Board

  • Ben Miller, President

    Ben is an attorney with the City of Eugene. Previously Ben worked for the law firm Harrang Long Gary Rudnick and the Oregon Department of Justice in the areas of litigation, energy, fisheries, forestry and water law. He holds a BS in Fisheries and Wildlife Science from the Oregon State University Honors College and a JD from the University of Oregon School of Law. He also serves on the Board of the Northwest Habitat Institute. Ben has spent his entire life in Oregon and hasn’t run out of places to explore. Most weekends you can find him fishing for steelhead, snowshoeing, bird hunting, packing out an elk, or backpacking in one of Oregon’s wilderness areas.

  • Louise Solliday, Vice President

    A longtime MRT supporter, Louise recently retired from a career in natural resources as Director of the Oregon Department of State Lands. Prior to that, she worked in the Oregon Governor’s Office and for the Pacific Rivers Council. Louise fell in love with the McKenzie River when she made her first trip to Oregon; she loved it so much she chose to move there in 1989. She now lives along the Alsea River.

  • Christian Beck, Secretary

    An Oregon native and resident of Eugene since 1990, Christian chose to live in the Willamette Valley because it is the gateway to many outdoor pursuits. He holds a BS in Finance from the University of Oregon and is a VP Financial Consultant with Charles Schwab. Christian’s love for clean water and native fish was brought about by spending many years on local waters, trying to master the art of fly fishing. Whether running the McKenzie River Trail, skiing the cascades or mountain biking in Oakridge, he is planted right in the middle of everything he loves about being an Oregonian. Christian, his wife, Carrie, and two boys, Maclean and Warren, have explored much of Oregon… but there is always something new to discover.

  • Douglas DuPriest, Treasurer

    Prior to retiring, Doug practiced law for 30 years. He was a shareholder with Hutchinson, Anderson, Cox, Coons & DuPriest, P.C. of Eugene and his practice emphasized real property and land use law. He is a past president of the Oregon Environmental Council and Lane County Home Health Agency and past board member of Oregon Environmental Foundation and Friends of the University of Oregon Museum of Art.

  • Mariah Acton, Development Committee Chair

    Mariah has a deep love for the trees, rivers, and mountains that make this region so beautiful, and she appreciates the great work of land trusts to help keep it that way. Mariah serves as a “Student Scholar” on the MRT board via the University of Oregon’s Department of Planning, Public Policy, and Management. With a degree in environmental policy from the University of Alaska Fairbanks and her current pursuit of dual Master’s degrees in conflict resolution and public administration, Mariah brings thoughtfulness and great skills to the Board. When not studying, she enjoys helping her family on their dairy goat farm and exploring the great northwest with her partner Jeremy and their terrier Jaeger.

  • Charlie Zennache, Lands Committee Chair

    Charlie is a circuit court judge in Lane County. He is a former board member of BRING Recycling and the Oregon Country Fair and has served on the Eugene Police Commission and a number of professional organizations. In addition to his JD from the University of Oregon, he has a BS in natural resources management from the University of Connecticut. He loves hiking and canoeing with his wife, Bonnie Henderson.

  • Tom Barkin

    Tom Barkin comes to the McKenzie River Trust Board as a lawyer with long experience working in regulation of energy, water, natural gas, and telecommunication utilities. From 1987 to 2003, he was Chief Administrative Law Judge at the Oregon Public Utility Commission. From 2004 to 2013, he ran his own consulting business, specializing in telecommunication issues. He has also served on the Boards of several nonprofit organizations. For the last four years, he was the Slow Food USA Regional Governor for Oregon and Idaho. Tom moved from Madison, Wisconsin to the rivers, ocean and mountains of the Pacific Northwest in 1977.

  • Cale Bruckner

    Cale is a technology executive who has called Eugene home since 1992. He graduated from the University of Oregon in 1996 and went to work for Palo Alto Software. Cale joined Concentric Sky, a local software consultancy, in 2009 and is currently the company Vice President. Cale is also involved in efforts to strengthen and grow the Eugene-Springfield technology industry, leading a campaign to increase the visibility of the community by branding it the “Silicon Shire” and developing the technology business directory at siliconshire.org. Cale is an avid fly fisherman and amateur photographer, and he enjoys designing and building autonomous drones. He lives in Eugene with his wife Lisa and their three children: Cosmo, Jane, and May.

  • Linda Carnine

    Linda Carnine is a retired educational consultant/ remedial reading program developer who has worked in under-privileged communities across the US, especially on Native American reservations. She also served as a special education director/building administrator in Lane County for nearly 20 years. Linda first fell in love with MRT when the Trust saved forestland across from their land-lease cabin on the McKenzie River nearly 30 years ago. For the last dozen years she and her husband have been involved in a variety of conservation efforts in Lane County.

  • Bev Hollander

    Bev has been the CFO of a successful horticultural corporation which she and her husband Mike established in 1989. A registered nurse for more than 30 years, Bev has dedicated her life to expressing her passion through service. When asked why she wanted to join the MRT Board, Bev said "I’m excited for the opportunity to honor and support planet Earth."

  • Jason Johnson

    Jason Johnson is a 10-year resident of Eugene, where he lives with his wife, Sulwyn, and son, Desmond. He’s an avid (and frequent) fisherman and a technology sales & marketing executive with Eugene-based MPulse Maintenance Software. An active nonprofit leader, Jason served previously as Executive Director and board member for the Furthur Down the Road Foundation, a nonprofit organization “devoted to restoring and preserving author Ken Kesey’s original Furthur bus.” He currently also serves on the board of Rivers of Recovery, a nonprofit dedicated to helping combat veterans heal through fly fishing. Jason holds an MBA from UCLA, and an MA in English from East Tennessee State University where he wrote his master’s thesis, “Zen for Americans,” on Gary Snyder’s Turtle Island. He also holds a BA in Psychology from East Carolina University.

  • Kit Larsen

    Kit is a retired systems analyst with the Computing Center at the University of Oregon. He is a founding member of Friends of Eugene Springfield Habitats and past treasurer and board member for Oregon Field Ornithologists. Kit is a past board member, field trip leader, and field notes editor for Lane County Audubon Society and sat on the Oregon Breeding Bird Atlas Steering Committee.

  • Jim Regali

    Jim grew up and was educated in the upper Midwest in Minnesota and Wisconsin. He moved to Eugene in 1975 with his wife Connie and their four children, and he feels most fortunate to live in this most wonderful place. Now retired from his medical practice, Jim volunteers at the Volunteers in Medicine clinic, and serves on their medical advisory board. He joined the MRT development committee in 2014, and finds it rewarding to help raise awareness and support for the work of the Trust. He keeps busy tending his garden, traveling to interesting locations to observe and photograph birds, and spending time with his seven grandchildren.

  • Bob Warren

    A Eugene resident since 1984, Bob recently retired as Regional Business Development Officer for the Oregon Business Development Department. He served as Senior Policy Advisor for Forest Policy for Governor Barbara Roberts and natural resource policy advisor for Congressman Peter DeFazio. Previously, Bob was General Manager of BRING Recycling, Executive Director of the Northern Alaska Environmental Center in Fairbanks, Alaska, and spent five seasons patrolling the Oregon Dunes for the US Forest Service. He has a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from California State University at Long Beach. He and his wife, Mary, an artist and retired teacher, have one adult son who lives in Eugene. Bob likes to write, and spend as much time as he can outdoors, camping, hiking, fly fishing, exploring deserts, and taking pictures.

  • Shoshana Cohen

    Photo & bio coming soon.