Staff & Board

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Oregon Forest Resources Institute

Location: 9755 SW Barnes Rd., Suite 210
Portland, OR 97225
Phone: 971-673-2944
Fax: 971-673-2946


Jim Paul

Executive Director

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Inka Bajandas

Public Outreach Manager

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Jordan Benner

Jordan Benner

Director of Communications

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Norie Dimeo-Ediger Oregon Forest Resources Institute

Norie Dimeo-Ediger

Director of K-12 Education Programs

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Rikki Heath

Rikki Heath

Environmental Educator

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Margaret Miller

Forest Landowner Education Manager

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Joni Nebril

Executive Assistant

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Kathy Storm

Kathy Storm

Director of Business Operations

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Julie Woodward Oregon Forest Resources Institute

Julie Woodward

Director of Forestry

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OFRI is governed by a board of directors made up of 11 voting members appointed by the state forester, plus two non-voting members.

Voting board members include nine representatives of timber producer classes, with three each from small (Class 1), medium (Class 2) and large (Class 3) producers; one member representing small woodland owners; and one representative for forest industry employees.

Non-voting members required by statute include the dean of the Oregon State University College of Forestry and a public member appointed jointly by the president of the Oregon Senate and the speaker of the Oregon House of Representatives.

An Oregon Department of Forestry liaison assists the board.

Board members appointed by the state forester serve three-year terms and represent the following timber producer classes:

  • Class 1: producers of 20 million board feet per year or less
  • Class 2: producers of at least 20 million per year, but less than 100 million board feet
  • Class 3: producers of 100 million board feet per year or more
  • Small woodland owners: forest landowners who own between 100 and 2,000 acres of forestland and who have no direct financial interest in any forest products processing activity

2023 OFRI Board of Directors meeting schedule


Paul Betts

Miami Alternatives, LLC, Class 2; board chair


Dan Newton

Newton Forestry LLC, Class 1; board vice-chair


Jennifer Beathe

Starker Forests, Inc. Class 2


Gordon Culbertson

Whitewater Forests LLC, Small Woodland Owner


Dr. Thomas DeLuca

Cheryl Ramberg-Ford and Allyn C. Ford Dean, Oregon State University College of Forestry


Dr. Kristopher Elliott

Oregon State University Extension, Public representative

Courtney Griesel

Courtney Griesel

Sierra Pacific Industries, Class 3


Mike Hicks

IAM-AW District W24, Employee Representative


Garren Hitner

Century Forest Management, Class 1

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Eric Kranzush

Giustina Land & Timber Co., Class 2


Kristin Rasmussen

Hampton Lumber & Family Forests, Class 3

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Mike Shaw

Deputy State Forester, Oregon Department of Forestry Liaison


Madeleine Thompson Rudolph

Thompson Tree Farm, Class 1


Brian Trenholm

Weyerhaeuser Co., Class 3


9755 SW Barnes Rd., Suite 210        
Portland, OR 97225        
Phone: 971-673-2944        
Fax: 971-673-2946

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