Board & Staff
Regina Castellon splits her time living in the Illinois Valley and the Rogue Valley. The Klamath Siskiyous is one of her favorite places to spend time, and she was introduced to SFI as a college freshman. Access to environmental education for all is something Regina is highly passionate about while creating creative opportunities. She has worked with a variety of Human Relations teams in Southern Oregon and California and teaches English. She is an alum from Southern Oregon University, University of Southern California, and the Blue Otter School of Herbal Medicine.
Forest Ecologist Lyndia Hammer fell in love with the Klamath Siskiyou Ecoregion in the mid 90’s while surveying for martens, fishers, and Marbled Murrelets in the northern Siskiyou Mountains. Since then she has both taught and attended classes at the Siskiyou Field Institute, and has completed degrees in Biology and Forestry from Southern Oregon University and the University of Missouri – Columbia, respectively. Lyndia feels honored to work with the talented and committed Staff and Board of Directors at SFI to make outdoor school and natural history programming available for all.
Nathan was born and raised in Austin, Texas. He has lived in suburbs, ranches, and farms. Growing up in Central Texas, his family was always outdoors, whether it was camping, hiking, swimming in the lake, or working on a ranch. In 2007, he moved with his life partner Stacy to Cave Junction to be near family. They have two amazing children that have attended multiple summer camps at SFI. Nathan has volunteered at SFI for several years, mainly with The Birds and Brews events. He has also volunteered on other boards in the Illinois Valley and looks forward to helping shape the future for this amazing institution.
Julie holds degrees from the University of Texas in Mathematics (B.A. 1970) and Computer Science & Educational Psychology (M.A. 1974). In 1976, after a brief stint as a systems programmer at IBM, Julie moved to Josephine County to work as a river guide on the Wild Rogue River. In 1983 she began a 30-year career in forest and river conservation, working for three Rogue Valley nonprofits: Headwaters, Siskiyou Regional Education Project, and Geos Institute. Her roles included public outreach, media relations, event coordination, and fundraising. She was awarded the Conservationist of the Year Award from Oregon Wild (1992) and the Environmental Hero Award from the Wilderness Society (1998). Julie is now retired in Ashland and still running rivers for fun. We are lucky to welcome her to our team.
Always a nature lover, Nicole Rensenbrink first moved to the Illinois Valley in 1983. She moved away for several years to get her BS (University of Oregon) and MSW (Portland State University), though continued to visit friends and the river valley she’d grown to love. Nicole has been a licensed clinical social worker since 1994 and worked in youth and family counseling centers in Eugene and Grants Pass, managed a youth center in Portland, and was the initial driving force behind the creation of a nonprofit organization in Cave Junction (Healthy U). Now, Nicole has passed on her role as Healthy U’s executive director, is working less hours as its mental health therapist, and wants to utilize her skills to help SFI thrive.
Sarah Worthington joins our team from Boise, Idaho. She has served in various natural resource roles including outdoor education instructor with the McCall Outdoor Science School and as a park ranger on the Rogue River. Sarah has a passion for outdoor education and community engagement. She has been involved in all aspects of designing, structuring, and running our youth education program. Sarah holds a BA in environmental studies from Boise State University, along with an MS in Natural Resources and graduate certificate in Environmental Education both from the University of Idaho.
Morgan hails from the tiny town of Remsen in Upstate New York. She is passionate about inclusion, accessibility, and the power of play! Morgan loves exploring the outdoors by biking, hiking, or kayaking. She wants to learn more about gardening, coffee, and outerspace. Morgan is excited to be serving her RARE AmeriCorps term with SFI in the lovely Siskiyous.
Christine is an east coast transplant who has lived in the Grants Pass area since 2016. Since receiving her bachelor’s degree in Environmental Science from UNC Chapel Hill, Christine has worked in a variety of landscapes and roles centered around experiencing, sharing, and protecting the outdoors. These roles have included wilderness trek leader, environmental educator, Outdoor School coordinator, and park ranger on the Rogue River. Outside of work, Christine enjoys west coast swing dancing, dabbling in new art mediums, horseback riding, and nerding out over plants. She is very excited to be joining an already amazing team piloting SFI!
Our beloved Caretaker of over a decade, Lillie retired and moved from Virginia in 2009 to fill the position of Security Caretaker at Siskiyou Field Institute. She has a diverse background in hospitality and customer service, psychology and criminal law, and motivational training and education. She is devoted to providing an exciting welcoming experience to lovers of our natural world here at SFI.
Brandi Patterson is a locally grown Oregonian, she loves to get out and experience the outdoors and ride her quad. She is often found in the far reaches of the backcountry taking beautiful photographs. She is a mother and an organizer of all things SFI.
We are so thrilled to have Brandi on our dream team!