Board of Directors
Longtime Portland resident Owen Wozniak is a program manager at the Land Trust Alliance, where he supports nonprofit land trusts protecting climate-resilient natural places across the Pacific Northwest. He's a founding partner in The Intertwine Alliance, former board treasurer, and board president since spring 2021. Owen is the author of several hiking and biking guidebooks, including "Biking Portland," and loves to ski, bike and explore the Portland region’s parks and open spaces with his 9-year-old son.
Kathleen Brennan-Hunter, The Nature Conservancy
For the past 20 years, Kathleen Brennan-Hunter has worked on land conservation and access to nature. She is currently the Deputy Director of Conservation & Policy for The Nature Conservancy (TNC) in Oregon. Prior to joining TNC, Kathleen served as Director of Parks and Nature for Metro Regional Government, where she led teams who acquire, restore and steward natural areas, plan and develop nature parks and regional trails, and support local communities through grants and volunteer opportunities. Before that Kathleen worked on various conservation efforts in the northern San Francisco Bay area.
Noah Siegel, WMPA Strategies
Noah Siegel is the Vice President of WMPA Strategies. His team offers strategic direction to public, private and non-profit organizations looking to realize significant change. Noah has direct experience in the fields of transportation, urban development, parks and natural areas, climate change and the environment, public finance, and other emerging issues. He has over 25 years of experience on stages big and small. Noah served as a Foreign Service Officer in the Middle East, Deputy Director at the Portland Bureau of Transportation, and was policy advisor to two Portland mayors and the Metro Regional Government. Noah chairs The Intertwine Alliance's Policy & Strategy Committee.
Nicole Blizzard, Moda Health
A native Oregonian, Nicole Blizzard is a Certified Public Accountant who currently serves as a Financial Accounting Supervisor at Moda Health. Nicole has an extensive accounting background, with experience in both public and private accounting, particularly in the healthcare industry. Nicole graduated with a bachelor’s degree from George Fox University, where she was an integral member of the women’s basketball team for four years, helping lead the team to a national championship matchup. Nicole’s experience in sports has helped shape her professional experience and leadership. In addition to her work with The Intertwine Alliance, Nicole serves as the treasurer of the board of directors for Nursingale, a nonprofit that provides in-home, family-centered care for medically fragile children and young adults, a cause that she is very passionate about. Outside of her professional responsibilities, Nicole enjoys spending time outdoors, enjoying the many lakes, rivers, mountains and beaches that Oregon has to offer. She looks forward to combining her passion for the outdoors with her work for The Intertwine Alliance.
Monique Jones, The Nature Conservancy
Monique Jones joined The Nature Conservancy in November 2018 and is its North America HR Liaison and Program Manager. Monique was born here in Portland. She has over six years of sales and fundraising experience, with The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society and most recently with the Alzheimer’s Association as Development Manager for the Walk to End Alzheimer’s (their largest fundraising event across the nation). Monique brings a wonderful mix of fearlessness, enthusiasm and ease in building rapport quickly. An avid hiker, backpacker, trail runner and triathlete, she stays active. Monique loves to volunteer and share kindness in the world. She has a strong commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion and justice. She is passionate about seeing her community thrive in the outdoors.
Ted Labbe, Urban Greenspaces Institute
Ted Labbe is the Executive Director of the Urban Greenspaces Institute. He is a conservation biologist with 25 years professional experience in the public, private and nonprofit sectors delivering conservation planning, geospatial habitat mapping and assessment, community organizing, water conservation, as well as policy analysis and advocacy. Ted has worked with Tribes, state and local agencies. He is a former member of the Portland Utility Board, and has served on numerous other public advisory bodies, as well as being the founding board member and an active volunteer with Depave. Ted is a greywater-gardening-native plant enthusiast and enjoys trail running, bike packing, river running, and exploring wild and urban nature with his wife Kelly and daughter Maia.
Jackie Lang, Waste Management
Jackie Lang leads Waste Management’s strategic engagement and public affairs in the Pacific Northwest and British Columbia. She started her career as a journalist before transitioning to community engagement, issue management and media relations in Washington, DC, Washington and Oregon. Raised in a farming community in rural Montana, Jackie learned early the power of nature and stewardship as a pathway for healthy, resilient communities. She chairs The Intertwine Alliance's Development Committee.
Bob Sallinger, Portland Audubon
Bob Sallinger is the Director of Conservation at the Audubon Society of Portland, where he has worked since 1992. His current responsibilities include directing Portland Audubon’s conservation policy initiatives, wildlife research initiatives, Backyard Habitat Certification Program, and Wildlife Care Center. Bob’s passion for conservation was developed early exploring the woods of Massachusetts and later on solo hikes from Mexico to Canada on the Pacific Crest Trail and from Canada to Southern Colorado on the Continental Divide. Bob has a B.A. in Biology from Reed College and a J.D. from Lewis and Clark Law School. He has worked as an adjunct professor of law at Lewis and Clark Law School and as an elected director at East Multnomah Soil and Water Conservation District. He currently serves as board president of Humane Oregon. Bob lives in Northeast Portland with his wife Elisabeth Neely, three children and an assortment of dogs, goats, chickens, cat and other critters.
Council of Public Advisors
Jon Blasher, Metro
Jonathan Blasher’s love of rugged Oregon landscapes has taken him from building shelters as a child growing up on the outskirts of Eugene to building a nonprofit dedicated to play — and now to being the director of Metro’s Parks and Nature Department. Jon took the helm in August 2017 to guide Metro’s work to protect clean water, restore fish and wildlife habitat, and connect people with nature close to home. Jon spent most of his career prior to Metro with Playworks, a nonprofit organization that collaborates with schools to create safe, fun and inclusive opportunities for young people to play. After starting as an AmeriCorps program coordinator in California, he went on to launch the organization’s Pacific Northwest chapter in 2009. As executive director he expanded the chapter’s reach to 150 schools across Oregon, Washington and Idaho, with a focus on at-risk communities. Jon also serves on the Oregon Parks and Recreation Commission.
Paul Henson, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service
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Mike Bork, North Clackamas Parks & Recreation
Bio and photo to come
Adena Long, Portland Parks & Recreation
A native New Yorker, Adena Long began her NYC Parks career as a seasonal Urban Park Ranger in 1997. She steadily moved up the ranks, and in 2010 became the first woman, and youngest-ever, to serve as Parks Borough Commissioner for Staten Island. In 2018, she was recognized as manager of the year for New York City Parks. Adena has served as Deputy Commissioner for Urban Park Service and Public Programs since 2016. Adena assumed her role as Director of Portland Parks & Recreation in February 2019.
Doug Menke, Tualatin Hills Park & Recreation District
Doug Menke was appointed general manager of the Tualatin Hills Park & Recreation District in November 2006. He has enjoyed almost 40 years of public service at THPRD since joining the district in 1984. Menke oversees delivery of high-quality park and recreation programs, services and facilities to more than 230,000 people in the greater Beaverton area. As GM, Menke manages a staff of park and recreation professionals supported by taxpayers and governed by a five-member Board of Directors.