Board of Directors
Biographies of the Oregon Wild Board of Directors.
Daniel is a partner in the law firm of Aller Morrison Roberston, PC. Daniel worked as a not for profit administrator for 20 years and was employed as the Director of the Douglas County Museum of History and Natural History from 1983 to 1997. He served as a Roseburg City Councilor from 1987 to 1990, and as a Roseburg Planning Commissioner from 1985 to 1987. He currently serves on numerous community boards of directors in the Roseburg area. Daniel is married to Shannon Applegate. He and his wife live on the Applegate Donation Land Claim at the end of Old Applegate Road outside of Yoncalla.
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, kayaking, and volunteering as a habitat diver at the Oregon Coast Aquarium. 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.
Pat is a partner with Western Financial Group, a consulting firm that works with governments and nonprofit corporations on the financing of public projects. Pat’s prior public service includes the State of Oregon Municipal Debt Commission and boards of a museum, a low-income housing corporation, a food cooperative, and a bicycle transportation organization. Pat was board president from 1998 to 2008. He currently serves on the Finance Committee and participated in mapping efforts for Oregon Wild’s wilderness campaign. Pat has lived in Oregon for over 50 years, spending much of his recreational time hiking in Oregon’s wild places. He is also an active member of the tracking community, often teaching tracking and other naturalist skills through Metro, the Portland area regional government. He has also participated in remote country wolf surveys as part of the reintroduction of wolves to Idaho. Pat resides in Portland, Oregon.
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 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.
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 and currently serves on the Alumni Board. 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 and her husband relocated to Portland for the vibrancy of the city and the abundant natural and recreational resources Oregon has to offer.
Leslie has participated with Oregon Wild for over 20 years. She adopted the Roaring River Roadless Area over 12 years ago to advocate for its inclusion in the Mt. Hood Lewis and Clark Wilderness Bill. Leslie has worked on environmental issues for 20 years through her Quaker meeting's EarthCare Committee. In the past six years, she has worked with the Green Team at her elementary school, supporting children in their understanding of caring for the earth and using resources wisely. Leslie resides in Portland with her family.
Patrick is the Vice President of Operations at Stash Tea Company (a Portland area company) and has consulted in the areas of organizational development, strategic and continuity planning, and human resources management. Patrick has a graduate degree in counseling psychology and an MBA in business management. As a native Oregonian who loves the state that he is from, Patrick has always enjoyed the outdoors and has hiked, mountain biked, skied, kayaked and camped all throughout Oregon. As a father of three young children he shares the wilds through short family hikes as often as possible. His family regularly visits the Columbia Gorge to hike and explore waterfalls, central Oregon’s high desert and the Oregon coast for its beautiful, pristine beaches. Patrick believes that Oregon Wild’s active work towards preserving, protecting and expanding Oregon’s wilderness lands, healthy water sources and wildlife is essential to Oregon’s future. Patrick and his family reside in Tigard, Oregon.
A fifth-generation Oregonian, Bill grew up in Salem as the son of the Statesman-Journal editor J. Wesley Sullivan, an early advocate for wilderness preservation. In the 1980s, Bill wrote two books with the help of Oregon Wild (then ONRC) – Listening for Coyote, an adventure narrative of a 1,000-mile hike I proposed to undertake across Oregon and Exploring Oregon's Wild Areas, a nuts-and-bolts guidebook to designated and undesignated wilderness lands in the state. Bill is the author of the popular 100 Hikes book series and is well known across the state for his expertise on Oregon hiking. More information about Bill can be found at www.oregonhiking.com.
Jan is the Executive Director at Earth Share Oregon, the only environmental federation in Oregon for workplace fundraising. Prior to Earth Share, she worked as a staff attorney at Western Environmental Law Center, helping Oregonians in land use proceedings to advocate for livability and sustainability in their own communities. She moved to Oregon from Michigan in 1996, became involved with Oregon Wild (then ONRC) almost immediately, and joined the board a couple years later. She and her daughter, Nora, live in Eugene and have hiked, run, floated, and skied in many of Oregon's beautiful wild areas.