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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Craig Terry, ONDA member and stewardship volunteer

Craig Terry, ONDA member and stewardship volunteer

“The people I have had the privilege to share time with each season keep me volunteering again and again. Who else but those ONDA staff leaders would make fresh coffee at dawn each morning or pack a watermelon all day to serve as a reward under a juniper in a steep canyon?” Craig, who grew up in northwestern Nevada, says ONDA connects him with places he loves and a mission he believes in. “My grandfather and his father put up wire fences for their ranching needs. Taking out barbed wire sort of completes a circle for me.”

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Taylor Goforth, Sage Society member

Taylor Goforth, Sage Society member

“I support ONDA on a monthly basis as a way I can keep in touch with the root of my conservation ethic and allow for their strong advocacy work to keep going. I count on them!”

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Elisa Cheng, member since 2013

Elisa Cheng, member since 2013

“ONDA stewardship trips inspire me. I get to learn new things and see new places, and in the process perform important work that improves the wildlife habitat.”


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
  • Marie Goebel, Spring Development Intern
  • Olivia Somhegyi, Summer Development Intern
  • Lucas Martin, GIS Intern
  • Maddy Munson, Law Clerk

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.