Our Staff

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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Monica Tomosy

Monica brings three decades of leadership experience working for federal agencies — the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS), the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), and the U.S. Forest Service (USFS) — at the field, regional, and national office levels, to ONDA’s board, which she joined in 2020. Along with being a seasoned manager of...

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Natasha Bellis

Growing up in Wyoming and Utah, Natasha gained an early appreciation for wild and open spaces. Cultivating a love of the desert by roaming the canyon lands of southern Utah, she was inspired to pursue a career in environmental studies and has spent the past 20 years working to conserve and protect natural resources....

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Jim Stratton

Jim Stratton grew up in Oregon, but his career unfolded in Alaska. At the National Parks Conservation Association, he served as the Deputy Vice-President for Regional Operations and ran the Alaska office. Prior to NPCA, Jim spent almost eight years as the Director of Alaska State Parks and 11 years as the Program and...

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Elisa Cheng

Elisa Cheng grew up in California and Hawaii. She launched her web design career in 2002 spending a few years at an eCommerce company before realizing that her passion was in helping non-profits. From there she moved into a role helping non-profits of all sizes with their online presence. She now works as a...

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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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