Representing numerous sub-watersheds within the Applegate River watershed, the Board of Directors of ANN works to keep ANN focused on our mission, vision and goals. The board is a collaboration of grassroots leaders in the Applegate Valley that help make decisions and provide direction for ANN projects, while keeping the spirit of the organization alive.
Clint Driver, President
Clint was born 1950 in Corvallis, Oregon and grew up in Eugene. He attended LCC and University of Oregon (BA 1974, MA 1975). From 1975-1980 he did non-matriculating doctoral work in Linguistics at the University of Michigan. Most of his work career was spent as a builder and home inspector in Ann Arbor, Michigan. He formerly owned Clint Driver Construction, LLC; he sat on the Board of Laird Norton Company, LLC (a Seattle based holding company) from 6/2007 through 6/2019 and is the former Chairman of the Watershed Stewardship Fund Advisory Committee of the Laird Norton Family Foundation. He is a founding owner and Director of Driver’s Market in Sausalito, CA and served for several years on the Board of Habitat for Humanity Rogue Valley and retired as their chair. Clint lives in the Little Applegate valley with his wife Mary.
Marina Walker, Secretary
Marina has been active in community projects like the nuclear freeze movement, community recycling and food banks for most of her adult life. Since moving to the Applegate Valley in 2012, she became involved with ANN wishing to support its endeavor to maintain the beauty and health of the Valley’s watersheds and surrounding forests. She enjoys the abundance of hiking and swimming opportunities in the area, gardening, yoga, and screening plays for the Ashland New Plays Festival.
Mike Kohn, Treasurer
Mike moved to the Applegate in 1974 and lived communally in the Missouri Flat area for three decades. A deep connection for the land was nurtured there, as well as an appreciation for the people that live in the Valley. He believes strongly in engaging in and contributing to community. Mike served for 13 years as a school board member for the Applegate School Board and then the Three Rivers School Board. He has also been on the boards of Options for Southern Oregon and the Applegate Trails Association. Mike is an avid hiker and regularly explores the trails of the Applegate area. He is the owner of a stove and fireplace store, Home Comfort Hearth, and chimney sweep business, Chim-Chiminey Sweepers.
Luke Ruediger, Executive Director
Luke grew up in Southwest Oregon and began exploring the region’s unique habitat and terrain at an early age. Living with his wife, Suzie, in a remote, off-grid homestead at the foot of the Siskiyou Crest, Luke has developed a deep relationship and intimate knowledge of local wild lands. Fascinated by the region’s beauty and diversity, Luke has long worked to preserve, restore, and protect the ecological integrity of the Siskiyou Mountains, through environmental activism and land stewardship. Luke has run forest restoration crews and businesses for 18 years, working in southern Oregon and northern California for private landowners and non-profit organizations. In 2013 he published a hiking and natural history guide, The Siskiyou Crest: Hikes, History and Ecology. Currently Luke writes a blog exploring ecological issues in the Siskiyou Mountains. Luke is also conservation director for the Klamath Forest Alliance’s Siskiyou Field Office working to defend wildlands throughout southern Oregon and northern California.
Since moving to the Applegate Valley in 2005, Marion has been working to protect our local watersheds. An avid hiker and birder, she has been a lifelong supporter of the environment through active participation in various groups. After graduating from the University of California at Davis, Marion spent 22 years training horses and equitation as owner of Marion Hadden Training Stables in Southern California.
Carla has been an Applegate Valley resident since 1999, when her path of learning organic farming and herbalism was in it’s infancy and brought her to the region. She was immediately awed by the bioregion and hasn’t ceased exploring, mostly on foot, the trails and backcountry of Southern Oregon. Since then, she continues to spend time working with the Earth, growing gardens, stewarding wild places, and wildharvesting the fruits, berries, and flowers for her business, Wild Wines. She is grateful for the strong conservation ethic that brings people together here to stand strong for our wild places and wild creatures.
Rosie Demmin became a board member in December 2019. She has lived in the Applegate Valley for 14 years and is the co-owner of Rise Up! Artisan Bread in the Little Applegate. She has been a supporter of ANN for years and is excited to now join the board.