Board of Directors:

Mike MahoneyMike 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 PenningerMark 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 FindholtScott 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.


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.


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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