Shannon Browne, Executive Director, is a long time advocate of public lands. She has been a Park Ranger at both the Oregon Caves National Monument and Crater Lake National Park. Shannon worked for the Sierra Club in San Francisco before moving to Ashland, called back to this extremely biodiverse part of the world to enroll in the Master of Environmental Education at Southern Oregon University. Now as the Executive Director of the Friends, she works to spread awareness and understanding of Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument. In her spare time she and her family cultivate their home garden and go on adventures both near and far.
Ellie Thompson, Program Coordinator, grew up on a small farm in Eugene, OR. Her love for nature and passion for science led her to earn a B.S. in Biology at Portland State University, but along the way, she discovered two more passions: conservation and education. These newfound passions brought her to the Rogue Valley, where she earned her M.S. in Environmental Education at Southern Oregon University. Since graduating, Ellie has enjoyed hiking and photographing the breathtaking spaces in Southern Oregon.
Terry Dickey, Chairman, has over 35 years experience in building community partnerships, museum exhibit interpretation, K-12 education and non-profit organizations. He earned a MEd in Cross-Cultural Education from University of Alaska Fairbanks and a BA from University of Tulsa. He moved to Ashland from Alaska in 2009.
Howard Hunter, Advocacy Chair, was the CSNM Assistant Monument Manager. He spent a career in forestry, recreation, and natural resource management. Howard is familiar with all aspects of Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument management.
Scot Loring, Board Member, has been working as a botanist / mycologist throughout Oregon since 1994, conducting various research, inventory, rare species survey, and monitoring projects. He is a consultant for various entities including the BLM Medford. He led a botanical survey in CSNM that resulted in the discovery of many species new to science, including two new genera. He is a Pacific Northwest native, and graduated from The Evergreen State College.
Stasie Maxwell, Board Member, grew up in Ashland and has a deep love for this area. Studying Tai Chi in Eugene, OR has deepened her respect and affection for the biodiversity and interconnectedness of this land and its inhabitants. An SOU alumna, she hopes to unite her passion with action by bridging connections between education, health and wellness, herbal medicine, and the wisdom of the indigenous people in relation to the monument.
Rick Nolan, Board Member, spent more than 34 years working throughout the country as a ranger and manager with the National Park Service. Having settled in the Rogue Valley in 2016, he brings his extensive experience in public land management, visitor and community education, and emergency services to assist in supporting the mission of the Friends of Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument.
Jackie Markin, Board Member, has an extensive background in journalism, broadcasting and video production. She spent more than 30 years working in communications in many cities along the West Coast. She moved to Ashland to be surrounded by the natural beauty of this area and now wants to help preserve it for future generations.
Kiley Graham, Board Member, grew up in Ashland Oregon, which helped foster her love for the outdoors. She graduated with an environmental science degree from the university of Oregon, which helped her gain a wider understanding of how to become a better steward of the land. She has previously worked as an interpretive park ranger at the Mt St Helens National Monument and wants to continue working for public lands. She values conservation and wants to educate others to feel the same.
Nicole Ferer, Student Board Member, attributes her love and understanding of the natural world to her fascination with medicinal and edible plants. Nicole earned an Environmental Policy degree from the University of Oregon, where she discovered her passion for conservation and environmental education. As a student of both the M.S. in Environmental Education and M.A. in Teaching, Nicole strives to cultivate a culture of community and interconnectedness in her career and life as an educator.
Joel Brumm, Assistant Monument Manager, BLM has held positions in government at the local, state and federal levels, including eight years with the National Park Service focused on GIS and natural resource management. He comes to the BLM and Southwest Oregon from Dinosaur National Monument on the Colorado/Utah border.
Christine Beekman, Monument Interpretive Specialist, BLM has spent her career in public lands interpretation. Christine and her family were in Santa Fe, New Mexico where she was the Chief of Interpretation at Pecos National Historical Park. Prior, Christine was the Education Specialist for Arches and Canyonlands National Parks, Moab, UT. She is an avid outdoor enthusiast and is looking forward to many years of exploring this beautiful part of the country!
Marty Peterson, Advisor, is a certified public accountant in Oregon and is a partner with Norris & Peterson LLC. He graduated from California State University Sacramento with a bachelor’s degree in business administration and began his accounting career with a large international firm in California. Marty enjoys spending time outdoors with his family, traveling and cycling.