Staff

Thomas O'Neil Thomas O'Neil
Tom has been actively involved with habitat/wildlife programs and projects for over 33 years. His current and past responsibilities have included the supervision of a staff of professionals actively involved in the analysis of biotic resources; design and implementation of vegetation/wildlife ecology field studies; design, development, and the maintenance of a computer information system. Tom recently co-lead and advised the development of the book, Wildlife-Habitat Relationships in Oregon and Washington as well as co-authored the Atlas of Oregon Wildlife with NHI. His latest endeavor is the development of a management tool that uses Species, Habitats, and Functions to calculate the intrinsic value of any wildlife-habitat type. This tool is being used by several resource agencies and is the foundation for the accounting of debits and credits for a Statewide Mitigation Banking Program.

Cory Langhoff Cory Langhoff
Cory has over 14 years of experience in geospatial technologies. He holds an MS in Forest Resources from Oregon State University and a BS in Forestry from Michigan Technological University. While at OSU Cory worked on an accuracy assessment of remotely sensed forest maps of Oregon. His primary focus today is on GIS and Remote Sensing technologies and their application to natural resource and wildlife issues. At NHI Cory works with spatial data of all kinds to help bring current knowledge of wildlife and habitat processes to resource managers across the region. Cory also manages the NHI website, networks and enterprise gis system

Andy Hackethorn Andy Hackethorn
Andy holds a B.S. in Forest Engineering from Oregon State University. During his time at OSU Andy was an assistant instructor for a course on strategic and tactical planning which looked at linear programming and heuristic modeling methods for addressing natural resource problems. He also did extensive field and laboratory work for a study examining sinuosity in Douglas fir stems. At NHI he has coordinated the field mapping efforts for the Willamette Valley Oak and Pine Habitat Conservation Project, which has field identified thousands of polygons of one acre or more within the Willamette Valley as to their vegetation class, canopy closure, tree size and structure. He also produced the range maps and did the format editing for the recent NHI educational outreach publication A Guide to Oregon and Washington's Wetland Wildlife and their Habitats. Andy is interested in habitat mapping and spatial relationships, and has received professional GIS training through ESRI since working for NHI. Previous to his current position, Andy has three years experience on a project examining natural reproduction of Ponderosa pine in Eastern Oregon, and has also worked as a transportation planner.


Kathleen O'Neil Kathleen H. O'Neil

Kathleen H. O’Neil is our California representative and is in charge of Marketing, Business Planning, and Client Relations for the Institute. Her responsibilities include connecting clients with our solutions for environmental issues like ecosystem restoration, conservation easements and lands for mitigation. Being an avid free surfer and snowboarder, Kathleen spends her spare time immersed in the rugged outdoors and nature. Her passion for the environment was sparked as a young child and to this date she is dedicated to the preservation and conservation of our environment and creating sustainable ecosystems. With almost a decade of experience in promotion and marketing, she’s committed to helping clients reach their goals by implementing their dreams and visions into the proven methods of the Institute.

 


Board of Directors

W. Daniel Edge, Ph.D W. Daniel Edge, Ph.D
Dan Edge is the Associated Dean for the College of Agricultural Sciences and Professor of Wildlife Ecology. Dan came to Oregon State University (OSU) as the Extension Wildlife Specialist in 1989. He has also been an Associated Professor and later named the first Mace Professor of Watchable Wildlife. Dan was appointed the Department Head in the Department of Fisheries and Wildlife in 2001. Dan is or has served as Past-President of OSU Faculty Senate, President of the National Association of Fish and Wildlife University Programs, Chair of both the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities, Fish and Wildlife Section and Board on Natural Resources, and as a Commissioner and Chair for the Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission.


Rosemary O'Neil Rosemary O'Neil
Rosemary O'Neil has been a teacher in public schools for 30 years where she has taught Humanities and/or Journalism in grades 3rd to Junior College. Rosemary is currently a principal and oversees two elementary schools on the Oregon Coast. She also gives workshops and instructs students, teachers, and parents on the implementation of the new state standards. Until recently, she also worked as an instructional facilitator.

Meg Shaughnessy Meg Shaughnessy
Meg was born in Wisconsin, but has thoroughly enjoyed living in the Pacific Northwest for the past ten years. She enjoys gardening and eating, and tries to balance those activities off with hikes in Oregon?s beautiful forests and mountains. Professionally, Meg is interested in Wildlife Ecology, and has been involved in projects with the U.S. Forest Service, Pacific Northwest Research Station; the Oregon Cooperative Wildlife Research Unit; the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, Ecological Analysis Center; and the Northwest Habitat Institute. Recently, she found it very gratifying to see her work published in The Atlas of Oregon Wildlife, a cooperative effort of several state, federal, and private organizations.

Jeff Waldon Jeff Waldon
Jeff Waldon currently serves as Vice President and head of project development for Forest Carbon Offsets LLC a new firm devoted to helping landowners and companies monetize environmental services from improved land management in North America and the tropics. He also serves as a senior research associate with the Conservation Management Institute and led CMI from its inception and precursors back to 1985. He has extensive experience in information systems, planning, research project management, and fundraising. He is a certified wildlife biologist who lives in Blacksburg, VA.

Julie Schwartz Julie Schwartz
Julie Schwartz is the Associate Executive Director, Alumni Programs for Oregon State University. Julie has worked in university advancement for 16 years. She began her career in alumni relations at the University of Montana (Associate Alumni Director from 1999-2006) where she holds a Masters in Public Administration. She has been at Oregon State for the past nine years. Her background includes marketing, video production, media sales and non-profit leadership. She currently serves on the board of CASE (Council for Higher Education and Advancement, District VIII), a professional organization which oversees higher education advancement efforts both nationally and internationally. Julie enjoys hiking, cycling and attending many of Oregon’s unique festivals!

Anne Murray Allen Anne Murray Allen
Anne Murray Allen is currently the Director for the Executive Development Center at Willamette University’s Atkinson Graduate School of Management. In this role Anne is responsible for developing non-degree certificate programs in business and public management essentials, sustainability, and industry-specific training. She is also the founder and principal in her own consulting firm, AMA Associates, LLC. This practice is dedicated to working with clients in building healthy, performance-based organizations. Anne retired from Hewlett-Packard Company in 2005, having served in a variety of management and executive positions over a 16 year period. These included leading company-wide Knowledge and Intranet Management, strategic planning (at the division and at the corporate level), culture integration for the Compaq/HP merger, Imaging and Printing Group IT, production management for scanner and Inkjet cartridges. She served for seven years on the board of trustees for the Millennium Institute in Washington, D.C.

Anne’s current passion is in understanding performance in social systems – be they organizational, community, or other. She holds an undergraduate degree in psychology from Manhattanville College and an MBA from the University of Denver.

Ben Miller Ben Miller
Ben Miller is an attorney with Harrang Long Gary Rudnick P.C. in Eugene, Oregon. His practice focuses on defending government clients in civil litigation and enforcing administrative laws. Prior to entering the private sector Ben worked for the Oregon Department of Justice in the areas of litigation, energy, forest and water law. He holds a BS in Fisheries and Wildlife Science from the Oregon State University Honors College and a JD from the University of Oregon School of Law. Ben has spent his entire life in Oregon and hasn't run out of places to explore. Most weekends you can find him fishing for steelhead, snowshoeing, bird hunting, or backpacking in one of Oregon’s wilderness areas.



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