Board of Directors

The OGSA board is made up of individuals in the resource conservation community who are dedicated to helping schools save watts, water and reduce waste.  Please call or email us with suggestions, or feel free to attend one of our monthly board meetings, held from 10 am to noon on the third Thursday of every month. Contact us to find out each month’s meeting location.

Current OGSA Board Members

Board Chair Meghan Borato City of Gresham
Secretary Deborah Topp City of Salem
Treasurer Bailey Payne Corvallis School District
Member at Large Quintin Bauer SOLVE
Member at Large Scott Farling
Member at Large Kersey Marion Commute Options
Member at Large Morgan Parks  Eco-Schools USA
Member at Large Kaci Radcliffe  Oregon Department of Energy
Member at Large Sami Springs  SCRAP PDX
Member at Large Jaylen Schmidt  Clackamas County Sustainability & Solid Waste and Metro
Member at Large Jackie Wilson The Environmental Center
Staff
Program Coordinator Laurel Bates Oregon Green Schools

Board Member Bios

Meet the Oregon Green School Board! – Each month in our newsletters, we will feature a new Board member and eventually will also begin featuring regional coordinators.


Meghan Borato, Board Chair

My name is Meghan Borato and I’m a sustainability advisor with the City of Gresham. I work with schools and businesses to identify opportunities to reduce waste, optimize recycling, conserve natural resources and prevent pollution.

In addition to serving on the Oregon Green Schools board, I have been an OGS regional coordinator since 2014 and enjoy getting to know my community and helping them connect to the abundant sustainability resources, programs and events in the Portland Metro region.

I am excited to be a part of the leadership of Oregon Green Schools and look forward to working with our regional coordinators and green team leaders to help support the amazing work that is happening in schools across the state every day.

 

 


Deborah Topp, Secretary

I joined the Oregon Green Schools Board in July 2011 and am currently the Board Secretary. I work for the City of Salem Public Works Department on watershed issues, including organizing the Adopt-A-Stream program for local schools. Initially I worked directly with Salem-Keizer area schools, providing environmental education to students in kindergarten through 12th grade. My introduction to Oregon Green Schools was being asked to present at the annual summit. A few years later, I was invited to join the Board.

Though I work less directly with students in my current position as Natural Resources Outreach Specialist, Oregon Green Schools provides me the opportunity to contribute to schools. I’m currently on the standards and curriculum committee with fellow Board member Laurel Bates. The goal of this committee is to link Oregon Green School activities with Oregon State Standards. While we are currently starting with waste reduction activities, we look to bolster activities and information related to water and energy for more robust programming.

As always, we welcome any feedback you have that will help the Board achieve the Oregon Green School mission and provide support to regional and school coordinators, teachers, and other personnel who implement Oregon Green Schools at their school.


Quintin Bauer, Member At Large

Quintin Bauer currently serves as the Program Director at SOLVE, a statewide non-profit organization that engages volunteers in hands-on projects to improve the environment. Quintin joined SOLVE in 2006 as an AmeriCorps member, then became a full-time staff member, serving in many different positions over the last 11 years. Prior to joining SOLVE, he spent 3 years working in the recycling program at the University of Oregon before serving as an AmeriCorps member at the American Red Cross – Oregon Trail Chapter in Portland.

Quintin received his MPA in non-profit management at Portland State University and received his BA from the University of Oregon. Quintin is currently a member of the Oregon Invasive Species Council and a past board member and President of the Northwest Oregon Volunteer Administrators Association.

 

 

 


Scott Farling, Member At Large

Scott works in Business Development and Research for Titus MRF Services, a leading systems integrator for the Waste & Recycling Industry and developer of Secondary Material Recovery Facilities. After more than a decade working in the specialty chemicals industry, Scott shifted careers to follow his passion and focus on recycling and recovering value from complex waste streams with MBA Polymers, Inc. and Agilyx Corporation.

In addition to his work with Titus, he co-founded the Ocean Plastics Recovery Project and is working to clean up our oceans and coastlines and find end-of-life recycling and recovery solutions for the collected ocean plastics.

Scott holds a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering with a minor in Environmental Engineering from The Pennsylvania State University. In his free time, Scott enjoys backpacking, cycling, gardening, and woodworking (especially with reclaimed lumber!)


Kersey Marion, Member at Large  

Kersey joined the Oregon Green Schools Board in December 2018. After receiving a degree in Environmental Studies at Florida Gulf Coast University, she moved out west to pursue a career in non-profit work. Kersey served in AmeriCorps in Billings, MT, then ventured to Bozeman, MT to further explore the Rocky Mountains. Her sense of wonder grew as she learned how to snowboard and grow a garden during just a 2 month long summer. However, with a desire for a larger community, she then relocated to Bend, OR and immediately started volunteering at the Environmental Center, where she continues to stay involved. Connecting people to each other and the natural environment is where her passions intersect and align with Oregon Green Schools.


Morgan Parks, Member at Large 

I was born and raised in Oregon. My large extended family hails from all over the Northwest, having migrated over on the Oregon Trail. Living in a small rural community outside Portland, I love the immediate access to nature in my own backyard. I received a B.S. in Natural Resources from Oregon State University. Since then, I’ve worked with the Natural Resources Conservation Service, SOLVE, and the Clackamas River Basin Council — all of which involved community education and engagement in stewardship activities for improved watershed health and fish and wildlife habitat.

Today, I am excited to support and expand the National Wildlife Federation’s (NWF) education programs in Oregon including Eco-Schools USA, Schoolyard Habitats, Garden for Wildlife (Certified Wildlife Habitats), and connecting families to nature with salmon and trout education opportunities through NWF’s Oregon Affiliate, the Association of Northwest Steelheaders. A key part of my position is the co-certification partnership between Eco-Schools USA and Oregon Green Schools. NWF is thankful for such a valuable collaboration which benefits green schools across the state.

I am an avid volunteer and spend my time supporting The Nature Conservancy, the Ford Family Foundation’s Institute for Community Building, and serving on the Clackamas County Parks Advisory Board. I enjoy hiking the Columbia River Gorge, hunting for antiques, growing my garden, being a lifelong Denver Broncos football fan, and hoping for a Bigfoot sighting!


Kaci Radcliffe, Member At Large

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“As an Energy Analyst for the Oregon Department of Energy, I provide technical and project assistance to schools and state agencies to better understand their buildings and find simple ways to save energy and money. I also work as the agency’s Sustainability Coordinator to implement sustainable business practices and integrate sustainability into our programs and services.

While I am new to Oregon Green Schools, I have been working in public sector conservation and education for over 10 years and am always excited to build new relationships and programs that improve our community.

I was born and raised in Alaska (yes, I love to share bear and fishing stories!). My passion for the environment and education comes from spending weekends hiking with my father and helping my mother who is a special education teacher. I moved to the “Lower 48” to attend college, where I graduated with a Bachelor’s of Science in Environmental Science and a Minor in Environmental Education.

Since then, I have been working for local and state government in the fields of environmental conservation, sustainable community development, and management of natural and built resources.

For the past five years, I have specialized in sustainability and resource conservation by implementing a variety of energy efficiency, waste and water conservation, and climate education and grant programs. I love to spend my weekends hiking and camping throughout Oregon, playing volleyball, and learning to garden.”


Sami Springs, Member At Large

Hi, my name is Sami Springs, and I joined the OGS Board in Summer 2019. Currently, I am an Education Coordinator at SCRAP, a non-profit creative reuse center that provides educational programs and affordable arts and craft supplies to the local community. My job is wide-ranging and includes giving presentations, creating workshops, hosting camps, and tabling at community events.

After graduating with a Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Sciences from the University of Arizona in 2016, I moved to Portland to start my first of two AmeriCorps terms with the Confluence Environmental Center. Through Confluence, I was placed at Portland Public Schools where I taught students about sustainability, conducted waste audits, and oversaw the recycling and food waste programs for the district. I also acted as the Regional Coordinator for Oregon Green Schools, which is how I met so many great people in the waste reduction field. This ultimately led me to join the OGS Board.

In my free time, I enjoy listening to live music, exploring the beautiful PNW, playing soccer and golf, and hanging out with friends and family. I am excited to be on the OGS Board and can’t wait to see all the awesome things we’ll accomplish together!

 


Jackie Wilson, Member At Largejackie-wilson-photo2

I moved to Bend, Oregon in 2004, after teaching Earth Science and Biology at North Country School in Lake Placid, NY.  I wanted to ski, backpack and teach.  I explored the state of Oregon on skis and with a backpack and then I got a job teaching the EarthSmart sustainability education program through The Environmental Center in Bend.   This program teaches students about recycling and compost, energy and water reduction and is a great way to get kids excited about what they can do to be stewards of the earth and help their school.

In 2010, I received a Master’s in Education with a focus in Sustainability education and became the Regional Green School Coordinator for Oregon Green Schools.   I love working with kids to help make real changes in their school and supporting the district sustainability plan.  I have been working hard to get more and more schools east of the cascades involved in the Green School Program.  I am a new member of the board and look forward to assisting schools get certification and streamlining the process for teachers.