Cathy Kellon, MS, Working Waters Program Director

Cathy Kellon 2016 cropCathy P. Kellon has over 17 years of experience developing and applying strategic approaches to improve habitat for native fish and wildlife, expand public awareness about the value of nature’s services, and increase community access to clean water. Prior to joining Geos Institute, Cathy was the Water and Watersheds Program Director at Ecotrust, where she led a multi-million dollar collaborative effort to restore ecological functions in high priority river basins in Oregon and Washington. She also coordinated Ecotrust’s State of the Salmon Program, where she developed resources and tools to improve public access to information about salmon health. She has worked with NOAA Fisheries and the Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board.

Cathy earned her Masters degree in Geography, with a minor in Interdisciplinary Water Resources Studies, from Oregon State University.

Tonya Graham, MA, Executive Director

TonyaGraham 2016 cropIn addition to the strategic planning, program supervision, and management tasks in her role as Executive Director, Tonya Graham has taken a lead role in developing the concept of Whole Community Adaptation that integrates the needs of human and natural communities while creating co-benefits across sectors. She and her team have created the ClimateWise planning framework, which helps community leaders understand likely future conditions, determine vulnerabilities, and develop responsible strategies to address them.

Tonya serves on the Policy Affinity Group of the American Society of Adaptation Professionals as well as the Project Advisory Committee for Community-Based Adaptation in the United States: Understanding How and Why Communities are Taking Action. She served as the Fundraising Chair for the 2013 National Adaptation Forum. In 2012 she co-organized the Practitioners Workshop on Climate Change Adaptation: Integrated Strategies for Human and Natural Communitieswith the Kresge Foundation. As a member of the ClimateWise team, Tonya has helped communities adapt to changing climate conditions in Oregon, California and Montana with new projects coming online in Alabama, Mississippi, Alaska, and Florida.

Tonya holds a B.S. in Biophysical Environmental Studies from Northland College and a M.A. in Community Development from Goddard College. Tonya serves as Treasurer of the Board of Directors of the Nonprofit Association of Oregon.

Jessica Leonard, GISP, Spatial Analysis Program Manager

JessicaLeonard 2016 cropJessica directs our Spatial Analysis Program, with an emphasis on preparing local climate change projections for communities and agencies planning for climate change. She has developed custom python scripts to facilitate the conversion of raw climate data into aesthetically pleasing and educational projection maps. She has a wide range of GIS and cartographic experience at the municipal, planning, and scientific levels. Jessica also assists with the mapping needs of the rest of the programs at the Geos Institute, such as integrating spatial datasets to map forests with high carbon stores, mapping fish habitat and passage impediments to aid aquatic biologists and land managers with restoration efforts, assessing land owners and pollutants within drinking water surface water source areas, and various other program needs as they arise.

Jessica is a Certified GIS Professional (GISP) from the GIS Certification Institute (GISCI), holds a B.A. in Geography from Augustana College in Illinois and a Graduate Certificate in Geographic Information Systems from Portland State University.


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