IsMael Armenta | Treasurer
Izzy Armenta is a native Angeleno and former Confluence Fellow. After serving two exciting AmeriCorps term he has gone on to join Oregon Walks as their Transportation Justice Advocate. His current role finds him working with YEJA youth leaders in mapping walking barriers East Portland youth face and identifying ways to advocate to address those barriers. He also is responsible for partnership building with groups that work with communities of concern including; youth, older adults, people with disabilities, people of color and low-income households. Izzy spends his spare time reading any science fiction, sewing and watching baseball.
Gaylen grew up in Los Angeles, California. Many summers included family camping trips
throughout the west coast and Canada. The privilege of those opportunities guided her life. She has spent the last 25 years in the fields of conservation, outdoor education, youth corps and park operations. She also founded the Portland region’s Backyard Habitat Certification Program in 2006. Gaylen now works for Metro’s Parks and Nature. She manages a dynamic team of senior regional planners that work on complex projects that focus on cross departmental integration and collaboration that maximize equitable impacts. She received her undergraduate degree from Humboldt State University in Oceanography, Masters in Science Teaching from Portland State University and is honored to be a 2042 fellow for Center for Diversity and the Environment. In her free time, Gaylen relishes family time at home, in the garden on a beautiful spring day, or on a mountain enjoying first tracks with her Burton custom board.
Michael Oliver | President
Michael has spent much of the past 18 years working in outdoor education, including more than 150 days in the backcountry leading conservation and trail projects with high school students for the Student Conservation Association; working as an instructor and program director for Mt. Hood Community College’s academic Wilderness Leadership program; and wandering remote parts of the Central Oregon desert leading at-risk and adjudicated youth on extended therapeutic wilderness expeditions. Since 2007, he has been running the Project YESS Youth Conservation Corps (PYYCC) program-- a work skills, life skills, and youth development organization based out of MHCC. The PYYCC offers paid work experiences, outdoor exploration, one-on-one advising, and full wrap-around support services to low-income, highly barriered youth from East Multnomah County. Outside work he can be found on outdoor adventures with his family and searching for a remote plot of land where he can build a cabin and live out his Thoreau-vian dreams of unplugging and living “deliberately” on the land.
Neil Schulman | secretary
Neil Schulman is one of the founders of Confluence Environmental Center. He has over two decades of environmental work in the Pacific Northwest, spanning leadership development, capacity building, outreach, education, policy and politics for both nonprofit and public entities He was the Northwest Service Academy’s Training Coordinator, as well as a trainer for the Ford Institute Leadership Development Program and Outreach Coordinator for SOLV. He is currently a writer and photographer and is the Chair of the Oregon League of Conservation Voters’ Multnomah County Steering Committee.
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