Laura Guderyahn | PRESIDENT
Originally from Chicago, Laura Guderyahn moved to Portland in 2006 to serve as a Northwest Service Academy AmeriCorps member for the City of Gresham. After working on staff for Gresham’s Natural Resources Program as their Watershed Restoration Coordinator for 8yrs, she now works with the City of Portland's City Nature East program as a Natural Resources Ecologist. In this position, she manages natural resource projects in a variety of habitats throughout Portland Parks and Recreation natural areas. She collaborates with technicians, planners, scientists, engineers, permit authorities, contractors, community volunteers and non-profit organizations to develop and implement natural resource management strategies and solutions. Laura has a BA in Biology from Augustana College in Illinois and a Master’s degree in Conservation from Ball State University in Indiana.
Clair Raujol | Secretary
Clair Raujol is a Portland native and former Northwest Service Academy AmeriCorps member. She currently works for Volunteers of America Oregon as a Certified Prevention Specialist. In this position she works to enhance community engagement and strengthen families by offering pro-social programming for youth of all ages. She also supervises the Kids at Home in the Wild program, which provides youth exposure to the natural world around them. Clair has a BS in Fisheries and Wildlife Science from Oregon State University and a Master’s degree in Management and Organizational Leadership from Warner Pacific College. During her spare time, Clair loves reading, traveling, and spending time on her husband’s family farm.
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.
Originally from Salt Lake City, Heather Kendall moved to Portland in 2013 to serve as a Confluence Environmental Center AmeriCorps member for CUB Policy Center. After completing her AmeriCorps term, Heather was hired as the Education Outreach Associate for the Portland-based green building non-profit, Earth Advantage, where she has been for almost 4 years. In this position, she manages the coordination and delivery of Earth Advantage courses to real estate and builder professionals. Heather has a B.A. in English from the University of Utah, and a B.S. in Environmental Studies from Southern Oregon University. During her free time Heather enjoys being outside as much as she can, camping, hiking, walking and generally practicing "nature therapy." When the rain keeps her indoors, Heather enjoys boxing. She has a punching bag in her living room that she frequently uses for a good work out. Heather is a big Shakespeare nerd, beer nerd and a soccer nerd. She loves watching Portland Timbers games and is a season ticket-holder for the Portland Thorns! She also enjoys checking out local, live music, going to the movies, reading, learning how to play the ukulele, and making handmade cards and other crafts using rescued materials.
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 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.