Board & Staff
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.
Aaron grew up backpacking in the Klamath-Siskiyou Mountains, and over time he began to understand the region’s biological significance on a global scale. “SFI is one of my favorite organizations in S. Oregon and N. California, because of its approach to educating both children and adults about this place that is very special to me.”
Phoebe grew up in Ashland Oregon after her family moved from the Illinois Valley, where they lived for 20 years. Her parents, Dr. Jim Shames and Heidi Parker, helped found the Takilma Peoples’ Clinic (now the Siskiyou Community Health Center). Growing up in the Klamath Siskiyou Ecoregion sparked Phoebe‘s love for the outdoors, and she is now getting her doctorate in environmental science, policy, and management at UC Berkeley. For her dissertation research, she returned to Josephine County in order to do conservation-relevant research and give back to her community.
Bio coming soon!
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!
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!
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.