Members of the Council

The Oregon Invasive Species Council has 17 members. 10 are appointed and serve two-year terms. Appointed members represent a cross-section of Oregon agricultural government and business interests, and can include tribal sovereign nations and local governments as well as ports, aquaculture, and the pet, seed, nursery, and shipping industries. 7 are ex-officio members who include the following individuals or their designated representatives:
 
    •    Director of the Oregon Department of Agriculture
    •    Director of the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife
    •    Director of the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality
    •    Director of the Oregon Department of Forestry
    •    Director of the Oregon Marine Board
    •    President of Portland State University
    •    Administrative head of the Sea Grant Program at Oregon State University
 
Current Members of the Oregon Invasive Species Council 
 

Shawna Bautista

(appointed member, term expires 12/31/2015)

Council Member Shawna Bautista

Shawna is the Invasive Plant and Pesticide Use Coordinator for the Pacific Northwest Region of the US Forest Service. She is also the Invasive Plant Coordinator for the USFS State and Private Forestry branch, which means that she manages grants, monitors, and coordinates invasive plant management activities across ownership boundaries (state, tribal, federal, and private). She serves as the Regional contact to national headquarters on invasive species and pesticide use issues, and coordinates work on a variety of invasive species including plants.  Prior to coming to Portland, Shawna worked as a Zone Biologist on the Angeles National Forest, where she initiated a successful program to control Arundo donax.  She has been with the US Forest Service for 25 years.  Her education includes a B.S. in Wildlife Mangement from Humbolt State University and an M.S. in Zoology and Physiology from the University of Wyoming.  Shawna is a wildlife biologist by training, with a passion for invasive species management.

 

Rick Boatner

(Ex-officio member representing ODFW)

Rick Boatner

Rick Boatner is the Invasive Species, Wildlife Integrity Coordinator for the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife. In this position his main responsibilities include coordinating the Aquatic Invasive Species Prevention Program, Feral Swine Removal Program and Prohibited Species Program. Rick has worked for ODFW for over 20 years in various capacities: Five years as an Assistant Wildlife Biologist: working with wildlife population monitoring, wildlife diseases and wildlife damage problems. Five years as Fishery Biologist on the Willamette Sport Fishing program; working with steelhead and spring Chinook. Seven years as a seasonal, working on such projects as the Columbia and Willamette Sport Fishing program, Salmon Trout Enhancement Plan, Marine Mammals at Willamette Falls, spawning ground surveys and any other opportunity that would help him gain more experience with fish and wildlife.
Rick has a Bachelor of Science degree in Natural Resources from Western Oregon University and an Associate of Science degree in Animal Science from Linn-Benton Community College.

John Browning

(Appointed member, term expires 12/31/2015)

Photo of Council Member John Browning

John Browning has worked for Weyerhaeuser as a Forest Health Specialist/Forest Pathologist for 26 years. He is interested in all aspects of forest health, especially invasive pests such as sudden oak death and Asian gypsy moth. John also works on pest management and invasive species issues for Weyerhaeuser’s nurseries. Prior to coming to Weyerhaeuser, John worked on forest health issues for WA DNR, US Forest Service, and both the Texas and Colorado State Forest Service. John has a Master’s from University of Washington in Forest Pathology and a Bachelor’s in Forestry from Iowa State University.

Sam Chan, 2015 Vice-Chair

(Ex-officio member representing Oregon State University)

Sam Chan

Sam Chan is an Assistant Professor in Fisheries and Wildlife and Marine Resources Management at Oregon State University (OSU).  He is the aquatic invasive species and watershed health extension specialist and the Assistant Extension Program Leader for the Oregon Sea Grant College Program. Sam's education and research focuses on both the biological and social dimensions of invasive species prevention and early detection in the context of watershed health for both professional and youth audiences.  Prior to joining the faculty at Oregon State University, Sam served as research plant physiologist with the USDA Forest service where led studies on riparian area ecology, function and management.

Glenn Dolphin

(Ex-officio member representing Oregon State Marine Board)

Glenn Dolphin

Glenn is the Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS) Program Coordinator for the Oregon State Marine Board, the state recreational boating agency where he has been working since 2006. He oversees the statewide AIS Prevention Program and in this position he coordinates with the Oregon Department of Fish & Wildlife to implement a state-wide boat inspection program, an education and outreach program, a boat permit program and works with other state and federal partners to manage and prevent the spread of AIS by recreational water-based activities. He has been a member of the Oregon Invasive Species Council since 2009. Glenn came to the Marine Board after working for the Marion Soil and Water Conservation District for five years. While at the District he worked with private landowners to provide technical environmental planning assistance to help solve environmental concerns. He moved to Oregon in 1998 after graduating from college with his bachelor’s degree in environmental science from the State University in New York at Plattsburgh. He is an outdoor recreation enthusiast and enjoys hiking, biking, skiing, boating and camping.

Dana Green

(Appointed member, term expires 12/31/2014)

Dana Green

Dana Green is the Natural Resources Program Manager for the Port of Portland, with program responsibilities at the Port’s airports, marine terminals and commercial properties. He is responsible for all aspects of natural resource management on airport properties, as well as for providing guidance to the wildlife hazard management program specific to aviation safety in an airport environment. Before joining the Port in 2001, Dana worked for 15 years as a Natural Resources Manager for the United States Air Force, holding management positions on Eglin Air Force Base, the U.S. Air Force Academy, and Peterson Air Force Base. He has over 35 years of career experience in the fields of forestry, fire ecology, wildlife management, threatened and endangered species management, and natural and cultural resources program management. Dana graduated from the University of Montana with a B.S. in Forest Management.

Thea Hayes

(Appointed member, term expires 12/31/2014)

Thea Hayes

Thea Hayes, education and outreach specialist with Portland Public Schools, is a botany and forestry graduate from NCSU and Yale Forestry School. Thea holds an MAT degree from Lewis & Clark College and has served as a middle school teacher for 21+ years. She is a WISE teacher with the OSU Sea Grant program with expertise in public education and communication, project development and implementation, and research methods. Thea has worked in the public, non-profit and private sectors, and has a keen awareness of the economic and social needs of all three.

Helmuth Rogg

(Ex-officio member representing Oregon Department of Agriculture)

Helmuth Rogg is currently Director of the Plant Program Area, Oregon Dept. of Agriculture. He oversees the Nursery, Insect Pest Prevention & Management, Noxious Weed and Native Plant Conservation programs. 

Mark Hitchcox

(Appointed member, term expires 12/31/2015)

Council Member Mark Hitchcox

Mark Hitchcox serves as a Pest Survey Specialist with the USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service- Plant Protection and Quarantine division (APHIS). The APHIS-PPQ regulates plant import and export activities, enhances agriculture exports, and strives to protect agriculture and the environment from exotic invasive pests. One of Mark’s first jobs fighting invasive species was as a youth in Ohio, hired by the neighbor to help save an extensive rose hedge from a heavy infestation of exotic Japanese beetle. Armed with a jar of soapy water, Mark quickly learned the hard truths about the impacts from invasive species. Over the years, Mark has worked as an educator and field biologist in the eastern and western US. He has a Masters Degree in entomology from Washington State University, where he studied insect pests affecting tree fruit crops. He programs served as an entomologist with the Washington State Dept. of Agriculture, and also with the US Forest Service, on several pest survey, monitoring and control programs. Since moving to Oregon in 2003, he has worked with APHIS and cooperators to strengthen an early detection survey program for many types of invasive plant pests, including insects, diseases, mollusks, nematodes and weeds. He has served regionally on a series of emergency response programs addressing infestations of gypsy moth, Japanese beetle, light brown apple moth, potato cyst nematode and exotic mollusks. Mark has been a regular advisory member to the Oregon Invasive Species Council’s Education and Outreach Committee since 2006.

Vern Holm

(Appointed member, term expires 12/31/2014)

Vern Holm

Vern Holm is the Coordinator for the Western Invasives Network (WIN), a multi-agency network of individuals and organizations concerned with rural and urban invasive weed issues in northwestern Oregon and southwestern Washington. His duties include increasing the organizational and technical capacities of eight Cooperative Weed Management Area covering 14 Oregon and 7 Washington Counties. Vern has been working as WIN Coordinator for 10 years; prior to that he was a Resource Conservationist concentrating on outreach/education for the Yamhill Soil and Water Conservation District in McMinnville, Oregon. In addition to his work with WIN, Vern is also on the Board of Directors for the Institute for Applied Ecology, Corvallis, a regional representative on the newly formed Oregon Cooperative Weed Management Association, and a director with Oregon Vegetation Management Association.

Rian Hooff

(Ex-officio member representing Oregon Department of Environmental Quality)

Rian Hooff

In 2007, Rian became the states ballast water program manager where he is responsible for developing and implementing strategies to prevent the introduction of AIS to Oregon waters from commercial shipping activities. His background includes over ten years experience in marine science research and education, with special emphasis on the ecological impacts of non-indigenous zooplankton, and the influence of climate variability on ecosystem dynamics in Oregon’s coastal waters. He has earned degrees from the University of Oregon (B.Sc., Environmental Sciences) and San Francisco State University (M.Sc., Ecology and Evolutionary Biology). In 2009, Rian became DEQ’s first representative on the Council.

Barry Horowitz

(Appointed member, term expires 12/31/2015)

Barry Horowitz

Barry's 43-year career has spanned the full range of International Logistics and Trade activities. He is Principal at CMS Consulting Services, which serves the Port of Portland where he was the prior General Manager of Marketing. His major focus is to serve as the Port’s representative to both public and private sector agencies and organizations with various types and levels of involvement in international trade. From 1991 to 1994 he was Director, International Transportation for NIKE, Inc., responsible for Nike’s global product movement. Before Nike, he served in senior management positions with ocean carriers and was Vice President of the consolidator DLCMS from 1994-2003. He has taught and written on International Logistics and Trade topics for many years, and continues to speak at numerous international trade, transportation and logistics events and conferences. Barry has written monthly columns for many industry publications, including The Journal of Commerce and Cargo Business News.

Dominic Maze

(Appointed member, term expires 12/31/2015)

Dominic Maze

Dominic Maze is the Invasive Species Coordinator and a biologist for the City of Portland, Environmental Services. His duties include coordination of various activities and programs which seek to limit the economic and environmental impacts of invasive species: targeted control of invasive species’ populations, risk assessments, extensive outreach to the public and partners, and ensuring that policy and code reflect city resolutions addressing invasive species. Prior to this, Dominic worked around the state as a conservation biologist with the Institute for Applied Ecology in Corvallis and in the nursery and restoration industries as both an employee and business owner. Dominic holds a B.S. in Plant Sciences from the University of California at Santa Cruz and an M.S. in Botany and Plant Pathology from Oregon State University. While at these universities, Dominic designed and executed research dealing with invasive plants and animals and rare plant populations. Finally, as a member of the steering committee for the 4-County Cooperative Weed Management Area, he is able to support many of Portland’s goals on a regional scale. 
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Dan Sherwin

(Appointed member, term expires 12/31/2015)

Council Member Dan Sherwin

Dan currently owns a commercial weed control, restoration and consulting business in Deschutes County. His prior work includes more than 10 years as the Weed/Vegetation Manager for Deschutes County and 6 years as the Vegetation Manager for Wallowa County. While in Wallowa County, he served as a member of the Tri-County Weed Management Area and the Tri-State Weed Management Area. His list of accomplishments include: a successful year-round program that serves as a model for other areas, a weed cost-share program, a native seed bank, a pilot weed-free forage program, public educational activities (including the mobile “Weed Wagon”), and helping to create SmART (Small Acreage Resource Team). Dan was one of the founders of the annual Weed Pull, the largest  weed pulling event in the nation. Because of his dedication and commitment to his community, Dan has received a variety of awards for his work:  in 2004, the Vegetation Managers Award from the Oregon Vegetation Managers Association; in 2010, a Special Recognition Award from the Interagency Noxious Weed Symposium; and in 2013, the OSU Extension Service Cooperative Award.

Mark Sytsma, 2014 Chair

(Ex-officio member representing Portland State University)

Mark Sytsma

Mark Sytsma is  Director of the Center for Lakes and Reservoirs, co-director of the Aquatic Bioinvasion Research and Policy Institute, and Associate Vice President for Research at Portland State University. He directs projects and research on the biology and management of aquatic invasive species. He co-authored the Oregon Aquatic Invasive Species Management Plan and is responsible for implementation of the Plan in collaboration with local, state, and federal agencies with direct management responsibilities. Mark is a founding member of the Western Regional Panel on Aquatic Nuisance Species, the Pacific Ballast Water Group, the Pacific Northwest  Economic Region Invasive Species Committee, and the Oregon Invasive Species Council.

Todd Thompson

(Appointed member, term expires 12/31/2014)

Todd's photo and bio coming soon!

Wyatt Williams, 2015 Chair

(Ex-officio member representing Oregon Department of Forestry)

Wyatt Williams

Wyatt Williams joined the Oregon Department of Forestry in September of 2012 and serves as the agency’s Invasive Species Specialist. He manages and coordinates projects focused on the detection, monitoring, and management of priority invasive species of forest ecosystems, including invasive plants, insects, and tree diseases.  Primarily, he provides technical assistance to state and private landowners, develops strategies to prevent and mitigate damage by invasive species, conducts research and field investigations, and advises the Board of Forestry on issues related to invasive species of Oregon’s forests. Wyatt holds a PhD from Colorado State University where his research focused on the genetics and control of invasive plants.  He has worked for the US Forest Service, USGS, and the Colorado Department of Agriculture as an entomologist and field technician focusing on invasive insects and plants.  Wyatt has also worked in the private industry developing new pest monitoring and control technologies that have been implemented domestically and internationally. He holds a Master’s degree in biology from Boise State University and has conducted research on the Douglas-fir beetle and fungal associates of wood borers.