Foundation Staff
Board of Trustees
Former Trustees

Our Staff

Seth Miller, Executive Director

seth@orparksforever.org

Seth first became involved with Oregon Parks Forever in 2011 as the leader of a Community Partners project for the Harvard Business School Association of Oregon. His team worked with the Foundation Board and Oregon Parks and Recreation Department to develop a long-term strategy for the Foundation. He joined the Board in 2014 and later became Executive Director in early 2016.

Seth brings strategic management, marketing, financial and process improvement expertise from several large consumer product and service companies. With more than 30 years of hands-on leadership experience, Seth has a demonstrated talent for developing a fact-based understanding of key success factors that drive both for-profit and non-profit organizations.

Michele Lukowski, Director of Membership and Communications

michele@orparksforever.org

Michele started with Oregon Parks Forever in 2021 after many years in Marketing for different businesses. As a long-time Oregon resident, Michele has spent a great deal of time in the natural areas of Oregon and the Pacific Northwest, and enjoys mushroom foraging, agate hunting, hiking, and camping.

Michele brings skills in database and website management, branding, and social media management gleaned from over 20 years in marketing for technology, manufacturing, and food industries.

Ward Johnson, Ticket2Ride Coordinator

ward@orparksforever.org

Ward joined the Foundation in 2016 as an Encore Fellow after leaving a 38-year career at Intel in the areas of quality management, project management, and warehouse operations. He has a love for lapidary and enjoys showing students the colors and patterns that can be brought out in stones after tumbling. His passion for sharing the outdoors shows in his energy and enthusiasm he brings to the task of coordinating school field trips to Oregon’s parks for 3rd – 5th graders at Title I schools.

Board of Trustees

Tom Simpson, Chair

Tom left his position as the Director of Government & Regulatory Affairs at The Standard in 2019. He is currently a full-time graduate student in the Doctoral Program in Leadership Studies at Gonzaga University. Tom also is the Vice-Chair of Portland YouthBuilders.

Brigitte Sutherland, Treasurer

Brigitte is an accountant and shareholder with Perkins & Co. With more than 15 years of public and private accounting experience, Brigitte specializes in tax planning, research and compliance for pass-through entities: S-corporations, partnerships and limited liability companies. She was formerly a senior manager for Reznick Group in Bethesda, MD., where she had client responsibility for tax and assurance services. Brigitte also has experience in private industry as an assistant controller.

Peter Mohr, Immediate Past Chair

Peter is an Attorney with Jordan Ramis PC. An environmental and natural resources lawyer, Peter specializes in water law including issues related to wetlands and wildlife as well as wind power. He is a member of the American Bar Association (Environmental, Energy & Natural Resources Section); Oregon State Bar (Environmental & Natural Resources Section); Colorado Bar Association; Oregon Business Association (Environmental & Economic Development Committee); and METRO Natural Areas Program Performance Oversight Committee (Appointed Member).

Dennis Gleason

Dennis is a Senior Systems QA Analyst with Wells Fargo and owner of Dark Wing Productions, a non-profit focused production company. He chairs and produces the Teen Idol program and was formerly with the OMPA and Westside PAL. He has served on numerous boards including the OLMV and Oregon DECA and brings with him years of experience in project management, volunteer service and human development expertise. A was a recipient of the Presidential Lifetime Achievement Volunteer Service Award for his service to many nonprofits including law enforcement agencies, schools and charities. He was also recognized as an “Everyday Hero” by KATU Channel 2 for his commitment to helping others.

Brian Harney

Brian is the Smart Energy Program Manager for NW Natural. Brian also served as director of marketing and communications for the Washington County Visitors Association and Cycle Oregon Ride Director/Senior Events Manager for Peter Jacobsen Productions. He is affiliated with the American Lung Association, Reach the Beach (Founder), and the American Marketing Association.


Randy Jones

Randy is the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality liaison for Eastern Oregon Regional Solutions. He is also Chair of the BLM John Day/Snake River Resource Advisory Council. He has been heavily involved and partnering with Oregon Parks Forever providing the vision for and incubating Cottonwood Crossing Summer Institute.

Jan McGowan

Jan and her husband, Jack, ran SOLV (the volunteer-based beach clean-up folks) from 1990 to 2008.  During her time with SOLV, she helped grow the non-profit from a volunteer-only organization to one employing more than 30 people, engaging more than 75,000 volunteers annually.  She currently works as a consultant to nonprofit organizations in Central Oregon.

Seth Miller (ex-officio)

Seth first became involved with the Foundation in 2011 as the leader of a Community Partners project for the Harvard Business School Association of Oregon. His team worked with the Foundation Board and Oregon Parks and Recreation Department to develop a long-term strategy for the Foundation. He joined the Board in 2014 and later became Executive Director in early 2016.

Seth brings strategic management, marketing, financial and process improvement expertise from several large consumer product and service companies. With more than 30 years of hands-on leadership experience, Seth has a demonstrated talent for developing a fact-based understanding of key success factors that drive both for-profit and non-profit organizations.

Cal Mukumoto

Cal served as Chairman of the Oregon Parks Commission until his term ended in mid-2021. He had served on the Commission as the Governor-appointed representative of Congressional District 4 for nine years, since 2012. Cal has been heavily involved in natural resource management throughout his career. He has worked extensively in the Native American business community, served on the Boards of six Tribal enterprises, and is also a graduate level forester who has managed all aspects of forests.

Janet Neuman

Jan is Senior Counsel with Tonkon Torp’s Water Law and Environmental & Natural Resources practice groups. She represents clients in a variety of water and natural-resource-related matters, including obtaining, transferring, and protecting water rights for both groundwater and surface water. Jan is considered one of the foremost water law specialists in Oregon and is nationally recognized as a water law scholar. She is also a frequent speaker and writer on water law and policy.

Eric Valentine

Eric and his wife have lived in La Grande since 1970.  Earlier, they served two years in the Peace Corps in Tonga, and then spent seven months taking the “long way” home across Asia. With their two sons, they traveled extensively across the State, enjoying its many outdoor recreational opportunities. Eric served as an Oregon trial judge for Union and Wallowa Counties for twenty years. After retiring, he filled in across the state as a Senior Judge for another ten years.  He was a Scoutmaster for Troop 514 for twenty years, and continues to help out in the Troop.


After retiring in 2003, Eric and a friend sectioned hiked approximately 1200 miles on the Pacific Crest Trail.  He is an avid photographer whose pictures have been published regionally, including the covers of the Oregon Blue Book in 1995/96 and 2001/02

Advisory Council

Governor Barbara Roberts

The first woman Governor of Oregon, Barbara served as Governor from 1991-1995. Barbara has been a long time advocate for Oregon’s parks and has been a quiet, behind-the-scenes supporter of our organization always standing ready to provide counsel and introductions for us.


Bruce Barnes

A long-time former Chairman of Oregon State Parks Foundation. Bruce is retired and pursuing his passion for plant identification through a nonprofit he runs called Flora-id.org.


Mitsu Iwasaki

A former Board Member of Oregon Parks Forever, Mitsu is the CEO of American Alpine Club . He is a passionate adventurer at work and at play.


Susan C. Hanson

Susan retired after 9 years at the Oregon Department of Transportation where she
managed community outreach and public information for projects that included the
Historic Columbia River Highway State Trail and the Oregon City/West Linn Arch
Bridge rehabilitation. She currently serves on the Wilsonville Public Library
Foundation Board.

Ric Luyties

Ric is a Senior Vice President, Regional Investment Manager for Walls Fargo Bank. He works with executives, families and foundations to preserve and grow their wealth, tailoring portfolios to their specific goals in a highly personalized manner.


Tim Wood

Tim is a retired Director of the Oregon Parks & Recreation Department. He is a former Board Member of Oregon State Parks Foundation and led the campaign to build the Cottonwood Canyon Experience Center. He is passionate about photography and travels the state extensively in pursuit of great pictures.


Walter Grebe

Walter is the Chairman emeritus at Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt PC. He served on the Board of Oregon State Parks Foundation for many years.


Founding Trustees

Brian G. Booth (Portland)

Lucille S. “Lu” Beck (Lake Oswego)

Cynthia J. Ford (Portland)

Robert A. “Bob” Meinen (Salem)

William S. “Bill” Naito (Portland)

Lynn W. Newbry (Portland)

Nancy N. Russell (Portland)

L.L. “Stub” Stewart (Portland)

A. William Sweet (Portland)

David G. Talbot (Black Butte)

Former Trustees

Jennifer Allen (Portland)

Terry B. Armentrout (The Dalles)

Nicole R. Palmateer Armstrong (Salem)

Bruce Barnes (Pendleton)

Carol A. Beckley (Elkton)

Vicki Berger (Salem)

Rhonda R. Bishop (Portland)

John L. Blackwell (Portland)

Laurie Munro Bloch (Portland)

Mary V. Bishop (Portland)

B. Bennett Burns (Portland)

Michael “Mike” Carrier (Salem)

Marjorie C. Chandler (Bend & Portland)

Lorrence “Larry” Cotton (Portland)

David R. Davis (Reedsport)

Lisa Dawson (Joseph)

Lea Ann Easton (Portland)

John Edmundson (Heppner)

David F. Evans (Lake Oswego)

Orcilia Zúñiga Forbes (Portland)

Ronald B. “Ron” Gould (Portland)

James Gorter (Portland)

Walter Grebe (Portland)

Mollie Gunderson (Lake Oswego)

Mary Jane Guyer (Baker City)

Stephen Hatfield (Portland)

Theodore G. “Ted” Herzog (Portland)

Robert A. “Rob” Hinnen (Portland)

Paul J. Holman (Florence)

Gerald R. “Jerry” Hulsman (West Linn)

Mitsu Iwasaki (Portland)

Lee J. Jimerson (Portland)

David P. Kottkamp (Bend)

Sandra “Sandy” Lazinka (Pilot Rock)

Elizabeth “Betsy” McCool (Bend)

Jennifer McCormick (Portland)

Nancie S. McGraw (Portland)

Richard K. “Dick” McLaughlin (Medford)

Lisa D. Fisher Miller (Milwaukie)

Rebecca A. Owen (Portland)

James D. “Jim” Parr (Portland)

Kristen Stram Pempel (Portland)

Rudolf “Rudy” Rada (Pendleton)

Charles F. “Chuck” Sams III (Pendleton)

Lisa Sumption (Salem)

Daniel H. Skerritt (Portland)

Jon P. Stride (Portland)

Wendy Veliz (Woodburn)

Laurie A. Warner (Salem)

Tim Wood (Lake Oswego)

Kyleen Zimber (Silverton)