Board of Directors

Vik Anantha - President

Vik is a technology manager by trade and a conservationist, hiker/outdoor recreationist at heart. He serves as the Vice President of Portico Systems (a Portland-area company) but earned his green stripes as a member of the Conservation Committee of the Mazamas climbing group. Growing up in India, Wilderness and conservation were not at the forefront of Vik’s consciousness. His time spent in Oregon learning about the "Western" perspective, and Pacific Northwest issues in particular, has been very instructive and a lot of fun. Vik describes his first real hike as a journey to Steens Mountain with a grad school buddy from Oregon State. Back in 2005, Vik attended the Mount Hood summit meetings and presented the Mazamas’ support for the Lewis and Clark Wilderness proposal to Oregon’s congressional delegation. He also represented the Mazamas at the annual meeting of the Federation of Western Outdoor clubs.

Kate Blazar - Vice President

Kate grew up on Washington's Olympic Peninsula and spent her childhood hiking, camping, and exploring wild places.  After earning her Bachelor's degree in Geology and Environmental Studies from Whitman College, Kate moved to Oregon to work on forest and wildlife issues. Kate served as the Executive Director of Cascadia Wildlands, where she led the organization through a period of significant growth and founded the Pacific Wolf Coalition.  Kate currently provides business development services to start-up companies seeking seed capital.  She is an avid whitewater rafter, aspiring entrepreneur, and passionate advocate for women and wilderness.

Nathan Kennedy - Treasurer

Nathan joined the board based on his interest in preserving and restoring Oregon’s wild places. After spending four years in Philadelphia at the University of Pennsylvania, Nathan returned home to Portland to pursue a career in the finance industry. He is currently the part-time Chief Operating Officer for the Montana Community Development Corporation and also runs a consulting practice that serves clients in the renewable energy, real estate and impact investing industries. When he’s not working, Nathan enjoys playing soccer, trail running and hiking in the Columbia River Gorge with his wife Alexis.

Mellie Pullman - Secretary

mellie-pullman.jpgMellie Pullman is a professor of Supply Chain Management at Portland State University where she teaches and researches sustainable food supply chain issues and runs the on-line Business of Craft Brewing program. In her non-academic past, she started Utah’s first craft brewery and a drought tolerant landscape design company. In addition to working as a quality manager for the outdoor equipment company, Black Diamond, she has performed all possible restaurant jobs from dishes to manager to support her skiing and climbing habit in the Wasatch Mountains. Today she splits her time between Portland and eastern Oregon, a location that allows her to experience the issues and conflicts around wildlife and biodiversity firsthand.

Hillary Barbour

Hillary BarbourHillary is the Policy Director at Renewable Northwest, a nonprofit which promotes the expansion of environmentally responsible renewable energy resources in Oregon, Washington, Idaho, and Montana. She is the former Deputy District Director for US Congressman Earl Blumenauer, where she managed the Congressman's Northwest environmental agenda for 15 years. She proudly led, as part of the Lewis and Clark Mount Hood Wilderness effort, Congressman Blumenauer and Congressman Greg Walden's Timberline Trail trip in 2005 (a far cry from her first Oregon backpacking experience when her entire Reed College freshman orientation group got lost in the Zig Zag District). She holds a BA from Reed and has lived in Oregon since 1989. She loves backpacking, gardening, and cooking, and is having a great time introducing her daughter, Piper, to these activities.

Shawn Donnille

Hillary BarbourShawn Donnille is the co-owner of Mountain Rose Herbs, the world’s largest retailer of certified organic herbs, spices, teas and botanical products. The company has 3 industrial facilities in Eugene and 13 farms throughout the Northwest and is dedicated to absolute sustainability and organic agriculture (they are also one of Oregon Wild’s business partners). Since Shawn became an owner of Mountain Rose Herbs he has grown the company to 200+ full time sustainable jobs, all the while maintaining their industry leading commitment to protecting people and the planet. When he’s not leading the industry in green business standards, he spends his time reading, botanizing the Cascades, volunteering for various environmental and animal welfare causes, and seeking out free-flowing streams where he can cast a fly (catch and release only!). Shawn lives just outside of Eugene on 140 acres of mixed diversity land that he and his partner Julie manage exclusively for wildlife habitat.

Megan Gibb

Megan has served as chair of the Finance Committee, Vice President, and President of the board. For her day job, Megan works at Metro, the Portland area regional government, managing the Development Center. Megan relocated to Oregon from Ann Arbor, Michigan. Her educational background is from the University of Michigan (Go Blue!) where she received her Bachelor’s and Master’s (Urban and Regional Planning) degrees. Megan developed her passion for wilderness in college when she took a Wilderness Leadership Class in the Wind River Mountains in Wyoming with the National Outdoor Leadership School. She relocated to Portland ten years ago for the vibrancy of the city and the abundant natural and recreational resources Oregon has to offer.

Danielle Fest Grabiel

DanielleGrabielDanielle is a Senior Wildlife Policy Analyst at the DC-based Environmental Investigation Agency where she leads international advocacy campaigns to protect endangered African elephants, rhinos, belugas, narwhals and other cetaceans. She has also worked on climate and hazardous waste issues at the international level for more than a decade. Danielle has held various positions in the environmental field including work for the US Environmental Protection Agency and the United Nations Environment Program. Danielle earned her JD at the David A. Clarke School of Law at UDC where she was the school's first Advocate for Justice Scholar. She earned her Master's in Environmental Science & Management from UCSB and her Bachelor's Degree from UCLA. Danielle lives on a small farm at the base of Mount Hood with her husband and two young daughters. She's an avid gardener, snowboarder and paddle-boarder, a lazy runner and a wannabe yogi.

Colin P. Rath

As Community and Pub Manager at Migration Brewing, Colin Rath believes that great beer makes the journey. Whether Migration is brewing fresh, well-balanced ales or hosting beer-centric events to support local organizations, the passion is clear: to build a community around great craft beer. Following a degree in Community Development from Portland State University, Colin developed his passion for marketing and community outreach by creating a vast array of Migration events that have benefitted organizations such as Oregon Wild, Migrating to a Cure, BTA (Bicycle Transportation Alliance), Make-A-Wish Foundation, Oregon Brewers Guild, CHAP (Children’s Healing Art Project) and the PSU Brewers Program. An important part of Migration’s mission is to give back to its neighbors through fun, beer-centric events that raise awareness for causes in the Portland community. Currently Colin manages Migration’s brewpub, community relations, social media, and event planning. When he’s not at the pub, Colin enjoys trying new beers and visiting different Northwest hikes and off the beaten path camp locations.

Brett Sommermeyer

Motivated by a strong interest in the preservation of wildlife and their habitats, Brett left the private practice of law and obtained a Master of Public Administration in Environmental Science and Policy from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs. Having previously acquired a deep appreciation for Oregon’s wild and scenic places while attending law school at Lewis and Clark in Portland, Brett recently relocated to the Oregon Coast. In connection with his new business, ConBio Consulting, LLP, Brett provides legal and policy consulting services to environmental nonprofits.  When not working, he seeks to maximize his outdoor and wildlife experiences – looking for rock climbing opportunities, hiking, and kayaking. He is passionate about the Oregon Wild mission and looks forward to assisting with its fulfillment by serving on the Board and working with the Development Committee. Brett resides in Lincoln City.