Nils Christoffersen - Executive Director

nils christoffersenNils and his family moved to Wallowa County in 1999 to start Wallowa Resources field programs. He was promoted to Deputy Director in 2002 and Executive Director in 2007. Nils has diverse experience in place-based natural resource management from working around the world, including ranching in Australia, farming in Israel, fishing and forestry in Norway, and forestry and wildlife in southern Africa. He is passionate about working landscapes and the role of rural communities in their stewardship.

He is a graduate of both Williams College (B.A. Economics) and Oxford University (M.S. Forestry), and has served on many local and national boards - including the National Commission on Science for Sustainable Forestry. He currently serves on the Oregon Board of Forestry and World Forest Center's Board of Directors.  He also served on the Enterprise School District Board from 2004-2017.

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Jean Jancaitis - Director of Programs/Watershed Stewardship Program Director

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Jean grew up moving all around the Southeast, living in Alabama, Florida, and Virginia. After earning a B.A. in Biology from The College of William and Mary in Virginia, she escaped to the West Coast for an M.S. in Environmental Studies from the University of Oregon.

Jean has spent the majority of her career working for The Nature Conservancy in Oregon and California. Over more than 15 years as a botanist, ecologist, and stewardship manager, she participated in restoring and managing thousands of acres of working landscapes. Through this work, she developed strong collaborative relationships with private land owners on working farms, ranches, and forest land. Most recently, Jean was the Natural Resource Specialist for the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department based in Bend, Oregon where she covered central and eastern Oregon.

While at OPRD, she fell in love with Northeastern Oregon and was inspired by Wallowa Resources. Having worked with many different conservation models, Jean said she's "excited to be working with an organization that cares for both the land and the community."

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Joni Maasdam - Finance and Operations Manager

Joni MaasdamJoni is an eastern Oregon girl at heart but loves warm sunny places. Joni was raised in Heppner, OR and attended Blue Mountain Community College. After college she married Mark, a lifetime Wallowa County resident, and has been here with him ever since. Joni joined the staff in October 2010 with 15 years of office administration experience. She loves working with a dynamic group of people and cheers everyone up with her infectious smile. When Joni isn’t at work, look for her riding her Harley or scooter during the warmer months.

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Larz Stewart - Development Director

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After growing up in the neighboring Grande Ronde Valley, Larz left to play intercollegiate basketball and start a career in the big city, but he always dreamed of returning to NE Oregon and giving back to the place and people that helped craft his values and a strong sense of place.  Joining the Wallowa Resources team has given him that opportunity.  After spending most of his career working in the metropolitan areas of Honolulu, Beijing and Portland, he’s excited to be back in the mountains and living in a vibrant rural community. Larz has extensive experience in program development, marketing and project management.  Most recently, Larz was the Assistant Executive Director of Adventures Without Limits, a non-profit that served at-risk youth and people with disabilities in the greater Portland Metro area.  He holds a M.B.A from Hawaii Pacific University, and has completed post-graduate coursework in sustainable forestry at the University of Hawaii-Manoa.  

His passion for connecting people to the natural resources that support them, outdoor education, and bridging the urban/rural divide has brought him to Wallowa Resources. He is excited to be an advocate for the land stewards across the west that are doing great things for the land, water and communities.  His other interests include hiking, any watersport, jam sessions, languages, and spending time with family. Larz and his wife have two young boys.

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Rick Bombaci - GIS Specialist

rick bombaciA resident of Wallowa County since 1980, Rick worked with Wallowa Resources in the early 2000s as its Business Development Officer. He returned to the organization in 2013 to focus on Geographic Information Systems (GIS), database development, and IT management. In other work experience, he has taught high school, worked as a wilderness ranger, owned a computer business serving businesses and non-profits throughout the Pacific Northwest, and served as the Development Director and Interim Executive Director at a literary non-profit. Rick's other interests include the arts, hiking, travel, his family, and volunteer service.

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Lindsay Miller - Youth Education Manager

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Lindsay Miller has twelve years’ experience developing and delivering science education programs and curriculum for K-12 students, both in and out of the classroom. Prior to her position with Wallowa Resources, she was a classroom science teacher for middle and high school students for four years and still holds current teaching licenses in Idaho and Oregon. In addition to her teaching license, Lindsay has a BS Forest Biology, and an MS in Science Education.

Actively working to stay current in the field of education, she has had specific training incorporating Next Generation Science Standards into curriculum, overcoming academic resistance in students and in trauma informed teaching practices and how to build more resilient students and youth. She has a first hand understanding of the challenges classroom teachers face and is eager to continue the growing collaboration between WR programs and classrooms in Wallowa County.

In the 4 years since starting with Wallowa Resources, Lindsay has had a hand in helping develop and teach each of the Youth Education Programs and is excited to dive in even deeper as Program Manager. She loves living and raising her family in Wallowa County and cherishes the wonderful community she has come to be a part of , both through Wallowa Resources and with her own family. She is committed to continuing the outstanding youth programs Wallowa Resources already delivers and looks forward to working with the public and community partners to make it even better in the future.

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Julie Keniry - REV Program Manager

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Julie came to Northeast Oregon in 1999 after having grown up in the suburbs of major west coast cities in California, Washington, Oregon and Idaho. An opportunity during college allowed her to spend a summer taking a wilderness field studies course in Alaska and started her on a path that led first to a career in natural resources but also ignited a passion for applied learning and for understanding both the beauty and complexity of America’s rural and remote communities. Over time, her desire to support rural communities has brought her career into the realm of community development related to education, local food systems and workforce needs.

She earned a B.S. in Zoology from University of Idaho and a Masters in Education from Eastern Oregon University. Having lived, worked, and raised children in eastern Oregon for over 20 years, Julie is passionate about this place and all that the region provides to those who live here, those who pass through, and even those who never get the chance to see it.

 

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Kris Crowley - Wallowa Canyonlands Partnership Program Manager

Kris CrowleyHailing originally from the Dallas, Texas area, Kris moved to the Pacific Northwest at an early age. He spent his youth in Boise, Idaho where he attended high school and earned his B.S. in Biology from Boise State University. Kris has lived in many rural places in Idaho, Montana, Washington, and Oregon and has worked in the natural resources field for federal, state, and tribal governments. Most recently, he was in Burns, Oregon for seven years where he worked for the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in the aquatic health program and the Burns Paiute Tribe as a fisheries biologist and program manager. He has also participated as a member on the Oregon Invasive Species Council.

Kris is an avid backcountry bow hunter and fisherman. He enjoys spending his free time exploring and sharing the experience with his wife and their three boys. He believes in playing an active role in his community through community service and is looking forward to contributing to the exciting things going on in Wallowa County. Kris is excited to join Wallowa Resources because of their commitment to connecting people, economics, and land stewardship in a way that provides lasting mutual benefit to both rural communities and natural resources.

 

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Lindsey Wood Jones - Wallowa Canyonlands Coordinator

lindsey wood jonesLindsey hails from rural West Virginia, where she learned to love farms, forests, and streams. After working on natural resource management issues on three continents, Lindsey and her husband finally decided to move to Wallowa County in 2011. Wallowa County's varied and abundant natural resources, and the good folks who live here, have enticed Lindsey and her growing family to stay. Lindsey joined Wallowa Resources in 2014, and has been working as a weed warrior with the Wallowa Canyonlands Partnership (WCP) ever since. WCP is a good fit for Lindsey because she believes that integrated weed management is a key component in supporting resilient natural resources. Prior to working for Wallowa Resources, she worked for The Nature Conservancy, National Audubon Society, Department of Defense, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, and Oregon State Parks. When she's not at work, Lindsey is busy with her husband (Justin) raising a daughter (Annie), two dogs, several chickens, a surly cat, and an ever-growing garden. She's also an all-season runner, hearts-player, reader, and knitter. Lindsey volunteers for the local Nature Conservancy office and serves on the Lands Committee of the Wallowa Land Trust.

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Matt King - Community Solutions Program Manager

mattkingMatt is an Eastern Oregon transplant, having found his way here after a long journey from the Pacific Coast of Northern California. He first stumbled upon Oregon at a student at Reed College, in Portland, and then worked as a fish biologist for a large Renewable Energy Developer before leaving the big city and making his way to greener, and thankfully drier, pastures. In Eastern Oregon, he worked for the Department of Fish and Wildlife for a time, but finally found a truer calling with Wallowa Resources. As a Renewable Energy Program Manager for WR Community Solutions, Inc., Matt is always looking for ways to bring new energy projects into fruition, for the benefit of the community and the environment. Matt splits time between the Pacific Northwest and East Africa, where he manages community development and agriculture projects. In his spare time, he can usually be found messing about in boats on some far-flung river, or at least out and about enjoying the woods and smelling the flowers.

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Alyssa Cudmore - Family Forest Coordinator

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Alyssa was born and raised on a small family woodland in the Willamette Valley in Oregon with her three sisters, grandma, parents, and many animals. She has lived several places since, but her most recent adventure was receiving her Master's Degree in Natural Resources Management and Regional Planning with a focus on rural development and conflict resolution from the University of Michigan. After falling in love with the Wallowas during a fellowship at Wallowa Resources in 2015, she is thrilled to return to Enterprise with her partner, Kevin, who is a physician assistant at Winding Waters Clinic.

She has a professional background in land use planning, housing & civil rights work, nonprofit management, trail construction & youth development, community-based forestry, sustainable agriculture, private landowner engagement, several years working with tribal communities throughout the US, and a big interest in building connections between our urban and rural communities​' landowners. This works pretty well, because as the Family Forest Coordinator she manages the My Blue Mountains Woodland Partnership - a collaborative group of private landowners, nonprofits, and public organizations empowering and connecting landowners to knowledge and resources available in our community to manage their lands. Managing your land is hard, and you shouldn't have to do it alone.

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Jeff Costello - Forest Collaborative Facilitator

jeff costelloHaving grown up in the shadow of Mt. Rainier, Jeff developed a deep-seated love for the mountains at an early age. To this day, if it involves scaling a mountain, or skiing down one, you can count him in!

With a formal academic background in Environmental Science/Biology, Jeff’s original aim of teaching high school science diverged down a separate, yet somewhat parallel, path, when he began working in the field of Experiential Education, focusing on Team and Leadership Development. He considers himself one lucky guy, having spent the better part of the past two decades working in some pretty memorable settings - from the corporate board rooms of Silicon Valley, to the halls of local governments, to high school and university campuses, to remote villages in the Andes and southern Africa.

When not on his proverbial “soapbox”, espousing the merits of great leadership and the power of human collaboration, Jeff serves as a board member for the Wallowa Valley Arts Council and is the current Director of the annual Wallowa Valley Festival of Arts. He’s also constantly scanning the horizon for his next alpine adventure - his dog, Denali, often at his side.

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Jessica Tomasini - Communications Coordinator

Jessica TomasiniAfter spending most of their lives living in Southwest Washington, Jessica and her husband were in search of a rural area in which to raise their family.  It didn’t take much for them to fall in love with Wallowa County and all it had to offer.  They pulled up stakes and moved here just over a year ago with their three young children. Jessica has a background in photography, grant writing, and a bachelor’s degree in Information Technology.  She loves being able to share ideas creatively with visual elements.  She is excited for the opportunity to dive into all that Wallowa Resources does and communicate that with Wallowa County and beyond. 

Jessica also has a personal interest in the county’s natural resources, specifically timber management.  Her husband, Dustin, has his own business specializing in fuel reduction, logging and other forestry needs.  With their children, they love to spend time hiking, hunting, fishing or enjoying the beautiful Wallowa Lake and they look forward to putting down roots here.

 

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Carla Young - Campground Manager and Building Maintenance

carla youngCarla and her family have deep roots in Wallowa County. She was born and raised in Wallowa County and graduated from Enterprise High School in 1973. She is fourth generation Wallowa County resident. Her family homesteaded the Zumwalt area and rode the trail with the Nez Perce to the lower Imnaha for the winter months.

Carla is the Campground Manager for Wallowa Resources’ Community Solutions, Inc. (WRCSI) and has been in this position for 8 years for us and for 5 years with the United States Forest Services (USFS). Carla continuing in this role when WRCSI in partnership with Wallowa County and Oregon State Parks took over the campground management from the USFS was a huge asset and made the process seamless. Prior to giving all her attention to the Campground Manager position, she was also an equipment inspector for ground support for the Interagency on numerous fire incidents.

Carla’s love for the great outdoors and Wallowa County’s history makes the campgrounds her perfect office. Carla delights in meeting and greeting campground visitors to share her love of the great outdoors and Wallowa County’s history.

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