Brian Barr – Brian has been researching and restoring native fishes and their habitats in southern Oregon’s Rogue River Basin for nineteen years with projects ranging from the High Cascades to the Illinois Valley. From 2006 through 2014, he viewed his work through the lens of changing climate conditions with the Geos Institute. Brian is currently the Executive Director of the Rogue River Watershed Council. Brian has a B.S. degree in Zoology (Miami University) and an M.S. in Fisheries and Wildlife Science (Virginia Tech).
Rep. Peter Buckley – Peter Buckley represents south Jackson County in the Oregon House of Representatives. He was first elected in 2004 following an over 20 year career as a director, writer, actor and producer in west coast regional theatre. He has been a member of House Democratic leadership since 2005, and has served as the House co-chair of the Joint Committee on Ways & Means, the Legislature’s budget writing committee, since December of 2008. Peter lives in Ashland with his wife, Joan Langley, who is the education director of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival.
Christine Perala Gardiner– Christine is a watershed scientist, who has specialized in the revegetation of streambanks and floodplains for ecosystem resilience. Her BA in Botany (Pitzer College) led to an MS in Watershed Management from Humboldt State. She completed her PhD at the Flood Hazard Research Centre, Middlesex University England, synthesizing four disciplines of: watershed science, fluvial geomorphology, plant ecology and hydraulic engineering. She now practices sustainable farming at Siskiyou Alpaca farm in Cave Junction, Josephine County Oregon.
John Gardiner – A professional civil engineer, for 43 years Dr. Gardiner has focused on all aspects of river basin management and restoration, including water resources and stormwater management. He pioneered the holistic approach to projects in the UK and directed the 4-yr feasibility study for the new 7-mile, $200M Jubilee River and the UK’s first Floodplain Management Plan, for the R. Thames. He produced ‘River Projects and Conservation: A Manual for Holistic Appraisal’ (1990), and inserted water policies into 126 local authority plans. He presented/published his applied research widely, becoming a tenured professor in sustainable watershed management. In 1994, Queen Elizabeth II of England made him an MBE.
In July 1998, John moved permanently to the USA as founding Principal of the Portland Office of Philip Williams & Associates, Ltd. (San Francisco). An internationally recognized expert in sustainable river basin management, he and his wife Dr. Christine Perala Gardiner created WaterCycle Inc.to focus on land use and river restoration within the watershed’s hydrologic, geomorphic, ecological and socio-economic context. WaterCycle’s projects included Taylor’s Yard on the Los Angeles River, Tujunga Wash and Malibu Creek, as well as projects in the Portland area, Washington and Idaho.
In 2003, WaterCycle identified and prioritized riverbank restoration projects on Forsythe Creek NorCal, within a watershed context. An expert in soil bioengineering, Dr Gardiner has supervised large riverbank restoration projects at McKinleyville (Mad River), on the Russian R. at Asti’s Beringer winery, the $2M Odd Fellows Recreation Center (Guerneville) and at Seaside on the Necanicum River in Oregon. He has been involved in all aspects of projects from survey, technical drawing, river modeling and geomorphic assessment to design, estimating, permitting and construction. Made an American citizen in July 2005, he’s a Cave Junction Councilor, Director of Rogue Basin Partnership, IVSWCD and Watershed Council, IV Community Development Organization and other non-profits. John is politically active in local and regional land use and natural resources issues, as well as practicing what he teaches with Christine on their alpaca farm in the Illinois Valley.
John W. “Bill” Hoke – Bill Hoke is the City Manager Pro Tem for the City of Medford, Oregon and will return to his Deputy City Manager/Economic Developer position once a new City Manager is hired. Bill has been with the City for over 15 years and facilitates community projects, interdepartmental issues, and growing local businesses. He served as an officer in the Air Force for 12 years. Bill has an MA in Management Supervision. He and his wife Judy lived in Arizona prior to moving to the Rogue Valley.
Gwyneth Myer – Gwyn has over ten years experience in both the natural and social sciences. She has worked as a bio-technician, an environmental educator, and as an environmental social scientist. Currently she is the project coordinator for the Southern Oregon Forest Restoration Collaborative. She authored “The Rogue Basin Action Plan for Resilient Watersheds and Forests in a Changing Climate,” focusing on how to manage the lands for adaption of the changing climate on our forests, water, and economy. She has a B.S. from Southern Oregon University and a M.S. in Environment and Natural Resources from The Ohio State University.
Eric Peterson – Eric’s experience of being raised in the Rogue Basin led to a life-long love for the out-of-doors. Eric has worked in the Outdoor Adventure Leadership industry for nearly twenty-five years. His role as a guide/teacher has given him valuable experience in rafting, kayaking, canoeing, fishing, biking, skiing, river rescue, mountain rescue, as well as leadership training. At the age of forty, Eric returned to school as a student at Southern Oregon University, and earned two simultaneous degrees in anthropology (cultural) and psychology, as well as a minor in Native American Studies. Eric’s interdisciplinary approach to these studies was through a cross-cultural lens on human development and wellbeing. Eric is currently working on a Masters in Transformative Leadership (CIIS) and is doing so through his interests in Ecopsychology, which studies the person-nature relationship.
Ryan Sandler – Ryan is the Warning Coordination Meteorologist for the National Weather Service in Medford, Oregon. His 26 year career as a meteorologist with the National Weather Service has included weather stations in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and Cincinnati, Ohio. Ryan serves as the liaison between the National Weather Service and their partners in Southern Oregon and Northern California ensuring that meaningful forecasts and warnings are well communicated. Ryan earned a degree in Meteorology from Vermont’s Lyndon State College.
Emily York – Emily coordinates the Oregon Public Health Division’s Climate and Health Program. The program works with partners to study and plan for the health effects of Oregon’s changing climate. Drawing from her studies in public health and sustainability, she takes a collaborative and systems approach. Before joining the State Public Health Division, Emily led local policy projects at the City of Portland including the Healthy Portland Initiative. She’s energized by her work the Oregon Farmers’ Markets Association, as well as her previous work with Depave and the Coalition for a Livable Future.