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 – Conservation Director
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.
Liz Lawrence – Development Director
After joining MRT in 2010 and serving in many different roles, Liz now leads fundraising and communications. 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 is a Board member for Lane Arts Council and the Coalition of Oregon Land Trusts, and a former 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.
Brandi Crawford Ferguson – Associate Director for Philanthropy
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.
Allegra Jasper – Finance Manager
Allegra has a passion for rivers and conservation gained while working as a river guide with her family’s rafting business in Idaho. She came to the Trust in July 2018 after working for 14 years as a CPA in Public Accounting. She has a B.A. in Geography from the University of Texas at Austin and a Master of Accountancy from the University of Idaho. She is excited to finally blend these two degrees into one job at the Trust. Whenever she finds a free moment, she can be found whitewater rafting the rivers and skiing the mountain slopes of the west with her husband and five kids.
Kali Kardas - Communications Manager
Kali came to the trust after experimenting in many communications and business roles in 2019. She has an MBA in Sustainable Business and is a Navy Veteran. She is thrilled to bring her digital marketing and business strategy experience to a dedicated team doing tangible, meaningful work, especially when she gets to go outside and play! After work she is usually rehearsing for a play, cooking delicious food, or spending quality time with her husband and cats.
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.
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.
Holly McRae – Events and Outreach 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. 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.
Julia Sherwood – Membership Manager
Julia joined the Trust 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.
Therese Kersjes - Operations Manager
Therese joined the McKenzie River Trust in August 2019 after working 15+ years in higher ed. She has a B.A. in Geography from the University of Oregon. Her passion for the outdoors and desire to protect our natural environment are what initially attracted her to MRT. Witnessing the Trust’s conservation efforts and successes are what ultimately keeps this organization near and dear to her heart. In her free time, Therese enjoys photography, spending time with her fur-babies, hiking, gardening, watching wildlife, and simply enjoying the great outdoors.