Southern Oregon Land Conservancy is run by a talented and passionate staff and guided by a committed Board of Directors. With support from our Trustee Council, advisors, volunteers, and community partners, the values of integrity, openness, inclusivity, collaboration, respect and excellence permeate all aspects of the organization’s work.
The staff puts the Board’s vision and priorities into action. They interact closely with the community to design and implement a range of programs and initiatives, while seamlessly managing the day-to-day operations of an accredited non-profit organization.
Cathy joined SOLC in July 2017. She served previously as the Executive Director of the Ashland Independent Film Festival. Before moving to Ashland in 2011, Cathy led the City Kids Wilderness Project, a year-round outdoor experiential program for at risk youth. She has a passion for the outdoors, and understands the importance of natural spaces and the need to conserve and protect natural and working lands. Cathy enjoys exploring Oregon, hiking, biking, paddling, and roasting the perfect marshmallow.
541.482.3069 ext. 102
Kristi works with landowners and partners around the region to care for the organization’s conserved lands. She loves to explore, bird, and botanize the region accompanied by her red dog. She volunteers with the Siskiyou Chapter of the Native Plant Society of Oregon as their Outreach Coordinator, and teaches classes at the Siskiyou Field Institute.
541.482.3069 ext. 105
Conservation Project Manager
Paul's role at SOLC is to work collaboratively with landowners and community partners to develop and manage land conservation projects, focusing on protecting the highest priority conservation lands within the SOLC service area. Paul moved back to Oregon from Hawaii in 2016 and enjoys music, playing frisbee, and spending time outdoors.
541.482.3069 ext. 103
Kelly Gonzales is happy to be able to combine her more than 20 years of experience in fundraising, communications, marketing, and member engagement with her lifelong passion for conservation. When she’s not in the office, you can find her paddling big whitewater and exploring trails.
541.482.3069 ext. 104
Communications and Outreach Coordinator
Teresa keeps in touch with the community through social media and eNews updates and coordinates our events and volunteer opportunities. She also maintains the website and supports member engagement. When Teresa’s not remodeling her Talent home or tending to it’s one acre garden, she loves getting out and exploring the region, and volunteering for the Native Plant Society as the Siskiyou Chapter Secretary.
541.482.3069 ext. 107
Alex has been involved with Southern Oregon Land Conservancy for over twenty years. Even after relocating out of the area, he continues to serve as our Staff Attorney, helping negotiate transactions, drafting documents, and providing legal support and counseling. Alex also consults with other land trusts on organizational and transactional issues. In his free time, he enjoys spending time with his two sons and wife.
Lyndia brings 20 years of field biology and forestry consulting experience to the SOLC team. In her capacity as Land Steward Lyndia conducts baseline assessments, monitors conservation easements, and supports landowners in their effort to steward the land. She is fascinated by the natural history and disturbance ecology of the Klamath-Siskiyou ecoregion and enjoys hiking, observing nature, and spending time with friends and family.
541.482.3069 ext. 106
Board of Directors
Southern Oregon Land Conservancy’s board is comprised of 11 individuals who set the strategic direction of the organization. Each member brings her or his knowledge and experience to guide planning, fundraising and outreach, organizational structure, finance, and so much more. They represent many of the diverse communities and constituents that make up our region.
Kevin retired from Southern Oregon University after a 26-year career as Director of Extended Campus Programs and Chief Information Officer. He serves on the boards of Rogue Community College, Oregon Community College Association, and Crater Lake Natural History Association.
Keith worked for Harry & David for over 20 years, first as Orchard Production Manager and then on the fulfillment side of operations until his retirement in 2015.
Heather is a southern Oregon native and is currently a CPA and CFO working with private family-run business where her work crosses into land use and conservancy. An avid outdoors woman, Heather takes advantage of local public lands for trail running, skiing, hiking and rafting. As a new board member Heather is focused on long-term good of the Rogue River region.
Eric is the owner and principle broker at Full Circle Real Estate. He has a background in marketing and worked for “Backroads” leading adventure bike tours around the globe. Eric has served on several regional real estate boards.
Julie is the former Executive Director of WinterSpring a local nonprofit that provides grief support and counseling. She was the chair of the Department of Accounting at Western Washington University prior to moving to Oregon.
Dan manages his family’s 300-acre ranch in Gold Hill and is active on SOLC’s Lands Committee. He has served on the board since 1994 and has played a critical role in the growth of the organization.
Harry was a trial attorney for most of his career. He attended Harvard University for his B.A. and was a graduate of Stanford Law School. Harry has been involved with numerous land trusts such as Gallatin Valley Land Trust, Calusa Land Trust on Pine Island, Florida, and Western Rivers Conservancy, and has served on state, regional, and local nonprofit boards.
Comprised of 12 community leaders, the Trustee Council provides sage advice and support to further Southern Oregon Land Conservancy’s mission. They are the movers and shakers in our communities who help broaden our support base through their vast and varied personal connections and professional networks.
The Council includes Karen DeBoer, Paul Hill, Paul Imperia, Dan O'Connor, Kara Olmo, Judson Parsons, Sarah Sameh, Karen Smith, Nancy Tait, Jeanne Taylor, Bill Thorndike, Jr., Sam Whitford.