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 as the Stewardship Director 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, 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.

 

Claire FoxClaire Fox, Conservation Coordinator

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_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 Ph.D. 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 a son who is a botanist, musician, and organic farmer.

 

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.

 

Blythe Utz, Outreach Coordinator

Blythe brings to Greenbelt a decade of outreach, event and communications experience in the social services, community development, and sustainability sectors. She joined GLT in January of 2019 after relocating to Corvallis in 2018 following a year in South America. Blythe has a BS in Communication Studies from Portland State University and was trained as a mediator by Resolutions Northwest. Blythe and her husband, John, are passionate about permaculture and are working to regenerate their depleted quarter-acre property into a fertile, edible garden buzzing with life.