) where he is Chair of the Crops Committee.
Lindsay Fernandez-Salvador is the Technical Director at the Organic Materials Review Institute (OMRI), working there since 2009 forwarding their mission. She holds a B.S. from Oregon State University in Natural Resource Management
and an M.S. from University of Florida in Geography. She has over 10
years of work experience on both conventional and organic farms in
Oregon. Her graduate research thesis examined market conditions that
contribute to small organic farm success. Through this research she
became familiar with organic standards and issues facing organic
farmers. Prior to attending graduate school, she worked as a foresttechnician and GIS technician. She has lived and worked in Latin
America, and is fluent in Spanish.
Kevin Finney is the Park Operations Manager for the City of Eugene, Oregon where he leads the team which maintains over 60 developed parks. He was instrumental in the creation of the City’s Pesticide-Free Parks Program and the development of Eugene’s Integrated Pest Management Policy and Operations Manual and he recently headed the staff team that developed Eugene’s resolution banning the use of neonicotinoids on City property. Kevin has degrees from UC Santa Barbara and the University of Oregon and he has worked in public land management in Alaska, Oregon and the Republic of the Marshall Islands.
Jade Florence, PhD candidate, is interested in the use of cultural control, biocontrol, and integrated pest management. Before pursuing her graduate degree at Oregon State University through the Department of Botany and Plant Pathology, she worked as a field assistant to implement IPM measures in agriculture. Currently, she works through
a partnership with the Northwest Center for Alternatives to Pesticides and OSU to determine organic management practices for Mummy Berry, a fungal disease that impacts blueberries.
Nichelle Harriott - With a B.S. in chemistry and environmental science (Morgan State
University, 2005) and an M.S. in Environmental Science and Policy
(George Mason University, 2007), Nichelle joined Beyond Pesticides
as an intern in the summer of 2007, having previously worked with
several conservation and public health issues, and then joined the
staff as a research associate. Nichelle has also worked as a chemistry
teaching assistant at GMU and co-authored a technical report on
water quality issues in wetland systems.
Doug and Jen Hornaday are founders of Healthy Bees = Healthy Gardens which educates the community about how to maintain healthy, pesticide-free environments that allow bees to thrive, their persistent and attentive community activism that has produced realreductions in how and where certain pesticides are used in parks and natural areas throughout Eugene. They've also worked with the Northwest Center for Alternatives to Pesticides to organize volunteer workdays that help keep parks maintained without pesticides and they've partnered with other local beekeepers in a campaign to get businesses to display cautionary signage alongside pesticide products that are known to be harmful to bees.
George Kimbrell is a Senior Attorney at Center for Food Safety who is leading litigation on neonicotinoids and honeybees, as well as the deregulation of genetically engineered crops by USDA.
His legal and policy work spans a broad range of areas, including:
genetically engineered foods; transgenic plants, trees and animals; food
labeling; organic standards; factory farming; aquaculture; pesticides;
nanotechnology; and synthetic biology. Mr. Kimbrell received his law degree magna cum laude from Lewis and Clark Law School, where he subsequently has taught sustainable food and agriculture law as an adjunct professor.
Fred Kirschenmann is a longtime national and international leader in sustainable and
organic agriculture. He shares an appointment as Distinguished Fellow
for the Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture at Iowa State University and as President of Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture in
Pocantico Hills, New York. He is a professor at Iowa State University's Department of Religion and Philosophy and holds a doctorate in philosophy from the University of Chicago. He has held numerous appointments, including USDA's National Organic Standards Board and the Commission on Industrial Farm Animal Production. He also continues to manage his family's
1,800-acre certified organic farm in south central North Dakota.
Stella Koutros, PhD, investigator with the National Cancer Institute and the US Department of Health and Human Services, leads several projects within the Agricultural Health Study to investigate the role of occupational, environmental, and genetic risk factors for cancer. In particular, she is involved in a project to determine impact of pesticide exposure on cancer risk. Dr. Koutros received her M.P.H. and Ph.D. in epidemiology from Yale University and BA from Tufts with a focus on epidemiology and public health.
Kim Leval has served the Northwest Center for Alternatives to Pesticides (NCAP) as Executive Director since 2009. For 25 years,Kim has worked in the non-profit community with the last 19 years focused on advancing alternatives to pesticides through federal and state policy reforms. She and her team at NCAP pursue change through grassroots organizing, by providing technical education on alternatives, federal and state policy development, through research and demonstration, and by educating and engaging people on how to create needed reforms. Kim serves on the Oregon Organic Coalition Leadership Council and policy task force and as a member of the policy committee of the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition. Kim has a Master of Science degree in Adult Education and Agricultural Extension from Cornell University. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in International Studies from the University of Oregon. She brings expertise in collaboration building, policy analysis, adult learning theory and transformational and institutional change models and relates this knowledge to achieve lasting change through NCAP's work.
Colleen Lockovitch, Program Manager at Oregon Tilth, brings education and practical experience to the table. She has a bachelor’s of science degree from Purdue University in Public Horticulture and over 15 years ofexperience working in different public gardens in the United States and abroad. Her passion is urban and sustainable gardening with a focus on native plants. Most recently, Ms. Lockovitch served as the Director of the Lurie Garden in Chicago’s Millennium Park and completed a year-long horticultural fellowship in Great Britain.
Lani Malmberg has
a herd of over 1,200 goats that she takes upon request to
offer environmentally friendly, chemical-free land
restoration. Ms. Malmberg got the idea to
offer a goat grazing service to provide a natural and more effective alternative to
chemical pesticides while in graduate school studying weed science. Her business, Ewe4ic Ecological Services, contracts with federal, state, county, and
city governments, homeowners associations, and private landowners
for noxious weed control, fire fuel load abatement, re-seeding,
watershed management, and land restoration. She also serves on the Board of Directors at Beyond Pesticides.
Ivan Maluski, as a resident of rural Linn County, came to Friends of Family Farmers
with more than a decade of experience working on natural resource policy
issues at the state and federal levels. Ivan has also had diverse
experiences with Oregon agriculture, from working summers during high
school in Willamette Valley vegetable canneries, to delivering organic
produce to Portland area restaurants and stores, to selling at produce
and meat at farmer’s markets. In addition to helping FoFF accomplish its
legislative and policy priorities, Ivan is an elected board member of
the Colton Rural Fire Protection District, and raises vegetables and
heritage animals on his farm in Scio, Oregon.
Celeste Mazzacano, PhD, is the Aquatic Conservation Program Director at The Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation and the Project Coordinator of the international Migratory Dragonfly Partnership. She is the lead author on the Xerces report "Ecologically Sound Mosquito Management in Wetlands" and provides recommendations on IPM-based mosquito management practices to federal, state, and regional agencies in the Pacific Northwest. Dr. Mazzacano earned her PhD in entomology at the University of Minnesota and has over 17 years of experience in research, conservation, and education, with an emphasis on assessing and managing invertebrates in stream and wetlands, and developing and delivering natural resource education programs and citizen science projects.
Mary McAllister is a citizen activist in the San Francisco Bay Area.For the past 15 years she has been trying to save the urban forest in the Bay Area from being needlessly destroyed on our public lands.These so-called “restorations” are attempting to return our landscape to native grassland and dune scrub by destroying non-native trees.Huge amounts of herbicide are required to kill non-native vegetation and prevent the trees from resprouting after they are destroyed.Please visit Mary’s blog to learn more about these projects as well as the science which teaches us these projects are futile because the changed environment no longer supports a landscape that existed 250 years ago.
Mulysa Melco, is a landscape designer, horticulturalist and member of Sustainable Overlook, a neighborhood a program which aims to raise awareness about the importance of protecting health, water and habitat for pollinators, wildlife and human inhabitants. Ms. Melco is leading the group's efforts to become the first pesticide-free Portland neighborhood, creating gardening program, bee-friendly garden tours, and classes for organic landscape design. She holds a degree from the Permaculture Institute and the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities.
Boyce Thorne Miller is Science Policy Advisor for the Northwest Atlantic Marine Alliance. She has worked since 1988 as a marine scientist and advisor for several US and international environmental NGOs, covering ocean environmental issues including toxic pollution, biodiversity, aquaculture and fisheries. She has represented NGOsin several international forums, including the London Convention on the Prevention of Marine Pollution by Dumping of Wastes and Other Matters; the UNEP Intergovernmental Conferences resulting in the Global Programme of Action for the Protection of the Marine Environment from Land Based Activities; and the GESAMP subgroup on the sea-surface microlayer; and the North Atlantic Salmon Conservation Organization.
Pierre Mineau, PhD, is a world renowned environmental toxicologist who co-wrote the report, The Impact of the Nation’s Most Widely Used Insecticides on Birds. Dr. Mineau is Emeritus Senior Research Scientist in the
Science and Technology Branch of Environment Canada, and an Adjunct Professor in the
Department of Biology at Carleton University and in the Department of
Veterinary Biomedical Sciences at the University of Saskatchewan. Dr. Mineau is also part of an expert working group under the European Authority for the revision of European guidance on the assessment of pesticide risk to birds and mammals.
Chip Osborne, founder and President of Osborne Organics (Marblehead, MA), has over 10 years experience in creating safe,
sustainable and healthy athletic fields and landscapes, and 35 years
experience as a professional horticulturist. As a wholesale and retail
nurseryman he has first hand experience with the pesticides routinely
used in the landscape industry. Personal experience led him to believe
there must be a safer way to grow plants. His personal investigation,
study of conventional and organic soil science practices, and hands-on
experimentation led him to become one of the country's leading experts
on growing organic turf. Chip is a Beyond Pesticides board member
Warren Porter, PhD, is a professor of Zoology and Environmental Toxicology at the University of Wisconsin at Madison.
Dr. Porter's research has shown that combinations of commonly used
agricultural chemicals in concentrations that mirror levels found in
groundwater can significantly influence immune and endocrine systems, as
well as neurological health in animals. His recent research links pesticide exposure in utero to impaired learning, changes in
brain function and altered thyroid levels. His lab has also shown lawn
chemical mixtures at low-levels increase abortion rates in lab animals.
Warren is a Beyond Pesticides board member
Ramon Ramirez is co-founder Northwestern Treeplanters and Farmworkers United, known as PCUN from its Spanish name, Pineros y Campesinos Unidos del Noroeste. The group organizes over 5,000 members to fight for better working and living conditions in the surrounding fields. He has received numerous recognitions, including a Leadership for a Changing World award in 2003, and a Charles F. Bannerman Fellowship in 2000. Mr. Ramirez co-founded CAUSA, Oregon's immigrants rights coalition, in 1996 and has served as one of its principal leaders. Ramon was founding board president of the Coalition for Comprehensive
Immigration Reform, an organization that has been at the center of the
immigration reform debate. Ramon joined the Willamette Valley
Immigration Project in late 1977 and is one of its accredited
representatives certified to practice immigration law at the
administrative level. A native of East Los Angeles, Ramon has lived in the northwest for thirty-five years. He attended St. Martins College, University of Washington, and Colegio Cesar Chavez.
State Representative Jeff Reardon (D-Portland),
was prompted to action following the death of 50,000 bees just south
of Portland this last spring, and is working on legislation in Oregon
that will better regulate what pesticides may be used in the state and
under what restrictions. Rep. Reardon serves as Vice-Chair of the Education Committee and also sits on
the Agriculture & Natural Resources and Energy & Environment committees. Rep. Reardon holds a Bachelor's Degree in Education from Western Washington University. His political priorities include safe and affordable housing options, improving education for students, and investing in sustainable industry.
Routt Reigart, MD is Professor of Pediatrics at Medical
University of South Carolina and has conducted university affiliated
clinical trials since 1971. Routt is one of the nation’s top pediatric
expert on pesticides. His research interests include children's
environmental health issues, general pediatrics, and toxicology. Routt
has been Chair of the EPA’s Children's Health Protection Advisory
Committee, a member of EPA/USDA/Tolerance Reassessment Advisory
Committee and the FIFRA Science Advisory Panel, and CDC Chair for the
Childhood Lead Poisoning Advisory Committee. He is also co-editor of
EPA's Recognition and Management of Pesticide Poisonings. Routt is Beyond Pesticides board president.
James R. Roberts, MD, MPH, FAAP is the lead author of a landmark policy statement, Pesticide Exposure in Children and an accompanying technical report on the effects of pesticide exposure in children. Dr. Roberts is a Professor in the Department of Pediatrics,
Medical University of South Carolina, in Charleston, South Carolina. He presently serves as a member of the EPA’s Pesticide Program Dialogue
Committee and the Chair of the Science Committee for the Children’s
Environmental Health Network and is a past member of the American
Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) Committee on Environmental Health. He is a graduate of Texas Tech University School of Medicine, Lubbock, TX.
Terry Shistar holds a PhD, in Systematics and Ecology from the
University of Kansas has long studied and taught seminars in risk
assessment and environmental ethics, and challenges students to find new
paradigms for environmental policies. She is a hands-on board member,
getting involved in project work, in addition to the “normal” board
activities. She is a regular contributor to Beyond Pesticides’ reports,
such as Ending Toxic Dependency (2007), and comments on
regulatory issues, such as emergency exemptions, special local needs
registrations, special review issues, and agency risk assessments. Terry
has been a member of the Beyond Pesticides board of directors since
1984; board president from 1988 to 1993; and serves as board secretary.
Aimee Simpson works at Beyond Pesticides as the Policy Director and Staff Attorney. She comes to Beyond Pesticides with experience in both environmental
policy and general litigation and a passion for protecting people,
animals, and the environment from dangerous and unnecessary toxins and
pesticides. Previously, a Policy Analyst for the Center for Progressive
Reform, Aimee worked on Clean Water Act enforcement, endocrine
disruptors, toxics reforms, food and product safety, and agricultural
practices and regulations reforms. Before her time as an environmental
policy analyst, Aimee worked as an Associate at the Washington, D.C.
law firm of Schertler & Onorato LLP. Aimee holds a J.D. from
William & Mary Law School and a B.A., magna cum laude with
distinction, in English Literature from Boston University. Aimee is a
local Capitol Hill resident and sits on a the board of a local
pesticide-free, community park and garden.
Michael Skinner, PhD, is a biologist specializing in epigenetics, and professor in the School of Biological Sciences at WashingtonState University and author of the landmark study, Ancestral dichlorodiphenyl-trichloroethane (DDT) exposure promotes epigenetic transgenerational inheritance of obesity, which determined that exposure to the insecticide DDT impacts multiple generations, ultimately contributing
to obesity three generations down the line. He did his B.S. in chemistry at Reed College in Portland Oregon, his Ph.D. in biochemistry at Washington State University and his Postdoctoral Fellowship at the C.H. Best Institute at the University of Toronto. Dr. Skinner established and was the Director of the Washington State University and University of Idaho Center for Reproductive Biology (CRB) since its inception in 1996.
Michael Sligh is founding member of RAFI-USA, he manages policy, research and education regarding agricultural best practices, agricultural biodiversity, biotechnology, organic identity preservation and a range of food justice and other value-added food labeling, and marketing issues. He has more than 30 years’ experience in agricultural practices and policy analysis, including both domestic and international work. Michael holds the following titles: Founding Chair of the USDA/National Organic Standards Board; Founder of Southern Sustainable Agriculture Working Group; Founder of National Organic Coalition; Founding partner of Agricultural Justice Project; and Founding member of Domestic Fair Trade Association. He is also a part-time family farmer and a trained anthropologist. Michael in now the Director of the Just Foods Program, he lives, farms and works in North Carolina.
Pete Sorenson, attorney at law, currently devotes his practice almost entirely to civil litigation, including environmental law. A licensed lawyer in Oregon since 1982, he has extensive experience in citizen enforcement of federal environmental law. His expertise is in pesticide torts, state so-called "Right to Farm" laws, the Clean Water Act, the Safe Drinking Water Act, the Resource Conservation Recovery Act and the Endangered Species Act. Sorenson also serves as a County Commissioners for Lane County, OR, advocating for sustainable economy and protection of human health and the environment.
Robina Suwol is a founding member and executive director of California Safe
Schools, a volunteer organization founded by parents, environmentalists,
medical experts and community members following an incident at Sherman
Oaks Elementary School in Los Angeles. Today, California Safe Schools is
a coalition of over 30 organizations and is in the forefront of
educating students, teachers, and community members through a speakers
bureau, conferences, and town hall meetings, PTA and other community
events. CSS supported the work of California’s legislature in the
passage of AB 405, which prohibits use of experimental and conditionally
registered pesticides in California schools. Robina has served on the
Beyond Pesticides Board since 2003.
Paul Towers is Pesticide Action Network's (PAN) Organizing and Media Director. He has more than eight years of experience
in community organizing, fundraising and organizational development
with environmental, health and social justice organizations. Before working at PAN, he directed Pesticide Watch and Pesticide Watch Education
Fund, sister California organizations dedicated to reducing pesticide
use and promoting healthy farming. Previously, Paul was a community
organizer with New England-based Toxics Action Center, and he is a
graduate of Green Corps, the field school for environmental organizing.
Paul's media background comes from serving as Public Affairs and General
Manager of KDVS-FM and as a co-founder of Common Frequency, a media
justice nonprofit. At PAN, Paul provides support to partner
organizations and communities, coordinates the Organizing Hub, and acts
as primary contact for print media, television and radio. Paul speaks
Mace Vaughan, . He has been a
leader in conserving bees in agricultural landscapes for
over a decade, spearheading a team of specialists working to
bring habitat and pesticide protection to farms and gardens
across North America. He earned his masters degrees in
entomology and education from Cornell University. He has
taught a wide range of audiences across the United States
about the conservation of bees and other beneficial insects
and has wrangled insects for two PBS nature documentaries
Evaggelos Vallianatos is the author of
five books, including Harvest of Devastation and This Land is Their Land,
as well as over 180 articles, including pieces in Alternet.org
and Truth-Out.org. He is also a blogger for the Huffington Post. He worked in risk evaluation at the
EPA for twenty-five years, and now lives in Claremont,
California. He is an advocate for smaller farms, land reform, organic agriculture, and reducing pesticide use. Photo accredited to Sonja Stump.
Matt Wallach is the Project Director for the
Integrated Pest Management (IPM) in Health Care Facilities Project, a
partnership of the Maryland Pesticide Network and Beyond Pesticides. Mr. Wallach has a long standing commitment to public education and activism and
has a background in environmental health and safety issues.
Previously worked as Program
Coordinator for Citizens
Campaign for the Environment in New York State where he worked
state, and regional campaigns to reduce pesticide use, conserve
space, and ensure a clean water supply.
Jon Wild implements a range of options for bed bug control which reduces the use of pesticide in public housing. As housing inspector of the Housing and Community Services Agency of Lane County he has implemented bed bug control techniques such as heat and cold probes that shock bed bugs with temperature extremes, room heating to prevent importing bed bugs on incoming furniture and personal items, and use of least toxic cedar oil product that stops bugs on contact. Mr. Wild received the Rachel Carson Award in 2011 for his commendable work.
Lynn Youngbar currently provides organization development consulting
services to non-profits and government agencies in Oregon, sitting now as board member for the Northwest Center for Alternatives to Pesticides and for Oregon Tilth. Her career has focused on starting and leading innovative, community change-oriented non-profits. She founded Rural Development Initiatives,
Inc. in 1991 and served as its executive director until 1998. Her focus in rural development was building
leadership at the local level to deal with economic dislocation and/or
stagnation--using a community's strengths to rebuild their local economy. She has extensive experience in the Oregon
Legislature and other policy forums in Oregon and the Northwest. She now consults on community and economic development,
non-profit interim management, strategic planning, succession planning and environmental/resource issues. Under the
auspices of Nonprofit Association of Oregon's Executive Transition Services,
she has served as transitional executive director of six Portland area
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