Joanna Zhang

Joanna joined ONDA in 2020 as the Conservation Fellow. In her role, she engages with ONDA’s members and supporters to advocate for the protection of Oregon’s wild desert public lands and waters, such as the rugged Owyhee Canyonlands.  Growing up in central Missouri, Joanna enjoyed exploring the forests and trails around her hometown. She...

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Anne White

Anne first joined ONDA in 2016 as an intern in the first year of our Sage-Grouse Habitat Monitoring Program and fell in love the high desert. She returned the next three seasons as a technician and led the monitoring team in 2019. In 2020, Anne took on a new project, leading our  Lands with...

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Beth Macinko

Beth Macinko came on board as stewardship coordinator just in time for the 2020 field season. She’s responsible for leading ONDA’s uplands restoration trips in the Oregon Badlands, John Day Fossil Beds, Malheur National Wildlife Refuge among other wildly scenic locales. She also joins our tribal stewards crew at each of the culturally significant...

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Mark Salvo

As program director, Mark Salvo is responsible for supporting Oregon Natural Desert Association’s dedicated conservation staff and empowering our members to advance campaigns to protect, defend and restore wildlands, wildlife and other public values throughout southeastern Oregon. Born, raised, and educated in Oregon, Mark launched his conservation career in Oregon’s high desert, and his...

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Hana Sant

Hana joined ONDA in 2019 as our membership and engagement coordinator. Her role is to cultivate further support for ONDA by connecting our community to the importance of Oregon desert conservation while deepening their engagement with our work. Hana grew up in Bend and spent her childhood exploring and falling in love with Oregon’s...

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Ryan Houston

Ryan stepped into ONDA’s executive director role in 2018, with 20 years of experience in the conservation sector under his belt. While serving as the executive director of the Bend-based Upper Deschutes Watershed Council, he built award-winning restoration and stewardship programs, developed long-term partnerships, and recruited a talented team of staff and collaborators. Through...

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Caelin Weiss

Born and raised in Vermont, Caelin grew up with a strong connection to the land around her. While attending college in central Maine, she began to focus her academic and professional work on environmental conservation and community engagement. After a trip to central Oregon, she realized she wanted to pursue her passion for protecting...

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Craig Miller

Craig leads ONDA’s mapping, spatial analysis and field inventory work and plays an advisory role in ONDA’s conservation campaigns. While he officially joined the staff in 2019, his roots with ONDA go all the way back to the mid-1980s, when he helped to found ONDA. He served as a board member from 1989 through...

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Lace Thornberg

Lace joined ONDA in 2017. She puts ONDA’s communications to work connecting people with the public lands found in Oregon’s high desert. Previous job titles include editor of Washington Trails, development director at Washington Trails Association, and project manager at the Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture, and communications and development director at...

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Corinne Handelman

Corinne joined ONDA in 2016 and works out of our Portland office. Her role is to energize our current members in the Portland metro area and build further support for ONDA’s conservation work. She is an alumnus of Oregon Environmental Council’s Emerging Leaders Board, an advisory board for Portland’s young professionals. Corinne grew up...

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