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. Since 1980 Chris has been active in community-based projects to improve federal forest management. He is a founding board member of The Applegate Partnership and 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.
Anne Hummer has been engaged in fundraising and managing environmentally focused non-profit organizations for 20 years. She was previously Executive Director of the Society of Conservation Biology and VP for Development and External Affairs for the H. John Heinz Center for Science, Economics, and the Environment. Anne has also worked for the Center for Science in the Public Interest and the World Wildlife Fund. She is a former legislative aide and newspaper reporter with a journalism degree from Ohio 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.
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.
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 Action Now, a grassroots network channeling creative community engagement. 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.]