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 Coordinator

Jeff joined Greenbelt in 2008 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 Benotsch, Outreach Coordinator

Matt joined Greenbelt Land Trust in 2020 with twenty years of commitment to ecological stewardship and outreach in the Willamette Valley. He is excited to meet you out on the land and share our protected places. When not working Matt enjoys spending time with his wife and son at home in Eugene, playing competitive disc golf, organic vegetable gardening, and slowly transforming his yard into native pollinator habitat.

 

 

Matt Blakeley-Smith, Stewardship Director

Matt joined Greenbelt Land Trust in 2013, 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 and son 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 farmhand 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.

 

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Claire brings to Greenbelt years of experience in land management, community outreach, partnership building. Prior to joining the team, she served as Program Manager for the Washington Association of Land Trusts. Claire’s background in farming, forestry, and environmental education fuels her passion for community-driven conservation. She has a BA in Environmental Studies from Dickinson College and Master degrees in Forestry and Environmental Management from Duke University. In her free time, Claire loves to hike, garden, and eat good food!

 

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.

 

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 the accordion.

 

Jessica McDonald, Executive Director

Jessica became Greenbelt’s Executive Director in 2020 after having served as Associate Director and Development Director for the organization since 2009. With deep Oregon roots and a passion for conservation and community, Jessica leads the organization’s strategic vision, financial resiliency planning and operations. She loves muddy trails, jazz, family shenanigans, rescue dogs, and Oregon rain. But, more than anything … she cares about leaving a legacy of clean running rivers, wild outdoors, and colorful Valley prairies for generations to come. Get to know Jessica.

 

 

Ashley Relf, Membership Manager

Ashley brings to Greenbelt years of cultural arts management and nonprofit development experience. She joined GLT in 2018 after relocating to Oregon from North Carolina. She grew up in central New York and has lived all along the East Coast. Ashley holds a BA from George Mason University and an MA in Liberal Studies from the University of North Carolina Wilmington.  She is an avid traveler and enjoys adventures, especially when they involve breathtaking landscapes and great food.

 

Zach Roper, Land Steward

Zach joined Greenbelt in April of 2018. Originally from Nebraska, Zach earned his BS in Wildlife Biology from the University of Nebraska. He has worked in Nebraska, Texas, and Oregon to restore an array of wildlife habitats. As an avid outdoorsman, Zach enjoys hunting, fishing, hiking, birding, and paddling. When not outdoors he is usually watching Netflix with his wife and four dogs.