Joe Moll – Executive Director
Joe came to the Trust in January 2005 after working mostly with grizzly bears and landowners in Montana and Hokkaido, northern Japan. Outside of his work with Trust, he likes to spend as much time as he can running trails and exploring new places outdoors with his wife and three boys.
Daniel Dietz – Associate Director for Conservation
Daniel joined the trust in May of 2016. Daniel first fell in love with land trusts in New England where he served as the Stewardship Manager for the Vermont chapter of The Nature Conservancy between 2003 and 2006. Just before coming to lush western Oregon, Daniel spent 7 years working as Stewardship Director for the Texas Land Conservancy. He holds an B.A. in Geography from the University of Texas at Austin. Daniel is always looking forward to the next hike with his family, and hearing another bad pun.
Brandi Crawford Ferguson – Donor Relations Manager
Brandi has worked for the Trust since 2009 and is proud to be a native of the McKenzie watershed. With such deep roots, she feels very fortunate to have the opportunity to help preserve the natural lands she grew up in and connect our community to these amazing places. In 2008, Brandi adopted Awbrey Park, a city park in her neighborhood, where she hosts a monthly volunteer work party focused on stewarding the natural area of the park. This led her to MRT. Previously, Brandi worked in community relations and conducted market research for the airline industry. She enjoys kayaking, backpacking, yoga, photography, cycling, and she pretends to fly fish. “Fly fishing offers me a great excuse to stand in the middle of the river and look like I belong,” she says.
Elizabeth Goward – Volunteer Coordinator
Elizabeth joined MRT in the spring of 2017. A native Oregonian, she spent her childhood traipsing through old growth forests, kayaking wild rivers and fly-fishing with her family. Elizabeth brings more than 10 years of experience working with non-profit organizations as an Environmental Educator and Volunteer Coordinator. A strong advocate for community conservation, Elizabeth looks forward to facilitating opportunities for people to help protect and care for the lands and rivers they cherish in western Oregon. When not in the office or field, Elizabeth can be found exploring Oregon by land and water with her husband and their trusty companion, Tilly the little dog.
Ryan Hasert – Restoration and Stewardship Associate
Ryan Hasert joined MRT in May 2017. Ryan grew up in Washington state, spending much of his childhood fishing the nearby Cascade rivers with his dad. He graduated with a B.A. in environmental studies and journalism from Western Washington University, and was quickly drawn to restoration and conservation work. Ryan has previously worked for a habitat restoration contractor in Portland, as well as The Nature Conservancy in Montana. He looks forward to continuing the McKenzie River Trust’s conservation efforts in the field this summer. Even when not working in the field, Ryan can still be found outside- skiing, mountain biking, and fly fishing.
Christer LaBrecque – Restoration Projects Manager
Christer received a B.S. in Environmental Studies from the University of Oregon in 2002. He grew up on the beaches of Rhode Island, the forests of the Berkshires, and has lived in almost all of the New England states. Christer worked for the Long Tom and McKenzie Watershed Councils most recently, focused on helping manage riparian/floodplain, oak habitat, and upland and wet prairie habitat restoration projects. Prior to that, he worked for The City of Eugene’s Natural Resource Section working on both upland habitat restoration projects and on trails planning, design, construction, and maintenance of the Ridgeline Trail and other trails in and around Eugene. Christer enjoys hiking, gardening, arboriculture, reading, kayaking, sports (go Red Sox!), and spending time with his family.
Liz Lawrence – Associate Director for Finance and Development
After joining MRT in 2010 and serving in many different roles, Liz now leads finance, communications, and development. Liz holds a Graduate Certificate in Nonprofit Management from the University of Oregon and a B.A. in Studio Art from St. Mary’s College of Maryland. She served for four years as a Board member of MECCA: The Materials Exchange Center for Community Arts. Liz grew up in Maryland, right on the border of Washington DC. She appreciates Oregon’s incredible natural areas and abundant bike paths. Her favorite dinner is one she grew herself.
Jodi Lemmer – Stewardship Manager
Jodi has a B.S. in Environmental Science, Fisheries and Wildlife from Oregon State University. She worked previously for the Umpqua Soil and Water Conservation District as the Watershed Technical Specialist, implementing the USDA, NRCS Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program. She also worked for the East Lane Soil and Water Conservation District. She is a certified Oregon Conservation Planner.
Jen Maguire – Finance Manager
From tubing in Big Chico Creek as a kid to rafting the Rogue River as a guide, Jen grew up in soggy sneakers. She is thrilled to return to her love of all waterways through her work for McKenzie River Trust. Jen brings her experience with nonprofit accounting and grant management to the role of Finance Manager. Her goal is to translate the world of numbers to program staff in order to give them a greater command over their land protection and stewardship projects. When Jen is not in front of a spreadsheet, you will find her trailing her partner and three kids around the state looking for geocaches.
Holly McRae – Events Coordinator
Holly McRae joined the McKenzie River Trust in January 2017. She has a B.S. in Natural Resource Management from Colorado State University, with a minor in Wildlife Biology. She worked for the National Park Service in Yellowstone and the Everglades as a Ranger-Naturalist, and served as the Environmental Education Coordinator for WREN in the West Eugene Wetlands. She has spent the last eight years volunteering on MRT’s Development Committee, and assisting with community events, while working for The Village School. In her free time, she enjoys canoeing and rock-hounding with her husband and daughter.
Robin Meacher – Land Protection Manager
Robin joined MRT in May of 2017. She grew up in rural northern California, on a ranch surrounded by wandering creeks and towering, forested ridges. With a B.A. in Environmental Studies, Robin also holds a J.D from the University of Oregon School of Law. She has worked continually in land protection for nearly a decade, from research in the Solomon Islands to protecting the lands and rivers in the McKenzie and Umpqua regions. Robin enjoys a good wander in the woods or along the water, keeping an eye out for birds, a peeking agate, or a plump mushroom.
Sarah Pollock - Administrative Assistant
Sarah moved to Oregon and joined the Trust in December 2017. Her position is unique in that she serves both the McKenzie River Trust and the Long Tom Watershed Council in a shared administrative role. Sarah brings to this job her years of experience as an Administrative Assistant and Program Coordinator for multiple nonprofits. Sarah holds a B.A. in Global Environmental Studies from Clark University in Massachusetts. Growing up hiking and backpacking with her family in Colorado, Sarah developed an understanding and appreciation for the natural environment and conservation. She enjoys walking, snowshoeing, and adventuring in all that Oregon has to offer.
Julia Sherwood – Membership Coordinator
Julia joined the Trust as Membership Coordinator in the fall of 2016. As a Eugene native, she spent most of her life exploring the watersheds of the Pacific Northwest from mountain peaks to ocean beaches. She holds a B.S. in Environmental Science from the University of Oregon. After graduating, she studied the towering redwoods of Northern California, and followed Chinook salmon migrating up coastal rivers. Julia is continually inspired by the collaborative atmosphere of land trusts and their ability to make conservation progress on the ground. In her free time she can be found wandering curiously through temperate rain forests or competing nationally with her Ultimate Frisbee team.