Our Staff

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As a staff, we are steadfast in our commitment to protect, defend, and restore Oregon’s high desert alongside our members and supporters. Together with the passion and commitment of a community of advocates thousands strong, the skills and experience of our staff make Oregon Natural Desert Association a respected leader in the public lands conversation at the state and federal levels.

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Our Staff

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Helen Harbin, ONDA Board Member

Helen Harbin, ONDA Board Member

“I connect with Oregon’s high desert through my feet, my eyes, my sense of smell, and all the things I hear. Getting out there is a whole body experience.” Supporting ONDA, Helen says, not only connects her with wild landscapes, but is also a good investment. “I felt like if I gave them $20, they might squeeze $23 out of it.”

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South Fork Crooked River and Birds

South Fork Crooked River and Birds

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Cregg Large, member since 2009

Cregg Large, member since 2009

“I came to Oregon 12 years ago from Texas. Texas, for all its size, has very little public land. Coming to Oregon has made me realize the special gift we as Americans have in our public lands. Volunteering with an organization like ONDA is my way of reciprocating for this gift. Through restoration efforts, I feel we are helping leave a better place than we found it. Through advocating for protection for public lands, we safeguard migration routes for animals and keep the land where it belongs: with the public.”


Our Seasonal Staff and Interns

Each year, bright students and professionals from Oregon and beyond join ONDA in our office and in the field to gain career-building skills.

Our 2019 Crew

  • Anne White, Habitat Monitoring Technician
  • Leslie O’Neil, Habitat Monitoring Technician
  • Amy Wilkins, Wildlands Intern
  • Tia Hatton, Wildlands Intern
  • Marie Goebel, Spring Development Intern
  • Olivia Somhegyi, Summer Development Intern
  • Lucas Martin, GIS Intern
  • Maddy Munson, Law Clerk
  • Tiyana Casey, Tribal Stewards Program Crew Leader

Our field technicians and field interns help us with our Sage-Grouse Habitat Monitoring Project, which monitors the implementation of the BLM’s Approved Resource Management Plan Amendment (ARMPA) and ecological health trends on federal lands in eastern Oregon to assess the degree to which public lands are meeting sage-grouse habitat objectives.

Our outreach and events interns help ONDA to reach community members interested in getting involved in ONDA’s work by managing ONDA event logistics, engaging retail partners for the Wild Desert Calendar, and representing ONDA at community events.

Our wildlands interns spend 10 weeks over the summer in the field with ONDA staff and volunteers. In addition to helping lead restoration projects, our 2017 interns worked with the Prineville Bureau of Land Management to monitor Wilderness Study Areas throughout Central Oregon.