Meghan Borato is a program coordinator at the City of Gresham where she provides sustainability education and assistance to the school and household sectors. After working for a decade in the arts, Meghan embarked on a cross-country move in pursuit of a career in environmental education and fell in love with Oregon Green Schools. Her professional interests can be summed up as a Venn diagram representing sustainability, art/design and community building. She is inspired by the next generation of youth leaders working toward environmental literacy and justice in schools across our state.
Meghan is committed to leading Oregon Green Schools into the next phase of organizational sustainability through an increased focus on equity, collaboration and fundraising.
Izzy Sigrist has been deeply passionate about sustainability ever since her grandpa gave her the book 50 Simple Things Kids Can do to Save the Earth when she was just six years old. Although she’s been practicing sustainability in her everyday life since then, she’s recently joined the sustainable workforce at ecoREAL Solutions, where she is a Project Manager and Sustainability Coordinator.
She is a Fitwel Ambassador and a USGBC Green Classroom Professional. When not at work or volunteering, Izzy loves to go on bike rides with her husband, read, and go to the zoo. She has been a coach to elementary schoolers for almost a decade for multiple different programs. Along with being on the Oregon Green Schools board, she is also the Communications director for the OGS PDX chapter, and co-chair of Social Media for Sustainable Building week.
Quintin Bauer currently serves as the Public Trash Collection Program Manager with the City of Portland’s Bureau of Planning and Sustainability. Prior to his current position, Quintin spent 13 years at SOLVE, a statewide non-profit organization that engages volunteers in hands-on projects to improve the environment, most recently serving as the Program Director. Prior to joining SOLVE, he spent 3 years working in the recycling program at the University of Oregon. Quintin received his MPA in non-profit management at Portland State University and received his BA from the University of Oregon. Quintin is a past member of the Oregon Invasive Species Council and former President of the Northwest Oregon Volunteer Administrators Association. With two young, wacky, children at home Quintin is excited to help Oregon Green Schools support students and educators throughout the state as they work to keep our state clean and healthy.
Kaci was born and raised in Alaska where she grew up fishing and exploring the outdoors. She quickly developed a passion for environmental education by hiking with her father and helping her mother teach special education. After high school, she moved to Washington State to complete an interdisciplinary B.S. in Environmental Science and Environmental Education. Since then, she served as an Americorps volunteer and worked for local and state government in the fields of conservation, sustainability, and management of natural and built resources.
Kaci currently lives in Pendleton, Oregon where she works as a Project Manager for the Oregon Department of Energy, focusing on energy efficiency and data collection, siting and land use grants, and stakeholder outreach and coordination. She is passionate about expanding energy and environmental literacy and incorporating sustainability activities into business operations.
As a board member, Kaci enjoys working with such a dedicated group of environmental educators and is excited to build new relationships and programs with schools across the state, including in Northeast Oregon.
Bailey grew up in McMinnville and has lived in Oregon most of his life.
He went to college at UC Santa Cruz and majored in Environmental Studies. After college, he spent time traveling before becoming a Peace Corps Volunteer as an Environmental Awareness Specialist. Following that he taught in an elementary school in a small town in California before returning to Oregon where he began working in the waste reduction/recycling world for Marion County. In 2019 Bailey began a new adventure working as the Sustainability Specialist for the Corvallis School District.
Bailey has been an Oregon Green Schools Coordinator since 2001 and has been on the Board for nine years. He is proud to know that OGS is helping to support the important work that teachers – and especially students – are doing to make the world a more sustainable place.
Jaylen Schmitt is a certified Master Recycler who works for Metro Regional Government as a Recycling Specialist. In this role she advises residents and businesses in the Portland region on waste and toxics reduction, natural gardening and of course, recycling. In addition to Metro, Jaylen has worked for the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality Materials Management and for Clackamas County’s Office of Sustainability. She also has been a long-time volunteer with the EcoSchools Network in Portland.
Jaylen became involved with Oregon Green Schools many years ago when she led a green team at her children’s elementary school and helped them become a certified green school. She joined the board in 2018 and serves on the fundraising committee. Although her children are now in high school, she loves being involved with OGS because it is inspiring to see young people and teachers who are working to make positive changes in their schools and the world. Helping provide them with resources to bring their sustainability goals to fruition is extremely rewarding.
Jaylen enjoys her backyard garden and growing food, hanging out with family and friends, camping, biking and perfecting her yoga poses. She hopes to master crow pose one day soon.
Reilly Loveland is a sustainable and high performance schools advocate, enthusiast and self-proclaimed energy nerd. She wears many hats in the green schools world as a Project Manager at New Buildings Institute where she focuses nationally on Zero Energy and Zero Carbon school design, is the Chair of the Portland Green Schools Committee and Co-Executive and founding member of Portland Sustainable Building Week. She works determinedly (and sometimes relentlessly!) with students, educators and design professionals alike to bring a higher standard of school design to the built environment. Prior to joining NBI she worked for the Integrated Design Lab and Washington Green Schools doing research and energy analysis, as well as designing energy focused curriculum for K-12 schools. Reilly also has a background in finance and lending as a result of her work as a sustainability consultant for a Real Estate Investment Trust in Los Angeles, CA where she was the USGBC-LA Green Schools Co-Chair for Los Angeles County. She has a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Geophysics, Environmental Science and Resource Management from the University of Washington and holds certifications and licenses in Real Estate, ArcGIS, LEED and is a Green Classroom Professional (GCP).
In addition to serving as an Oregon Green Schools Board member, she chairs the Portland Green Schools Committee, is a Co-Founder and Co-Executive Director of Portland Sustainable Building week and volunteers her time to any school or community related project she can! She is thrilled to be on the OGS Board because in her work she has seen firsthand the value that a hands-on program like OGS provides to communities as it unites around a common goal of protecting our resources and provides leadership opportunities to youth.
If not running around a school you can find Reilly exploring Oregon on her quarterhorse Buckshot, running or hiking our beautiful mountains and trails, or trying to get as many plants into her garden as the square footage will allow. Fun fact – Reilly was a Jr. Rodeo Queen! Ha!
After receiving a degree in Environmental Studies at Florida Gulf Coast University, Kersey 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. Kersey served as the Project and Administrative Coordinator at Commute Options, a non-profit educating and encouraging the public about active transportation, transit and carpooling to help create a more livable community. As the Strategic Partnerships Director, Kersey will coordinate fundraising, partnership development and build OGS systems and structures through a racial equity lens. Kersey is passionate about connecting with people and the natural environment while bringing strong interpersonal skills to our team.