Meet the Board

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

 

ChrisB_WebsiteChris Bentley (Secretary)

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. “

 

John Bliss (Vice President)

John rejoined the board in 2019, having served previous leadership stints. Recently retired from OSU College of Forest Ecosystems and Society, John has been active in the field of private lands management and conservation  for 25+ years.  John and his wife Kerry relish being grandparents and John can usually be found behind his guitar, composing and performing. “Not a day goes by that we do not take advantage of the trails and open spaces surrounding us.  We are committed to helping maintain and enhance these resources that contribute so much to the quality of life we enjoy.”

 

Jen Brown

Jen joined the board in 2019 and brings 25+ years of experience in nonprofit management, conservation, and partnership development. In Corvallis Jen’s leadership has been highlighted through her work with organizations like Corvallis Environmental Center, Corvallis School District Dual Immersion and Sustainability Task Forces, Benton County Environmental Advisory Board and Healthy Food Systems Committee. Jen believes that we need to protect the environment and preserve the natural habitats, and Greenbelt is in a unique position to be able to do this.

 

Tatiana Dierwechter

Tatiana joined the board in 2018 and is the Health Policy and Prevention Manager at Benton County Health Services, where she works to advance collaborative, cross-sector community health initiatives.  She has also supervised HIV prevention programs and coordinated advocacy programs for a non-profit disability advocacy organization in Milwaukie.  Her volunteer work includes Old Mill Center for Children and Families, Corvallis Parks and Recreation Advisory Board, and more!

 

Brady Finkenaur

Brady joined the board in 2019, having spent two years on the organization’s Finance and Investment Committees. As a Financial Consultant, Brady has a strong background in financial analysis and planning and brings this crucial perspective to Greenbelt’s long-term financial resiliency plan. Brady has been a resident of the Willamette Valley for over 20 years and feels a strong responsibility to help protect and preserve this unique and special place. In addition to holding other volunteer roles in the community with organizations like the Rotary Club of Greater Corvallis, Brady and his wife Diana enjoy spending time with their young sons, hiking, biking, and general outdoor exploration in the beautiful Pacific Northwest.

 

DGwebsiteDavid Gazeley (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.

 

Seymour House

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 a 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.

 

Russa Kittredge

Russa feels fortunate to call Oregon her home and to raise her family in this special place among the beautiful farmlands and forests of the Willamette Valley. She holds degrees in science education and environmental law and brings experience in nonprofit fundraising and management to her work on the board. “GLT has a crucial role in environmental education and the preservation of lands in our region. I’m excited for the opportunity to help bring people in our community together to share in the vision.”

 

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 (President)

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”