Council Staff


Jared Weybright, Executive Director, jared@mckenziewc.org

Jared Weybright

Jared has worked collaboratively with private and public landowners on a variety of restoration, monitoring, and education projects for over ten years with the Council. He has been working with local students since 2004 on a variety of field-based learning projects including water quality monitoring, aquatic habitat inventories, macroinvertebrate sampling and analysis, and riparian restoration and monitoring efforts. During that time, he worked closely with partners to develop an education program which was directly integrated with the Council’s restoration program. In addition, Jared worked with the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife for 7 years on a wide range of projects including snorkel and spawning surveys, aquatic habitat inventories, and coordinating STEP volunteer and education initiatives in the Upper Willamette Region.

Amanda Gilbert, Finance Director, amanda@mckenziewc.org

Amanda has worked with a variety of local watershed councils for over fifteen years in multiple aspects and capacities. Throughout her time, she has provided superior grant and organizational accounting, administrative support and managed the Council’s outreach, operational, and fundraising efforts. Amanda is a native Oregonian and received her bachelors of science degree in Environmental Science with a specialization in Natural Resource Policy and Planning from Oregon State University. 

Jennifer Weber, Restoration Program Manager, jennifer@mckenziewc.org

Jennifer Weber at Daishin-in temple in the Myoshin-ji temple complex, Kyoto, Japan 2011

Jennifer has a bachelor of landscape architecture degree, focusing on ecological design from the University of Oregon. She has worked in a variety of roles with the Council since 2012. She works with private and public landowners on collaborative restoration, monitoring, and education projects. She has worked with local students on a variety of field-based and hands-on learning projects with students involved in STEM education, native plant restoration, nursery activities, water quality monitoring and aquatic habitat inventories since 2008. In addition, she has worked extensively with GIS for 8 years. Jennifer currently manages Council restoration and enhancement projects.

 

Justin Demeter, Riparian Specialist, justin@mckenziewc.org

Staff member, Justin Demeter, holding a baby goat at Berggren Demonstration Farm

A former U.S. Marine and graduate of the University of Oregon Landscape Architecture program, Justin has worked with the council as both a volunteer and staff member since 2012. Previous to joining the MWC team, he worked for the National Park Service in Cultural Resources (2011), and as a survey technician and landscape designer at a local engineering, building design and land surveying company (2013-2014). Mr. Demeter has developed excellent community relationships with program stakeholders and volunteers, and has been working with students on field-based education projects for the Council since January 2015.

Chase Antonovich, Operations Manager, chase@mckenziewc.org

Chase has a bachelor of science in environmental studies from the University of Oregon. He interned with the Council as a Salmon Watch assistant during the 2016 and volunteered on field trips during the 2017 season. When he isn’t helping with Council Operations, he enjoys boating and angling on the McKenzie River.

 

Cori Carpenter, Watershed Restoration Specialist, cori@mckenziewc.org

 

 

 

Cori Carpenter is a native of snowy Michigan but has lived in several other warmer locales across the United States. She earned her B.S. in Forestry with a focus on Urban and Community Forestry from Michigan State. Before joining the watershed council, Cori has worked with the Forest Service in the buggy Upper Peninsula of Michigan and an urban forest hydrology lab on Michigan State’s Campus. Cori is excited to bring her forestry knowledge to the post-fire landscape of the McKenzie and the urban environments of Springfield. When Cori isn’t working, she enjoys spoiling her rescue Pitbull, Tofu, kayaking, hiking, and enjoying the beautiful scenery of Oregon.

 

Lara Colley, Watershed Restoration Specialist, lara@mckenziewc.org

 

 

 

Lara has a B.S. in Horticulture and a minor in Natural Resource Sciences from Washington State University, a graduate certificate in Sustainable Natural Resources from Oregon State University, and is currently working on her Master of Natural Resources degree from OSU. She has worked for the North Olympic Land Trust and the Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe in Washington State and is enthusiastic about ecological restoration of rivers and their surrounding landscapes. Lara served as a resident partner with the Council representing the Vida area of the McKenzie River from 2017 to 2021 when she began working as a watershed restoration specialist. When Lara isn’t working or going to school, she enjoys gardening, hiking, foraging, and raising a flock of chickens.