Our volunteer board was founded in 2015 with the goal of bringing together members of the Salem community that share a commitment to sustainability. The board is made up of individuals from diverse backgrounds and experience that they use to govern the SLC and determine how we promote sustainability throughout the Salem area.
Sue and her husband were the first residents of the Pringle Creek Community, and she has been the Executive Director of the SLC since 2013. She oversees the board and all operations of the SLC. Sue is retired from the state of Oregon and has 30 years of experience in management and human resources.
"I believe that community is a critical component of creating a healthy, sustainable society. As the first residents of Pringle Creek, we have had the opportunity to see the community evolve and create a place that uses its resources wisely and encourages involvement. Sharing sustainable practices with our grandchildren and showing them how it works is our investment in the future." -Sue Wilson
Laura has been a member of the board since 2017. She has a background in art and environmental education, non-profit, community building, marketing and communications, and event coordination. Sustainability is important to her because she believes that balance is the most important thing, and that sustainability brings us closer to balancing the earth.
Annie has been on the board since early 2016. She has worked with the City of Salem's Urban Development Program since 2007 to oversee community revitalization and economic development projects and programs. She also worked as an AmeriCorps VISTA and Peace Corps volunteer where she developed and taught environmental education curriculums to school children. Sustainability is important to Annie because she was raised in a household that taught her a great appreciation for the outdoors through outdoor activities and she wants the same for her children.
Eric has been with the board since late 2014. He is the director of the Community Service Learning office at Willamette University where he connects issues of sustainability to his work with community service. Sustainability is important to Eric because he believes that human and non-human life systems are all interdependent and wants to leave a healthy community for his children to grow up in.
Lisa has been a member of the board since 2015. She has experience in non-profit fundraising, communications, marketing, and program and volunteer management. Lisa believes that it is critical to the earth and to future generations that we recognize resources are finite, and should be used conservatively and wisely with a view to long-term priorities and consequences. She believes in our capacity as humans to grasp these facts and to shift our behaviors accordingly, which is why she's involved with the SLC.
Elin has been a member of the board since 2016. She has spent 15 years working with the State of Oregon in various roles, including the Statewide Sustainability Coordinator. For the past 7 years she has worked with the Energy Trust of Oregon to help incentivize energy efficiency in government projects. For Elin, her interest in sustainability started as a good way to save money while making a difference, but after having her son, she has realized that she wants him to inherit a planet that is just a little better because of the work she does.
Kerry Topel Fox
Kerry has been a member of the board since 2015. She is an educator with facilitation experience and leadership training. To Kerry, sustainability is a three-pronged issue between society, economy, and environment. She feels that changing one's habits to find a balance between this trifecta is the only way forward where we all can thrive.