President Ken Crocker works with families and organizations as a mediator, organizational consultant, trainer and facilitator. Along with his passion for helping people prepare for and reduce climate change, Ken also volunteers as a mediator through Mediation Works and is passionate about supporting youth through mentoring with Boys to Men of Southern Oregon. He previously worked for Intel Corp. in strategic planning, marketing, competitive analysis, performance modeling, and product definition. He holds 5 patents in the area of computer systems architecture.
Board of Directors
Vice President Matthew McKinnon is a teacher of government and political science at Ashland High School. A former attorney, Matthew serves as Chair of the Board’s Governance Committee and provides much of the day to day governance oversight for the Geos Institute.
Treasurer Stephen Sendar is an entrepreneur responsible for the initiation and development of a number of successful business ventures. He currently owns and operates a publishing house and leads the board in meeting its fiduciary responsibilities.
Secretary JoAnne Eggers has served as an elected City of Ashland Parks Commissioner for 12 years. She was a member of the Ashland Forest Lands Commission and is a founding member of the Ashland Watershed Partnership and the Ashland Watershed Stewardship Alliance. She has worked as a teacher, a community organizer on healthcare and homelessness issues, and as a potter and baker. Education: B.A. in English, U.C., Berkeley, graduate work in education, U.C., Davis.
Bill Bradbury, originally from Chicago, was first elected as Oregon State Representative for Curry/Coos County in 1980. Starting in 1985, he served in the State Senate, where he was chosen as Majority Leader and President. As a legislator, Bill helped develop the Salmon and Trout Enhancement Program and Oregon Watershed Health Program. From 1995 to 1999, Bill directed the non-profit group, For the Sake of the Salmon, working to find common ground for salmon restoration in Oregon, Washington, and California. Starting in November 1999, he served as Secretary of State for nine years. Bill joined Al Gore’s Climate Change presentation team in 2006 and has given talks to over 250 groups in Oregon. Recently Bill has become a nationally recognized leader in the fight against global climate change, serving on the Oregon Sustainability Board (chair) and the Oregon Global Warming Advisory Commission.
Chris Bratt has been a member of the United Brotherhood of Carpenters for 40 years. He currently is a board member of The Applegate Partnership and founder of Thompson Creek Residents for Ecological Education (TREE).
Jim Furnish is a consulting forester in Washington D.C., following a 34-year career with the USDA Forest Service. He worked in the Rockies, as Supervisor of Oregon’s Siuslaw National Forest (8 years), and as Deputy Chief (2.5 years) assisting Chief Dombeck in Roadless Area rulemaking. He dramatically shifted the Siuslaw NF to young-stand management and enhancement of late-successional habitat for wildlife and fish. He serves as an advisor to the Western Environmental Law Center. Jim graduated from Iowa State University.
Jim Ince As a multilingual world traveler based in Bavaria during the 1970s, Jim spent most of this period in India, Afghanistan and Nepal, where he founded and operated a charitable medical clinic serving Tibetan Refugees. He settled in Oregon in 1983 on a forested ranch in the Umpqua National Forest. Very active in conservation and wildlife policy in the Pacific Northwest for over 20 years, Jim maintains important liaisons with many non-profits in our region, serving on several boards in Oregon. He is the owner of two small businesses, and has two children, both of whom attend Southern Oregon University.
Barry Noon, Ph.D. is Professor of Wildlife Ecology at Colorado State University. He earned degrees in Biology from Princeton University and State University of New York. He is a member of the Ecological Society of America, Society for Conservation Biology, Wildlife Society, and International Association of Landscape Ecologists. Barry was an Aldo Leopold Leadership Fellow and Senior Fulbright Scholar to India.