2018 Keynote

Michelle J. DePass | President & CEO, Meyer Memorial Trust

Michelle J. DePass

She came to Meyer in 2018 after serving as dean of the Milano School of International Affairs, Management and Urban Policy at The New School in New York, shepherding both the program and the university toward environmental stewardship and a greater focus on social justice. Born to parents who immigrated to the U.S. from Jamaica, Michelle also has strong family ties to Oregon through her husband, Joshua Paulson, a civil rights and defense attorney who grew up in the Corvallis, Oregon area. Read Michelle's full bio.

2018 Speakers

Clinton Begley | Watershed Coordinator/Executive Director, Long Tom Watershed Council

Clinton Begley

Andrea Berkley | Natural Resource Specialist, Oregon Parks and Recreation Department

Andrea Berkley

Emilie Blevins | Conservation Biologist, Endangered Species Program, Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation

Emilie Blevins

Belinda Brown | Tribal Partnership Manager, Lomakatsi Restoration Project

Belinda Brown

Her recent work has been with the 109 California Tribes and assisting them in developing resolutions, position papers and facilitating strategic government to government coordination, workshops and collaboration for the protection and preservation of water and natural resources. Her background is in health and human services, emergency preparedness and natural resources.

Direlle Calica | Changing Currents Program Manager & Oregon Project Manager, Affiliated Tribes of Northwest Indians

Direlle Calica

She is also a Bonneville Environmental Foundation (B-E-F) Board of Director, Emeritus. Mrs. Calica is the Managing Partner of Kanim Associates, LLC a Native American, women and Veteran owned company based in Portland, Oregon. Finally, she is a member of the Washington State Bar Association (WSBA) and the WSBA Environmental Law Section.

Chanté Coleman | Director, Choose Clean Water Coalition, National Wildlife Federation

Chante Coleman

Sarah Dyrdahl | Executive Director, Middle Fork Willamette Watershed Council

Sarah Dyrdahl

Amanda Gilbert | Executive Director, Coast Fork Willamette Watershed Council

Amanda Gilbert

Kathleen Guillozet | Director, Willamette Model Watershed Program, Bonneville Environmental Foundation

Jimmy Kagan | Director, Institute for Natural Resources - Portland, Portland State University

Jimmy Kagan

He developed the first statewide vegetation map for Oregon in 1990, and the most recent 2018 Oregon habitat map, discovered and named a new species (Lomatium cookii) and rediscovered three other plant species thought to be extinct. He has a MS in Plant Ecology from the University of Oregon, a BS in Science and Education from Portland State University and a BA from the Evergreen State College.

David Lamfrom | Director-California Desert and Wildlife Programs, National Parks Conservation Association

David Lamfrom

Kate Meyer | Fisheries Biologist, USFS, Willamette National Forest (McKenzie River Ranger District)

Kate Meyer

Brian Moore | Project Manager, Willamette Falls Legacy Project, Oregon Metro

Brian Moore

Gale Orcutt Darling | Community Engagement Coordinator, Middle Fork Willamette Watershed Council

Gale Orcutt Darling

Gladys Ruiz | Principal Consultant, Gladys Ruiz Consulting

Gladys Ruiz

GRC engages clients through the cultivation of equitable learning environments that focuses on understanding what it means to provide programs for multicultural audiences. Rooted in multicultural educational practices, culturally relevant is focused on creating programs that allows audiences to see themselves reflected and respected in the content of each program, is trauma informed, relevant to individuals life experiences, and allows for the environmental field to be broadly define based on their own connection to the natural world. In addition, Gladys Ruiz serves as a Program Associate for Center for Diversity & the Environment, a national organization whose mission is to harness the power of racial & ethnic diversity to transform the U.S. environmental movement by developing leaders, catalyzing change within institutions, and building alliances, leading equity, diversity and inclusion trainings.

Sharon Selvaggio | Program Director, Healthy Wildlife and Water, Northwest Center for Alternatives to Pesticides

Sharon Selvaggio

Audrey Squires | Restoration Projects Manager, Middle Fork Willamette Watershed Council

Audrey Squires

Tori Yoder | Program Technician, Watershed Program, Bonneville Environmental Foundation

Tori Yoder

Jean-Paul Zagarola | Senior Project Manager, Watershed Program, Bonneville Environmental Foundation

Jean-Paul Zagarola

View our 2016 speaker line-up here.