BOARD AND STAFF
CONSERVATION ALLIANCE BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Angela Owen (Chair)
Angela is REI's VP of Merchandising. She joined REI's Merchandising team in 1990, and provides leadership in the areas of product assortment and strategy, category management, vendor partnership development, profitability, and inventory management. Angela received a bachelor's degree from the University of Washington and serves on the board of the Northwest Interpretive Association. She is an avid world traveler and enjoys hiking and skiing.
Gareth Martins (Vice-Chair)
Gareth Martins is Director of Marketing for Osprey Packs, Inc. located in Cortez, Colorado. A graduate of the University of Washington in Seattle with a Master’s Degree in music, he has long pursued a double life as a musician and outdoor enthusiast / environmental advocate. Gareth helps leads Osprey’s “Green Team” which guides environmental policy and sustainable operations for the company. He is a board member for the Colorado Environmental Coalition and has personally and professionally advocated for sound environmental policy in the state of Colorado for most of his life. He is an avid skier, mountaineer and traveler. For the past nine years he has lived in Dolores, CO, population 900.
Aaron Carpenter (Vice-Chair)
Aaron is vice president of global marketing at The North Face where he leads the development and execution of The North Face's global marketing efforts. Prior to his current position at The North Face, Aaron was a tenured marketing executive at Levi's Strauss & Co. At The North Face, Aaron oversees all elements of the marketing mix including e-commerce, advertising, global advertising development, in-store marketing, PR, CRM, sports marketing, and global marketing research. This includes oversight of The North Face athlete team. Additionally, he supports the communications around The North Face sustainability efforts. Aaron enjoys skiing, whitewater kayaking, climbing, and trail running and has completed The North Face Endurance Challenge 50k race.
Linda is the marketing manager for KEEN Inc. In addition to her role as brand champion, she manages the KEEN Hybrid.Care giving program partnering with a range of non-profit organization to help promote an active outdoor community. Linda has been actively involved with the Conservation Alliance for the past 5 years, playing a key role in creating unique fundraising and awareness-building campaigns for KEEN and CA. Among her many outdoor pursuits, Linda dabbles in mountain biking, trail running, backcountry skiing & surfing.
Steve is the principle of Wild Places named to describe the focus of Steve’s passion and pursuits. Co-founder of Eagle Creek Travel Gear which he sold to VFC in 2007, Steve now spends his time split between finally spending time outdoors, business consulting, conservation work and the fire service. Steve and his wife Nona are active in the Elfin Forest Fire Department, where Steve serves as Battalion Chief and in his role mentors the careers of inspired young fire fighters. He is a founding board member of the Escondido Creek Conservancy an organization that acquires and manages open space as well as provides nature programs for school children of North San Diego County. Steve organizes and host’s annual river trips for Outdoor Industry executive’s in Alaska’s Arctic and serves on the board of the Alaska Wilderness League. In their spare time, the Barker's are world travelers, active hikers, sea kayakers, backcountry skiers and raise trekking llamas. They split their time between the coastal sage covered hills of Elfin Forest in North San Diego County and the Pinions above Bishop on the Sierra Eastside.
Seth is Vice President & General Manager of Merrell. His 17 years at the company have included stints in sales management and product line management, and he currently is responsible for the brand globally. Seth graduated Magna Cum Laude from Middlebury College and received an MBA from the University of Colorado at Boulder. His passions include biking, skiing, live music, and most of all chasing around his two young sons with his wife, Britt.
Hans is the Environmental Campaigns and Advocacy Manager at Patagonia, Inc. In this role, he works with colleagues to develop and implement programs that achieve a key element of Patagonia's mission: to use business to inspire solutions to the environmental crisis. Hans' career in the environmental sector includes youth development and education work in the U.S. and Tanzania with the Jane Goodall Institute, and environmental education with the Yosemite National Institutes. He has a B.A. in biology and environmental studies from Williams College, and an MBA (nonprofit management focus) from UC Berkeley's Haas School of Business. On weekends, you can find him hiking, biking or backpacking in the hills around Ventura, California.
Jason Frame (Treasurer & Secretary)
Jason is the CFO for CamelBak Products. Jason has held that position since joining CamelBak in early 2008. He is responsible for financial reporting, planning, IT and tax. Jason graduated from Drake University with a BA in Finance and Accounting. Jason also holds an MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business and is a CPA. Jason lives in Sonoma County with his wife and two young children and enjoys being able to take advantage of all the area has to offer in terms of outdoor pursuits.
Mark is the Director of Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability at Deckers Outdoor (the footwear company that includes the brands: UGG Australia, Teva, Sanuk, Ahnu, Tsubo and Mozo). Mark is responsible for developing Deckers sustainability strategy and driving key initiatives in the areas of environmental sustainability, human rights and community affairs. Mark came to Deckers from the computer industry where he helped Hewlett-Packard develop its corporate sustainability program. Mark has a long history of windsurfing and sailing in the Columbia Gorge and San Francisco bay. Mark also enjoys backpacking, volleyball, woodworking and yoga. He now makes his home near Deckers Headquarters in Santa Barbara, California.
Kate is the owner of Revolution House Media, a public relations and marketing firm focusing on building recognition and market share for innovative brands in the outdoor, tactical and lifestyle markets. Over the years, Kate has worked with brands like NEMO Equipment, Inc. and Big Sky Resort. Taking her volunteer efforts as seriously as her paid endeavors, she’s been an EMT/Firefighter, President of the Big Sky Chamber of Commerce and Chair of a group investigating incorporating a resort community. When not inside working, Kate can be found chasing her toddling daughter or out on the trails running and skiing.
Topher has a lifetime of experience in the Outdoor and Snowsports industries both professionally and as an active participant and athlete. He currently serves as President Mountain Hardwear, Inc. and is responsible for the Mountain Hardwear & Montrail brands globally. He has extensive experience working in multi-cultural environments in Europe, Asia and North America. Topher was a founding member and served on the board of both the European Outdoor Group and the EOG Association for Conservation. He served as Interim President of the EOG Association for Conservation in 2008. He received his Bachelor of Science Cum Laude from the California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo, California.
Sally is President and CEO of CamelBak. Prior to CamelBak, Sally co-founded Silver Steep Partners—a financial advisory firm specializing exclusively in the outdoor industry—and has spent over twenty years in the industry serving as Vice President at The North Face and President of Sierra Designs and Ultimate Direction. Sally was a founding member of Conservation Alliance and OIA and has served as Board Chair of OIA. When not working, Sally spends as much time as she can snowboarding, telemarking, mountain biking and hiking.
Scott is director of sports retail for North America at Clif Bar & Company, a leading maker of nutritious and organic foods and drinks for sport and healthy snacking. Guided by the company's five bottom lines - Sustaining our People, our Business, our Brands, our Community and the Planet - he oversees strategic sales planning and trade marketing for the sports retail channel in the United States and Canada. He lives in Greenbrae, California, with his wife and two children. During his free time he enjoys all-things-outdoor. His adventures have included climbing Mt. Washington, surfing in Baja, backcountry snowboarding in the Canadian Rockies, sailing in the San Francisco Bay and open water fishing in Alaska.
CONSERVATION ALLIANCE STAFF
John Sterling (Executive Director)
John has been involved with The Conservation Alliance since 1996. John was Director of Environmental Programs at Patagonia, Inc. until 2002, and represented the company on The Alliance board. He left Patagonia to launch a career to help businesses engage in meaningful conservation work. John was hired as Executive Director in 2005, and has helped The Conservation Alliance build its membership and profile within the outdoor industry. Prior to his time at Patagonia, John was a staffer at Earth Island Institute. He serves on the boards of the Oregon Natural Desert Association and the advisory council of Earthjustic. John is an avid runner, cyclist, telemark skier, and backpacker, and an aspiring musician.
Serena Bishop Gordon (Program Associate)
With a passion for community, fresh air and the high desert, Serena has worked in and around the Outdoor Industry since 2002. An avid cyclist, published writer and general lover of endurance activities, Serena has completed a thru hike of the Pacific Crest Trail and currently channels her competitive energies into mountain biking and cyclocross racing. * *
Cassondra Schindler (Outreach Associate)
Making connections based on shared interests is what brings Cassondra joy. It’s no wonder that she has united her personal and professional life in pursuit of cultivating community online and in the natural world through event & social media marketing. A love for wild places, shaped by a childhood spent hiking in the Pacific Northwest, is reflected in Cassondra’s migration from Bellingham, Washington to Jackson, Wyoming, then Steamboat Springs, Colorado before settling down to call Bend, Oregon home. Cassondra can often be found cycling, skiing and otherwise enjoying life with her husband Mike and their border collie pup.