Meg is an Instructor in the Crop and Soil Science Department and Sustainability Double Degree Program at Oregon State University. She teaches introductory courses in environmental sciences, sustainability, and soil science. Her research has focused on land management impacts on carbon and nitrogen cycling in forests, rangelands, and croplands. She comes to Corvallis from eastern Montana by way of North Carolina and Wyoming (so, the direct route) and likes to play with different ways of sharing environmental science with non-scientist audiences. Loves food, beer, dogs, outdoors–the stereotypical western OR things. Meg serves on the Development Committee.
Chas is the Tribal Liaison at the Northwest Climate Science Center, where he provides support for improving tribal resilience to climate issues. He also does research at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency where he studies how drought affects the habitat of aquatic animals and terrestrial resources (i.e. vineyards, timber forests, ski areas). In 2015, he migrated to Oregon from Alaska, but has also been fortunate to have also lived in New Mexico, California, Oklahoma, Arizona, Kentucky, Iowa, and Illinois (where he was raised). A lifelong advocate for sustainability, Chas has long been active in advocacy, education, and research. In his downtime, Chas navigates the rivers of the northwest via whitewater raft and canoe and is always happy to have his wife, dog, and friends along. For more information, visit chasjones.com. Chas is on the Executive and Development Committees.
Sara grew up in the Willamette Valley area and is currently self employed in Corvallis. She has a background in bookkeeping and office management and enjoys weaving, gardening, cooking, food preservation. Sara serves on the Finance Committee.
After living up and down both coasts and a few points in between, Lisa is happy to have landed in the wonderful community of Corvallis. Currently working in public affairs and community engagement for the US Forest Service, she has a background in natural resources, public and private land management, conservation, communications, nonprofit management, and writing/editing. Whatever spare minutes she can find she tries to fill with hiking, biking, running, skiing, gardening, cooking, cat playing, and vitamin D absorption. She’s thrilled to have the opportunity to be a part of CEC!
Mida joined the board of directors after working as an employee of the Corvallis Environmental Center for three years. She has seven years of experience in farm and food education and non-profit outreach. She currently studies Mechanical Engineering at Oregon State University and enjoys playing cards and mushroom hunting. Mida serves on the Home Space Committee.
William “Si” Simonson originally came to Corvallis in 1974 to join the College of Pharmacy faculty. After moving to the East coast Si has recently returned to teach part time at OSU. Professionally he specializes in senior care pharmacy. He spends much of his energies on the newly established “Oak Creek Conservancy,” just north of Bald Hill in Corvallis where he lives and is working to restore an oak woodland. His web site is williamsimonson.com.
Andy is from New Orleans, Louisiana and has been in Corvallis since 2017. He is an instructor of Earth Sciences at LBCC and a student in OSU’s Master’s in Public Policy Program. He has a bachelor’s degree in Communication from Tulane University and a master’s in Geoscience from the University of North Carolina Wilmington. His interests include environmentalism, cartography, geoscience education, environmental communication, and music. Andy serves on the Executive Committee.
Jill is the Director of Communications & Marketing Strategy for the Oregon State University Foundation. She moved to Corvallis in 2016, after having lived in Chicago, New York City, London, Orlando and various cities in Texas (where she was born and raised). She spends her free time gardening, rowing, fly fishing, sailing, skiing, practicing yoga, hiking and tending to seven chickens. Jill serves on the Finance Committee and Communications Task Force.
Zach became interested in CEC because of his kids who enjoy many of the Nature Education programs at Avery House and SAGE Garden. He is a North Carolina native and has lived in DC and Atlanta but this is his first home out west. He was a practicing attorney but now supports the Oregon State research office as the Director of Sponsored Research. He enjoys mountain biking and running in the PNW forests.