Advisory Board

Josh Bruce

Program Director for the Institute for Policy Research and Engagement at the University of Oregon

Josh currently serves on the Policy Advisory Committee for the Oregon chapter of the American Planning Association. He holds a Masters in Community & Regional Planning and a BA in Psychology.

Meg Chun

Co-Founder/Business Development/Brand Manager of KIALOA Paddles

She has been in a leadership position with KIALOA since 2001 filling the roles of President and CEO, during her tenure. At the end of 2018, as the CEO, she successfully led the sale of KIALOA Paddles to a strategic partner and continues to work with the new owners.

Meg is a member of the U.S. Bank Advisory Board and Secretary board member of the Oregon Outdoor Alliance.

Jeff Barnard

Correspondent and Environmental Writer at Associated Press

In his 35-year career, Jeff covered wildfires, tsunamis and earthquakes in California and Oregon, a hurricane in Hawaii, flooding in Oregon and covered Cascadia Subduction Zone extensively.

John Pang

Retired Fire Chief

John served as a paid Fire Chief in Lake Tahoe, California, for the Meeks Bay Fire Protection District for over 19 years. In that time, he initiated a notable fire prevention program with a defensible space focus; improved infrastructure and still created financial reserves. He also extended better outreach to the public.

He currently serves on the Tahoe City Public Utility District Board and is a long-standing member of the Tahoe Nordic Search and Rescue Team.

Lisa Young, LCSW, CAC II

Trauma Therapist

Specializing in work with Emergency Responders and trauma recovery, Lisa is trained in Peter Levine’s Somatic Experiencing and Richard Schwartz's Internal Family Systems model.

Scott Aycock

Community and Economic Development Manager for the Central Oregon Intergovernmental Council (COIC)

He has spent the past 25 years working on community and economic development and public policy at the local, regional, state and federal scale - in North Carolina, British Columbia, and Oregon. Scott is also COIC's lead on regional emergency management and natural disaster programs, including the Natural Hazards Mitigation Plans and the proposed Regional Emergency Services Training and Coordination Center.

Eric Larsen

Partner at Jarvis Dreyer Glatte & Larsen, LLP

Erik is an attorney specializing in business structuring and transactions, with an emphasis in tax-related issues and planning. He is currently a partner at the law firm Jarvis Dreyer Glatte & Larsen LLP.

He holds an LL.M. in Taxation from NYU School of Law, a JD from Lewis & Clark Law School and a B.S. in Accounting from the University of Maine.

Erik enjoys spending his free time with family and friends in the wilds of southern Oregon.

Eric Meade

Co-Founder of Bend Outdoor Worx and Business Strategist at Eric Meade Consulting

A resourceful and insightful senior manager with 25 years of experience in leading and managing both change and day to day issues, Eric posesses the ability to execute key business development, business strategy, risk, compliance, corporate finance and operations. His clients have included Hydro Flask, Humm Kombucha and Dani Naturals.

Mona West

Principal, Mona West LLC

Mona is a marketing, sales, and product management executive with over 20 years’ experience building global consumer brands. For the past 10 years she has chosen to focus on brands that enable people to have transformational experiences outdoors – from established brands like Thermarest, Mountain Safety Research, The Mountaineers, and The National Park Service, to startups like Cairn and Heroclip. She’s a Board Member of Oregon Outdoor Alliance, a mentor for Camber Outdoors and Bend Outdoor Worx, and runs a consulting business that advises outdoor industry startups on go-to-market strategy.

Rob Little

CEO - Cairn

Rob Little founded Cairn in early 2014. The company was acquired by Outside in 2021. Prior to Cairn, Rob worked as an operations engineer at Lockheed Martin and spent two years as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Latin America.

During his occasional breaks from Cairn, Rob can be found backpacking, skiing, biking, and paddle boarding with friends, his wife Betsey, and their Cairn terrier, Rocco.

Georell Bracelin

Founder and Brand Specialist at GB2

A dynamic, innovative marketing strategist, Georell has had a successful career launching, building and growing with start-ups, companies and agencies. She has partnered with businesses to understand industries, objectives and dreams -- and build creative, on-target brand / marketing solutions. She holds a bachelor of Arts in Journalism and Communications.

Brandy Kerr

Director of Marketing at Zealios

Brandy has 14 years of marketing experience working retail and e-commerce companies ranging from startups to national brands including Nordstrom and Zulily.

She holds an MBA and BBA in Business Administration and Marketing.

Kristina Arnold

Director and Co-Founder of North Shore Partners (NSP)

North Shore Partners is a boutique investment advisory firm serving ultra high net worth individuals and family offices. Prior to NSP, Kristina helped lead a $16B real estate investment company’s (CNL, Florida) strategy and new product development team. Kristina has served think tanks such as RAND; co-authored a study on global leadership for Fortune 500 senior executives, and led an international research team on corporate strategy.

Kristina holds an MBA from MIT and MPP from Harvard University.