1000 Friends Board of Directors

President
Kurt Koehler
Business Owner, Hillsboro

Kurt is a co-founder and CFO of Enli Health Intelligence, a market leader in population health management. Prior to Enli, Kurt held a variety of leadership positions at Intel, including those in finance, product marketing, general manager, plant manager, and director of internal application development, where he received two Intel Achievement awards for his contributions. Kurt received a BA from Stanford and an MBA from Wharton. Kurt and his wife Mary live in Hillsboro where they raised seven children. Kurt is a founding board member and past president of the Hillsboro Schools Foundation and a past board member of the Hillsboro Chamber of Commerce.

Vice President
Mike McCarthy
Farmer, Parkdale

Mike was born in Roseburg and was raised on a small farm there. After obtaining both a BS and MS in agriculture from Oregon State University, Mike went on to earn his a PhD from the Michigan State University. He and his family returned to the Hood River Valley in 1980 to expand the family farm that his grandfather settled in 1910. Mike had served on the 1000 Friends of Oregon Farm Advisory Committee before joining the board of directors in 2010. Mike has also served on the Hood River Valley Residents Committee, the Hood River Grower Shipper Association, the Crystal Springs Water District Board of Directors, and Middle Fork Irrigation District Board of Directors. He is also currently serving on the Parkdale Valley Land Trust Board and the State Board of the Oregon Farm Bureau.

Secretary/Treasurer
Andrew Haden

Renewable Energy Developer, Portland

Andrew Haden is President of Wisewood Energy, a biomass energy project development firm based in Portland. His firm develops renewable heating, combined heat and power (CHP) and district energy systems for institutional, commercial, government and industrial clients across the Western US. Andrew has an MS in Rural Development from the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences in Uppsala, Sweden and a BA in Sustainable Agriculture from The Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington. After completing his Masters degree in Sweden, Andrew lived and worked in Scandinavia before returning home to his native Pacific Northwest to work in local food system development and biomass energy. Prior to founding Wisewood, Andrew worked at Bear Mountain Forest Products and Ecotrust.

John V. Allcott III, MD
Physician, Eugene

John Allcott and his wife, Beth Hunt, arrived in Oregon “for 8 months” in 1978, and never left.  He has practiced internal medicine in several Lane County communities, now with offices in Eugene and Veneta. Opposed to the West Eugene Parkway, John created a non-profit to study threatened plant and butterfly species in the path of the proposed road. Failure of that road project gave birth to the West Eugene Collaborative, a group which seeks to address transportation issues; he is a member. John also serves on the boards of Lane Independent Private Practitioners and Cease Fire Oregon.

Ed Clark
Retired Radiologist, Portland

Ed Clark has lived in Portland since 1975. He practiced radiology from 1975 until 2006. From 2006 until 2016 he consulted at OHSU on using evidence to create policy for state Medicaid divisions. Ed has served on the boards of The Nature Conservancy Oregon Chapter and the Deschutes Land Trust and has been an active volunteer for and supporter of environmental issues in Oregon. In his board service, Ed has been interested in board governance, engagement (board and general) and fundraising. He is an active golfer, fly fisherman and adventure traveler. As a grandfather to five grandchildren in Oregon, he is committed to preserving our environment. Although new to 1000 Friends of Oregon, Ed supports its role in maintaining sensible land use throughout Oregon

Jackie Dingfelder
Community Leader, Portland

Jackie Dingfelder brings 30 years of environmental planning and policy experience in the private, non-profit, and public sectors. She has acted as Environmental and Planning Policy Director for former Portland Mayor Charlie Hales, Executive Director of River Restoration Northwest, Watershed Program Manager at For the Sake of Salmon, and as a private environmental planning consultant for over a decade. Ms. Dingfelder served in public office from 2001 - 2013 in both the Oregon House and Senate, where she chaired the House Energy and Environment Committee and the Senate Environment and Natural Resources Committee. Currently a public policy doctoral candidate at the PSU Hatfield School of Government, Ms. Dingfelder also holds a Master's Degree in regional planning with an emphasis on water resources management from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, and a bachelor's degree in geography-ecosystems management from UCLA. 

Jim Gilbert 
Business Owner, Molalla

A fifth generation Oregonian, Jim is the founder and owner of Northwoods Nursery in Molalla.  Jim has been a member of the Executive Committee of the Oregon Association of Nurseries and serves on the 1000 Friends Farm Advisory Committee. Jim was also the President of the Molalla Community Planning Organization for 10 years and helped lead successful efforts to prevent a gravel mine on 100 acres of prime farm land near the Molalla River and to defeat a proposed Urban Reserve on 100’s of acres of farmland surrounding the City of Molalla.   Jim has a degree in Russian Language from Portland State U. and has traveled extensively in Russia, Ukraine, and other countries of the former Soviet Union as well as in Asia and Eastern Europe.  He has introduced many new plants to Northwest gardeners, including Sea Berry, Honeyberry, Magnolia Vine, and Cornelian Cherry.

Steve Gutmann
Entrepreneur, Portland 

Steve Gutmann spent his early years in Switzerland and Quebec, and was 8 years old when his family moved to Oregon. One of four children, he spent many summer vacations camping and hiking throughout the Pacific Northwest.  Since earning his BA from Dartmouth College, he has helped grow several businesses that are both profitable and environmentally beneficial.  He has held business development roles for ShoreBank Pacific, Flexcar, Green Leasing, LLC and EcoSecurities.  He is currently with EcoSecurities, a leading developer of greenhouse gas reduction (i.e. "carbon offset") projects for the international and domestic carbon markets.  Steve is married with two young daughters, lives in Portland, and also serves on the board of Focus the Nation.

Pamela Kislak
Consultant, Portland

Pamela Kislak is an experienced business and community leader. She currently works as an independent consultant, helping non-profit organizations and socially responsible businesses to develop and implement actionable strategic plans that enable them to meet both their financial and social impact objectives. Prior to consulting, Pamela spent 15 years leading strategy, marketing and operations for education companies. A strategic leader who is adept at hearing and synthesizing diverse viewpoints, Pamela’s projects focused on bringing education, technology and business units together to leverage each other’s strengths in the simultaneous pursuit of both student achievement and organizational sustainability.  Pamela was the Founding President of the ACCESS Academy School Foundation and currently serves as the Co-chairperson of the Portland Public School District-wide Boundary Review Committee. Pamela holds an MBA with a focus on Social Responsibility in Business from the University of California, and a BA in Government from Dartmouth College.  She lives in SE Portland with her husband and two children.

Jason Lett
Winemaker, McMinnville​

​Jason Lett is the second-generation proprietor & winemaker of The Eyrie Vineyards, a founding Oregon winery and vineyard. He farms 130 acres in the Dundee Hills, combining a lifetime of hands-on experience with a scientific background in research ecology. When he’s not making wine, Jason and his wife tend a small farm of their own with livestock, including goats, sheep, chickens, and three children.

Nolan Lienhart 
Urban Designer, Portland

Nolan Lienhart is the Director of Planning & Urban Design with Zimmer Gunsul Frasca Architects, where he specializes in mixed-use and transit-oriented development.  He left Portland to attend Colgate University, where he developed a passion for urban planning, and a desire to return to help protect Oregon's world-renowned reputation for livable communities and environmental stewardship. On the way home, he stopped to work as a policy assistant to Congressman Earl Blumenauer in Washington, DC, and earned a Master of City Planning and a Certificate of Real Estate Design and Development at the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Design. Nolan also serves on the board of the Pacific Northwest College of Art, and the State of Oregon Capitol Planning Commission.  

Elisabeth Lyon
Community Activist, Portland

Elisabeth received a BA in Art History from Mt. Holyoke College and a Masters in City Planning from the University of Pennsylvania. She has worked as a professional planner in North Carolina, Maryland, and Oregon. In the non profit sector she has served on boards that include Pathfinder International, the Dean's Advisory Council of the PSU College of Urban and Public Affairs, the PSU Museum of the City, The Library Foundation, Saturday Academy, Transition Projects, and Planned Parenthood of the Columbia Willamette. She is married and has two adult children.

Greg Macpherson
Conservation Leader, Portland

Greg served in the Oregon House of Representatives from 2003 to 2009. There he co-chaired the 2007 joint committee that formulated Ballot Measure 49, removing a threat of rampant development on prime farmland. Greg was a member from 2009 to 2017 of the Land Conservation and Development Commission, including service as chair. He grew up on the Linn County farm operated by his father, Senator Hector Macpherson, original sponsor of the 1973 legislation creating statewide land use planning in Oregon. Greg got his bachelor’s at Harvard University and law degree at Georgetown Law School. Since retiring from the Stoel Rives law firm in Portland, Greg spends much of his time maintaining the family farm.

Maryellen McCulloch
Business Owner, Portland

As a lavender farmer and gardener in Multnomah County, Maryellen has a deep connection to the land and is focused on human, animal, plant and insect impacts on the land. Oregon is unique, with its land use laws protecting farmland and logical urban growth efforts. Maryellen feels privileged to both prioritize land use issues and serve the community through her membership in 1000 friends of Oregon.

Christian Richmond
Orchard Manager, Newburg

​Born and raised in Portland, Christian received a BA in Political Science and Religious Studies from Vanderbilt University, and a MA in International Law from the American University in Cairo.  After spending time in Palestine and Sri Lanka monitoring elections and documenting human rights abuses, Christian returned to Portland to attend Lewis and Clark Law School. In 2012 Christian moved to Yamhill county to manage hazelnut orchards. He serves on the board of the Herbert A. Templeton Foundation and is active in local young farmer groups in the state.  

Jim Wood
Rancher and Veterinarian, Post

Jim is a rancher and large animal veterinarian and a lifelong Oregonian. He and his family have a cow/calf operation in Post, Oregon. Jim received his undergraduate degrees (B.A. and B. Sc.) at Oregon State University and completed his education with veterinary degrees (B.V.M.S. and M.V.M.) from the University of Glasgow, Scotland.  He returned in 1992 to live full time at the ranch and to establish an ambulatory veterinary practice. Jim is a past and founding member of both the Crook County Watershed Council  and the Crook County Weed Management Area. He is a former two term president of the Crook County Stockgrowers Association and a past member of the County Line Water Improvement District in Morrow County as his family also has farming interests in Morrow and Washington counties. Jim was also a member of the Oregon Small Woodlands Legislative Committee as well as 1000 Friends Regional Advisory Committee in Central Oregon. Jim is married and has a teenaged son.