OK 20: Community Engagement Nonprofits
Team 20 members are key employees in nonprofit organizations that promote economic development and community engagement in Central Oregon.
Marisa is the Communications Director for the Deschutes River Conservancy and a professional photographer specializing in portraits and events Marisa has a Bachelor’s of Arts in French Literature from the University of Oregon which has allowed her to travel the world teaching language and taking pictures. Marisa is passionate about community, connection, creativity and collaboration.
Erin is the Membership and Events Manager at EDCO, Economic Development for Central Oregon.
Louise is the Program Director for the High Desert Food and Farm Alliance (HDFFA). She has an MS Environmental Science and a BS Ecology and Conservation. Though curious about pretty much everything, Louise is particularly passionate about connecting people to the natural world and each other through an inclusive, collaborative and interdisciplinary approach.
Stewardship Director at Advocates for Life Skills and Opportunity (ALSO)
I was raised with a strong work ethic on my family’s Oregon farm, emphasizing education, community service, and leadership. Education provided a strong foundation that I built on by gaining experience working with talented colleagues, mentors, and strategic thinkers. An inventive and resourceful Director with significant experience leading socially mission-driven programs and organizations with a personal and professional mission to promote diverse and empowering environments.
Event Services Manager at The Tower Theatre
Responsible for event bookings and sales for the Tower. I work with multiple clients and partners to help create, implement, and manage their successful events
Before coming to Sisters-Folk-Festival,-Inc. as Development Director, Steven served executive stints at Minnesota’s St. Paul Winter Carnival, Idaho’s Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival, and several of Oregon’s iconic festivals including da Vinci Days, Waterfront Blues Festival, Eugene Celebration and the Oregon Truffle Festival. He has taught event management as an adjunct faculty member for Arizona State University’s Hospitality and Tourism program, the University of Oregon’s Arts and Administration graduate program, and in the University of Idaho’s Lionel Hampton School of Music. He and his wife Kat, a Eugene native, have lived in Portland, Eugene, Corvallis, and Ashland and moved to Sisters in 2017.
I am an outgoing and energetic young woman from Chicago, who is now the Program Coordinator for the Central Oregon Trail Alliance (COTA). I have a degree in environmental biology and got my start in the outdoor world of work through Americorps. Since I can remember, I've been spending my free time hiking, biking, camping, and in the water when the weather is warm. A sense of community when it comes to outdoor recreation is something I've always strived for, and have found that in my town and workplace.