Staff and Board of Directors
The Mt. Adams Resource Stewards staff and Board of Directors bring years of experience that reflects stewardship of our natural resources and passion for community causes.
Jay McLaughlin, Executive Director
Jay has been working with communities and natural resource issues since 1995, including stints as a forester with the Bureau of Indian Affairs, forestry consultant, the Peace Corps in Panama and as a high school teacher in Glenwood. Jay has a master degree in forestry from the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, a bachelor degree from Whitman College, and is the founding director of MARS.
Sharon Frazey, Stewardship Monitoring Coordinator
Sharon leads efforts to measure and monitor the impacts of forest restoration, stewardship and management associated with the community-based forestry activities at MARS. She joined our team in Spring of 2016 after working throughout Washington and Oregon in fisheries and aquatic ecology for various government agencies and non-profit organizations, spending nearly a decade at the BLM on the Rogue River. Sharon looks forward to connecting and communicating with community members on the stewardship monitoring program at MARS.
Emily Long, Stewardship Crew Project Lead
Emily leads projects that utilize a small crew to manage landscape elements in the Mt. Adams Community Forest, as well as in the surrounding community. She joined the MARS team in Fall of 2017. She has worked in the field of Natural Resources with federal land management agencies, nonprofits and for-profits in numerous roles that include wildland firefighter, interpretation and outreach, and hydrogeology. She is currently pursuing a master’s degree in Natural Resources from Oregon State University. She is excited to work with partners and landowners to create a healthy landscape that supports a sustainable local economy.
Augustine Jaeger, Stewardship Crew Member
Augustine is a former Nevada Conservation Corps member and is a longtime advocate for environmental action. He was born in Portland, with a rigorous educational background from Catholics – The Jesuits & Benedictines. After earning a B.S. in Biology from Saint Martin’s University, he taught lessons in Japan to raise awareness in future leaders for the environment. Augustine’s hobbies include reading, practicing martial art combat techniques, climbing, and trying new things. When asked, “what animal do you most embody?” His answer would be, “monkey.”
Abbey Jones, Stewardship Crew Member
Abbey has a background in wildland firefighting and prescribed burning with the USFS, NPS, and the Nature Conservancy. She graduated from the State University of New York, College of Environmental Science and Forestry with a bachelor degree in Environmental Forest Biology. When not working, she loves traveling, photography, and skiing.
Justin McWethy, Stewardship Crew Member
Justin has a passion for working with, and connecting people to, the natural world. He has been doing this mostly through youth education and adventure guiding with organizations such as Cascade Mountain School, NatureBridge, Outward Bound and the North Cascades Institute. Justin holds a bachelor degree of Psychology from James Madison University and a Master’s of Education in Environmental Education from Western Washington University.
Board of Directors
The Mt. Adams Resource Stewards Board is fortunate to be able to count on a diverse group of individuals, representing different ideas, values and communities in the Mt. Adams region, while generously volunteering their time to better our organization. They include:
Chair: Jim White – Retired Silviculturist, USFS, and former manager, Underwood Conservation District
Jeanette Burkhardt – Biologist, Yakama Nation Fisheries
Doug Comstock – Financial Advisor, Edward Jones
Jim Dean – Owner, James Dean Construction
EmilyJane Davis – Assistant Professor, Department of Forest Ecosystems and Society, Oregon State University
George Hathaway, Jr. – Hathaway Farms
Darrel Spies – Owner, Hansen and Spies Logging
Nina Vinyard – Contract forestry technician and beefalo rancher
Teunis J. Wyers – Attorney, Wyers Law