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Portland, OR 97232
Main Office: 503 273.2400
Deschutes Conf. Rm.: 503 273.2420

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Rm 1-2144A, Mailstop 5420
Beltsville, MD 20705-5420
Fax: 301-504-3960

5601 Sunnyside Ave.
Rm 1-2144A, Mailstop 5420
Beltsville, MD 20705-5420

2150 Center Ave.
Building A, Suite 231
Fort Collins, CO 80526







Shaun McKinney


503 273.2413

503 545.7108


Anne Derting

Team Assistant

503 273.2422

503 679.7114








Bowell, Benjamin

Organic Farming Specialist



Brown, Sarah

Organic Farming Specialist



Campbell, Steve

Soil Scientist



Dial, Heather Plant Materials Specialist 503 273.2418  

Ferruzzi, Giulio

Conservation Agronomist



Fullen, Karen

Ecologist (Env. Compliance)



Fults, Gene

Rangeland Mgt Spec.



Gordon, Hal

Agricultural Economist



Hamilton, Chris

Wildlife Biologist



Mandish, Timmie

Fisheries Biologist



Maestas, Jeremy

Sagebrush Ecosystems Specialist



Pease, Corin

PNW Farm Bill Pollinator Conservation Planner



Troxell, Denise

Conservation Agronomist



Vaughan, Mace




Walter, Meghan

Environmental Engineer





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Energy and Environmental Markets Technology Development Team





Adam Chambers

Environmental Markets Specialist



Kip Pheil

Energy Specialist




Air Quality and Atmospheric Change Technology Development Team





Greg Zwicke

Air Quality Engineer





503 000.0000



Water Quality and Quantity Technology Development Team





Karma Anderson




Joseph Bagdon

Pest Management Specialist



Chris Gross

Nutrient Management Specialist



Eric Hesketh

Soil Scientist



Quan D Quan

Hydraulic Engineer





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West National Technology Support Center Contact Directory

Expertise Directory

Shaun McKinney, Director

  • Tel: 503-273-2413
    Shaun McKinney comes to the West National Technology Support Center from the US Forest Service where he formerly was a Branch Chief responsible for managing national technology development and information systems for water quality, hydrology, and air issues. In that position he supervised 35 water and air specialists in addition to computer software developers and an annual budget of 15 million dollars. Prior to his current position, he was a fisheries biologist/hydrologist working on major assessment projects and river restoration projects. He has extensive experience with hydrologic analyses and geomorphology as well as water quality monitoring and modeling. Shaun received a BS from Michigan State University in Fisheries Science and a MS at Oregon State University in Aquatic Science. He lives in Canby with his wife Cindy and their two children.

Karma Anderson, Water Quality & Quantity Team Leader

  • Tel: 503-273-2431
    Karma Anderson came to the West NTSC from the NRCS Regional Chief’s office where she was a Coordinator of five water quality based Landscape Conservation initiatives. Prior to that, she served as the Regional Agriculture Advisor for the Environmental Protection Agency in the Pacific Northwest, where she advised the Regional Administrator on agricultural issues and worked to improve understanding of the interface between agriculture and environmental concerns. Karma also worked for the Natural Resource Conservation Service in Colorado as a District Conservationist in the San Luis Valley, and as the NRCS State Water Quality Specialist. She began her career with Colorado and New Mexico state water quality agencies, where she did agricultural permitting, water quality monitoring, data analysis, and site investigations. At the West NTSC, Karma provides technical leadership for water quality and serves as data steward for Edge of Field water quality monitoring. Karma has worked extensively on agricultural water quality issues and conservation approaches to achieve water quality improvements while maintaining agricultural viability. She received her undergraduate degree in Soil Science from Colorado State University, a Masters in Environmental Policy from University of Denver, and is a certified mediator in Environmental Conflict Resolution.

Vacant, Environmental Engineer

  • Tel: 503-273-2423

Ben Bowell, Organic Conservation Coordinator, Oregon Tilth

  • Tel: 503-273-2412
    Ben Bowell is an Organic Conservation Specialist for Oregon Tilth, a national non-profit organic certification and education organization.  Through his joint position with NRCS, he provides technical assistance, delivers trainings, and develops technical resources for use by NRCS staff and organic professionals in order to better support conservation work on organic farms.  Ben first became interested in agriculture as a student at Wake Forest University and while completing his degree he worked on small-scale farms in North Carolina.  He pursued this interest and received a M.S. from Tufts University’s Agriculture, Food, and Environment Program during which he completed an internship at the Institute of Organic Agriculture in Bonn, Germany.  After working as a consultant on environmental and agricultural policy analysis projects for several organizations in New England, he joined the staff of American Farmland Trust in 2007.  While at American Farmland Trust, Ben worked on municipal planning for agriculture, state policies and related projects in Connecticut, Massachusetts and Rhode Island.  He assisted in the publication of several guides and provided related outreach and technical assistance.  Ben also spent one year as Project Director of the Working Lands Alliance, a coalition in Connecticut focused on farmland preservation and agricultural viability. 

Sarah Brown, Organic Conservation Specialist, Oregon Tilth

  • Tel: 503-273-2433
    Sarah discovered her passion for food and agriculture as a student at the University of California at Davis.  While completing her B.S. in International Agricultural Development, she had the opportunity to work on the student-run organic farm, visit agricultural systems from California to Chile, and develop a deeper understanding of sustainable agriculture - from hands-on practice to socio-political perspectives. After graduating, she moved with her husband to SW Washington to build and manage a small, diversified, organic farm. Since moving to Portland 3 years ago, Sarah has worked with a number of agriculture education programs including Zenger Farm’s Emerging Farmer Training Program, Oregon Tilth’s Organic Education Center, and OSU Extension. Now at home on their 2 acre urban farm, Sarah and her husband Conner grow vegetables for a CSA and local restaurants, harvest fruit in abundance, and raise a diversity of livestock. Inspired by the farmers they’ve met, Sarah and Conner thrive in developing a small farm business together, and are happiest when savoring a home grown meal. Sarah is an employee of Oregon Tilth, a national non-profit organic certifying organization, and will be working with NRCS under a two-year Contribution Agreement. Through this national position she’ll be delivering trainings and developing technical information for use by NRCS staff and organic professionals in order to better support conservation work on organic farms.

Steve Campbell, Soil Scientist

  • Tel: 503-273-2421
    Steve Campbell received his BS in Forest Management with a Soil Science option from Washington State University in 1976. Since graduation he has served as a soil scientist with the Natural Resources Conservation Service. From 1976 to 1980, Steve was a project member for numerous soil surveys in Washington State including Grays Harbor, Pacific and Wahkiakum Counties, and the Snoqualmie Pass area (eastern King and Pierce Counties). He served as Soil Survey Project Leader for the Colville Indian Reservation (Ferry and Okanogan Counties) in Washington from 1980-1987, followed by the position of Resource Soil Scientist in the Spokane Washington Area Office from 1987-1995. During his time in Spokane, Steve was responsible for providing soil science and wetlands technical assistance to NRCS field offices, units of government, and private individuals. Steve moved to Portland, Oregon in 1995 to serve as Soil Scientist to the NRCS State Office until 2002. While in that position, his responsibilities included providing technology transfer and training on soil science related issues, including soil quality Prior to becoming the Soil Scientist with the West NTSC, Steve most recently served as the Soil Data Quality Specialist for the Pacific Northwest Soil Survey Regional Office in Portland, Oregon where he provided quality assurance for project soil surveys in Idaho, Oregon, and Washington. Steve also served as the soil survey database manager for the Pacific Northwest and provided training to NRCS personnel and others on using soil survey data. Steve is a Certified Professional Soil Scientist with the Soil Science Society of America. He lives in Portland with his wife Rhonda and daughter Shannon and enjoys many outdoor activities including canoeing, kayaking, skiing, and hiking.

Heather Dial, Plant Materials Specialist

  • Tel: 503-273-2418
    A native of Eureka Springs, Arkansas, Heather began her in NRCS career at the Tucson Plant Materials Center in 2006 as an Earth Team volunteer while attending the University of Arizona.  Before graduating with a BS in Natural Resources Management, with a focus in Rangeland Management, she joined the Tucson Plant Materials Center team permanently first as a technician, then as a study leader and finally as PMC manager.  Heather came to the West NTSC in March of 2020.  Prior to joining NRCS, Heather was an active duty airman in the United States Air Force.  Her areas of expertise include developing vegetative solutions and technologies for natural resource concerns.

Giulio Ferruzzi, Conservation Agronomist

  • Tel: 503-273-2429
    Giulio Ferruzzi was born in northern Italy and raised in Beaufort, North Carolina. Giulio received a BS in Agronomy (’91) from North Carolina State University and his Masters in Soil Science and Ph.D. in Soil Science (‘94/’01) from the University of California at Davis. Before his federal service, Giulio’s work experience consisted of pest scouting, environmental consulting, soil laboratory analysis, and university research. In 2001, Giulio began his NRCS service as an Agronomist in the Salinas and Templeton, California field offices. In 2005, he became the State Agronomist of Kentucky where he provided technical assistance and policy guidance with nutrient management, pest management and other agronomic practices until mid-2009. He accepted the position of Agronomist with the West NTSC Core Team and moved to the Portland area in June of 2009 with his wife and two daughters. 

Karen Fullen, Ecologist (Environmental Compliance)

  • Tel: 503-273-2404
    A native of Fresno, California, Karen started her NRCS career in the Field Office there in 1992 in the student employment programs. After obtaining an A.S. degree in Forest/Park Technology from Kings River Community College and a B.S. in Biology with an Ecology emphasis from Fresno State in 1997, Karen became a Soil Conservationist for the Fresno Field Office. From 1999-2004, she was the Wetland Team Biologist working out of the Elk Grove Field Office to provide wetland compliance and restoration assistance across a large swath of interior northern California. Prior to joining the West NTSC Core Team in 2014, Karen Fullen served as the State Biologist and Environmental Compliance Specialist for Idaho and Utah over a period of 10 years. 

Gene Fults, GLCI Rangeland Management Specialist

  • Tel: 503-273-2430
    Gene Fults comes to the West NTSC from the position of State Range Management Specialist in Nevada, a position he has held since 2004. Prior to this position he was a Range Conservationist in Florida from 1982 to 2004. Gene has extenstive experience in the areas of ESD-soils correlation, prescribed burning, subtropical pasture management planning, and ecology.

Hal Gordon, Economist

  • Tel: 503-273-2411
    Hal Gordon is from the Intermountain West and received a AS in Ecology from Ricks College in 1983, a BS in Range Science from Utah State University in 1986 and an MS in Agricultural Economics from New Mexico State University in 1988. He was a State Economist for 20 years on Oregon's Technology Team, he was the economist on the Oregon Watershed Planning Staff and previously an economist at the West National Technical Center. Hal worked a brief time for the US Forest Service in Idaho, the Extension Service in New Mexico and in several National Parks in southern Utah. His main area of expertise is "field economics" and has developed dozens of tools for field planners and taught many conservation planning courses. He is also a certified "Master Planner" having completed Oregon's planner certification course and written conservation plans. In August of 2007, he was selected as Agricultural Economist on the West National Technology Support Center staff. 

Vacant, Forester

  • Tel: 503-273-2402

Jeremy Maestas, Sagebrush Ecosystems Specialist

  • Tel: 503-273-2425
    Jeremy grew up in Nevada and went on to earn B.S. and M.S. degrees in Wildlife Biology from Colorado State University.  He has previously resided and worked in Nevada, Colorado, Utah, and Oregon helping to conserve wildlife and working landscapes.  In 2002, he began his career with the NRCS first serving as an Area Biologist for northern Utah and then State Biologist for Oregon.  In 2012, he was tapped to be the National Technical Lead for the NRCS-led Sage Grouse Initiative through a partnership with the Intermountain West Joint Venture where he facilitated strategic conservation delivery across 11 western states.  In 2015, he joined the West National Technology Support Center as an Ecologist providing national leadership on science and technology development and transfer for the NRCS on sagebrush ecosystem conservation issues.  Much of his career has focused on improving the resilience of working landscapes in the West, where contributions have included large-scale strategic approaches to tackling conifer expansion, wildfire, invasive species, and riparian and wet meadow restoration. Jeremy and his family live in Bend, Oregon.

Timmie Mandish, Fisheries Biologist 

  • Tel: 503-273-2419
    Timmie Mandish comes to the West National Technology Support Center from the Bonneville Power Administration.  She brings with her experience and skill in fisheries biology & restoration practices, and is knowledgeable on how those practices can be integrated into viable solutions for working lands.  At Bonneville Power Administration, she worked with local stakeholders to developed tools to integrate available research, monitoring and physical data into a GIS format for decision making.  These tools helped to advance a framework for strategic implementation of habitat restoration based on current science, which could be vetted by feasibility.  She also oversaw and contracted a wide variety of restoration, flow, research, & hatchery projects within agricultural communities and acted as the Technical Liaison between the agency policy team and field level project implementation providing feedback on how policy decisions would affect implementation of work. Prior to her time with BPA, Timmie worked for the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service implementing restoration projects on private land both in NE Oregon and SE Alaska finding the common ground between fish and wildlife species recovery and maintaining working landscapes.  She is also a course facilitator & instructor for the River Restoration Certificate Program at Portland State University. Timmie lives with her husband and son in NE Portland and endeavors to keep the dust from settling on her fly rods, bikes, and hiking boots.

Casey Sheley, National Technology Specialist

  • Tel: 503-273-2432
    Casey Sheley joined the West National Technology Support Center staff in February 2016. Casey grew up on a purebred cattle operation in west-central Iowa. Upon graduation from Iowa State University in 1993 with a degree in Fisheries and Wildlife Biology, he began his career in wildlife management. In 1997, Casey began permanent employment with NRCS and has held the positions of Soil Conservationist in Iowa and Colorado, District Conservationist in Colorado and Alaska, and most recently Resource Conservationist, State Resource Conservationist, and Assistant State Conservationist for Management and Strategy in Wyoming. Casey and his wife Katy have two daughters.

Mace Vaughan, Joint Pollinator Conservation Specialist, Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation

  • Tel: 503-273-2442
    Mace Vaughan is the Pollinator Program Director, Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation and the Joint Pollinator Conservation Specialist for NRCS West National Technology Support Center. Mace has led the Xerces Society’s Pollinator Conservation Program since 2003. In this capacity, he supervises research and outreach on habitat restoration for crop pollinating native bees, develops and presents educational materials to farmers, conservationists, land managers and policy makers, and collaborates extensively with scientists researching the role and habitat needs of crop-pollinating native bees. In September of 2008, the Xerces Society entered into a contribution agreement with the WNTSC to create a technical position that supports the agency’s pollinator conservation work. Through this agreement, Mace oversees six staff across the country who are providing training and technical support to NRCS conservationists to help them design and implement pollinator conservation projects. Mace has written numerous articles on the conservation of bees, butterflies, aquatic invertebrates, and insects, and is co-author of the Pollinator Conservation Handbook and lead author of Farming for Bees: Guidelines for Providing Native Bee Habitat on Farms. He was a lecturer on honey bee biology and beekeeping at Cornell University, from which he holds Masters Degrees in Entomology and Teaching. .

Adam Chambers,  Environmental Markets Specialist

  • Tel: 503 320.9114
    Dr. Adam Chambers has fifteen years of experience working in air quality, atmospheric change, and energy conservation, including positions with the EPA and the DOE-National Renewable Energy Laboratory in Washington DC; the Jefferson County (Louisville), Kentucky, Air Pollution Control District; the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis in Laxenburg, Austria; and, most recently, with the International Resources Group of MPRI in Washington, DC. Over the past nine years Adam has been heavily involved in air pollution, greenhouse gas, and energy assessment at both the international and national levels, with particular focus on India, China, and Pakistan. He holds a Doctorate of Natural Sciences from the Vienna University of Technology; a Master of Environmental Management from the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies; and a B.S. in Environmental Engineering from Murray State University in Kentucky. A native of Calloway County, Kentucky, Adam has an agricultural background and lived on a small farm with his wife and daughter in Prospect, KY until relocating to Portland in August of 2010.

Kip Pheil, Energy Specialist

  • Tel: 503-273-2437
    Kip Pheil joined the West NTSC in October 2010. He came to the Energy Technology Development Team from the Oregon Department of Energy where he oversaw generating facility eligibility and Renewable Energy Certificate tracking for the Oregon Renewable Portfolio Standard. Kip also worked as the State’s Energy Loan Program engineering analyst, working with public and private borrowers on almost 400 projects valued at approximately $300 million. Those projects either used renewable resources to produce electricity, heat, or fuels; or reduced energy use through efficiency upgrades. Kip began his energy career doing commercial and industrial energy audits for a small consulting firm and also worked for Honeywell in their building control and life safety automation systems group. He received a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Oregon State University.

Denise Troxell, Conservation Agronomist

  • Tel: 503-273-2426 
    Denise Troxell came to the West NTSC in November 2018, from Oregon NRCS.  She served as the Oregon State Conservation Agronomist for 14 years.  Prior to this Denise spent 14 years as a Soil Conservationist and District Conservationist working in several field offices in Oregon and Iowa.  She is a graduate of Southern Illinois University with a Bachelors of Science in Plant & Soil Science.  She is a certified NRCS Master Planner and enjoys teaching and coaching other planners with an emphasis on an interdisciplinary approach. Denise’s areas of expertise include conservation planning on cropland, nutrient management, manure management planning, precision agriculture, conservation compliance, wetland delineation, and erosion prediction on cropland.  Denise enjoys golf, gardening, and traveling.  She lives in Vancouver Washington with her husband Bruce and their dog Larry.

Greg Zwicke, Air Quality Engineer

  • Tel: 503-273-2434
    Greg Zwicke joined the Air Quality and Atmospheric Change Team in September 2005 as an Air Quality Engineer with a primary focus on air emissions associated with animal operations. Greg grew up on a small farm and ranch operation near New Berlin, TX, and received BS and MS degrees in Agricultural Engineering from Texas A&M University with a focus on environmental engineering and air quality. Prior to joining NRCS, Greg worked for an air quality consulting firm assisting industrial facilities, including those in the agriculture and forest products industries, with air quality regulatory compliance issues. Greg is a registered Professional Engineer in Virginia and a member of the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers. He lives in Ft. Collins with his wife, son, daughter, and dog.

_Directory Updated: 12 June 2020___