Board Members

Rick Bastasch -President

Like his parents, Rick was born and raised in Portland, Oregon. He grew up fishing on the Deschutes and Metolius, going to the beach at Gearhart, and exploring the family’s “stump ranch” near Oregon City. Rick earned his BS and MS from OSU and has worked for the US Forest Service, Oregon Water Resources Dept and City of Portland in various water and environmental jobs. He was Executive Director of the Willamette Restoration Initiative and also wrote the Oregon Water Handbook (OSU Press, 2006). Rick served on the OSU Geosciences Board of Advisors and the Board of Abiqua School. He lives on a small acreage just south of Salem with his wife, Yvonne and son, Trenton.

Zohra Campbell

Zohra Campbell is a yoga teacher, chiropractor, and director of Indigo Wellness Center in Salem, Oregon. “I love serving my community with tools for transformation, balance, and healing. I see serving on the Straub Environmental Center board as an extension of my passion for service. And a way to bring awareness of the art of living in balance with our environment and bringing transformation and healing to our relationship with the Earth. I am honored to be a part of this awesome organization.”

Abisha Dunivin–Treasurer

Abisha was born in western Montana and raised mostly in Southern California. She moved to Oregon almost 20 years ago, drawn by its beauty and diversity of natural spaces. She lives with her 14 year old son and dog in south Salem and can often be found enjoying local parks and volunteering. She has always been drawn to nature and spent most of her youth immersed in water – be it in a local lake, the neighbor’s pool or the Pacific Ocean. As time passed, her love of the water grew into a desire to better understand the surrounding ecosystem, especially the contributing factors that drive natural adaptation. Her many years of experience in the food realm, both corporate and non-profit, have ignited a deep interest in agriculture and sustainable food systems.

 

David Guajardo

David is a business banking advocate for Wells Fargo Bank and proprietor of Daily Routines Clothing, whose motto is “Live What You Wear, Wear What You Live.”  David also serves on the board of the Aumsville Corn Festival (and formerly was its historian) and is committed to making a difference to the communities around him.

Chuck Johnson

Chuck Johnson is the Director of the Joint Task Force on Nuclear Power at Physicians for Social Responsibility in Oregon and Washington. He is also the author of “Standing at the Water’s Edge: Bob Straub’s Battle for the Soul of Oregon,” a biography of former Oregon Governor Robert W. Straub. In addition, Chuck has served as director of the Robert W. Straub Archives Special Projects, development director of Portland State University’s Branford P. Millar Library, and a development officer of Western Oregon University.

David Lewis

David is a Native American researcher and educator with over 20 years of experience in Anthropology and Native Studies. He worked for over 8 years as the Cultural Department Manager of the Confederated Tribes of the Grand Ronde and volunteered for another 3 years on the Culture Committee, becoming Vice Chair. David has engaged in over 15 years in archival research and arrangement, and was the Director of the Southwest Oregon Research Program at U of O. He currently serves on adjunct faculty at Chemeketa and Mt. Hood Community Colleges.

Emily Nascimento

Emily grew up in on a small cattle ranch in Madras, OR. Living among the various animals ignited a compassionate interest in the natural world as she learned of various life forms and their significance to the biosphere. After high school Emily moved to the Willamette Valley to attend Western Oregon University, where she earned a Bachelor’s degree with honors in Psychology in 2014. It was here, among the lush forests and towering Cascades, where her true passions for the natural world were discovered. After graduating Emily pursued work with the State of Oregon to gain experience in government and legislation, as more of a curiosity rather than a pre-determined career path. Emily indicates her “true interests and passions lie in environmental appreciation and stewardship. I enjoy spending as much time outside as possible, learning about different environments and soaking in the natural beauty that is so abundant in our region.”

Chad Naugle–Vice President

Chad has a B.S. in Administration of Justice from Portland State University in 1997. During his 19 years with Oregon Department of Corrections (DOC), he has worked up the ranks in security as a Captain and is now the Sustainability Administrator. He developed DOC’s sustainability plan and Resource Conservation policy to focus on increasing sustainable operations in recycling, green chemistry and energy efficiencies that help reduce economic and environmental impacts. He has established nature programming inside the prisons by collaborating with key stakeholders and partnerships with organizations to provide adults in custody with new job skills in sustainability practices for reentry. These programs include beekeeper apprenticeships, sage brush propagation protocols for sage grouse habitat restoration, native host plant and nectar plant propagation programs for endangered butterfly protected habitats, maintaining violet host plants and harvesting leaves to feed the captive-reared Oregon Silverspot Husbandry program at the Oregon Zoo and expanding sustainable garden classes. He is on the steering committee for the Sustainability in Prisons Project network and a member of the Interagency Sustainability Coordinator Network.

Liz Redon

Liz Redon is the Willamette Basin Program Representative for the Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board, and has worked with OWEB since 2013. Previously, Liz worked as the Executive Director of the North Santiam Watershed Council–a position she held starting in May 2001, where her duties included watershed restoration project planning and implementation, water quality monitoring and education.  She has an MS in Marine Resource Management from Oregon State University and a BA in Marine Biology from Univ. of California, Santa Cruz. Liz serves on the boards of Cascade Pacific RC&D, Willamette Partnership and the Marion County Weed Control District and previously chaired the Network of Oregon Watershed Council Board for two years.

Deborah Topp

Deborah Topp is the Natural Resources Outreach Specialist for the City of Salem, Public Works Department, where she works with community members to conserve water, reduce water pollution, and protect local watershed resources. Internally, Deborah coordinates the City’s Environmental Action Plan, a City operations-based sustainability plan. She has over a dozen years of experience in water quality, water conservation and science writing for education. Her work with City staff led to the City of Salem receiving Excellence in Communications and Conservation Awards in the Water Conservation for Youth and Calendar and Posters categories from the American Water Works Association in 2008, and the Excellence in Environmental Education Award for outstanding organization from the Environmental Education Association of Oregon in 2009.

Rachel Wray–Secretary

Rachel is a relative newcomer to Salem. She and her husband moved to town around three years ago from Portland. Since then, she’s been learning the ins and outs – and ups and downs – of hobby farming, animal tending, grape growing, and rural living. Her day job is serving as the communications director for the Oregon Department of Energy, where she focuses on helping to tell the story of why the agency is relevant to Oregonians across the state. Her professional experience also includes working in the office of Governor John Kitzhaber, as the environmental outreach and communications manager for the Port of Portland, and doing advocacy work for a national hearing healthcare nonprofit. Board experience includes serving as a member of the Columbia Slough Watershed Council and the Write Around Portland board of directors; she has also participated in numerous ad hoc tasks forces and committees.