Staff


District Manager

Lynn Barlow

Person standing in front of green shrubLynn Barlow brings over 24 years of experience in the conservation field to the West Multnomah Soil and Water Conservation District. Her career includes 19 years acquiring, managing, and restoring public natural areas with City of Portland, and most recently, nearly four years with the state Department of Environmental Quality where she managed a federal loan program that funds water quality improvement projects throughout Oregon. Lynn began her conservation career as a U.S. Peace Corps volunteer working with food crop farmers to conserve topsoil in a mountainous region of west Africa. She values public and private landowner engagement in sustainable stewardship of natural and working lands. Lynn is committed to the District’s work in culturally inclusive outreach to communities for the purpose of enhancing livability through healthy soil, clean water, and diverse habitats.

Reach Lynn at lynn@wmswcd.org or 503-238-4775, ext. 106


Conservation Technician

Martina Avendano

person standing in front of green plantsMartina’s connection to the natural world began with trips she took as a kid with her family – summer hikes in the Columbia River Gorge, picnics at local parks, snow tubing down the powdery slopes of Mt. Hood. Trips like these fostered her love for the outdoor and inspired her to be curious about her surroundings, and later, to pursue a career in conservation. As the Conservation Technician, Martina will assist with monitoring and field work in support of multiple service areas including Healthy Streams, Forest Conservation, and Invasive Species Management. Prior to this role, Martina worked as a crew member for a local private contractor, a field technician in Eastern Oregon, and held internships with the Johnson Creek Watershed Council, West Multnomah SWCD, and Columbia Riverkeeper. Martina earned her bachelor’s in Biology from Warner Pacific University. During her free time she enjoys baking a variety of desserts, exploring the outdoors with her family, and searching for thrift store treasures.


Conservationist & Invasive Species Program Coordinator

Michelle Delepine

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 michelle@wmswcd.org.

 


Farms & Soil Conservationist

Scott Gall

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Scott has been working for soil and water conservation districts since 2006 and at West Multnomah SWCD since 2008.  As the Soil Conservationist, Scott 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 workshop, 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.

scott@wmswcd.org

503.238.4775, ext. 105


Senior Conservationist

Kammy Kern-Korot

woman in field vest standing by edge of creekKammy provides program leadership and technical assistance as our Senior Conservationist. She manages the district’s Healthy Streams Program, develops restoration and special habitat projects, supports rural landowners, and serves on the district’s Leadership Team. She has been with the District since 2004. 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. She also 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, being an involved and informed citizen, and tending to her 1920s house and garden. She likes people, plants, animals, bicycling, warm water bodies, 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.

kammy@wmswcd.org

503.238.4775, ext. 108


GIS and Conservation Technician

Shahbaz Khan

person in green shirt in fieldShahbaz has a pledge to conservation centered in honoring and preserving bio-cultural diversity. His connection to nature is motivated by the pursuit of access to our collective natural heritages, discovering our common roots, striving for environmental justice, and advocating for restoration efforts at the intersection of people, nature, and the impending climate crisis.

He graduated from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign with a BSc. in Integrative Biology and a focus in Plant Biology/Ecology. He is also a candidate to receive the Geographic Information Systems and Geospatial UAS Specialist certifications at Portland Community College.

Shahbaz’s experience includes research in both the genomic ecology of global change in agriculture and mapping succession trends in old-growth forests. More recently, he has gained valuable experience through the Asian Pacific American Network of Oregon (APANO) Climate, Health and Housing Institute Fellowship and working hands-on as a Forestry/Restoration Technician at Mosaic Ecology.

At West Multnomah SWCD, Shahbaz assists with GIS, database management, drone operations, and support for the District’s conservation efforts. Shahbaz also supervises Field Conservation Interns.

Contact Shahbaz about surveying and monitoring, sharing spatial data, program-specific mapping, and the Field Internship Program.


Controller

Michele Levis

person leaning over pulling weeds smiling at cameraMichele 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.

Reach Michele at michele@wmswcd.org or 503.238.4775, ext. 111


Urban Conservationist

Mary Logalbo

Mary on mountainFor 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 mary@wmswcd.org.

 


Communications and Outreach Manager

Renee Magyar

Renee connects the District with our local communities through our online presence, print and digital publications, media outreach, and annual Soil School workshop. 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, and oversaw their digital media and production of many 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. When not at work, she enjoys all seasons in the backcountry on hiking trails or skis, and is attempting to reforest her backyard.

Reach Renee at renee@wmswcd.org or 503-238-4775 x 101.


Office Manager

Randi Razalenti

photo of Randi in a natural areaRandi 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 randi@wmswcd.org.


Forest Conservationist

Laura Taylor

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Laura helps woodland owners grow healthy resilient forests by developing forest stewardship plans, providing technical assistance, and managing forest health projects for their properties. She also manages field monitoring and data collection efforts for the District’s rural conservation projects and provides expertise on plants and pollinators. Laura has been a member of our Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Committee since 2018, and served as the District’s Field Intern Program Supervisor for the 2019 and 2020 field seasons.

Laura has worked for public, non-profit, and private organizations including The Nature Conservancy, the environmental consulting company Tetra Tech, and the Tualatin Soil and Water Conservation District, where she provided 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 laura@wmswcd.org.