Staff & Board

Kathleen is Wallowa Land Trust's first Executive Director. She joined the Trust in the fall of 2013 after almost a decade at Capitol Land Trust in Olympia, Washington. Raised in Eugene, Oregon Kathleen graduated from the University of Hawaii with a degree in Asian Studies, before receiving a master's degree in Environmental Studies from The Evergreen State College. She has worked with many charitable organizations over the years and brings her extensive knowledge of nonprofit administration and successful land conservation to northeast Oregon. She is a member of Wallowa County Rotary and the exclusive Rouen Preservation and Enhancement Society. Contact Kathleen

Eric comes to Wallowa Land Trust from Southern Oregon, where he lived in the Siskiyou-Rogue River National Forest caretaking a grandfathered homestead and thinning oak forests in the Applegate Valley. Prior to caretaking, he was the development coordinator for a Wallowa County nonprofit and earned his MFA in Creative Writing from University of Idaho, which awarded him the opportunity to live and write at Taylor Ranch in the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness. Through these experiences, he has developed an appreciation for the legacies of working lands, landowners, and land use in the American West. Contact Eric

As a child Heidi spent summers and holidays on her grandparent’s cattle ranch in Lostine. She fell in love with the valley and community at a young age and always had a dream of building a life and raising a family here. In 1998 Heidi and her husband Ian moved to Lostine and into her great grandparent’s old farmhouse on the ranch. Her children, Ashley and Malachi, are the fifth generation of her family to live in the house. She has owned and operated two local businesses - Wallowa Outdoors and The Blonde Strawberry - and most recently baked at the Lostine Tavern. Contact Heidi

A native Oregonian, Mark is retired from a career as Operations Manager for the American Red Cross Umbilical Cord Blood Program. He has owned timber land in Wallowa County since 1977. After moving to Wallowa County from Portland in 2005, he served as a city councilor for the City of Joseph, spearheading the development of the City’s Bicycle/Pedestrian Transportation Plan and revisions of the zoning and land development ordinances. He has played harmonica in a blues band and acted in community theater productions of South Pacific, Irene, Paint Your Wagon, The Music Man and Deadwood Dick.

The oldest of six children Paul spent a large portion of his childhood in Irvine, California. He left for Modesto Junior College on an agriculture scholarship, and spent six years in the San Joaquin valley of California. Paul arrived in Oregon in 1987 where he met his wife Sharon. They moved to Wallowa County in 1993 when Paul accepted a position with the Wallowa County Mental Health Clinic. Paul is concerned about the threat of development and the decline of the working family farm and is dedicated to making a difference.

Christian is the Development Coordinator for the literary nonprofit, Fishtrap, Inc., and holds a J.D. from Willamette University College of Law.  After practicing Law throughout the Willamette Valley for three years, Christian decided to replant his Wallowa County roots, and moved back to his home in Joseph Oregon.  With a great deal of affection for his rural home town and the important work that the Wallowa Land Trust does every day, he is excited to translate both his legal background and experience in nonprofit development as a board member of the Wallowa Land Trust.

David grew up in Western Oregon and Eastern Washington and then went on to teach physics at colleges in the eastern United States. Upon retirement, he and his wife Dolores returned to the east side of their home state, and David now splits his time between volunteering with Wallowology, the Wallowa Valley Photo Club and Wallowa Land Trust.

Benjamin grew up on his family’s farm in Wallowa County’s isolated North End. The last student to attend the Flora school, he graduated from Enterprise in 1980, and then lived out of the county for 20 years. Since returning in 2001, he has been on the board of Fishtrap, Inc., a local literary non-profit, and a member of the Wallowa County Planning Commission. A poet and writer, he finds inspiration in the open spaces that Wallowa County provides, from mountain to canyon and everything in between. He lives in Joseph with his wife Lynne and two young daughters, both of whom are 5th generation Wallowa County natives.

Born and raised in Corvallis, Oregon Nick grew up adjacent to the outskirts of town and spent much of his free time exploring the fields, creeks and forests within bicycle range.  His love of the outdoors led him to pursue a career in Forestry where he spent time working for the Lake Wenatchee Ranger Station and the Suislaw National Forest.  In 1989 Nick accepted the job of Timber Management Officer for the Wallowa Valley Ranger District.  In 2000 he became the Fire Management Officer for the Wallowa Fire Zone until his retirement in 2007.  Nick and his wife Angie live in Joseph and are deeply invested in preserving the livability of this special place.

One of Wallowa Land Trust's founding members, Jean has been an active community member in Wallowa County since 1980. She brings a background and interest in land use planning which stems back to the early 1990s when she was appointed to the Wallowa Lake Basin Advisory Committee to work on a plan to address the future of the Wallowa Lake moraines. Jean also splits her time between managing a business with her husband and coordinating services for the county developmental disability program.