Meet the Staff

WE CARE.

Each and every one of us is committed to leaving a legacy of land and water for your children and grandchildren. We are friendly folks and are always excited to share our love of the land with you … come and visit with us anytime!

Jeff Baker, Stewardship Manager

Jeff joined Greenbelt in 2008 as the Stewardship Manager after working nine years as a biologist for a Native American tribe in western Oregon where he worked on fish, wildlife, rare plants, habitat and environmental projects. Jeff has a B.S. in Wildlife Science and an M.S. in Geography from Oregon State University. Outside of work Jeff likes to explore the outdoors and work around the house with his wife and two children.

 

Matt Blakeley-Smith, Restoration Manager

Matt joined Greenbelt Land Trust in 2013 as the Willamette Restoration Manager, after working ten years as a restoration biologist for the Institute for Applied Ecology. Matt believes that meaningful conservation requires the participation of private citizens. From gardening in a small suburban lot, volunteering on a weed-pull, or planting a riparian buffer, everyone can play a role in shaping our environment. While not driving a tractor, Matt enjoys growing carnivorous pitcher plants and raising honey bees with his wife on their urban micro-farm.

 

CFwebsite.2Claire Fiegener, Conservation Director

Claire has worked for Greenbelt since 2002 and is the Conservation Director. She holds a BS in Natural Resource Planning with a minor in Appropriate Technology from Humboldt State University. She has worked with farmers in central California to reduce their dependence on chemical inputs, as an exhibit guide for a hands-on science center for children, as a director of an appropriate technology organization, and as a farm hand in New Zealand and Italy. She enjoys playing music, gardening, working on crafts and most of all spending time with her twin sons and husband.

 

Ketty Herb-Kalberer, Chief Financial Officer

Ketty is a contracted employee of Greenbelt, and has an extensive background in budget development, financial performance evaluation, and non-profit management. An MBA graduate of the Lundquist College of Business, at the University of Oregon, she worked as a Senior Financial Analyst for Hewlett-Packard for six years developing financial models and projecting the profitability of HP’s worldwide inkjet business. She has served on the Board of non-profits including Corvallis Community Children’s Centers and the Center for Nonprofit Stewardship.

 

James Langendorf, Habitat Restoration Technician

James is in his second season working to restore native habitats across GLT’s large-scale restoration projects. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Fisheries and Wildlife Science from Oregon State University. On any given day, he can cover miles of seeding, planting native shrubs and trees, and keeping invasive plants at bay. His efforts contribute to the successful restoration of habitat that helps plants and wildlife to thrive in the mid-Willamette Valley.

 

Suzanna Mast, Accounting Clerk

Suzanna joined Greenbelt in 2016 as the Accounting Clerk. Raised in Northern Indiana, she recently relocated to Corvallis after living in Los Angeles for 22 years. With 18 years of bookkeeping experience, Suzanna brings a strong background in financial and business management to the Trust. She also earned her Landscape Architecture Graduate Certificate from UCLA Extension, with a focus on plants and urban stream renewal. Outside of work, she enjoys being with plants, organic gardening, Qigong and playing accordion.

 

Jessica_WebsiteJessica McDonald, Associate Director

Jessica is Greenbelt’s Associate Director, having joined the organization in Spring 2009 after working in non-profit development in New Mexico and New York. Jessica holds a BA in English Literature from Oregon State University and an MA in Classics from St. John’s College. Jessica oversees the implementation of fundraising and outreach strategies and operations programs that strive to achieve the financial goals and overall vision of the Trust. When not at work, this native Oregonian enjoys exploring the varied northwestern landscape, from the Cascades to the Pacific.

 

Michael Pope, Executive Director

Michael has been the Director of Greenbelt since 2010. He holds a BS, MS, and PhD in Wildlife Science from OSU and was a Research Assistant and Faculty Research Associate at OSU from 1989-2004. He also worked for ODFW as the Wildlife Mitigation Coordinator and Oregon Conservation Strategy Coordinator. Michael was a professional boat builder in Maine, Maryland,  and Alaska from 1976-1987. He and his wife, Becca, have one child who is a botanist, musician, and organic farmer.

 

ERwebsiteElizabeth Records, Stewardship and Volunteer Specialist

Elizabeth works across Stewardship and Outreach programs at Greenbelt, after having joined Greenbelt as a RARE AmeriCorps member in 2012. Says Elizabeth, “when I work with volunteers to remove invasive species, help students learn about stewardship, or observe longtime neighbors finding solace in the habitats, working lands and open spaces where Greenbelt works, I feel hopeful for the future.”  A native Oregonian who holds a BS in Natural Resources, she enjoys a variety of homesteading endeavors, outdoor adventures and creative projects.

 

Rebecca McKay Steinberg, Membership and Outreach Coordinator

Rebecca joined GLT in 2016 after working in Connecticut to protect wildlife habitat and working farmland. She’s passionate about connecting conservation and psychology. She earned her BA in Environmental Science from Barnard College and spent time studying community-based wildlife conservation in Kenya. She later earned her MS in Environmental Science from the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies. She enjoys hiking with her dog, rock climbing, and writing.