MEET THE BOARD

GARY IVEY, Chair

For more than 20 years Gary worked with the US Fish and Wildlife Service in the National Wildlife Refuge System. He worked primarily on wetland, waterfowl and water bird management and planning in Eastern Oregon and in California's Central Valley. Gary served as a wildlife biologist at Malheur National Wildlife Refuge for 15 years and is currently working on a variety of bird conservation issues in the West and attending graduate school at Oregon State University.

Gary Ivey

ALICE ELSHOFF, Vice Chair

Alice has been visiting Malheur National Wildlife Refuge since the 1960s, first birding and then volunteering. She is a retired teacher who enjoys sharing her love of wildlife with visitors of all ages. She believes deeply in the mission of the National Wildlife Refuge System, which sets wildlife conservation as its primary purpose and preservation and restoration of biological diversity and environmental health as its main goal.

Alice Elshoff

ALAN CONTRERAS, Board Member

Alan Contreras was born in Tillamook County, Oregon and grew up mainly around Eugene. He is a retired college evaluator and a graduate of the University of Oregon and its law school. He served as co-editor of Birds of Oregon (Oregon State University Press, 2003).  OSU Press also published Afield (2009), his memoir about the experience of watching birds for 40 years. OSU also issued his Handbook of Oregon Birds (2009) (with Hendrik Herlyn) and Northwest Birds in Winter (1996). He has published poetry and reviews in several venues.

Alan Contreras

MARK NEBEKER, Board Member

Mark was born in Salt Lake City and has lived in Utah, Montana, Minnesota, Alaska and Oregon. He enjoyed growing up in Corvallis with two younger brothers, attending school there from elementary through college at OSU. He graduated in 1984 with a degree in Wildlife Science and started working for Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW) in the fall of 1985. In his 27- year career with ODFW he has worked at numerous offices and Wildlife Areas. Presently he is the Manager of Sauvie Island Wildlife Area. Mark started birding at the age of 12 in 1972 and readily became involved with Corvallis Audubon Society. That year was also his first year experiencing Malheur National Wildlife Refuge, and he has revisited every year since. Mark currently lives on Sauvie Island with his wife Nancy, their dog and their two cats.

Mark Nebeker, Board Member

JAN CUPERNALL, Board Member

Jan and her husband, Steve, moved back to Harney County in 2001. She is an active member for the Harney County Chamber of Commerce, the Harney County Historical Society, Sunrise Garden Club, the Burns Cemetery Committee, and now with the MWA.

Jan Cupernall, Board Member

KATHY DAY, Secretary and Treasurer

A birding enthusiast for nearly 30 years, Kathy lives in Bend with her husband Steve; they have been frequent visitors to Malheur for the past 12 years, including two Springs spent volunteering at the Visitor Center and helping on several projects. Kathy has volunteered with Audubon groups in other states, and most recently she and her husband volunteered for several months at St. Marks NWR on the Florida Gulf Coast. As a new MWA Board member, Kathy will be the liaison with the website manager, and is looking forward to helping MWA with projects that will increase public awareness and appreciation of the Refuge and its mission.

Kathy Day

ERICA MALTZ, Board Member

Erica Maltz grew up in Maine and Maryland where she learned to love all those creatures that lived in the water, from invertebrates to whales. She graduated from college in Maine with a degree in Human Ecology. After working for the National Marine Fisheries Service, watching over endangered Atlantic Salmon, worked with the lobster industry, wrangled lake sturgeon, worked with the commercial fishing industry in the Gulf of Mexico and with the Mt. Desert Island Biological Laboratory, she moved to Oregon to work for Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife. She now works for the Burns Paiute Tribe. Since the Refuge is the ancestral home of the Tribe, she sees many opportunities for the Tribe and the Refuge to work together.

Erica Malyz

CAREY GOSS, Refuge Liaison

Carey graduated from Humboldt State University with a Bachelor’s degree in wildlife and a Minor in fisheries. Carey began her career with the US Fish and Wildlife Service in 1995 working at four different refuges before finding herself at Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in 1999. Carey’s background includes an array of experiences with biological surveys, fish and wildlife management and conservation. Her primary objectives at the Refuge and with MWA are to provide visitors a welcoming and comfortable experience and enhancing opportunities in wildlife observation, wildlife/nature photography, interpretation, education, fishing and hunting with the help of volunteers and partnerships.

Carey Goss

CHRIS GARDNER, Board Member

Chris Gardner.  Chris is a Bend attorney.  He is founder and active member of Kids’ Center, an organization for abused and neglected children. He is a frequent visitor to MNWR and looks forward to serving on the Friends’ Board. 

Chris Gardner

TIM BLOUNT, Board Member

Tim resides in Hines, Oregon and visits MNWR often.  He is an avid birder and maintains and operates the website HarneyBirder.com.  Tim works for the Harney County Education Service District as a computer technician, and is looking forward to sharing his talents with FOMR. 

 

 

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