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Shannon Browne, Community Partnerships 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 she looks forward to continuing her passions of spreading environmental awareness and conservation. 

board members


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.

Morgyn Ellis, Secretary, is a New Jersey native who has found her way to the Rogue Valley after earning her Bachelor’s in Environmental Science. She spent four exciting and inspiring years in outdoor education in order to pursue her M.S. in Environmental Education at Southern Oregon University.

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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.

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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. 


Dick Ashford, Board Member, is Director Emeritus of the Klamath Bird Observatory and past Chair of the American Birding Association. A former Mayor of Sonoma, CA, Dick has served on such diverse boards as Sonoma County’s Recycling Agency, Fire and Rescue Authority, the Sonoma Valley Vintners and Growers Alliance and the Charles Schwab Golf Championship. Dick has an M.S. in Computer Science and extensive experience in engineering program management. 


Ellie Thompson, Board Member - Student, 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. She is enrolled in the M.S. in Environmental Education at Southern Oregon University.




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.

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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.