James L Holt Sr. |Executive Director
jholt [at] confluencecenter [dot] org
James hails from Central Idaho and the homeland of the Nez Perce Tribe. He earned a degree in Environmental Sciences from the University of Idaho. James has a background in tribal public policy and collaborating on complex, natural resource management issues. He is also passionate about social equity, having earned a certificate in Diversity and Stratification. James believes in advocating for social justice in all facets of natural resource planning and management. In his free time, you will find James hiking the local trails or fishing with his wife Feather and their children.
Lara Jones |americorps Program Director
ljones [at] confluencecenter [dot] org
Lara is originally from Massachusetts and has spent most of her adult life on the west coast. Early on, Lara discovered her love for working with underserved youth and families. She followed her passion and earned a BS degree in Human Development with a minor in Early Childhood Education from Wheelock College in Boston.
Lara is thrilled to be leading the Confluence AmeriCorps Program which supports Members and Project Partners in their efforts to advance environmental justice in their communities. She is passionate about creating meaningful relationships and coaching Members to become champions and advocates for racial and social justice.
While Lara can be seen working long hours, she rejuvenates by spending time with her family and friends. She revels in her quiet time - hiking, beach-combing, seeing live music, crafting, cooking, practicing yoga, and strolling with her beloved canine, Miss Pig.
Sherrie Jackson |Operations Coordinator
sjackson [at] confluencecenter [dot] org
Sherrie was born and raised in Southern California, but has called the Northwest her home for over 20 years. She attended Portland State University where she earned a BS in Psychology and also worked in the Outdoor Program, where she found her passion for non-motorized sports and the environment. After college was a crew leader for at-risk youth with Oregon Youth Conservation Corps. She, along with other staff, started the Cascade Education Corps; an alternative high school that focused on service learning, environmental education and career development. In 1994, she helped begin a new program called the Northwest Service Academy (NWSA); an environmental AmeriCorps program. She worked for NWSA for 16 years taking on several roles, but focused on member recruitment. Sherrie continued her education to obtain a professional certificate in Human Resources and hired over 1000 AmeriCorps members for NWSA.
In 2011, Sherrie and other former NWSA staff created Confluence Environmental Center.
When she’s not working, Sherrie enjoys time with her family, playing soccer, rock climbing, skiing, backpacking and will try any crazy, mud run that comes within a 100 mile radius of her house
ROB LOUCKS | COMMUNICATIONS COORDINATOR
rloucks [at] confluencecenter [dot] org
Rob hails from Connecticut via Baltimore where he received a BFA from Maryland Institute College of Art. While bicycling across the country in 2006, Rob learned about AmeriCorps and subsequently Rob reported for his first year of National Service with AmeriCorps*NCCC Western Campus in 2007. After a year of teaching kids, building houses and fighting wildfires, Rob moved to Portland to accept a second AmeriCorps position as the Environmental Education Team Leader with Northwest Service Academy’s Lower Columbia Center. Rob is currently the Communication Coordinator for Confluence Environmental Center.
Rob enjoys visiting National Parks, road trips, DJing, and making art.