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5441 SE Belmont St
Portland, OR, 97215
United States


Confluence Environmental Center



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 helping Members develop professionally and become better advocates for racial and social justice. 

While Lara can be seen working long hours, she rejuvenates by spending time with her husband and friends. She also enjoys quiet time, hiking, beach-combing, seeing live music, crafting, cooking, yoga-ing, and walking with her beloved dog, Miss Pig.

Amie Diffenauer |Fellows program Director

adiffenauer [at] confluencecenter [dot] org

Amie was born and raised around St. Louis, Missouri.  She attended University of Wisconsin-Madison where she earned a BS in Environmental and Civil Engineering. After college she worked for an engineering firm where she realized she really liked working with people on the ground around environmental issues and took her first AmeriCorps position in Camden, NJ.  In 2003, Amie moved to Portland, Oregon to accept a second AmeriCorps position as a Northwest Service Academy member placed with Tualatin Riverkeepers .  After AmeriCorps, Amie worked with Scholls Valley Native Nursery and Ash Creek Forest Management.  In 2005, she took a position as a Community Organizer for ROSE Community Development.  Then went on to work at Human Solutions helping homeless families access shelter and permanent housing.  Amie has found her way back to working in the environmental field and took a position as the new Fellows Program Director. 

Amie enjoys playing in the Pacific NW outdoors, traveling the world, going to music concerts, and finding new restaurants in Portland.


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


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 experienced a groundswell of generosity that inspired him to give back so, in 2007 Rob reported for his first year of National Service with AmeriCorps*NCCC Western Campus.  After a year of teaching kids, building houses and fighting wildfires, Rob moved to Portland Oregon 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.