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Michael Cairns

Position: Board President

Michael Cairns is a retired (U.S. Environmental Protection Agency) watershed ecologist. Since retirement, he has worked as a watershed project manager to design and implement restoration projects. Michael also does consulting work to assess fish and wildlife habitat. Although his primary work is in the area of water quality and watershed enhancement, he is also interested in global change, alternative energy, and sustainable agriculture. With his family, he also owns the Oregon Beer Growler, a magazine promoting he Oregon craft beer industry.

Kent Daniels

Position: Secretary

Kent is a managing partner in Downtown Living, LLC - a company dedicated to restoring and redeveloping older and historic buildings in Corvallis.  He is retired from Oregon State University, where he served as the Co-Director of the Office of International Research and Development. 

Linda Modrell

Position: Member

Linda Modrell holds both a BS in Business (Accounting) and a MBA (minor in community health) from Oregon State University.  She worked for several years in health policy before running for elective office and was also a long-time Oregon State University employee.  Since 1999 when Linda was elected Benton County Commissioner, she has primarily focused on transportation, health, water, tax policy and governance issues.

Connie Karr

Position: Member

Connie grew up in Oregon agriculture, working on the family grass seed and vegetable farm. She has worked in the organic movement, community, and industry for 10 years. She serves as the Processing Program Manager for Oregon Tilth, working daily with growers and processors of organic food, feed and fiber to help them understand regulatory requirements under the National Organic Program, Global Organic Textile Standards and international trade standards.  She develops and coordinates educational events around the country, and has extensive experience in marketing organic products of all kinds.  She also serves on the board of the Oregon Organic Coalition.

Jackie Mikalonis

Position: Member

Jackie is currently assigned by Governor John Kitzhaber as the South Valley Regional Coordinator for the Governorís Regional Solutions Program where she works with state agencies, local governments, public and private sectors, and philanthropic organizations to identify regional priorities for community and economic development, implement projects and address issues and seize opportunities.

Prior to coming to the Governorís Office, Jackie served as the Community and Economic Development Director for Cascades West Council of Governments where she served three counties, 22 cities, three ports, and a tribe and was responsible for the Area Commission on Transportation, two Metropolitan Planning Organizations, Transportation Options, a federal economic development district, the Business Lending Program, and the non-emergent medical transportation brokerage.

Jackie has more than 20 years of management experience in local government in many disciplines including public works, planning, development, intergovernmental relations, and public safety. She served as an Executive Director for a nonprofit medical clinic and currently serves on both the Eugene Family YMCA Board and the Cascades Pacific Resource Conservation and Development Board of Directors. She has a Masterís in Public Administration from the University of Oregon and a Bachelorís degree in Biology from Gettysburg College.

She lives in Eugene with her husband and son and can be found running on the bike paths or boating on many of Oregonís beautiful lakes.

David Richey

Position: Member

I wasraised in Austin, Texas, where I watched development on the Edwards Aquifer degrade a crown jewel of Austinís natural environment, Barton Springs Pool. Observing first-hand the degradation of this landscape made tangible to me the tyranny of site-scale decisions in cumulatively creating degraded landscape conditions, and the need for landscape planning.

Educated in biology (BA, 1991) and steeped in the environmental movement at Oberlin College in Ohio, I worked in landscape construction and horticulture in Albuquerque, NM, before studying Landscape Architecture at the University of Oregon (BLA, 1997; MLA, 2000). While at UO, I was a Graduate Research Fellow with the Institute for a Sustainable Environment Geographic Information Systems(GIS) Lab in a five-year EPA-funded project, Alternative Futures for the Willamette River Basin, analyzing impacts of land use over a 60-year planning horizon on terrestrial and aquatic vertebrates, water supply, and urban and rural land supply. I also taught plant material identification and use, Urban Farming, and Geographic Information Systems, both as a Graduate Teaching Fellow and Adjunct Assistant Professor at the University of Oregon.

I am now a GIS analyst with the Lane Council of Governments, where I fill a variety of roles as cartographer, spatial data analyst, and urban, regional, and natural resource planner for a range of clients. It was while working on projects for the Eugene Water and Electric Board (EWEB) that I first come into contact with Cascade Pacific RC&D through the Local Food Connection (LCF) in 2007. Since that time, I have had frequent contact with CPRC&D projects and staff through my work for EWEB on the LCF, the Berggren Farm, and most recently, the McKenzie River Collaborative.

Outside of work, I enjoy spending time with my wife and three children cooking, gardening, and enjoying the out-of-doors.