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Kasey Hovik

Executive Director

Kasey moved to Roseburg in 2011 from Minnesota and has been involved in volunteering for several causes and organizations including; Umpqua Watersheds, Douglas County Museum, US Forest Service, Nature Conservancy, Glide Elementary SMART program and Umpqua Community College. He served on the Board of Directors for Umpqua Watersheds from 2012 to March of 2017 when he stepped off the board to become Executive Director of UW. He currently serves on the Partnership for the Umpqua Rivers Board of Directors.

He has a passion for education, critical thinking and working collaboratively to find solutions to community and environmental issues. He has over twenty years of experience history working for large, medium and small companies in business management and operations and has worked for nonprofit organizations over the last ten years. He has worked full-time at Umpqua Community College since 2013 in Financial Aid and is also the volunteer Natural Resources Program Coordinator. He has a master of business administration degree from the University of St. Thomas and a master of environmental law and policy degree from the Vermont Law School.

He lives with his wife, Janice Reid and their two dogs, Eclipse and Lincoln, on North Bank Road two miles west of the North Bank Habitat Management Area. They enjoy hiking, biking and exploring the great Pacific Northwest in their free time.


 

Melanie MacKinnon

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Melanie MacKinnon

Office Manager

Melanie grew up in Juneau, Alaska and moved to Roseburg in 2008. Even then, she was no stranger to Roseburg, as she visited her grandparents here when she was young. She received her B. A. from Western Washington University and has a passion for solar energy, energy efficiency, and our local community.

MacKinnon Energy Solutions is Melanie’s own consulting business where she is an energy consultant and grant writer. She is a certified Solar Photovoltaic Technician and is a Board Member of the Douglas County Global Warming Coalition. Melanie has been significantly involved in several volunteer groups and events including the DC Smart Energy Group, Green and Solar Tour, and Earth Day and Energy Fair.

Her office hours are 1-5 Mon-Wed and 9-1 Thurs-Fri.

Stop in and say hi!


 

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Robbin Schindele

Crater Lake Wilderness Coordinator

Our current campaign coordinator is Robbin Schindele. He has over thirty years experience in marketing and communications. He began as a photojournalist, has written for nearly every medium, been a video and film producer and director and ended his full time communications career as Vice President of New media for a Minneapolis, MN advertising agency that was the largest web developer in Minnesota in the early 2000s.

In 2003 he left that behind, moved to Idaho, and became a rancherand immediately became involved with the non-profit Back Country Horsemen of Idaho, Shortly thereafter he was elected to the State Board of Directors. From there he was elected to the National Board of Back Country Horsemen of America (BCHA) serving 14,000 members in 27 states. During his tenure on these two Boards he worked closely with the US Forest Service on local projects and national policy issues. IN 2006 he served on board’s leadership team creating the videotape portion of an Indiegogo.com crowdsourcing campaign that raised $125,000 for BCHA.

He has now brought his knowledge, experience and enthusiasm to Umqua Watersheds and is an invaluable asset in moving the CLWC forward.


 

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Christine Smith

AmeriCorps

Hi my name is Christine Smith and I’m the AmeriCorps member at Umpqua Watersheds. I’m originally from Ventura, CA, but I spent the last four years in Salem, Oregon pursuing a degree in environmental science and falling in love with the Pacific Northwest. I graduated in May 2017 from Willamette University and am excited to work with youth in environmental education!

We’re often seeking volunteers for our education programs. If interested, please contact our office at 541-672-7065


 

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Maris Wilson

AmeriCorps

Maris grew up in Pennsylvania and first discovered her love of environmental science during a trip to Wallops Island, Virginia in eighth grade. Since then, she has been in pursuit of learning as much about our environment as possible. She obtained her B.A. in Environmental Studies from Juniata College after spending time working on the college farm and interning at Shaver’s Creek Environmental Center.

Maris moved to the Rogue Valley last year to work as an AmeriCorps member with Rogue Valley Farm to School before coming to Roseburg to work with Umpqua Watersheds. She is passionate about providing experiential, hands on education to students of all ages in order to ensure that everyone has the chance to connect with the environment in their own way. She enjoys reading, bird watching, gardening, and hiking. She’s always ready for a new adventure!


 

 

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Patrick Schneider

Programming Director

Patrick joined Umpqua Watersheds in the Fall of 2017 when the low frequency radio station was launched. Patrick has been invaluable in keeping the radio station running, making sure the appropriate permits, licenses, and fees are filed. A radio station requires a lot of work and Patrick has stepped up to the challenge.

Patrick was recently featured in the Umpqua Community College catalog. See page 13.

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Diana Larson-Stone

Bookkeeper