Our Board of Directors
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.
Brad Attig is the Founder and CEO of Foundry Collective a nonprofit organization focused on helping communities develop strong, vibrant, and creative entrepreneurial ecosystems through the creation of Main Street Entrepreneurial Centers. A 4th-generation rural Oregonian, Brad is an avid outdoorsperson with a passion for protecting our environment through education and awareness.
Gabrielle is a social scientist with expertise on natural resource manager perspectives on climate change risks and their perspectives on taking action in response to change. During her day job she works with the USDA Northwest Climate Hub and brings applied interdisciplinary social science to bear on regional climate adaptation priorities. Gabrielle lives in Albany with her partner Joe, their dog, cat and chickens. In her spare time she loves to be in nature, backpacking, swimming, crabbing, running and gardening. As a result, she loves to cook, bake and feed people friends and her community. Working with Corvallis Environmental Center is an extension of this love of land and community.
Kim is currently an instructor and research assistant in the Department of Crop and Soil Science and the Sustainability Double Degree Program at Oregon State University. Kim’s teaching experience includes SUS 350 Sustainable Communities, environmental science and soil related classes and labs both on campus and online. Kim grew up in the Hudson Valley and Adirondacks of New York state, where she cultivated a love of the natural world. She attended Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, earning a degree in History of Science and studying feeding habits of detritivores. She earned a Master’s degree in Environmental Science at Oregon State University examining soil carbon stabilization as affected by detrital manipulation. In her spare time, Kim enjoys taking advantage of the amazing recreational opportunities that the Pacific Northwest has to offer. She especially enjoys backpacking, climbing Cascade peaks, and biking.
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.
Zach became interested in Corvallis Environmental Center because of his two children, who enjoy many of the exciting nature education programs hosted at Avery House Nature Center 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.
Lewis is a native of the Willamette Valley and loves the people and places that populate it. Lewis has spent much of the last several years living overseas or working with international development efforts. He is the Executive Director of Andando, a locally-based non-profit that does community development in rural Senegal – building schools, health clinics, and establishing large-scale organic community gardens in places with very limited water and high food insecurity. With so much effort invested overseas, Lewis is excited to now bring some of those passions to a local level with the CEC.
Jiajia is a post-doc researcher at the Environmental Protection Agency Western Ecology Division, where she studies nutrient pollution and land use impact on the environment. Jiajia lived in several cities in China where she grew up. She also lived in Chicago for six years before moving to Corvallis in 2015. She enjoys travelling, skiing, rock climbing, and hiking (west coast, best coast!). Appreciating the life style in Corvallis and many CEC events in town, she decides to join the CEC to help promote a healthy and sustainable community.
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.
Zeth is a native Oregonian with a true affinity for the natural world and a love for the Pacific Northwest. He works as the Director of Community Relations for a senior housing company as well as owning a rain gear company called Lifestyle Northwest. Zeth was attracted to the Corvallis Environmental Center and decided to get involved after seeing the positive impact that the local organization has towards making a healthier community and a more sustainable future.
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.
William Simonson, who goes by “Si,” originally came to Corvallis in 1974 to join the College of Pharmacy as faculty. After moving to the East Coast for some time, Si has recently returned to Oregon to teach part time at Oregon State University. Professionally, he specializes in senior care pharmacy. These days, he also spends much of his time and energy on the newly established “Oak Creek Conservancy,” which just north of Bald Hill in Corvallis where he lives and is also working to restore an oak woodland.