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Staff and board

our Staff:
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Emily Cain

Executive Director

Emily was born and raised in Oregon. She grew up exploring many of her state's natural wonders. With a degree in environmental and political science, she has experience in nonprofit program management, and also as a community organizer, campaign staffer, and outdoor educator. She lives with her husband on their working farm in rural Wallowa County near the Eagle Cap Wilderness.

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Jamie Dawson

Conservation Director

Jamie was born in the (original) State of Jefferson, somewhere between the volcanoes of the Cascades and the salty forests of the coast. Before landing in Wallowa County, she was fortunate to live and work in some of the West’s most beautiful and remote landscapes, including northwest Montana and Alaska’s Copper River basin. She loves to spend time exploring wild places, running rivers, and chasing turkeys and elk on our public lands. 

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Megan Keating

Development Director

Megan was born and raised in Massachusetts but has been fortunate to call Oregon home for over ten years. Her background is rooted in climate adaptation research, political campaigns, and the outdoor recreation industry. She is an avid cyclist, backcountry skier, and hiker who loves spending time outside exploring NE Oregon. Megan lives in La Grande.

Pip Redding

Blue Mountains Trail Coordinator

Pip is an outdoorsperson, musician, and cook whose career in conservation is motivated by curiosity and an emotional connection to the land. His experience includes many seasons with the U.S. Forest Service, thru hikes of the AT and PCT, and an environmental studies degree from the University of the South. He lives in Enterprise.

Nash Wadhams

Outreach and Membership Coordinator

Nash grew up in Portland, Oregon, escaping the city often to hike through the beautiful recreational areas in the Willamette Valley. As a teen she paid several visits to the Greater Hells Canyon Region. Feeling as though she’s found a forever home in Enterprise, she hopes to deepen her connection to the region’s wilderness, natural history and to the stories of the people who have long called it home.

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Jared Kennedy

Organizational Consultant

Jared received a degree in Computer Science from Columbia University, and he has spent his career in the mission-driven sector. Prior to GHCC, Jared co-founded and ran Outdoor Project, a digital guidebook for human-powered outdoor adventures. He loves exploring the wild landscapes in NE Oregon with his family.

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Brian Kelly

Senior Advisor

Brian received a B.S. from Cornell University in Plant Sciences and Forestry. He has won awards for his work from the National Arbor Day Foundation, Oregon Community Trees and Oregon Department of Forestry.

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Sarah Collins

Financial Administrator

Sarah is a payroll and bookkeeping professional based in Wallowa County since 2019. Since graduating college in 2010, she has immersed herself in the world of finance. Beyond her numbers-driven career, Sarah is a passionate gardener and homesteader, dedicated to the art of fermentation, sourdough baking, canning, and knitting.

our board of directors and advisors:
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Mike Beaty

Board of Directors, President

Mike lives in Halfway, Oregon with his wife Pam Conley and two border collie mixes on the southern flanks of the Wallowa Mountains in Nimiipu Country. A geographer by trade, Mike has 32 years of Federal natural resource management experience in Maine, Idaho, and the Pacific Northwest. A lifetime hiker, Mike sees Blue Mountains Trail Magic connecting people to a healthy ecosystem. 

Robin Coen

Board of Directors, Vice President

Robin grew up on a cattle ranch in the Elkhorn Mountains, and graduated from University of Washington with a Bachelor of Science in Forest Engineering. She now lives with her family in Boise, ID. She operates a vacation rental business at her Elkhorn Mountain ranch property, and continues to foster her deep love for the environment through conservation work, watercolor painting, and gardening.

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Sarah Cuddy

Board of Directors

Sarah is a lifelong Oregonian and spent much of her career in outdoor education, leading experiential expeditions all across the West. She also worked as a community organizer for a statewide conservation non-profit and is passionate about protecting Oregon's wild places. Sarah has an M.S. in Education from EOU and a B.S. in Environmental Science from the UofO. In her free time, Sarah enjoys exploring remote parts of eastern Oregon's high deserts and forests with her family. She lives in Baker City. 

Catherine Dickson

Advisory Board of Directors

Catherine is an archaeologist for the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation and a vegetable gardener with a lot of garlic.  She enjoys hiking, rafting, and improving conditions for wildlife on her Grande Ronde Valley property.  She has a B.A. from Pomona College and an M.A. in Anthropology from Oregon State University.

Brock Evans

Board of Directors

Brock played an instrumental role in convincing the Supreme Court to reject the plan to dam Hells Canyon.  A prolific writer and public speaker, he has received numerous awards for his work, including Lifetime Achievement Awards from the League of Conservation Voters and the Natural Resources Council of America, the John Muir Award, and the Sierra Club’s highest honor. 

Larissa Gordon

Board of Directors

Larissa moved from the east coast to the Pacific Northwest to reconnect with her roots and family. She has a B.S. in Evolutionary Ecology and Atmospheric Sciences from the University of Colorado, at Boulder. She considers herself a "bi-coastal" woman who splits her time on the Oregon coast and deep in the mountains. Currently, she's a Digital Media Manager for The Oregonian and Here is Oregon, a publication celebrating the people, places, and experiences that make our state uniquely Oregon. 

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Stephen Hatfield

Board of Directors, Treasurer

Stephen is an independent consultant working on regenerative tourism solutions for communities. In previous roles, he worked for Travel Oregon, REI Co-Op, and Forest Park Conservancy. Stephen has a MS in Environmental Education from Lesley University, and a MBA in Sustainability from Bainbridge Graduate Institute. An avid trail runner, skier, and backpacker, he lives in SW Portland with his wife and two daughters.

Mike Higgins

Advisory Board of Directors

Mike is a local landowner in Halfway, Oregon. He played a key role in the reformation of HCPC in the late 80’s.  As a former high school and junior high school science teacher, Mike has continued to marvel at the wonders of the natural world, especially those waiting to be discovered in the deserts and mountains of northeast Oregon.  

David Johns

Board of Directors

David Johns is Adjunct Professor of Political Science, Portland State University, Portland OR, and co-founded the Wildlands Network and Yellowstone to Yukon Initiative.  He specializes in place-based ecosystem conservation on a continental scale, and received the 2007 Denver Zoological Foundation Conservation Award for his work.

Charles Jones

Board of Directors

Charlie is a retired local high school teacher and 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.

Al Josephy

Advisory Board of Directors

Al was fortunate to have parents who developed a life-long love for the Inland Empire and especially Wallowa County.  His wife Melissa and he have five kids, five grandkids, two yorkies, nine chickens, and ambitions to help conserve all those things that have made their lives so full into the future.

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Jim Kennedy

Advisory Board of Directors

Jim is a retired business lawyer from Portland.  He spends much of his time on his ranch in the Blue Mountains (Ritter, Oregon) where he pursues his passion for the outdoors, wildlife, forests and land stewardship.  Jim received his undergraduate and law degrees from the University of Michigan.

David Mildrexler

Advisory Board of Directors

David is a terrestrial ecosystem scientist holding a PhD from Oregon State University’s College of Forestry. He researches the ecological applications of remote sensing data, natural disturbance ecology, vegetation-climate interactions, biodiversity and landscape connectivity, and the management and conservation of eastside forested ecosystems and wildlands.

Marina Richie

Board of Directors

Marina Richie  is a freelance nature writer.  She holds an undergraduate degree in biology from the University of Oregon, and a master’s degree in journalism at University of Montana, where she wrote an investigative thesis on environmental issues in Hells Canyon National Recreation Area.  She lives in Bend.

Pete Sandrock

Advisory Board of Directors

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.

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Lindsay Schuelke

Board of Directors, Secretary

Lindsay is a nonprofit management professional with Pacific Rivers, an organization that focuses on river protections and restoration. Since moving to Oregon from Wisconsin in 2015, Lindsay has loved exploring the Northwest, learning about its natural wonders, and finding ways to get involved in Northwest conservation. She's worked for several regional environmental groups in partnerships and development, outreach campaigns, and program management. Lindsay is based in Southeast Portland and enjoys every opportunity to visit cherished friends and places in Eastern Oregon. 

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