Oregon State University

College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences

Board of Advisors

Board of Advisors group photo

Mission Statement

The mission of the Board of Advisors (Board or BOA) is to use the expertise and resources of its members to benefit the students, staff, and faculty of the College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Science (CEOAS). The areas of contribution of the BOA will include at least the following and may be expanded, based on the needs of the Dean, faculty and the students:

Current Members

Gus Gustafson photo Gary "Gus" Gustafson, Chair

Senior Policy Advisor, Environmental and Regulatory Affairs

Oregon State University, M.A. 1974, Resource Geography, B.S. 1972, Geography

gusnlinda@gmail.com

Gary "Gus" Gustafson is a self-employed Senior Regulatory and Environmental Advisor. He has worked in a variety of major management positions in Oregon and Alaska in both state government and the private sector. At present, he advises select clients on their compliance with federal and state regulatory and environmental laws and regulations, especially the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and Clean Water Act (CWA). He has had extensive experience working with staff at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) on a variety of major oil and gas projects requiring an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS).

Gus previously served as the Director of the Oregon Department of State Lands, managing an agency with over 80 employees. He also served as Director of the Alaska Division of Land and Water Management, where he managed over 200 employees and over 90 million acres of state land. Gus was elected to be President of the Western States Land Commissioners Association and was also elected Mayor of the community of Turner, Oregon. Gus also worked as Lead Negotiator for British Petroleum in Anchorage, Alaska. In addition, he served as the Environmental, Regulatory and Land Manager for the Denali Pipeline, a proposal to transport natural gas from Prudhoe Bay, Alaska to the Lower 48 states. Earlier in his career, he worked as a Field Representative for the Oregon Department of Land Conservation and Development and as an Associate Planner for Marion County, Oregon.

Gus now lives in Camp Sherman, Oregon where he enjoys hiking, road biking, fishing and traveling.


Sharon Kelly photo Sharon Kelly, Vice Chair

Transportation Planning Program Manager, HDR Engineering, Inc.

Oregon State University, B.S. 1979, Geography

sharon.kelly@HDRinc.com

Sharon Kelly has over 30 years of experience in Land Use, Transportation and Environmental planning. She is currently working as the consultant team Project Manager on a Light Rail Project in Seattle. Under contract to Sound Transit she is working on the Federal Way Link Extension. It will extend the Seattle area light rail system 7.6 miles south to the City of Federal Way and add 3 new light rail stations.

Sharon received her BS in Geography from Oregon State University in 1979. She then worked on preparing several local jurisdiction comprehensive land use plans and development codes for cities and counties in Oregon. In 1984 she spent a year traveling around the world, and upon returning spent about 8 years working for TriMet on planning for Portland area Light Rail Transit Projects and another 15 years at Portland Metro. At both TriMet and Metro Sharon did Transit Corridor Planning and led the land use and environmental planning for many of the Portland Region's light rail lines.

In 2005 Sharon moved into consulting, and has worked for 2 large consulting firms. She is currently a Senior Project Manager for HDR Engineering, a consulting firm that provides a broad range of engineering, environmental, transportation and architecture services to clients around the world. HDR has about 10,000 employees with the large majority in the United States. HDR is headquartered in Omaha NE, with 5 offices in Oregon and 8 in Washington.

Sharon lives in Northwest Portland and commutes regularly to Seattle for work. She has 2 adult children, and in her spare time she enjoys gardening and outdoor activities, working on her 1908 craftsman house and doing community service activities.


Brittain E. Hill photo Brittain E. Hill, Secretary

Retired Senior Advisor, U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission

Oregon State University, Ph.D. 1991, M.S. 1984, Geology

volcaniac@verizon.net

Britt recently retired from the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission as their Senior Advisor for Repository Science. For 12 years, he helped the NRC make risk-informed technical, regulatory, and policy decisions on geoscience safety issues at all U.S. nuclear facilities, including the proposed Yucca Mountain waste repository. He also collaborated with the International Atomic Energy Agency to develop and apply guidance for volcanic hazard assessments around the world. Prior to joining the NRC, he was a Principal Scientist at the Southwest Research Institute, where for 13 years he directed scientific research and detailed risk assessments for engineered facilities. He also has worked extensively in the geothermal industry for six years, including a stint with the Oregon Department of Geology and Mineral Industries, and was a consultant for various natural resource companies while working on his degrees.

His career has focused on applying scientific research to solve real-world hazard and risk problems, and on developing fundamental insights of how hazardous phenomena work. In addition to having extensive experience in technical, public, and policy communication, he has conducted many field investigations at quiet and grumpy volcanoes around the world. His career path reflects five major changes in direction, and he understands the challenges of discovering opportunity when unanticipated changes occur.


Celene Blair photo Celene Blair

Professional Environmental Scientist and Field Geologist

University of Colorado Boulder, M.S. 2013, Geology, Oregon State University, B.S. 2011, Geology

celene.blair@gmail.com

Celene Blair is a professional environment scientist and field geologist. She has worked as a consulting geologist in the Puget Sound on challenging and diverse environmental projects, developing and executing remediation solutions that meet the goals and objectives of both clients and regulatory agencies.

Her professional work experience includes preparation of project specific technical proposals, work plans, and reports; and as a lead field geologist training and managing junior staff on environmental investigation projects. She has led and assisted in environmental sampling, well installation, bioremediation groundwater injections, aquatic sediment assessments, and reconnaissance activities to support the design and implementation of feasibility studies and remedial actions at a number of contaminated sites with complex hydrogeologic conditions.

In 2011, she received an honors BS in Geology from Oregon State University. For her honors thesis, Celene developed and conducted experiments studying the chemical resazurin and its application as a “smart” tracer under the mentorship of Professor Roy Haggerty. Celene completed her MS in Geology at the University of Colorado, Boulder, graduating in 2013. For her Masters thesis she studied how climate and environmental conditions changed across the Holocene using physical and biological markers in Icelandic lake sediment cores.

Celene is an avid rock climber, backcountry skier and outdoor adventurer. Following completion of her MS she spent a year traveling and climbing across the western US and most recently spent eight months big wall climbing and backpacking in South America.


Brian Butler photo Brian Butler

Consulting Geologist, Landau Associates

Oregon State University, B.S. 1975, Geology

bbutler@landauinc.com

Brian Butler is a principal geologist at Landau Associates, Inc., a Pacific Northwest Environmental and Geotechnical Engineering consulting firm. The firm has approximately 100 employees and is headquartered in Edmonds, Washington with offices in Seattle, Tacoma, Spokane, Olympia, and Portland, Oregon. He has over 30 years of experience providing environmental, regulatory, and geoscience consultation in the Pacific Northwest. Brian is a senior project manager, and business development lead for Ports and Energy Services. He directs projects for landfills, industries, electrical utilities, ports, and governments.

In addition to geoscience consulting, his professional experience includes service as a surface line officer (Pacific Fleet) in the United States Navy and mineral exploration geologist in the western U.S.

Brian received his B.S. in Geology from Oregon State University (1975), a Master of Marine Affairs (1982), and Master of Science in Geological Sciences (1985) from the University of Washington. He is a licensed hydrogeologist and engineering geologist in Washington, and a registered professional geologist in Oregon and Idaho.

Brian lives in Shoreline, Washington with his family. His community service includes little league baseball, parent volunteer for Green Lake Crew, fundraising for Professional meetings including NW Geological Society Symposia and Geological Society of America, volunteer geoscience presenter for university and school classes, and member of the Board of Advisors for OSU's Geoscience Department and now College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences since 2003.


Julie Doumbia photo coming soon Julie Doumbia

Program Analyst (Fish Operations), Bonneville Power Administration

Oregon State University, M.S. 2010, Marine Resource Management

doumbiaj@gmail.com

Julie Doumbia works in environmental compliance for the Bonneville Power Administration in Portland, OR, where she leads two large multi-agency technical teams engaged in developing the environmental impact statement for continuing operations of 14 federal dams on the Columbia and Lower Snake Rivers. She has held a number of positions in various units of BPA, including Fish & Wildlife Policy and Planning and the Power Business Line, where she learned hydrosystem operations and the business side of managing fish operations.

During her MRM degree program at OSU she had an internship with U.S. Department of State (Bureau of Oceans, Environment and Science) in Washington D.C. and a summer fellowship in China with the National Science Foundation. Doumbia holds undergraduate degrees in environmental science, Spanish, and philosophy from the University of Scranton, and is working towards a Master’s degree in Environmental, Natural Resources, and Energy Law at Lewis and Clark Law School. She enjoys traveling, especially internationally, and is an avid Portland Thorns fan.


Erica Fruh photo Erica Fruh

Research Fisheries Biologist, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)

Oregon State University, M.S. 1999, Marine Resource Management

erica.fruh@noaa.gov

Erica is a Research Fisheries Biologist with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) in Newport, OR, working with advanced technologies and an autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV). After graduating from the Marine Resource Management Master's Degree program at Oregon State University, she worked as a fisheries observer, quantifying discard in west coast commercial fisheries. This led to work with the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife’s at-sea research program and a then a position with NOAA’s West Coast Groundfish Trawl Survey, where she served as a biologist and field party chief monitoring fish populations. Her current research involves using alternative sampling gears (e.g., the AUV) to explore fish and habitats in areas that are inaccessible to conventional survey methods.


Jenda Johnson photo Jenda Johnson

Owner, Earth Sciences Animated

Oregon State University, M.S. 1995, Geology/Petrology, B.S. 1992, Geology

jendaj@gmail.com

Currently geologist/animator for the Incorporated Research Institutions for Seismology. Jenda creates simple to complex animations on all Earth-science topics; in particular those earthquake related. Contract work with USGS, NPS, UNAVCO, EarthScope, USNFS. BS from OSU; Master of Science under Anita Grunder at OSU (1995). Co-owner Volcano Video Productions.


Andy Lanier photo Andy Lanier

Marine Affairs Coordinator, Oregon Coastal Management Program, Oregon Dept. of Land Conservation & Development

Oregon State University, M.S. 2006, Marine Resource Management

andy.lanier@state.or.us

Andy is the Marine Affairs Coordinator with the Oregon Coastal Management Program in the Oregon Department of Land Conservation and Development. He is a graduate from the Marine Resource Management Master's Degree program at Oregon State University. Andy joined the OCMP after completing a 2 year NOAA Coastal Management Fellowship to create of an ocean GIS database for the state. Andy is also currently serving as a co-chair of the West Coast Ocean Data Portal, which is focused on the effective networking of both people and data along the US West Coast.


George Sharp photo George Sharp

Sharp Geological LLC, Retired Weyerhaeuser

Oregon State University, M.S. 1969, Geology, B.S. 1968, Math, B.S. 1967, Geology

geosharp@comcast.net

George grew up in Portland and graduated from OSU with BS degrees in Geology ('67), Math ('68) and an MS in geology ('69). His thesis was mapping the Disturbed Belt within and adjacent to the Pioneer Range, SW Montana. Upon leaving OSU, he worked 8 years with Shell Oil and Tenneco Oil as an oil and gas exploration geologist and in management. Most of this time was spent in frontier exploration in the Appalachians, Michigan Basin and Rocky Mountain Region. With Tenneco, he served as Division Geologist in Denver and supervised geologic exploration in most of the Rocky Mountain Basins. In 1977 George took advantage of a chance to move back to the Pacific NW and joined Weyerhaeuser as their first Director of Mineral Resources at their Corporate Headquarters near Tacoma, Washington. In that capacity, he started up their mineral business and managed the exploration, development, leasing, sales and acquisitions of all mineral commodities on Weyerhaeuser's timberlands and mineral holdings in the US and Canada (over 7 million net mineral acres). He also managed volcanic hazards involved with timber salvage in the Mt St Helens blast zone — over 68,000 acres of Weyerhaeuser timberlands were damaged by the 1980 eruption. George built a staff of geologists, engineers, landmen and support personnel in addition to a large variety of consultants and partners. He retired from Weyerhaeuser in 2002 after 25 years. At the time of his retirement, oil and gas production had been established on Company lands in Mississippi, Alabama, Oklahoma and Louisiana as well as mineral production from over 30 mines across the US (rock, sand & gravel, silica, coal, clays, and other).

About 7 years ago George returned to the working world half-time by forming Sharp Geological LLC which advises a select number of timberland companies and other large landowners on how to manage their mineral resources. He continues to volunteer for a number of organizations including AAPG (Trustee Associate), GSA (Honorary Foundation Trustee), NW Energy Association Board, and 15 years as a docent at the Mt St Helens Forest Learning Center. He has been involved with OSU for the last 14 years by serving on the CEOAS Advisory Board. George and his wife, Danielle, spend their free time at their home in Lakewood, WA, their Zigzag cabin on Mt Hood, and traveling. He would be happy to talk with students considering careers in oil and gas, mining, mineral management or consulting.


Wiley Thompson photo Wiley Thompson

Oregon Coast Regional Director in the Division of Outreach and Engagement, Extension Service at Oregon State University

Oregon State University, Ph.D. 2008, M.S. 1999, Geography

wiley.thompson@oregonstate.edu

Wiley is a retired Army officer, combat veteran, and aviator with over 28 years of military service. He holds a BS in Geography from West Point (1989) and an MS (1999) and PhD (2008), both in Geography and both from OSU. He is an environmental geographer with broad experience and research interests in hazards, vulnerability, disasters risk reduction, development, and environmental and human security. He had the privilege of leading the US military aviation response to the 2005 South Asian Earthquake in Pakistan just prior to starting his doctoral work. His last active duty assignment was as the chair of the Department of Geography and Environmental Engineering at West Point. He is currently the Oregon Coast Regional Director in the Division of Outreach and Engagement, Extension Service at Oregon State University.

As a volunteer in his community, Wiley has served as the head student-athlete mentor for the NCAA Men's Hockey team at West Point, coached high school girl’s lacrosse, and as an organizer and advisor for Puppies Behind Bars, a non-profit organization that provides wounded Iraq and Afghanistan War veterans with canine service companions. He is the husband of Tina, a nurse faculty member at LBCC. They make their home near Philomath. Wiley and Tina have two outstanding young people in their lives - Noah, who lives in Philadelphia and Izzy, who is student at OSU. Go Beavs!


Denny Tower photo Denny Tower

Tamarack Oil and Gas LLC

Oregon State University, M.S. 1971, B.S. 1969, Geology

d.tower24@gmail.com

Denny graduated from Oregon State University in 1971 with an M.S. in geology. He had earlier obtained his B.S. in geology at OSU in 1969.

Immediately upon leaving OSU, Denny went to work for the Atlantic Richfield Company (ARCO), where he worked for 28 years, primarily in international oil and gas exploration and development. His work at ARCO, in positions of increasing responsibility, took him to more than 25 different countries. Seventeen years were spent living abroad with his family in diverse places including Indonesia, Chile, England, Singapore and Mozambique.

After retiring from ARCO in 1999, Denny joined First International Oil Corporation (FIOC), a privately held Houston based oil company operating exclusively in the Central Asian country of Kazakhstan. As President and Chief Executive, Denny directed all the exploration, development and production projects for the company. He also was responsible for shareholder relations and communications. FIOC was sold to one of the Chinese national oil companies late in 2004. Since then, Denny has been involved in starting two companies, Foothills Resources and Tamarack Oil and Gas.

Career highpoints are many but the following stand out:

  • The opportunity to participate in and lead geological field mapping projects into some of the worlds most remote areas including East Greenland, Ellesmere Island in the Canadian Arctic Islands, the jungles of NE Kalimantan (Borneo) in Indonesia and the offshore islands of southern Chile.
  • Direct involvement in the discovery of 35 new oil and gas fields in eleven different countries. These fields hold hydrocarbon reserves of many billions of barrels of oil and oil equivalent.
  • The opportunity to be involved in the integration of new cutting edge technologies into routine oil and gas exploration.
  • The opportunity to lead a company through difficult financial and political times and then successfully negotiate the sale of that company.
  • The chance through his work and family to meet so many wonderful and interesting people from so many different cultures worldwide.

Denny remains active in oil and gas exploration with his partner John Moran, also OSU MS. Currently they are using the latest 3D seismic technologies to redevelop an old oil field in the Bakersfield, CA area. Denny and his wife Sue (OSU 1970) now reside at Black Butte Ranch in Central Oregon where they enjoy golf, skiing, community activities and relaxing. They have two grown children.


Krystyna Wolniakowski photo Krystyna Wolniakowski

Executive Director, Columbia River Gorge Commission

Oregon State University, M.S. 2000, Oceanographic/marine studies

krystyna.wolniakowski@gorgecommission.org

Krystyna U. Wolniakowski was appointed as Executive Director of the bi-state Columbia River Gorge Commission in 2015. Before joining the Commission, Krystyna led the Western Regional Office of the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) in Portland for more than 14 years as Regional Director, managing conservation grant-making programs in seven Western states. Krystyna was recently appointed by Governor Kate Brown to the Oregon Ocean Science Trust Board and has also served as science advisor for development of the statewide Focused Investment Partnerships Program for the Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board (OWEB). From 1991-2000, she worked for the German Marshall Fund of the U.S. as Director for Central and Eastern Europe, developing programs for conservation, economic, and democratic reforms in seven countries after the fall of the Berlin wall. From 1983-1991, Krystyna led the coastal protection efforts for the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality’s Water Quality Division. Krystyna earned her B.S. degree at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire in Biology/Chemistry in 1977 and her M.S. degree at Oregon State University in oceanographic sciences in 1980.


By-Laws

  1. The members of the BOA are professionals who offer the Dean, faculty and students of CEOAS an outside-the-University point of view, leadership expertise, employment perspective and strategic support. The Board provides a sounding board and source of mentoring for students and faculty. The BOA contributes to efforts that sustain CEOAS as a top tier national education and research program which attracts exceptional faculty and offers compelling learning and research experiences to students. Through its activities, the Board assists with alumni communications and relationships and offers support and assistance to the faculty, staff, and the student body. Although the BOA can be engaged in all aspects of CEOAS activities, the Board reports directly to the Dean of CEOAS. Consequently, Board members serve at the discretion of the CEOAS Dean.

  2. The BOA will consist of up to fifteen (15) volunteer members appointed by the Dean of CEOAS. Members should be alumni of CEOAS or its predecessor schools at OSU, although the Dean may also appoint non-alumni members at his/her discretion. Once appointed, a member is expected to serve a four (4) year term, which term may be renewed by the Dean for additional four (4) year terms by mutual consent. Board members are expected to participate in all scheduled meetings to the extent practicable, and to devote time to pre- and post-meeting actions. BOA membership may be revoked, without prejudice, by the Dean for non-participation or other reason at his/her discretion.

    The BOA expects that the Dean will seek to ensure that the membership is reasonably balanced among alumni of the various disciplines within CEOAS. In addition, the BOA expects that the Dean will seek to ensure that the membership of the BOA is reasonably balanced by gender and ethnic representation. Membership on the BOA does not provide any financial benefit or compensation by CEOAS or OSU. Board members are not expected to provide financial contributions to OSU in addition to their participation expenses, and Board membership is not determined based on a member's potential for future donations.

  3. Every three (3) years during a regularly scheduled meeting, the membership will elect its officers. The Board will elect a Chair, Vice-Chair and Secretary who will each serve a 3 year term. Officers may be re-elected to another term by the Board. The Chair will plan and conduct the meetings of the Board and serve as the primary Board liaison with the Dean and other CEOAS faculty. In case of the absence of the Chair, the Vice-Chair will assume the duties of the Chair. In case of the absence of both the Chair and Vice-Chair, the Secretary will assume those duties. The Secretary will also be responsible for preparing the minutes of each BOA meeting, which the Chair will review, approve, and circulate, to the Dean and other Board members.

  4. A quorum of the membership is required before a vote can be performed. A majority of the membership present on the date of the meeting will represent a quorum. A vote will be considered approved if it has the support of a majority of the quorum present at a meeting. Members participating in a meeting via phone may be considered part of the quorum and may vote at the discretion of the meeting Chair. Matters placed before the BOA for vote shall follow an orderly process of a member's proposal, seconding, and voice vote. In the event of a tied vote, the Chair shall cast the deciding vote.

  5. The BOA will meet at least twice a year, in the spring and fall. Meetings will include opportunities for the BOA to listen to and interact with students and faculty. Meetings will occur at the CEOAS facility in Corvallis, Oregon unless designated elsewhere at the discretion of the Chair. Members are expected to attend BOA meetings in person unless they are approved in advance to participate via phone or other remote means by the Chair. Members do not receive reimbursement for their participation at BOA meetings, and will be expected to help defray the costs for incidental meeting expenses such as snacks, meals and beverage services.

Contact

For questions about the CEOAS Board of Advisors, please contact: Anita Bracha

(Updated 12/11/2017)