Communications + Operations Coordinator
Originally from Portland, Ginnette has worked in the Natural Resource and Outdoor Industry since 1998 – first as a Park Ranger (BLM Colorado, Portland Parks and Recreation), later as a surf instructor in Mexico, and now as a kayak guide in Tillamook County. Connecting people with the outdoors through recreation, she says, is one of the best ways to build appreciation for the natural world.
From 2005-2010 while working at Next Adventure, an outdoor store and mecca in Portland, Ginnette began developing web content and an online community for the company. In 2010, she received her certification in Web and Multimedia Design from Portland Community College and became an independent contractor – designing websites and content for various agencies and non-profits based in natural resources and the outdoors. Now, having lived and worked on the north coast for an accumulative of almost 10 years, a resident of Manzanita since 2016, she comes to the LNCT with a desire to invest in the community. Her background and unique skillset are a welcome addition to the team!
LNCT welcomes Shane Sjogren and his enthusiasm as the Trust’s Stewardship Lead. He feels fortunate to share the beauty of this area with the community. His appreciation for restoration of natural lands began in his youth with many voyages into Minnesota’s Boundary Waters Canoe Area. Shane graduated from the University of Wisconsin-River Falls with a degree in Speech and Intercultural Communication.
Shane was a landscape designer before wanderlust led him to teach English in Taiwan for four years. Summer breaks were spent traveling to almost a dozen different countries. Upon his return, Shane loaded his motorcycle, surfboard and dog into his van to explore the West Coast. “I was awestruck at the colossal vegetation of the forests and the great pulse of the ocean”. He has been a resident here for nearly a decade. When not surfing, biking, or hiking Shane likes to forage for clay deposits to create ceramic pieces inspired by natural landscapes.
Community Garden Manager
Karen Matthews has a passion for gardening and sharing her knowledge with the community. As a homeowner in the Nehalem Bay area since 1992, she feels fortunate to be surrounded by the beauty of the area and is always excited to teach others gardening techniques that protect the natural areas in our region. With more than a quarter century of work in the high tech industry, Karen brings a wealth of management experience and creative energy. Having a varied background in metallurgy, component engineering, and business has provided a broad range of skills that we are lucky to have her apply to the Community Garden’s smooth operation. As a young retiree and early garden volunteer, Karen led the initial formation of the Community Garden in 2006, just one year after completing her Master Gardener training at Oregon State University. Her enthusiasm for education and sharing has led the program from its earliest phases of development to its current state of community integration.