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.
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.
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.
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.
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 its one acre garden, she loves getting out and exploring the region, and volunteering for the Native Plant Society as the Siskiyou Chapter Secretary.
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.
We are bringing together two experts, Cheri Elson and Robert Hague, to give you an introduction to planned giving and answer some of your questions to help you make decisions that enrich the causes you support and provide you with peace of mind and a deep sense of satisfaction knowing you are creating a legacy.
Oh, what a night! On October 18, we gathered at the Ashland Hills Hotel for our annual Conservation Celebration to honor 41 years of protecting special places in our region. Take a peek at some of the night's highlights.