Staff and Facilitators
Susan Sahnow, Director
Susan has been with ONREP since 2002 and the director since 2003. She was with Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife for 12 years before working at OSU and has over 30 years of experience in the field of environmental education in Oregon. Susan’s life work is engaging people in learning about Oregon’s natural resources through interactive processes that build understanding and knowledge, support dialogue and collaboration, and promote informed decisions and constructive action. As director she engages in statewide and national environmental education initiatives, provides strategic program development, works with the ONREP advisory board, and develops collaborative partnerships. About her work, she says "I love the creative synergy, dynamic program, and cohesive teamwork of our staff. The teachers and educators involved in our programs have such enthusiasm for learning and for their students - I always walk away filled with joy knowing their students will be part of creating our future." A favorite quote: We never know how our small activities will affect others through the invisible fabric of our connectedness. . . . it’s never a question of “critical mass”. It’s always about critical connections. ~Margaret J. Wheatley
LeeAnn Mikkelson, Program Coordinator
LeeAnn has worked with ONREP since March 2005. She works closely with our statewide network of facilitators, oversees our schedule and infrastructure of professional development programs, and coordinates the Stewardship Schools Program. She currently works with 6 schools to create a systemic approach using natural resources as a context for learning throughout grade levels and subject areas. Prior, LeeAnn taught in 4 states (Oregon, California, Colorado and Virginia) as an elementary school teacher and was education director for Friends of the Rappahannock, a non-profit river organization in Virginia. One of her favorite quotes: “…and tell me what will you do with your one wild and precious life?” ~Mary Oliver
ONREP Office Specialist: Julie Van Hoosen
In addition to the ONREP program staff, we have 30 facilitators located throughout Oregon. These facilitators are teachers, retired teachers, and non-formal educators. Some of our facilitators work for nature and interpretive centers, state agencies, and federal agency. All facilitators participate in a program orientation, and training on the curricula, workshop and program design, and educational best practices and strategies. They attend annual professional development to ensure they are current with educational initiatives and practices as well as natural resources content.