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
Linda Schaeff helps environmental and conservation groups with organizational change and leadership development. She was the founder and CEO of Wolf Creek Partners, an educational, consulting and training group, focused on the transformation of health care systems. Linda has worked closely with Larry Wilson to develop the Playing to Win organizational change model for Pecos River Learning Centers where she was senior faculty, consultant and Executive VP. Linda was the former Dean of Counseling at the Punahou School in Hawaii. While working in the military, Linda developed a prevention- based mental health center that was adopted at military bases around the world.
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.
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.
Ken Margolis started his conservation work at The Nature Conservancy where he served for fifteen years as Northwest Regional Director and Director of Program Development for the International Program. Ken later helped found Conservation International and Ecotrust. In 1991 Ken moved to Kitamaat Village in British Columbia where he worked with the leadership of the Haisla Nation to create the Nanakila Institute and helped protect 960,000 acres of old growth temperate rainforest in the heart of Haisla territory. Ken was later adopted as a member of the Haisla Nation Eagle Clan. After returning from Canada, Ken became President of River Network, where he served for seven years. Since then Ken has worked as a consultant for many conservation and Indian Rights organizations, and several tribal governments.
Dr. Steve Schein is a sustainability leadership consultant and faculty member at the School of Business at Southern Oregon University. His teaching and research focus on sustainability leadership development, sustainable business practices, strategy, and business ethics. He is a certified public accountant and former CEO with more than 30 years of experience. Steve earned his PhD in Human Development and Organizational Systems from Fielding Graduate University and his BA in accounting from the University of Colorado. His upcoming book entitled The Hidden Power of Worldviews: A New Psychology for Sustainability Leadership will be published in 2015.
Camila Thorndike is a lifelong climate organizer with roots in Southern Oregon and Chile. She currently serves as Director of Engagement for COAL, a national arts and culture initiative empowering people to transition from extractive energy, and she recently co-founded Oregon Climate, a grassroots network promoting a carbon pricing initiative in the state of Oregon. Previously Camila worked for the US Institute for Environmental Conflict Resolution, chaired the board of the Watershed Management Group, and founded a youth civic network. Camila is a 2010 cum laude graduate of Whitman College, Udall Scholar, City of Ashland conservationist of the year, and Fellow of the Center for Diversity and the Environment. [If the world were cooler, she'd be mountain biking.]