Board of Directors
President, Restoration Committee Chair
After spending many years in a semi-reclusive life style off the grid and in the midst of various forests Stanley Petrowski has dedicated himself to restoration ecology and conservation. With his life long wife he lives on a ranch in Tiller District of Umpqua National Forest. He his a Vietnam war veteran who found spiritual solace in the wilds.
Among his achievements are the 2014 Rise to the Future, Private Citizen Commitment for Watershed Restoration Award, 2009 Umpqua Watersheds Conservationist of the Year Award, 2008 American Fisheries Society Fisheries Team of the Year Award and OSU Master Watershed Steward Certification.
Currently he serves as Umpqua Watershed’s President, and is on the Board of Directors of South Umpqua Rural Community Partnership, Partnership for the Umpqua Rivers, Lomakatsi Restoration Project and is Native Fish Society River Steward for the South Umpqua River.
His current passion is in collaborative whole watershed ecological resilience and restoration.
j. Patrick Quinn
Vice-President, Conservation Committee Chair
A native of New York City, where he began his conservation work helping to defend the last contiguous woodland in the city from development, Pat moved to Oregon from Cedar Rapids Iowa. Retired from a long career in construction, he resides with his wife, Treva, on seven acres in Camas Valley. Pat is a sometime poet and gardner with an abiding interest in improving our watersheds and helping to preserve our native forests and restore damaged lands. He currently serves on the executive board of the Coquille Watershed Association.
Secretary, Volunteer Coordinator
Diana came to Oregon from Ohio in 1970. She fell in love with Oregon’s forests, ocean, mountains and people. She learned to kayak, cross-country ski and backpack and her sons were raised enjoying these activities. She thrives on spending time in the wilderness and has been a member of Umpqua Watersheds from the beginning and now that she’s retired she is excited to become more involved in the organization. She is impressed by and grateful for the work UW does for all of our benefit and wishes to support the powerhouse board members and be of service.
Katherin was born in Roseburg and went to Douglas High School. She worked 11 years for Roseburg Lumber attending Umpqua Community College taking nursing prerequisites in the daytime until she left UCC for the Full time Nursing Program. She graduated as an RN with her AA in Nursing and worked 11 years for Mercy Medical Center. When she took up Travel Nursing she worked in nearly every hospital in Oregon. She continues to be active in Community Based Care as an RN even in retirement. She woke up in late 2015. She is an advocate for natural Public Parks and a government watchdog, investigative reporter/journalist/blogger.
Education Committee Chair
In 1995, Ken Carloni joined Penny Lind, Jim Ince and Jim Kauppila to sign the original Articles of Incorporation for Umpqua Watersheds, and served as its second president from 1996 to 1998, and again from 2009 to 2013. He obtained his doctorate in Forest Ecology from the College of Forestry at Oregon State University (2005) where he modeled and documented the aboriginal fire management patterns in the Little River watershed in the southwestern Oregon Cascades. He has taught Principles of Biology, Microbiology, Genetics and Field Botany at Umpqua Community College since 1987. Along with historical ecology, his current interests focus on conservation biology, restoration ecology, and outdoor education. He lives with his wife, Jenny, on the North Umpqua River where he continues to be dazzled and humbled by the majesty and diversity of the 100 Valleys.
Facilities Committee Chair
John Hunter was born and raised in Southern California and graduated from Humboldt State University with a BA in Zoology. John has lived in Douglas County for over 45 years. It was a combination of family camping trips and his father’s love of nature that, early in life, instilled John’s love and appreciation for the wonders of the natural world. Consequently, his preference has always been towards outdoor activities. John Hunter’s occupations have been outdoor related as well, having spent ten years in the reforestation business as a member of the Golden Rockets. The last 30 years John has been a General Contractor, his experience at which has been invaluable to Umpqua Watersheds.
It was the logging of Dave Busenbark County Park in 2015 that motivated John to become involved in environmental issues, especially those concerning our County parks. As a result, Douglas County Parks Advisory Resource Committee (DCPARC) was formed. Its inclusion under the Umpqua Watersheds’ umbrella provided John the opportunity to join the Umpqua Watersheds’ Board of Directors. John’s various occupations and experiences has given him a diverse knowledge helpful for the challenges confront the Umpqua Watershed and Douglas County. John is honored to serve on the Board of Directors and dedicated to achieving and expanding the mission of the organization. Along with the help of our community we will! Remember Busenbark!
Having been born and raised in Douglas County, Eric’s sense of belonging and purpose stems from the forests, rivers, mountains, and biotic community of the Umpqua watersheds. Eric completed an associate’s in Natural Resources-Landscape Monitoring, along with a certificate in Geographic Information Systems at Umpqua Community College. He aspires to earn a bachelor’s in Ecological Restoration before proceeding with graduate studies at Oregon State University. After working seasonally for the USFS as a botanical science tech, Eric is now employed full-time at Phoenix Charter School as the Youth Corps Coordinator.
In her youth, Barbara’s first activism involved food co-ops, community and bicycling. Barbara holds a BS in Business from the University of Minnesota’s Carlson School of Management. She has lived in Douglas County for over twenty years, and has volunteered for many community organizations, but being on the board of the Umpqua Watershed feels like home. She hopes to provide support to the watershed in pursuit of positive conservation and restoration outcomes. She still holds interest in food, community and riding her bicycle.