Cascadia Wild Board of Directors
Teri Lysak, Chairperson
Teri has been leading Cascadia Wild's Wolverine Tracking Project since 2007 and teaches classes in animal tracking, wild plant foraging, and wilderness survival. She loves being able to help people understand and connect with the natural world. Prior, she spent her working days outdoors as a forester, doing forest surveying, firefighting, young timber stand management, and providing forestry assistance to small private landowners, working across the West for the Forest Service and for Washington Dept of Natural Resources. Her prior teaching experience comes from two years as a high school science teacher with the Peace Corps in Fiji. Teri holds a MS in Forest Science from OSU and a BA in biology from Grinnell College. When not working or out exploring the forest for tracks, she spends her time working on her tiny house and gardening.
Paul Schertz, Secretary
Paul Schertz has been tracking with Cascadia Wild for many years and has served as a tracking leader for the Wolverine Tracking Project since 2006. Paul is licensed as a professional engineer and has served on several boards including the Texas Renewable Energy Industries Association and was the founding President of the Texas Solar Energy Industries Association. He is the past vice-president of Solar Kinetics, Inc. and now works for Portland Energy Conservation, Inc.
Malena Kester, Treasurer
Malena grew up in a small Oregon town with the forest in her backyard. She is an avid hiker and backpacker, and wants to help others connect with the natural world and develop a stronger sense of place. Malena holds a Master of Accounting degree from the University of Oregon and is a licensed CPA.
Jenny Bedell-Stiles, Board Member
Jenny grew up in Portland, OR where she learned to hike, backpack, and enjoy the backcountry and farmland with her family. She has been tracking with Cascadia Wild since 2011, and served as a tracking leader for the Wolverine Tracking Project since 2013. She is an avid wild food forager, hand-stand practicer, and advocate for social justice. Jenny works with Friends of Trees as the Volunteer & Outreach Manager.
Graham Hulbert, Board Member
Graham moved to the US from England and fell in love with the American west. He has a degree in mechanical engineering, and works as a continuous improvement professional. Graham is a passionate outdoorsman and naturalist. As Cascadia Wild continues to connect more and more of the community to the outdoors, Graham hopes to help Cascadia Wild grow in a scalable and sustainable manner.
Bryan Kappa, Board Member
Bryan is a Pacific Northwest native. He's always been interested in the outdoors, from cub scouts, camping and hunting with his family, to tracking urban wildlife in North Portland. He's always looking for ways to take advantage of the abundant and underutilized natural resources in the city. Bryan uses his technical knowledge in computer programming to help Cascadia Wild build and maintain its expansive database of wildlife camera footage.
Käthe Steck, Board Member
A Pacific Northwest'er at heart, Käthe has been privileged to travel and live in many places, always fascinated by the differences and similarities of the natural world and people’s relationship with it. As Cascadia Wild’s Volunteer and Outreach Coordinator, she enjoys facilitating this connection for others while adding to the knowledge of Mt. Hood’s wildlife. Käthe has a BA in English Literature and Film Studies with a concentration in Post-Colonial Studies from Portland State University. She is currently working on a post-baccalaureate degree in conservation biology, to apply toward a masters in spatial ecology. She hopes to help ensure that as the world changes, there remain abundant and thriving wild places and wildlife for generations to come. She is a backpacker, aspiring tracker, amateur birder, and takes her camera and dog with her wherever she goes.