Meet the Board

The Greenbelt Land Trust Board of Directors are dedicated to ensuring that Greenbelt continues to be a visionary, financially responsibly, and community-oriented organization. Read below to get to know our Board a little more!

Ralph Alig

Ralph joined the Board in 2014, and is recently retired from a career with the Forest Service specializing in land use studies and renewable resource assessments. Ralph says that “my strong commitment to land conservation includes a belief in leaving places better than we find them and working diligently to protect and restore land and water systems. I  enjoy getting my hands dirty through volunteer efforts on the land, and working with fellow community members to promote sustainable natural and human systems. My vision includes connecting more people to nature and promoting their appreciation of the beauty and diversity of our heritage.”


TremaineTremaine Arkley

Tremaine  and his wife Gail have spent time working in NYC & Chicago in social services and publishing, and living in Paris, North Cornwall and other places throughout Europe. Returning to Oregon he and Gail started restoring the land on their 25 acre 120+ year old quince farm near Independence in Polk County, bringing it back to its natural state with vernal ponds, wet and dry prairies, and diverse native plantings. He serves on several non profit boards, including Friends of Polk County, Institute for Applied Ecology, Luckiamute Watershed Council.


ChrisB_WebsiteChris Bentley

Chris has lived in the Willamette Valley for 14 years, and has a long history as a landscape architect and planner. Chris has held volunteer leadership positions with the First Alternative Cooperative as a board member, the Historic Resources Commission, and the Corvallis Sustainability Coalition. “A big strength of GLT is its ability to forge partnerships. None of us can reach big goals on our own. My philosophy tends towards looking at long-term solutions. “


JBwebsiteJohn Bliss

As a resource manager, educator, and researcher, John has been active in the field of private lands management, conservation, and policy for 25 years, and is very familiar with the capabilities and constraints facing private forest owners and farmers. As Starker Chair in Private and Family Forestry at OSU, much of his research has focused on conservation motivations of private landowners. In his free time he enjoys music composition, improvisation, and performance.


DGwebsiteDavid Gazeley (Board Treasurer)

David was elected to the Greenbelt Land Trust Board of Directors in 2013, after serving on GLT’s Finance Committee since early 2012. David brings a strong background in finance to the organization. He has been a resident of the Willamette Valley for over sixty years, and believes that economic and community development can be done responsibly with environmental impacts understood, and certain cultural and ecologically sensitive areas protected.


SHwebsiteSeymour House (Board President)

Before becoming dean of the graduate school at Mount Angel Seminary, where he  teaches church history and literature, Seymour had various jobs—Outward Bound instructor, stunt man, logging road crew, dishwasher, professor. He holds an MA in philosophy and Ph.D. in Ecclesiastical History. Seymour comes from an old Illinois farming family with strong ties to land conservation, grew up planting native hardwoods along the Mississippi River. His wife works at Gathering Together Farms, and together they have restored part of their property to a seasonal wetland.


LHwebsiteLyle Hutchens (Board Secretary)

Lyle joined the Greenbelt Land Trust Board of Directors in 2005, and has served on the Finance Committee and as GLT’s Treasurer. Lyle is the owner of Devco Engineering, a Corvallis-based Civil and Structural Engineering design and Construction Management business. Lyle has served on the Board of the Corvallis Area Chamber of Commerce, and currently sits on the City of Corvallis Capital Improvement Program Commission.


LisaWebsitePhotoLisa Mykrantz Brown (Board Vice President)

Lisa is a finance and marketing consultant, and has lived in the Willamette Valley for nearly 40 years. Lisa continues a legacy that her parents started by becoming Board members of GLT.  She says that “in the mid-Valley we are very fortunate to have an environment dotted with thriving communities and surrounded by natural areas and farmland. GLT has had an important role in establishing this pattern and making it feel like the normal and natural, even expected, model of development for our region. As the future unfolds,  I think we may be in a position to serve as an example and inspiration to other communities—both in our region and further afield.”


Erik Swanson (Student Board Member)

Erik is a native of Corvallis and returned to study at OSU after serving eight years in the U.S. Coast Guard where he worked as a public affairs specialist and military journalist. Erik has worked as a member of a film crew for a Weather Channel television series and served on a U.S. Forest Service stream survey crew. He has also led youth conservation crews for the Student Conservation Association where he worked with the San Juan County Land Bank and San Juan Preservation Trust. He is pursuing a B.S. in Fisheries and Wildlife Science and is interested in stream ecology, habitat restoration, and working with private landowners to conserve wildlife habitat.


CurtRoseCurt Rose

Curt is a 22 year resident of Corvallis, and is the Senior Vice President & Deputy General Counsel for the Intellectual Property Section at Hewlett Packard. He has served on Boards ranging from the Intellectual Property Owners Association, to the Purdue University School of Communications. “Having enjoyed the benefits of places like Bald Hill and Fitton Green, I now look to do what I can to ensure that future generations of mid-Valley residents continue to believe that they are lucky to reside in one of the most beautiful and livable communities in the world.”


DaveZ_WebsiteDavid Zahler

David has spent 44 years in the Willamette Valley, and worked for 18 years as a faculty member with the OSU College of Forestry. He has held leadership positions with the Watershed Management Advisory Board,Corvallis Environmental Center, and the Garfield Elementary PTA, among others. “I share GLT’s vision for the mid-Willamette Valley. Making it happen takes a lot of work and having active board members who are willing to share opinions and work directly with staff, and each other, is imperative”