Board of Directors:

Josh AverettJosh Averett – Board Chair

Josh joined the board in January, 2015.  He completed his Master’s Degree in Rangeland Management and Ecology from Oregon State University and now works as a research associate with OSU in La Grande.





Mike Mahoney - Version 2Mike Mahoney – Treasurer

Mike also joined the Friends board in January 2015.  Mike has a Master’s degree in Ornithology/Zoology from Idaho State University.  He is retired from a long career in nursing at Grande Ronde Hospital, and now is the intrepid leader of our popular 1st Saturday bird walks on the marsh.  Mike has birded around the world and loves to share his expertise with the community.



 Mark Penninger

Mark has lived in the Grande Ronde Valley since 1995, and Ladd Marsh is one of the special places that attracted him to the area.  He enjoys hunting the marsh in the fall, and wildlife watching and photography in non-hunting months.  Mark holds a B.S. degree in Fisheries and Wildlife Sciences from North Carolina State University.  He has worked on the Willamete, Malheur and Wallowa-Whitman National Forests, with projects ranging from Spotted owls to Bighorn sheep.  Mark is a Certified Wildlife Biologist, and has served as president of the Oregon Chapter of The Wildlife Society.

 ???????????????????????????????Scott Findholt

Scott joined the board in 2016.  Scott is a wildlife research biologist with ODFW.  He has a M. S. degree in Biology from Idaho State University and Ph.D. in Zoology and Physiology from the University of Wyoming.  He studied the effects of pesticides on Black-crowned Night Heron reproductive success for his Master’s thesis and foraging ecology of American White Pelicans for his Ph.D. dissertation.  He has extensive birding/research experience in the neotropics.  Scott has led bird festival field trips for the FOLM, and most mornings during spring migration you can find him birdwatching somewhere on Ladd Marsh.

Rob OstermannRob Ostermann

Rob joined the board in January 2016.  He and his wife Robin have lived in La Grande for 34 years.  They are avid bird watchers and spend quite a bit of time birding and volunteering on Ladd Marsh.  In addition to birding, Rob enjoys traveling and flyfishing.

Mike DaughertyMichael Daugherty

Mike joined the board in January 2016.  Mike has lived in the Grande Ronde Valley since 1970.  He holds a masters degree in education; College Student Services Administration, from Oregon State University and worked in Student Affairs at EOU for 31 years.  He started and ran the EOU outdoor program for 35 years, teaching outdoor classes such as winter camping and backpacking.  Mike retired from EOU and continues to serve on the Alumni Association Board and the Mountaineer Athletic Association.  He and his wife, Susan, are active birders and frequent visitors to Ladd Marsh.

Karen Gamble

Karen joined the board in 2016. She grew up birding across the Pacific Northwest with her wildlife biologist father. She later completed her degree in Environmental Studies at Eastern Oregon University. Karen now works for the Forest Service as a realty specialist in land acquisitions – conserving natural areas, protecting wildlife habitat and enhancing recreation access to public lands. Karen looks forward to contributing to the Friends of the Ladd Marsh Board and learning more about the Ladd Marsh Refuge.

 Cathy NowakCathy Nowak – ODFW Liaison

Cathy is the Wildlife Biologist on the Ladd Marsh Wildlife Area.  She completed her Master’s Degree at Washington State University, with a field study of winter cougar activity in NE Oregon.  Cathy facilitates close collaboration between the Friends organization and ODFW Ladd Marsh staff.  In additon to being the mastermind of organization for the annual Bird Festival, she also is an active participant in FOLM events.

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