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Dr. Kathleen Wolf, Research Social Scientist, University of Washington, College of the Environment
Linking People to the Landscape: Urban Greening for Better Human Health and Well Being

Dr. Kathleen Wolf has been a key collaborator with the US Forest Service Pacific NW Research Station in the development of a program on Urban Natural Resources Stewardship. Since receiving her Ph.D. from the University of Michigan, Dr. Wolf has done research to better understand the human dimensions of urban forestry and urban ecosystems. She has also worked professionally as a landscape architect and as an environmental planner. Kathy's studies are based on the principles of environmental psychology; her professional mission is to discover, understand and communicate human behavior and benefits, as people experience nature in cities and towns. Kathy is also interested in how scientific information can be integrated into local government policy and planning.

Jeff Amaral, Wildlife Biologist, USDA Wildlife Services
Management Solutions for Nuisance Birds

Jeff is a wildlife biologist with USDA-APHIS-Wildlife Services.  He has worked for Wildlife Services since 2005 and currently covers the Deschutes County area.  Jeff graduated from Sonoma State University with a B.S. in Biology.  His past work experience includes time spent with the National Park Service, California Department of Fish and Game and the U.S. Forest Service.

Amy Jo Detweiler, Associate Professor, Oregon State University Extension Service
Uggh! What’s Wrong with That Plant.

Amy Jo Detweiler has been working as an OSU Extension Horticulture Faculty (Associate Professor) in Central Oregon since 1999 and has a tri-county appointment serving Crook, Deschutes, and Jefferson counties. She provides education in home horticulture, commercial horticulture, and provides annual training and supervision for the local OSU Master Gardener™ Program. She has a MS in Landscape Horticulture from Colorado State University and a BS in Biology from Westminster College. Her primary focus has been waterwise gardening and fire-resistant plants for home landscapes.  She also helps homeowners and commercial clients in diagnosing plant damage in central Oregon.

Laurie Gordon, Pesticide Certification & Licensing Specialist, Oregon Department of Agriculture
Protecting Pollinators when Applying Pesticides

Laurie is a graduate of Oregon State University with a BS in Agricultural Education, a minor in Crop Science, Ag Engineering and General Agriculture. Currently she works for Oregon Department of Agriculture as a certification and licensing specialist. During her working career however, she has done a variety of things from managing a greenhouse, propagation, tissue culture work, research trials, noxious weed specialist, technical field representative for a chemical company, a pesticide investigator and a pesticide safety educator.

Bob Grover, President, Pacific Landscape Management
Sustainable Landscaping...Sustainable Business

Bob graduated from Oregon State University in 1983 and joined Northwest Landscape Industries where he eventually became Vice President of Landscape Management of the $15 million, 200 employee firm.  In 1998, NLI sold to TruGreen and for the next 2 ½ years, Bob was their Regional Manager for the Northwest, overseeing 9 branches and 500 employees. In 2000, Bob left TruGreen and partnered with Ron Knesal and Elias Godinez to form Pacific Landscape Management.  In 9 years, they have grown their new company to manage over 300 commercial properties with a staff of 100. 

Jerry Jackson, Insurance Broker, Jackson Insurance & Financial Services
Health Care Reform - Clarifying the Confusion

Jerry has spent 35 years in the insurance and financial services business. He is actively involved in insurance and healthcare reform working diligently to help his clients as well as the general public to transition to the appropriate health care plans and get the tax credits and subsidies that may be available.

Maureen Klecker, Owner/President, KM Gardening, Inc.
Creating Colorful Gardens

Maureen Klecker has been a professional maintenance gardener in Central Oregon for 35 years.  She is a specialist in perennial & annual gardens and has been an Oregon Landscape Contractor since 1995.  Her goal has always been to inspire the community with unique garden installations.  She has kept her business relatively small and advertised in the local newspaper for only two weeks 35 years ago.  She has gained business by word of mouth ever since.  She has toured many beautiful gardens locally and abroad, gaining inspiration that has contributed to her gardens.  She is an active member of the Hardy Plant Society of Oregon and has been the President of the Hardy Plant Garden Club of Bend since 2009 which currently has 95 members. 

Dr. Alec Kowalewski, Turfgrass Specialist, Oregon State University
Turfgrass: Current and New Trends in Weed Management

Dr. Alec Kowalewski received his Masters and Ph.D. from Michigan State University.  Prior to joining Oregon State University, Alec taught at Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College and worked as a Research Scientist at the University of Georgia Turf Breeding Program in Tifton, Georgia.  In 2012 Alec joined Oregon State University as the Turfgrass Specialist, having a 70% teaching and 30% extension appointment.  Responsibilities entailed in this appointment include undergraduate and graduate education and advising, industry and community outreach, as well as directing the universities applied turfgrass research program.  Current research and extension interests include improving the environmental and economic sustainability of turfgrass management.

James Kramer, Owner, Pneuma33 Brand Development
Social Media is Today's Word of Mouth

After working as the marketing director for a local company, James went out on his own and started a web development business. As that business grew, his clientele also grew and his small web design firm developed into a full branding agency, now known as Pneuma33. Their team specializes in brand development, logo design, tagline creation, graphic design, web development, video, photography, search engine marketing, print material and creative campaigns. Pneuma33 believes that everyone has gifts and passions, and when their talented creatives are able to come alongside you and express those passions to the world, than you can have tremendous impact and influence. 

Dr. Michael Kuhns, Department Head and Extension Specialist, Utah State University
Getting Chemicals into Trees Doesn't Always Mean Spraying

Dr. Kuhns has been an Extension Forester at Utah State University since 1992. Previously, he had worked as a Forester for Medicine Bow National Forest and as an Extension Forester with the University of Nebraska. He is involved in urban forestry, landowner education, forestry in the wildland-urban interface, and conservation forestry. Most recently, he was appointed Head of the Department of Wildland Resources at Utah State University. Dr. Kuhns received his Masters in Forest Ecology from University of Missouri and his Ph.D. in Tree Physiology from Auburn University.

Joe Mendez, Climbing Arborist, City of Portland; Lead Instructor, North American Training Solutions

Essential Elements of Tree Climbing 

Joe Mendez is a lead instructor with North American Training Solutions, a training company committed to providing superior tree industry related training and education.  He is currently employed with the City of Portland Urban Forestry Division as a climbing arborist.  He holds an Associate’s Degree from Cochise College AZ and also a Bachelor’s Degree from The University of Arizona. Joe is an ISA Certified Arborist, ISA Certified Tree worker, ISA Certified Aerial Lift Specialist, and a TCIA Certified Tree Care Safety Professional (CTSP). 

Steve Shropshire, Jordan Ramis PC
Top 10 Legal Issues for the Green Industry

Steve Shropshire is the managing shareholder at Jordan Ramis PC, with offices in Bend and Lake Oswego, Oregon, and serves as legal counsel to the Oregon Association of Nurseries.  He is a member of Jordan Ramis PC’s Dirt Law® practice group, which includes the firm’s agri-business and water law practices.  Steve holds a J.D. with a certificate in Environmental and Natural Resources Law from Lewis & Clark Law School.  He is recognized as one of Oregon’s top water and natural resources lawyers by both Chambers USA and Best Lawyers in America.

Glenn Stanley, Manufacturers' Representative, Cascadia Sales Group
Filtration for the Irrigation Professional & LED Landscape Lighting: A Bright Revolution

Glenn Stanley is a manufacturer’s representative with an agency that specializes in products for turf, landscape and agriculture.  He represents manufacturers of landscape lighting products such as Kichler Lighting, IlluminFx, Tuff Block Light, Lighting Shrink, and Coleman Cable. In addition to lighting he also has extensive experience in water features, water quality and products related to agriculture representing Amiad Filters, McCrometer Meters and Irrometer Moisture Monitoring Systems.  His education and industrial training is in chemistry.  Glenn has been in the lighting, pond and water quality industry for over 30 years.

Dr. Bernadine Strik, Professor & Extension Berry Crops Specialist, Oregon State University, Department of Horticulture
Berry Crops in the Landscape: Management for Success

Dr. Bernadine Strik is an Extension Berry Crops Professor in the Department of Horticulture at Oregon State University. She has been at OSU for 26 years working with research, educational programs for commercial growers and home gardeners, and teaching undergraduate and graduate students about berry crops. Bernadine has produced more than 10 home garden publications on berries, has published many research papers and book chapters and is world renowned for her expertise.

Dr. Drew Zwart, Western Technical Support, Bartlett Tree Research Laboratories
Plant Stress and Disease: How Ones Leads to the Other

Dr. Zwart is a Plant Pathologist that has been on the Bartlett Tree Research Laboratory staff for 8 years with responsibilities including the diagnosis and protection of landscape plants from disease, insect, and abiotic problems.  Drew recently completed his PhD in Plant Physiology at the University of Washington’s Center for Urban Horticulture studying plant stress physiology.  He also holds a BS in Agronomy from Cornell University, and an MS in Plant Pathology from Clemson University.  Drew’s research has focused on root and stem diseases caused by Phytophthora species, plant stress physiology, and beneficial symbiotic microbes.


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