Program and Administration Staff

MarkoMarko Bey, Executive Director

Executive Director and Lomakatsi’s co-founder, Marko works in a variety of capacities, overseeing all aspects of planning, development, and operations for the organization’s programs and projects.

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Justin, smaller still, 498x554Justin Cullumbine, Co-Director / Chief Financial Officer

Co-Director and co-founder of Lomakatsi, Justin serves as the organization’s Contract Administrator and Chief Financial Management Officer.

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Shane Jimerfield Program DirectorShane Jimerfield, Program Director

The Program Director serves in coordination with Lomakatsi’s team of directors to develop and implement programs and services.

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Aaron nauth1BestAaron Nauth, Restoration Operations Director

Starting from the ground up, Aaron has worked for Lomakatsi since 1998 in variety of capacities throughout the organization. As the Restoration Operations Director, he currently manages many contracted projects and active partner initiatives for Lomakatsi’s Restoration Program.

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Belinda BrownBelinda Brown, Tribal Partnerships Manager

Belinda works as a community liaison, engaging with tribal elders, tribal councils, cultural resource monitors and tribal department staff.

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Lilia Letsch, Communications Associate

As Lomakatsi’s Communications Associate Lilia works to further
knowledge and understanding of our work throughout the community and
beyond.

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Connie Crawford, Office Manager & Accounting Assistant

Connie joined Lomakati’s team in April of 2016.  She works in two areas of administration by maintaining daily office operations and assisting staff, and supporting the CFO and Accountant in the management of Lomakatsi finances.

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Lori2 (2)Lori Larson, Bookkeeper

As Lomakatsi’s Bookkeeper, Lori works closely with the Chief Financial Officer and administrative staff, providing assistance in the financial aspects of the organization.

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Restoration Project Technical and Implementation Staff

Josh, croppedJosh Budziak, Restoration Design and Implementation Specialist

Having been with Lomakatsi since 1999, as the Project Design and Implementation Division Supervisor, Josh uses his extensive experience in ecological and technical forestry, botany, restoration silviculture, GIS mapping, fuels reduction, and logging systems layout to design and implement ecological restoration prescriptions.

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Andy Lerch Lead ForesterAndy Lerch, Lead Forester

As Lomakatsi’s lead forester Andy develops, designs and implements forest and woodland restoration projects.

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Niki, ac 3-31-13, IMG_1805Niki Del Pizzo, Riparian Restoration Manager

Niki manages Lomakatsi’s Restoration Ecology Education Program that includes streamside adopted site shade house nursery management, community engagement, and restoration ecology curriculum development.

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SeanPriveSean Prive, Restoration Ecologist

Sean Prive began working for Lomakatsi in the spring of 2016, serving as the organization’s Restoration Ecologist. Sean works closely with Lomakatsi’s technical staff, helping to integrate the best available science into restoration project design, practice and implementation.

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John Cymor, cropped, Workforce Operations ManagerJohn Cymore, Restoration Technician Supervisor

John serves as Lomakatsi’s Restoration Tachnician Supervisor, overseeing Restoration Crew Managers, workforce personnel and subcontractor activities.

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Amy_webAmy Barnhart, Lead Forest Technician

As the new Lead Forest Technician for Lomakatsi, Amy works alongside our work crews conducting layout and marking of restoration-focused commercial thinning projects, interprets ecologically-based silvicultural prescriptions, supervises and train forest technicians, and performs restoration project inspection.

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Braullio 2Braulio Cortes, Lead Restoration Crew Manager

As the Lead Restoration Crew Manager, Braulio oversees all on-the-ground workforce personnel operations. Using his Spanish/English bi-lingual skills to direct operations, he serves as Lomakatsi’s cross cultural workforce liaison engaging Latino, Native American and Euro-American workers.

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Joe Ochoa, cropped, Tribal Restoration Crew ManagerJoe Ochoa, Tribal Restoration Crew Manager

Joe directs Klamath Tribal crew members in the labor intensive aspects of on-the-ground work inherent in restoration project implementation.

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Jeff Bio photoJeff Harrison, Forest Technician / Inspector

Jeff oversees and inspects timber operators and forestry contractors hired by Lomakatsi to implement restoration forestry projects on Forest Service stewardship projects. He is also a key member of the organization’s team of restoration forestry technicians where he does project layout, data collection, site surveys, tree marking and monitoring.

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Ryan Bio photoRyan Puckett, Restoration Operations Technician

Ryan Puckett has been with Lomakatsi since 2008. During this time, Ryan has served in a number of roles. Originally part of Lomakatsi’s labor restoration workforce, Ryan was a sawyer for a number of years, eventually becoming Lead Workforce Trainer and managing a variety of crews. As the needs of the organization increased, Ryan was able to transition into the technical side of restoration. With mentoring from Lomakatsi technicians and partners he was soon helping with different stewardship projects throughout Oregon.

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Justin CornsJustin Corns, Contract and Workforce Operations Coordinator

Justin works to coordinate Lomakatsi Ecological Service’s restoration workforce and a cadre of subcontractors for ecological forestry, fuels reduction and prescribed fire projects. Justin also co-manages Lomakatsi’s wildland fire management program, working closely with the Workforce operations and Fire Manager, overseeing hand crews and engine operations. Justin has worked as a wildland and structural firefighter, having spent over 6 years as both a volunteer firefighter and as a professional wildland firefighter.

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Ben CohenBen Cohen, Shop Manager

As Lomakatsi’s Shop Manager, Ben maintains and repairs Lomakatsi’s work trucks and equipment for our restoration work crews. He also provides general handyman skills to our office and continually proves himself to be a remarkable jack-of-all-trades.

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Restoration Workforce

Our restoration workforce is made up of highly skilled seasoned forest workers and trained burn technicians. Restoration workers plant trees, pull invasive weeds, thin the dense, fire-suppressed forests, stabilize the slopes, seed the native grasses back to the woodlands, stack the sticks to reduce fire hazards, and carry the drip torches in an effort to carefully reintroduce fire back into the landscapes.

Abraham CortesAbraham Cortes

Before coming to work with Lomakatsi’s restoration work crew, Abraham worked in the timber industry for 24 years – 3 years with Summit, and 21 years with Grayback Forestry. He is originally from Moralia, Mexico, and arrived in the U.S. in the 1980’s. Abraham loves being able to work in the woods and appreciates the more relaxed work environment Lomakatsi provides.

Alonso VillaseñorAlonso Villaseñor

Alonso worked as a wildland firefighter with Pacific Oasis for 4 years before joining Lomakatsi. He has been in the U.S. since 2007 and enjoys sports, fishing and hunting in his spare time. Alonso enjoys the freedom that he experiences doing restoration work, and particularly enjoys the cool people he works alongside at Lomakatsi.

Arnulfo TovarArnulfo Tovar

Arnulfo has been working in the forests all his life. Before joining Lomakatsi he worked for Grayback Forestry for 9 years. Arnulfo has three children – one born in Mexico, two born in the U.S. – and has been in the U.S. since 1983. In his spare time he enjoys fishing and watching soccer. The most enjoyable part of the job for Arnulfo is helping restore forests with fire.

Elias Villa CortesElias Villa Cortes

Elias had been working in the forests for nearly 20 years before he joined Lomakatsi’s restoration work crew. He is originally from Morelia, Mexico where he worked with his father in the forests making boards with chainsaws at the age of 15. Elias enjoys fishing and hunting, and coaches a soccer team in his spare time.

Faustino GomezFaustino Gomez

Faustino worked with Grayback Forestry for 5 years before joining the team at Lomakatsi. He has been in the U.S. since 2004 and enjoys playing soccer. Faustino’s favorite part of the job is working with a chainsaw and how well he is treated as a worker.

Francisco GonzalezFrancisco Gonzalez

Francisco worked cutting and planting trees for 5 years before joining the Lomakatsi restoration work crew. He has three children in Mexico and travels to visit them at least once a year. The best part of the job for Francisco is that he loves trees and being able to help the forest. In his spare time he enjoys hiking around creeks and lakes.

Santiago Cortez CoriaSantiago Cortez Coria

Santiago had been working in the forests for 20 years previous to working for Lomakatsi. In 1983 Santiago moved to the U.S. from Mexico with his family. He enjoys learning and playing violin and guitar, as well as hiking and fishing. Santiago’s favorite part of the job is being outdoors in the woods with his friends.

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