Get to know the EMSWCD staff! Use any of the links below to scroll down to a particular program or find out about current employment opportunities. We are currently hiring for a Land Legacy Program Manager, and we are seeking contract workshop presenters.


Full staff list

Jay Udelhoven : Executive Director

Jay Udelhoven

Executive Director

Jay became the Executive Director (ED) of EMSWCD in May 2014. As the ED, Jay oversees all district operations, including supervising staff, managing budgets, developing long range plans, representing the district to the public and partner organizations, and providing information, advice, and support to the Board of Directors and the staff. Prior to joining the EMSWCD, Jay worked in parts of Africa, Central America, North America and Southeast Asia, helping protect and restore fish, wildlife and natural resources on land, in freshwater areas, and in the ocean. Jay holds a Master of Environmental Policy from the University of Denver, Colorado, and a Bachelor of Science in Wildlife Ecology from the University of Wisconsin, Madison.
Speaks French, parle français.


Finance & Operations

Lissa Adams

Chief of Finance and Operations

Lissa first came on staff as the CFO and Grants Manager in 2008. She earned her B.S. in Accounting at the University of Denver in 1983, and went on to study computers and management at San Diego State University's M.S. Program in Information and Decision systems. Lissa has worked in the nonprofit sector since 1995 in a variety of program and financial capacities. She has served on the boards of a number of community organizations as well as volunteering her time to create a more equitable and sustainable society. When not working or volunteering at one of her many "amazing" organizations, she loves to hike, bicycle, and putter in the garden.

Jed Arnold : Office Manager

Jed Arnold

Office Manager

Jed has been with the District since September 2014. He manages the day-to-day operations of the EMSWCD offices and handles everything from recruitment to constituent support and event coordination. He grew up in a rural area where he witnessed the detrimental effects of poor land management and practices on agricultural food production. He is excited to be part of the EMSWCD team and to help contribute to the District's ongoing work advancing more sustainable models in a time of urban growth.

Jed is currently pursuing a B.S. in Natural Resources with a focus on the ecology of managed ecosystems, part-time through Oregon State University.

Call me about: Questions, general District information, Board and other meetings.

Scot Wood

Facilities Manager

Scot manages and maintains both our headquarters and our facilities at Headwaters Farm. Scot started with EMSWCD in August 2014. His upbringing was on a farm that specialized in producing peaches, crops of vegetables and livestock. He has worked over thirty years in construction and maintenance management. With Scot's farming background, attention to the health of our land and expertise in maintenance, he is excited to be a part of our team and contribute to our conservation efforts. Although he has been an Oregonian for over 26 years, his loyalty for football remains with his original roots in Texas as a True Blue Dallas Cowboys fan.

Alex Woolery

Marketing and Media Manager

Alex has been with the District since 2013. He is the Marketing and Media Specialist, and works with all staff to communicate what we do at EMSWCD, and what we offer to the public, both through our individual programs and as a whole, using the website, print materials and any other available media (including sidewalk chalk). Before joining EMSWCD, his design clients and work ranged from large corporations to small businesses and non-profits, in web, print and mobile design.

Call me about: feedback, issues or questions regarding the EMSWCD website. Also about any of our media and outreach, including advertisements, and about venues where you think any of our programs might be a good fit! Speaks intermediate Russian, говорит по-русски (не плавно).


Rural Lands

Julie DiLeone

Rural Lands Program Supervisor

Julie has been with the EMSWCD since 2001. Her work with the district includes providing agricultural landowners with information about conservation practices, with a focus on water quality. Julie has expertise in the use of native plants, erosion prevention, and weed control. Prior to joining the district she worked as a researcher with the USDA focusing on wine grapes, berries, hops, and nursery crops. Her work at Oregon State University focused on diagnostics, tree fruits, berries, and wheat. During college, she worked at a nursery, coordinating their integrated pest management program and assisting with propagation, plant maintenance, harvest, and sales.

Call me about: scheduling a site visit, cost share, noxious weed control, nutrient management, streamside areas, and erosion prevention and control

Jeremy Baker

Senior Rural Conservationist

Jeremy comes to EMSWCD with 14 years of experience working with landowners and farm managers throughout the Lower Willamette Basin. With stops in Polk, Marion and Clackamas Counties, he has amassed a good deal of experience in identifying and treating a broad range of natural resource concerns ranging from mud and manure management, streambank stabilization, pasture management and cropping systems to irrigation systems and rainwater harvesting. He is a graduate of Oregon State University and holds a Bachelor of Science in International Natural Resources and a minor in Spanish. Like others here at EMSWCD, he also speaks Spanish.

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Jeremy viene a East Multnomah Soil and Water Multnomah con 14 años de experiencia de trabajar con propietarios y administradores de fincas en el valle de Willamette. Con trabajos en los condados de Polk, Marion y Clackamas, él ha acumulado experiencia en la identificación y tratamiento de problemas en recursos naturales como el tratamiento del barro y gerencia del estiércol, la estabilización del márgenes del ríos y lagos, la gestión de los pastos, los sistemas de riego y captación de agua de lluvia para el campo. Él es un graduado de Oregon State University con una licenciatura en Ciencias de Recursos Naturales internacionales, y con una materia secundaria en español. Como otros aquí en EMSWCD, el también habla español.

Aaron Guffey

Senior Rural Conservationist

Aaron has been with the District since 2006. He manages projects to restore native vegetation along Johnson Creek and Big Creek as a part of our StreamCare program. He also offers site visits to rural landowners to address their conservation concerns and recommend solutions. Aaron obtained a degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Iowa, after which he managed the construction of water systems in the Peace Corps. Prior to joining the District he worked on a small farm.

Call me about: Culverts and bridges, streamside areas, irrigation, engineering practices. Speaks Spanish, habla español.

Lucas Nipp

Senior Rural Conservationist

Lucas has been with EMSWCD since 2007. He works on large-scale noxious weed control projects in rural East Multnomah County, primarily focusing on control of garlic mustard in the Columbia River Gorge and watershed-based knotweed control. He also leads field efforts to restore native vegetation along Beaver Creek as a part of our StreamCare program. Another exciting program Lucas is involved in includes working with partnering groups on developing an Early Detection and Rapid Response program to prevent new weeds from gaining a foothold in the region. Lucas received a degree in Environmental Science and Biology from the University of Oregon and prior to working for the district performed marine research on the Oregon coast.

Call me about: weed control and streamside areas

Jon Wagner : Rural Conservation Technician

Jon Wagner

Rural Conservation Technician

Jon came to EMSWCD in May 2012. Jon works to find and remove noxious and invasive weeds such as garlic mustard, knotweed, English ivy, and clematis. He loves being outdoors working to protect native plants and animals. In his spare time, Jon is a freelance artist and cartoonist. Jon has a BA in Biology and a Master's Certificate in Science Illustration.

Call me about: weeds

Chris Aldassy

Rural Conservation Specialist

Chris grew up exploring Oregon's wild places where he developed a love and sense of stewardship for the natural world. He received a degree in Environmental Science in 2000 and promptly went to the tropics to study in the one of the worlds hotspots of biologic diversity in the equatorial Amazon. Upon returning stateside he began guiding wilderness river trips. Soon local natural resource issues began to burden the areas he cherished. It was his motivation to create positive change in the world that led him to The Nature Conservancy and then ultimately to EMSWCD in 2007. His sense of adventure and knowledge of native plant communities and noxious weeds fit him perfectly in his role working on invasive species and streamside restoration projects.

Call me about: Weeds, restoration

Chelsea White-Brainard

Rural Outreach & Education Technician

Chelsea joined EMSWCD in 2015 to connect rural residents to resources that help them care for their land and water. Her educational background is in Environmental Science, Spanish, and Geography. Prior to joining the district, she promoted programs and behaviors for improved water quality in the Clackamas watershed.

As a native of the Pacific Northwest, Chelsea is passionate about protecting the lands she grew up in. She believes that by working together, we will build a sustainable future for Oregon at the crossroads of environmental, social and economic interests. Speaks Spanish, habla español.

Call me about: Workshops, events, presentations


Urban Lands

Kathy Shearin

Urban Lands Program Supervisor

Kathy has been with EMSWCD since 2002. She is the program supervisor for the Sustainable Urban Landscapes Program, best known for their Naturescaping and Rain garden workshops. Kathy has degrees in Sociology and in Plant, Soil and Insect Ecology.

Prior to her position with the Soil and Water Conservation District here in Oregon, she worked with the Natural Resources Conservation Service (USDA/NRCS) and the Soil and Water Conservation District for Pima county in Tucson, Arizona where she managed a water conservation program.

Call me about: naturescaping workshops, presentations on native plants, naturescaping, and invasive plants

Erik Carr

Senior Urban Conservationist

Erik joined EMSWCD in November 2014. He provides technical and planning assistance to landowners on urban conservation practices, such as stormwater management and restoration of native ecosystems. Erik especially enjoys working with residents on projects that both protect natural resources and engage the local community.

Erik received a master’s degree in Landscape Architecture from the University of Oregon, which included traveling to northern Europe to study sustainable urban design. Prior to joining the District, Erik worked on urban conservation issues at the Clackamas SWCD.

Call me about: urban conservation practices (including rain gardens, urban stream restoration, invasive species management, and wildlife habitat enhancement) and presentations.

Katie Meckes

Urban Outreach & Education Specialist

Katie came to EMSWCD in 2008. She coordinates and promotes educational workshops and special events such as the Annual Native Plant Sale and Naturescaped Yards Tour. She is your go-to person if you are interested in attending or hosting a workshop, or brainstorming new and creative ways to promote programs.

Katie's love for clean water began as a youngster while swimming in and exploring Minnesota's many lakes, shorelines, marshes & wetlands. For the past 15 years she has enjoyed fostering her appreciation for nature by working to create a positive impact locally through natural area restoration work, environmental education program development, and ultimately through community outreach.

Call me about: Hosting or scheduling a workshop, workshop registration

Angela Previdelli

Urban Outreach & Education Technician

Angela started with EMSWCD in 2014. She has an undergraduate degree in Architecture and Community Development from Portland State University and a master’s degree in Regional Planning from Cornell University. She has a background in landscape architecture and rural development. Angela’s previous work focused on ways to improve the land and livelihoods of small-scale farmers through community-driven initiatives. With a belief in the power of cooperation, she is committed to working closely with communities to support environmental conservation efforts.

Call me about: Workshops, events, presentations, volunteering, outreach. Eu falo português, I speak Portuguese.


Conservation Legacy

Andrew Brown

Conservation Program Supervisor

Andrew joined EMSWCD as the Conservation Program Supervisor in August 2015. He oversees the Conservation Legacy Program and serves as the District-wide planner. Andrew’s planning and conservation experience is mainly in South Africa, where he worked in the public, non-profit and private sectors. He worked as a program manager in the Park Planning and Development Department of South African National Parks where he coordinated a regional landscape conservation initiative, and has managed various conservation planning, land consolidation, stewardship and restoration projects.

Andrew came to the EMSWCD most recently from the Multnomah County Drainage District where he was a Management Analyst. He holds an M.S. in Conservation Biology from the Durrell Institute of Conservation and Ecology at the University of Kent in the UK, and a B.S. in Botany and Environmental and Geographical Science from the University of Cape Town, South Africa.

Suzanne Easton

Grants Program Manager

Suzanne started with the EMSWCD in 2014. She earned her B.A. in Biology and Environmental Studies at U.C. Santa Cruz and her M.S. in Wildland Resource Science at U.C. Berkeley. With a professional background in collaborative partnerships and environmental grant-making, her work has covered a wide-range of issues including watershed management, environmental education and stakeholder involvement. Prior to coming to the EMSWCD, Suzanne worked for the Blue Ridge Berryessa Conservation Partnership and the Bay Area Open Space Council, and also spent many years consulting with environmental foundations. Suzanne is committed to broadening participation in conservation efforts and helping to promote equitable and relevant community grant-making.

Call me about: Grant opportunities, questions about the grant application process, your project idea. Speaks conversational Spanish, habla español.

Rowan Steele

Headwaters Farm Program Manager

Rowan came to the District in 2012 with a background in community food planning, stewardship, and small-scale agriculture. Rowan has an undergraduate degree in Geography from Humboldt State University and a master’s degree in Urban and Regional Planning from Portland State University. He works directly with incubator farmers, program partners, and the surrounding community to leverage the resources at Headwaters Farm for District constituents. He is your primary contact for all questions related to the incubator program and Headwaters Farm.

Rowan accredits his own success as a farmer to his two years at the Arcata Educational Farm — a farm incubator program in northern California. He and his wife live in Corbett, OR where they own and operate Fiddlehead Farm, growing a variety of mixed vegetables for direct market sales.

Call me about: new farmer development and resources, program partnership opportunities, Headwaters Farm

Position currently vacant

Land Legacy Program Manager

The Land Legacy Program Manager position is currently vacant; we will begin recruitment for this position soon. For inquiries, please contact Andrew Brown, our Conservation Program Supervisor, at

Security Staff

Zoe : Security Specialist and Hallway Monitor


Security Specialist and Hallway Monitor

Zoe is always on active alert, pacing the hallways or the board room, and chasing rolling toys whenever they become a security issue.

Call me about: Snacks, toys, shiny objects or reflections, food.

Nibbs : Conservation Site Sniff Detective


Conservation Site Sniff Detective

With a nose that knows, Nibbs is always ready to investigate natural areas and sniff out conservation concerns. He also has a keen sense of snacks, and appreciates any rewards for his good work!

Call me about: Treats, interesting smells, erosion concerns.

Milo : Security Manager and IT Security Specialist


Security Manager and IT Security Specialist

Although not usually at the office, Milo helps manage the security team remotely, and as IT Security Specialist vigilantly protects the website against hackers and other cyber-security threats.

Call me about: Security incidents, stylish scarf accessories, beach trips.


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