Beginning March 18, 2020, Jim Cathcart is on a 6-month leave. During Jim’s leave, Michele Levis and Mary Logalbo are sharing the role of Interim District Manager. For questions related to District conservation projects, contact Mary Logalbo. For questions related to fiscal or administrative operations, contact Michele Levis.
Jim Cathcart is currently on leave through September 2020. Jim comes to the District with 26 years of experience in forest policy, forest health and monitoring, management planning, and communications, the last 17 years with the Oregon Department of Forestry. As a Portland resident, Mr. Cathcart is familiar with the variety of soil and water resource issues facing landowners in the District, whether they own farms, forests or gardens. After obtaining a Forestry degree at Humboldt State University, he earned a masters in Forest Economics at the University of Idaho, and a doctorate in Forest Management and Economics at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University.
Contact Jim at email@example.com or 503.238.4775, ext. 106.
Michele is a CPA with over 20 years of experience in the finance and accounting field, primarily in the areas of management reporting and analysis, budgeting, risk management and strategic business planning. Her many years in the corporate sector as well as her volunteer work with non-profits, including as a board member and Treasurer, have well prepared her for her role at WMSWCD. She manages all accounting, budgeting, contracting, reporting and human resources activities for the District.
Michele lived several years in Germany, where she taught English as a second language and had time to indulge her passion for gardening, environmental conservation and all things outdoors. She is also a Master Gardener and a graduate of the OSU Extension Services Organic Gardening Certificate Program. Since moving to Portland in 2009, she’s been an active volunteer with her son’s school, Multnomah County Master Gardeners, and various area running groups.
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For over a decade, Mary Logalbo has worked on conservation issues seeking innovative solutions with collaborative teams to accomplish more on-the-ground projects. As Urban Conservationist at WMSWCD, Mary manages the District’s Urban Natural Areas Restoration Program, Stormwater Programs, Urban Watershed Mentors, Meadowscaping, Partner Funding, Canopy Weeds and Landscape Demonstrations Programs.
Mary earned her Executive Master’s in Public Administration (EMPA) at Portland State University’s Hatfield School of Government and her B.S. in Environmental Science from Plattsburgh State University (PSU), New York. She studied terrestrial ecology and marine biology at the University of Queensland in Brisbane, Australia. Mary also volunteered weekends at a N.Y. organic farm and worked as a camp counselor at a biodynamic farm specializing in Waldorf Education. Through the Research Education Undergraduate (REU) program Mary conducted surveys and created bathometric maps for Trout Unlimited which were presented at the Keystone Coldwater Conference at Pennsylvania State University.
After graduation, Mary worked as the Executive Director of the Au Sable River Association (ASRA), a non-profit watershed enhancement organization in Adirondack State Park. Mary served with the Northwest Service Academy’s AmeriCorps program in Portland, Oregon as a Technical Research Specialist before joining the Marion Soil & Water Conservation District as a Resource Conservationist, where she developed and coordinated the District’s Invasive Species Program, helped coordinate an environmental education grant program, developed numerous conservation plans with landowners, and managed the District’s web site.
You can reach Mary at 503.238.4775, ext. 103 and firstname.lastname@example.org.
Michael Ahr has worked as the Forest Conservationist at West Multnomah SWCD for six years. His primary focus is to assist woodland owners in developing and implementing management plans for their properties. Forest restoration projects include thinning, habitat enhancements such as native pollinator work, invasive species control, and erosion prevention often related to forest roads.
He has a B.S. in Natural Resources & Wildlife Management from Ohio State University and his Masters of Science in Forest Resources at Oregon State University with a focus on Natural Resources Education & Extension and a minor in Adult Education. He has worked with the Polk Soil and Water Conservation District and the Tillamook State Forest in Oregon.
Before coming to WMSWCD, he also worked for two years in Olympia, Washington as the Outreach Specialist in the Small Forest Landowner Office at the Washington Department of Natural Resources. While at DNR, he also worked with the Natural Areas Program to identify and eradicate invasive species, survey prairie habitats to collect seed from native habitats for sensitive butterflies, and assisted with an Oregon white oak release project.
You can reach Michael at 503.238.4775, ext. 109 or email@example.com.
Scott has been working for Soil & Water Conservation Districts since 2006 and at West Multnomah SWCD since 2008. As the Rural Conservationist, Scott’s provides technical expertise to farmers, livestock operators and horse owners in the District.
He also leads the District’s efforts to restore large scale floodplains and wetlands along the Columbia River and Multnomah Channel, specifically the restoration of Sturgeon Lake, which has been a West Multnomah Soil & Water Conservation District signature project for over 30 years.
Scott graduated from Oregon State University with a BS in Natural Resources and an MS in Soil Science. A lover of all things related to soil, he has worked to grow the District’s Soil School program, offered every spring since 2011. Soil School brings together soil lovers from all walks of life to learn how to care for and improve their soil resources.
Prior to working at West Multnomah, Scott got his start at the Columbia SWCD where he was the technical lead and district manager. In his spare time, Scott enjoys kayaking, skiing and trying to keep up with his two daughters.
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Michelle has an Honors B.S. in Natural Resources from Oregon State University-College of Forestry and a M.S. in Geography from the University of Victoria. Before graduate school, Michelle worked with OSU-Forest Sciences, Oregon Department of Forestry, and Marion Soil and Water Conservation District. Her background is in forest research, conservation planning, ecological restoration, and invasive species management.
As our Invasive Species Program Manager, Michelle oversees the Early Detection-Rapid Response (EDRR) program and leads restoration efforts at priority sites affected by EDRR species.
Michelle co-chairs the 4-County Cooperative Weed Management Area, leads the PNW Garlic Mustard Working Group and serves on the Oregon Invasive Species Council. Michelle enjoys both connecting people together working on similar invasive species management goals and getting her hands dirty in the name of protecting Oregon’s natural resources. There is nothing more satisfying to her than working with a property owner to find and remove a patch of high priority invasive weeds before they can proliferate into a natural area.
Michelle can be reached at 503.238.4775, ext. 115 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Kammy provides program leadership and technical assistance as a conservation planner. She manages the district’s Healthy Streams Program, develops restoration and special habitat projects, and supports agricultural and other rural landowners. Previously, Kammy was a Natural Resource Specialist at the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, coordinating habitat protection in the Habitat and Wildlife Divisions and the North Willamette Basin regional office; and worked in coastal zone wetland protection at the Oregon Department of Land Conservation and Development. Kammy began her career with the US Peace Corps in Senegal, West Africa and the African Development Foundation, and consulted with the U.S. Forest Service International Forestry Program. Kammy concentrated on agro-forestry in Haiti and Central America and on energy and pollution prevention in Washington, D.C. She received her undergraduate degree from Harpur College of Arts and Sciences and an M.S. in natural resource management from the University of Michigan.
Kammy enjoys spending time with friends and family, being outdoors, engaging in her daughter’s school, being an involved and informed citizen, and tending to her 1920s house and garden. She likes people, plants, animals, bicycling, warm water bodies, foreign languages and culture, and reading. Her favorite native plant is the rare and declining Oregon white oak tree and her favorite animal is her cat named Fluffy.
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Ari DeMarco is the Seasonal Conservation Technician. She primarily supports the EDRR invasive weed program by treating plants in the field and providing GIS mapping assistance in the office, but also helps with field monitoring and other District programs.
Ari holds a degree in Biology from Lewis & Clark College and a MS in Sustainable Forestry from Oregon State University. Her academic work focused on entomology and forest health, while her professional work has mainly involved invasive species.
Before joining WMSWCD, Ari worked at the H. J. Andrews Experimental Forest, staffed a remote research station for The Nature Conservancy, and otherwise sampled the myriad joys of seasonal technician work. In her spare time she enjoys hiking, gardening, and traveling, and she has volunteered as an insect collection curator, as well as for Mt. Pisgah Arboretum and Point Blue Conservation Science.
Renee manages West Multnomah’s communications and public outreach efforts to support the important conservation work of the District and technical staff. She plans and oversees annual events, like Soil School, and manages the District’s online presence and media outreach. She joined West Multnomah in August 2018 after nearly 11 years with the conservation non-profit Sustainable Northwest where she lead message development and branding, print and online publications, media outreach, and production of many of their annual fundraisers. After relocating to the West from rural Vermont, Renee was a graphic designer at an award-winning studio in San Francisco, and spent three years supporting scientific research at McMurdo and Amundsen-Scott South Pole Antarctic research stations. Renee is a textile artist who works primarily with salvaged fabric. When not at work on conservation or art, she enjoys backpacking, gardening, cycling, and occasional international travel.
Reach Renee at email@example.com or 503-238-4775 x 101.
Randi keeps the District’s operations running smoothly while assisting staff and Board on various tasks. Randi helps guide the public to appropriate staff members, partners, and other resources to help with their conservation needs. In addition to these duties, Randi is constantly working to improve diversity, equity, and inclusion within the District, and serves on the District’s DEI Committee. Since joining the District in 2016, Randi has been the primary videographer for the District’s various how-to videos.
Randi’s background includes a wide variety of operational work, and she holds a B.A. in Inter-Media Arts.
You can reach Randi at 503.238.4775, ext. 100 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
As Conservationist & Education Coordinator, Laura assists with rural conservation projects by helping to prepare maps and conservation plans as well as monitoring projects and collecting field data. In her role as the education coordinator, she provides support to schools and community groups for projects ranging from edible and native gardens to helping establish the next generation of farmers in our region. She has worked for public, non-profit, and private organizations including The Nature Conservancy, the environmental consulting company Tetra Tech, and the Tualatin SWCD to provide botanical and ecological technical support. Laura earned her B.S. in botany and forest ecology from Evergreen State College, and her M.S. in invasive plant ecology from Portland State University.
Laura has been an active volunteer for Friends of Trees and Metro’s Native Plant Center. In her free time she loves to garden, cook, and go for hikes and bike rides.
You can reach Laura at 503.238.4775, ext. 112 and email@example.com.