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.
The Program Director serves in coordination with Lomakatsi’s team of directors to develop and implement programs and services.
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.
Belinda works as a community liaison, engaging with tribal elders, tribal councils, cultural resource monitors and tribal department staff.
As Public Affairs Manager Julie Akins is on our communications team working directly with media, partner agencies and legislative policy makers.
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 Accountant in the management of Lomakatsi finances.
As Lomakatsi’s Bookkeeper, Lori works closely with the administrative and program staff, providing assistance in the financial aspects of the organization.
As the Administrative and HR Assistant, Sylvia spends her days building systems and processes while assisting the Lomakatsi team with various exciting administrative tasks.
Restoration Project Technical and Implementation Staff
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.
As Lomakatsi’s lead forester Andy develops, designs and implements forest and woodland restoration projects.
John serves as Lomakatsi’s Restoration Operations Supervisor, overseeing technicians, crew managers, workforce personnel and subcontractor activities.
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 now Restoration Technician Manager. 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.
Niki develops, designs and implements riparian restoration projects. She manages Lomakatsi’s native plant nursery and is responsible for the long-term management of Lomakatsi’s adopted riparian restoration sites. Niki also directs Lomakatsi’s Restoration Ecology Education Program, where she leads students, community groups and community members in education-based field restoration events.
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.
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.
Joe directs Klamath Tribal crew members in the labor intensive aspects of on-the-ground work inherent in restoration project implementation.
Callum Knights is a part of Lomakatsi’s Technician Crew which is responsible for project layout & design, monitoring, and inventory. He is originally from the Rogue Valley and was born in Merlin. Callum returned home recently and began working for Lomakatsi after completing his B.S. in forestry with a focus in Forest Management from Oregon State University.
Lyndsey is part of Lomakatsi’s technician crew responsible for restoration project design and layout, species inventory, and monitoring the effects of Lomakatsi’s work in forests throughout the region. In addition, she assists managers and specialists with contracting and project planning and tracking. Lyndsey also draws on her fire experience to contribute to Lomakatsi’s prescribed fire operations as a Fire Effects Monitor.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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 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 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 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.