Who We Are: Board
Charles Jones, President
Charlie is a local high school teacher and retired Navy commander with a B.S. in Chemistry and Mathematics from College of Idaho. He grew up in Ontario, OR, (where his grandpa speared salmon in the Malheur River) and has hiked, biked, or skied all over N.E. Oregon.He lives in La Grande, OR and has been on the HCPC board for 8 years.
Catherine Dickson, Vice-President
Catherine is an archaeologist and vegetable farmer. She has a B.A. from Pomona College and an M.A. in Anthropology from Oregon State University. Catherine joined HCPC soon after moving to La Grande in 1998, and joined the HCPC board in 2007. When not at work or in the garden, Catherine is hopefully hiking, biking, rafting, or maintaining birdhouses.
Pete Sandrock, Secretary
Pete is a an experienced backpacker, former Benton County District Attorney, former Chief Operating Officer of the Metro regional government, advisor to the Heinz Center for Science, Economics, and the Environment, and a retired Navy Captain. He lives in Portland, OR. Pete joined the board in 2007.
Jennifer Schemm, Treasurer
Jen is an environmental attorney, mother of two, a graduate of Lewis and Clark College, and University of Oregon School of Law. Jen is a practicing attorney in La Grande, OR, and regularly represents HCPC in litigation. She has been on the HCPC board since 1988.
Brock is the President of the Endangered Species Coalition and past officer of several national conservation organizations. He played an instrumental role in convincing the Supreme Court to reject the plan for damming Hells Canyon in the landmark case Udall v. PFC (1967). Brock has a Law degree from University of Michigan and lives in Washington, D.C.
Mike is a local landowner, based in Halfway, Oregon. He is a retired insurance agent, and played a key role in the reformation of HCPC in the late 80’s. Mike has lived in Baker County for four decades, and has family ties to the area dating back to 1863. Mike joined the board in 2010.
Growing up outside of NYC I was fortunate to have parents who developed a life-long love for the Inland Empire and especially Wallowa County in Eastern Oregon. My father spent the last half of his life immersed in the history, culture and politics of this area, and along the way he acquired a property outside of Joseph where we spent all our summers as teenagers exposing our east coast minds and bodies to the mountains and rivers of this magical area. Following educational experiences in California I migrated to the Pacific NW and have lived mostly in Central Idaho and Olympia, WA since the mid-1970s. I currently work at the Washington State Department of Ecology and spend my “free” time either in or somewhere within a few hours of Wallowa County. Melissa and I have five kids, 5 grandkids, two yorkies, nine chickens and ambitions to help maintain all those things that have made our lives so full into the future.